Driving in Bangkok is a necessity for many expats; especially those living on the outskirts of the city. It is common for people to rent a car before buying one so that they are able to get used to the driving conditions and also to ensure that they find the best deal available. However, before hiring or buying a car, it is important to be aware of certain facts and tips as well as knowing the rules of the road.
It’s possible to do without a car at all if you live near the Skytrain or Metro, but for many expats a car is an extra convenience that is hard to live without. Bangkok is a very hot and congested city and it’s nice to remain cool in the comfort of your own car.
You do need to have an international drivers license or a Thai drivers license to drive legally, but as you can read more in the following sections, it’s actually very easy to get one.
Driving in Bangkok is a big adjustment. Besides dealing with traffic that is very heavy, there are also other factors, like motorbikes that dart in between lanes, to observe. Parking can be a hassle, but then again, that’s the case in most large cities. If you live in a condo, you will be provided with a parking spot as all condo’s must build one parking spot per unit.
In this section you will find information on how to rent or buy a car, how to get a drivers license and what rules must be followed.