Renting a car as a tourist in Thailand is convenient and straightforward. Thailand also has excellent roads which make driving between cities a breeze. Tourists staying in Thailand for more than a couple of weeks can save big by choosing a long-term car rental.

Below, we’ll dive into some tips on navigating Thailand by car and some suggestions for destinations best reached by driving. 

Things to Know

Most tourists will fly to one of three major airports: Bangkok, Phuket, or Chiang Mai. Drive Car Rental offers locations at each airport to make vehicle pick-up a snap. We also offer online reservations and a wide selection of vehicles

First-time visitors should be aware that the tourist high season runs from November to April. Visitors arriving during these months should book their rental vehicle as far in advance as possible. This helps ensure the vehicle of your choice is available and might score you some discounts. 

Downtown areas of Thailand’s cities often have narrow streets. In many cases, these are one way to help with the flow of traffic. Visitors planning to stay in the city can opt for compact cars that are better at navigating small spaces. The one-way streets mean that a GPS is recommended. A GPS can be added to any rental package and can help guide drivers to the best routes and save both time and money. 

Finally, Drive Car Rental is proud to offer electric vehicles as an option for our customers. Thailand has an extensive electric vehicle charging network with thousands of locations in major cities and along highways, so it’s easier than ever to go green. 

The Best Road Trip Destinations

The larger cities have plenty of sites to see and spectacles to amaze. However, vacationers who want to see the real Thailand should venture into smaller towns and countryside hideaways. Here are some fantastic trips that start from larger cities:

Outskirts of Bangkok

The capital of Thailand is a sprawling metropolis, but once you’re outside the city, the roads give way to rice fields and national parks in every direction. Consider checking out the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, just two to three hours north of the city. This ancient capital of Thailand boasts thousands of structures from the 14th century onward.

To the east, Kanchanaburi and its famous waterfalls and national parks, such as Erawan, are another must-see. In Kanchanaburi City, explorers can visit the bridge over the River Kwai and take the train headed west. This historic railway built by the Japanese in WW2 offers stunning views, the best of which is the Wampo Viaduct, a cliff-hugging train line elevated nine metres above the river below. 

Outside of Phuket

Beaches and nightlife aren’t everything Phuket has to offer. Phang Nga Bay to the north of the island is a stunning archipelago of more than forty islands. These aren’t ordinary islands, either–they are limestone karsts rising straight out of the water to a height of forty metres or more. Boat tours offering several stops and a spectacular lunch are available throughout the day for reasonable prices. 

Further to the north is Khao Sok National Park. Here, you can see the same limestone karsts on a vast manmade lake. Stay the night on a floating bamboo hut and experience all the magic that the area has to offer. 

Feel free to stay off the main highways and enjoy the slow drives on winding side roads. As long as the road is numbered, it is sure to be well-maintained. Find a small cafe by the side of the road or enjoy a fruit market as you pass through a small town. 

Leaving Chiang Mai

The Rose of the North offers travellers a far more relaxed atmosphere than the South of Thailand. True adventure awaits in the mountains throughout Northern Thailand. Day-trippers can opt for the Samoeng Loop, a hundred kilometre winding mountain road that skirts the outside of Doi Suthep National Park with jaw-dropping views and waterfalls.  

Those wanting a multi-day excursion should consider visiting Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle of Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand. Alternatively, the Mae Hong Son Loop is a three- or four-day adventure that takes visitors through picturesque Pai, Mae Hong Son, and Doi Inthanon. Homestays are available at points throughout the journey as visitors wind their way along the mountain roads. 

Adventure Awaits

Regardless of where one visits, road trips are what make Thailand magical. Drive Car Rental offers customers the ability to pick up in one location and drop off at another. 

It’s also easy, once you fall in love with the country, to take advantage of Thailand’s thirty-day visa extension. Simply let us know beforehand, and we’ll ensure your vehicle of choice is available throughout your stay. Long-term renters also get the best prices and flexibility, especially when booking in advance!

Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK Airport) Bangkok - Donmuang Airport (DMK) Bangkok - Donmuang Office Bangkok - Srinakarin Office Bangkok - On Nut BTS Station Bangkok - Sukhumvit 71 (Partner Location)) Nonthaburi - Office (Partner Location) Buri Ram Airport (BFV) (Partner Location) Chiang Mai Airport (CNX) Chiang Rai Airport (CEI) Chonburi (Partner Location) Chumphon Airport (CJM) (Partner Location) Hua Hin Airport (HHQ) Khon Kaen Airport (KKC) (Partner Location) Krabi Airport (KBV) Lampang Airport (LPT) (Partner Location) Loei Airport (LOE) (Partner Location) Nakhon Phanom Airport (KOP) (Partner Location) Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport (NST) (Partner Location) Nan Airport (NNT) (Partner Location) Pattaya Downtown Khao Lak - PTT Station Phitsanulok Car Rental (PHS) (Partner Location) Phrae Airport (PRH) (Partner Location) Phuket Airport (HKT) Phuket - Patong Beach Phuket - Chutima (Partner Location) Phuket - Thalang Office (Partner Location) Ranong Airport (UNN) (Partner Location) Roi Et Airport (ROI) (Partner Location) Sakon Nakhon Airport (SNO) (Partner Location) Samui Airport (USM) Samui - Bophut Office Sukhothai Airport (THS) (Partner Location) Surat Thani Airport (URT) Tak - Mae Sot Airport (MAQ) (Partner Location) Trang Airport (TST) Trat Airport (TDX) Ubon Ratchathani Airport (UBP) (Partner Location) Udon Thani Airport (UTH) Hat Yai Airport (HDY) (Partner Location) U-Tapao Airport (UTP)

Car Hire Bangkok Airport: Book Your Car Rental at Suvarnabhumi Airport | Drive Car Rental

Address

The counter is located in the International Arrival Hall, between gates 7 and 8. Suvarnabhumi Airport (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4376 or +66 (0) 84 700 4380 for assistance),
Samut Prakan ,
Thailand 10540

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4376 +66 (0) 84 700 4380

Opening Hours

Daily 24 hours

Car Rental Donmuang Airport: Make a Reservation at Donmuang Airport | Drive Car Rental

Address

Meet&Greet: International 1st Floor, Terminal 1 Gate 7 Donmuang Airport (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4378 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10210

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4378 +66 (0) 2 044 7277

Opening Hours

Daily 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Bangkok – Donmuang Office

Address

73 Choet Wutthakat Rd, Don Muang Office located next from Donmuang District Office 1 KM. (Nearby SRT Red Line Donmuang Station Exit 2) (please call +66 (0) 2 044 7277 or +66 (0) 84 700 4378 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10210

Phone

+66 (0) 2 044 7277 +66 (0) 84 700 4378

Opening Hours

Daily 8.00 am - 6.00 pm

Bangkok – Srinakarin Office

Address

727 Srinakarin Rd. Suanlang Office located in Nissan Showroom Srinakarin Road (Nearby MRT Yellow Line Kalantan Station Exit 1) (Between Thanya Park shopping Mall and Bangchak gas station) (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4375 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10250

Phone

+66 (0) 2 821 5992 +66 (0) 847 004 375

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sat-Sun: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Bangkok – On Nut BTS Station

Address

Pick up instruction: Meet & Greet at Avani Hotel / BTS On Nut Station (please call +66 84 700 4375 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10110

Phone

+66 84 700 4375

Opening Hours

Daily 8.30 am - 5.30 pm

Bangkok – CJ Rent a car

Address

CJ Rent a car (Partner Location) 24 Soi Meesuwan 3 Intersection 1, Phra Khanong Nuea Subdistrict, Wattana District (please call +66 (0) 818 486 558 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10110

Phone

+66 (0) 818 486 558 +66 (0) 838 256 306

Opening Hours

Open daily: 8:30 - 20:00 H.

Nonthaburi – Car rental with Delivery service

Address

Meet & Greet at Central Westgate (Please call +66 (0) 97 239 4398 for assistance),
Nonthaburi ,
Thailand 11110

Phone

+66 (0) 97 239 4398

Opening Hours

daily 08:00-20:00

Buri Ram Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Burirum Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, Flight number mandatory. (please call +66 (0) 966 236 964 or +66 (0) 639 306 097 for assistance),
Burirum ,
Thailand 31150

Phone

+66 (0) 966 236 964 +66 (0) 639 306 097

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 17:00

Car Rental Chiang Mai: Rent Cars at Chiang Mai Airport

Address

Arrival Hall Fl.,1 International Terminal between Gate 10-11, Chiang Mai Airport (Please call +66 (0) 8 4700 4384 for assistance),
Chiang Mai ,
Thailand 50200

Phone

+66 (0) 5 327 1293 +66 (0) 84 700 4384 

Opening Hours

Daily 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Chiang Rai Airport

Address

Meet&Greet: Arrival Hall, Exit 2 Chaing Rai Airport (Please call +66 (0) 8 4700 4381 for assistance),
Chiang Rai ,
Thailand 57100

Phone

+66 (0) 5 379 3683 +66 (0) 84 700 4381 

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Chonburi

Address

PU Service (Partner Location) 315/316 Moo.12 Thepprasit Road, Nongprue (Please call +66 (0) 928 932 823 for assistance),
Chonburi ,
Thailand 20150

Phone

+66 (0) 928 932 823

Opening Hours

Open daily: 8:30 - 18:00 H.

Chumphon Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Chumphon Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 854 739 885 or +66 (0) 813 677 956 for assistance),
Chumphon ,
Thailand 86160

Phone

+66 (0) 854 739 885 +66 (0) 813 677 956

Opening Hours

Daily: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

Hua Hin Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet at Hua Hin Airport Location, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, meeting point. Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4375 for assistance ,
Hua Hin ,
Thailand 77110

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4375

Opening Hours

Daily: 10.30 - 16.00

Khon Kaen Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Arrival Hall, Khon Kaen Airport A representative will meet you. (Please call +66 (0) 883 414 670 for assistance),
Khon Kaen ,
Thailand 40000

Phone

+66(0)883 414 670 +66(0)982 282 989

Opening Hours

Daily: 07.00-20.00

Krabi Airport

Address

The counter is located on the 1st floor of the Domestic Arrival Hall, Krabi Airport. (Please Call +66 (0) 8 4700 4383 for assistance),
Krabi ,
Thailand 81130

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4383

Opening Hours

Daily 7:00 AM - 21:00 PM

Lampang Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Arrival Hall, Lampang Airport A representative will meet you. (Please call +66 (0) 97 996 8499 for assistance),
Lampang ,
Thailand 52000

Phone

+66 (0) 97 996 8499 +66 (0) 97 958 8798

Opening Hours

Daily 8:30 - 18:00

Loei Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Loei Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 944 573 222 for assistance),
Loei ,
Thailand 42000

Phone

+66 (0) 944 573 222 +66 (0) 883 271 940

Opening Hours

Daily: 24 hours

Nakhon Phanom Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Nakhon Phanom Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 910 569 594 for assistance),
Nakhon Phanom ,
Thailand 48000

Phone

+66 (0) 910 569 594

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 895 513 234 for assistance),
Nakhon Si Thammarat ,
Thailand 80120

Phone

+66 (0) 895 513 234

Opening Hours

Daily: 07.00-21.00 H.

Nan Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Nan Nakhon Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, meeting point (Please call +66 (0) 81-324-3966 or +66 (0) 96-096-5800 for assistance),
Nan ,
Thailand 55000

Phone

+66 (0) 81-324-3966 +66 (0) 96-096-5800

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 20:00

Pattaya Downtown

Address

The office is located at 212/14-15 Moo 5, Pattaya-North Road, (Opposite Terminal 21 shopping mall). (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4385 for assistance),
North Pattaya ,
Thailand 20150

Phone

+66 (0) 3 841 6125 +66 (0) 84 700 4385

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Khao Lak – PTT Station

Address

Phang Nga - PTT STation A representative will meet you at PTT Station Khao Lak (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4389 for assistance),
Phang Nga ,
Thailand 23150

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4387 +66 (0) 84 700 4389

Opening Hours

Daily 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Phitsanulok Car Rental (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Phitsanulok Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 81-727-8082 for assistance),
Phitsanulok ,
Thailand 65000

Phone

+66 (0) 81-727-8082

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 20:00

Phrae Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Phrae Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 86 421 6498 or +66 (0) 92 969 6159 for assistance),
Phrae ,
Thailand 54000

Phone

+66 (0) 86 421 6498 +66 (0) 92 969 6159

Opening Hours

Daily: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Car Hire in Phuket: Find a Car Rental, Phuket Airport Thailand | Drive Car Rental

Address

The counter is located on the 1st Floor of International Terminal Arrival Hall Phuket Airport (Please call +66 (0) 8 4700 4387 or +66 (0) 8 4700 4389 for assistance),
Phuket ,
Thailand 83110

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4387 +66 (0) 84 700 4389

Opening Hours

Daily 7:00 am - 12:00 am (midnight)

Car Rental Phuket Patong Thailand | Drive Car Rental & Hire

Address

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, Patong Counter located at Lobby Area 1st Floor (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4386 for assistance),
Patong ,
Thailand 83150

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4386

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Phuket – Chutima (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Phuket Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, Gate 3 and pick you up to collect the vehicle at Chutima rental office. (Please call +66 (0) 840 649 494 for assistance),
Phuket ,
Thailand 83110

Phone

+66 (0) 840 649 494

Opening Hours

Daily: 08.00-19.00 H.

Phuket – Thalang Office (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Phuket Airport, A representative will meet you at Phuket Airport’s Arrival Hall, Gate 3, and will pick you up, and deliver the vehicle at Ton Car Rental office. (Please call +66 (0) 915 276 862 for assistance),
Phuket ,
Thailand 83110

Phone

+66 (0) 915 276 862

Opening Hours

Daily: open 24 hours

Ranong Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Ranong Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 86 277 8501 for assistance),
Ranong ,
Thailand 85000

Phone

+66 (0) 862 778 501

Opening Hours

Daily: 08.00-17.00 H.

Roi Et Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Roi Et Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 966 236 964 or +66 (0) 639 306 097 for assistance),
Roi Et ,
Thailand 45000

Phone

+66 (0) 966 236 964 +66 (0) 639 306 097

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 17:00

Sakon Nakhon Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Sakon Nakhon Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 966 236 964 for assistance),
Sakon Nakhon ,
Thailand 54000

Phone

+66 (0) 966 236 964

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 17:00

Car Rental Koh Samui: Rent a Car at Samui Airport

Address

The counter is located in the Arrival Hall at Samui Airport. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4388 for assistance),
Suratthani ,
Thailand 84320

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4388

Opening Hours

Daily 08:00 AM - 8:30 PM

Samui – Bophut Office

Address

The office is located at Moo 4, Airport Road, Bophut. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4388 for assistance),
Koh Samui ,
Thailand 84320

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4388

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sukhothai Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Sukhothai Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 828 521 732 for assistance),
Sukhothai ,
Thailand 64000

Phone

+66 (0) 828 521 732

Opening Hours

Daily: 06:00-19:00

Surat Thani Airport

Address

Meet&Greet: Surat Thaini Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4383 for assistance),
Surat Thani ,
Thailand 84130

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4383

Opening Hours

Daily: 08.00-17.00 H.

Tak – Mae Sot Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Mae Sot Airport, Tak province A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 868 985 606 for assistance),
Tak ,
Thailand 63110

Phone

+66 (0) 868 985 606

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 18:00

Trang Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: Trang Airport A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4383 for assistance),
Trang ,
Thailand 92000

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4383

Opening Hours

Daily: 09.00-17.00 H.

Trat Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: Trat Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4385 for assistance),
Trat ,
Thailand 23150

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4385

Opening Hours

Daily 11:00 AM - 15:30 PM

Ubon Ratchathani Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Ubon Ratchathani Airport A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 659 694 909 or +66 (0) 616 955 646 for assistance),
Ubon Ratchathani ,
Thailand 34000

Phone

+66 (0) 659 694 909 +66 (0) 616 955 646

Opening Hours

Daily: 08.00-20.00 H.

Udon Thani Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: Arrival Hall Exit 3 A representative will meet you. (Please Call +66 (0)81 970 6551 for assistance),
Udon Thani ,
Thailand 41000

Phone

+66 (0) 81 970 6551

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Hat Yai Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: Hat Yai Airport A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, Flight number mandatory. (please call +66 (0) 858 990 000 or +66 (0) 858 993 333 for assistance),
Hat Yai ,
Thailand 90110

Phone

+66 (0) 858 990 000 +66 (0) 858 993 333

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

U-Tapao Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: U-Tapao Airport A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, Flight number mandatory. (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4385 for assistance),
Rayang ,
Thailand 21130

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4385

Opening Hours

Open daily: 8:30 - 17:30 H.

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