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Old 12-29-2018, 10:23 PM
 
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Is it advisable to rent a car in Thailand if you plan to stay for more than a week and visit the north of country and the beaches? Will be landing in Bangkok. How can you get around?
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Old 12-30-2018, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Outside the cities its fine but other than that traffic is a nightmare, just take planes, will never cost you more than $70 per ticket.
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Old 12-30-2018, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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They drive on the British side of the road. And as I recall, a lot of road signs are in Thai alphabet only.
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Old 12-30-2018, 10:58 AM
 
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Driving is nuts. This is a great bus company up North...Mercedes busses..VIP..pretty cheap...so are trains, taxis, and planes...Thai Vietjet is awesome, too.

https://www.greenbusthailand.com/website/
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Old 12-31-2018, 02:21 PM
 
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Is it advisable to rent a car in Thailand if you plan to stay for more than a week and visit the north of country and the beaches? Will be landing in Bangkok. How can you get around?
There is no need to drive a car - even if you stay in Thailand for a year.

There are very efficient mini-vans, taxis, Ubers, and buses for short, medium, and longer journeys.
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Old 12-31-2018, 06:13 PM
 
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What is the easiest way to get from Bangkok to the south of the country like Phuket or to Chiang Mai up north ? Motorcycle or bus?
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Old 01-01-2019, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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I rented a car in Phuket and Chiang Mai.

It's very easy to drive in Chiang Mai but sort of difficult in Phuket. Phuket has a lot of hills and sharp turns. I even witnessed one crash in Phuket during my short stay there.

The cost isn't cheap, especially by Thailand standard. I believe I paid around 50 USD per day for a Corolla. I chose to rent a car because I didn't bother to deal with unscrupulous taxi drivers. Economically, maybe it's not the best idea though.
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Old 01-01-2019, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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What is the easiest way to get from Bangkok to the south of the country like Phuket or to Chiang Mai up north ? Motorcycle or bus?
Fly.
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Old 01-04-2019, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA USA
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What is the easiest way to get from Bangkok to the south of the country like Phuket or to Chiang Mai up north ? Motorcycle or bus?
I used to rent motorcycles, Honda 350, and ride from Sattahip to BKK, but not really go into the city. Too scary. If you're going to be in the city for several days, hire a driver and his car for the duration and agree on a fee/price.
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