cjh2007
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Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:34 am

Hey... my parents and i have planned a trip to Thailand next month, which includes mostly a stay in Phuket, but also some days in Bangkok. Now my question is... is it worth it to rent a car in Phuket for a 10- 14 day stay? Driving in Thailand is a risky business i have heard. Is it really that dangerous?... (road accidents etc.) Do you have any recommendations? My mother (who will be the driver) has already requested that we take a 4*4 to make her feel safer (although i have doubts in this reasoning + its pretty $$$)

Any local or experienced words appreciated...

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EK20
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:39 am

A woman driver in Phuket is asking for trouble! Big grin
 
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:47 am

Get a driver, use a taxi, or if you are brave, use public transportation. It is risky driving in any foreign country where you don't know the laws and can't read the signs. A coworker once got in an accident in Mexico. It was just a fender bender but he got sent to jail. We had to send our Mexican plant manager over to bail him out.
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:52 am

Was in Phuket a couple of months ago. No way on earth would I attempt to drive in that traffic, and should you get in an accident you would have to deal with he tourist police which means bribe money etc.

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 2):
Get a driver, use a taxi, or if you are brave, use public transportation

My suggestion also. I informed the hotel of my arrival, and they had a taxi waiting at the airport for us and they just added it onto the bill. (The taxi price was cheaper than what one would pay on the street).
 
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:38 am

Quoting Cjh2007 (Thread starter):
is it worth it to rent a car in Phuket for a 10- 14 day stay?

Do you value your life?

Quoting Cjh2007 (Thread starter):
Driving in Thailand is a risky business i have heard. Is it really that dangerous?... (road accidents etc.)

Aside from my near head-on collision (mini-van vs. bus, I was in the van) experience in MBJ, Bangkok was my scariest experience in vehicle.

Quoting Cjh2007 (Thread starter):
Do you have any recommendations?

Leave the driving to someone who is experienced in navigating Thai roads. I would steer clear of scooters as well. In the 4 days I spent in Thailand last November, I saw at least a dozen tourists get knocked off scooters by speeding cars and trucks.
 
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:18 am

Quoting AirCop (Reply 3):
and should you get in an accident you would have to deal with he tourist police which means bribe money etc.

That is one thing our guy didn't understand. Our Mexican manager did and that is how he got out of jail.
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kiwiinoz
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:21 am

Obviousely people recommend against it, as would I.

Bangkok, on the other hand, is a relaxing place to drive. In general the traffic flows very freely. Drivers are courteous and not overly aggressive. Tuk tuks never cut you off and you will never fear for your life.
 
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 1:06 pm

Phuket is not so bad. I have spent months on a motorcycle there and knew many who rented cars. Hardest thing is adjusting to the wrong side of the road. You don't want to get in an accident though as you will be at fault no matter what since you are a farang and a lower life form. Also beware of the drunks, there is an alcohol problem in the country. Where exactly are you staying? It could be, like many have said that you are better off hiring drivers, the tuk tuks are legalized thievery though.

Quoting EK20 (Reply 1):
A woman driver in Phuket is asking for trouble! Big grin

I don't now where that comes from, but it is categorically false. Those middle eastern values do not extend to Thailand.

[Edited 2007-06-02 06:08:10]
 
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Sat Jun 02, 2007 1:56 pm

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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:56 pm

Best thing is hire a motocycle in HKT, very handy, cheap and everywhere. Tuk Tuk are very cheap but BE CAREFUL.
If the driver demands to take them somewere for £0.10 via a stop somewhere they should say NO! the driver gets a voucher for fuel if he takes them to certain shops. usually a taylor, jewerly shop...
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 5:29 pm

Hire a moped instead. The locals will just make their way around you and the beeping at you is more of a courtesy to let you know they are there rather then the association with road rage in has in europe and the US etc. But if you do have an accident you will probably have to bribe people. I didn't realise this before I did it in Thailand, thankfully I didn't have an accident (though I did almost get wiped out a few times, great fun tho)
 
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 5:34 pm

It depends where you are staying in Phuket and what extent you want to see the island, The traffic in Phuket is not so bad compared to the mainland and i have rented a scooter in phuket with no problems, i had never ridden one before in my life and learnt very quickly how to do this in the busy resort of Patong.
I would say a jeep is the best way to travel and just take it easy, once out on the main roads of phuket the traffic can be relatively light. It all depends on what you want to see and where you want to go, if its just in the south you are staying and you will be only moving around those places a taxi will be the best option.
Good luck and enjoy one of the best places on earth!

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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:12 pm

Quoting Cjh2007 (Thread starter):

Just be aware that in Thailand they drive on the wrong side of the road.
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Kieron747
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:22 pm

Hello.

My girlfriend is Thai.

She says get a taxi, and you can hire it for up to 5 days at a time. Tell the driver where you want to go and you can negotiate a price. It's better than hiring a car because when you're travelling, the maps for a start aren't that good outside of the cities.

She says it would be cheaper than hiring a car anyway. Maybe 1500-3000 baht per day which isn't that bad compared to hiring a car, also you'll have to pay the petrol.

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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:26 pm

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 7):
there is an alcohol problem in the country

I'm directed to call bullshit on that one. What a rude comment.
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sun Jun 03, 2007 1:11 am

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 14):
I'm directed to call bullshit on that one. What a rude comment.

Call it rude all you want, the truth hurts sometimes, and I love the place. Drunk driving is not a high priority for the Thai police and yes, there is a known alcohol problem. Spend some time there and see how many times you nearly get wiped out by an obvious inebriate, then get back to us.

PS, I think learning to ride a bike on Thai roads is suicide, especially when it rains.

[Edited 2007-06-02 18:13:22]
 
EK20
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sun Jun 03, 2007 1:20 am

If you are in Patong I would just get a scooter. It's basically one straight road up and down the beachfront. If I can do it anyone can.

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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:05 am

Next month is a monsoon season in Phuket. It rains a lot that sometimes the visability is very poor. The road along the west coast of Phuket where most of the hotels are located is winding and not so wide. My suggestion is to rent a van with local driver. Get the one with license. You can see the van's owner's name and telephone number on the side of the van. It is around 1,700 Baht a day plus gasoline. Tips to the driver is up to you. Do not get a very cheap one. You might not get good services and vehicle.

Enjoy your stay in Phuket.
 
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:34 am

I hired a jeep on Samui, although Phuket isn't too bad, I'd avoid renting unless you have absolutely have to. If traffic is light, a car can be useful to see some distant/remote places.

do NOT rent a scooter - I tried that to save money, and the inevitable happened. Never again (even though it wasn't my fault). I was lucky to walk away (although with some deep cuts).
 
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:09 pm

Oh boy, you folks need to read my trip report from a few months ago about my trip to Thailand and my experience with a taxi driver that stripped naked and chased me 3 blocks demanding and extra 500THB.

Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 4):
Bangkok was my scariest experience in vehicle.

I found Bangkok traffic to be very fun, especially on the back of the motorcycles and scooters. Then again, I can be a crazy driver myself. It is an experience.

I rented a motorcycle for only 260THB a day in Pattaya. I drove a good 200Khm out to the Thailand/Cambodia border and with no problems. It was risky in some parts. I can understand why it would be a challenge to most. I've rode my bicycle many years here on the streets of San Francisco which can be very dangerous as well thanks to the cellphone  mad 

Your best bet would be to rent a legitimate taxi driver. Nothing wrong with the Tuk-Tuks either.

Quoting Soups (Reply 9):
If the driver demands to take them somewere for £0.10 via a stop somewhere they should say NO! the driver gets a voucher for fuel if he takes them to certain shops. usually a taylor, jewerly shop...

Oooops, count me in as a victim.  Sad
That happened to me on my first trip to Thailand last year. Funny thing was that I was too fat for any of the suits they had for sale. So the store owner was beginning if I knew any skinnier friends back in" Ame-dica" that could he could sale his suits to.  rotfl 

Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 4):
I saw at least a dozen tourists get knocked off scooters by speeding cars and trucks.

They just don't know how to ride ont he back of a motorcycle taxi.

Notice me in the rear-view mirror hanging on taking the photo.
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:01 pm

Sorry, I meant to include the link in my last post. Superfly Returns To Thailand;TG Royal 1st. 747-300 (by Superfly Mar 19 2007 in Trip Reports)

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 7):
there is an alcohol problem in the country

Just Thailand?  Wow!
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cjh2007
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:56 pm

Quoting BR076 (Reply 12):
Just be aware that in Thailand they drive on the wrong side of the road.

Am fully aware... and again, im not the one driving... my mother is...

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 8):
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yeah, yeah, funny, ha ha...  Wink

Quoting Ryangooner (Reply 11):
It depends where you are staying in Phuket and what extent you want to see the island,

It looks like we're gonna stay at the JW Marriott... Or rather marriott vacation club, which is on site, and appearantly we have ownership there... and correct me if I'm wrong, but i think thats on Mai khao beach... so... any suggestions?

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 10):
Hire a moped instead

Just the idea of that sounds scary... besides, were in a group of 4, so my parents, i, and one of my friends from Europe.

...........................................................................................................................................................................

What happened meanwhile...

Well, did book a car... Honda CR-V... with hertz... for approximately 10 days... (for 1100$)
This is also due the fact that were gonna be foodshopping from time to time, when we're not eating in the hotel (rarely)...

Thanks for all the feedback... and keep em' comin

Cjh
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 09, 2007 4:12 am

Are you on your death wish or what? I was in Bangkok & Pattaya last week, the traffic and drivers were terrible.
The taxi driver took me to the new airport from Silom in 25 minutes instead of 45 min. I repeatedly asked him to slow down on the highway. He was doing like 140 km / 85+ mph

The taxi and tuk tuk are unbelievable cheap so why are you risking yourself with driving?

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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 09, 2007 5:41 am

Quoting Saigonhouston (Reply 22):
I repeatedly asked him to slow down on the highway. He was doing like 140 km / 85+ mph

I wish that was the problem I had with a taxi driver. At least he didn't chase you naked.
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RE: Renting A Car In Thailand?

Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:32 am

Taxis in BKK are very cheap, among the cheapest I've seen anywhere. Just make sure they use the meter. Many areas of interest to visitors can also be reached on either the Skytrain or Metro systems which are also cheap, and much faster than the almost permanent gridlock on many of the roads.

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