Travel and accommodation guide for Phuket Thailand

Phuket and Thailand Car Hire

Holidaymakers looking to rent vehicles abroad, especially in further afield destinations such as Thailand will want to ensure the rental company they choose is reliable and efficient.

Tourists will also want to make sure they are securing the most cost-effective deal to ensure their money is spent wisely and there`s enough left to enjoy all those things they`ve been dreaming about.

It is advisable to choose a car rental company in the UK. Arranging everything prior to jetting off means you won`t arrive at the destination and attempt to hire a vehicle off locals who cannot understand your language.

English tourists may find it more reassuring to do this as it means all that is left to do is pick up the keys when you arrive and drive away ready to explore the island. When choosing a car rental company based in the UK, tourists are advised to select a company that offers car hire excess insurance to ensure expenses are avoided should the vehicle become damaged.

Phuket Car Rent

The overall cost of the car hire should ideally be fully inclusive of airport surcharges, mileage, third party insurance, theft waiver, collision damage waiver, bail bonds (where needed) and all local taxes.

A reputable car rental company will also aim to match the customer with the vehicle to ensure they are comfortable driving something similar of a similar size, power and style to that they`re used to driving back home. It is advisable to check about air conditioning too, especially if heading to an especially hot or humid destination.

Young drivers should also be accommodated. Usually, a good car rental company will ensure you have held a full driving license for a minimum of a year. In some locations, it will be imperative that you have held your license for a minimum of two years.

Holidaymakers may also want to opt for in-car satellite navigation to ensure they`re confident on unfamiliar foreign roads. An efficient car rental company will offer satellite navigation devices at competitive prices and ensure the system selected works in your chosen destination.

It is also advisable to look up the rules and regulations of the roads if you are going to be driving abroad. Often, you will be driving on the other side of the road and trying to read signs and symbols that are unfamiliar and feature words you will not understand.

If possible, grab yourself a translation guide or check out resources online. In Thailand, vehicles drive on the left side of the road. However, in cities, avoid the left hand lane altogether as it is usually for parking, loading and overflow street vendors.

Most drivers are well mannered and polite. Drivers rarely use their car horns and anger is scarcely displayed. Despite this, traffic can be hectic in and around Bangkok where driving is similarly busy to driving around London at rush hour.

It may be helpful to know that the blood-alcohol limit in Thailand is 0.5mg and when another vehicle flashes its lights, they are not letting you manoeuvre forward but insisting they have right of way. Follow these rules to stay safe on the roads in Thailand and ensure you choose an efficient, cost-effective rental company such as to get the most out of your trip.
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