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Is it advisable to rent a car when visiting Bangkok?

Although Bangkok's public transportation infrastructure may not be as extensive as other cities of its size, it is not advisable to drive during your visit.  Most tourist spots are accessible by the elevated Skytrain or the city's subway.  Taxis are plentiful and relatively cheap.  Another reason to avoid driving in Bangkok is that its surface traffic can be very heavy and chaotic.  It can take a lot of time and energy to drive most places of interest.  If you must have a private car, we recommend hiring a car service.  Finally, the Thais drive on the left side of the road, making it more difficult for North American and most European drivers to adapt.  If you plan to drive in Thailand be sure to check on licensing requirements and insurance coverage.

last updated 2008.10.24
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