UK driving licence holders need an International Driving Permit to be able to drive in Thailand.
The foreign office website has useful information on driving in Thailand and advice about parts of the country which should be avoided so it is advisable to read it before you go.
It is easy to find cars to rent with automatic transmissions without paying a premium. Manuals are also available.
Fuel policies - most cars for hire in Thailand will be supplied with a full tank and you'll be expected to return it in the same state or be charged.
Most car hire comes with collision damage waiver but may have excesses and the usual exclusions of windows, underside and tyres. These can be protected with a worldwide car hire insurance policy through the MoneyMaxim comparison service rather than paying inflated rates at the desk. Do check how much third party liability cover is included with your car hire. If you're not happy with the level of cover offered, consider taking out an additional Supplementary Liability Insurance which can top up whatever is supplied locally to $1million.
This content was last reviewed on 25/09/2023