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1st timer thailand , Car Rental, Apsara resort help ?

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1st timer thailand , Car Rental, Apsara resort help ?

Hi guys visiting the area mid June.

how easy is it to drive in thailand ???? Is it safe ? Thinking of hiring at airport Looking at map seems to be a straight road. any suggestions on rental companies ????? Seen a good few bad reviews

Is khao lok quiet. ? There for 12 days so want to visit other areas and beaches however the ones I've heard of are quite a bit away

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1. Re: 1st timer thailand , Car Rental, Apsara resort help ?

We hire a car, pick up from airport.

driving is fine, just keep your wits about you

just take extra care if it is wet, the locals tend not to.....

you MUST have international license.

try fast car hire, great rates.

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2. Re: 1st timer thailand , Car Rental, Apsara resort help ?

Thanks for that I am applying for driving permit next month as needs to be applied for within 3 months of travel

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3. Re: 1st timer thailand , Car Rental, Apsara resort help ?

We use Budget. A bit more expensive but rates are fully inclusive of First Class Insurance, PAI, no CDW, no, excess. Their depot isjust off the airport but you are met on arrival and taken there. They also have an office and agent on call in Khao Lak which is invaluable if you have any problems rather than waiting for someone to come from Phuket if you hire from an outfit there.

Thai Rent a Car, Airport Car Rent, David, Pure are others receiving good reports.

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4. Re: 1st timer thailand , Car Rental, Apsara resort help ?

Thanks for that actually have quote from budget originally speaking to the local office as was going to hire in destination. However probably easier at airport sve me a few thousand bht in taxi for transfers

Is it easy drive from airport to Khao lak ? ,Used to driving abroad

Friends think I'm off my head hiring car but gives u a bit of independence.

Never been long haul before apart from USA so going to be eye opener.

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5. Re: 1st timer thailand , Car Rental, Apsara resort help ?

It's very straightforward to drive from the airport. Just turn right out of the depot following the road at the side of the runway to the highway.Turn Left and drive off the island then keep in the left lane all the way to Khao Lak, just over an hour away. Just be aware of scooters at all times and drive carefully and defensively and you will enjoy the benefits of flexibly and accessibility that car hire offers. See here for some Trip Tips tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g297914-c167750/Kha…

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6. Re: 1st timer thailand , Car Rental, Apsara resort help ?

It all depends on your skill level. Thai traffic drives on the left hand side (most of the time :p) so if you're not used to that it's one more layer of difficulty to add to the experience (sorry I can't see whether you're from the UK or US while typing this reply on my mobile.) Yes, driving in Thailand is dangerous, more so than in your own country, plus driving is inherently dangerous anyway.

Thai drivers also often have a different interpretation of road rules as a concept, and often it's a combination of rules and courtesy (or sometimes lack thereof in cities like Bangkok) that is followed. They do still stop at red lights and go on green lights at least! Sometimes you will find they make 3 lanes out of 2 for the purposes of overtaking, and you are expected to make room for the overtaking driver if you don't want to be run off the road. Basically you need a heightened level of situational awareness, and only you know yourself enough to judge whether you have the skills and mindset required. If you're already a nervous driver who has regular scrapes and bingles in your home country, I'd suggest not driving in Thailand. If you're a skilled, confident pre-emptive and patient driver, then driving in Thailand should be OK for you. Khao Lak is not particularly busy so indeed it's generally considered OK in these outlying places.

Have a look at some YouTube videos of driving in Thailand and make up your own mind. Do a search for something like "motorcycle/driving through Phuket" or similar.

In terms of rental, make sure you're checking out the Thai based page of the rental company for the best deal, rather that using your home country's & inputting your rental location into that. I just rented a car in Bangkok through http://www.hertzthailand.com for 942 Baht per day, which seems to be their going rate at the moment, while the same car on any other site, including Hertz' parent site, was a couple of hundred baht more per day.

As for the issue of an International Drivers Permit, the Thai road traffic law apparently allows for tourists to use their home country's licence only as long as it is in English and has your photo. Having said that, I've seen a number of police who are unaware of the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic 1968 and who insist on an IDP in addition to your original licence.

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7. Re: 1st timer thailand , Car Rental, Apsara resort help ?

With respect to the last reply, driving in and around Khao Lak is totally different from driving in Bangkok. The worst traffic you will face is if you decide to drive down on to Phuket and in particular in and around Patong. Most accidents in Thailand are caused by or involve scooters so it is these that you particularly need to be aware of. I've not read reports of anyone who has hired a car to use in and around Khao Lak, up to Khao Sok and down to Phang Nga Bay and Krabi say they would never do so again because it was too dangerous.

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8. Re: 1st timer thailand , Car Rental, Apsara resort help ?

it might cost you 20 quid a day or thereabouts, but you have a wonderful 26 odd km of coat to discover, and that's just the khao lak area.

we just hop in the car and go to which ever beach seems like a good idea on the day, park ,go for lots of walks, lunch on, or practically on the beach...

its perfect...

plus there are plenty of other places to visit with wheels, and you get to do all of this when you want to.

have a look at the "top questions " top right of page.

lots of terrific info there.

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9. Re: 1st timer thailand , Car Rental, Apsara resort help ?

Thanks for all replies a lot wiser now

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10. Re: 1st timer thailand , Car Rental, Apsara resort help ?

Hi had look budget have excess etc etc

Rate Include :

- Unlimited kilometers.

- Third liability insurance.

- 2-Additional drivers surcharge.

- Loss Damage Waiver (LDW). For minimum driver age 21 years old, a maximum charge of Baht 10,000 for car categories CPMR, MCAR, ECAR /

Baht 15,000 for car categories CCAR,CVAR,ICAR /Baht 20,000 for car categories FFAR, MVMR, IFAR,IVAR, FCAR, PCAR, PFAR ,MVAR, LCAR

and LVAR will apply in the event of non recoverable loss or damage from accident.

- Loss Damage Waiver (LDW). For driver age between 18-21 years old, a maximum charge of Baht 20,000 for car categories CPMR, MCAR, ECAR /

Baht 30,000 for car categories CCAR,CVAR,ICAR /Baht 40,000 for car categories FFAR, MVMR, IFAR,IVAR, FCAR, PCAR, PFAR ,MVAR, LCAR

and LVAR will apply in the event of non recoverable loss or damage from accident.

- VAT. (Value Added Tax)

Rate Exclude :

- Optional personal accident and effects insurance.

- Optional Super Damage Waiver Insurance.

- Optional Theft Protection Insurance.

- Fuel used. (Vehicles are supplied with a full tank at Budget Station)

- Infant safety seats. (International safety standard)

- One way rental is available between all Budget Thailand locations, with no drop fee for 7 days hire, 1,500 Baht drop fee for 4-6 days hires,

and 3,000 Baht fee for 1-3 days hires (Excluded VAT) for standard conditions and may not apply for some promotion or offer.

Conditions :

- Minimum driver age is 21 years. Surcharge will be applied in case of young drivers who are between 18-21 years old.

-- A valid local driving license and I.D card (Thai Citizen) or valid international driving license and passport (For foreigner) must be provided

upon collection of rental car and carried with you at all times when driving.

- A valid credit card is required at time of rental for pre-authorization security deposit of THB 20,000 for small group (A,B,C,D) and THB 40,000

for large group(E,F,K,G,S,V and W) plus rental cost from credit card at time of rental is compulsory to cover for the excess expenses.

- A rental day is 24 hours. Extra full hours are charged at 1/3 of the daily rates.

- Rates & Vehicle are subject to availability and will be guaranteed at time of booking.

- Frequent flyer numbers use only for database reference, miles or points collected is subject to Budget’s Terms & Conditions.

- 40% of refuel service charge for non-refuel is client responsibility.

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