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Visitors to this exotic part of the world agree that the best way to get around and sight see is with a Thailand hire car so that you can reach interesting, out-of-the-way areas.

With big brand auto rental companies like Avis, Budget, Hertz and Sixt, hiring a car is easy.

To find cheap car hire in Thailand, it’s always advisable that you make your reservations before you embark on your trip.

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Visitors to Thailand rarely spend their entire stay in a single place. Thailand has so much to offer in the line of entertainment and natural scenery.

Top sights to see by car in Thailand

Drive north from Bangkok and make sure you reach Chiang Mai by the evening. Evening entertainment can be found at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

Take a stroll and enjoy all the wonderful traditional items that your senses will relish.

This is one of the best places for you to find gifts to take home to loved ones.

Another absolute must see is the Grand Palace.  Construction began back in 1782 and you can notice a number of different architectural styles that have been included.

It is also home to one of the oldest and most famous Buddha statues – the Emerald Buddha.

Driving Thailand style

When driving a car in Thailand around the more densely populated areas, you will probably notice that there are plenty of cars and motorbikes traveling in every which way.

Just remember to remain calm, patient and be very attentive to your surroundings and the intentions of drivers around you.

You might not know exactly where you are going but they might need to reach their destination in a hurry.

Be aware of other commuters on motorbikes, bicycles and even pedestrians.  They can often be missed in that infamous “blind spot”.

The keep left, pass right rule applies in Thailand.  In other words, the left lane is for slower drivers and the right lane is for passing.

So, if you are looking for a specific shop or restaurant for example, travel in the left lane.

In some cases, when you know that you are close to your destination, you should look for parking and you can always continue navigating on foot.

The busy cities of Thailand can be tricky to navigate so make sure that you take care of your car well in advance.

Thailand Tips and Hints

Customs and etiquette:  Thai’s revere their monarchs, so keep your opinion to yourself when attempting to make comments against the monarchy.

This reverence extends to the treatment of currency on which the current King, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, is featured.

Never step on a Baht Coin or a Note to keep it from rolling or blowing away, as this act is seen as disrespectful to the monarchy which could merit a trip to jail.

Thailand has stringent ‘lese majeste’ laws which uphold the current monarch’s and his family’s majesty and integrity.

To avoid running into awkward social situations, familiarize yourself with the culture which are often discussed on Thailand travel blog forums.

Best Time to Go: Though it appears that Thailand is perpetually full of sunshine, it is actually from November through February that visitors come in droves because it is neither too hot nor too rainy during these months.

The mountainous northern regions, like Chiang Mai, are bearably hot from March to May, while the northeastern and central regions including Bangkok are unbearably sweltering during the same months.

Southern Thailand, where the famous Phuket and Koh Samui are located, have even temperatures year-round because they sit closer to the equator, and the proximity of beaches provide respite when the mercury soars.

Safety: Despite occasional political turbulence, Thailand still remains a safe place to travel as the tourist trade is a major revenue generator and tourists are given a modicum of protection to ensure their safety in popular cities like Bangkok.

First-time visitors to Thailand should also keep in mind that scams, like those in taxis and gem shops, can easily be avoided by a firm ‘No.’ 

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