Thai driving license
If you wish to drive legally in Pattaya and throughout Thailand, you can obtain a Thai international driving license/permit, normally from your country of residence, but if plan on staying longer than 3 months you are better advised to get a Thai driving license. This is due to certain insurance companies stipulating in their small print that you are not fully covered unless you have a full Thai drivers license. Don’t be put off though, it is quite easy to get a Thai driving license in Pattaya. Having a Thai drivers license has other benefits as well, you can use it as i.d, and you can get some discount entrance prices in some of the tourist attractions.
Documents you need to get it right:- the legal age at which you can apply for a Thai drivers license is 18.
:- your international drivers’ license, or your original driving license.
:- You must have a non-immigrant visa, (you can not get a Thai driving license with a. tourist visa).
:- Passport with the visa inside, or a work permit if you have one, better with both.
:- A letter from immigration ‘Jomtien Soi 5’ to verify your address, or from your embassy, the letter must not be older than 30 days old, you will need to take with you a rental agreement, utility bills or anything you can which includes both your name and address. The more the better.
:- Signed copies of your passport front page, visa page, entry stamp, and T.M. card, (arrival & departure card).
:- A doctors certificate (not more than 30 days old) you can get this from any clinic, just tell them you are applying for a Thai driving license.
:- 2 recent 1? x 1? passport photos (you can get them outside ), you actually may not these now due to a new digital system they have, but take them anyway.
:-It is a good idea to take a Thai person along with you to translate the paperwork and instruct you with the tests.
Keep in mind that J & E Concierge is here to assist.
Pattaya traffic rules
In Thailand, you are required to drive on the left-hand side of the road. The maximum speed limit in cities and towns is 60km/h (35 mph) and varies between 90 and 120 km/h (52-60 mph) on expressways and country roads. Police regularly check motorists speed. Wearing of seat belts is compulsory and drink driving laws to apply. All insurance is invalid if drivers exceed the legal alcohol limit.
All drivers must hold a current, non-probationary license. The license may either be Thai or from a renter’s country of residence (with an English translation) or an international drivers permit. Licenses (and a valid passport) must be carried at all times when driving. Pattaya Car Hire requires drivers to be at least 21 years of age, and there are no age surcharges or maximum age limitations.
A yellow line indicates the division of a two-way traffic road (it’s the centerline), whether a white line indicates a lane. A solid line can’t be crossed, whereas a broken line can be crossed if it is safe to do so.
White squares indicate parking spaces. There can also be a specific parking space for motorbikes.
Big yellow “X” marks on the road mean no stopping on this area (usually so as not to block an intersection while waiting at a traffic light).
A red and white curbside means no parking. A yellow and white curbside means no parking, but temporary loading/unloading of goods or passengers is allowed. Curbside can also be painted in black and white, to help distinguish them. Parking may be allowed, watch for the signs (and also watch for anyone who might be upset if you park).
Pedestrian crossing is those white stripes on the road that all vehicles ignore and that pedestrians sometimes venture on, usually ending up running for their lives.
Drivers must pay attention to arrows indicating where their lane is going, especially in Bangkok. Some lanes are for buses only.
Driving license test
The new tests will be mandatory for all new drivers applying for a license for the first time (the 1 year license). Those applying for the 5-year license will not need to take the tests, but the drivers applying to renew their 5-year license will need to attend a one hour lecture (usually all you have to do is sit in a room and watch a DVD – in Thai).
Motorbike driving license
The most important thing to consider when it comes to driving in Thailand is to ensure that you have the right license for the vehicle you’ve chosen. Whether it’s a car or a big bike, having a license that qualifies you to drive is the bare minimum precaution to take. That’s why J & E Concierge is here to assist.
If you wish to be able to drive both cars and motorcycles in Thailand, then you’ll have to apply for 2 separate driving permits, and you’ll be issued 2 different physical cards.
You must have a license – one from home (best paired with an international driver’s permit) – or you can get one in Thailand, and it has to be for the class of vehicle you’re intending to hire.
You will need a driving license from your home country if you want to hire a motorbike or car. But, if you do not have an international license or a Thai license, you will be driving illegally.
Here are a few tips to keep you safe while on the road:- Wear a helmet – preferably full-face.
:- Wear protective clothing – long trousers and a jacket of sturdy material. Flip-flops, a t-shirt, and shorts don’t count as sturdy. We know it’s hard when it’s stinking hot and humid in Thailand, you’re just zipping back from the beach.
:- Wear gloves – most people put out their hands to protect themselves in the event of a fall, even on a hard bitumen road approaching at 30mph (50 km/h).
:- Don’t speed, drink or do drugs and ride.
:- Don’t ride at night.