Possession of a Thai or international license is essential to be insured in the event of an accident. Above all, never drive without it, even when it is a scooter.
Thailand has a high death rate on its roads. One could therefore quickly and easily deduce that the road there is dangerous.
In fact, between 70% and 80% of fatalities come from two-wheelers which are heavily used due to the tropical climate and low cost. The absence of wearing a helmet, the presence of 2,3,4 or even 5 people on a scooter, the use of side trailers occupying space but at reduced speeds explain these figures. Although unacceptable, these accidents do not present any danger to car users.
For having traveled a lot of kilometers by bike, scooter (including in Bangkok), by bike throughout Thailand, by car, never the slightest accident. Highways are practically non-existent. The secondary network is generally of high quality.
Driving practices are sometimes different from Western standards. By knowing them, security is improved. It is up to Westerners to adapt to local practices and not the other way around.
Overall, driving in Thailand is much freer, more instinctive, more tolerant than in Europe for example and above all much less aggressive.
The fear of the police is much lower but the police presence is in many intersections of cities and not very visible (small premises intended for the Police).
For customers of Thayang Ski, a small memo of the main driving differences, particularities to be aware of (ex: U Turn, etc.) will be sent on request.
Be that as it may, vigilance, prioritizing safety before ego, an appropriate speed, and concentration will help reduce accidents everywhere in the world.
– Visa: Stay less than 1 month: No visa. Beyond: A visa is required (see the website of the Thai Embassy of your residence).
– Sanitary restrictions: The measures change often and move towards greater ease of access. See the Embassy website for the measures in force.
Transfer can be arranged from the airport to Thayang Ski by private car or minivan. It is also possible to rent a car but this requires an international permit.
Thayang ski offers guided tours by an official Thai guide who speaks English, French and Thai.
If you need change, Super rich offers very good rates (in Bangkok). Many ATMs in Thailand (all banks, Seven Eleven, etc…). But check fees of your bank. The best is to bring cash and change at Super Rich
Drink plenty of bottled water. Sun is very strong: Have solar creams, hats, sunglasses.
Thailand is famous for its care. Pharmacies are numerous and well stocked. The hospitals are of high quality. Check insurance.
Always have your passport with you (or a copy). It must be valid over 6 months when enter in Thailand.
Tipping is something relatively new to Thailand. It’s tough to know how it works. Here are some tips:
Restaurants: If you are dining at a simple street side stand or food shop, you generally don’t tip.
If you are at a casual sit-down restaurant 10% will do it. If you are eating at an upper-market establishment check the bill as a 10% service charge often added. Leaving extra is up to you.
you don’t need to leave a lot.
Hotels: If you’re pleased with the cleanliness of your room and the maid service, leave 50-100B per day you stay on the bedside table when you check out. Staff earnings are relatively low and tips are
much appreciated….it also helps lubricate great service.
At the gas station: Up to you.
158 Baan NongWa, Moo7,
Tambon Wangkrai, Amper Thayang
Petchaburi, 76130 Thailand
Tel.: +66 (0)98 882 9258