What do you need to drive to Thailand?
There are plenty of places to visit in Southern Thailand or you can be adventurous enough to drive up all the way to Bangkok. Driving in Thailand is fun and easy but what do you need to drive to Thailand? Here are the things you need to do to drive up to Land of Smiles.
1. Valid Malaysian Passport or Malaysia / Thailand Border Pass. Make sure your passport is at least six months ahead of date of expiry.
2. Car registration card. Only original car registration card is accepted and no photocopy is allowed.
3. 3rd party Thai insurance. You can purchase the 3rd party Thai insurance at Malaysian – Thailand border. This is compulsory.
4. Valid Malaysian driving license or International driving license. You can purchase the International driving license with your valid Malaysia Driving license.
5. Should you be driving a car that belongs to someone else, then an authorisation letter from the owner of the car allowing you to drive the vehicle in Thailand.
- Check your engine oil. Make sure the engine oil is within the safe level and car is service accordingly.
- Check tire thread. The tire thread should be visible and there should not be any visible crack signs around the tire.
- Check tire pressure. You can check behind the fuel cover to check the right tire pressure for your tire. Make sure the spare tire is in good condition and also in proper tire pressure.
- Water tank level. Make sure the water tank level is adequate and also the coolant tank is filled with coolant or water. Coolant is available in selected petrol station.
- Brake Oil Level. It is important to check your brake oil level before you start your journey. You can purchase brake oil in selected petrol stations.
Driving in Southern Thailand is safe and fun but do remember to update the GPS unit with Thailand Map if you intend to use your GPS unit. There are no tolls in Southern Thailand and also on the highway to Bangkok.