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Driving in Thailand

Information acquired on 11/06/2009

Compulsory documents

Pink EU driving licence.

International driving license.

Car registration or rental papers.

Country initials sticker.

International Motor Insurance Card.


Owner's permission required if using a vehicle belonging to a third party.

Motorists are advised to contact the Motoring Association for information on local regulations.


Maximum alcohol level : 0.05 %. This is to be considered dangerous : don't drink and drive.

Minimum driving age : 21 years.

Safety belt: compulsory front and back.

Motorcyclists: helmet compulsory for driver and passenger.

Drive on the left.


Warning triangle compulsory.

First-aid kit recommended.

Fire extinguisher recommended.

Set of spare light bulbs recommended.

Tow rope recommended.

Fluorescent safety jacket recommended.

Speed limits (Light vehicles)

In built-up areas : 60 kph.

On roads : 90 kph.

On motorways : 120 kph.

These speed limits are lower in wet weather.

Auto clubs

The Royal Automobile Association of Thaîland (RAAT)

151 Ratchadapisek Road Jatujak

10900 - Bangkok


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