Expat Exchange
Free MembershipSign In

Tips for Expats Driving in Nonthaburi

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Nonthaburi.

1. Understanding the Traffic

Driving in Nonthaburi can be quite challenging, especially for newcomers. The traffic can be heavy, especially during peak hours, and the driving habits of locals may be different from what you’re used to. It’s important to be patient and stay alert at all times.

2. Car Recommendation

Compact cars are recommended for driving in Nonthaburi due to the heavy traffic and narrow roads. They are easier to maneuver and park. However, if you plan to travel outside the city frequently, a larger car or SUV might be more suitable.

3. Parking Situation

Finding parking in Nonthaburi can be difficult, especially in crowded areas. Most shopping malls and large establishments have parking lots, but they can fill up quickly. Parking fees vary, but they are generally affordable.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in Thailand with an international driving permit (IDP) for up to 90 days. After that, you will need to obtain a Thai driving license. It’s important to always carry your IDP and your home country’s driving license when driving.

5. Obtaining a Thai Driving License

To get a Thai driving license, you will need to go to the Department of Land Transport with your passport, valid visa, proof of address in Thailand, medical certificate, and your home country’s driving license or IDP. You will also need to pass a written test and a driving test. It’s recommended to hire a translator or go with a Thai friend if you’re not fluent in Thai.

6. Respect the Rules

Always respect the traffic rules in Thailand. This includes wearing seat belts at all times, not using your phone while driving, and not driving under the influence. Traffic fines can be hefty and police often conduct random checks.

7. Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Be prepared for unexpected situations like sudden rain showers or motorbikes weaving through traffic. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and always check your mirrors before changing lanes.

8. Get Insured

Make sure your car is insured. Accidents can happen and it’s important to be covered. It’s also a good idea to join a roadside assistance program.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

Additional Information:

International Citizens Insurance

Cigna Global Health
Award winning International Health Insurance for Individuals and families living abroad.

Copyright 1997-2024 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal

LoginJoinPlease Login to Continue. New? Join today (it's free).
Since 1997, we've supported millions of people as they explore the world and share the adventures and challenges of living abroad.