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How to Plan a Peaceful Road Trip In Thailand

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It’s common to plan a trip to Thailand and spend all your time in Bangkok, but there are so many other cities that you should see. You can see the five-tier golden pagoda in Chiang Rai, visit the famous temple of Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, or just go out for some good Thai food at one of the many street vendors around the country. One thing that might surprise you about Thailand is how easy it is to get around if you have a car or motorcycle. While public transportation exists within each city as well as between them, it can be very expensive! That’s why we recommend renting a vehicle instead—it will give you more freedom while saving money too! We’ve put together some tips on how best to plan your next road trip through Thailand below:

Choose the Right Transportation

As you plan your road trip, you’ll want to make sure that you’re choosing the right transportation for the occasion. Your vehicle should be comfortable for everyone in your travel party, as well as spacious enough for your luggage and belongings. Make sure your car is covered with Type 1 car insurance. A good safety rating is also important—it will help ensure that everyone arrives at their destinations safely.

Plan Ahead

Planning is essential when it comes to planning a road trip in Thailand. This will help you save time and money, as well as ensure that your trip goes smoothly. Here are some things that you should consider before embarking on your journey:

  • Make a list of things to do and see along the way. You can use this list as a guide for choosing which roads or cities to visit during your trip.
  • Research the best places to stay along the route, especially if you plan on staying there overnight or longer.
  • Check the weather forecast for each area of Thailand where you’ll be traveling so that you know what type of clothing and gear (e.g., raincoats) will be needed at any given time of year; try not leaving home without checking first!
  • Make sure all documents required by Thai law have been obtained beforehand – these include visas (if applicable), vehicle registration papers from home country etcetera . . . It’s crucial not forgetting anything because once inside borders there’s no turning back without risking deportation penalties being applied upon departure time!”

Take Sightseeing Breaks

  • Take Sightseeing Breaks

This is a great time to take photos and enjoy the scenery. If you are driving, rest stops are good places to stop and take photos. You can also get out of the car or truck and stretch your legs when it feels right.

  • Avoid Distractions on Long Drives

If you are driving, avoid distractions such as music or audiobooks that require concentration. Instead, keep yourself entertained by reading a book or listening to podcasts—these tend not to require much focus from drivers! 

Take Lots of Photos

Make sure to take lots of photos. You’ll be surprised at how beautiful the scenery is in Thailand, and you want to make sure that your memories are preserved as much as possible. To do this, there are a few things you should consider:

  • Use a tripod so that all of your photos are clear and sharp. Tripods come in handy if you plan on taking multiple pictures or if you’re trying to capture something that’s moving around quickly. If you don’t have a tripod on hand, try putting the camera down flat on something stable (like another person) so that the camera won’t move during the shot.
  • Take pictures everywhere! Whether it’s one person or an entire group of people, Thai people love having their picture taken by tourists who visit their country—and why wouldn’t they? The pictures provide some fun stories for them later when they look back at them years later; plus it gives them bragging rights over other friends who may not have been able to go abroad before now! On top of all this fun though there’s still plenty more reasons why taking selfies with locals should be high priority number one.”

Pack a Good Attitude

When you’re on the road, there’ll be plenty of time to take in new sights. But before you go, it’s important to keep your expectations in check and pack a good attitude.

You should be prepared for anything! Don’t expect things will always go according to plan—you never know what you might encounter along the way: traffic jams; construction zones; detours; bad weather or accidents blocking the road ahead…so many things can happen unexpectedly! Your best bet is simply to stay flexible and roll with whatever comes your way.

Also, don’t forget that traveling is all about meeting people from all over the world. You may meet some interesting people along the way—people who inspire you with their stories about how they’ve overcome obstacles or achieved success through hard work and determination (or just because they were lucky). Or maybe these folks will teach us something new about ourselves by showing us something we hadn’t considered before: how much fun it can be when we accept what life has given us instead of constantly wishing for more than we have now.

Don’t Worry About the Details

“Don’t worry about the details.”

If you’re a planner, like me, this may be hard to hear. But when it comes to planning a trip, some things can’t be controlled and it’s essential to realize that. The only thing we can control is our attitude and how we react to what happens along the way. If you get stressed out before leaving on your road trip in Thailand, then chances are good that once you arrive at your destination in Thailand your stress level will start rising again as things don’t go exactly as planned or expected.

Instead of worrying too much about trivial details like where you’ll stay each night or what type of food you’ll eat during dinner tonight (which might change anyway), focus on enjoying the journey itself as much as possible! This means taking time out from work responsibilities every day for at least 30 minutes so that when someone asks “How was work today?” they’ll receive an honest answer instead of “Fine.”

Eat Locally Sourced Food

Making sure to eat locally sourced food will ensure that you get the most authentic experience. While there are many tourist traps that serve mediocre food, they can be avoided by sticking with local restaurants and street vendors. When eating at a restaurant, you should try new dishes that you’ve never tried before. You may find that some of these “exotic” foods are actually quite delicious!

Regarding street food, remember not to judge a book by its cover! Make sure not to miss out on these local delicacies by sticking with what’s familiar and safe for tourists

Enjoy yourself!

Don’t forget to enjoy yourself! The beautiful scenery, the friendly people and culture, and even the other travelers you meet on your road trip will provide an experience you won’t forget.


We hope that we’ve given you some useful tips for planning a road trip in Thailand. It’s an incredible country with so much to see, and the best way to experience it is by getting out on the open road and exploring! Just remember that no matter how much planning you do ahead of time, there will always be surprises along the way. So relax, grab some snacks from a roadside stall, or pull over at a scenic overlook—the world will still be waiting for you when you return home again.