What is better, rent a car in Thailand or bike?

I ride here for the second week by car on Samui, andI just can not understand what is wrong. I like it and I don’t like it, although it seems that the car should be a more comfortable means of transportation. In general, some conclusions can already be done. Sharing :)

First I want to say that I have enough experiencedriving, as I’ve been driving for 13 years now: I had to work for a car in due time, I drove to Europe and rode around Russia. This I mean, I feel pretty confident at the wheel, despite the right-hand drive and left-hand traffic.

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Pros and cons of renting a car in Thailand

All information regarding car hire in thailandI already laid out. And also laid out the nuances leases through local rentals (Samui) and when booking a car at large network companies (Bangkok). After reading these articles, you will get answers to almost all of your questions related to this topic.


  • Safely. In the event of an accident, there are more chances to survive or to get rid of it altogether.
  • Much safer with kids. You can ride a bike with children, but it is much safer by car, because even a slight fall can be fatal for a child. Plus no one distracts the driver and does not try to jump on the go.
  • It's easier to drive a big company. Up to 4 people in general can comfortably ride in any sedan / hechebke. And the Thais manage to score and 10 people.
  • Large trunk. When traveling to the market or a hypermarket, you can stock up on the full program. Actually, if you have children, you live far away and you do not want to go to the store every 3 days.
  • High speed on the track. Of course, motorcycles can develop a decent speed, but I personally, like probably many, prefer to drive a car at a speed of 100-120.
  • Long distance trips. Here the car is generally out of competition, comfortable, fast, you can take a lot of things, not hindrance weather conditions, you can take a nap in the car.
  • Driver's license. Everybody usually has a category B and get a couple of hours to get international law. By the way, some even drive with national rights, but it does not always roll.
  • A car can and should be booked through Economybookings (cheaper through it than directly). Bike can not order online.


  • Rental price. There are cars in Thailand from 800-1200 baht per day, or from 10-20 thousand per month. To buy a car is more expensive than in Russia because of the dollar exchange rate, but the condition will be better, well preserved in this climate.
  • Not economical. Gasoline costs ~ 30 baht / l, and the car eats 8-15 liters per hundred.
  • Expensive repair. If suddenly something, then the car and maintain and repair more expensive bike.
  • More deposit. When renting a car, you can ask for a deposit, freeze money on the card (if through large offices), etc., and it will be more than a deposit for a bike. Plus, sometimes more paperwork is required.
  • Difficult parking. You can not always stick to where you can easily stand on the bike.
  • Sightseeing is not convenient. This is a variation of the previous paragraph, about this below.
  • Low speed in the city. If this is a city and the road is narrow, then it is much easier to ride a bike. Sometimes by car you drag slower than bikes.
  • Track traffic situation. Bikers and strive to climb under the wheels, especially farangi. On a bike, it seems to me a bit easier to keep track of what is happening, and you expect that the drivers of the cars are watching you right behind you.
  • Right wheel. For those who find it difficult to adapt to new conditions, it can be very unusual.
Rent a car in Thailand

Rent a car in Thailand

Pros and cons of renting a bike in Thailand

About scooter rental in thailand and managing it, I already wrote. If you need information, read the link.


  • Cheap. Rent in Thailand will cost about 150-300 baht per day and 3-4 thousand per month, available to almost everyone. Plus, you can easily buy it, new ones cost 40-50 thousand, and used ones as well and generally 20 thousand. Repair is also quite inexpensive.
  • Economical. Eats 3 liters per hundred.
  • Nimble and small. Everywhere he will crawl through where the car will not pass, he will park everywhere, you can drive slowly, you can quickly. Inspect the surrounding area or drive into the next 7/11 is very, very convenient. Wanted to stop, just did it. The same with the turn.
  • No parking required. In fact, do not need any special place.
  • Driving license conditionally not needed. And although officially the rights of category A are needed, but in reality most of the farang rides go without them. Also, these rights are not difficult to obtain directly in Thailand.
  • Romantic. Wind, a sense of belonging to the movement and so on. Who likes to ride a bike, he will understand.


  • Dangerously. Accidents on the road with the participation of bikes the most. Almost all of my friends, at least once fell.
  • Dependence on weather conditions. Rain, whipping in the glass of the helmet and wet clothes, very few people bring joy. Here you can add insects, beating in the helmet and arms, a little pleasant. And in the rain to go is not only uncomfortable, but also dangerous.
  • Dependence on the time of day. Driving through the dark is more dangerous than during the day.
  • Sensitivity to road surface. If by car you can slip a hole, then on a bike you can fly into a ditch.
  • Small trunk. The trunk of the bike is scanty, sometimes the hook in the legs saves, where you can hang something, but still it can not be compared with the machine. There is nowhere to put a stroller, a couple of durians from the market or a branch of coconuts. That is, you can adapt, but not for a long time train.
  • More expensive medical insurance, as it is necessary to cover riding a bike, which, as a rule, comes in a separate package. All about insurance here.
Bike rental in Thailand

Bike rental in Thailand


In fact, my conclusion is thatmoving inside resorts: if you go somewhere in a particular place, then driving is quite convenient. But, if you go just to gaze around, to look for some store or something interesting along the way, then it is some kind of hard labor. The road is narrow, it is difficult to stop, because the stream is following you, often you just fly by, because it’s not very ethical to go very slowly. I tried to drive a car just to take a look at the sides without a purpose, so many interesting things slipped through, it’s not always convenient to turn around ...

But, if you drive on the highway, on the contrary, the car andonly car. Well traveled by car through the north of Thailand, turning circles around Chiang Mai, perfectly traveled from Bangkok to Krabi, Phuket and back. Moreover, still passing into all kinds of national parks resorts along the way. He even slept in the car, got tired and stopped for a few hours nap, very comfortable.

Choosing between a bike or a car, most often peopleguided by the price. But I would still think driving safety. I know that thousands of people ride a bike, but those are less for me. Whoever decides this for himself, it all depends on personal preferences, budget, fears and experience. So essentially these two factors are decisive for most people, the choice is yours.

What is better car or bike?

What is better car or bike?

P.S. I will not advise that I rent, I like the feeling of riding a bike, but with a child or for long hauls, I personally always choose a car.

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