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Things to Know When You Own a Car in Thailand



Driving a car in Thailand is quite different from driving in other countries. You need to pay attention to several laws and regulations if you want to drive safely while in the country. In this article, we'll explain things you need to know about owning a car in Thailand so that you can get behind the wheel with confidence!

Annual vehicle inspection

When you own a car in Thailand, it’s important to remember that you must undergo an annual vehicle inspection. This is not optional and must be done every year. The cost will vary according to the type of vehicle (for example, a pickup truck would cost more than a sedan) and can be done at any time during the year. If you want to skip the hassle, most private garages offer these services for less than 200 baht per inspection—but if your vehicle doesn’t pass, they won’t do it again for free!

Alternatively, you can have your car inspected at one of several government offices throughout Bangkok or other major cities in Thailand. These offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm; however, they may close early on holidays or weekends-so plan accordingly!

Thai driving license

You need a Thai driving license if you want to drive in Thailand.

To get one, you need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid driving license from your home country. You can also apply for a Thai driving license if you've recently passed the written and practical tests required by your country of origin, but this is only available as an exception under certain circumstances.

Car insurance

Your car is your most valuable asset. You don’t want anything bad happening to it, but accidents do happen. Many people choose not to have insurance on their vehicles in Thailand because the cost of insuring a vehicle can be quite high. However, you will be responsible for any injuries or damages caused by your uninsured vehicle in an accident. It’s recommended to buy car insurance in Thailand. There are many trusted car insurance companies like Viriyah, MSIG, and Bangkok Insurance.

Parking fees

Parking fees are common in Thailand. While you may not be surprised to learn that parking is charged by the hour or by the day, what might surprise you is that this applies to both public and private parking lots. Parking fees can be paid by cash or credit card and they’re usually posted near their respective entrances.


In this article, we’ve covered the basics of car ownership in Thailand. We hope it has given you a good idea about what you need to know before buying a vehicle here. If you are someone who plans on staying in Thailand for more than 6 months and/or driving regularly, then owning a car will be worth it!

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