Bangkok is the bustling capital of Thailand. It is Southeast Asia’s most popular city and a top destination for travellers. Back in the 15th century during the Ayutthaya Kingdom, Bangkok was only just a small trading post. Today, Bangkok’s borders have expanded to include 6 provinces, namely Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon and Nakhon Pathom.
Modern Bangkok is party central. It is famous for its dizzying array of nightlife, which boasts luxurious rooftop bars and upbeat nightclubs. The notorious Khao San Road and Sukhumvit Road are among two of the most popular party hotspots, bringing new meaning to a city that never sleeps. If the commotion happening is too much for you, try Soi Rambuttri and Thonglor for a more laidback version of Bangkok.
Bangkok’s retail scene is one of the most dynamic in Southeast Asia. Featuring hypermodern and luxurious shopping malls, night markets at every corner down to the floating markets on the river, you are bound to find something exciting in this wonderful city. Among the more prominent shopping malls are Siam Paragon and Central World. If we’re talking floating markets, then Chatuchak is the place to go.
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Car rental Bangkok is available at Bangkok Airport, Bangkok City and Downtown New Petchburee Road.
Cha-Am (also known as Chaam) is located 170 kilometres south of Bangkok and can be reached approximately three hours by car. Cha-Am is well known for its tranquil and laid back atmosphere, featuring a wide variety of eateries and accommodation. If there is one other thing that Cha-Am is famous for, it is definitely the 5 kilometre Long Beach. With Thai-style beach parties being a highlight, there are usually drinking and performance marathons along the shore. Banana boats are also available for those seeking some thrill on the water.
Cha-Am is located 25 kilometres north of Hua Hin, which has more facilities and entertainment to offer to tourists. Cha-Am also happens to be less costly as compared with other Thai cities. Because of this, it is frequently visited by older Europeans who want to escape winter back home to relax and take in the sun.
Car rental Cha-Am is available at Cha-Am hotels.
Hua Hin is located 25 kilometres south of Cha-Am, Thailand. The city is known for its breathtaking scenery. In fact, it can also be considered as the most traditional Thai holiday destination. Something you probably did not know about Hua Hin is that it is still, until today, an active fishing port. This is why Hua Hin is the main holiday hotspot for not just foreigners, but Thai locals as well.
Hua Hin provides an impressive range of accommodation and eateries, where tourists and locals of all classes can choose from. For golf lovers, Hua Hin offers the highest density of gold courses that comply with international standards.
For beach lovers and sunset chasers, the Hua Hin Long Beach stretches over 8 kilometres. The beach features scenic parks, hills, caves and waterfalls where one can undertake popular water sports such as kiteboarding and jet-skiing.
With all that being said, Hua Hin is by no means lacking in nightlife and shopping facilities. Exquisitely fresh and delicious seafood is served at seaside restaurants.
Car rental Hua-Hin is available at Hua Hin Hotels and Hua Hin Villa Market.
Kanchanaburi is a pit stop for natural lovers wanting to explore the many national parks it has to offer. The Erawan National Park, in particular, is a crowd favourite, renowned for its lush green jungle, limestone caves and waterfalls. The magnificent waterfall in the park features seven tiers of pure cascading power. If you want to see the wonders of Mother Nature, head to Erawan and see for yourself its aqua blue waterfalls and a wide variety of wildlife.
Kanchanaburi has a history entwined with the Second World War. It was the town where “The Bridge on the River Kwai” was shot, immortalising the story of the Burma Railway, built by prisoners of war. The town houses several war memorials that are worth visiting to understand and learn about the atrocities of war. Car rental Kanchanaburi will give you the freedom to explore such locations scattered outside of town.
Car Rental Kanchanaburi is available at all Kanchanaburi hotels.
Khao Yai National Park is one of the world’s oldest and greatest forest reserves. The park features some of the largest intact monsoon forests remaining in mainland Asia. Together with the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, the entire area is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is rich in biodiversity and rare mammals, such as tigers, leopards, bears, deer, various gibbons, macaques and more. Khao Yai is also a popular birdwatching destination, boasting 392 species. It is home to the largest population of hornbills in Thailand.
Car Rental Khao Yai is available in all hotels within the area.
Khon Khaen is one of the “Big Four” cities of Isan, which encompasses Udon Thani, Khorat and Ubon Ratchathani. As compared with other established cities, Khon Khaen is relatively new in Thai history. Historical artefacts reveal that the culture is closely linked to the Khmer Empire, which once expanded its presence in the 12th century. This makes Khon Khaen nonetheless as culturally rich as other Thai cities. The city is an important commercial area in Northeast Thailand. It is also a university hub. The large concentration of young blood makes the city vibrant, youthful and lively. Khon Khaen is famous for the production of high quality silk so be sure to pick up some for yourself.
Car Rental Khon Khaen is available at Khon Khaen Airport.
Koh Chang is Thailand’s second largest island, popular among travellers but considerably less crowded than Phuket or Koh Samui. This makes Koh Chang a perfect location for people wanting to take in the beauty of Thailand sans the hustle bustle commonly associated with tourist hotspots. Visit Koh Chang before mass tourism and development finds its way into this pristine island.
Aside from breathtaking beaches, Koh Chang features lush rainforests, cliffs with cascading waterfalls, an abundance of wildlife and marine life. This means snorkelling, diving and jungle hiking activities are available for the discerning traveller.
If you are driving from Bangkok to Koh Chang, it will take you approximately four hours to reach the mainland pier. From there, you can take a car ferry and continue your onwards journey to explore the island.
Car Rental Koh Chang is available at Koh Chang Hotels.
The word ‘Krabi’ might be synonymous with ‘holiday island’ but Krabi mainland, is in fact, the administrative capital of Thailand. Krabi town is the gateway to over 150 islands in the Andaman Sea, such as the all-time famous Koh Phi Phi. If you are not one for tourist hotspots, there are plenty of other island destinations such as Koh Lanta and Koh Ngai. This makes Krabi town the perfect springboard to your next beach getaway. Island hopping is a wildly popular activity so don’t forget to pack your snorkelling gear, bring your sunglasses and slather on lots of sunscreen.
Once you are back on the mainland, Krabi town itself is a quaint spot for you to explore Thailand’s natural wonders, such as limestone cliffs and mangrove forests. The rural parts of town give travellers a glimpse into traditional Thai lifestyle. Ao Nang is the de facto place to go for those seeking for nightlife thrills.
Car Rental Krabi is available at Krabi Airport.
If you are flying into Chiang Rai, then you are bound to arrive via Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai International Airport. The airport is the gateway to the city of Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand. Located only a mere 10 kilometres away, plenty of people opt to hop in a car rental Chiang Rai and drive off to their next adventure.
Chiang Rai as a Province has an abundance of attractions scattered around that many people overlook the city centre. Make it a point to explore the relaxed vibes and authentic local food before setting off to the nooks and crannies of the Province. Be sure to visit the White Temple, a beautiful pure white temple located just 30 minutes away.
Many people also opt to take the Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai drive, which takes approximately three hours. According to seasoned travellers, the drive should be an easy drive on good, sealed roadways. Some parts of the journey even feature proper 4 lane highways. Consider doing the drive on your own and explore Northern Thailand to your hearts content.
Car Rental Chiang Rai is available at Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai Airport.
Mae Sot is a small city in Western Thailand that is located very close to the Burmese border. Due to the proximity of Burma, the town hosts a substantial Burmese population. As Thailand’s main gateway to Burma, is is the main trade hub for gems and teak wood. A must-visit in Mae Sot is the Reclining Buddha and Buddha Foot, a gigantic reclining Buddha with a foot that is full of Buddhist inscriptions. Due to the unique cultural mix in the city, the town market in the city centre is a sight to behold. Be prepared to come across Indo-Burmese textiles, food and teak, as well as Karen, Mon, Hmong and other Burmese minority shops of all kinds. Car rental Mae Sot gives you the freedom go the extra mile and explore everything the town has to offer.
Car Rental Mae Sot is available at Mae Sot Airport.
Nakhon Ratchasima is the second largest city in the Isaan region of Northeastern Thailand. It is the capital city of the Province that shares the same name. It is also commonly referred to as Korat or Khorat by the locals.
The city is a great starting point for travellers who are seeking to explore Isaan and beyond. It is close to Bangkok, as such boasts excellent public transportation links to the rest of the country and beyond. Driving a car rental Nakhon Ratchasima will be quite a breeze.
The Phimai Historical Park, located just under one hour away from the city centre, is worthy of visit. It is home to one of the most important Khmer temples in Thailand. It is a gateway to experience the history between Thailand and neighbouring Cambodia. It is reminiscent of the actual Angkor Wat due to its similar architectural style.
Car Rental Nakhon Ratchasima is available in Nakhon Ratchasima hotels.
Nakhon Si Thammarat is the capital city and also Province of the same name in Southern Thailand. It is situated on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula and is about 700 kilometres south of Bangkok. Nakhon is not only the most ancient Thai city, it is also the heartland of Thai Buddhism. Apart from that, it is also home to Muslim and Hindu temples, a testament to the diverse history of this culturally rich city. The shadow puppet is an exclusive art form that originated from Nakhon.
Aside from the rich culture and history, Nakhon Si Thammarat boasts a beautiful countryside that is brimming with waterfalls, vegetation and exotic wildlife. As with any Thai city that has yet to be exploited by mass tourism, we recommend visiting before the charm fades.
Car Rental Nakhon Si Thammarat is available in the city.
Pattaya is the prime resort city of Thailand located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand. The Ao Pattaya bay, first made into a resort back in the 1960s by Americans, now serves as a backdrop of Pattaya’s party central. The city is home to a mind-boggling array of pubs, bars, go-go clubs, massage parlours and entertainment centres. As the city is fast gaining international recognition, it is upgrading its image and building more cultural attractions to cater to diverse taste.
Car rental Pattaya is available at Downtown Central Road and Pattaya Hotel.
Phitsanulok is the historical city of Northern Thailand that is also the province of the same name. It is situated halfway between Bangkok and Chiang Mai and located between the Nan and Khwae Noi River. With a history dating back to the 10th century, the city’s history is closely linked to the Khmer empire. During the Ayutthaya Period, the city also brushed shoulders with the Burmese regime, serving as a strategic point to evade invading Burmese troops.
Although it is primarily known as a commercial and transportation hub rather than a tourist destination, Phitsanulok also has much to offer with an abundance of historical, cultural and natural attractions. Nonetheless, it is a strategic pit stop for people who are travelling to the northern region of the country. It is also a great starting point to access the ancient Thai capital of Sukhothai. Visit Phitsanulok for a real feel of a Thai city now. The cultural sites and museums are true testaments to the Thai Kingdom’s glorious history.
Car Rental Phitsanulok is available at Phitsanulok Airport.
Phuket is one of the provinces of Southern Thailand. Off the coasts of Phuket Province lies the island of Phuket, the country’s largest and most popular tourist island. There are also 32 islands that are scattered across Phuket’s coast the Andaman Sea, each brimming with immense beauty. Patong, Karon and Koh Phi Phi top the list of best islands in Phuket.
The island is accessible via the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. The mountainous island featuring lush rainforests and amazing beaches is worthy of a drive. Car rental Phuket gives you the ultimate freedom to explore the vast expanses of this island.
Car Rental Phuket is available at Phuket Airport.
Think Thailand is all party and nightlife? Think again. Tucked away about 30 kilometres from Hua Hin is a tranquil getaway destination called Pranburi.
It is an open secret that Thais who are tired of city life are making Pranburi their favourite coastal haunt. Many beautiful villas and holiday homes are mushrooming along the coastal route. Follow the road and it will bring you the Khao Kalok (Skull Mountain), a cliff that shelters a beautiful bay in the south. This particular beach has yet to be populated by mass tourism hence it holds appeal in its white sandy beaches amidst a peaceful backdrop. Travel further down south and you will find yourself in Dolphin Bay, featuring sightings of bottlenose dolphins and finless porpoise. Travel even further and you are rewarded with the views of the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park.
Perhaps one of the reasons that Pranburi is most famous for is the production of dried squid. Every morning, fishermen dock their boats and unload the day’s catch and start with the drying process. Indeed an interesting sight for first-time visitors.
Car Rental Pranburi is available in Pranburi hotels.
Rayong is home to many beautiful national parks and beaches. Located on the Gulf of Thailand, the Eastern Thai province (also the capital city of the same name) is the gateway to Koh Samet island, part of the Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park. Still unperturbed by mass tourism, it is high time everyone visited Rayong to take in its unadulterated beauty!
Only 179 kilometres from Bangkok, it is the perfect escape destination for those seeking sun and sea that is within reach. Blessed with an abundance of tropical rain, the capital city bears delicious fruits during the months of May each year to eager travellers wanting a taste of the region.
Car Rental Rayong is available at all Rayong Hotels.
Koh Samui is one of the prime beach destinations in Thailand. Known for its natural beauty, the island’s gorgeous shoreline is fringed with coconut trees gently fluttering in the tropical breeze. The best thing is it doesn’t take too much effort to head to this paradise on earth! It is possible to fly into the island and take off into the sunset with a car rental Samui.
The island wasn’t the ultimate tourism choice back in its history. In the late 20th century, Samui was a self-sufficient island community that had little to do with mainland Thailand. Today, the island has decent infrastructure that enables everyone to travel around without fuss. The island is big enough for serious adventurers to explore yet compact enough to navigate with car rental in mere hours. Although mainstream tourism has crept upon its shores, there is still plenty of beauty amidst its white sandy beaches, lagoons, waterfalls and all the natural features.
Car Rental Samui is available in Samui Airport.
Surat Thani (sometimes abbreviated as Surat) is the largest Province in South Thailand. The name means “City of Good People” in Thai. It is the gateway to the islands of Thailand’s Gulf Coast, namely Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and many more beautiful gems. Travellers usually go to Surat Thani as a pit stop before making their way to their beach destinations. Essentially, Surat Thani is not your typical Thai tourist town, so expect a more laidback vibe in this city before you set off to the excitement happening in the islands. If you love Southern Thailand food and colourful Chinese temples, linger just a bit more in this authentic city.
Car Rental Surat Thani is available in Surat Thani Airport.
If you fancy becoming one of the first people to view the sunrise of Thailand, then Ubon Ratchathani is the place to be. It is the easternmost province in Thailand, making it one of the first locations to be basked in glorious sunlight. In fact, there is a signboard on the Mekong River that says so.
The culture of Ubon is closely intertwined with neighbouring Cambodia and Laos. Historically, Ubon was part of the Khmer Empire before it was seized by the Kingdom of Ayutthaya back in the 17th century. Due to its rich cultural history, Ubon Ratchathani has the highest per capita density of Thai Buddhist Temples in all of Thailand.
Fondly known as Ubon, the province is the rice bowl of Thailand due to its service and agricultural industries. Some of the freshest produce and hottest chilli can be found here, making it quite a distinct gastronomic experience.
The city is also quite often dubbed the real Thailand, secluded by the voracious nightlife happening in Bangkok, some 629 kilometres away.
If you fancy a drive to the real Thailand and see what it has to offer, then make Ubon one of your stops to take in the sights, sounds and true culture.
Car Rental Ubon Ratchathani is available at Ubon Ratchathani Airport.
Udon Thani is often fondly referred to as Udon or Udorn, and should not be confused with Ubon Ratchathani. Located approximately 450 kilometres away from Bangkok, Udon Thani is the capital city of the Province of the same name.
Udon Thani is the gateway to experiencing the archaeological wonders from the Bronze Age civilisation, believed to have flourished more than 5,000 years ago. Fast forward today, the Northeastern Thai city is a bustling business centre due to its close proximity to Vientiane, the capital of Laos People’s Democratic Republic.
Due to Udon Thani’s strategic location, it is a major transportation hub for Northeastern Thailand. Udon Thani borders Nong Khai to the north, Khon Kaen to the south, Sakon Nakhon to the east and Nong Bua Lam Phu and Loei to the west.
The rest of Udon Thani is a rolling view of rice paddy fields, tropical forests and lush mountain ranges, namely the Phu Pan mountain which is also home to a majestic waterfall. Next to it, the Songkhram River is also a favourite destination for nature lovers.
Car Rental Udon Thani is available in the Udon Thani Airport.
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