Planning a Road Trip as a Tourist in Thailand

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Some people travel to Thailand with plans to backpack across this beautiful, tropical country. For many other people, concerns about their safety, issues with the weather, and medical conditions may preclude walking and hiking as the ideal means of travel. Thankfully, tourists can still enjoy all the sites of the Thai countryside.

Planning a road trip across Thailand may be a better option for many people visiting this popular Southeast Asian tourism destination. It’s cost-effective and lends itself to a shorter trip. Renting a car or truck from a company by the airport and planning on a road trip can be a great way to get off the beaten path and see more of the real culture and life that people enjoy in Thailand.

Pick Your Destination 

There isn’t one road trip plan that works for all Thailand tourists. People come to Thailand for a wide range of reasons, from swimming at the beach and shopping to spiritual enlightenment and enjoying the natural world. Depending on what you hope to get from your trip, you may have a very different route than someone else visiting during the same season.

For example, if you are coming to deepen your spirituality, planning a route that travels past a number of temples might be the best option. For those more interested in hitting the beach, a coastal route may be a better choice. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the location of some of the destinations you most want to see in Thailand. Ideally, you can incorporate quite a few of them into a single road trip.

Be Open To Exploring and Going Off Course

There is no shortage of incredible tourist destinations in Thailand. However, many travelers find that the culture here surpasses the tourist destinations. Don’t be afraid to get yourself a little lost.

Going off on to a back road or visiting a small town along the way could prove to be the most incredible detour of your life. Make sure you know where you’re going, and that people know where you are headed, but keep an open mind to the possibilities as you travel across the country. You never know who you might meet or what you might see on an unscheduled pit stop.


Planning a road trip ahead of time can help you make the most of your time in Thailand. Renting a car ensures that you have autonomy over where you go, so that you are not under the control of local buses or taxi drivers. Like with any road trip, making certain that you have adequate supplies before you head out can make your trip more pleasant and smoother.

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