Book cheap car rentals in Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok’s gilded shrines and ornate palaces are a treat for the eyes, while the floating markets and street food are a treat for the taste-buds. Temples, history, nightlife, performances, shopping – it’s impossible to be bored in Bangkok, a sprawling city where a car is useful for exploring each unique neighborhood.
Renting a car in Bangkok is generally a straightforward affair, but here are a few of the fundamentals to get you started.
You’ll usually need to be at least 21. A few select companies renting luxury vehicles require renters to be at least 23-years-old.
Bring a valid Thai or international driving permit. In most cases, a valid US driving license can be used as well. And as with car rentals in most countries, you’ll need a credit card in your name, too.
You’ll be asked to pay a deposit at pick-up, but not while booking. Keep in mind that you’ll need a credit card, rather than a debit card, for the deposit.
You can usually reserve ahead of time but wait until pick-up to settle your bill.
You can choose from many different car rental operators in Bangkok, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. You can get a better deal at some than at others, so it’s worth shopping around.
With a rental car, Bangkok and the many wonders that lie beyond its boundaries will open up to you. Here are just a few of our top tips.
This backpacker-friendly area is famous for its role in The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio, and for street food, nightlife and cheap shopping. Visit Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha, stroll through the Emerald Palace, find inner peace at the Golden Mount Temple, and get your fill of pad Thai served on banana leaves.
Bangkok’s most cosmopolitan area has plenty of luxury hotels, shopping and spas. It’s also home to most embassies. Sukhumvit is more about luxury than tourist sights, but it’s an easy drive from the neighborhood to Bangkok’s main attractions. If you want to see the action, but stay somewhere quieter, Sukhumvit is for you.
Ayutthaya is an UNESCO World Heritage Site just over an hour’s drive from Bangkok. It was once Siam’s capital city, and now draws visitors for its grand stone temple ruins and carved Buddhas. If you’re looking for an easy road trip from away from the buzz of the city, this is it.