I am thinking of renting a car in Bangkok about Feb. 20th and driving to Phuket. I have to be back on March 1st because i am flying out on March 2. I am looking for someone to share the cost of a car rental and gas. Anyone interested? I think it would be much more interesting than flying.
#1 skottypa has been a member since 20/1/2011. Posts: 9
Great idea but getting out of Bangkok in a car might be a problem unless you know the roads real well and can handle the traffic. I like driving in Thailand but have never tried in Bangkok - find the roads too confusing and the traffic too much to deal with on holidays.
Sharing with a stranger could be a problem too. They might be totally annoying to be stuck in a car with and might rack off without giving you half the money.
If it was me I'd train it to Hua Hin hire a car there then drive down and leave the car in Phuket. Then fly back. I think Budget has offices in both those locations.
#2 Krabiman has been a member since 2/1/2011. Posts: 223
Train to Hua Hin sounds like a good plan. I hired a car in Chiang Mai and headed south (bypassing Bkk), down to Amphawa, then hooked back up to drop the car off at Bkk Airport. I actually found the driving quite good in Thailand - although I did keep right out of central Bkk.
Of course the problems that Krabiman are your trade-off in terms of sharing: annoying, abandonment without payment, etc. But that's your tradeoff for sharing expenses. On the other hand, you might find someone who shares your enthusiasm for travel, is honest and reliable, and is great company. It could go either way, of course. Just be sure to ask them the questions that matter (smoker? type of sights that are of interest? etc). And maybe get a deposit up front, and consider progressive payments as you go.
There's always a solution.
(But DO be careful with your gear. Don't completely let your guard down).