I understand that public is efficient and readily available, and from a few posts here and other forums that car hire is an alternative option, as I am from Oz driving on the correct side of the road is not an issue and I have driven in Malaysia and Singapore, but wondered if it is possible and feasible to progressively hire a car with driver even if a taxi from one location to another. Plan to use Trains/buses progressively Bangkok to Chiang Mai, then fly to Udon Thani or go to Nong Khai via Luang Prabang and Vientiane with the objective of travelling down through Issan including Buriam to Bangkok then a couple of weeks at beaches to round off the six plus weeks in country. A long bus ride without stops is getting hard for these old bones
#1 meandher has been a member since 10/5/2006. Posts: 3
Welcome to Travelfish!
Simple answer is yes. You can jump in a cab in Bangkok and say:
"Take me to Phuket kind sir"
And they will. They will need to call their shop and give you a quote -- these type of trips are fixed rate.
If you don't want to use a cab, any reasonable hotel or travel agent should be able to organise a car with driver for you. Note if it is for a long trip, be sure to specify who pays for what (accommodation and meals) during the trip -- clear it up at the start to avoid missunderstandings later in the trip.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,800
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thank you for that
#3 meandher has been a member since 10/5/2006. Posts: 3
I'm also from OZ and I hired a small 4WD from Chiang Rai for a few days on my last visit to Thailand. I found driving there no different than here, signage is good and the roads well maintained. Exploring autonomously was quite liberating and fun. Dropping in at places and being the only "tourists" in sight.
#4 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270