While most people who travel to Thailand hire a motorbike for zipping around, if you’re planning on taking a road trip, it is a better (and safer) idea to hire a car. Thai drivers aren’t exactly known for following the rules of the road, and a car will also provide you with the space you need to carry luggage, souvenirs, food, and anything else you may need for a long journey.
It’s easy to find car rental in Chiang Mai Airport and the other airports in Thailand, so you can book your car before you travel, enabling you to pick it up as soon as you get through customs. Below are our top picks for a road trip.
The Subaru Crosstrek is practical, reliable, capable, and above all, fun to drive; just what you want for your Thai adventure. With a fuel economy of 33 mpg on the highway, it’s a good choice for both couples and families who really want to travel the length and breadth of the country. All-wheel drive comes as standard, too, so even if you travel away from the main highways and on to some of the poorer maintained roads, you won’t have any trouble navigating them. This compact crossover will help you go wherever you need to, in both style and comfort.
The Honda HR-V is the perfect choice for those who love adventure. The interior of the car can be customized according to your needs, and it’s really simple to lay down the seats to stow larger pieces of luggage, as well as things like bicycles and surfboards. This car also comes with a heap of safety features; ideal for those who aren’t used to driving on the left side of the road, and it’s economic to drive. If you and your family want to not only explore, but enjoy a sporting adventure during your trip, this is the road trip car for you.
If you can manage to find a Ford Mustang GT Convertible in Thailand, one thing’s for sure; you’ll be turning heads wherever you go. This is the ultimate classic car for the road trip of your dreams. Pop the lid down, and let the breeze blow through your hair as you take on all of the country’s best sites and attractions. Plus, with the best interior of any car on this list, you’ll be way ahead of the rest of them when it comes to entertainment and navigation. The lack of road signs definitely won’t cause you any trouble, and you’ll be rocking along in style thanks to the tunes you can blast out through the speakers. Bonnie Tyler anyone?
So, there you have it, our three top picks for a road trip around Thailand. Of course, it’s always best to consider who you will be travelling with and your budget, but these cars definitely won’t cause you any troubles on Thailand’s roads.