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Personal transport and Thai Driver's Licence
Scooters and motorbikes are undeniably the best way to get around Thai cities BUT... I believe Thais are not taught good driving technique and there is zero enforcement of transgressions.
RULE1- there is NO Rule1
RULE2- Refer Rule1
You can hire or buy a machine so easily. BUT, do get a Thai licence because the traffic police told me NO overseas licence is valid here. An International one is valid for a few months but the Thai licence is very easy to get [assuming you have a current foreign licence], no real test involved, just eyesight, colour blindness and reaction time tests. Do these, sign a form or 2, show your passport and you have your shiny new 2 year 'temporary' licence issued ON THE SPOT. Cheap, quick.
Then learn to drive the Thai way but not their suicidal habits! In Chiang Rai there
is NO priority; first to the roundabout gets it. Red lights are often optional. Lane discipline? Don't make me laugh! All the white paint on the roads is a waste of effort.
Helmets? Optional except near police or army facilities- you will see signs declaring "Helmet 100%". Women worst offenders- don't want to mess up the hair, do we girls? 4 or even 5 Thais on a scooter- common enough; riding whilst on the mobile phone- compulsory. Side-saddle preferred for the more demure ladies.
Road surfaces are often appalling, sometimes dangerous. They patch potholes and broken bitumen but the results are worse than the faulty bits!
Main highways quite good, others....