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Things to prepare on a road trip to Thailand

First of all, you need to familiarize yourself with some things that might happen and might not.

The list of things to prepare for a long car road trip in Thailand is not just the usual things you would prepare for such a trip. You need to be aware of what might happen in Thailand and how to keep yourself, your friends, and your car safe during the travel.

The list of things to prepare are listed below:

1) Make sure you have the right car insurance
If you own a car in Thailand, it’s recommended to buy a car insurance. You should compare the price of car insurance and what they offer before purchasing one. It’s not just for the road trip but by having it, you will feel more secure financially while in Thailand.

2) Get the right maps and GPS.
You can get this on your laptop or you can download it on your smartphone, or maybe you can use the maps of Google maps. This is very important as there are people all around the world who will charge extra for showing you the way to where ever you want to go and they might take advantage of this by charging a lot of money if they don’t know where exactly they are going. A good backup map is really helpful, while fuel at vehicle stops is usually pricy, it’s possible to buy fuel in advance so that you won’t run out of fuel when you need it most during long driving trips.

3) Driving license
Know if any members of your party require an International Driving License (check with them if they are planning on driving). A license may only be used in conjunction with a valid home country driving license by those aged 18 years or over who permanently reside outside of that country.

4) Road conditions
Know the road conditions of the destination and whether you should expect potholes or potholes or bumpy roads which might damage your car so beware of these, they can be costly in Thailand. Be aware of your surroundings and the local weather, heavy rain or flooding can occur anywhere in Thailand so check before you set out with a map or use an app to check the weather forecast. In addition, make sure your car and your driving history are both in good health and take a long test drive.

5) Speed limits
Know the speed limit of where you plan to drive as this may differ from that of your home country’s speed limits. You might be overspeeding at home, but Thai police are fairly strict with their speed cameras so check before you set out on a trip to Thailand.

6) Emergency kit
Know and carry your emergency kit, you can get this from any local emergency service, and make sure that your emergency kit is complete and has enough items in it. Also, watch for local sales tax which may drastically increase the cost of goods at popular tourist destinations and at certain times of the year.

7) Emergency backup plan
Know what to do if you become ill or injured while traveling or while within Thailand. Call the hospital that you plan on visiting first.

First of all, you need to familiarize yourself with some things that might happen and might not. Some people have been afraid of the traffic in Bangkok and how it can delay you in getting where you want to go. The problem is that your car has no protection against traffic accidents during road travel.

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