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Thailand Road Rules

Thailand Road Rules

In Thailand we drive on the left side of the road and cars are generally right hand drive

The legal ages for driving in Thailand is 18 years for a car, 15 years for a motorbike up to 110cc and 18 years for 110cc and over.

Please check with your local consulate if your license is valid in Thailand or if you require an international license.

Vehicles need to display a valid tax disc

All occupants in the front seats of cars must wear a seat belt.

Helmets are mandatory for riding a motorcycle in Thailand

The blood alcohol limit is 0.5 mg

Talking on the phone without a hands-free system while driving is illegal. Other things to take into account when driving in Thailand:


General Tips:

The flashing of headlights is not a invitation to take a gap as in western countries but is for warning you to stay out of the way.

Right of Might. Drivers of larger vehicles will assume that smaller vehicles will give way

Always check for motorbikes when opening car doors on the side of the road, as they frequently ride along the space between the road and the pavement

Car seats are not required for children however this is highly recommended

If you see tree branches in the road it is usually an indication of a breakdown ahead.

For a breakdown of the most common traffic signs please see below:


คำอธิบาย: Thai Stop Sign

Stop sign

คำอธิบาย: Thai Yield sign

Yield sign

คำอธิบาย: Thai road closed to cars sign

No access to cars

คำอธิบาย: Thai no overtaking sign

No overtaking

คำอธิบาย: Thai No entry sign

No entry

คำอธิบาย: Thai no U-turn sign

No U-turn

คำอธิบาย: Thai No left U-turn sign

No left U-turn

คำอธิบาย: Thai no left turn sign

No left turn

คำอธิบาย: Thai no right turn sign

No right turn

คำอธิบาย: change to left lanes not allowed

No changing to left lane

คำอธิบาย: no changing to right lane sign

No changing to right lane

คำอธิบาย: no right turn, no right U turn

No right rurn nor right U-turn

คำอธิบาย: No left turn, no left U-turn

No Left Turn nor U-turn

คำอธิบาย: Thai give way to oncoming traffic sign

Give way to oncoming traffic

คำอธิบาย: Thai closed to trucks sign

Closed to trucks

คำอธิบาย: Thai closed to motorcycles sign

Closed to motorcycles

คำอธิบาย: use of trailers prohibited

No Trailers allowed

คำอธิบาย: Thai closed to motorized tricycles sign

Closed to Tuk - Tuks

คำอธิบาย: close to

Closed to motor tri-cycles

คำอธิบาย: Thai no bicycles sign

Closed to bicycles

คำอธิบาย: Thai closed to push carts sign

No push carts

คำอธิบาย: Thai no Agricultural vehicles sign

No agricultural vehicles

คำอธิบาย: closed to 4-takt engined motorcycles

Closed to motorized cycles

คำอธิบาย: thai closed to motorized vehicles sign

Closed to motorized vehicles

คำอธิบาย: thai closed to bi- or tri-cycles sign

Closed to bi- or tri-cycles

คำอธิบาย: no oxcarts allowed

No ox carts

คำอธิบาย: Thai no honking sign

No honking

คำอธิบาย: Thai No pedestrians sign

No pedestrians

คำอธิบาย: thai no parking sign

No parking

คำอธิบาย: Thai no parking / no stopping sign

No stopping / No parking