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Just got my driving license for a car in Norway, not same like the US when we have to be 18 years old before taking the license.

 

The question is, do you have to retake a test or something to rent a car, moped or anything in pattaya if you have a driving license, or maybe its a own license just for the moped?

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I drive cars and large motorbikes in Pattaya with no mention of licences. Just pay the police when get stopped, or flash the car licence. However i did rent off a legitimate company once called budget (in koh samui) and they needed a full UK licence. I think most countries accept that because of the high standard we set.

 

I think if you want to make it completely legal you can purchace an international licence for about

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I drive cars and large motorbikes in Pattaya with no mention of licences. Just pay the police when get stopped, or flash the car licence. However i did rent off a legitimate company once called budget (in koh samui) and they needed a full UK licence. I think most countries accept that because of the high standard we set.

 

I think if you want to make it completely legal you can purchace an international licence for about

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Im from norway so maybe i get a International license then, you have to go some special place to get it or you can get it anywhere?

 

in england we can buy it from the RAC - which is a vehicle breakdown emergency service. Yoiu dont need to do anything just pay up.

 

I believe technically without a international drivers licence it isn't fully legal, but with one, you have a rock solid argunment in the event of claims and so forth.

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in england we can buy it from the RAC - which is a vehicle breakdown emergency service. Yoiu dont need to do anything just pay up.

 

I believe technically without a international drivers licence it isn't fully legal, but with one, you have a rock solid argunment in the event of claims and so forth.

 

 

Okai, maybe i can get it somewhere in BKK/Pattaya as well?

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Okai, maybe i can get it somewhere in BKK/Pattaya as well?

 

I suspect not. I would get it from you own country.

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I suspect not. I would get it from you own country.

 

 

Okai, then i should try that, but traffic is pretty scary in Thailand. I know someone who just passed away in an accident and maybe not good idea to rent something, just take Bbus or a mopedtaxi or something ^_^

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Okai, then i should try that, but traffic is pretty scary in Thailand. I know someone who just passed away in an accident and maybe not good idea to rent something, just take Bbus or a mopedtaxi or something ^_^

 

No way! what happened?

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No way! what happened?

 

He was a older than me, maybe almost 30 years old. Driving a motorbike near pattaya i think, i just read it in the newspaper. Crashed with some pickup :(

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I drive cars and large motorbikes in Pattaya with no mention of licences. Just pay the police when get stopped, or flash the car licence. However i did rent off a legitimate company once called budget (in koh samui) and they needed a full UK license. I think most countries accept that because of the high standard we set.

 

I think if you want to make it completely legal you can purchace an international license for about

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If the police stop you and you aint got a licence for a bike, how much do they fine you?

 

Are you in big trouble in that case? or can you be?

 

 

regards

 

 

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My advice would be dont rent anything, you have just passed your test. Driving in Thailand is a nightmare. I have had a license for 15 years and you have to be on your guard at all times. If you are in Pattaya and want a bike (dont bother with a car unless you are going on a long journey) you only need to show your passport, they dont give a shit if you can drive or not because if you crash it you buy them a NEW bike even if the bike you rent is a bag of shit.

 

also to speedyman52, you can either pay 200 baht on the spot if you can slip it to him discretely or sometimes 400 baht at the police station. Just tell them you left your license back in your home country.

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Thanks for the advice mate, i think i will just hire a moped when i need one

 

 

Cheers sinkorswim

 

 

 

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If the police stop you and you aint got a licence for a bike, how much do they fine you?

 

Are you in big trouble in that case? or can you be?

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Not that big a deal , it works two ways ,

you leave the bike , you go to station and pay 200 baht ,

return with a receipt , and pick up your bike ,

 

or you pay 800 baht ,

and sent on your way , it all done with smiles ,

 

Joe

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Just contact your local NAF office or your insurrance company. You will need a couple of passport photos and your drivers licence. Cost you 100 NOK. The whole procedure takes about 5 minutes.

 

 

 

Not that big a deal , it works two ways ,

you leave the bike , you go to station and pay 200 baht ,

return with a receipt , and pick up your bike ,

 

or you pay 800 baht ,

and sent on your way , it all done with smiles ,

 

Joe

 

Yup and do not discuss with them, just tell them how deeply sorry you are, smile and pay up :001_Sawasdee:

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Just contact your local NAF office or your insurrance company. You will need a couple of passport photos and your drivers license. Cost you 100 NOK. The whole procedure takes about 5 minutes.

Yup and do not discuss with them, just tell them how deeply sorry you are, smile and pay up :001_Sawasdee:

 

The easy way is to have your licensee with you ,

its worth it for the look on there faces ,

as they tell you to go and drive slowly .

 

You see the police stop guys on Second rd most days

 

Joe

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also to speedyman52, you can either pay 200 baht on the spot if you can slip it to him discretely or sometimes 400 baht at the police station. Just tell them you left your license back in your home country.

 

There have been reported incidences of 20,000 baht fines recently (Pattaya abd Phuket) but that has been for combination offences i.e. a mixture of no licence, no insurance, no helmet, not have passport on hand etc. There IS a clampdown on farang bike riders at the moment which could be either a City Hall initiative OR a police response to heavy criticism from the (army controlled) CNS.

 

Technically speaking, you need the relevant licence for the relevant vehicle. i.e. a car licence to hire a car and a bike licence for a bike.

 

Thailand accepts a UK licence. There is no need at all for a UK licence holder to get an international licence. However it varies from country to country so you need to check the situation for Norway. If you can't find out then get the international licence to be on the safe side.

 

Citizens of ALL nationalities MUST get a Thai licence if they are here for more than 60 days i.e. a 12 month international licence is not good enough if you are 60+ days. Again if you do this its an offence but even if you get caught the fine can vary from cop to cop.

 

IF you hire a bike and do NOT have a bike licence (they will still rent it to you) that will render the bikes insurance invalid and subsequently your travel/medical insurance. Kill or injure someone in this situation and you are going to be a very POOR little tourist as Thai law requires direct compensation to victims/families. If you do not pay up you will not be allowed to leave Thailand until you do.

 

I would agree with SinkorSim - you are probably too inexperienced to drive here - just walk and get the baht bus, there is lttle you will want to see that is more than 10 minutes away.

 

Read the Pattaya People (an awful weekly rag) - I would hazard a guess at between 2-3 farang killed or seriously maimed every week in Pattaya and yes, you guessed it they are almost all on motorbikes.

 

I would also advise that anyone hiring a bike have a licence - worth the risk of a 400 baht fine?? yes probably. Worth the risk of ending up in hospital with your medi cover invalidated - Possibly. Worth the risk of paying compensation if you are in an accident - definitely not.

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Not that big a deal , it works two ways ,

you leave the bike , you go to station and pay 200 baht ,

return with a receipt , and pick up your bike ,

 

or you pay 800 baht ,

and sent on your way , it all done with smiles ,

 

Joe

 

 

HI Joe

 

 

sorry you do noy pay 800baht, if you have the have taken the piss, if I was asked for a direct payment of 800 baht I would tell them I did not have it, I have been caught doing 160 km down sukumvit (stupid I know) got charged 400 baht, I have been pulled over without a helmet or running a light (stupid I know I ride like a Thai) each time 200 baht on the spot paid with a smile and a sorry. If you go to the police station then it is 400 baht, some police officers will not take the direct payment.

 

One good idea is to listen to Whitespider he has posted the best responce on this subject. If not you can also keep 200 baht in a side pocket incase you get pulled or ware your helmet at all times and follow the light signals this will reduce your chances of getting stopped to almost zero, unless they are now just stopping people at random in which case I would not bother with a bike.

 

I used to rent big bikes in Pattaya but now I do not bother, I never go past soi 3 anyway.

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If not you can also keep 200 baht in a side pocket incase you get pulled or ware your helmet at all times and follow the light signals this will reduce your chances of getting stopped to almost zero, unless they are now just stopping people at random in which case I would not bother with a bike.

 

Good advice - they usually pull miscreants (farang) for an actual offence i.e. jumping lights etc

 

However YES they are doing random checks on farang and much more than before. Mostly on "big bikes". However if you drive properly your chances of being pulled are reduced.

 

FFS - wear a helmet. Keeps you on the right side of the law and keeps you safe.

 

It might be worth trying to explian the traffic light system briefly while we are on this subject.

 

Most you will work out but there are three (main) vagaries that you may not be used to, especially UK drivers where lights are "god".

 

1. If you are faced with a red light you CAN legally turn left. You must however still give way to the traffic that has a green light. If you are approaching a red light, and wish to go straight ON, do NOT block the left hand lane or people will get angry because ypu are blocking their left turn.

 

2. If you have a green straight on arrow you CANNOT turn right until you get a green right facing arrow. This is however complicated further. Where the green right turn arrow would normally "appear" there will be a red or green "dash". If it is red you CANNOT turn right until the green arrow appears. If it is a green dash you can turn right but you do NOT have right of way so only if there is no oncoming traffic. If a green arrow appears you have right of way.

 

3. You will often come to crossroads (especially on main roads like sukhumvit) where the overhead traffic lights are flashing amber. Flashing amber means ALL traffic from ALL directions can go but to "be aware" of the traffic crossing from left or right i.e. other words if you get overhead flashing amber SLOW DOWN as the trafic crossing has the same right of passge and you just have to work it out bwteen you - fukkin nightmare this one is sometimes.

 

I hope that makes sense - it will after a while.

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Good advice - they usually pull miscreants (farang) for an actual offence i.e. jumping lights etc

 

However YES they are doing random checks on farang and much more than before. Mostly on "big bikes". However if you drive properly your chances of being pulled are reduced.

 

FFS - wear a helmet. Keeps you on the right side of the law and keeps you safe.

 

It might be worth trying to explian the traffic light system briefly while we are on this subject.

 

Most you will work out but there are three (main) vagaries that you may not be used to, especially UK drivers where lights are "god".

 

1. If you are faced with a red light you CAN legally turn left. You must however still give way to the traffic that has a green light. If you are approaching a red light, and wish to go straight ON, do NOT block the left hand lane or people will get angry because ypu are blocking their left turn.

 

2. If you have a green straight on arrow you CANNOT turn right until you get a green right facing arrow. This is however complicated further. Where the green right turn arrow would normally "appear" there will be a red or green "dash". If it is red you CANNOT turn right until the green arrow appears. If it is a green dash you can turn right but you do NOT have right of way so only if there is no oncoming traffic. If a green arrow appears you have right of way.

 

3. You will often come to crossroads (especially on main roads like sukhumvit) where the overhead traffic lights are flashing amber. Flashing amber means ALL traffic from ALL directions can go but to "be aware" of the traffic crossing from left or right i.e. other words if you get overhead flashing amber SLOW DOWN as the trafic crossing has the same right of passge and you just have to work it out bwteen you - fukkin nightmare this one is sometimes.

 

I hope that makes sense - it will after a while.

 

 

Thanks Lads for all the advice you have given me on this subject

 

I think that i will be walking or taking a bus

 

 

Dont want to invalidate my Insurance

 

 

Thanks again

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Just got my driving license for a car in Norway, not same like the US when we have to be 18 years old before taking the license.

 

The question is, do you have to retake a test or something to rent a car, moped or anything in pattaya if you have a driving license, or maybe its a own license just for the moped?

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Posting this without reading the full thread so apologies for repetition.

 

For a moped I've never been asked for a licence. 3,000 Baht a month.

 

For a car I used my full UK licence and was fine. 3,000 Baht a day.

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Anyone know where I can get an international license as a US citizen? How much do they cost? How long ar ethey good for? thanks.

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It has been said before, but apparently needs to be confirmed.

 

As a tourist, you don't need an international license, your normal license will be ok, just bring it with you.

 

This is valid in thailand and all other countries.

I travel a lot, i rented cars and drove in more than 50 countries with my french license ;)

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Thanks for the advice mate, i think i will just hire a moped when i need one

 

 

Cheers sinkorswim

 

 

 

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My advise is not to rent anything, driving in Pattaya is like NOTHING you can invision. Second BE careful with mopeds, your life is set into someone elses hands and lets just say the way some drive can be an scary thing. Personally when I am in Pattaya I stick to the bahtbus, 10 baht and then are as common as Taxis in New York, and MUCH MUCH MUCH safer than anything else. Just my 5 cents worth

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