Human beings are driven by exploration, whether it’s interstellar space, alternate dimensions, our murky subconscious or circumnavigating the far reaches of this big watery ball that circles the gargantuan orange fiery thing. When on holiday, it’s great to use the local transportation systems, but nothing can compare to renting your own car or motorbike to explore at your own time and pace. Find out how to rent a vehicle in Pattaya.
Pattaya is the proverbial melting pot of car and bike hire companies, but how do we safely rent a car or bike with the minimum amount of fuss with the most trusted rental companies in the region? Well, pop on your driving gloves, strap a rabbit’s foot to your forehead, grow a pair of eyes in the back of your cranium and enjoy the ride.
Step #1 – Find a Reputable Rental Company
Finding a reputable rental company sounds easy enough, right? Well, considering that every Tom, Dick and Harry seems to have a car or bike for rent in Pattaya makes it a potential minefield. We strongly suggest that you stick to the best companies that have a great track record of renting vehicles.
1. Pattaya Rent-a-Car (Jomtien)
Phone: 083 077 6928
2. Holiday Rent-a-Car
Phone: 038 426 203
3. DC Rent-a-Car
Recommended motorbike rental companies:
1. Nam Motorbike Rentals (Jomtien)
(need the contact details)
2. Pattaya Rent-a-Bike
Phone: 083 077 6928
3. Motorbike Station
Phone: 085 250 0817
Step #2 – How to Rent a Vehicle
Now we have found a trusted rental provider, it is important to know a few things before signing on the dotted line. Always make sure the company you rent from has Third Party Insurance, which all our recommended choices do. Another important thing to remember, especially at this moment in time, never leaves your passport with a rental company. A photocopy of your passport should suffice, but if not, move on until you find a company that does accept a photocopy. As the owner of a passport, you should never leave it with a rental company, no matter how much they protest that you need to. Also make sure to bring your driving license along, as it might be needed to secure a rental vehicle.
Prior to taking the car/bike, make sure you check the interior and exterior for any damage, and if you find some, inform the rental company before agreeing to anything, or the damage could be unknowingly blamed on you, which could cost you money. Most car companies will expect that you pay a deposit, which could later be used for any damages you might incur, so please bear that in mind.
Step #3 – Be Careful on the Road
Now you are in possession of a rental car/bike, it’s a good time to remind you to be careful when driving on Thai roads. They drive on the left-hand-side and very rarely use their indicators or any form of road etiquette that you might be accustomed to driving in the western world. Drive slowly, safely, keep your eyes peeled and use your common sense. Otherwise, have a great time exploring Pattaya in your own time.