How to rent a car in Asia

How to rent a car in Asia

It is possible to rent a car in any country in Asia, however the rules for traffic and the driving culture vary depending on the country.

In most of the Asian countries an International Driving Permit (IDP) along with the driving license will be required. International Driving Permit allows foreigners to drive in Thailand. IDP needs to be obtained from the same country as your driving license (your country must be a member state of the Geneva Convention or the Vienna Convention).

In such developing countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka or India it is not advisable to drive on your own and is recommended to hire a car with a driver instead.

Where to rent a car online

To rent a car in Asia we recommend to use the world’s largest car hire booking service Rentalcars.com which allows to compare prices from the major brands and offers a great customer service in 40 languages.

Make sure you purchase a full insurance and read the terms and conditions before completing your reservation.

Rent a car in Thailand

In Thailand people drive on the left side of the road. The major roads are well maintained however traffic rules are not well regulated. As a result Thailand has been recently named as the country with the world’s highest road accident death rate.

You need to be extremely cautious when driving in the countryside as the roads are old and besides other cars the traffic includes motorcyclists, animals and people.

To rent a car in Thailand you will need:

  • Driving license
  • Passport
  • Credit Card
  • International Driving Permit

Rent a car in South Korea

In South Korea people drive on the right side of the road.

Having the GPS driving is easy in South Korea. Most of the roads are wide, drivers are cautious, highway tolls and petrol are cheaper than in most European countries (€0.94 EUR per litre). Most of the areas have signage in Roman letters.

To rent a car in South Korea you will need:

  • Driving license
  • Passport
  • Credit Card
  • International Driving Permit

Rent a car in Japan

In Japan people drive on the left side of the road.

The major cities are very busy and packed with the traffic. Large cities have signage in English, other areas have signs in Japanese only.

Highway tolls are very expensive and sometimes cost same price as a train ticket. Finding an address and parking a car is often very hard for foreigners in Japanese cities.

The country boasts a perfect public transportation. You should think twice before renting a car in Japan.

To rent a car in Japan you will need:

  • Driving license
  • Passport
  • Credit Card
  • International Driving Permit

Rent a car in Malaysia

In Malaysia people drive on the left side of the road. 

Driving in Malaysia is easy comparing to other countries in Asia. Most of the roads are scenic and modern, highway tolls and petrol are much cheaper than in most European countries (about € 0.50 per litre).

To rent a car in Malaysia you will need:

  • Driving license
  • Passport
  • Credit Card

Rent a car in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong people drive on the left side of the road.

It is not popular to rent a car in Hong Kong. The city is very compact and boasts a great transportation system. Parking is often a problem in public areas in Hong Kong as even most of the hotels do not offer parking to their guests.

To rent a car in Hong Kong you will need:

  • Driving license
  • Passport
  • Credit Card

Rent a car in Myanmar

In Myanmar tourists are not allowed to drive a rented car and need to rent a car with a driver. Online booking systems do not give an option to rent a car only, a driver is always included into the price.

The price for a car with a driver is typically around 90 EUR per day.

To rent a car in Myanmar you will need:

  • Passport
  • Credit Card

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