Car Hire in Bangkok
This information is correct as of June 2015
Bangkok has so many sites, sights, and attraction that renting a car is the most convenient way to make the most of your trip. With a rental car, you'll be completely in charge of your destination and schedule, without having to adhere to the time tables of public transportation. Be wise in proceeding with car rental by reserving your vehicle in advance in order to get the best deal and your car of choice (still subject to availability, which is why the earlier you book, the better).
Where to hire a car in Bangkok
Car rental companies operating in Bangkok include Budget, Expert Car Rental, TOYOTA Rental & Leasing, Sawasdee Rent a Car, Ezy Rent A Car, Sathon Car Rent, Highway Car Rent Company Limited, Sixt, Thai Rent A Car, Paragon Car Rental, Krungthai Car Rent, National Car Thailand, and Master Car Rental. You can find many of the car rental agencies' offices at the airport or in downtown Bangkok.
What to expect when hiring a car from Bangkok
Bangkok has good roads, but can often be congested. Be careful when driving, as there are some reckless drivers and motorcyclists who make sudden lane changes to get through the traffic. The city is connected to the rest of Thailand by the national highways. When parking, try not to park on the road of busy districts. It would be better to find a secure area just a bit off the beaten path, then walk the rest of the way. Better yet, find covered car parks and park your vehicle there if you can.
Getting to your destination
Hua Hin is a district and beach resort town in the Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. One of the main attractions is Hua Hin Beach, which stretches some six kilometres. Others include Pa La-u Waterfall, a Nightly Street Market, Spirit Houses of Brassiere Beach, Butterfly Garden, and more. Numerous unique activities are possible, like martial arts, elephant camping, taking cooking courses, kite-boarding, trekking, and pony-riding. It also hosts Thailand’s International Kite Festival. Hua Hin is 199 km south-southwest of Bangkok, and can be accessed via Route 35 and Route 4.
Nakhon Pathom is a small province with a capital city of the same name. It is home to the world's tallest stupa, Phra Pathom Chedi, which is also the first religious landmark that represented the growth of Buddhism in Thailand. Other sites are Wat Srisathong, the temple for the god of darkness, and Sanam Cham Palace. Don't miss the Night Market in the area of Pagoda or Chedi for the food stalls offering a wide variety of food. There are two routes you can take from Bangkok to Nakhon Pathom. The old route is via Petchakasem Road (Highway No. 4), passing Aom Noi, Aom Yai, and Sam Phran.
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya is located in the valley of the Chao Phraya River. It was the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai, proclaimed by King U Thong in 1350. The ruins of the old city of Ayutthaya are now in the Ayutthaya Historical Park, part of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don't miss seeing the Grand Palace, Chantharakasem Palace, and Wang Lang. Access to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya is through Highway 1 (Phahon Yothin) via Highway 306 (Bangkok–Nonthaburi–Pathum Thani).