- Jun 28, 2011
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Malaysia happily accepts a Thai driving licence, at least they did on last years visit.
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Phil - there may be some understandable confusion arising from post #53, where bsacbob stated "If your Thai license is in english then an international license is not required they tell me."
Bob - I understand that the event organizers told you that a Thai license held by a foreigner would be sufficent.
I also understand that the Thai government currently says that it is not good for use out of Thailand.
I guess participants will find out which story is true when they get there.
Not sure about that the Thai Driving Licence (the so-called ASEAN license as it is in English) is not valid outside Thailand. I use my Thai (ASEAN) driving licence in Laos and although I have been stopped by the police there and they did ask for and saw my driving license, they never made any problem about it. By the way, when I used my old Thai driving licence which I got in 1976 (Thai language only) and which is valid for whole my life, the Lao police indicated that they would not accept it as being a valid licence in Laos and mentioned that I should get an IDP. I do know that several foreigners have rented cars in the US as well as Europe and they used the Thai (ASEAN) driving license to show the rental company that they has a driving licence and the rental companies did accept the Thai (ASEAN) licence as being valid in the US and European countries.
200bikes on a 200+kms ride? that's easy..
agency probably accepted because wanted to rent..there is an ongoing debate for years with my bro in Italy everytime I go..is a cop! he litterally smashed my balls on the non-validity of my thai licenses.and that I could get trouble if I run into the proper anal agent..It isn't valid in EU (and most prob US as well(?),lived there 5years..cops in Cali=no fun)
anyway ,most prob in Myanmar no problems with it,I guess the all crew tipped the pol already there to make it happen....
The new Thai licence (bilingual Thai-English) is fine to use in Laos although apparently it should be the 5-year type, not 1-year type. Even so, on the one occasion I got stopped by the police near Pakse (I happened to be driving a Lao pickup truck towards Thailand) my 1-year Thai licence seemed to be good enough, besides the Lao cops probably wouldn't know the difference anyway. Vietnam and Cambodia are another matter. Although Vietnam now reportedly accepts international driver's permits issued by 72 countries, not sure if Thailand is one of them, despite all the rhetoric we hear from the Thai Land Transport Department. But I wouldn't trust much of what they have to say: they claim that a purple international transport permit can be used for Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and southern China, when in fact only Laos recognizes it so far. China and Vietnam don't allow Thai vehicles in at all, unless you go on a tour, while Myanmar is the same except for short trips near the border, which only requires the vehicle's registration. Cambodia only allows in Thai vehicles at some crossings and even then, they aren't supposed to leave the border province and the registration is all that's needed. Also, Cambodia doesn't recognize Thai driver's licences, though they may not care if you are only driving a Thai registered vehicle near the border.
The Thai government has repeatedly also claimed that all 10 ASEAN countries accept Thai driver's licences. I disagree. The only ones that will, apart from Laos are Malaysia and Singapore. These three countries also happen to be the only 3 countries Thai vehicles can enter without restrictions. All other countries have either travel restrictions (Cambodia and Myanmar) or require massive amounts of red tape and expense to be allowed to enter at all (for example, China and Vietnam).
FAR from sure.. And cant even remember where it was I read it.. But it was the Tachilek / Mae Sai crossing and route as I remember looking on google maps when I read it and it talked about the alternate days convoys going Keng Tung and on to maybe Namsang or Tuanggyi (just had to check the maps to get those names)..
I didnt realize they still needed convoys on the Myawaddy road in.. I didnt think they had a separatist issue down there.. I thought the convoy issues were due to it being Shan state etc etc.
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