Car Hire in Bangkok
This information is correct as of June 2015.
The roads in Bangkok are generally of good quality, good enough for tourists to navigate. The city has plenty of tourist attractions not only within the city bounds but also in the surrounding areas, and there's bound to be something new to discover in every corner. Book your rental car early to get the best deals, and drive your way around for convenience. In a way, it also contributes to you avoiding scams, as many scammers involve tuk-tuk and taxi drivers or random English-speaking people approaching you in public. Stay safe, rent a car!
Where to hire a car in Bangkok
In Bangkok, majority of the quality car hire companies have offices in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and downtown Bangkok. Car rental companies include Budget Car Rental, Ezy Rent A Car, Sathon Car Rent, Sawasdee Rent a Car, Highway Car Rent Company Limited, Expert Car Rental, Thai Rent A Car, Paragon Car Rental, Krungthai Car Rent & Krungthai Operating Lease PLC, Master Car Rental, and TOYOTA Rental & Leasing. From Thai Rent A Car, you can choose from 12 types of cars, including SS Cars, ES Cars, HV Cars, XS Cars, S Cars, M Cars, L Cars, and XL Cars.
What to expect when hiring a car from Bangkok
When driving in the city, be prepared for traffic jams. Be constantly vigilant, especially of drivers and motorcyclists who recklessly make sudden lane changes in an effort to weave in and out of traffic. Drivers who are already on the road are expected to give way to vehicles easing into the traffic from car parks and side streets. Do not park on the road of busy districts. Always use covered car parks or at least find a secure area a bit off the beaten path and walk from there. Other cars might park next to you in the 2nd or 3rd lane if you stick to the main roads, thereby locking you in. A final word of advice: if renting a car in Bangkok, always get the optional insurance.
Getting to your destination
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya is the ancient capital in the Central Plains of Thailand. There are several palaces and ruins to visit, such as the Grand Palace, Chantharakasem Palace, and Wang Lang. Temples worth visiting in Ayutthaya are usually already in ruins, so there is usually no strict dress code to adhere to.
The city is located in the valley of the Chao Prhraya River, 85 km north of Bangkok. Various routes can take you straight to Ayutthaya; either take Highway 1 (Phahon Yothin) via Pratu Nam Phra In, take Highway 304 (Chaeng Watthana) or Highway 302 (Ngam Wong Wan) to Highway 306 (Tiwanon), take Highway 306 (Bangkok–Nonthaburi–Pathum Thani), or take Expressway No.9 (Si Rat Expressway) via Nonthaburi–Pathum Thani.
Bang Pa-In is a city in Ayutthaya Province, ideal for day trips from Bangkok. The primary attraction is Bang Pa-In Palace, also referred to as the Summer Palace. It contains various magnificent structures like the Divine Seat of Personal Freedom pavilion, the one-storey mansion Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode, the tower resembling a lighthouse called Sages' Lookout, and the Memorial to Queen Sunanda Kumariratana.
The palace is situated 60 km north of Bangkok, along the banks of the Chaopraya River.
Amphawa is a village known for the Amphawa Floating Market. Thai locals flock to the village every weekend for the produce, but more notably for the food stalls, and most notably for the seafood grilled on wooden boats. From Amphawa, you can also take longtail boat rides to explore the canals and rivers. On the other side of the Mae Khlong River is an impressive temple called Wat Bang Koong, which strangely enough has a mini zoo set on the temple grounds.
Access to Amphawa is via Route 35.