Chiang Mai

By | 16th January 2018

Should you hire a car in Chiang Mai?

Do you need a car in Chiang Mai > Should you rent a car in Chiang Mai Thailand > Chiang Mai ( CNX )

Generally, car hire in Thailand doesn’t make a great deal of sense, because visitors are most likely to spend time in frenetic Bangkok, where driving is a nightmare, or in any one of the country’s famous coastal resorts, such as Phuket or Koh Samui, where the emphasis is always going to be on the beaches and the water.

Yet Chiang Mai is quite different, firstly because it is very deep inland, and secondly because it is surrounded by so many natural parks and other scenic forested areas.

Do you need a car in Chiang Mai? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Chiang Mai?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Chiang Mai?

Chiang Mai Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

20%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€110

 #126/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €105

43/300

 

Free parking score

Total 1554 - of which 977 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

63%

#83/300

 
  • There are also no rail services in Chiang Mai, and although local scheduled bus services are readily available within the city.
  • Buses to any other scenic areas around the city are much less widely available.
  • Buses are mainly focused on intercity service, rather than at stopping at the parks in between.
 

Why not? Visiting Chiang Mai without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Chiang Mai public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

00%

Overall public transport score

20%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Chiang Mai. 

60%

This doesn’t mean that the only way to visit Chiang Mai is to do so with a rental car – as with any scenic area, a car is only going to get you so far, and this is really the sort of destination that lends itself to long walking excursions. You may well prefer to hire a local guide, who might also provide transport, rather than renting your own car, and this might well work out as better value anyway.

Ratings

Car rental in - Chiang Mai Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Chiang Mai?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Chiang Mai?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Chiang Mai?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Chiang Mai if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Chiang Mai if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Chiang Mai if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Chiang Mai on the Carornocar scale?

8

Go back up to:
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Should you hire a car in Chiang Mai?Verdict – yes (possibly guide with car)

Would you hire a car in Chiang Mai?

Have you driven in Chiang Mai? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Chiang Mai?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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