Northern Thailand by car


New Member
Jul 2, 2012
Hi everybody,
I am planning a trip from Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand this August 4th until 14th.
I would like to ask you a few questions:
1) is it possible to drive the MHS loop and the roads north of Chiang Mai with a small car or do I need a 4WD?
2) which car rental company would you suggest?
3) 10 days are enough to make MHS loop and the area between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai?
Thank you for the answers!

Captain Wally

Jan 14, 2010
Yes, it's possible to drive the MHS loop in any of the small cars available for rental. I find that a pick up like the Toyota Hilux Vigo is more suitable though. I prefer a manual transmission and turbo diesel on the mountain roads.

I'd suggest Budget or Thai Rent a Car. I've used them both with no complaints.

Budget supplies information on the more popular routes - HERE

More is always better but 10 days is adequate to do what you propose.