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    Thai Driving Test

    We are over in Thailand for 3 weeks from next Sunday staying in Jomtien and would like the wife (Thai) to take a driving test while she is there. She hasn't passed her test in the UK due to the theory test but is quite a good driver. She doesn't have a provisional licence in Thailand.

    1. Can we sort out a provisional licence quickly (if they exist?)
    2. Is there something she has to study for the Theory test?
    3. Can we book a test at short notice?
    4. What does she actually have to do in the test?

    I know stories of slipping them a few hundred, but she would like to do it properly if she can.

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    The first license is for a year, the first renewal is 5 years.

    There are study guides but I doubt many Thais read them.

    No appointments, first come, first served.

    Written test and then short practical behind the wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRed
    but she would like to do it properly if she can.
    Doubt that is possible, the test center and driving license place is on highway 36, ie drive out of Pattaya towards Bangkok, take the turning to Rayong, then do a U Turn a couple of miles into the road, real easy to pass the test unless they want some bribe money, depends how you want to do it, me I can't be foked with all that shite and dont bother having a license.

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    Why are you doing this if you are only here for three weeks.
    Is the plan to get a thai license and international and then use it to drive in the UK ?

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    They must be easy to get, my wife got one in Bangkok 5 years ago, she still couldn't drive a well lubricated stick up a pigs arse. I give her refresher lessons but shes just hopeless, no dammed idea at all so have just given up.
    The point is tho, she has a legal (no bribe) license and she is a menace on the road with out me sitting beside her ready to make a grab for the emergency brake, how many others are there driving with these lack of skills?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    They must be easy to get, my wife got one in Bangkok 5 years ago, she still couldn't drive a well lubricated stick up a pigs arse. I give her refresher lessons but shes just hopeless, no dammed idea at all so have just given up.
    The point is tho, she has a legal (no bribe) license and she is a menace on the road with out me sitting beside her ready to make a grab for the emergency brake, how many others are there driving with these lack of skills?
    My wife went 6 time for the test until she was given a license - the instructor told her better not to use it though!

    But she was given (that was 15 years ago) the red license valid for life, whilst I had to show up every year to get the 1 year license that is now prolonged to 5 years.

    She still can't drive without making a bloody menace out of herself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    how many others are there driving with these lack of skills?
    Don't worry, help is at hand.

    The government has set up an umpteen million baht centre to establish why there are RTA in thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    Why are you doing this if you are only here for three weeks. Is the plan to get a thai license and international and then use it to drive in the UK ?
    Not for use in the UK, you can only drive in the UK for the first 12 months from the first day of residency on a foreign licence. An international drivig permit is irrelevant in the UK.

    She wants to drive in Thailand, we will be hiring a people carrier/minibus. If it is going to be easy for her to get the Thai licence we will go for it. I would still like to know the details of the test if anyone knows.

    Anyone got any recommendations for a minivan or covered 4 cab truck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    my wife got one in Bangkok 5 years ago, she still couldn't drive a well lubricated stick up a pigs arse.
    So then, she is just your everyday standard Thai driver.



    Quote Originally Posted by BigRed
    She wants to drive in Thailand, we will be hiring a people carrier/minibus. If it is going to be easy for her to get the Thai licence we will go for it. I would still like to know the details of the test if anyone knows.
    If you are going to be there, why don't you drive, I know if I was in a vehicle with a Thai driver I would want to be driving.
    But if you want her to try for a Thai license then all she has to do is go down to the agency in the morning with her Thai ID card and a couple of pics, and pay them the money and set the written test, no problem as it is just a standard written test that is taken from an international test and take a color blind test and thats about it, a monkey could pass the written and then she has to go get the car and go into the test track area and drive around the roads and obey the traffic signs and then park parallel, I don't know what the time limit is, but when I took mine there was a dude trying to park, he had been at it for at least 30 minutes and they made him get his ass out of my way so I shot my pickup into the curb and they waved me on and he came back and started to park again.

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    It's not that difficult. When I went for my licence in Chonburi, the test was in two parts, written test in the morning and a driving test in the afternoon. They put you all in a big room and you watch a video in Thai explaining the rules. You as a farang get a booklet with the rules written in English. After the video the presenter goes through every question in the test and practically tells them the answers. So if your wife is reasonably intelligent, she should shit it in.
    The driving test consists of driving forward, reversing and doing a reverse parallel park. I watched one girl try to park seven times before getting it (reasonably) right and she passed.
    In Chonburi they only tested once a week, on Tuesdays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    she still couldn't drive a well lubricated stick up a pigs arse. I give her refresher lessons but shes just hopeless
    maybe she just didn't enjoy bestiality like you do

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    3,000 thb backhander will do it apparently, but not in bangkok, then about another 1000 to convert to an international valid for a year
    dont know what you can do about the inbred thai style driving techniques which would get you knifed in liverpool though

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    how many others are there driving with these lack of skills?
    How many Asians are there?

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    These people will be the death of my. Time to buy some heavy duty mountain biking armor.

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