Driving a right-hand drive stick-shift safari truck on the wrong side of the road in HEAVY traffic and then down the back roads of Thailand with one panic-inducing flickering headlight is probably one of my favourite memories there… even though it lasted one evening.
It was SO MUCH CHAOTIC FUN!! I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time 😂
Okay, okay, okay so the day started off with us scrambling to find food at a local restaurant, where we got a pretty normal egg stir-fry for breakfast. But not before dressing up in all the newly acquired Thai clothing! #STYLEPOINTS!
After that, we scouted out a rental place and asked for the cheapest car they had… So, I ended up on the back of a motorbike in a back alley being shown an SUV that looks like a safari truck.
Of course we rented it for 800 Baht… but then realized that fuel still costs a ton in Thailand (about 800 Baht to fill), negating our savings that we got on the truck itself. Whoops!
Aside: if you’re interested in seeing how much 800 Thai Baht is in your own currency, check out this quick converter below (from xe.com which also has an app for seemingly all devices that I used throughout my entire month in Thailand):
This was the contract that we had to sign for the car, if you’re interested (press on it for the full high-quality version):
Funny thing is, it was stick shift…
So I had to switch from using my right hand to shift to using my left hand to shift and had to concentrate on staying on the left side of the road rather than the right side of the road… all in heavy crazy traffic, dodging motorbikes zooming past us in seemingly all different directions while Jess and Selena didn’t have seat belts in the backseat 😨
No one died and we had a lot of fun going to scenic locations and winding through the smallest of towns and roads with steep sides and ditches. We stalled once when I didn’t give enough gas to the truck as we went up our 100th hill in the boonies lmao.