How to get a Thai Drivers License in Chiang Mai

How to get a Thai Drivers License in Chiang Mai

I was looking online for informations about how to get a Thai Drivers License and found some – more or less – valid informations.

I decided to write about how to get a drivers license in Chiang Mai because I just did it yesterday – succesfull!

If you live in Chiang Mai and if you drive a motorbike, driving gets annoying pretty soon. There is police waiting on the side of the road, pulling every motorbike driver over. Wether you not wearing a helmet or not having a valid drivers license for Thailand, you will be charged 400 Baht each time. Also, if you have a international drivers license, and you stay in Thailand longer than 60 days, this license is no longer valid. Furthermore, sometimes if you´re unlucky, you have to pay even if your international drivers license is still valid.

That´s why I got my own Thai Drivers License, it´s a bit of a hassle, but after that you´ll be fine…

 

What you need in order to get a Thai drivers license

1. Medical Certificate
Go to a doctor and ask for a medical certificate. They will show you a couple of colored cards with numbers on it, check your blood pressure and thats it. It´s around 50-100 Baht.

2. Certificate of Residency
How to get a Certificate of Residency:

Go to the second floor of Promenada mall.

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Documents needed for the Certificate
1. 2 Color Photos 1.5 in x 2.36 in (4 cm x 6 cm)
2. Copy´s of Passport (1st Page; VISA Page; TM6, TM30).
3. Original Passport
4. Proof of Residence (Rental Contract or Yellow Residency Book or Letter from your Landlord)
5. Filled out Application Form (Thai-Residency-Certificate-Form)

After you give the everything, they will take some time to process it. You will be given a number with a date and time on it, so you have to go there again on that specific date and collect your Resicency Certificate.

I did not cost a thing, and it only took 4 Days so maybe the speed of the procedure got optimized…

3. Copy´s of Passport, latest Visa Stamp, TM6 Card, TM30 Card

4. You international drivers license – if you´re lucky to be from an english speaking country you just need your original drivers license (Make copy´s of both your international and your original drivers license)

5. Application for Drivers License (Application_For_Driving_License)
Filled out form for the drivers license. If you want Motorbike and Car, you´ll need to fill this out twice.
Same with all the copy´s above. You need 2 copy´s of everything if you wanna get two drivers licenses.

6. Original drivers license

7. Passport

Note that both Medical Certificate and Certificate of Residency are only valid for 30 days so get your stuff together!

 

How to obtain a Thai Drivers Licence in Chiang Mai

First you need to go to the Chiangmai Provincial Land Transport Office which is located on Hang Dong Road, about 3 Kilometers south of Airport Plaza. There is a Big C right after it and it´s easy to find.

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Go in there and a guy will hand you out another form in Thai. You just need to put your name and telephone number and what drivers license you´re applying for on it. (It´s all in Thai, but the people there will help you).

As soon as the second floor is opened, pass the information and go directly to the Information for foreigners. Hand them your filled out forms, copys, passport and drivers licence.

They will give you a queue card (C 10) for example, but it won´t show up on any screen. They also keep all your papers, including your passport! Ask at the counter where to wait.

There is an open door that leads inside to the testing area. With your queue card, you´ll have to sit and wait until everyone waiting around you will go into that area. You go there too, stand in line and make a color blindness test.

Remember the Thai words for blue, yellow, green and red!

Blue (fah)
Yellow (luang)
Green (kheow)
Red (daeng)

A guy will point at a color and you just name it. If you say it in Thai you get some extra appreciation. In my case, the last green dot I couldn´t remember the Thai name so I said it in english, it was a big lough from everyone around.

Once you finished with the color blindness test, you give the queue card to a lady inside that area, just follow the locals… You get back your papers.

Next you´ll be asked to go into room 2. It´s a small room with computers and a projector. Don´t make the mistake and go into room 3. It´s a huge class room, I went in there being the only foreigner, and after a few minutes I was asked to leave and go to room 2.

Anyway, you will be shown a video about safety and the general rules of driving in Thailand. The video is about 45 minutes, pretty boring, but maybe you can get something out of it.

Once finished, they will tell you to which counter you need to go (27 in my case). Pay for the drivers licence.
155 Baht for motorbike and 205 Baht for car.

The stuff will tell you to go inside the area where you took the color test. There a photo booths, where you pic a queue card (again). Sit down and wait until your number is on the screen.

Go into the booth, they take your photo and will issue your 1 year valid drivers license. You´re done!

 

Pretty easy right, get your Thai Drivers License right now…

The whole process for getting a Thai Drivers License took me around 2 and a half hours. I was lucky cause there where so many Thai people applying for a drivers license, and their video take more time than the english version…

In my case, there was no such thing as reflex test or depth perception test. Maybe it happens on any other day, i don´t know.

BTW, the first drivers license is only valid for one year but after that year you can renew it and get 5 years.

Hope that helped.

 

If you want to print this post here is the PDF on how to get a Thai Drivers License in Chiang Mai.
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Top 5 “Hidden Gem” Coffee Shops in Chiang Mai

Top 5 “Hidden Gem” Coffee Shops in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai – a coffee lovers paradise…

I love coffee, I think I already made that clear. I love silence too. I like to work in a quiet space, surrounded by nice people and lots of trees and flowers. There countless coffee shops in Chiang Mai so I decided to write only about 5 of them and those I go a lot. Easy to love these places and their owners and the staff. Everybody is very friendly and not only pretending to be friendly. 

You digital nomads out there, check out my top 5 “hidden gem” coffee shops in Chiang Mai. I promise you won´t regret taking a look at them.

Happy Espresso

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Internet
DL 33Mbps
UL 20Mbps

Coffee Prices
Espresso 50 Baht
Americano 50 Baht
Cappuccino 60 Baht
Cafe Latte  60 Baht

Happy Espresso is located right next to the moat down south. It´s a neat place with good internet and great coffee, my most favorite coffee in Chiang Mai. They don´t care so much about having new customers since they mostly sell beans to coffee shops all around town and further.

Happy Espresso has a great atmosphere and it is ideal if you´re living in the old town. The staff is exceptionally friendly, they offer power outlets and some tables and chairs to work on. I prefer not to work there, I´d rather go for a chat an have a good time there.

if you wanna make your own coffee at home, buy beans there for around 250 Baht per 250 gram.

Go check it out, my favorite coffee in Chiang Mai…

Location

Happy Espresso, 15 Bumrungburi Road,
Chiang Mai

ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/superhappyespresso/

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Internet
DL 18Mbps
UL 4Mbps
(Lots of people there when I checked the speed)

Coffee Prices
Espresso 55 Baht
Americano 55 Baht
Cappuccino 55 Baht
Cafe Latte  55 Baht

Taste Cafe is located near Nimman Road, so for all you digital nomads living the Nimman dream. It´s small but offers power outlets and a couple of tables to work on. The coffee is great and they also offer smoothies, shakes, and little snacks.

It´s busy all the time, but I haven´t seen many farangs, that´s why I put it on my list. Staff is very friendly, internet speed is good enough and it´s in a convenient area when you live on Nimman road.

Location
10 Chiangrai Rd . Suthep
Chiangmai 50200

ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/Taste.Cafe.chiangmai/

Basecamp Coffee House

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Internet
DL 90Mbps
UL 40Mbps

Coffee Prices
Espresso 45 Baht
Americano 50 Baht
Cappuccino 50 Baht
Cafe Latte  50 Baht

I love Basecamp Coffee House, the owner is my tattoo sister. I saw an origami piece on here forearm and asked her if I could make something similar. A few weeks later I showed here. Now we are tattoo sister and brother. That´s just one story.

Basecamp Coffee House offers great coffee, shakes, appetizers, meals in all variations and even trekking tours. They have a small shop inside, where you can buy stuff for trekking and outdoor sports activities.

They have a lot of power outlets, very good internet speed and a nice aircon area inside with lots of tables to get work done.

Sitting outside is also a very good option. Lots of shade and very very good coffee!

Get your coffee and cake at Basecamp Coffee House…

Location
Basecamp Coffee House, 6/1 Suthep Rd.
Chiang Mai

ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/BasecampCoffeeHouse/

Coffee or me

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Coffee Prices
Espresso 65 Baht
Americano 65 Baht
Cappuccino 70 Baht
Cafe Latte  70 Baht

This is a special place too. Coffee or me, those guys there are professional baristas with a huge and very expensive coffee machine. They know how to make good coffee and let you feel tranquil in the nature surrounded area.

The staff is very friendly, the internet is fast, there are tables and power outlets… all you need as a digital nomad…

It´s a perfect place for work or for relaxation. Easy to stay a couple of hours without even noticing. Great coffee, cake and a very good (vegan — not sure here) restaurant next by, they also offer free fruits! The area is peaceful with a huge garden to walk around and enjoy yourself…

…take your time at Coffee or me

Location
Coffee or me, 132/1 Khai Lukseau Soi 5, Chang Puak, Amphoe Mueang
Chiang Mai 50300

ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/coffeeormeatchangkhian/

Somkiat Cafe

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Internet
DL 40Mbps
UL 50Mbps

Coffee Prices
Espresso 65 Baht
Americano 65 Baht
Cappucino 70 Baht
Cafe Latte  70 Baht

Somkiat Cafe is a quiet place with lots of chairs in and outside offering great coffee and internet. The place is perfect if you´re searching for a place to concentrate since it´s very quiet and surrounded by big trees and lots of greenery.

The owners roast there own coffee, so you can buy their beans and use them at home, around 250 Baht for 250 gram. They are very friendly, offering all sorts of beverages and meals – which are also very good.

Somkiat is the place to go when seeking for silence…

Location
Somkiat Cafe, 105/4 Moo 13 Tambon Suthep
Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai

ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/Somkiatcafe/

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Leave the Nomad Lifestyle behind at Azalea Village Resort Chiang Dao

Leave the Nomad Lifestyle behind at Azalea Village Resort Chiang Dao

Get a break from the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Everyone needs a break from time to time. Especially as a digital nomad. I can only talk about myself, but I work every day, there is no weekend or day off. This gets exhausting so the best thing to do is take a weekend off and go to the countryside.

Chiang Dao – the place to go if you need a break from being a Digital Nomad

I´ve been in Chiang Dao three times already, so I know the place quite well. It´s a small town with a huge mountain in front of it. The people are friendly, relaxed and chilled. Even travelers coming here get in a vacation mode very quickly so it´s easy to catch up with them.

Azalea Village Resort Chiang Dao

All three times in Chiang Dao I stayed at Azalea Village Resort, a calm place where you can enjoy doing nothing. Azalea Village isn´t cheap, but it´s worth the price. Love, Peace, and Happiness are waiting for you here.

Azalea Village Chiang Dao

Azalea Village Chiang Dao

Miss Monday at Azalea Village Resort Reception

Miss Monday at Azalea Village Resort Reception

My huge bungalow at Azalea Village

My huge bungalow at Azalea Village

Garden View at Azalea Village

Garden View at Azalea Village

The nice and huge pool with a view to the mountain

The nice and huge pool with a view to the mountain

The view from the lobby...

The view from the lobby…

They have a huge pool overlooking the mountain and a hot spring tub you can book for 500 Baht. They offer nice bungalows with aircon and ceiling fans, fridge, hot shower and free water and fruits. The breakfast is incredible. coffee, tea, fruits, salad (from their own organic garden), fried eggs, fried rice and much much more…

Not a break – even working more here than in Chiang Mai

It´s good to take a break from time to time although I have to say that I have been working more than I usually do in Chiang Mai. The place is so peaceful and laidback that it´s easy to grab your laptop and start doing some work. You are surrounded by nature and silence and I always get more inspired to get work done. Especially design and motion graphics…

How to get to Chiang Dao

You can either take a local bus at the Chang Phuak bus station in Chiang Mai, get a minivan (not recommended because some of the drivers just drive way to fast) or, what I did this time, take an Uber (around 1000 Baht).

The local bus will take around 2 hours same as the minivan. My Uber driver got me here in 1.5 hours with a coffee & cigarette break in the middle of the journey.

You can find Azalea Village Resort here:

I really recommend Azalea Village Resort Chiang Dao, it´s the place to go if you´re want to get away from the city and enjoy the nice scenery and nature. The wifi is fast enough to work as a digital nomad too…

Get a break all you digital nomads out there and visit Chiang Dao!

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Koh Mak an Island in Thailand which is still unspoiled

Koh Mak an Island in Thailand which is still unspoiled

Koh Mak, an Island which is still quiet and laidback

I was looking for a quiet island in Thailand, which in fact is not that easy these days. I found it! Koh Mak is the place to go if you´re not after Full Moon Partys or getting drunk all day long.

It´s chilled, laidback and there isn´t a lot of traffic so driving is easy and fun!

Sunrise on Koh Mak

Sunrise on Koh Mak

 

I wouldn´t say it´s the perfect place for digital nomads, the internet isn´t that great but you can always use your phone as a mobile hotspot and you are good to go.

Nice place to get some work done...

Nice place to get some work done…

 

Not much to do on Koh Mak except relaxing, eating fresh seafood, taking diving lessons (pretty cheap and well organized) or going on a snorkel trip. If you are like me then you´ll enjoy a snorkeling trip on a slow boat visiting the small islands surrounding Koh Mak. There are also some very good Thai massage places who do a great job. Everybody is friendly, and best of all they really mean it!

 

Snorkel Trip to the surrounding islands of Koh Mak

Crystal clear water and lots of fish...

Crystal clear water and lots of fish…

A handy tool to use while underwater – cheaper to buy upfront…

a lonely island... only our boat and lots of fish...

A lonely island… only our boat and lots of fish…

It´s easy living there if you´re willing to rent a motorbike, otherwise, you have to call a taxi which is 100 Baht per drive.

Nice people, nice vibe, everybody is open to conversations and a beer watching the beautiful sunset. I met so many new people of which some I became good friends in only one week.

Koh Mak is located next to Koh Chang, the bigger brother and Koh Kut the next door neighbor. I tried to take a trip to Koh Kut but I ended up staying on Koh Mak without any regrets. I got a lot of work done – also drank a lot of beer with new friends from all over the world. The vibe makes it easy to sit somewhere and work on serious projects.

After work, you go for a swim, enjoy the sunset or head out for fresh seafood – or just drive around with a motorbike.

 

Fresh grilled Tiger Prawns – 450 Baht

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Going to Koh Mak

You have different options from Bangkok.
You can fly to Trat, take a minivan and a ferry or take a bus from Bangkok (around 4-5 hours) and take a slow boat arriving at the east pear.

I recommend Boonsiri they are located close to Khao San Road. They are professional, you get a great big bus with a good driver and once you are at the shore, you get a nice slow boat (40 minutes) directly to Koh Mak – for 850 Baht!

 

Recommendation for staying on Koh Mak

I made my host a new website while staying at his resort... sea view resort koh mak

I made my host a new website while staying at his resort… sea view resort koh mak

I was at a place called Sea View Resort Koh Mak (Facebook) and although the bungalows might not be the best (the owner is working on them all the time, they just opened a year ago), I highly recommend the place. Luca, the owner is very friendly and helpful, also fun to talk to. Check it out, they only have 12 bungalows. The only downside is that it´s not at the beach, but Koh Mak is so small, you drive 5 minutes and end up at any of the beautiful beaches.

Great food at Sea View Resort
I forgot to mention the chef at the Sea View Resort… she has 20+ years experience in cooking. The food there is just amazing! Normally I hate Pad Thai, but I gave it a try there and it was simply delicious!

 

I definitely go back to Koh Mak next year, working from there and hope to see some of you guys also joining.

 

Back to Chiang Mai not to bad either…

Hard to go back after such a swell time...

Hard to go back after such a swell time…

 

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