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How To Get Thai Driving License

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How To Get Thai Driving License

I’m not gonna lie, getting my Thai driving license was a really exciting and proud moment for me! I originally didn’t think I was going to be able to get it because 1) I’m not a Thai citizen and 2) I don’t have a work visa, but fortunately, I was able to overcome these obstacles and get it anyways!

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In this post, I will cover the requirements for how to get a Thai driving license as well as include some resources and about my experience throughout the process.

I have been living in Phuket for a few months now and with the help of some of my local friends’ encouragement, I got my stuff together and started the process of acquiring my license in Thailand. There are some things you will need to provide to the Bureau of Land Transportation before applying, also please note that you cannot get a drivers license on a Tourist Visa.

Applicants for a Thai drivers license need to meet the following requirements:

  • Being of sound mind and good health (not having a physical or mental handicap(s) that will prevent them from operating a vehicle safely) – being at least 18 years of age
  • If the applicant is not Thai national, the applicant must hold a valid Non-Immigrant Visa (tourists cannot apply).

What you will need when applying for your Thai drivers license:

  • All paperwork is submitted separately for a car license and a motorbike license and also written tests must be taken for car and motorbike bike, but not on the same day.
  • Valid Passport with Valid Non-immigrant Visa
  • Signed copies of the passport’s first page, the page with the current non-immigrant visa, the page with the last entry stamp and the TM-card.
  • Present original and one copy of certified Resident Report of Address. Resident registration documents are available at Phuket Immigration and will involve House Registration Papers. One copy required per car and motorbike license.
  • If you are working in Thailand: the blue workbook, better known as your work permit, can replace either of these documents and serve as address verification!
  • A doctor’s certificate stating that the applicant is in good health, both physically and mentally (standard forms are available from most clinics and should not be more than 30 days old)
  • Valid international driver’s license plus signed photocopy or translated regular driving license from the applicant’s home country, certified by Embassy or consulate. (if available).
  • Note that 1 set of these documents is required for each license application (car/motorbike). However, when applying for both a car and a motorcycle license, an extra copy of the doctor’s certificate and the letter of address will suffice for the second application.
  • Arrive at the license test center early, by 8 AM it is already filled with applicants.
  • Present your documents for inspection.
  • You will be required to watch a video for several hours. Within the video are subtitles that form the questions on the computer (written) test.
  • Following the video, you will take a multiple choice computerized examination covering basic driving laws and road safety rules.
  • You will be tested for color blindness, depth perception, gross peripheral vision and brake pedal reaction speed.
  • Having passed all tests you will pay your license fee and wait for your photograph to be taken and your license printed.

Training and Testing:

After getting all the proper paperwork together and submitting it I was surprised at how quickly it went as I was scheduled to do training and testing the next day, then, if I passed then I would do the driving portion the following day and get my license. When you arrive for your training class, you need to turn in the paperwork they gave you the day before when you signed up.

You then need to check in, find a seat and chill out for like 5 hours and watch the videos. The teacher and the videos are in Thai language but there are English subtitles. After the videos, you will have a 1-hour lunch and then report to the computer testing lab they assign you to which will look like this.

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After Testing

After taking (and passing) the Thai driving license written test, you will press the submit button, then remove your card and go up to the front where they will print your results and assign a time for you to come back the next day for the driving portion.

Driving Test

I must admit, I was nervous to take the driving portion of the test because maybe they would be harder on Farang or I would get confused because the diagram was kind of confusing looking. Fortunately, they literally walk you through the course first.

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Time To Drive

Once you get back to the starting area where they tell you to meet in the morning they let all the Farang (foreigners) go first, so go grab your bike and follow the course instructions that were given to you by the instructor.

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After Driving Test

After the driving portion of the Thai driving license test, you will go park your vehicle and then return to the starting point where you will wait for your results. Once they call your name you can go inside and hopefully pay for your license! It’s only 105 baht, then you go take a picture, wait for your card then leave! That’s it. If you want a look at the course in advance I have posted it below, I’m assuming the course is very similar regardless of where you take the test in Thailand.thai driving license

Thai Driving License

So that covers about everything you should need to know about the Thai Driving license test, the requirements and what to expect throughout the process. Additionally, if you have read this far I will recommend using this testing resource as there are 50 questions on the computer test and this online practice test provides 90 questions, most of which were on the test. I ended up getting a 48/50, so I highly recommend using this site

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Thak you for reading my post about how to get you Thai driving license, I hope you found the information helpful! If you have any questions you can leave a comment below or follow me on Instagram @nomadicnava and send me a direct message. If you want to read more of my blog posts you can find them here. Thanks!

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How To Get From Mandalay to Bagan

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How To Get From Mandalay to Bagan

If you are wondering how to get from Mandalay to Bagan in Myanmar (aka Burma), You have several options with varying levels of costs and comfortability. If you want to save money then you can take the bus, if you want to save time you can take the plane, if you want to be more comfortable and just enjoy the countryside then you should take the train. In this post, we will cover some the options you have for getting from Mandalay to Bagan.

mandalay to bagan

mandalay to bagan

When I went to Burma it was a real eye-opener, as I had already been living and traveling in Southeast Asia for 9 months at the time I felt like I was pretty comfortable with things and didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary. Burma however, was not the case for “Normality”, and if I were to compare it to another country I would say it’s like Cambodia in regards to the cleanliness of the cities and general lifestyle of the people. That’s ok though because there is a curfew anyways and most businesses close pretty early so don’t plan on having many late nights out.

After acclimating myself out of my Bali and Thailand mindset I ended up really enjoying myself going around sightseeing in the city before heading off to Bagan. I will cover some of the local things to do in Mandalay in another post but for now, I will cover some of your transportation options from Mandalay to Bagan.


mandalay to bagan bus

Taking a bus from Mandalay to Burma is probably the most practical way to get there. You can either ask your hotel to order one for you and have you picked up on site or you can go to, get dropped at the bus station. All the departure times are listed on this site and you can get tickets for $8 USD. Depending on if you get JJ Bus or OK Bus services you will have some different options.

I know that you can pay for your ticket online at and then in the comments leave your hotel and time or give them a call if you can. OK Bus only has a Facebook so I would recommend taking one of the other two options.

This trip is about 180 km and takes about 5 hours. The trip honestly isn’t that bad but as you will soon find out, the data sims in Myanmar only work in the cities so bring a book and don’t plan on being online much while on the road in between Mandalay and Bagan.


mandalay to bagan plane

If you don’t have time to waste or just don’t want to be crammed on a bus or a slow train then flying might be your best option. You can fly to Bagan from Mandalay to Nyaung-u then take a cab to Bagan for around 10,000 Burmese Kyat. The plane only takes just over a half an hour but will cost you around $50+. One good thing is that the airports are very small so you won’t have to worry about arriving super early.  You can check for flights and times here at

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Trainmandalay to bagan train

Taking the train to Bagan is another option, which takes up to 7 hours and can be rather bumpy but will provide a unique experience and views of the countryside. Unlike the bus, you will have more freed to move around and enjouy yourself than being crammed in the other option as they typically even load up with boxes and other goods to transport from one location to the other. If you want to book a train to get from Mandalay to Bagan then you can go here.

Cab or Private Driver

The last option I will mention is taking a cab or private driver, which can provide some benefits like being able to leave at any time, stop at multiple locations along the way and travel with as many or as few people and things as you like. A private driver can get you to Bagan in as little as 4 hours depending on the times and traffic but will cost you over $70+.

Mandalay to Bagan

Thank you for reading my post about how to get from Mandalay to Bagan, I hope you found the information helpful and that you enjoy your trip! If you have any questions you can leave a comment below or follow me on Instagram @nomadicnava and send me a direct message. If you want to read more of my blog posts you can find them here. Thanks!

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Ayutthaya Day Trip

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Ayutthaya Day Trip

If you’re planning on coming to Thailand or you are already here then planning an Ayutthaya Day Trip is something you should definitely consider! Ayutthaya is an amazing place, I like to call it the Ankor Wat of Thailand and considering I’ve been to Ankor Wat and consider Ayutthaya just as cool if not better than the temples in Cambodia says a lot.

I took my Ayutthaya day trip with my Thai friend Ariya and International model friend Vin, leaving at 9am from Samut Prakan the trip took us about 2 hours, but from around Bangkok you may be able to make it in less. We took highway 9 almost the entire way up and back and it is the straightest and least congested route.

Ayutthaya day trip

Ayutthaya day trip

Ayutthaya Background

The incredible city of Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 and was the second capital of the Kingdom of Siam. It became a very successful metropolitan area from the 14th to 18th centuries as it became a center for local trade and commerce. The city itself was built in between three rivers and also strategically higher than the Gulf of Siam to avoid seasonal flooding.

In 1767 the Burmese army razed and burned the city to the ground, forcing its inhabitants to evacuate and abandon the city. It was never rebuilt and today is known as one of UNESCO’s top archeological sites in the world.

The city was attacked and razed by the Burmese army in 1767 who burned the city to the ground and forced the inhabitants to abandon the city. The city was never rebuilt in the same location and remains known today as an extensive archaeological site.

Ayutthaya is located in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, and in the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. The World Heritage property is 289 hectares or 2.89 km^2. The most prominent and well-known structures are the tall prang or reliquary towers as well as other various astonishing Buddhist monasteries.

There are many temples and ruins to visit and explore in Ayutthaya that it can be tough to see them all in one day so I will list the ones I went to below.

Wat Yai Chaimongkol

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Wat Yai Chai Mongkol also was known as “Wat Pa Kaew” or “Wat Chao Tai” is located southeast of Phranakhon. Highlights of the temple include a large pagoda which was renovated during the reign of King Naresuan. Inside the sacred temple is an enshrined Buddha statue. There are excellent views of the surrounding area from the top of the temple, slightly resembling the views I had in Bagan Myanmar.

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On ground level around the temple, you can find a large lying down Buddha statue as well as some really cool lined up smaller Buddha statues as seen above which create a nice visual when taken from certain angles, especially if you can manage the hops and pose of my friend above!

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Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

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Wat Phra Sri Sanphet also was known as the Temple of the Holy or Splendid Omniscient, was considered the holiest temple in Ayutthaya before the city was completely destroyed by the Burmese. Below you can see me pictured with a group of beautiful Thai women in traditional Siamese wardrobes, I was very fortunate to get a picture opportunity with them, it really made my day,if you can’t tell by the dorky smile on my face = ).

ayutthaya day trip

This temple was actually the site of the old Royal Palace in the ancient capital city and served as a model for the most beautiful and grandest temples in Thailand known as Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok.

ayutthaya day tripWat Mantathat

ayutthaya day trip

One of the most well-known temples to both Thai and Farang alike Wat Mantathat, with its most notable feature being the disappearing Buddha head lodged in the roots of a tree there has become an international icon.

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This temple is located near Pa Tan and East of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. It is said to be the first pagoda built during the Ayutthaya period and there are many sites to see at this location. Make sure to check out the small and large prangs as well as the octagonal pagoda, patriarch and temple base.

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Wat Chaiwatthanaram

This is another one of the best-known temples in Ayutthaya, located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, outside the island of Ayutthaya island. The Khmer style Wat Chaiwatthanaram was used by the king and royal family and also served as a Buddhist monastery.

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During sunrise, you can capture amazing pictures reflecting off the water on the opposite side of the river. Being that the temple is so large and spread out another tip for the best pictures are actually taken on the outside of the temple where you can get it all in view.

Wat Ratchaburanaayutthaya day trip

Wat Ratchaburana is another Buddhist temple located near the center of the island, adjacent to Wat Mantathat. Its most notable feature is its ornate Prang tower which is considered one of the most beautiful in the city.

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Wat Phra Ramayutthaya day trip

This temple compound houses a large prang and many chedis and considered a recreational site located East of the royal court yard and opposite its assembly hall. This site is partially surrounded by a largepond formerly named ‘Nong Sono’, but is now called Bung Phra Ram.

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Ayutthaya Day Trip

ayutthaya day trip

Thank you for reading about my Ayutthaya Day Trip! It was by far one of my favorite trips in all of Thailand. Considering I spend most of my time here near beaches it was nice to get away from the sand and ocean in exchange for something with a little more cultural significance.

If you have any questions you can leave a comment below or follow me on Instagram @nomadicnava then send me a direct message. If you want to read more of my blog posts you can find them here. Thanks!

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Fun Activities in Singapore

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Fun Activities in Singapore

Finding fun activities in Singapore wat hard with so many cool things to do and see wasn’t hard, it came down to trying to squeeze them all into my 3-day trip while I was there. I seldom stay in Hostels but in Singapore I made an exception and stayed at a really nice one called Adamson Lodge, which is conveniently located in Little India and also right across the street from an MRT line. I’ll do my best to provide as much information from my experience combined with other local recommendations from when I was there to make the most of your trip to SG.

Gardens By The Bay

Going to Gardens by the bay is kind of a no-brainer since it is one of the most popular and well-known attractions in Singapore. If you decide to go here be prepared for a marvelous light show stroll through the gardens but it is best to go there at sunset/night, and there is also a light show at night, at 7:45pm, 8:45pm. It lasts about 15 mins.

There is also a laser and light show called ‘Wonder Full’ located at the Marina Bay Sands Promenade (it’s located beside the LV shop) and it lasts about 15 minutes. Timings are:

Sunday – Thursday: 8:00pm, 9:30pm

Friday & Saturday: 8:00pm, 9:30pm, 11:00pm

You can head over here for more information:

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is probably the most iconic and well-known destination to visit while in Singapore and for good reason. The building itself is a giant cruise ship in the sky overlooking the Marina with incredible views and expensive drinks, this is an absolute must if you are looking for fun activities in Singapore.

The bar on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands actually has free entry (but Wednesdays are only free for the ladies). Many bars in Singapore have ladies night on Wednesdays where they get in free and also usually a free drink.

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Another rooftop bar which you can go up to entirely for free is Level 33 at Marina Bay Financial Center. It overlooks the Marina Bay Skyline, so do check it out if you have time. But, tripods are not allowed for cameras! They’ve got pretty good beer as well. It can also be quite crowded, so it’s advised that you go early if you want some breathtaking rooftop views.

And, lastly, there is 1-altitude (view pictured above) on One Raffles Place, the tallest rooftop bar in Singapore. I was told there will be cover charges, but when I went we paid $25 to get in, which included a drink. The views are incredible though and opposite Marina Bay Sands so it was worth it for sure.

Clark Quay

Clarke Quay is a great nightlife area to hang out, with colorful old colonial houses, its filled with live music, and people. It lies along the Singapore river, so its a great place to walk by, even if you are not having a drink. This is a nice place for various Fun Activities in Singapore all in one place.

There is also a spot where you can view the Singapore skyline, for FREE! It is called Ion Sky, at the top of the shopping mall Ion Orchard. You will need to take the elevator to the 4th floor, and then proceed to another elevator to go up to the 55th floor. You’ll be able to see loads of unique buildings from up there. But, it may not always be opened, as the place can be reserved for private events. The mall is located right on Orchard Road MRT.

Another location is called Skyville at Dawson, its an apartment with a rooftop view of the South and North of Singapore. Nearest MRT will be Queenstown.

Arab Street

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There is also the Arab Street you can check out, which is the Arab/Muslim enclave of Singapore(or at least it used to be) which has some pretty unique shops and stalls selling Arab fabrics, mats, lamps and souvenirs, as well as a pretty cool looking mosque (and one of the oldest!)

China Town

And of course, Chinatown. Though Chinatown here isn’t like that of the Chinatowns elsewhere in the world, it’s no longer a Chinese enclave and is purely a tourist attraction. Here, you will find Chinese souvenirs, goods, snacks, and foods. I only went here for lunch.

Little India

There is also Little India, and I recommend Mustafa Center in Farrer Park. (which is right beside Little India) It’s a 24/7, shopping mall that opens for all day, all night, and all year. It is one of the best places to go if you intend on doing shopping, and one of the most complex shopping malls you will ever enter.

Another area I highly recommend is the Parkview Square located in the Bugis area. This building is both an office and an embassy, but, the interior architecture is very unique ( It looks like something out of the movie ‘The Great Gatsby’/or if you play video games, Rapture from Bioshock) and has a 1930s classic feel to it, with really exquisite carvings on the walls and roofs! So definitely do check it out if possible! Its this huge brown office building that looks like it fits into the world of Gotham City. This is also where you can visit Atlas bar (pictured below), which was ranked the 15th best bar in the world when I went and is absolutely incredible inside.


If you plan on going to Sentosa, skip eating or buying on the island, things there are super expensive. Instead, there is a mall just before that island, it’s cheaper to dine there. There are tons of things to see or do. If going by foot, the whole island is free but each individual attraction will cost you extra. Besides, if you want a beach, you can head to Siloso beach, where they have man-made sand imported from Indonesia.

If you plan to go to the zoo its recommended to do the night safari. Its one of the unique Fun Activities in Singapore as it’s like an actual safari, where animals roam cageless, while you seat and view them from the comfort of a tram.

You can also apparently get to a really remote beach, away from the hustle and bustle of people and tourists called the Southern Island. There is a ferry that goes from Sentosa to these islands, and barely anyone goes there. But know that there is only 1 ferry a day back, so make sure you don’t miss it!

Botanical Gardens

If you like nature, you could give the botanic gardens a shot, they have a lovely orchard garden which you can pay $5 or something to go in. And, if you have a student card (doesn’t matter if it’s expired) with you or you can prove that you are a student, it’s free for you to enter the orchard garden! This place is huge and very beautiful, you can take a canopy walk and this is also where I saw my first Komodo Dragon.

Merlion Park

Merlion Park is another highly recommended fun activities in Singapore. You can head down here during the day and get excellent views of the Bay as well as Marina Bay Sands. You can also come here at night during one of the laser light show times I listed above for a good show.

Food Recommendations

One of the most Fun Activities in Singapore is trying all the different varieties of food and mixed cultures they have here. I highly recommend you hit the hawker centers, away from the restaurants. Hawker centers serves cheap, fresh, and amazing street food. Foods that are a must try, for

Chinese food like Chicken rice, Fried Carrot Cake, char kway teow, hokkien noodles(fried yellow seafood noodles) Bak Chor Mee (dried noodles with minced pork) and Laksa(Spicy Coconut broth with vermicelli noodles).

Indian food I recommend going for roti prata (a indian pancake), Appam (pancake with a special red sugar), rojak(Indian fruit or fried dough salad) tulang merah (Lamb bone marrow with a spicy and sweet sauce)

Malay food I recommend Mee rebus, nasi lemak(coconut rice) , mee siam, satay and mee goreng. For desserts, ice kachang (basically shaved ice with flavoured syrups) , chendol, tao suan, red bean soup, green bean soup and many others. Drinks, soursop, sugar cane juice, bandung (rose syrup with milk, this is really sweet though!) milo and avocado milkshake with gula melaka or chocolate syrup. Oh! Seafood, chilli crab, black pepper crab, salted egg crab (though it’s quite pricey), sambal stingray(yes, we do eat stingray, and it’s awesome!), sambal lala(vongole clams), Gong Gong (steam conch shells) and sambal kangkong (sweet potato leaves)

Getting Around

I recommend skipping taking the bus and take the metro instead. Reason being, its really hard to navigate with the bus, as the bus does not tell you which is the next stop. If you want to avoid the MRT or Bus entirely, you can just use Grab or Uber.

The MRT is quick and convenient, and relatively easy to get around. Each trip for both buses and trains are charged based on how many stops you take, so the further you go, the more expensive it cost you.

Single ride tickets are a better option if you are planning to visit Singapore for a short duration, or the tourist pass, depending on how often you travel around via the MRT or the bus. Tourists passes are refundable, only if you are flying. EZ link is also recommended if you are planning to visit Singapore for a longer duration. Don’t forget to bring your passport when you’re shopping, above about a $100 will get you tax rebates if you bring your receipts to the airport!

Changi Airport

Lastly, before you fly out of Singapore, you might want to check out the Changi Airport Activities as well, there’s plenty to see and do. And for FREE! You can check out the butterfly garden, as well as the sunflower garden at Terminal 3. Plus, there is also a free cinema with some of the latest movies, free console gaming and, free massage (sadly it’s just massage chairs)

Thanks for reading my post about all the “Fun Activities in Singapore“, If you are planning on visiting then I hope that this gives you some good recommendations and advice. If you have any questions you can leave a comment below or follow me on Instagram @nomadicnava then send me a direct message. If you want to read more of my blog posts you can find them here. Thanks!

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