Why would you even want to consider getting a hire car in Tokyo? Just because there might be a huge amount of cars which are made in Japan, this really doesn’t give the visitor any reason to want to hire one when they get here. Tokyo really is the world’s ultimate rail city, with a […]


This should be reasonably obvious, but there really is no point at all in thinking about getting a hire car in Singapore! As the most densely populated major city anywhere in the world, everything in Singapore is on the higher side of high rise, and the city has an enviable reputation for having an efficient […]


Before dismissing the idea of hiring a car in Mumbai completely, it is worth bearing in mind Mumbai is really a city of cities, and that much of the more recent development has been concentrated around Navi Mumbai (New Mumbai). This area is quite distinct from the older parts of the city. Mumbai is also […]


Given the coastal location of Krabi, the limited driving roads and the range of beach and watersports activities on offer, combined with less energetic boat trips, we would generally not recommend hiring a car here. For a road trip around southern Thailand – Krabi is on the mainland, not an island. Despite buses being plentiful […]

Kota Kinabalu

There’s no need for a hire car if you just plan on staying in a resort and heading into the centre of Kota Kinabalu, where plenty of buses and taxis are available. However, a car would certainly be useful for visiting places like the orang utan sanctuary at Sepilok, and for stopping of at on […]

Koh Samui

Many visitors might well consider that Koh Samui is the sort of destination where a combination of beachfront activities, watersports and boat trips would make a hire car unnecessary, and this might well be the case, but it’s also a great place to explore further, whether by car or not: Compared to a heavily congested […]

Chiang Mai

Generally, car hire in Thailand doesn’t make a great deal of sense, because visitors are most likely to spend time in frenetic Bangkok, where driving is a nightmare, or in any one of the country’s famous coastal resorts, such as Phuket or Koh Samui, where the emphasis is always going to be on the beaches […]


Generally speaking, hire cars don’t make much sense when visiting India, partly because many visitors are not comfortable with local driving conditions, but also because large Indian cities tend to have extensive public transport, and taxis are cheap and plentiful. Furthermore, because India is so densely populated, it’s also relatively easy to move between major […]


Bagan car hire advice – Bagan is an historic and compact city where all of the major sites are a short and easy walk from each other. The most iconic way to see Bagan in all of its glory would be to take a hot air balloon tour, for which the city is very well […]

Hong Kong

I’ve included Hong Kong simply because it is the most extreme example of a city where a hire car is a complete non-starter. You simply cannot even get a hire car at Hong Kong airport, nor would there be any reason to consider doing so. Some major car hire companies such as Avis do have […]


As with other cities in India, the local car hire market is not well developed. It’s obvious to suggest that the core focus of any visit to Amritsar is going to have the Golden Temple as a highlight, but any excursions from the city are still more likely to be by private tour minibus or […]


The Jordanian capital is an incredibly compact city, where the historic core is richly connected and inherently walkable. There are few reasons to want to drive anywhere immediately outside of the city, because all of the major attractions in Amman are very central. The compact nature of the old citadel makes driving impractical, with many […]


The city of Agra is undoubtedly most famous for being the location of the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most iconic and heavily photographed tourist destinations, and a place which is perfectly well served by train, bus and other local transport services. Needless to say, whether you arrive into Agra by train, by plane […]

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi car hire advice– compared to its larger and glitzier brother Dubai, Abu Dhabi is substantially more compact, such that nowhere in the downtown area is more than a short bus or taxi ride away from anywhere else, but you will still be using motorised transport more than walking. Abu Dhabi car hire advice […]

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Osaka Road Trip Ideas

Osaka, or Japan in general might not seem like a natural place from which to hire a car, but if you are doing Japan’s great cities by train and then want to start heading into the spectacular mountainous scenery that the country has to offer, then Osaka, or Kansai airport which is floating in the […]


As with other cities in mainland China, we can’t recommend getting a rental car here unless you are able to obtain a local Chinese driving licence. However, whereas we would generally dismiss any sort of car hire suggestions in places like Beijing and Shanghai out of hand, it might be worth looking at hiring a […]


For other destinations in Burma, we generally wouldn’t recommend getting a hire car, because the major tourist sites tend to be very close to the city centres, and other places to visit can easily be seen by taking a bus tour. We would suggest that Yangon is the other way round – the tourist sites […]


Generally, there is little point in looking at getting a hire car in the Taiwanese capital Taipei. The main reason for this is largely obvious enough – Taipei is one of the main Asian powerhouses, a huge city of more than 10 million people, where traffic moves slowly and where public transport is widely available, […]


As an easy day trip from nearby Shanghai, Suzhou has plenty of public transport options available both to get here and to get around, so there is little reason to consider hiring a car in Suzhou. Note that most visitors to Suzhou will arrive via Shanghai in the first place, so please see our Shanghai […]

Siem Reap

The city of Siem Reap is best known as being the site of the Angkor Wat temple complex, and as such, there certainly is no need to get a hire car within the city itself. Most of the major places to stay are within a short walk from Angkor Wat, and plenty of local buses, […]


Senior citizens in Hong Kong might comment at how they literally used to look down on Shenzen as being little more than a fishing village, whereas now it is a city of more than 10 million people, and it is one of China‘s emerging global cities. It’s easy enough for the visitor to Hong Kong […]


Conservative Sharjah sits just to the east of Dubai, and this is largely really an extension of the Dubai urban area. Yet Sharjah also has its own international airport, in some respects make it a low-cost alternative to Dubai international. However, unlike Dubai, there is no sophisticated mass transit system in Sharjah, with local transport […]

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