With a car rental, Thailand’s major sights become easily accessible. Begin your Asian journey in Chiang Mai; its name translates to “new city” but it is full of wonders of the past. Visit the royal temple of Wat Suan Dok, and if you’re visiting in February, make sure to visit the longstanding Flower Festival. Drive to Bangkok and marvel at the gold-plated Grand Palace and take a day tour to the rural areas surrounding the city from atop a friendly elephant. Round out your road trip in Phuket, and responsibly sip a Thai beer on the white sand of Freedom Beach.