Bangkok, Thailand


Internet cafes abound in Bangkok. You'll generally be looking at rates of 30-60 baht per hour in the tourist-laden districts like Khao San Road, 20-30 baht per hour in the downtown area and 10-15 baht per hour if you venture into residential areas (where the speed generally is still high). Most hotels and guest houses provide some form of internet access and some have Wi-Fi inside the rooms but inquire before booking.
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An increasing number of caf├ęs and pubs offer free Wi-Fi to their customers, including the ubiquitous Coffee World chain in all its branches - ask for the password at the counter. Service provider TrueMove offers both free and paid internet (Wi-Fi and 3G) access. If you want to get online for free, you must register first but given limited time. TrueMove's network is accessible in many malls including Siam Square and sometimes available from your room if you stay nearby hot-spot.

Internet cafe at Suvarnabhumi Airport by Mattes

The area code for Bangkok is 02 but you only need to dial 0 if calling from within Thailand. Pay phones are not commonplace as most Thais have a mobile phone. If you want to avoid high roaming costs, purchase a local SIM card for 100 baht at Suvarnabhumi Airport (or from other mobile phone stores in Bangkok). The 100 baht is not just for the SIM card but is immediately your first pre-paid amount. Reloading or topping up is easy, just walk into a 7-Eleven store and ask for the amount you want. Making international calls is also cheaper this way.

Bangkok's red post boxes are found all over the city. There are also plenty of Thailand Post offices for sending post and packages. In the tourist areas, there are post offices in Khao San Road (in front of Wat Bowonniwet) and Sukhumvit Road (between Soi 4 and 6). 
If staying in Bangkok for a long period, you may make use of poste restante for people to send you letters or parcels using a post office address - posts are kept for at least two months. Posts sent via poste restante must have the receiver's name and family name in underlined capital letters. If you want to pick your post at Khao San Road, the address should be "Poste Restante, Banglamphubon Post Office, Bangkok, 10203, Thailand". If in the Sukhumvit area, then the address should be "Poste Restante, Nana Post Office, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10112, Thailand".

General Post Office in Bang Rak by Lerdsuwa

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