Thailand Country Guide



Thailand has three GSM mobile service providers i.e. AIS, DTAC and Truemove. The GSM-900 MHz is widely used while the 1800 frequency band is also available - refer to your phone's specifications if you intend to use your phone in Thailand.
International roaming into Thailand's GSM networks is possible (subject to agreements between operators). Coverage is very good throughout Thailand including the cities, major tourist destinations and even in many parts of the countryside.

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You can buy a prepaid SIM card for any of the Thai carriers from the convenience stores for as little as 50-200 baht. Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport is a good place to buy a SIM card. Most phones sold by major carriers are "locked" to the carrier. That means the phone will not work with a SIM card from another network, unless you get it unlocked. If you plan to visit Thailand frequently, consider buying a SIM card with minimal validity restrictions (usually one year from the last top up, even if it was 10 baht). By doing this you can re-use the SIM card on your next visit to Thailand. This avoids the hassle of buying a new SIM card every time you visit the country as well as keep the same Thai phone number.

Phone charger at a shopping mall by Ewlyahoocom

Internet cafes are widespread throughout Thailand and generally inexpensive. Internet usage charges are as low as 15 baht per hour and speed of connection is generally reasonable. Higher prices may prevail in major tourist destinations with 60 baht per hour not uncommon and can be as high as 120 baht per hour. Islands with multiple internet cafes include Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta, Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Tao, Ko Chang, Ko Samet, Ko Si Chang and Phuket.

budget hotels and guesthouses may provide internet access (LAN or WiFi), most charge a small fee for the access even if you are using your own laptop, tablet or smartphone. While WiFi is common in some cafes and restaurants, it is sometimes provided by the telecoms, charging a fee and requires opening an account with them.

Internet cafe at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport by Mattes
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