Pattaya, Thailand



Internet access is widely available in Pattaya and the speed and reliability of the connection is generally good. Many of the internet shops usually close late and some stay open 24 hours. Internet charges range from 20 to
120 baht per hour. One baht per minute is typical at the tourist-oriented shops, many also offer lower rates for pre-paid blocks of time. It's not difficult to find well-equipped, quiet, air-conditioned internet caf├ęs that charge 30 baht per hour if you shop around.

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Printing is usually 10 baht per page for black & white and 30 baht per page for colour. Many internet cafes and photo-processing shops have facilities for off-loading digital photos from memory cards and burning them to a CD - the going rate is around 100 baht per CD. As always, verify the integrity of the images on the CD before re-formatting the memory card. Also consider having two copies burned to the CD - one to send home by mail and the other to take home in your luggage as backup.

View of Pattaya by Mita Stetsovski

The telephone area code for Pattaya is 038. Overseas calls can be made from many agencies and internet shops, as well as guest houses and hotels - most advertise a rate of 10 baht per minute and 20 baht per minute to mobile phones. Purchasing a local SIM card for mobile phones is usually a cheaper and more convenient option.

You can also make overseas calls at the 24-hour payphone booths located outside the Pattaya Telecommunications Centre at 183/44 Soi Post Office. The International Operator Direct Connection service provides one button press (suitable for collect calls) to operators in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.

Pattaya has several post offices, the most central of which can be found halfway along Soi Post Office (Soi 13/2). Besides the usual postal services, it handles Western Union money transfers and hosts a large number of post or security boxes. On weekdays (except public holidays) it opens from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday-Sunday and public holidays it opens from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. One-stop-shops that handle courier services by DHL, EMS, FedEx, TNT and UPS are quite common in Pattaya.

Money Transfer
If you need money sent to you urgently then there are many Western Union agents located throughout Pattaya. If you regularly visit Thailand or for extended periods then it might be worth opening a local bank account to avoid the high ATM charges for foreign bank cards as well as fluctuating exchange rates.

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