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Calling mobile or cell phones in Kanchanaburi

  • husqvarna

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    I hope someone can help me with a particularly frustrating challenge. I am trying to call a tour company (Toi's Tours) in Kanchanaburi from my home in the US.
    The phone number on their website in 081 856 5523. When I call it, I get a recording saying that "this number is not assigned." Their fax number, 034 514 209 gives me a fax tone when I call it, but I don't have access to a reasonably inexpensive international fax machine.
    I tried emailing then and have gotten no response back yet.

    Thinking that they may not be in business any longer, I called the Sugar Cane Guesthouse which Toi's Tours recommends and confirmed their phone number. I also called the Kanchanaburi Tourist Information Office who likewise gave me the cell/mobile number and the fax number. They also confirmed that Toi's Tours is still in business.

    Do I need to do someting different than using the international dialing code (011), the country code (66) then the phone number (081 856 5523) since I am calling a mobine phone from the US?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
    Lee

    #1 Posted: 14/12/2009 - 15:03

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  • Thaiman

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    Try dropping the 0 from the 081-just dial 81.That should work as it is a mobile number.

    #2 Posted: 14/12/2009 - 15:11

  • husqvarna

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    Thaiman: Thank you VERY much. dropping the 0 worked fine. You don't know how much frustration has been ash-canned.

    Do you know the cheapest and easiest way to make cell phone calls in Thailand. I live in the US and have AT&T cellular. If I take my cell phone to Thailand, it costs about $3 US per minute. That is beyond gross. Another thread talked about buying a Sierra AirCard for my netbook computer and/or phone but I have to learn more about those. Is it easier to just buy a cheap phone with pre-paid minutes when I get to BKK? Thank you again.
    Lee

    #3 Posted: 15/12/2009 - 09:36

  • Thaiman

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    If you've got a GSM phone then take it with you and get a pre-paid sim card in Thailand.Only drawback is you get a different No to your own so you have to inform everyone who you want to know.But it is by far the cheapest way to make calls.

    #4 Posted: 16/12/2009 - 15:12

  • husqvarna

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    Thanks Thaiman. I found out how to unlock my Nokia phone and will buy a pre-paid sim card when I get to BKK.
    Lee

    #5 Posted: 16/12/2009 - 15:59

  • khunwilko

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    Remember to dial international calls - you dial 007, 008 or 009 ten the international code then drop the "0"on the national number.

    If you dial 001 or "+" you will get a higher rate.

    You Have to use "+" to SMS.

    if for any reason your phone won't take a Thai SIM you can by a phone for 800 baht upwards - the money you save on calls will usually easily pay for the phone, which will work at hom or at least in other countries with the right SIM

    #6 Posted: 18/12/2009 - 10:13

  • khunwilko

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    SMS

    #7 Posted: 18/12/2009 - 10:14

  • khunwilko

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    Sorry should read THEN the international code.....

    #8 Posted: 18/12/2009 - 10:15

  • husqvarna

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    Khunwilko: Thanks for the info.
    Lee

    #9 Posted: 18/12/2009 - 13:09

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