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Posted by AdventureFreak on 20/4/2012 at 10:07

Hey everyone!

This coming June I will be traveling to Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. I am unsure how to go about purchasing a sim card. Through STA travel website, I found this option for a sim card:
http://www.statravelus.ekit.com/ekit/MobileInfo/Service/ekglobal_blue

The only problem is, it does not cover service in Laos. For experienced travelers out there, would this be the best way to go about purchasing a sim card? Or would it be better to bring a prepaid phone from home (NYS) and purchase a sim card once I arrive to Hanoi, Vietnam. I know that once I get to Laos and Thailand I will need a different sim card for both those countries, so I'm wondering if it will be worth the hassle to purchase a sim card from each place, or just buy one sim card (the one from that website) that covers 2 of the 3 countries I will be traveling to. I will take any recommendations of what would be the best way to go about this! Thanks for reading!

Best wishes,
Adventure Freak

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Posted by tyler on 20/4/2012 at 10:17

Local sim cards are readily available in Thailand and Vietnam. They are cheap (few dollars) and easy to top up. It was cheaper for me to call Canada from Thailand on my mobile than for friends and family in Canada to call me.
There is no hassle when it comes to purchasing a new sim card...you just need a few dollars and a few minutes of time. Very simple.

I cannot comment on Laos as I have yet to go...

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Posted by altmtl on 20/4/2012 at 10:43

I agree with tyler, it's no hassle - I just picked up a sim card at the BK airport when I arrived and got another one in Laos.

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Posted by AdventureFreak on 20/4/2012 at 10:51

You guys are awesome thanks for responding! I've never had to go through the process of purchasing a sim card, so I had no idea what to expect, lol. So bringing a prepaid phone from home and purchasing a sim card from each country sounds like the easiest thing to do. I thought maybe it would be better to be prepared and already have a sim card upon arrival.

Thanks for the help guys!

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Posted by altmtl on 21/4/2012 at 02:38

I'm not sure what you mean by having a "prepaid" phone - but your phone should be unlocked and quad band.

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Posted by UsTwo on 21/4/2012 at 07:20

Posted from within Vietnam.

I bought a phone in Ha Noi. With sim card, and 100,000 credit, for 500,000 dong. That's about $AU23. Calls to Australia are 20,000 per minute. Re-charge is simple. Just buy a token for whatever amount you need, phone the number in, and you're set.

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Posted by AdventureFreak on 21/4/2012 at 15:18

@ altmtl - Prepaid means pay as you go, it is a phone which credit is purchased in advance of service use. The phone I will be bringing with me is a friends old pay-as-you-go (prepaid) cell phone. I have no idea if it is quad band or even GSM for that matter..

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Posted by altmtl on 21/4/2012 at 18:49

If it's not unlocked & quad band it will be useless. So you will have to buy a new one there.

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