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Internet access in Thailand, experience so far...

Posted by vladix on 12/10/2009 at 22:41

1° Free Hot Spots ~ They are often not where you want them to be. Either advertised or you just try to connect to some hotel and it works.
2° Internet cafes ~ 1 Baht/min They are everywhere, haven't tried rural areas though...
3° (Some) places you stay ~ you pay 50 Baht, get receipt with username, password and 2 hours, which you can use through the day.
4° 3G: buy sim card for 50 Baht, load it with 350 Baht, insert it in your netbook (mine has 3G module built in, alternatively you need usb dongle). Metered on volume, good for checking email and light surfing only, should last for 5-6 hours. Or you can put sim card in your phone and have a local number.
5° 3G: got to phone shop, buy sim card for 50 Baht, choose a monthly plan, there are several, (I have chosen 100 hours for 350 Baht), unlimited for a month costs ~ 1000 Baht.
6° In many areas there are commercial wi-fi providers: you see a strong signal, connect, type and you will be presented with different plans: daily, weekly, monthly. (unlimited monthly ~ up to 2000 Baht)

3G connection (5° and 6°) is VERY slow, not for Skype or uploading pictures. (I am using AIS provider, in 10 days my month is over, will take another provider and post results).

The rest is bearable, ~ 2 MB/min

Initially posted it on my blog but Travelfish is a more appropriate place for this.


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Posted by idreamofdurian on 12/10/2009 at 23:00 TF writer

Internet cafes are everywhere, even rural towns. Though the rate there will be closer to 15B/hour.

#2 idreamofdurian has been a member since 5/9/2008. Location: Singapore. Posts: 576

Posted by wanderingcat on 13/10/2009 at 00:22

agree with #2 - B15-20/hour is more like it for net cafes.

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Posted by sidewinder on 13/10/2009 at 01:12

Wasnt aware there was any 3G coverage in Thailand? I certainly couldnt get any, even in Bangkok.
Are you sure it wasnt GPRS? (which would explain very slow speeds)

#4 sidewinder has been a member since 11/4/2009. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 57

Posted by vladix on 13/10/2009 at 09:32

#2-3 Good to know. Koh Phangan is probably not the cheapest place...
#4 Did not even know the difference between terms :)
So, yes, I was talking about GPRS. After a bit of educational surfing
I found that there is 3G available in Thailand, one needs a mobile (or another gadget) which supports EDGE technology. Here are instructions:


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Posted by somtam2000 on 13/10/2009 at 10:16 admin

Interesting thread -- thanks for the post vladix (have made the link live across to your site) -- have moved it across to Travel Technology.

#6 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,065

Posted by boxee on 13/10/2009 at 18:30

the most expensive internet cafes i found in thailand were in Phi Phi at 2 baht per minute and the cheapest was in Nakhon Si Thammarat at 10 baht per hour.

#7 boxee has been a member since 26/3/2008. Location: Singapore. Posts: 131

Posted by vladix on 13/10/2009 at 18:45

Things get even more complicated:
my Samsung NC10 has HSPA modem built in, which supports max 7 Mbit/s. According to wikipedia more and more 3G networks support this technology
(for them its a matter of software upgrade). Currently with AIS provider and Windows 7 OS 10MB file gets downloaded in 11 min. If I boot into Ubuntu it takes 4 min for the same file. I was not aware of the difference, it felt a bit quicker - but I thought - I imagine it. OS (and its drivers) possible issues aside - I am very intersted in trying another provider. Learned quite a bit during last day or so...

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Posted by MADMAC on 23/4/2012 at 09:16

My wife's village has an internet Cafe now at 10 baht an hour. And it's a village, half hour outside of Yasothon city. Not even an ampur. I couldn't believe it.

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Posted by neosho on 23/4/2012 at 16:40

We have an internet shop in the next village over. The school kids use it a lot. We're an hour outside UBON. I thought about bringing a line into our shop for WIFI but right now they want 20,000 baht to do it so I'm using a DTAC aircard.

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Posted by mariajames on 12/10/2012 at 11:42

I cassock into Ubuntu it takes 4 min for the aforementioned file. I was not acquainted of the difference, it acquainted a bit quicker - but I thought

#11 mariajames has been a member since 29/9/2012. Posts: 57

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