I need to work while I'm away - what's the best and cheapest way to connect?
1. Mobile - There's many pre-paid SIM cards you can choose from. The best place to buy these are from the 7-11 stores, which seem to be everywhere in built up shopping / tourist areas. You can get top-up cards of 100, 200, and 300 baht (about 8 USD). If you text message international numbers you will run out of credit quickly - but it's still probably cheaper than global roaming with your provider from home.
2. Wifi. From my experiences few hotels offer free-wifi.. it's very hard to come across. Instead you will need to pay at reception for a password at the cost of 100-150 baht (2-3 USD) per hour. In Bangkok I've used a WiFi network called 'truewifi' and you can buy pre-paid cards from some 7-11's for 150 baht (3 USD) for 20 hours. Depending on where you are may or may not get good reception.
3. Internet Cafes. These are literally everywhere, and usually average about 60 - 100 baht (1.5 - 2 USD) per hour, charged by the minute. They may also offer international calls - but many of the cafes have headphones / microphones set up so you can use Skype. about 10 years ago
Bangkok is covered with TrueWifi 15,000 hotspots and still counting. you can get free acess card (64kbit) at the tourist info. its called Green Bangkok WiFi. i remember i was using this network everywhere.
i think the maximum internet speed in Thailand is 5mbit for "normal" peoples.
About the GSM service providers; you cant send and receive SMS from eg. local Thailand provider to your homecountry. Because of some roaming service. about 10 years ago
We went to Thailand over christmas in 2007-2008. When we arrived we had mobile phone coverage for 2 hours then we didn't get a bar after that. We were with Vodafone and had no coverage till we got home.
As for internet access you can find many internet cafes all around the place.
If we thought about it while we were over there we would have brought a thailand sim and used that to call back home. about 10 years ago
Now WiFi is everywhere in The Thailand tourist spots. Have a look at www.decall.net they have some terrific calling plans download there dialer and you can call the UK for about 1p a min. If you buy a local sim card you can also use there callback service to anywhere in the world at the cost of a local call. almost 6 years agoAnswered by David via WorldNomads.com