Mobile Phone Hacks For Indians Visiting Thailand
(These can be used by travelers from other countries as well)
Indian or Thai SIM ?
Staying connected while travelling abroad is the next thing to food, water and shelter to a modern human being. Although one would like to take an Indian SIM and use it in Thailand, the exorbitant call and messaging rates make that idea a strict no-no. But do not worry, I shall give you the cheapest and most effective way to have seamless connectivity while visiting your favourite beach in Pattaya or Phuket.
Why You Need Indian SIM
Firstly, the Indian sim. It is very much needed for a very important function apart from calling, receiving OTP. As most of us use net-banking, when you are abroad and want to make an online payment or access your account in an emergency, you must be in a position to receive OTP on your Indian sim. So, without activating the international roaming call/net service, just contact your customer care and activate international message receiving service @~ Rs 150. Please remember to deactivate this service once you return to India.
Why Thai SIM is a Must
Now the Thai sim. You will need a Thai sim with 4G for Google map, Cab booking, Communication with cab driver, hotel, tour operator etc as well as within your travel group. And of course WhatsApp calling back home. So, buying a local sim is very essential. There are many operators with short term tourist sim offering a wide range of services. I have used all the three shown below and would rate AIS as best and coming next. Although all the three services are at par in Bangkok and cities, the real difference can be seen in remote beaches and islands where AIS and Trumov gave excellent voice and 4G connectivity in Koh Lanta and some nearby islands. Either go for the 8 or 15 day option for THB 599/299 respectively.
Where to Buy
Outlets of all three services are located before Gate no 3 (arrival) of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport and all you have to do is to present a copy of passport and the required cash at the counter. It takes about a minute to get the sim activated. They even provide you with sim ejecting pins so that you can get the sim loaded and proceed to book your cab using the Grab app before you exit the terminal. In case you are unable to get a sim in airport, you can always buy such SIMs in the ‘7Eleven’ stores found in every nook and corner of the country.
Which Service is Best
I have used all the three company services listed below and have listed them in the same order. My first choice is AIS and then come the rest. On one instance I could call my hotel from mid sea while I was returning from a 4 Island Tour off Koh Lanta. Trumov is also good.
Links of Thai Mobile Companies
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