Mobile communication in Thailand - which SIM card to choose, how to call to Russia

In Thailand, everything is quite simple with mobileconnection. There is no problem to buy a sim card to a foreigner. Just come and buy right at the airport. The procedure takes several minutes. Next, connect the Internet package, voila, and you are online. The Internet in Tae will cost you at a local SIM card cheaper than through Russian operators with their roaming options.

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Which Thai operator to choose

There are several mobile operators in Thailand:

Tariffs for calls and the Internet at all plus a minus identical. Cook about 300-800 baht on the Internet per month.

I most often use DTAC, it’s easiestdeal with the tariffs (in the same True, the devil's leg will break on their website). Also, the second sim card with me sometimes goes AIS, although I would not say that there is an urgent need for this. Buy in advance through the Internet local Thai sim card on the site Klook (for Bangkok and Phuket) and get 4G Internet for 8 days for just 131 baht instead of 299 baht.

Simka DTAC is 2 times cheaper, Bangkok>

Simka DTAC is 2 times cheaper, Phuket>

Coverage areas are similar too. But it seems to me personally that the coverage and speed of DTAC and AIS in general is better than that of True. But it all depends on the specific area. As long as I didn’t drive around Tyu, there was 4G / 3G almost everywhere, except maybe in remote mountain areas. That is, if you are not going to go somewhere, then by and large it does not matter what kind of sim card you will have.

Also, if you need speed, as much as possible (for example, for work), then no one bothers to buy all 3 SIM cards at once and test them in your rented accommodation, who is faster.

Mobile communication in Thailand, Simka for 49 baht

Mobile communication in Thailand, Simka for 49 baht

Why am I all this? Do not listen, if someone says that some operator is much better than the other, it all depends on the particular place.

How to get an Internet on a laptop

All modern smartphones have this optionas an “access point”. Turning it on, your phone turns into a router that distributes WIFI. Naturally, you should have a SIM card with the Internet, which the smartphone will distribute to laptops in range. So USB modems are no longer needed.

None of the Thai operators do not prohibit the distribution of the Internet to computers, so you can use. This is especially true if the WIFI in the hotel is too brake (as often happens).

Cost of calls in Thailand and roaming

No Thai operator has roaming around the country, which is very convenient when moving. So you can forget about roaming.

If you do not connect anything extra, then calls will cost about 1 baht / min. If you intend to make frequent and frequent calls, then it makes sense to add special rates for calls.

How to make cheap calls to Russia from Thai sims

You have two options for how to call Russia from a Thai SIM card:

  • Call the number in the usual way. The main thing is that the number starts at +7, not at 8. The tariff will be about 30 baht / min, which is cheaper than calling from your Russian sim card (there are about 100 rub / min without options), but still expensive.
  • Through special codes. Each mobile operator has its own code. The call will cost 4-5 baht / min. Quite a reasonable price and sound quality suited me perfectly.


Type 004 instead of “+” before the seven, that is, 004-7 (926) 123-45-67.


Type 003 instead of “+” before the seven, that is, 003-7 (926) 123-45-67.


Type 00600 instead of “+” before the seven, that is, 00600-7 (926) 123-45-67.

But it’s generally cheaper to call from Viber / Skype toRussian phones via the Internet. Or completely free, if you call from one Skype to another Skype, via Viber, Whatsapp or Telegram. Mobile Internet 4G / 3G is more than enough for such calls. Yes, in this case we pay for the traffic, but this is a penny. Feels like Skype is spending the most traffic.

Read more about How cheaper to call from abroad to Russia.

How to call a Thai number from Russia

Your Thai number has this format - 0914683217.

In order to be able to call him from another Thai sim card, you don’t need to invent anything, you’ll have to dial it.

But if you want to call him from Russia or write an SMS from a Russian number, then you need to write it in an international format, replacing 0 with +66, thus,
+ (66) 914683217.

Mobile Internet speed in Thailand

If you somewhere you met reviews about slowthe speed of the mobile Internet, it may well be that, or the authors of these reviews are just old smartphones, or they got into some kind of fart, or do not understand the question.

Every year the Internet in Thailand is becomingfaster and faster. Even outgoing channels are already normal, and not as before, it is quite possible to use the clouds. I have been going to Tai since 2010 and see improvement trends. Yes, on the mainland, and especially in Bangkok, speed and stability are much better than on the islands, but everywhere the quality of Internet is enough for most users.

I have an incoming channel speed of at least 5-15 megabits, and in the center of the city, 30-50 megabits can happen. Of course, provided that 4G / 3G works.

Below are a few pair of speeds made in an arbitrary place.

4G speed in Bangkok from DTAC

4G speed in Bangkok from DTAC

Samui 3G speed from DTAC

Samui 3G speed from DTAC

Phones of police and ambulance

First Aid - 1554

National Police Phone - 191
Traffic police - 1193
Tourist police - 1155
Criminal Police - 1195

Fire Service - 199

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