The Thailand communication network has over the last decade or so become increasingly sophisticated and ever so extensive. Access to broadband internet, newspapers and magazines, television and radio, fax and telex, mail and courier services as well as international and local telephone internet facilities are just some of the many possibilities made available virtually throughout the country.
Ubiquitous as it may be, broadband internet access affords you the privilege to download just about anything anywhere and very fast too. There are internet cafes all over the place and in the major cities, they are just about on every street and street corner particularly in tourist and shopping areas. Areas such as Siam Square, Khao San Road and Silom Road in Bangkok are awash with them so it's very unlikely you would have to walk far to find one.
Not only that, the average internet rate is about 1 baht a minute but having said that, don't hold me accountable for any downloadable costs. You'd have to ask the store owner about that. Most hotels and guesthouses offer internet access using their in-house equipment, some of which the service fee is free.
It may not be the case if you are using your own laptop in your room as some hotels and guesthouses don't have phone lines or Wi-Fi facilities. Also, the rates can be substantially higher. Best to use your own connections for this.
All major hotels and most of the guesthouses offer international dialling service with surcharges ranging between 30 to 40 percent. Calls from 7:00 am and 9:00 pm are charged at regular rates, but at other times, they are usually 20 to 30 percent cheaper.
Business centres in smaller towns also have similar services for both fax, telex and overseas calls, however, they are usually only open from 7:00 am until midnight. These services are also accompanied by steep surcharges.
The Central Post Office on Charoen Krung New Road in Bangkok, as well as some major post offices around the country, has a CAT centre where you can arrange to make credit card calls. Just remember that operating hours at post offices in provinces outside Bangkok have shorter business hours.
The Thailand communication network offers several types of public phones you can use for both local and international calls, some of which are either coin or card operated.
If you're going to make several calls using the public phones, it may pay you to purchase a Lenso Phonecard from one of the convenience stores such as the post office, 7-Eleven, Big C or any other agent displaying the Lenso logo.
Blue and yellow public international phones can be found at airports and shopping malls as well as many major streets around the country. You can only use your phone card for this type of communication, though some are known to accept credit cards.
Many of you will probably find it a lot easier to use your mobile phone to make the necessary calls. To do this you need to purchase a sim card from one or other store. The Pantip Plaza in Bangkok is a good place to start.
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