Communications and Media



Communications and Media

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Thailand’s communication network is becoming increasingly sophisticated. The telephone system is run by the Telephone Organization of Thailand (TOT) under the umbrella of the Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT). It is possible to make international calls and send faxes from all business centers and main hotels. Public phones can be found on all main roads and many minor ones. The postal system, however, can be erratic; the Thai EMS service is very reliable with tracking and less expensive than international couriers. Many major international newspapers and magazines can be easily obtained. Locally published English-language newspapers and magazines can be bought in almost every hotel and bookstore, and at many curbside newsstands

International Calls

All major hotels and most guesthouses offer international dialing services. Business centers and Internet cafés in small towns will usually provide phone, fax, and printing services. Bangkok’s Central Post Office on Charoen Krung New Road and some major post offices around the country have a CAT center that can arrange collect and credit card calls. In Bangkok these are open from 7am until midnight, with reduced hours in the provinces. To dial directly from a hotel room, either contact the reception, or dial 001 (for an international line) followed by the country code and telephone number. It is also possible to use 007, 008, or 009 to prefix your number – these offer cheaper rates. Alternatively, dial the international operator at 100. Blue and yellow international pay phones can be found on the street, in shopping malls, and in airports. The blue phones take some credit cards. The yellow phones accept Lenso phonecards, which are sold in the post office and by agents displaying the Lenso logo

Local Calls

Local calls can be made from any public pay phone other than the blue-and-yellow international pay phones. Domestic calls can be made from blue-and-silver coin phones or green card-phones. Coin-operated phones accept one-, five-, and ten-baht coins. Calls within the same area code cost one baht for three minutes. Cards for green and orange card-phones can be bought at most post offices, bookstores, and hotels and come in several denominations: 25 baht, 50 baht, 100 baht, and 240 baht. The long-distance domestic service also covers Malaysia and Laos, as well as regional Thai calls.

Cell Phones

There are four main GSM (Global System for Mobile Communi[1]cations) frequencies in use around the world, so if you want to guarantee that your phone will work, make sure you have a quad-band phone. Contact your service provider for clarification. Cell phones are extremely cheap in Thailand. There are several operating companies, including AIS, True, and DTAC. SIM cards can be bought from cell phone shops, but there is a registration process for which tourists must have their passport photographed. Customers can pay monthly or buy a scratch card with a dial-in top-up code. Cards are available from 7-Eleven stores and range from 50 to 500 baht in value.

Internet and Email

Internet access is available in Internet cafés, hotels, and guesthouses all over Thailand. Charges range from 20 baht per hour in a local Internet café to 250 baht per hour in a five-star hotel. In some places, Wi-Fi hotspots are available for free (ask staff for the code). However, in airports and upmarket hotels there can be a charge of as much as 600 baht per day. Connections in Bangkok and some of the larger provincial centers are usually fast, but generally speaking the further you move away from urban centers, the slower the connection. Even the most remote islands now have reasonable, if slow, Internet connections.

Postal Services

Thailand has a reliable postal system. Letters and postcards usually take at least one week to reach Europe and North America. Stamps are available at all post offices and at many hotels. Packages should be sent by registered mail or via International Express Mail Service (EMS), which can be a cheaper alternative to international shipping companies. General delivery facilities are available at all main post offices. Letters will normally be held for up to three months. To claim mail from general delivery, you must show your passport and sometimes pay a small fee. Letters should be addressed to you (last name written in capitals and underlined), poste restante, GPO, address, town, Thailand. Thus for Bangkok’s main GPO, correspondents should send mail care of GPO, Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok.

Post offices are usually open 8:30am–4:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am–noon on Saturdays. The main international courier companies, such as DHL, FedEx, and UPS, operate in Thailand.

Television and Radio

Thailand has numerous television channels; programs are mostly in Thai, though in Bangkok some are broadcast with an English simulcast on FM radio. Most international English language satellite and cable networks such as the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, and CNBC are readily available. Many hotels provide satellite and cable television as well as an in-house video channel. Check the Bangkok Post and The Nation for details. English-language radio stations are listed in the Outlook section of the Bangkok Post. The national public radio station, Radio Thailand, broadcasts English-language programs on 107 and 105 FM 24 hours a day, and listings for short-wave frequencies are found in the Bangkok Post and The Nation

Newspapers and Magazines

The main English-language newspapers are the Bangkok Post and The Nation. Both provide reliable local, regional, and international coverage. Their daily inserts include features on lifestyle and travel, as well as listings for food, films, concerts, and exhibitions in Bangkok. Both are sold in news kiosks and shops throughout Bangkok.

The International Herald Tribune and the Asian Wall Street Journal are sold in hotels and bookstores such as Asia Books and Bookazine, which also stock international magazines. News weeklies The Economist, Time, and Newsweek are widely available. Among the local English language monthly publications is the useful listings guide Big Chilli. In addition to this, helpful free guides that are widely available, including in restaurants, bars, and bookstores, are BK Magazine, Absolute Lifestyle, and Thaiways

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