While in Chiang Mai, Thailand, it wasn’t too difficult to get by without a phone. As I was walking around the mall, I found a cell phone carrier store called CAT. Out of curiosity, I walked in and asked about what plans they had. A tourist plan was available that included 14 days of unlimited data, text and phone for 120THB! That’s $3.80USD.
So I purchased the plan and the worker set up my phone. I think they laughed and made a comment about how old my Galaxy S3 was while they were setting it up.
Now that I had a Thai SIM card with data, I created a new Uber account. This was great for Thailand cause rides were 30-80THB for rides that were about 1-3 miles. The streets aren’t well maintained and crossing the street is dangerous with the amount of traffic. I took a tuktuk 1 mile the day before and they charged me 150THB. Uber made my stay in Chiang Mai hassle free.
My next stop was Japan for 4 days and they sold SIM cards from vending machines at the airport. There was a 1 week pass but they were charging 3200JPY for it. Way too much for 4 days so I rolled the dice on having no data there. Most places had wifi and my go-to location was Starbucks.