Getting a Thai SIM Card

Getting a Thai SIM Card

While traveling through Thailand I needed a data plan for my phone. After checking out stores at the mall, I found a 2 week SIM card for only 120THB.

Getting A Mobile Data Plan In Thailand

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.

If you’re headed to Thailand, you’re more than likely going to have a connecting flight in Bangkok. If you’re looking for  Bangkok and Pattaya  itinerary ideas, check-out this post for ideas.

For reference, a 1-week data plan in Japan at Narita airport was going for 3200JPY. That’s about 16x the cost. Way too much for a week of data so I rolled the dice on having no data there. Most places in Japan had wifi and my go-to location was Starbucks.



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