Once you arrive in Thailand there a several ways you can keep in touch with your friends and family back home. The most obvious and free ways of keeping in touch is online through Skype or Line. The bonus of that is that you can speak face-to-face! If you don’t have access to a computer or the internet you can buy a Thai pre-paid SIM card which you can pop straight into your existing handset. Don’t use your existing foreign SIM (it’ll be super expensive).
SIM cards are available all over Thailand, from the airport arrivals hall to the first 7-11 you come across. The prices vary from 50-250thb depending on the perks that come with the SIM. Many of these SIMs come with credit and perks such as 400minutes of free calls or a certain amount of 3G surfing time. Check the packages to find which one is the right one for you.
Sending Packages & Postal Service
At some point or another you may have to send a package or post a letter overseas. Many people have asked us where the post offices are and how do you send post to another country. We have concluded that there are four viable options;
Public post– Generally this is the cheapest option and delivery times can vary from a week or so to several weeks depending on the level of service chosen. Size and weight limits will affect the cost of postage. Depending on service chosen you may or may not be able to track/trace your package. (See below for a list of post offices in Pattaya).
Private Express Carriers—such as UPS, FedEx and DHL. Usually the most expensive option, but also usually the fastest when it comes to delivery times. Almost always comes with tracking/tracing option. They can come to your place (if you are within the city limits) and pick it up for you and of course deliver door-to-door.
Excess Baggage– Just take the package with you when you fly overseas and pay whatever your airlines excess baggage rate is. Speed is good (it moves with you) and the rate is usually just as good as or better than the first two options. This option largely depends on how much your carrier assess for excess baggage. Also if your recipient isn’t near your overseas base, you will still have to pay postage costs when you get home for that ‘last mile’ delivery. (We understand this isn’t technically a postal option but it is something worth considering).
Air Cargo– Generally only a cost viable option for shipments of size and weight (larger than 30kgs). The value is better as the weight increases but it isn’t good value for small, lighter weight shipments. You must bring the items to the airlines cargo office for inspection. On arrival someone must come to the airport to receive it and sign any customs paperwork required.
Thai Postal Services, List of post offices and courier services in Pattaya
183/23 Moo 10 Soi 13/2, Beach Road, Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Central Pattaya, Pattaya, 20150
Tel: 038 429 340
Bang Lamung Post Office
290, Moo 5, Sawang Fa Road, Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Central Pattaya, Pattaya, 20150
Tel: 038 428 255
Postal Service – (Pattaya Klang)
Central Road, Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Central Pattaya, Pattaya, 20150
Tel: 038 428 703
Royal Mail Express, Pattaya
Moo 12, Thappraya Road, Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Central Pattaya, Pattaya, 20150
Tel: 038 251 332
Moo 12, Beach Road, Jomtien, Bang Lamung, Jomtien, Pattaya, 20150
Tel: 038 303 863
64/87 Moo 10 Soi Buakhao, Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Central Pattaya, Pattaya, 20150
Tel: 038 720 114
Buakhao Postal Services – (Soi Buakhao)
285/9 Moo 10 Soi Buakhao, Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Central Pattaya, Pattaya, 20150
Tel: 038 721 134
E Post Express – Pattaya Klang
244/1 Central Road, Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Central Pattaya, Pattaya, 20150
Chom Thian Post Office – Jomtien
Moo 12 Soi 5, Beach Road, Jomtien, Bang Lamung, Jomtien, Pattaya, 20150
East Pattaya Postal Service
Nern Plab Wan (Sukhumvit Soi 53), Bang Lamung, East Pattaya, Pattaya, 20150
E Post Express – Pattaya Central Road
244/1 Central Road, Bang Lamung, Central Pattaya, Pattaya, 20150