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1. Posted by mobile.idv (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

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Hi,

I'm planning on backpacking from Thailand to Malaysia for a month and need constant Internet access during the trip. Generally following a route from Bangkok -> Ko Samui -> Kuala Lumpur, traveling southwards. The minimum speed I require is 1 Mbps download and 512 Kbps upload speeds.

Based on experienced backpacker professionals whom have worked remotely, can you give your opinion on how bad/good your experience was?

1) Could you install free software on PCs at Internet Cafe's?
2) How are the speeds?
3) Could you plug into the Internet Cafe wired ethernet network LAN and use your own laptop for private use?
4) Along my route, which cities/towns are developed enough to fulfill my Internet connectivity needs? I don't want to stop at some remote town with just 256K/256K speeds... for instance does Surat Thani or Ko Samui offer good speeds? Maybe I'll have to take a boat back to Surat Thani just to get acceptable uploading speeds =_=.
5) Or should I just plan my route according to how Starbucks has set up their stores across the country since they have wifi access? Or their stores are not located that broadly across southern Thailand?

  • 3G and mobile satellite connections are out of the question since they're still too slow...

Thanks for any info contributed to this topic.

2. Posted by houzz (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

I just have some information for Koh Samui.

1) Could you install free software on PCs at Internet Cafe's?

at most internetshops you can, but it will be deleted the next day, because most internetshops will restore their harddisk-images at night.

2) How are the speeds?

The speeds are normaly 256/64 speeds. So that's too slow for your wishes.

3) Could you plug into the Internet Cafe wired ethernet network LAN and use your own laptop for private use?

Yes, you can. But you can better get an account at samuiwifi.com from IT Complex Samui(www.isamui.com). They deliver an 4mbps wireless broadband connection for laptops.

4) Along my route, which cities/towns are developed enough to fulfill my Internet connectivity needs? I don't want to stop at some remote town with just 256K/256K speeds... for instance does Surat Thani or Ko Samui offer good speeds? Maybe I'll have to take a boat back to Surat Thani just to get acceptable uploading speeds =_=

Koh samui is enough developed for your needs, you just have to go to the right places with enough bandwidth. 90% of the internetshops is 256/64 speed.

) Or should I just plan my route according to how Starbucks has set up their stores across the country since they have wifi access? Or their stores are not located that broadly across southern Thailand?

Starbucks is an option on Koh Samui but the speed will not comfort you.

*3G and mobile satellite connections are out of the question since they're still too slow...

is HSDPA or HSUPA no option?

I am a networkadministrator and you are making me realy currious about what you do on internet, that you require 512kb uploadspeed?
is it just for photo's and videos?

3. Posted by mobile.idv (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Thank you for your reply :)

The speeds are normaly 256/64 speeds. So that's too slow for your wishes.

Yes, that is too slow :(

Yes, you can. But you can better get an account at samuiwifi.com from IT Complex Samui(www.isamui.com). They deliver an 4mbps wireless broadband connection for laptops.

I assume 4mbps is the download/upload cap? But does it actually download at 4mbps? How about upload?

is HSDPA or HSUPA no option?

Now that you mention it, I could live with HSDPA/HSUPA. I thought Thailand didn't have this technology yet. Using this, I won't have to worry about finding internet/wifi hotspots. Would HSDPA/HSUPA be accessible whereever I am? Or are there only certain islands/cities with HSDPA/HSUPA coverage? It will be really convenient if it would work in Malaysia as well

I am a networkadministrator and you are making me realy currious about what you do on internet, that you require 512kb uploadspeed?
is it just for photo's and videos?

Actually, 256kbps for upload is my minimum requirement. In Taiwan, I am spoiled by my 10M/2M connection . I upload mainly audio files with an estimate of 100MB-200MB worth of files during each download/upload session.