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Chiang Mai (Thai เชียงใหม่) is the largest city in the North Thailand region. It is roughly 700 kilometres north of Bangkok and is a great place to spend some days, or even more if you want to explore the region around the city and do some of the activities mentioned below.
You have to visit the Elephant Nature Park and spend at least one night there. It's highly rated by CNN, BBC, National Geographic and Time Magazine and the King of Thailand.
In Thailand there are so called elephant "camps" which are brutally treated elephants that have bleeding backs from the ropes that strap the chairs to them so toursits can ride them. The Elephant Nature park is a charity institution and rescues these, so the elephants are free and you can ride them naturally. You also go on trips organised by the park to vaccinate elephants kept elsewhere. Other activities at the park include bathing the elephants in the river, playing with the other animals and taking trips to the markets (day and night).
The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is where vendors hawk various goods such as statues, t-shirts, DVDs, and Thai food. The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is open every night but is more expensive than the Sunday Night Markets which take place in the Ta Pae Gate area and stretches into the middle of the old city. You can find more traditional Thai clothing and goods at this market and it's a good experience to simply check out the different local food available here.
Wararot Market is the largest local market in Chiang Mai and is also well worth a visit. It is where the locals come to shop so is less geared toward the tourist but is an absolute experience with all the sights and smells.
Muang Mai Market is a must visit for any food lover. It is the fresh food wholesale market for Chiang Mai located on the west side of the river near the US Consulate. There is an amazing variety of fresh food on sale, some of it straight off the back of farmers' pick up trucks.
To the north of Chiang Mai is Doi Suthep, a large mountain adorned with the temple of Wat Phrathet Doi Suthep. Anyone catching a song-thaew up the slopes (a tuk-tuk can't drive up the mountain) will be rewarded with fantastic views of Chiang Mai and the sights of a traditional Thai temple.
There are also many waterfalls along the way to the temple where the sweaty traveller can stop to cool off. Some of the waterfalls do charge an admission fee to foreigners though.
Past Wat Doi Suthep is PhuPhing Palace which offers yet another cultural experience for the keen tourist. Be sure to get there before 3:00pm though as the palace closes then.
Walk the fantastic moat and take in the ruins that created it then visit the library to learn about how Thai's learn about western culture.
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Songkran is the biggest party of the year, held during the hot month of April. In the past, people would throw water among themselves in nice way to bless each other. These days, the festival has evolved into an all-out water fight that takes a whole week. Chiang Mai is the spot in Thailand where Songkran is celebrated for the longest period. The rest of Thailand limits the Songkran festival to some few days. The reason for this is that the festival originated from Chiang Mai in the past and so the city feels more strongly attached to it than anywhere else in Thailand.
Loy Krathong is a major festival celebrated in the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar (usually around November). Although it's celebrated throughout Thailand, the festivities in Chiang Mai are renowned for being the best. During Loy Krathong, people release traditional hot air balloons (Kome Loy) into the sky, set off traditional fireworks and place Krathong (little rafts) on water.
Most budget travellers coming from within Thailand will probably arrive by either bus or train, though there is an international airport serving Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is found to the west of the old city. Low-cost Airline Air Asia flies to Bangkok, Hat Yai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur. Many other airlines serve destinations like Yangon, Koh Samui, Taipei, Singapore, Seoul and Luang Prabang.
Chiang Mai Train Station is located near the Ping River. Many travellers take the train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. A total distance of about 700 kilometres, the trip generally takes about 12 hours to complete. Many backpackers choose to take the overnight sleeper as this saves them a night's accommodation, although the day train does allow you to take in the scenery. While 12 hours can seem like a long time, it actually flies by as the scenery is quite interesting to look at. Don't expect to get any great photos, however, as it doesn't take long for the train windows to get dirty. Your only option here is to stand between carriages along with the smokers. You might also like to take your own food as the food served on the train is very basic and not to everyone's taste.
Upon arriving in Chiang Mai, the train station actually has several large sign boards listing several hotels and guest houses, their amenities and room prices. If you haven't pre-arranged your accommodation, this makes it less of a gamble than just listening to some tuk-tuk driver who probably gets a commission by enticing you to a particular hotel.
Travellers coming to Chiang Mai by bus will arrive at the Arcade Bus Station, which is near the train station on the east side of the Ping River. Chiang Mai has bus services to most main Thai cities. Buses leave frequently to Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Mae Sai, Nan, and other cities. Green Bus Thailand covers most routes in the northern regions and tickets can be booked on their website.
Chiang Mai is an easy city to get around for those with no transport of their own.
There are several landmarks that the traveller can use to get around. The most obvious thing you will notice when you arrive is the square moat that still stands in the city centre from days long gone by. The gates and some of the walls are still standing as well and it is easy to use this landmark as a good way to gain your bearings. The road around the inside and outside of the moat is one way however, and it can be confusing for the first-timer as you are often required to over-shoot your destination and then do a u-turn to double back. As long as you remember that the inside road goes anti-clockwise and the outside road goes clockwise you should have no problems.
For the brave, motorcycles are can be rented for about 150 Baht a day for a manual 100cc bike, or slightly more for an automatic version. Make sure you ask for a helmet when renting a motorbike as the police around Chiang Mai have been known to pull foreigners over for not wearing a helmet even though there are a lot of Thais who do the same thing! You usually have to leave your passport with the owner when you rent the bike. Some places accept other forms of ID like drivers licenses.
Local public transport is provided by tuktuks, songthaews, rickshaws and the infrequent Chiang Mai Bus service.
If you prefer to be safer, then tuk-tuks (three-wheeled motorized pedicabs) and song-thaews (red pickup trucks with two rows of seating at the back) offer easy alternatives for those who want to move about. Song-thaews are a lot cheaper than tuk-tuks and a cross city-fare will cost you about 40 Baht. Song-thaews only go on main roads and most drivers don't speak English well, so it might be more convenient for the newcomer to hop on a tuk-tuk. Tuk-tuks are more expensive but faster than song-thaews. They will also drop you right at the front door of wherever you are wanting to go. A basic rule with both song-thaews and tuk-tuks is to negotiate the prices before you get into the vehicle. You avoid nasty arguments this way and both parties usually end up happier.
The usual line for tuk-tuk drivers in Chiang Mai is that fuel is expensive and hence their prices are so expensive. With a little haggling and perseverance, you can usually bargain the price down a bit. Another tip for bargaining with song-thaew drivers is to haggle in a group. They usually give a group discount for more than one traveller. Watch out for the song-thaew and tuk-tuk drivers around the Arcade Bus Station though. They are well-known to increase the price for the new tourist in Thailand. You can easily get around this by being in a group.
If you go east past the Night Bazaar from Ta Pae Gate you'll eventually end up at the Ping River which boasts a series of riverside restaurants. These are more expensive than your typical local restaurant but the atmosphere is more modern, they have live bands, and you'll be able to find English speaking staff.
On the eastern side of the Moat Road is Chiang Mai's main backpacker area, Ta Pae Gate. This is the area where the cheapest guest houses, most cheap foreign restaurants, and backpacker pubs and clubs are found. It is also close to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.
|3 Sis Bed and Breakfast||1 Soi 8 Phrapokklao Rd. T.Phasing||Hostel||84|
|@Pong-O Guesthouse||62/3 Jae-dee Plong Rd. Chang Puak Muang||Guesthouse||-|
|A9 Place||51 Sukgasem Rd, T. Patun A.Muang Chiang Mai||Hostel||82|
|All In 1 Guesthouse||31/1 Moonmuang Road, Soi 1-2 T.Prasingha||Hostel||-|
|Baan Klang Vieng Hostel||127/1 Moon Muang road, Soi 5, Muang||Hostel||85|
|Baan Namping Riverside Village||59 mu 7 Chonlapratarn Road Kuamung , Saraphi||Hotel||-|
|Baan Sammi||79 M. 6, T. Pa Lan, A. Doi Saket||Hostel||-|
|Backpacker House||Suthep road Soi Wat U-mong, Muang||Hostel||-|
|Banilah||11 Sotesueksa Road. Changphuek, Muang||Hostel||87|
|Ben Guesthouse||4/4,4/11 Chiangmai-Lamphun Rd. Soi 2, Watkate, Mu||GUESTHOUSE||79|
|C H Hotel||10 Soi 8, Cgaroenprathet Rd., Changklan District, Amphur Muang||Hotel||72|
|Chiang Mai International Youth Hostel||54 Papraw rd (Moo Ban Oon Ruen)||Hostel||79|
|Chiang Mai five stars Hosteling International||66/71-72 Mo Ban Raming Tipanate road Suan Prung Gate||Hostel||-|
|Chiang Mai River House||85, Fah Ham, Lanka Soi 1 A. Muang||Guesthouse||-|
|Chiang Mai Travel Lodge||18 Kampaengdin Rd. Changklan, Muang||Hotel||79|
|Deejai Backpacker||193/1-2 Ratchamunka Rd. Phasing||Hostel||80|
|Galare Guest House||7 Chareonprathet Rd. Soi 2||Guesthouse||-|
|Gongkaew Chiangmai Home||5/2 Singharath Soi 3 Tumbol Sriphoom Muang District||Hostel||89|
|Green Tulip House||18 Samlan Road||Guesthouse||87|
|Hollanda Montri Guesthouse||365 Charoenrat Rd. Faham||Guesthouse||83|
|Eco Resort Chiang Mai||109 Bumrungrad Road, Tombon Watkate Muang||Hostel||81|
|Liams Suan Dok Mai Guesthouse||87/45 Moo 7 Tambon Faham Moo Baan Samakon Ampur Muang||Hostel||82|
|Mandala House||71 Thapae Road Lane 3 T.Changklan A.||Hotel||-|
|MD House||18/6 Rajvithee Rd. Amphur Maung||Hostel||83|
|'Misone' Hotel||9 Nimmanhaemin Lane 7 Suthep Muang||Hostel||82|
|Nature Lodge||260 M00 1, Baan Thungdang, Tambol Lhongkhod, Amphur P||Hostel||-|
|New Mitrapap Hotel||94-96 Rachawong Rd. T.ChangMoi A.Muang||Hostel||78|
|Panda House Chiangmai||427/4 Wichayanon Rd., Chiangmoi Muang Muang||Hostel||77|
|Parami Guesthouse||210 - 212 Charoenrat Rd.||Hostel||86|
|Parasol Inn||105/1 Prapokklao Rd., Klangwiang Intersection Phrasing, Amphur Muang||Guesthouse||-|
|Proud Phu Fah||97/5 Moo.1 Mae Rim Samoeng Rd. T. Pongyang||Hotel||-|
|Pun Pun Guest House||321 Charoenrat Road||Guesthouse||-|
|Bon Ca Va||252/13-14 Prapokklao Rd. Sripoom, Muang||HOTEL||85|
|Rachamankha Flora House||177/1 Rachamankha Rd. T.Prasingh A.Muang Chiang Ma||Hostel||-|
|Romyen Garden Resort||40/1-5 Moo 1, Baan Payaknoi Tumbon Taladkwuan, Amphur Doi-Saket||Guesthouse||-|
|Safe House Court||178 Ratchapakhinai rd. Sriphum Muang||Apartment||-|
|Sawasdee Chiangmai House||5 Praplokklao Rd. Soi 13 T.Sripoom A.Muang Chiangm||Guesthouse||-|
|Seven Suns||155 Ratchamanka Rd T Prasingh A Muang||Hotel||-|
|Smile House Boutique||3/5 Suriyawong Road Soi 1, Haiya, Muang||Hostel||-|
|Spicythai Backpackers||14 Hassadisewi Rd. T. Sriphum A. Muang||HOSTEL||88|
|Swiss Ticino Guesthouse & Restaurant||194 Moo 1 - Pangtoem - T. Bankat - A. Mae Wang Chiang Mai||HOSTEL||-|
|T-Room Guest House||23 Soi 3 Rachamankha Rd, T Phra Singh Muang||Hostel||79|
|Tanita House||152 Charoenrat Road T. Wat Kate, A. Muang||Hostel||88|
|Thaphae Garden Guesthouse||60 Thaphe road Soi 3 Amphur Muang||GUESTHOUSE||79|
|Thapae Gate Lodge||38/7 Moonmuang Soi 2 Prasing||Guesthouse||78|
|The Britannia||27/4 Moonmaung Soi 9||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel||153 Sridonchai Road, Tambol Chang Klan Mueang||Hotel||-|
|The Pub Backpacker||189 Huay Kaew Road Chiang Mai||Hostel||79|
|Yourhouse Guesthouse||8 Soi 2 Ratvithi Road||Guesthouse||76|
|Bed and Terrace Guesthouse Chiang Mai||10 Kotchasarn Rd 5 Changklan, Chiang Mai||Hostel||85|
|Good Will Guest House||8/2 Chiang Mai Lamphun Rd Soi 2||Guesthouse||88|
|A Little Bird Guesthouse||Number 17 Rajwithi Rd. Soi 1 Sriphom Muang Chiang Mai 50200||Hostel||-|
|Chiang Mai Gate Hotel||11/10 Suriyawong Road, T.Haiya , Muang||Hotel||-|
|Bussaba Bed and Breakfast||124, 126, 128 Charoen Raj Rd., T.Watket, A.Muang||Guesthouse||-|
|The Postcard Resort||Pong Kum Pa Miang, Doi Saket||Hotel||-|
|Baan Kiri||116/49 moo1 Soi Wat Chang Kian Hauy keaw Rd. Changpuak||Guesthouse||72|
|Galato Coffee and Hostel||248/70 Maneenopparat Sripoom Muang Chiangmai||Hostel||79|
|The Mountain House||11 Soi 1 Santisuk Rd. Changpuak A.Muang Chinagmai||Guesthouse||-|
|Maninarakorn Hotel||99 Sridonchai Road T.Changklan A.Muang||Hotel||-|
|Huan Pingphu||16/1 Old Chang Moi Soi3 T.Chang Moi A.Maung||Hostel||79|
|Huen Panicha||Soi 2 , Loi Kroh Road Muang District||Guesthouse||-|
|Smile House Guesthouse||5 Rachamankha Soi 2 Phra Singh, Muang||Guesthouse||79|
|Lanna Discovery Guesthouse||4/5 Phrapokklao Soi 6 Phrasing, Muang, Chiang Mai||HOSTEL||-|
|Nawarat Chiangmai||30-38 Chareonmuang Rd. Watgate Muang District, Chiangmai||Hotel||-|
|The Royal Guesthouse||5 Kho-Tha-Sarn Soi 4, tambon Chang Klan, A.Muang||Hostel||77|
|People Place Lodging||9 Soi 8 Charoen Prathet Road||Hotel||81|
|Porn Ping Tower Hotel||46-48 Charoenprathet Road Amphur Muang||Hotel||-|
|Rainforest Boutique Hotel||23/1 Charoen Muang Road, Soi 5 Tasala||Hotel||84|
|DusitD2 Chiang Mai||100 Chang Klan Road Tambol Chang Klan Amphur Muang||Hotel||-|
|The Imperial Chiang Mai Resort Spa & Sports Club||284 Moo 3 Don Kaew||Hotel||-|
|Suandoihouse Hotel & Resort||Huay Kaew Rd.||Hotel||-|
|Panviman Chiang Mai||197/2 Moo 1 Tambol Pongyeang Aumphur Maerim||Hotel||-|
|Eurasia Chiang Mai Hotel||1 Likkasithradvidhee Rd T. Nong Pakrang Amphur Muang||Hotel||-|
|RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort||33 Changklan Road||Hotel||-|
|B2 Premier Hotel Resort & Spa||163 Chonlapratan Road T. Suthep A.Muang||Hotel||-|
|The Granary Resort||120/1 Moo 6 San pe sua Rd. and New ring road-City Hall, (Riverside), Muang district,||Apartment||-|
|Win Place Hotel||120/3 Mahidol Road T.padad A.muang||Hotel||-|
|Ban Chunsongsang Home Stay||15/3 Moo 2 Tambol Sam Ran Rat Amphur Doi Saket||Hostel||-|
|The International Chiangmai Hotel (Y.M.C.A.)||11 Sermsuk Rd.||HOSTEL||-|
|Chada House||2 Soi 3 Ratchamanka Rd. T. Prasing Muang||HOSTEL||79|
|Changpuak Hotel||133 Changpuak Road, Tambon Sripum Amphur Maung||Hotel||89|
|Jai dii House||12/1 Moonmuang soi 6 Chiang Mai||HOSTEL||83|
|The Small Hotel Chiangmai||148-150 Tha Phae Road||Hotel||-|
|Mojito House||8/4 MoonMuang Soi 6 Somphet Market||HOSTEL||72|
|Jasmine Hills Lodge||123/4 Moo 4 Doi Saket||HOTEL||-|
|Vivacity Home||112 moo 5 Sansai noi Chiang Mai||HOSTEL||-|
|Finlays Cottage||4/1Soi 4/A Tha Phae Road||Guesthouse||93|
|Siri Baan Thai||160 Sri Don Chai Road, Amphur||Guesthouse||-|
|Thailand Guesthouse||38/1 Soi 2 Moonmuang Rd T.PhraSingh A.Muang||Guesthouse||81|
|Cozy Home Chiang Mai||204/6 Ratpakinai road Sri Phum||Guesthouse||-|
|Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa||36 Ratuthit Road, T. Wat Ket A.Muang||Hotel||-|
|Aoi Garden Home||51/1 Singharaj Soi4, Sriphom Muang||HOSTEL||88|
|Wang Burapa Grand Hotel||9,9/1-3 MoonMuang Soi.1 Rd. T.Phrasing A||HOTEL||-|
|Peaceful Destination||85/2 Ratchapakinai Road, Phra Shing, Muang, Chiangmai 50200 Thailand||HOSTEL||-|
|Uncle Joe Guest House||23 Soi Teppralith Chiang Mai||HOSTEL||-|
|Lita Guesthouse||27/1 Moommuang Soi 7 T.Sriphoom ,Chiang Mai||HOSTEL||82|
|Chiang Mai Backpackers||Chang Klan Rd Soi 20 Paprow Padaad Muang Chiang Mai||Hostel||-|
|Chan Neung Cafe & Beds||24 nimmanhaemin soi 1 T.Suthep , A.Muang , Chiengmai||HOSTEL||-|
|Chiang Mai House for Dreamer||10/2 Soi 9 Pa Tan Road, Tumbol Pa Tan, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, 50300||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Chok Dee Guesthouse||16 Moonmuang Soi 6||Guesthouse||-|
|Ban Kong Rao||Ban Kong Rao Guesthouse 2 Soi4 Morakot Rd. Muan||HOSTEL||-|
|Karen Hill Tribe Lodge||41 Moo 3 T. Baan Chan A. Galayaniwatana Chiang Mai||Guesthouse||-|
|Romena Grand Hotel||2 Nantaram Road T. Haiya A. Maung||Hotel||-|
|Bunchun||354/4 Charoenprathet road T.Changklan A. Muang||Hostel||82|
|Dozy House||2/1 Singharaj Road, Soi 2 Sriphum Sub-district, Muang District||HOSTEL||85|
|Star hotel Chiang Mai||36 soi4 loykroh rd.||Hotel||-|
|Little Village Chiang Mai||237 Moo 10Tambon Nam PhraeAmphur Hang DongCh||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Poi De Ping Guest House||276/5, Thung Hotel Road Wat Ket, Muang||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Green Oasis||103 Prapakkloa Road Soi 8, Prasing Muang||HOSTEL||-|
|Sixty House||15/3 Soi 4 Tha Phae Rd.||Apartment||84|
|Thailandwow||21/1 Samlan Road, Lane 7 Prasing, Chiangmai||HOSTEL||81|
|La Maison Verte Guest House||1/3 Ratchamaka Road (Soi 3) Phrasing Muang||Guesthouse||-|
|Indie House @ Ku Muang||2/2 Arak Road Soi 2 Tambol Sriphoom Amphur Muang||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Stonefree House||7/4 moo 4 , Yuwa Sanpatong||HOSTEL||-|
|Muang Gudi Resort Chiang Mai||815 Mae Rim Samoeng Road Tambol Rim Tai||HOTEL||-|
|FWD House||78 Ratmakka Rd T.Phra Sing||HOSTEL||-|
|Diva Guesthouse||84/13 Rajpakinai Tambol Phra Singh, Ampoe Muang||HOSTEL||-|
|A Little Bird 2 Guest House||248/18 Sahasripoom place, Maneenoppharat Rd. Srip||HOSTEL||-|
|So Hostel Chiangmai||64/2 Loy Khroh Road, Tambon Changklan Amphur Muan||HOSTEL||81|
|Baan JaJa||7/3 Ratchadamnoen Rd. soi 1(150 m.) A. Maung Chian||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Wait for it Guesthouse||200/1 Ratchapakinai road Sripoom||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Indie House @ Nimman||24 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 9 Tambol Suthep, Amphur Muang||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|BP Chiangmai City Hotel||154 Rachamankha Rd., Prasing, Muang||HOTEL||79|
|Mojito Garden||10 Wiang Kaew Rd. Prasing, Muang||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Kikies House||17/1 Rachapakinai Rd, Soi 1 Sripoom, Muang||HOSTEL||81|
|Pim's BB||237/25 Huaykaew Road||Hostel||-|
|Rim Ping Guest House||Chareonprathes Road Soy Romyen||Guesthouse||-|
|The Living Place-Chiang Mai||2/2 Thapae Road Soi 2 Muang Chiang Mai||Hostel||89|
|The Forest Resort & Spa Chiangmai||104/1 Moo 6 T. Nong Hoi Muang||HOTEL||-|
|Lha's Place Homestay||206 moo 6 Choeng Doi Doi saket||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Viva Chiang Mai Homestay||35/6 Moo 5 Soi||Guesthouse||-|
|Jialiya House||35 Changmoi Road Soi 2, T. Changmoi A.Muang Chian||HOSTEL||-|
|FX Hotel Royal Panerai||3/9 Assadathorn Road, Sriphoom Chiang Mai 50200||HOTEL||-|
|Zak House||Jigsaw Condominium 152/6 M4, Nongpakrang, A||HOTEL||-|
|House No.11||11/2 Moonmuang rd. Soi 6, T. Sripoom A. Muang||HOSTEL||-|
|Early Bird Bed & Breakfast||1 Soi 8, Prapokklao Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|V & Oh Guesthouse||8/3 Samlan Road, Soi 6 Prasingh District||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Central Dorm||47 Moon Muang Road||HOSTEL||-|
|Sindy Guesthouse||1/6 soi 13 prapokkloa rd,sriphum ,mueang chiangma -||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Rustic Guest House||2/15 Rachawong Road A.muang||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|AbsoluteAsia Hostel||15/3 Loy Kroh Road, Changklan Muang||HOSTEL||-|
|Areeya Phuree Resort||84 Moo 3 Ban Tha Ton||HOTEL||-|
|Hut Thapai Resort & Hot Spring||112 Ban Thapai,||Hotel||-|
|La Casa de Nimman||12/1 Soi 17 Nimmanhaemin Rd T.Suthep A.Muang||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|HeyHa555 Guesthouse||50 Muan Dam Pra Kot road||Guesthouse||-|
|Baan look Baan lhan home||9/4 surirawong road||Hostel||-|
|Cumpun Guest House||24/3-5 Sittiwongse Road T. Chang Moi||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Trekker Camp||20 Paprow Road Padaad, Muang||HOSTEL||-|
There are countless internet bars across the country in big and small towns. Internet cafés are widespread and most are inexpensive. Prices as low as 15 baht/hour are commonplace, and speed of connection is generally reasonable, but many cafes close at midnight. Higher prices prevail in major package-tourist destinations (60 baht/hour is typical, 120 baht/hour is not unusual). Keyloggers are all too often installed on the computers in cheap cafes, so be on your guard if using online banking, stock broking or even PayPal. Remember that in the smaller towns and more traditional areas the owners and staff of internet bars prefer if customers take off their shoes at the entrance and leave them outside. This might seem strange although this gesture goes a far way to make friends and give a positive image of foreigners to Thai people.
Outside the most competitive tourist areas, free Wi-Fi is not as common as in neighbouring countries in many budget hotels and guesthouses and they may charge small fee for Internet by LAN or Wi-Fi even if you bring your own laptop. Wi-Fi is commonly available in cafes and restaurants serving Westerners.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international code for Thailand is 66. 999 connects to all emergency services. Standard GSM emergency number 112 is supported in mobile networks. 911 for Tourist Police Department, English available.
For mobile phone users, Thailand has three GSM mobile service providers - AIS, DTAC and Truemove - which may be useful if you have a mobile phone that will work on either one or both of the GSM 900 or 1800 frequency bands (consult your phone's technical specifications). If you have one, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for any of the Thai carriers in any convenience store for as little as 50-200 baht and charge it up as you go. Using your own mobile phone while on holiday with a Thai pre-paid SIM card can save a lot of money and lets you give your number to family back home, so they can have an emergency contact number.
Thailand Post is the Thai postal service that deals with all local and international mail in Thailand. The business is operated from local post offices. Post offices are easy to recognise with their red white and blue motifs and the words 'Thailand Post' in English and Thai above the entrance. They are open from Monday to Saturday, usually 8:30am to 4:30pm (main ones until around 8:00pm), though keeping shorter hours on Saturdays (usually until 1:00pm). They are generally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Each post office offers a comprehensive service which includes an Express Mail Service (EMS) and parcel post. They also have a price calculator for letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. They also have a track and trace system and money transfer services. If you want to send packages, it might be a good idea to check with private courier companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and generally quite competitively priced.
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