Buy a local sim Card in Thailand! GPS based Google Maps will be an exciting way to navigate you around Thailand, a local Sim card can be bought extremely cheap within a minute in the arrival hall at the airport. True the telecommunication provider of Bangkok has a shop directly in the arrival Hall. Turn right after you walked out the immigration and walk around 100meters or 30 feeds. It costs you around 200baht (6$ / 5 Euro) and includes already around 100 minutes local calls or some MB of Data traffic. Recharge your phone extremely easy and can be done in one of the thousands of 7/11 convenience stores that are all over Thailand. Tell the sales guy you would like to recharge your Mobile Phone, the operator you’re using (e.g. TRUE) and the value you would like to purchase. Enter your phone number at their terminal, press ok and within some seconds you receive a sms telling you of successful operation. You can also purchase your sim card in 7/11 in case you missed to purchase one at the airport!
Take some local currency cash or approx. 50$ or Euros that you can exchange in the airport arrival Hall as a starter for Taxi or airport train (They don’t accept Credit cards!)
Take your ATM Card for local cash with you in Thailand
Forget the old times where people carried tons of cash with them There are ATMS all over Thailand. It is a stress free and safe way to organize your expenses without the need to exchange money. You will mostly need cash for your shopping experience, more expensive shops e.g. in luxury shopping malls obviously also accept credit cards.
Don’t take lots of unneeded stuff with you. It’s a tropical climate here, so no need for warm clothes and safe your luggage space for all the stuff you will probably buy in Bangkok or Phuket to return home. It’s all cheap here and everything can be bought everywhere almost 24/7.
When it comes to clothing: Light cotton, short trousers and optional Flip Flops as it is HOT in this tropical location Leave your everything has to be perfect as in my country mentality at home!
Enjoy the difference and jump open minded into a new adventure! Not everything will run as smooth as expected, but hey: That’s part of your Asia Experience!