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Long Distance Phone Calls – Pattaya


We decided to make this post regarding International Phones In Pattaya because we understand that whilst in Thailand farrang will want to keep in touch with family who are possibly thousands of miles back home.  There are various ways to get cheap phone calls back home while in Pattaya but it is important to note that this goes hand in hand with an internet connection if you wish to make them from the comfort of your accommodation.

You can make long distance phones via a mobile phone using the network provider from your home country but this is a very expensive way of doing things since it requires ‘data roaming’ and there may be very few signal towers for your network in Thailand. If you want to use a mobile phone you can easily get a SIM card for one of the Thai networks such as TrueMove, One2Call (AIS) or Happy, personally I recommend AIS because they also offer cheap internet data for only 99 by typing a simple code into your phone which will be given to you on a receipt(See photo above and video below).

If you do make a long distance phonecall on your AIS simcard it usually costs about ฿100 (£2, $3.50,€2.50) for 5 minutes but varies depending on where you are calling in the West, the good thing about AIS is the guarantee ‘crystal clear voice’ on one of their packages:


Skype is a different story, while Skype have very good cost effective packages the quality from Thailand is often a problem for us at least but I cannot verify whether this is due to the internet signal or a problem with them since we use public WiFi.  Even though we often have problems with the recipient hearing us, you can’t really go wrong for these rates:

60 Minutes Mobile/Landline Calls at (89 Cents,50 pence, 0.73 Euro) a Month


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There are several places on Beach Road which you can walk in and pay to make International Calls and also some street vendors along Soi 17 (Soi Arab) which provide this service if you are out and about and do not want to use an expensive mobile phone.  You also do not have to have a laptop computer to make calls via the internet because you can buy VOIP WiFi phones such as the ones illustrated on this page.

By James Thomas







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