I had read some things about Internet Cafes in Thailand before traveling, but like everything else I encountered in “The Land of Smiles”, the Internet access varied from expected… sometimes a lot.
It’s true that you can find access all over the cities, and throughout most towns. Prices, and apparent trustworthiness vary considerably. Costs, per hour, range from 30THB (Thai Baht) in the city of Chiang Mai, to 600THB in hotels in Bangkok. That’s approximately $0.88 USD to $17.65 USD, or in Euro 0.61€ to 12.29€ .
You can get a variety of services at many Internet Cafes in Thailand as shown above with airline or bus tickets, visas, and sightseeing tours, presumably with tour guide monsters from ‘Alien’.
Just insert your CD into the alien mouth and enjoy a Cafe Latte while you’re waiting.
No breakfast or lunch at this Internet Cafe open only during breakfast and lunch hours.
All these competing services (and others more hidden) are vying for attention on the infamous Khaosan Road (spelled differently depending on where you read it). 7-Eleven, DHL, Tattoo School, Fashions, Diving Information, Acid Jazz and…
and…while surfing, you can get your laundry done as well!
Some Internet connections appear, well, unconnected to anything as in this sign I saw in the old city of Sukhothai, Thailand.
My favorite Internet offering was this ‘workstation’ in the bus terminal in Chiangmai, Thailand. It is merely a plywood box, with an old CRT monitor in it, behind a sheet of Plexiglas. And no, I wasn’t at all tempted to enter my passwords into it!
All said though, there is plentiful, and many probably secure Internet access opportunities in Thailand. Some of my favorites were in the Euro-visitor friendly northen Thailand city of Chiang Mai.