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Internet, phone and 3G connections

All of Krabi now has ADSL (broadband) access, which is pretty reliable. This is available from the government phone company (TOT), as well as private ISPs through a TT&T landline. Wi-fi routers are esy to get hold of and usually provided by your ISP.

Some parts of Krabi, including all of Ao Nang and Krabi Town, are starting to get coverage from the major mobile networks’ 3G and wi-fi services, with more places being added all the time. This is especially welcome news as only a few houses available for rent or even for sale will already have a phone line installed – and the waiting list is usually several months. Now anyone (including foreigners) can buy a cheap, pre-paid 3G sim card or micro sim for their iPad / tablet and get a reasonably fast connection speed instantly.

Unlocked mobile telephones are widely available (or bring your old cell phone and have it unlocked here). Domestic calls are very cheap – most operate on a pay-as-you-go system, with top-up cards and no registration required, and all mobile networks allow international calls for around 5 – 9 Baht per minute. The standard Thai sim cards also include GPRS / EDGE internet connection – which is slow but can be used at a pinch for checking email etc. Mobile network coverage is widespread in all but the most remote areas – though look out for ‘blackspots’ behind one or other of those famous Krabi rocks.

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Last updated: August 29, 2012