Thailand has long been a very popular destination not only for the holidays, but also often chosen by people who can afford to travel and work remotely as a place to (temporary) life. Preparing to leave, I came across a lot of advertisements in which freelancers are seeking companions departure.
The popularity of Thailand as a workplace is due in large part to the well-developed Internet infrastructure. In principle, such as everywhere – the bigger and more densely populated area, the infrastructure is also better. In the tourist places in almost every restaurant, bar, a public place is wi-fi. People who do not want to use their devices while traveling, the locals allow access to the internet in internet cafes. The Internet is also in hotels, hostels, guesthouses. In Bangkok (March 2012), the hour of internet use costs about 20 baht (approximate exchange rate US $ 1 = 30 baht). In some cafes, you can also buy prepaid cards and then the fee per hour falls much more attractive. In the internet cafes, headphones and Skype at every computer are standard.
Traveling around Thailand can also observe this trend (did not surprise me and you will not be too :)) that the smaller the town is, rarely visited by tourists, than is harder to find some place that you can connect. It’s not that there’s no Internet at all, there are no internet cafes. However, this is the natural order of things – there is no demand, so supply is also reduced.
For example, in the north, where tourists rather not arrive, for an hour of surfing on Internet you have to pay about 15-40 baht. In the more attractive the South prices are higher – from approx. 20 to 60 baht per hour for accessing the web. In awesome Pai in the north, I didn’t find any cyber cafe. But you can get access in pubs and restaurants thanks to wi-fi.
This is the guest article by Dagmara Bałusz.