Traveling to Thailand: Gadgets and also you

The tech-savvy traveler goes nowhere with out no less than a smartphone as well as a laptop. Throw in an mp3 player and an e-reader, and you'll be toting really a bit of technologies. No judging; today it is not quick to perform devoid of. But taking your gadgets across distances worth eight hours of flying or far more is not like taking the exact same across the states border. You do not choose to find yourself with dead batteries once there and no way to recharge, and you surely do not want your smartphone to go dumb when you have to have Google Maps to seek out that restaurant or that hotel. So listed below are a couple of items to keep in mind.

Initial, a checklist! Bringing your charger and power cables is usually a given, but should you be coming to Southeast Asia chances are excellent the pins will not very fit into energy sockets in Thailand and also you ought to invest within a power adapter or 3. Most hotels in Thailand worth their salt will let you borrow a single for free, but it really is very best to take your very own just in case. For fantastic measure, take some added batteries as well: again, there's no telling no matter whether you will be stranded in an airport because of delayed flights or other mishaps and in spite of your greatest efforts, your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch may nonetheless run out of juice mid-flight (although inside the case of iPod Touches and iPads you'll be a bit hard-pressed to swap batteries, so appear into energy mats instead or start out taking into consideration option devices).

Subsequent: flight precautions. While the stewards will bother you about shutting down your devices, some airlines aren't also strict with this (and provide in-flight WiFi to boot). On the other hand, in case you leave your phone's radio on--that is, the bit that checks for cellphone towers-the battery will drain to absolutely nothing within an hour or two in the plane's takeoff; nothing at all sucks down power like a phone in search of a cell tower though getting absolutely out of range of any. How do you fix this without turning your telephone off? Straightforward: turn on airplane mode. It will shut down all phone signal and Bluetooth radio, but you may nevertheless have the ability to connect to WiFi (if any is obtainable) and you can nonetheless use your smartphone for every thing else, irrespective of whether to e-read or play games to pass the time. To do this, dig around within your settings. Airplane mode must fall beneath "Wireless network" or perhaps a equivalent heading; this could differ from platform to platform.

Just before you touch down at Suvarnabhumi or Chiang Mai International Airport, make certain to Google up your phone's specs. Nothing at all difficult! Just try a search with "[your phone's model] 900 3g" or "[your phone's model] 850 3g," as these will be the two bands most conveniently obtainable in Koh Mook. At the time of writing, 3G in Thailand is is usually had by means of the carriers AIS and TrueMove, which have licenses for the 900MHz and 850 MHz bands respectively. Assuming your telephone is unlocked and GSM, meaning it features a SIM slot, when you arrive you may slot in an AIS or TrueMove SIM and you'll be on your merry way. Don't forget to make sure it really is a 3G SIM and don't bother with DTac; they may be presently offering information at speeds no greater than Edge and what they do present will not be more affordable than their counterpart packages from AIS and TrueMove.


Thanks for the advice! Traveling next week to Thailand. Also do you know where to buy local Pants like these in Bangkok or Chiang Mai?

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