Last Updated: December 30, 2016
There’s no denying it – Bangkok is right up the list when it comes to our top destinations for a quick weekend getaway. The shopping is amazing, food is unreal, and the people are some of the friendliest in the region.
As with any holiday these days, my biggest concern (as silly as it may seem) is whether or not there will be WiFi – how am I going to find my hotel? Will my Facebook friends even know where I’m currently enjoying myself? What if I need to Google ‘where to find the best Pad Thai’? Admit it, these questions are top priorities when travelling.
Here are five reasons why getting a dtac Happy Tourist SIM is going to revolutionise your trips to Bangkok:
It’s sometimes a bit of a pain anticipating the haggling and confusing conversations in Thai/English, so you’ll be glad to know how easy it is to get the Happy Tourist SIM. Most of us land at Suvarnabhumi Airport and now, you’ll be greeted by these standout Self-Service Machines.
Three easy steps will get you a prepaid SIM card: Select, Register and Pay.
First, select from two prepaid SIM cards, either the Happy Tourist 299 baht or the Happy Tourist 599 baht. Then, register the card by simply scanning your passport right at the machine. Finally, choose to pay by credit (Visa or Mastercard) or cash (Thai baht). That’s literally the whole process.
All the SIMs are 3-in-1 (Standard, Micro, Nano) that cater to every phone model. The machines can be found at gate 7, arrival hall, Suvarnabhumi Airport. Want to make your life even easier? Buy the SIM card online in advance and pick up at Suvarnabhumi Airport within 24 hours. How?
Told you it was easy.
Now that we’ve established how easy it is to get this SIM, can we please talk about the price. Only 299 baht for 7 days of UNLIMITED data?? Take my money!
As mentioned, two dtac prepaid SIM cards are available for purchase: Happy Tourist 299 baht and Happy Tourist 599 baht. The 599 baht card gives you 15 days of unlimited data, perfect for anyone planning an extended stay in BKK.
If not, I’d say the Happy Tourist 299 baht more than suffices, I mean, that’s pretty much all I could want! I’d happily pay an estimated SGD$12 for free-flow Internet.
And with free-flow Internet comes endless possibilities and solutions. I’ve spent many a Bangkok trip lost or looking for my lost friends. It has sometimes taken me half a day to find my hotel or airbnb and it’s no fun dragging your luggage around the uneven streets of Bangkok, looking like a very lost tourist.
Imagine getting your SIM upon touchdown and immediately being able to sort out directions to your accomodation. That’s one problem off the list. With free 100 baht call credit, you’ll also never lose friends in Platinum Fashion Mall again.
The Happy Tourist SIM also gets you special international call rates (1 baht/min) so you can even contact the stubborn members of your group who refused to buy the SIM.
Let’s face it – Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat… they’re all a very big part of our lives now. Going on holiday may mean a break from reality, but for many of us, keeping in touch and documenting our trip is very important.
I’m tired of having to save my Snapchats for a later posting or hunting for WiFi so that my Instagram story will update in real-time and not at 2am when I’m back in the hotel. I want to share a picture of the amazing mango sticky rice that I’m eating and show the world the bag I bought for 200 baht.
Unlimited data means I get to do that AND keep myself occupied when I’m waiting for that friend who can’t decide between five pairs of shoes.
Okay, I was already pretty content with the free calls and unlimited data, but the Happy Tourist SIM even comes with something called dtac reward. SIM users are entitled to special lifestyle, travel and dining privileges that will make your trip to Bangkok even better!
Access the reward page online to view the eligible deals and pick from any that have this logo. Dial the privilege code associated with that particular deal and when you receive a confirmation message from dtac, you’re good to go.
Get deals like discounts on the BTS sky train system, UBER taxi service, Agoda hotel bookings and even on accident insurance. When you activate your SIM card, you’ll be directed to the site where you can check all this and more.
After this, I probably won’t be able to imagine going to Bangkok without the dtac Happy Tourist SIM. How did we survive in a world without unlimited data?? Tell all your friends and family and make this the excuse to book your next trip to BKK!
*This post was brought to you in partnership with dtac