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Addendum:

 

The WiFi service in Don Mueang appears to be operational now, although I haven't tried it. The operator is Far East Internet The fee is payable in advance by purchasing a card in 60, 120 and 180 minute credits valid for three months or by paying online with a CC. I'll fill in the detail later as I have just got in off a long flight.

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WiFi/Broadband Connectivity

 

The following is a collection of information about wireless and broadband connectivity in Thailand and other countries in South East Asia. The information is compiled from a number of sources, listed below, and is by no means authoratative, comprehensive or up to date. The emphasis is on connectivity for a traveler who needs to access the internet from their own computer. With that in mind any reference to ISPs and internet cafes is incidental. In six months to a year this document will probably be superseded by a list of hotels that offer broadband access in rooms, as WiFi hotspots should be as ubiquitous in cafes and airports as internet cafes are today. Note that WiFi in hotels usually means in a public area not in rooms. Although many places that have broadband access can provide you with an ethernet cable thats not always the case. Sometimes they will rent you a cable for a fee that far exceeds the value of the cable, bring your own.

 

 

Thailand

 

Airport:

 

Bangkok:

There is a wireless network at the airport. coverage is pretty good I saw about about 50 antenna on the network I was on. However at this time (30.05.03) the service is not operational (You can get an IP but you cannot go anywhere) Prepaid vouchers will be available from stores in the airportnet that display the WLanNet logo.

 

Hotels with ethernet access:

 

Amari Atrium Bangkok

300 baht midday to midday.

Tel: 02-718-2000 ext. 3101.

 

Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

494 Rajdamiri Rd

 

Hilton International Bangkok

2 Wireless Rd

 

Novotel Bangkok Siam Square

Siam Square Soi 6

 

Oakwood City Residence Bangkok

291 Soi Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Soi 24 New Sathorn Road

 

Search broadband+hotel+thailand@google

 

Hotels with wireless access:

Bangkok:

 

Arnoma Hotel

Location: Business class floors, conference rooms, lobby, resaurants, and poolside.

Provider: Milcom Systems and Far East Internet.

Tel: 02-255-3410

 

Amari Atrium

Meeting areas, and poolside.

Tel: 02-718-2000 ext. 3101.

 

Le Royal Meridien Hotel

Lobby, Pick-Me-Up Cafe, Business Centre, function rooms, the Royal Club, and Tower Lounge.

Provider: Loxinfo.

Charge: Web Kit 450 baht/ 5 hours.

Tel: 02-656-0444

 

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel

Lobby and library.

Provider: Asia Infonet.

Charge: 400 baht/ hour, 1,000 baht/ day.

Tel: 02-653-0333.

 

Conrad Hotel

Lobby

Provider : Maginet.

Charge: Free of charge for guests.

Tel: 02-690-9999.

 

Gaysorn Plaza

1st floor and underground.

Provider: CS Loxinfo (iPSTAR satellite broadband).

Charge: 180 baht/ hour, 350 baht/ 2 hours.

Contact CS Loxinfo Khun Pratabjai Tel: 02-263-8222.

 

Other:

 

Starbucks Coffee, Central Ladprao

Provider: CS Loxinfo.

Charge: 180 baht/ hour, 350 baht/ 2 hours.

 

Central Dept Store (in front of Starbucks) in Bang na , Rama II , Rama III and Pinklao.

 

MacDonald's Ploenchit , other MacDonalds in Bangkok coming soon.

 

Chiang Mai:

 

Central Dept Store (in front of Starbucks).

 

Hua Hin:

 

Springfield Country Club

Lobby

 

SpringField Resort

Lobby

 

Dusit Polo Resort

Lobby

 

Samui:

 

There are two public free hotspots in Samui, the largest one (using several repeaters linked) is around the IT Complex itc.samui.org.

 

Another one at Chaweng beach near to the beachcam samuicam.com: this one is currently not free.

 

All spots are operated by sawadee.com (whose parent company operated the ISP Ji-Net node in Samui, called SamuiNet).

 

After the soft-opening of the IT Complex in April (which hosts the fibre-backbones), most pupular tourist spots/beach will become ``tourist-hotspots'').

 

 

Indonesia

 

Airport:

Not yet operational

Provider: Telkomsel

 

Hotels with ethernet access:

 

Search broadband+hotel+indonesia@google

 

Hotels with WiFi access:

 

Hotel Intercontinental MidPlaza (requires biznet account)

Jakarta

 

Others:

 

McDonalds (free during trial period)

Sarinah Thamrin

Jakarta

 

Coffee Club (free during trial period)

Plaza Senayan

Jakarta

 

Proposed:

 

According to Bisnis Indonesia the following locations are being developed by the wireless division of the national telco, Telkomsel:

Soekarno Hatta Intl. Airport (CGK)

Telkom Building

Telkomsel Building

Grand Melia Hotel

Plasa Senayan

Stock Exchange (BEJ)

Taman Anggrek Mall

BNI Building

 

 

ISPs:

 

www.biz.net.id

 

Malaysia

 

Airport:

 

MAS Golden Lounge (International)

Plaza Premium Lounge

 

Hotels with ethernet access:

 

Concorde Sha Alam

 

The Legend Hotel ,KL

Tel: (603) 4042 9888

 

The Park Plaza KL

 

Prince Hotel

Jl John Conlay, KL

 

Search broadband+hotel+malaysia@google

 

Hotels with WiFi access:

 

Concorde Hotel KL

Location: Restaurant

Provider: Maxis Utopia

 

Hotel Equatorial KL

 

Others:

 

Refer to the ISPs below many franchise coffee houses throughout metro KL have either Maxis Utopia, Tmnet Hotspot, or Airzed service.

 

ISPs:

 

isp.tm.net.my/hotspot (has prepaid ~20MYR/mo)

 

www.airzed.com

 

www.time.net.my

 

www.maxis.com.my (has prepaid ~20MYR/wk)

 

www.zapzone.com.my

 

Philipinnes

 

Airport:

Terminal 2

Club Manila

 

ISPs:

 

www.airborneaccess.net

 

www.blink.com.ph

 

Singapore

 

Airport:

Fee/Free Wifi Irda and CAT5 ethernet connectivity

See www.ipass.com for specific locations

 

Hotels with ethernet access

 

Ethernet access is widely available in Singapore hotels see www.ipass.com and Inter-Touch for specific locations, or search broadband+hotel+singapore@google

 

Hotels with WiFi access:

 

Furanama Hotel

 

Orchard Hotel

 

Shangri La Hotel

 

See www.ipass.com and Inter-Touch for specific locations.

 

Others:

Burger Kings islandwide

DeliFrance

Starbucks'

 

see www.wifinder.com and www.ipass.com for other locations

 

ISPs:

www.starhub.com

 

 

Thailand

 

see above

 

Vietnam

 

ISPs:

 

www.vdcmedia.com

 

 

Ref:

 

Wireless/Broadband providers that offer roaming services:

 

Cnc Net China

 

iPass

 

KT Korea

 

Maxis Utopia Malaysia

 

Mobitai Taiwan

 

Starhub Singapore

 

Telstra Australia

 

Hotel Broadband provider:

 

Inter-Touch

 

Lists of access points:

 

www.ipass.com

 

www.wifinder.com

 

www.hotspot-locations.com

 

http://www.nopayweb.com/isp/asia.shtml

 

http://openemail.hypermart.net/Asia_wireless_ISPs.html

 

Articles:

 

http://www.smarttravelasia.com/biztravel.htm

 

http://slashdot.org/articles/03/03/25/003207.shtml?tid=193

 

http://www.unstrung.com/document.asp?doc_id=30020&print=true

 

BKK Post 25.06.03

 

BKK Post 25.06.03

 

BKK Post 14.05.03

 

http://www.jasakom.com/ArtikelNews.asp?ID=390

 

Misc.:

 

wifi.meetings.com

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For Thailand, if you do not have free access in your hotel/apartment (it still seems rare) and you are at all price conscious, note that the going local rate is 15-20 baht per hour dialup and 30-45 baht per hour ADSL. Ask a local student the best place to go for these prices in whatever area you happen to be.

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Just adding to the list.

 

Thailand SMTP Servers (for outgoing e-mail)

 

A-Net Internet - smtp.anet.net.th

Asia Acess - smtp.asiaaccess.net.th

Asia Net - classic.asianet.co.th

C.S. - mail.cscoms.com

Idea Net - mail.idn.co.th

KSC - ksc.th.com;mweb.co.th

MWEB - smtp.mweb.co.th

Internet Thailand - access.inet.co.th, mozart.inet.co.th, smtp.inet.co.th

Loxinfo - mail.loxinfo.co.th

Pacific internet - smtp.pacific.net.th

Samart - smtp.samart.co.th

Jasmine - mail.ji-net.com

 

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There were three wireless networks last time I was at the airport in Bangkok (01/03/04). You can buy prepaid cupons for the WLan Net throughout the departure lounge or use IPass if you subscribe to an ISP that uses ISP for roaming.

 

If anyone has details about the other two networks that would be helpfull

 

 

www.wifinder.com

 

www.ipass.com

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Good news for Thailand is that AIS 1-2-Call now comes with GPRS. This is quite handy. Right at this moment I surf the Internet at a reasonable speed in the deepest of the Isaan plains, which is something that was impossible just a few months ago!

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StrayCat......... can you do that with a Pay as U Go setup or do you need to be on a monthy subscriber plan?

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