Stay Connected in Thailand with dtac Happy Tourist SIM

by Zhiqiang & Tingyi on January 29, 2013 · Add A Comment

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Starting at just 49 Baht (less than 2.50 Singapore dollars), dtac’s Happy Tourist SIM plans is one of the cheapest way to call home and surf internet on the go while travelling in Thailand.  We find the Happy Tourist SIM plans extremely useful during our weekend getaway shopping trips to Bangkok.  If you are staying in Bangkok for 3 days or more, i recommend getting the 299 Baht (about 13 Singapore dollars) dtac Happy Tourist SIM plan where you can get 100 Baht of free call and free 7-day 3G internet.  Here are 4 scenarios where the dtac Happy Tourist SIM plan could come in handy:

Getting Lost in the Huge Chatuchak Weekend Market

The Chatuchak Weekend Market is huge (occupying a space of almost 14 football fields) and is a complex maze of 2000+ shops.  It is also extremely crowded with tourists as well as locals (look out for wholesalers with their huge trolleys of goods in the narrow alleys!).  Coupled with the fact that the market sells almost anything e.g. pets, clothes, books, toiletries, kitchenware – it is easy to get distracted and lost and worse still separated from your friends and families when shopping in this huge market.  With dtac Happy Tourist SIM, I can get in touch with my friends (without having to pay exorbitant roaming fees) to arrange a meeting place and time if we ever do get lost.

DTAC Thailand Bangkok Pay as you Go Prepaid SIM Happy Tourist SIM stay Connected Internet Mobile Data Plan Singapore Chatuchak Market Platinum Mall

Keeping Myself Occupied While the Wife Shops at the Huge Platinum Fashion Mall (3 Zones of 6 Floors Each!)

The Platinum Fashion Mall comprises 3 Zones and each zone comprises 6 floors of shopping of accessories, clothes, shoes and other ladies’ fashion.  Heaven for the ladies? It is hell for me – and judging from the zombie brain-dead looks of the other guys who are tagging along their wife/girlfriend in the mall – I know I am not alone!

Well – with the dtac Happy Tourist SIM, I can camp at a corner of the mall and check stock prices, football match scores, watch streaming TV series or just surf the net while the Wife shops at the mall.  I can even write a blog post for PassportChop.com if I wanted to! :-)

DTAC Thailand Bangkok Pay as you Go Prepaid SIM Happy Tourist SIM stay Connected Internet Mobile Data Plan Singapore Chatuchak Market Platinum Mall

Get in Touch with Local Tour Operators to Make Adjustments/Arrangements

Need to arrange a tour to the floating market and train market or make some adjustments to the meeting time and place? Either pay exorbitant roaming fees to call them or make use of the 100 Baht free call (offered by dtac Happy Tourist SIM 299 Baht plan) – this is quite a no-brainer :-).

DTAC Thailand Bangkok Pay as you Go Prepaid SIM Happy Tourist SIM stay Connected Internet Mobile Data Plan Singapore Contact Your Floating Market Local Tour

Sharing Pictures on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and <<Insert Social Media Channel here>>

Tasted good food? The next step is to take a picture of it and share it on Instagram and other social media channels but wait! Roaming charges on calls are already very expensive and imagine how much it would cost to share a 3 Megabyte picture on Instagram while on roaming data plan!  This is where dtac Happy Tourist SIM 7-day free 3G internet (only with 200 Baht Happy Tourist SIM plan) will come in handy!

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There are many other reasons to get a dtac Happy Tourist SIM of course – e.g. call back home to report that you have reached Bangkok safely.  After all, it is much more affordable than using roaming plans of your telco.  Check out the picture below for the price plans of dtac Happy Tourist SIM plans and what you can get for 49 Baht and 299 Baht!

DTAC Thailand Bangkok Pay as you Go Prepaid SIM Happy Tourist SIM stay Connected Internet Mobile Data Plan Singapore Price Plan

So if you are planning a trip to Bangkok or any parts of Thailand, make it part of your itinerary to get a dtac Happy Tourist SIM when you arrive in Thailand.  You can get the dtac Happy Tourist SIM at any 7-eleven or major mobile retail shops or dtac shops around Bangkok (you can find one in the bigger shopping complex e.g. MBK, Terminal 21).

You can also your dtac Happy Tourist SIM plan from the dtac mobile service center at Suvarnabhumi Airport (arrival on the 2nd Floor, Gate 7).

DTAC Thailand Bangkok Pay as you Go Prepaid SIM Happy Tourist SIM stay Connected Internet Mobile Data Plan Singapore Price Plan

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1 hair January 30, 2013 at 11:00 am

Definitely, what a magnificent blog and illuminating posts, I definitely will bookmark your website.Best Regards!

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2 Jessica February 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Wow! great review :D. I’m going to bangkok this month.. I’m definitely going to use the simcard.. Last year I still used my local simcard for my phone, it’s pretty cheap for international roaming, but still veryyyyyy slow. Do yo have to register first? Is there any english explanation at the back of the simcard? thankyouuuuu

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3 Zhiqiang & Tingyi February 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

nope – just insert in your SIM card and you are good to go.

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4 Jessica February 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Is it a micro sim?

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5 Zhiqiang & Tingyi February 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm

you can choose

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6 Jessie May 16, 2013 at 12:42 am

At the Suvarnabhum Airport , you can get Free Sim by True Move @ True Move Counter , Cheap rate local call @1.25 bht. /min . International call to Singapore @1.50 bht/min. And get free emergency call such as Tourist Police Call Center, Medical Emergency etc. very good value .

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7 Zhiqiang & Tingyi May 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

Hi Jessie – Thanks for sharing.

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8 Karthik July 9, 2013 at 2:38 am

can u pls tell if there is any waiting period for activation of the sim and when does the store at the airport open?

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9 Zhiqiang & Tingyi July 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I think sim activation period is almost immediate (the last time i tried). you might want to double check with the shop salesperson.

Suvarnbhumi Airport – dtac service center is open 24 hours everyday
999 Moo 1 Suvarnabhumi Airport 2nd Floor-Passenger Terminal / West Bang Phli,Samut Prakarn 10270

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10 Karthik July 9, 2013 at 2:36 am

im going to bangkok next month and this looks like an awesome plan ! does any one have any idea about sim activation period because i dont want to buy the sim and wait for two days for it to be activated, and what are the operating hours of the store @ suvarnabhumi airport thanks

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11 Bryan November 13, 2013 at 11:50 am

Activation happens after you make your first phone call. No docs required. If you’re coming from the states, you can even find the SIM on Amazon Prime (USA) if you want to hand out your number to your friends in advance of your trip.

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12 Trinity August 25, 2013 at 2:14 am

Extremely cool! Congrats for your nice and usefull blog! A BIG hug from Brazil!

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