BEST SIM Card For Thailand Tourists (Packages and Rates)

Searching for the best travel SIM for your travels in Thailand?

We have compiled a list of the SIM providers we consider the best for people visiting Thailand.

Jump to a provider overview:

Airalo (eSim)

Network: DTAC (5G)
Best for: Data power power

Airalo is an eSim provider operating in over 200 countries and has five million customers globally.

They offer a 10 or 15-day eSIM package for Thailand, powered by DTAC, one of the country’s biggest cellular providers.

The packages include calls and data, starting from $9.90 for the 10-day option and $19.95 for the 15-day option.

The 15-day package is impressive. It offers unlimited data and calls for $19.95, making it a great option for power users staying in Thailand for two weeks.

Package overview:

Validity10 days15 days
Data50 GBUnlimited
Calls100 MinsUnlimited
Price$9.90$19.95
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PROS

Support: They offer 24/7 customer support to solve any SIM-related issues

App: Dedicated mobile app for tracking usage or topping up

Data: Plans with unlimited data for power users

CONS

Cost: More expensive than local physical SIMs

Benefits of an eSIM:

  • Multiple numbers linked to the same device
  • Change to another network without removing the SIM
  • Physical SIM can be lost, stolen, or become faulty
  • Setup separate network packages for travel or business

Comparison of other eSIM providers

ProviderValidityDataPrice
Airalo (DTAC)10-15 daysUnlimited9.90-19.95 USD
Nomad7-30 days5-20 GB5-30 USD
Holafly (True)5-90 daysUnlimited27-144 USD
Numero eSim7-30 days1-10 GB3-30 USD

True

TrueMove H has the best all-rounder value-for-money package at 169 THB for 8 days, including 15 GB of data.

Package:
TrueMove H Tourist for 169 THB (8 days, including 15 GB of data)

Price: $4.75 (169 THB)
Data: 15GB
Validity: 8 days

TrueMove H packages

Tourist (limited data)ValidityData
299 THB Tourist (BEST VALUE)8 days15 GB
349 THB Tourist10 days50 GB
599 THB Tourist15 days30 GB
Tourist Infinite (Unlimited data)ValidityData
449 THB Infinite8 daysUnlimited
699 THB Infinite15 daysUnlimited
1,199 THB Infinite (POWER USER)30 daysUnlimited

TrueMove H rates

LocalInternational
SMS2 THB5 THB
MMS5 THB9 THB
Call1 THB/minDepending on the country (check rates)
Data1.5 THB/MB

Dtac

if you’re searching for a more affordable SIM and not venturing into rural areas.

DTAC has the cheapest data package, starting at 199 THB for eight days, including 15 GB of data. After 15 days, a credit top-up is required to continue using the SIM.

Package:
DTAC for 199 THB (8 days, including 15 GB of data)

Price: $4.75 (149 THB)
Data: 5GB
Validity: 4 days

DTAC packages

Tourist Sim (limited data)ValidityData
299 THB (CHEAPEST)8 days15 GB
349 THB10 days50 GB
599 THB15 days30 GB
Tourist Sim (limited data)ValidityData
299 THB (CHEAPEST)8 days15 GB
349 THB10 days50 GB
599 THB15 days30 GB

DTAC rates

LocalInternational
SMS3 THB8 THB
MMS5 THB8 THB
Call1 THB/minDepending on the country (check rates)
Data2 THB/MB

AIS

AIS packages

Tourist (limited data)ValidityData
299 THB8 days15 GB
599 THB15 days30 GB
899 THB (POWER USER)30 days50 GB

AIS rates

LocalInternational
SMS3 THB5 THB
MMS5 THB15 THB
Call1 THB/Depending on the country (check rates)

Where to buy a SIM in Thailand

Tourist SIMs are available in multiple stores around Thailand, including at airports and mini-marts.

They can also be pre-purchased online and picked up at an airport upon arrival.

Where to buy

Online (pre-purchase)Klook
Telecom site
AirportsSuvarnabhumi (BKK)
Don Mueang (DMK)
Phuket (HKT)
Telecom storesAIS stores
TrueMove H stores
DTAC stores
Mini marts / Supermarkets7-Eleven
Family Mart
Lawson
Tesco Lotus
Big C

Network coverage (compared)

Opensignal conducted a network performance report in 2023 of the three major cellular providers in Thailand, and here are some of their findings:

  • AIS, TrueMove H, and DTAC networks all have good regional coverage but TrueMove H and AIS have better 5G availability
  • AIS network has the fastest download speeds
  • TrueMove H and AIS have comparable upload speeds, outperforming DTAC
  • TrueMove H performed better in video streaming performance on 3G and 4G connection.

Before you go…

Looking for other travel guides? We have compiled a list of helpful articles to help you plan your trip to Thailand.

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