Thailand’s media is one of the largest and best developed in South east Asia. It is relatively free, although more restrictions and censorship have been put on the media since the government elections of 2006.
Analogue television: This is still the most widely used type of television within Thailand and is free, but the analogue television service only displays Thai speaking channels such as Channel 3. Channel 5 Channel 7 and Thai PBS.
Satellite television: The biggest provider in Thailand of satellite television is a company called true visions this is a company, you will find throughout Thailand, it is a paid subscription service but there are many English speaking channels to choose from.
Cable television: On the islands such as Phuket there are some cable television operators. These companies are grouped by area and are a good choice due to there being many English speaking channels a French channel and an Italian channel also the monthly subscription cost is quite low in comparison to true visions.
Radio: Much like the national television service radio is relatively free Thailand has 200 AM stations and 334 FM stations, many of these broadcasting in both Thai and English.
Newspapers: Within Thailand, there are many English’s written daily Newspapers the most famous of these being the Bangkok Post, The nation and the International Herald Tribune. It is also possible to get many English daily newspapers such as the Daily Mail the Sun etc. You will also find some local newspapers in the English such as the Phuket Gazette.
Internet: The Internet in Thailand is getting better than it used to be due to faster speeds better connectivity and better coverage. However, it is still behind when it comes to places like Europe and the USA. You will find that most hotels and guest houses will offer Internet LAN or Wi-Fi.
Here are some of Thailand’s main Internet providers.
3 BB, TOT, CAT, True, CSloX info, KSC.
Wi-Fi hotspots: We have found that usually the best and easiest way to connect to the Internet, if you are on holiday and have your own laptop is through a Wi-Fi hotspot. Usually if you are staying in a hotel they will have their own Wi-Fi hotspot and this is usually free. An alternative to using a Wi-Fi hotspot would be to use an air card, which now can be purchased from any 7-Eleven. Then all you would have to do is purchase a Sim card load some money onto it and then you can use the mainly reliable mobile networks. Also this can be used on the move, so if you are planning on doing a lot of travel within Thailand, it makes a smart choice to get an air card.