calls can be made quite easily from mid- to upper-level hotels.
There is direct dialing to and from more than so countries on five
continents. Rates for calling out of the country are normally
considerably higher than for calling in so if you expect a long
conversation you might save some money by having your party call
back if possible. If you can't call from your hotel, go to the
General Post Office (GPO), or major post offices, and call from
special booths for overseas calls
service is reliable and efficient. Major hotels provide basic postal
services on their premises. Bangkok's Central G.P.O. on New Road is
open from 8.00 AM to 6.00 PM, Mondays through Fridays, and from 9.00
AM to 1.00 PM on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. Telegrams
may be sent at any time of the day or night. Upcountry post offices
maintain similar hours, except that they close at 4.30 PM.
Fax and email
All better hotels will
offer complete telex, telegraph, facsimile and email services. The
GPO offers telex service around-the-clock. Numerous private
businesses offer such facilities; most often in conjunction with
Christian churches are
found in Bangkok and most provincial capitals. Services are mostly
in Thai, with certain services in English, French and German. Local
English-language newspapers provide comprehensive listings of
services in Bangkok.
Those possessing valid
International Driving Licenses may prefer to hire automobiles.
English- language road signs and maps are commonplace. The Bangkok
list local and international automobile rental companies. Visitors
are advised to shop around since most companies offer different
conditions. Self-drive and chauffeur-driven automobiles are widely
available. International car hire companies such as Avis, Hertz and
Budget also operate in Pattaya, Hat Yai, Phuket, Chiang Mai and
Film and Photography
film manufacturers maintain excellent photo-finishing laboratories.
Instant developing can be done within one hour. Popular films are
available countrywide at reasonable prices. Still photographers are
free to shoot almost everything. Movie cameras are not 'allowed
without permission in Bangkok's Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha
Chapel complex. Photography is also prohibited in certain branches
of the National Museum.
Newspapers and Magazines
English-language newspapers, the Nation, the Bangkok Post and
Thailand Times keep readers abreast of local and international
events. Major English language magazines and newspapers such as
International Herald Tribune, Wallstreet Journal, Newsweek, Time and
Asiaweek are readily available at hotel newsagents, supermarkets,
department stores and leading bookstores.
In 1982, the Tourist
Police was set up to coordinate with the Tourism Authority of
Thailand in providing safety for tourists. Its responsibilities are
receiving and acknowledging claims and complaints; to conduct
investigations and acting as coordinator of tourist security
protection. At present, some 500 tourist policemen are stationed in
major tourist areas such as the Grand Palace, Phatphong and Lumphini
Park. Bi-lingual Tourist Police are attached to Tourism Authority of
Thailand offices in Bangkok, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Pattaya,
Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Thani, Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai,
Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Surat Thani,
Phuket and Songkhla to provide speedy assistance to visitors. In
case of emergency, contact the Tourist Police Center Unicohouse
Building Soi Lang Suan Ploenchit Rd., Bangkok Tel: 6521721-
All tourism destinations and provincial
capitals have hospitals and clinics staffed by well-trained doctors
and nurses. In case of emergencies, ambulances can be summoned from
any private hospital.
Radio and Television
AM radio is heavily
commercial – – there are some 200 stations nation-wide – – and
appeals to popular taste. FM radio offers popular music, classical
music, jazz, English-language news broad- casts and the original
soundtracks of certain imported film shows shown on local
television's five channels. Leading hotels have color televisions in
each room, offering either video features, satellite and / or cable
television or tourism-related English- language programmes.