Media and Communications: Post, TV, newspapers and more in Pattaya city
Just image that you have just move in Pattaya, found a home or apartment, finished opening all your suitcases, boxes and whatever you had used for bringing “your things” from home, your wardrobes and selves are in a acceptable order, you can rest now. You will find anything you need in your new home. Good. Now, you will be assaulted by others concerns , for you will need to know where the closest Postal Service Office is and how it works, or how many days it would take your mail to get to your home country, what newspapers and magazines are published in a language you know, etc. Your life here has started…
So, based on our own experience of years living in Pattaya, we have tried to give the basic information. Please read this page in conjunction with the section: Utilities
In this simple way it is how we are Linking Pattaya Together…
Here we mean all media written in English that you can find in Pattaya.
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Newspapers and magazines:
Several local foreign-language newspapers and magazines are published either weekly or monthly, especially in English, Russian and German.
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Newspapers and publication that could be obtained in Pattaya:
Pattaya Mail (English with on-line version providing daily news from Pattaya, Thailand and world; Weekly)
Pattaya people ( Pattaya Aktuell) (Mainly in English, some German, a little Thai. Weekly)
Pattaya Today (English;Fortnightly)
Pattaya Blatt (German;Weekly)
Newspaper Direct Pattaya
If you miss your the newspaper that you used to read back at home, then Newspaper Direct Pattaya might be your choice: You can choose from 800 newspapers from 81 countries in 38 languages, your internationally recognized newspaper, original in content and layout, will be delivered to your home, office or hotel by courier on the day of publication, often before it is available in its home country.
Pattaya Daily News
This is a Bi-language newspaper with on-line version providing daily news from Pattaya, Thailand and world news.
International Herald Tribune
English language newspaper with world and Asian news and current affairs. Some local news.
English language newspaper for Bangkok and Thailand with general news, sports, entertainment and classifieds.
Newspaper with general national and international news, lifestyle articles, business, travel, classifieds and more.
Property Report Thailand
Information about property in Thailand, Asia and beyond.
Free monthly magazine with local news and lifestyle articles.
The Pattaya Guide
Monthly lifestyle magazine delivered free of charge to hotels, resorts, supermarkets, shopping centres and apartment blocks. Focuses on entertainment and dining. On-line version with forum
Explore Pattaya & East Coast
Free magazine issued bi-monthly covering restaurants, hotels and useful information for tourists staying in Pattaya and surrounding regions.
Thailand’s version of the well know international magazine with reviews and entertainment articles.
Tropical Living in Thailand
Lifestyle magazine offering information on buying property in Thailand including designers, architects and interior stores. Website: www.22.214.171.124/new/recommends.htm
Monthly magazine with travel, entertainment, tourist, shopping, dining and hotel information.
The Big Chilli
Lifestyle magazine with travel and restaurant reviews and listings of what’s going on in Bangkok. Published monthly.
Television in Thailand
The television transmission standard in Thailand is PAL B. This is different to the PAL I system used in the UK, so have in mind that older televisions from the UK are unlikely to work in Thailand as well as older NTSC televisions from the USA . But nowadays, TVs are multi-system and can accept PAL or NTSC signals. The television’s user manual should include this information.
Terrestrial TV channels available in Pattaya
The terrestrial channels broadcast predominantly in Thai. Some have small sections of English-language programming or with some TVs the language can be changed to English for certain programs. The channels are: Channel 3 ; Channel 5 ( in Thai only); Channel 7; Modernine ( Channel 9); NBT ( National Broadcasting Service of Thailand) with some daily transmissions in English; Thai PBS ( Thai Public Broadcasting Service)
DVD Region Codes
Some DVD players are ‘region locked’ meaning that they will only play DVDs from the region where they were first used. Thailand is in DVD Region 3, along with the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan.
If only I’d known..
Nowadays, with other options for getting music on line, directly with smartphones the use of DVDs have declined . But we will give some information anyway, for some nostalgic fans of listening music in the old ways: DVDs purchased in other regions, such as the US or UK, may not work on region-locked DVD players first used to play DVDs purchased in Thailand. Similarly, a region-locked DVD player first used to play DVDs purchased outside region 3 may refuse to play Thai DVDs.
As an ex-pat living in Thailand you’re probably missing your favourite T.V programs from home, or you are looking for viable alternatives to True-vision, CTH and the rank and file cable T.V companies. If you have a decent broadband connection there is now a safe, reliable and quality alternative in the form of internet T.V streaming…
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Getting Internet connection in Pattaya
Internet usage is expanding rapidly in Thailand, as is the list of providers. This is a list of Thailand’s Internet service providers: CAT Telecom; Jasmin Internet; Anet; CS Loxinfo; KSC Internet.
ADSL Broadband Connection
ADSL or broadband is available in Pattaya and most cities in Thailand. ADSL Broadband suppliers: TOT; True Move; TT&T; CS Loxinfo; ANET; 3BB
Getting a broadband connection installed in Pattaya
Service providers don’t provide access to all areas. So it would be wise to have this in mind and check to see if connection to your home is possible , before paying.
If only I’d known..
Usually, a fixed telephone line will be an added bonus when broadband is connected so there is no need for a second telephone connection.
Wi-Fi Hot Spots around Pattaya city Thailand:
Wi-Fi is available in almost all coffee shops and many other venues .Just ask at the desk or look for a small sign on the table.
If only I’d known
It is possible to get monthly contracts or prepaid cards that include Wi-Fi access from the mobile phone or ADSL companies such as AIS, DTAC, True or 3BB.
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Thailand – Postal Service and Mail Delivery
The main postal service in Thailand is the Thailand Post Company Limited. This is a state-owned organisation which operates more than 3000 post offices in the country. Each post office has a wide range of services available from simply posting an item to personal banking. There are also business services for companies. Post office branches also sell parcel packing materials and most have a desk so that you can wrap your parcel there and then.
The postal system in Thailand is considered to be both fairly reliable and inexpensive, although it’s tolerably , but still, slow. Having said that , we should have in mind that the post office does offer an express mail service which is much faster but costs more.
Many post office branches offer an ‘on-hold’ service, where mail can be kept for you to collect. They simply file the post away and wait for you to request it. In order to collect the mail you will need to take with you your passport as ID and be prepared to pay a small sum of money for each item that is held.
If you are expecting a lot of post or cannot get to the post office regularly, a Post Office Box is another option. These are only accessible during opening hours and an annual fee is payable.
Address system and postcode in Thailand
You, as we did, will quickly discover that the address system is a little more complicated in Thailand than in many other countries. When you are looking for an address, do not expect to find it among consecutively numbered buildings, as we were to used to in our home countries.
In Thailand, buildings are numbered in the order in which they were built so, if the number of the building you are looking for is 15, it could easily be next to number 30. This can cause some delays with deliveries although in most areas the delivery drivers are familiar with the unconventional layouts.
A postcode in Thailand is known by the American word ‘zipcode’. These are composed of five digits. The first two digits of the code are to show which province you are in, the middle number is the district and the last two numbers indicate the sub-district, so all homes in the same sub-district will have the same post code. There are several online post code finders available.
When writing an address in Thailand you can use both the standard ‘Roman’ script as well as Thai script. The name of the addressee should be first, followed by the house/apartment number and building name. This is followed by the street name, town, the sub-district, province and postcode, then the country if this is necessary.
An example how to write your address correctly in Thailand:
Name of addressee
17/24 Road, Name Condominium or village
Jomtien Beach Road
Courier Services in Thailand and Pattaya city
Courier services from international companies such as DHL, FedEx, are also available in Thailand, which is useful if you need to send something abroad quickly and safely.
You could find more information visiting these websites:
Online postcode finder
Thailand Post Company Ltd website: www.thailandpost.co.th
As we said, this is only an introduction, it would be just impossible to try to describe and tell all about this city and what it has to offer in terms of media and communications , because it will be endless and difficult to grasp. Just let it to settle down a little bit…and then, visit the other sections of our site, one by one allowing all new information to fall in place.
Pattaya is a city that you must experience yourself. As we do. Every single day is a new experience, a new challenge. But we really hope that we had been of help with the information collected in this page. Although you might find further information when you were already living here, we tried to help giving you a general view of your choices. If you have some comments, please, lets know. In the way we will keep linking Pattaya together.