Using the Phone and Mail Service in Thailand
The Telephone Organization of Thailand (TOT) is the country's government phone monopoly. Service is adequate, and it's quickly improving.
To call home, use one of the international callback companies listed in the introduction, or dial the following numbers to access your long-distance carrier's network. Complete dialing instructions will follow or an operator will come on the line to assist you:
- AT&T: 001-999-111-11
- MCI: 001-999-120-01
- Sprint : 001-999-138-77
- World Direct (Executive Telecard): 001-800-120-660-829
- BC Tel, SaskTel, Manitoba Telephones, Bell Canada, New Brunswick Telephones, MT&T, and Island Telephones : 001-999-151-000
- AGT: 001-999-151-001
There is also a service called Home Country Direct (HCD), through which you can connect with international operators very quickly and easily. HCD is available at the International Airport, at government phone offices, and at the Bangkok Government Phone Office (GPO) on Charoen Krung Road.
To use HCD, you'll need cash, because before dialing you'll have to fill out a form, estimate how long you'll be on the phone, and pay a deposit in advance. GPO office hours in smaller cities vary, but the Bangkok office is always open.
Private long-distance companies also service Thailand, but they're more expen -sive than the GPO. Fax, telex, and telegraph services all are available at the GPO and at larger hotels, but hotels charge more.
Contact a local American Express office for details on receiving mail temporarily. There are post offices throughout most cities and towns where you can mail letters and parcels.