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Postal Zip & Area Codes Mail & Message Services
Overseas Telephone Calls Post Offices
Cellular Telephone Internet Access and Internet Cafés

Postal Zip & Area Codes

The postal or zip code for Chiang Mai province is 50000. The telephone area code is (053) if dialing from within Thailand or +66 53 if dialing from abroad.

Overseas Telephone Calls

Overseas fax and telephone calls can be made from several places in Chiang Mai, including many of the post offices, all the major hotels as well as from many of the guest houses and travel agents. However, the cheapest rates for making international calls are from the Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT) situated on the Chiang Mai-Lampang superhighway. This building is open 24hrs, but is perhaps a little far out for those staying in the city Center.

Cellular telephone

Although not as widespread as Bangkok, cellular or mobile phone usage is definitely on the increase in Chiang Mai. Whether it is used as a business tool, fashion item or simply as a status accessory, the Thai "mobile" craze looks like it is here to stay.

With the advent of new technology, i.e. international roaming, visitors can also use their cellular phones when in Thailand, providing their particular system and handset is suitable. The systems currently available in Chiang Mai are:

Digital Analogue
GSM 900 New 800
PCN 1800 Cellular 900

The reception quality for mobile phone usage varies depending upon what part of the province the call is made or received from. Obviously within the city itself, there is fairly good cell network coverage, so calls on most systems should work well. Reports vary, however, on how well cellular phones work generally within the hills and mountains surrounding the city. It is, therefore, rather a hit and miss situation for those planning to take a mobile phone to this northern province.

Mail & Message Service

The Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) in Chiang Mai city offers a regular mail and message service, as a convenient way of letting friends and family stay in touch with visitors without a contact address. The address to send letters to is:

Tourism Authority of Thailand
105/1 Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road
Chiang Mai 5000
Thailand

 

 

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