20-02-2019 19:05 - edited 20-02-2019 19:13
As I'm (currently) on PAYG, I understand that my SIM will not register on a Lao network (contract SIMs do...)
Since I'll only be there for a few days, as part of a trip to Thailand (where PAYG does work), and I will be staying in the capital, Vientiane, which is very close to Thailand (the Mekong river is the border, and the hostel is close to that), my question is whether anyone here has experience of using a Thai network in Vientiane.
I did get away with this with Virgin some years back, when they didn't serve Laos at all.
If not, this may well be the time to change to contract ?
I have no need for data
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on 24-02-2019 10:44
on 24-02-2019 13:37
Make sure your phone is unlocked before you go then if necessay, you can get a local sim. The original question can't be answered by members because this hasn't been tried and tested by any of us.
It's a matter of trying it yourself and please update the thread after.
Have a great trip
on 24-02-2019 16:08
Good advice - I usually use a dtac sim in another (small, old) phone as a data hotspot - it works out at 99 Baht a week
On this trip, as I'm keen not to accidentally use Lao data on O2 (about £7 a Meg), I'll probably stick with that..
I will however check the cross-border roaming situation as a matter of interest
on 13-03-2019 16:45
How exciting @Projectionist!
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on 19-03-2019 21:23
Thai roaming does work (near river, which is border) - but since a Lao sim is around £1-ish it's pointless.
Thanks for the update and it's handy to know. But as you say, cost wise for a local sim is amazingly low which is why I would always go for a local sim.
on 25-03-2019 18:15
Final post on this !
As research goes, I guess that not much was learnt, but I did witness a bank robbery in Laos, (opposite hotel - guy was chased and caught), and a fist fight at Bangkok's main railway station on election day...all very entertaining
Note to self : Elections in Thailand are preceded by 24 hr periods of no alchohol sales ( 7-Elevens seems very busy just before )