Thailand is the 20th largest economy in the world by purchasing power parity. Known the world over as the “Land of Smiles”. There are around 70 million Thais, so that’s a lot of happy faces to greet you. People flock in their country for leisure as well as business. If you want to find out how to call Thailand and you’re from abroad, please read the 5 simple steps below. Moreover, if you’re calling from the United States or Canada, the international access code is actually the same.
Calling Thailand from Abroad in 5 Simple Steps:
- For US & Canada, dial 011, the international access code. Please see below for other countries.
- Followed by Thailand’s country code which is 66
- Add in the area code for the city or town you wish to call. Area code for Bangkok is 2, Saraburi is 36 and for Chiang Mai it’s 53.
- Dial the remaining phone number
- Be aware of the Time differences
Time difference between Thailand and Your Country:
If you’re making an overseas call regarding your planned vacation, it is always important to remember the time difference between your country and Thailand. As an example, Thailand is 11 hours ahead of Ottawa, ON, Canada. And they are around 9,000 miles apart. In the States, it’s:
- +15 hours (Pacific Standard Time )
- + 12 hours (Eastern Standard Time)
Area Codes in Thailand
- Bangkok: 2
- Chiang Mai: 52, 53
- Chon Buri: 33, 38
- Hat Yai: 74
- Lampang: 54
- Nakhon Ratchasima: 44
- Nonthaburi: 2
- Samut Prakan: 2
- Udon Thani: 42
Please not that some phone numbers don’t begin with a 0. Landlines are typically 8 digits long. And cellular phone numbers are 9 digits long beginning with an 8 or a 9.
- From Canada to Udon Thani landline: 011 66 42 *******
- From US to a cell phone number: 011 66 (8 or 9) **** ****
How to Call Thailand from Other Countries:
By following the above 5 steps, it’s easy to call Thailand from USA or Canada. If you want to call someone’s landline in Chiang Mai, you will dial: 011 66 53 *******. But if you’re from a different country, then your international access code will be different. Replace 011 with your own international prefix code as follows:
- UK – 00
- New Zealand – 00
- Philippines – 00
- South Africa – 09
- Australia – 0011
If your country is not listed above, head over to the complete list of international direct dialling codes page. Just to prove me right, try asking your friends and family where Siam is located on the world map. I bet the majority of them will say they never heard of it. It has been renamed as Thailand for a few decades now. In spite of recent political instabilities, Thai economy is still growing which focuses mainly on manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism. Although there are a lot of places to see in Bangkok, ask a lot of westerners who’d been to Thailand and they’ll always mention the beautiful beaches. And of course the lovely smiles that greet all the visitors as well. Contacting Thailand from abroad, be it for leisure or business, is easy if you follow the 5 simple steps listed above.