Many budget flights that arrive into Bangkok land at Don Mueang Airport (DMK). This is a smaller airport with limited facilities as compared to the bigger Suvarnabhumi Airport. But fortunately for the passengers looking to buy tourist-specific prepaid SIM cards, the available choice at DMK airport is good, almost as good as at Suvarnabhumi Airport. It is recommended to buy a prepaid SIM at the airport because once you reach Bangkok, Pattaya, or another Thai city, buying a tourist-SIM becomes difficult if not impossible (Where to buy Tourist SIM in Pattaya and Where to buy Tourist SIM in Nana/Asoke Bangkok). The price you pay is also an issue. Mobile companies’ own shops sell tourist-specific SIM cards at official prices, but out on the street, you will pay at least double. A SIM shop in Pattaya once asked me 299 THB for a 50 THB SIM. In this article, I will share all the information on the availability of prepaid SIM cards at DMK airport.
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Where To Buy
At DMK airport, SIM shops are located on the ground level. You come to this level after you have cleared your visa/immigration and passed through Customs. Once you reach the ground level, SIM card shops will be in front of you.
As you land on this floor, the staff of official SIM company shops and some private shops may approach you offering SIM cards. The private shops at DMK airport also have tourist-specific SIM cards, but maybe not all the variants. When there was only one official company shop – True Move – at DMK airport and I wanted to buy a DTAC SIM, I had bought it from a private shop that had a signboard saying something like “Tours and Travel”. The staff at the private shop activated the card and showed me the available balance but were not interested in answering any other queries like changing the IVR language. The staff at official company shops may be more ready to offer help.
You will find the official shops of all three mobile companies in Thailand: DTAC, True Move, and AIS. All the three brands offer tourist SIM cards that come preloaded with some call credit, some data, and cheap IDD call rates. Unless you have already decided on which SIM to buy, it will be a good idea to spend a few minutes walking up to all the three shops and see what is available. Typically, tourist SIM cards come in five basic variants: a free SIM, a 50 THB SIM, a 199 THB SIM, a 299 THB SIM, and a 599 THB SIM. If you find a free SIM and wish to take it, make it sure that the SIM gets activated right there. Otherwise, you may have to visit a company shop in the city to get the SIM activated. At DMK airport I usually do not see them offering free SIM cards. Anyway, you may like to read more about Free SIM Cards for Tourists in Thailand.
The earliest opening time for official SIM card shops at Don Mueang Airport is 5:30 am and the latest closing time is midnight. If you are there between midnight and 5:30 am, you may still be able to buy a SIM card from a private shop there.
True Move Tourist SIM
True Move Tourist SIM is sold here in three variants – 49 THB, 299 THB, and 599 THB. All three variants have some preloaded call credit. If you intend to stay for up to 8 days, the 299 THB variant may be good for you. if your stay is longer, you may like to buy the 599 THB variant. I have this separate article that has all the details of the True Move Tourist SIM.
DTAC Happy Tourist SIM
DTAC Happy Tourist SIM comes in four variants: 49 THB, 199 THB, 299 THB, and 599 THB. For staying in Thailand up to 8 days, the 299 THB variant is ideal. At the airport, you may come across a 179 THB DTAC SIM that is basically a 49 THB SIM with some extra data pack loaded on to it. You may read all about the DTAC Happy Tourist SIM here.
AIS Traveller SIM
AIS has three tourist SIM variants: 49 THB, 299 THB, and 599 THB. For a stay of up to 8 days, the 299 THB SIM offers a call credit of 100 THB, unlimited internet (max speed up to 3GB), and free WeChat for seven days. Read in detail about AIS Traveller SIM here.
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Other Private Shops at DMK
There are a few private shops at DMK airport that are not 100% SIM card shops but do keep SIM cards for tourists who arrive in the middle of the night. These shops are expected to charge more than the official price of SIM cards. It is highly recommended to do some study in advance from the mobile company websites before you arrive at DMK airport. You will need to know what are the variants of tourist SIM cards that the companies sell and at what prices. Private SIM shops paste some stickers on the SIM packs to cover the place where the official price is printed and then they just lie to the customers (Thailand SIM Card Scam). If you are arriving between 5:30 am and midnight, you will not need these shops anyway. Please read all my articles on Tourist SIM Cards in Thailand here.