A VPN is an essential app for use in Thailand these days, what with countless blocked websites and privacy issues just like the rest of the world.
In this guide we’re going to show you the Top 5 VPN choices for use in Thailand. We’ve been testing a whole host of VPN providers in Thailand to find out which perform the best in the country and ultimately which will give you the best experience.
With thousands of VPN providers to choose from mostly geared towards use in North America and Europe, it can be hard to know which VPN to choose for use in Thailand.
In this guide we’re going to put that problem to rest. All you need to do is choose one of the following 5 providers. Don’t worry if you’re still confused as they’re all suitable for use in Thailand and we’ve tested them all.
Best VPN for Thailand: Our Top 5 Choices
If you’re looking for a VPN service for use in Thailand then you should certainly start with NordVPN.
Not only do they have servers in Thailand itself which gave us great local download speeds but there is also a selection of servers in nearby countries.
These are useful to tunnel out from local restrictions so if you want to access blocked websites or services then nearby countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Malaysian amongst others will allow you to do just that.
If you want to access TV services from other countries then NordVPN offer excellent speeds and we had no trouble streaming BBC iPlayer from the UK, Foxtel from Australia and a host of different TV services from the United States. If you love TV and watching shows then NordVPN is definitely suitable in Thailand.
There’s a massive 30-day money back guarantee, you’re allowed 6 concurrent connections and there are apps for all major devices.
If you’re in Thailand you’re likely to have hit and miss internet. While some locations have super fast internet (even better than the west) others have slow internet, especially if you’re travelling to the North East regions of Udon Thani and Nong Khai.
Thankfully ExpressVPN offers local servers in Thailand and it’s actually a physical server located in the country and not a virtual server located elsewhere. For speed this is critical and it will allow you to protect your privacy while keeping the best possible speeds.
If you want to avoid Thai internet restrictions then ExpressVPN have servers in nearly every bordering country and also in more privacy-friendly regions such as Hong Kong and Singapore.
Apps are available for Android and Apple mobile devices and traditional desktops and laptops running Windows or MacOS. There’s even software for Ubuntu Linux which is great for advanced users.
There’s also a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re unhappy with the service.
VyprVPN is another provider who offers good local support with VPN servers in Thailand itself, namely Bangkok.
Again there is also good coverage across the region which gives you plenty of scope to connect to outside locations and avoid local restrictions.
Our favourite feature of VyprVPN is the completely free 3-day trial they offer. You do need to enter your payment details to get the 3-day trial but if you don’t want to keep the service then as long as you cancel before the 3 days finish you won’t be charged anything.
Unlike some other lesser providers, VyprVPN actually own all of the hardware on their service which makes them more secure because no one else, in theory, should have access to their servers.
The full range of apps are available for Android and iOS and Windows and Mac.
IPVanish doesn’t currently have a server in Thailand but word is that it will be back by the end of 2017 so by the time you read this it’s likely they do have a server.
Until that point they do have a huge range of servers in nearby locations which are good for bypassing local censorship. If you want to access TV services from around the world then there are over 60 servers located globally that will allow you to unblock entertainment content from all the major countries.
We’ve included IPVanish because they’re one of the fastest providers we’ve tested and over the past few months we’ve got consistently good speeds when accessing from Thailand.
We especially like the fact they have an Amazon app which is suitable for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick and if you’re a Kodi user then you’ll definitely appreciate this.
PrivateInternetAccess is one of the most popular VPN providers in the world and while they don’t have any servers in Thailand they do have ones in nearby locations such as Singapore and Hong Kong.
PIA, as they’re also known, offers some of the lowest prices in the industry so if you’re looking to save money on the price of your VPN service but you want quality at the same time then they’re worth signing up to.
You’re allowed to connect 5 devices at the same time which lets you protect your whole family or all of your devices.
There is software for Windows and Mac computers and apps for Android and iOS which will help you connect easily and quickly.
There’s also a 7-day money back guarantee if you’re unhappy with the service for whatever reason.
Thailand VPN: What to consider
A Thailand VPN will allow you to protect your online privacy as standard and all those listed above will also help you bypass any local censorship and access blocked websites.
You’ll also be able to access content intended for overseas use only. For example, you can access BBC iPlayer from the UK and stream English television [See Also: Our Best VPN for BBC iPlayer Guide]. If you’ve got a Netflix account then you can access the US movie catalogue and get access to thousands more movies than the Thai movie library.
Is it worth paying for a VPN?
VPN services are a standard price across the world so if you’re a Thai resident rather than an expat then they can seem expensive especially when paying in Thai Baht.
The obvious answer would be to search for a free VPN service but these really aren’t worth bothering with because the quality is lacking and you’ll have a hugely better experience using a paid-for VPN service like the 5 listed above.
You’ll also be guaranteed that a paid-for VPN service will protect your online privacy because after all, it’s the service you’re paying them to provide. If you’re a content streamer then you’ll also notice a massive difference streaming blocked video in Thailand from free services and paid-for ones.
How to get a Thailand VPN and set it up
Getting a VPN service for Thailand is incredibly easy. Just follow the 4 simple steps below and you’ll be up and running in no time.
- Choose one of the five providers listed above and click the orange button to visit their website.
- Sign-up to their service and download their app for your device.
- Run the app and select the country you want to connect to.
- Press Connect to get secured.
Once the app has connected your connection is now secure, you can surf the internet privately, access previously blocked websites and stream video and other content from overseas.
Will a VPN work on my device in Thailand
All the VPN services above have been tried and tested by ourselves.
We ensured they all supported the most popular devices including Android and Apple mobile and tablet devices and traditional computer and laptop systems running Windows and MacOS.
- See Also: Our Best VPN for Android Guide.
IPVanish also has an additional app for Amazon devices such as the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick and ExpressVPN supports Ubuntu Linux.
Basically, almost all devices are covered for use in Thailand.
Thailand VPN: Summary
Internet in Thailand is rather restricted which means if you want to access a free and open internet then a VPN is essential.
If you’re an expat or travelling in Thailand then you’ll likely want to access services from your home country, a VPN will allow you to unblock all sorts of services from TV to Gambling websites and access them as if you were in your home country.
All that you need to do is choose one of the 5 services recommended above, sign-up and enjoy the clear benefits of using a VPN in Thailand.