I'd be interested to hear of other member's (who are living in Thailand) experiences on using a VPN in Thailand and any recommendations for the same.
I'm a complete novice but I would like to use a VPN and I've heard their quality and speed can be different according to the country they are being used in.
Are the free ones any good or is a paid one the way to go?
How much do they affect broadband speed?
Do they suffer from blackouts?
Any other pros or cons?
I use Zenmate. It is a paid service. You get a free trial to try it out. The quality is good when streaming but you can get buffering. However if you use a vpn your speed will be reduced. For example at home I have 30 meg, but when using vpn expect below 5. It all depends on what you want to use it for really.
Hmmm, I wanted it for streaming actually. I'm not sure what packages are available in my area but I doubt they will include as high as 30mb. Less than 5 would not be enough as far as I know.
It may be that I have to go for one of the TV packages then - I just don't want to watch American TV all the time.
You don't need a VPN for streaming in Thailand unless you want to mask yourself as being in the UK to watch BBC iPlayer etc. Even those services are getting wise to VPNs and I predict the list of VPNs blocked by the BBC et.al. will increase considerably in the not too distance future. Most (if not all) free VPNs will drastically reduce your internet speed and frustrate your ability to reliably stream.
Originally Posted by Flip
Plenty of options to watch UK TV in Thailand, though they do change occasionally, so better to ask again once you're here and you know what sort of connection you can get.
If your service doesn't constantly give you a minimum of 4Mb/s download, forget streaming anything of quality. A very rough guide to requirements are:
1080p : 6Mbps
720p : 4Mbps
Unlimited fibre internet connections in Thailand are currently priced roughly as follows:
30/10 600-700 baht
50/20 700-900 baht
100/40 900-1100 baht
I currently pay 699+VAT (includes Playbox and 100 Thai TV channels):
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.. but if you're in the sticks you're unlikely to get a fibre installation.
Well I am and I'm not, I'll try to find out what sort of connection is available when I'm over next week. Yes it is UK TV I was wanting to watch - I've bought an Amazon box with Kodi installed for that purpose.
Originally Posted by maokaang
I would of course prefer one of the options you refer to Paul but it seems some of them are not as Kosher as they purport to be. A friend up in Buriram was using Expat TV......all looked above board, direct debits.....everything. Now, as you will probably know, they are in deep water.
I have some form of box at the moment that I put in for the ex. That runs off the old True satellite box on my house, it has 150 channels but they are all Thai so not a lot of good. Whether its legal or not, I don't know but I don't use it now anyway.
I'm not a big TV watcher but I would like a few movies and to keep up with the news.
As you say Paul, things change all the time. I'll get the broadband sorted and go from there.
Does anyone use NordVPN paid for service in Thailand and have any comments on usefulness and it's performance?
I use ProtonVPN's free service here in the UK and on occasions where access may be restricted by ISP but I need to check something out and it works really well most of the time, but there are more than a few times that the speed really suffers and requires a little patience, for streaming TV/Movies it could spoil viewing pleasure at times, but at least it's free and when it works well there would be no buffering.
I use VPN Unlimited. It's a paid for service but I only use it occasionally.
Which country do you use it in RASG?
Originally Posted by rasg
I have used Nord and found it ok when in Thailand but not so good when i am in Iraq so I have gone to ExpressVpn and find it good in both locations. But they both slow the speed down a bit, streaming with both in Thailand is good for me
Nord..if I remember give you a free trial and if you have more than one email address you can then extend that by using a new email address for the trial. Express give you a 30 day money return no quibble if you dont like the service
Mainly in the UK but I have also used it in Thailand. I buy books for Nook and simply set my VPN to somewhere in the UK and buy the ebooks with an Entropay card.
Originally Posted by Flip
Right so you probably haven't used it for streaming in Thailand?
Couple of times when I was last in Thailand and the reason I got a VPN in the first place. There is a seven day free trial.
Someone mentioned the premium service from zenmate which I used for several years but eventually ITV player blocked it. Hola (free) set to uk isp still works fine for same website.
If you want it solely for uk tv just subscribe to tvmucho which is around £42 annual covers every channel on freeview plus loads that aren't. (no vpn needed)
I use zenmate and I watch itv. From time to time channels get blocked but the vpn gets around it. Just report it to them and they fix it.
I use a service that will support up to four devices on the same IP watching different things. We have all the regular UK TV terrestrial and Satellite channels, box sets of some great series, many movies, some of which have only recently come out. We can watch the UK stuff live or 24 hours on demand. I used to use Thai Expat TV before they experienced technical difficulties, but this is far better. Supports Android, PCs, MACs, but not iOS. I pay 1000 Baht a month by bank transfer, although you can pay in bulk and get a discount. DM me and I will give your the details of the company.
Even things like the Grand Tour S1 and now S2 are available. I used to have a close pal burn them to a disc and send them to me, but now not necessary.
I'm a little way off a permanent move to Thailand yet and as Maokaang pointed out earlier - things change all the time. I'll enquire again nearer the time. Cheers anyway, very interesting what is available.