British born author Andrew J Wood, after almost a quarter of a century living in Asia, shares his travel secrets while exploring Japan.THAILAND: Our trip organisors, THAI Intl (TG) had kindly arranged for us to have pocket WiFi routers (supplied by WiHo Thailand
https://wi-ho-thailand.com) for our visit to Kagoshima, Kyushu, JAPAN. They worked perfectly. Anywhere anytime. Even on the train.
The provider – WiHo, has services available in 100 countries and have been in business for 20 years. They are currently the no.1 provider of pocket WiFi rental service in Thailand, with business in 7 other countries with over a million users, in Japan, US, Taiwan, Hongkong, China, Singpore and Myanmar as well as Thailand.
The service is as easy as 1-2-3. You can order on line or at the retail shop and arrange to pick up at either there (Berry Mobile at Sukhumvit 39 Bangkok), or at the airport.
Rental charge for unlimited use is Bt 230 per day (USD $6.50) and the unit can be returned one day after arrival.
Bookings online should be made 4 days in advance but urgent orders can be made by phone.
It’s the size of a small mobile phone. To use you simply turn on WiFi on your handset and select WiHo and enter your password. Upto 4 users can operate per unit so multiple devises can be used on one set. The unit comes with its own charger. The battery operates for 9hrs.
I’m a fan and I can definitely recommend the equipment. It’s reliable and convenient, exactly what I need when I’m on the move. It would be great if it were available in the air too but this is not allowed yet. I’m sure that one day soon WiFi in the air will be the norm once the boffins agree that it IS safe and won’t affect the plane’s navigation system.
THAI (TG) have daily flights to Fukuoka (Kyushu) from Bangkok just 4.5 hours flying time. Japan has visa exemption arrangements with 67 countries (http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/
Written by : ANDREW J WOOD
A professional hotelier, Skalleague, travel writer and Director of one Thailand’s leading DMC/Travel Agents, Andrew has over 35 years of hospitality and travel experience.
A graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh (Hospitality Studies.)
A UK national, Andrew was born in Yorkshire and prior to moving to Thailand Andrew gained valuable post graduate experience with Thistle Hotels (UK); Hilton Intl (Paris) and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts (London).
Andrew started his hotel career in Thailand with Shangri-La Hotels, Royal Garden Hotels and Resorts and the Landmark Group of Hotels (Thailand and UK) and later became General Manager of some of the country’s leading hotels including GM Royal Cliff Beach Resort Pattaya.
Andrew is a former Director of Skal International (SI) and a Past President of SI BANGKOK and former National President SI THAILAND.
Andrew is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Thailand including Assumption University’s Hospitality School.
Due to his extensive hospitality and travel experience, Andrew as a writer is widely followed and is a contributing editor for numerous publications.