The number of British expats in Thailand is hard to pin down but figures suggest there are more than 50,000 British expats and many more unofficially living in Thailand at any one time.
The figure for worldwide citizens living in Thailand has been put at around 1 million. Whatever the numbers it is clear that there are many expats from all countries in the world living in Thailand.
Finding a good VPN provider for Thailand can be a trial and error affair and not all providers offer the kind of service you need if you’re living in Thailand.
I’ve been testing various providers to find out which is the best VPN for Thailand and below I’ve rounded up my top 5 for use in Thailand that will help you stay secure online and access services that are blocked in the country.
Best VPN for Thailand 2017
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If you’re looking for the Best VPN for Thailand then IPVanish should be your first choice.
There are approximately 15 different countries with VPN servers within close proximity to Thailand and Thailand itself is covered with a VPN server too.
This is great if you want to protect your privacy on public Wi-Fi systems because you’ll be able to get the best possible speeds.
If you want to access websites that are restricted in Thailand then you can simply use one of the nearby countries to tunnel out and access a free and open internet.
If you’re a British expat or indeed an expat from any other country then you can make use of the UK servers or servers from your home country to access TV services such as BBC iPlayer, Sky Go or whatever local TV networks are available in your home country.
IPVanish costs $6.49 per month which is approximately £5.28 when taking an annual package and not much more if you opt to pay monthly.
ExpressVPN is my second choice when it comes to Best VPN for Thailand.
They’re a bit more expensive than IPVanish at $8.32 per month which is approximately £6.77 and one of the reasons why they didn’t take my top spot.
ExpressVPN has servers in 87 different countries around the world which is slightly more than IPVanish and goes someway to explain the higher price tag.
There are 15 or more nearby locations to Thailand that are available to connect to as well as a VPN server in Thailand itself which will give you optimal speeds.
ExpressVPN is suitable to access restricted websites in Thailand, access content and TV services from back home and keep your privacy protected on public Wi-Fi plus more.
If you’re still searching for the perfect VPN for Thailand and you’ve got time to shop around then take a look at VyprVPN.
One of my favourite features of their service is they offer a 3-day trial. You need to enter payment details to get the free trial but as long as you cancel before the 3 days is up then you won’t be charged.
Not many VPN providers offer a trial before payment so it’s one of the main reasons why you should consider VyprVPN. If you’re happy with the service then you don’t need to do anything and you’ll be charged after the 3 days finishes.
VyprVPN has servers all over South-East Asia and further afield across the continent. Slightly less than IPVanish and ExpressVPN but still an impressive 12-13.
Like both earlier providers they’re suitable for use on all devices so can keep you protected both at home and while mobile in Thailand.
My fourth choice for Best VPN for Thailand is Overplay.
If you’re a TV fan and want to access TV shows from back in your home country then Overplay may be your best bet. They offer their VPN service and the additional bonus of a SmartDNS service as part of the subscription price.
SmartDNS allows you to access blocked services such as BBC iPlayer and other TV services from around the world without any speed loss.
While using a VPN to access TV services is fine, if you’re in a remote location in Thailand or have slow internet access then the SmartDNS feature can give you that bit of speed advantage that may just help you avoid buffering.
Overplay is a little pricey at US$8.33 per month when taking an annual service which is approximately £6.77 so unless you specifically need the SmartDNS service then I suggest sticking with IPVanish, however, if the SmartDNS service is something that benefits you then the higher price tag will be warranted.
StrongVPN round up my selection of Best VPN for Thailand.
If you’ve got time to shop around then it’s worth checking out the other providers first and StrongVPN.
StrongVPN is the only provider out of the 5 that don’t have a physical server inside Thailand so if you’re after optimal speed then they may be best off missed.
However, if you want to access websites that are blocked in Thailand or TV services from your home country such as the UK or USA then they’re definitely suitable. Servers are available in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong which are all near enough to give you good speeds and allow you to access blocked websites.
Countries such as the UK, USA and Australia also have VPN servers so you’ll be able to access TV and entertainment services.
If price is one of your biggest concerns then at $5.83 per month which is approximately £4.75 when taking a yearly package they’re one of the cheapest providers and well worth considering if you can live without a physical server in Thailand itself.
Best VPN for Thailand: Summary
I hope the above 5 suggestions have given you some food for thought and help you choose the Best VPN for Thailand.
My number one recommended provider for use in Thailand is certainly IPVanish and upon my recent trip there they didn’t let me down both in protecting my privacy and allowing me to access UK TV services.
If you have a lot of time on your hands then it’s worth taking a look at all 5 options because 1 provider may offer something more suitable for your own needs that the others don’t.
VPN uses for Thailand
Protect your privacy
When you’re accessing the internet in Thailand there is a good chance that what you do and say online can be monitored so using a VPN is critical if you don’t want to get yourself into trouble for what you do and say online.
Secure public Wi-Fi
When you connect to public Wi-Fi no matter where you are in the world there is a risk that your personal information can be accessed. Using a VPN in Thailand will allow you to secure your internet connection.
Access TV services from abroad
If you’re an expat in Thailand or on holiday there then you’ll be able to use the VPN service to access TV from your home country. UK expats can access BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, BT Sports and all the other UK services, the same is possible for other services for other countries.
Access blocked websites
A large selection of websites are inaccessible in Thailand directly. Using a VPN with a VPN server outside the country will allow you to access any website that is blocked.
VPN provider recap
If you need to take a look at the top 5 Best VPN for Thailand take a look again at the table below.
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