Public wifi networks are not always common throughout Asia, but most of our hotels offer internet either in-room, lobby kiosks, or both. Depending on location, fees vary from $0-$25USD per evening (tax included).
Pro Traveler Tip for Internet Connectivity
When traveling anywhere, purchasing a local SIM card with a prepaid data and voice plan for your cell phone is a cost-effective way to stay in touch.
This is a more involved process since each country follows different practices and regulations, so it is a good idea to research availability before you depart. For instance, Taiwanese regulations require visitors to show 2 pieces of identification (passport & driver's license will work) before a pre-paid SIM card can be sold. In Vietnam, it is relatively easy to buy a pre-paid SIM, but it's rare to find one in Japan.
There are also 3 criteria which must be met:
- You must have a GSM compatible phone (GSM is the netwok used by AT&T/T-mobile in the US or Rogers in Canada)
- Your phone must be carrier unlocked
- You will need to determine if and where a pre-paid SIM can be purchased
If connectivity is critical, but you do not want to spend the time to buy a SIM, another more convenient but more expensive option is to purchase a roaming wifi hotspot before departure. Some companies offer this service such as XCom Global.
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