Bangkok free wi-fi spots
Siam Discovery Centre
Siam Square area.
Not Siam Centre, but Siam Discovery Centre - these are two different shopping centres so make sure you are in the right one! This was perhaps the first well-known free wi-fi spot in Bangkok. It is broadcast out of the Apple shop on the 4th floor of the shopping centre, just a few metres away from the Starbucks branch there making it a great spot to get a coffee, read the newspapers that Starbucks provide and surf the net. This connection varies wildly in speed, from very fast to very slow. My experience here has not been good due to slow speeds and at a guess, I'd say that is because everyone knows this spot!
The World Trade Centre
Mammoth Shopping Centre on Rajadamri Road, diagonally opposite Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel.
On the 6th floor of the World Trade Centre is TK Park, which I believe stands for Thai Knowledge Park. This is a project run by the government to provide reasonably priced internet access to the Thai public. I'm not sure if this hot spot is supposed to be open or not, but free internet is available there - just look in any store where they sell laptops and you'll see the staff connected and surfing away. I guess that's why service in some of these stores is so poor!
I have found the signal there to be strong and the speeds VERY fast. The best signal will be had on floors 5 or 6, but even on the ground floor you can sometimes capture the signal!
Bourbon Street Bar And Restaurant
In Washington Square which is on Sukhumvit Road Soi 22.
Wi-fi in Bourbon Street is not free per se. You have to pay a one time only 100 baht fee which gets you a login name and password which you can then use until your heart's content.
Sukhumvit Road Soi 22, about 200 metres up into the soi.
Larry's Dive is located on Sukhumvit Soi 22 and is another spot where wi-fi is provided completely free to customers.
Corner Sukhumvit Road and Sukhumvit Road Soi 33.
This popular British style pub has free wi-fi. You have to ask the staff for the password details. They clearly advertise this at the entrance but again, I have yet to try it myself.
The Irish Xchange
Soi Convent, just past Starbucks.
This pleasant Irish pub on Soi Convent used to charge for wi-fi but now it is free, or so I am told. Again, I have yet to try it out myself.
Ronny's New York Pizza
Sukhumvit Soi 4.
Located on the infamous Sukhumvit soi 4, that is soi Nana, opposite the Brunswick, the free wi-fi is available for customers from midday until 2 AM.
Starbucks branches have KSC wi-fi hotspots which are commercial and charge for wi-fi use, but if you are a post-paid DTAC mobile phone user then you are able to get an hour free use. To use it, you turn on the PC and when it finds the network it displays a webpage to sign on. Click on the DTAC symbol, enter your DTAC mobile number and a password will be sent to your phone by SMS. Enter the password and you get one hour for free. It does cut out after one hour, but you just go through the log on process again for another hour. Hmmm, this just might be the clincher to get me to convert to DTAC!
Update: DTAC have announced this deal will finish on August 4th and there is little doubt in my mind that this was because it had become very popular. Some people even went out and got the appropriate DTAC package so they could take advantage of the deal.
I have also been informed that Starbucks on the corner of soi 33 has an open wi-fi connection available to anyone.
You can't miss it!
There are a heap of wi-fi connections at the airport but most of them require a username and password. There may be a few open connections but the only confirmed one is the True wi-fi access in the Thai Airlines business class / gold class lounge in Terminal 1. My feeling is that there are likely more, but this needs to be confirmed.
Sukhumvit Soi 20.
Located about 250 metres from Sukhumvit Road, this pleasant spot has an art gallery and great vegetarian food.
Omni Tower Serviced Apartments
Sukhumvit Soi 4.
Free wi-fi is offered in the lobby area.
Silom Road, near Sala Daeng BTS.
Another cafe to add to what will soon no doubt be a very long list of cafes and coffee shops with wi-fi.
Somerset Building, Soi Tonson, just off Ploenchit Road.
The "sister venue" and more upmarket version of Bourbon Street.
Sukhumvit Soi 38.
A restaurant with free wi-fi access.
Silom Soi 4.
Be aware that most of the venues in Silom soi 4 cater to gays and alternative lifestyle folks so if that is not your thing, you might want to go to one of the other establishment with a free wi-fi hot spot in the immediate area. Still, this soi can be a bit of a laugh if you're open-minded and don't have any hang ups.
Hu'u Bar And Restaurant
The Ascot, Sathorn Road.
A nice, somewhat upmarket venue. Mrs. Stick swears the food there is great but to be honest, I have only been to the establishment on the ground floor and not Hu'u, which is up a few floors.
Sukhumvit 1 Plaza
Sukhumvit Soi 1, funnily enough...
The newest farang bar area in Bangkok is the first to get wi-fi. The hot spot was originally available to users in Revolution Bar but I believe it is now open for all punters who venture there. Any questions, pop in and see the staff in Revolution Bar and they'll help you.
WearEver Laundromat & Lounge
Between Samsen Road Sois 1 and 3.
Located just over the bridge north of Khao San Road, Wi-Fi is free for customers using their coin-operated washers and dryer or for those just dropping in for a drink.
Sukhumvit Soi 4.
The new disco / restaurant / nightclub on Sukhumvit's busy soi 4 has free wi-fi available. Signal strength has been described as so so but should improve when they change the position of the router. There are quite a few places in Sukhumvit Soi 4 with free wi-fi access now.
Petchburi Soi 43/1.
Inside Soi 43/1 on Petchaburi Road (between Asoke / Petchaburi intersection and Makkasan / Petchaburi intersection) in a village called Miami Villa. This store is a mini-mart and an internet cafe open 24 hours per day. Owned and managed by a Canadian and his Thai wife. Tables outside the store or inside the store and a large area of the village is covered by a wireless network (speed 512/256 ADSL).
Near Nana skytrain station.
Free wi-fi access operates in the lobby area and is available on that small patio outside where one could have a cup of coffee or tea and check email and surf the net.
Tarntawan Place Hotel
Located opposite the Tawana Ramada Hotel, you can enjoy a cool drink in their lobby or lunch in their restaurant and surf until your heart's content.
Free wi-fi is offered in the lobby are and in the lobby bar.
McBen Coffee Shop
Sukhumvit Soi 8.
Free wi-fi in this coffee house, as there should be in every coffee house! Serves excellent coffee, also food and other drinks (including beer at 60 baht). There is a separate air-con smoking lounge for smokers. The broadband speed is 1mbs!
Near Silom Soi 4
This area, and thus this spot, is mostly gay, so it is largely home to a mixed Thai, heterosexual and farang crowd. Wi-Fi is free and fairly fast, coffee is good, they also have reasonable 'Western' style food and deserts. Best of all, it is open 24 hours.
Bug And Bee
Near Silom Soi 4
Food, staff and clientele are more varied than at Coffee Society, the listing immediately above, but their Wi-Fi connection is less reliable and slower.
Sukhumvit Road, near Soi 33/1
Apparently this bar has free Wi-Fi access for customers - however, no one seems to be able to get it to work! Incidentally, in the same place one is often able to get a network called Apple_Network_08 which is completely open though how long it will be available, who knows?
Siam Smile Bar
Sukhumvit Soi 7/1
Siam Smile Bar is the first in this fast growing alley of interesting bars. How you could manage to surf the internet successfully with so many lovelies there defies me!