Thailand post tracking: The lowdown
Hey, y’all! Since we arrived in Thailand a couple of weeks ago, we’ve had a fair bit of admin to post and we’ve been back and forth to plenty of Thailand post offices; such is digital nomad life. Using a new postal system can be a right pain so we thought we’d do a guide on the Thailand post service and Thailand post tracking for anyone wanting to post a letter or parcel from Thailand. Check out the best deals on accommodation in Thailand by clicking here.
How to find Thailand post offices
Just like in the UK there are plenty of Thailand post offices (around 3000 in total). We used one in Bangkok, which is located at
1110/1 Thanon Phran Nok, Khwaeng Ban Chang Lo, Khet, Bangkok Noi, Krung Thep, Maya Nakhon 10700
Opening hours are 8-8 mon-fri and 9am-midday on weekends.
There is also a main post office on Thanon Charoen Krun also open 8-8 weekdays and 8.30-1 Saturdays, and another post office next to Saphan Kwai BTS station which is helpful for people getting around by the sky train.
If you’re in Chiang Mai, the main post office is 402 Chanachareon Road, Watke. Telephone: (053) 248 719
If you need to find another post office in Bangkok click this link to see them on Google Maps or click here to use the Thai Post Office website to find one anywhere in Thailand.
Thailand post tracking
There are three main options for Thailand post tracking.
- The first is to use EMS Thailand, (Express Mail Service), an independent service which most westerners use. Parcels have to be maximum of 30kg not more than 1.5 metres high, wide or deep.
You can also choose to insure your parcel and pay taxes/duties in advance if you need to do this.
EMS Thailand telephone number: (+662) 831 3600
To trace your EMS Thailand parcel enter your tracking number in the box in this link (click here).
The downside to EMS Thailand is that it is super pricey, and after using the normal Thai mail with no problems I would recommend just using the standard Thai post tracking service. An envelope sent to the USA will cost around 1400 baht (thats around £35!) Comparably using Thai post it will cost around 165 baht (around £4). Which brings me to our preferred option:
2. Thai postal service (THP)
This is how we sent our letters. At the Thailand post offices you can choose to send your letter or parcel tracked with a signature from the recipient. Paper, boxes, tape and string are available from the post offices.
Click here to estimate how much sending your parcel or letter will cost and to find a post office near you.
3. International courier services.
The standard international courier services operate in Thailand as they do in most other countries. Click on each option below for more details and to estimate postage costs:
Using a post office as your address in Thailand
Many post offices offer a service called ‘on-hold’, like an unofficial PO Box where they hold your post for you (for a fee per item). The post is sent with the Thailand post office branch address plus your surname. In order to collect your post you will need to take your passport as ID. The maximum length of time post can be held before it is returned to sender is 2 months and some Thailand post offices will only keep post for 1-2 weeks, so check before you arrange for post to be sent this way.
If you need to find a postcode in Thailand click here to use this online postcode finder.
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