Understanding the Thai Postal System
Thailand post was privatized in 2003, after being founded in 1883. The Thailand post, in addition to being the primary postal system in Thai, also handles financial services in addition to other telecommunications services. Thailand Post has over 3,000 post offices across the country, although rural areas are not as well served by the postal system as urban areas.
Below is more information on the Thai postal system.
Thai Postal System Is Efficient And Reliable
The Thai postal system is generally reliable and efficient. Thai Post’s offices are usually open from 8 in the morning until 4.30 in the afternoon during weekdays. Parcels and letters are usually sent on the same day, but only if you arrive more than an hour before the official closing time. On Saturdays, post offices don’t usually open, unless in some major urban centers.
On the other hand, post offices in rural areas might have few open hours due to low demand for postal services. The post offices are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
The Service Is Generally Slow, But Reliable
The Thai postal system is also considerably slow, although it is quite reliable. Domestic mail can take up to a week to arrive. However, you have the option of paying a little extra in order to use express mail services if you want your mail to arrive faster.
Obviously, international mail takes much longer, and you can wait for several weeks before you receive international mail if it is sent by ordinary mail.
A Wide Selection Of Services
Each post office in Thailand offers a wide range of services. These include the basic services such as ordinary mail, parcel delivery services and express mail service. Financial services, for instance, making money transfers are also offered at the post offices. The post offices also sell packaging for mail and parcels, for instance, envelopes, glue, labels and strings.
They even offer an area where you can package your items before sending them.
Make Sure Your Needs Are Understood By Post Office Staff
As a foreigner, you may have a harder time explaining to the post office staff what you want. However, make sure that you are clearly understood to avoid running into problems. For instance, make sure that they understand that you need to use an express mail service rather than ordinary mail when you are trying to send urgent mails.
Thais usually try to save face in public, which can make them agree to what you are explaining even if they do not understand in order to get out of an awkward situation. So, make sure the staff member actually understands you and is not just appearing agreeable to avoid feeling embarrassed.
You Can Also Use Other Postal Services Alternatives
If you do not want to use the local postal service you can also use other less widespread postal services such as DHL. Although these postal services will are not available in as many places as the Thai Post, they offer good quality services when sending international mail and parcels.
Instead of waiting for weeks for your international package to arrive through the Thai Post, you will most likely receive your package within a week.
The Thai postal system is quite efficient. Even though ordinary mail is slow, it is still possible to have faster mail delivery services by paying a little extra for express mail services. You should also make sure your mailing needs are properly understood to avoid mix ups since Thai people can try to avoid embarrassing conversations by pretending to understand what you want.
You can also use other postal systems such as DHL, although these are not as widespread as Thailand’s own Thailand Post.