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One of the fun aspects of traveling is sharing your new experiences with family and friends back home. Although smart phones allow you to do so, I still believe that there is something special about sending a postcard, which can be done at post offices, mail boxes and at certain hotel counters.

In this article, I’ll share general information about the Thai postal services, a tip on how to save on postage, as well as how to ask for directions to the post office, in Thai.

Opening Hours

Normal business hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. There is no lunch break. The opening hours for weekends and public holidays are 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. However, some post offices are closed on Sundays.

Note that most post offices located in touristic places, such as Patong Beach in Phuket, extend their business hours to accommodate foreign visitors.

A Thai post office from the outside.

During the New Year and Songkran, which falls between April 13th - 15th, every post office is closed, except at certain airports.

The opening hours for services such as money transfers and money orders vary at different post offices.


Inside a Thai post office.

Here you can learn more about the services offered at Thai post offices.

Letters, parcels and boxes can be sent via airmail and surface mail. Domestic mail takes about 1-5 days, while international airmail takes from 7 to 15 days. Give it more time around special holidays like Christmas and New Years.

If you want to get an idea of how much it would cost to mail your items, follow this link to check the postage rates.

The postage for a normal size postcard to any country in the world is 15 baht. However, if your postcards are larger, it’s a good idea to have them weighed at the post office. The cost of a stamp for a small letter within Thailand is 3 baht.

Small Package is an economy service for items up to 2 kilos via airmail. You can tie the box with a string, which must be easily untied, but you are not allowed to use tape. In addition, a customs declaration form needs to be filled out.

Note that small packages are delivered as low priority mail and the delivery time may be over a month.

It's worth the extra charge to have your letter or parcel registered. That way, it's possible to trace it if it's delayed or lost.

For security reasons, since April 2016, you need to show your passport when sending parcels and boxes, regardless of the destination.

Collectible stamps in Thailand featuring khon masks.
Collectible khon mask stamps

Other than offering traditional postal services, the Thai post offices also provide services such as Pay@post, financial services, ticket reservations and mail box rentals. They also sell collectible stamps.

Instant money transfers (domestic and international) are available through Western Union.

Local Food from around Thailand can be ordered at most post offices.

Asking For Directions To The Post Office

It's helpful to know the word post office in Thai, especially when you travel in rural areas. Thais call post office prai-sa-nee.

Here are some tips on how to pronounce and remember this word. Prai rhymes with "rye", sa sounds like the first syllable in "sashimi" and nee is pronounced like "knee".

To ask where the post office is, say:

prai-sa-nee yoo nai?

The literal meaning of the question is, post office is where?

If you would like to be polite, simply add one of the following words at the end of the sentence:

Kha (for female speakers) and krap ( for male speakers).

More polite versions of the question would be:

Prai-sa-nee yoo nai kha? (for female speakers).

Prai-sa-nee yoo nai krap? (for male speakers).

These sentences will help you find the post office quickly.

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