We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Any concerns about using a VPN?

Wisconsin
Level Contributor
153 posts
Any concerns about using a VPN?

I was considering using a VPN for acessing the internet while in Thailand.

Does that present any legal concerns? Is that a problem? I understand that the internet is regulated in Thailand, and I don't want to run afoul of anyone or send up unnecessay red flags.

I'm not planning to do anything nefarious at all, but worried that just the use of a VPN is problematic.

13 replies to this topic
Berlin/Bangkok
Destination Expert
for Bangkok, Berlin, Thailand
Level Contributor
21,072 posts
33 reviews
55 helpful votes
1. Re: Any concerns about using a VPN?

There’s nothing illegal about using a VPN in Thailand. In fact many use one not just for getting around websites blocked by the government censors, but for accessing sensitive sites like online banking when using insecure hotel wifi networks.

Bangkok, Thailand
Level Contributor
6,740 posts
27 reviews
15 helpful votes
2. Re: Any concerns about using a VPN?

As far as I know VPNs are prohibited.

Wisconsin
Level Contributor
153 posts
3. Re: Any concerns about using a VPN?

Well, that's a pretty Stark difference of opinion! Anyone else have further insight?

Wisconsin
Level Contributor
153 posts
4. Re: Any concerns about using a VPN?

Also, for what it's worth, I'm not trying to get around any government censorship.

Torre del Mar, Spain
Level Contributor
3,049 posts
38 reviews
60 helpful votes
5. Re: Any concerns about using a VPN?

Britain's Daily Mail and a number of sites are banned in Thailand. I use a VPN while in Bangkok without any problem.

Bangkok, Thailand
Level Contributor
494 posts
6. Re: Any concerns about using a VPN?

"Legality of VPN in Thailand. The computer crime act does not prohibit it but under certain sections it is indirectly covered and that is if it is used to bypass government blocks or for illegal activity it is illegal in that the activity is illegal but the technology is not" https:/…

Post #1 is correct

Edited: 11:02 am, June 28, 2018
Berlin/Bangkok
Destination Expert
for Bangkok, Berlin, Thailand
Level Contributor
21,072 posts
33 reviews
55 helpful votes
7. Re: Any concerns about using a VPN?

Once you’re on a VPN, your traffic is encrypted and no one’s going to know whether you’re reading the Daily Mail (horrors!), watching a factual TV report about the king, or just paying your bills.

New York City, New...
3 posts
8. Re: Any concerns about using a VPN?

Been using 2-3 different VPNs since I've been here, no probs!

Prachuap Khiri...
Level Contributor
9,455 posts
91 reviews
50 helpful votes
9. Re: Any concerns about using a VPN?

Use and no probs

Greater London...
Level Contributor
1,621 posts
40 reviews
20 helpful votes
10. Re: Any concerns about using a VPN?

>>>Once you’re on a VPN, your traffic is encrypted and no one’s going to know whether you’re reading the Daily Mail (horrors!), watching a factual TV report about the king, or just paying your bills.<<<

Absolutely agree.

Reply to: Any concerns about using a VPN?
Get notified by e-mail when a reply is posted