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Southeast Asia: 15 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2023)

Southeast Asia – known for its tropical climate, beaches & fantastic food.

The region is also home to many (fabulous and stunning) temples, palaces & islands.

Southeast Asia is a popular destination for backpackers because it is one of the most affordable travel regions out there.

But not just backpackers love the region, but Digital Nomads and regular travelers also adore it.

There is a lot to do and see in Southeast Asia – there are dedicated blogs that focus on particular countries – heck, even specific cities – because the number of activities is sky high.

So I will not even try to summarize the best things to do in Southeast Asia.

But I can tell you is that you are looking for affordable ways to stay connected when in Southeast Asia.

Else you would not have clicked on this guide 😏.

But as you probably know, international roaming can be expensive – also in Southeast Asia.

That is why you should get a local SIM card or eSIM per Southeast Asian nation you visit to save the most money.

And unlike in North America and the Caribbean, you can get SIM cards for just 1 USD or 2 USD – aka pocket change.

Moreover, the cost of mobile data is low in Southeast Asia too.

So, what are your options in Southeast Asia? Which SIM card is the best? How much do they cost? And what plans are available?

This guide will answer all these questions for every individual Southeast Asian country.

Yes, this is the ultimate guide to buying a SIM card in Southeast Asia. Let's do this.

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Buying a SIM Card in Southeast Asia Guide (logos of Telkomsel, Metfone, Viettel Mobile, MobiFone, DST, Unitel, AIS, Dtac, Smart, TrueMove H, Singtel, Globe, Telemor & Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison)

Original publication: 13th of October 2019. Last updated: 24th of October 2022.


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Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Southeast Asia

With 11 different countries in Southeast Asia, it can be a challenge to summaize which SIM card is the best for a particular country.

However, I will try my best. Which SIM cards are the best in Southeast Asia?

In Brunei, DST. Choose Metfone or Smart (KH) in Cambodia. Stick with Telkomsel in Indonesia. For Malaysia, Digi or Celcom. Myanmar – MPT or Mytel. In the Philippines, go with Smart (PH). Choose Singtel in Singapore, AIS in Thailand & Telemor in Timor-Leste. In Vietnam, stick with Viettel Mobile or Vinaphone.

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Quite an impressive summary, right? In just 310 characters 😎.

For your convenience, here is a table of the best SIM cards in all Southeast countries:

CountryRecommended SIM Card(s)
BruneiDST Brunei
CambodiaMetfone & Smart Cambodia
IndonesiaTelkomsel
LaosUnitel Laos
MalaysiaCelcom Malaysia & Digi Malaysia
MyanmarMPT & Mytel
PhilippinesSmart Philippines
SingaporeSingtel
ThailandAIS
Timor-LesteTelemor
VietnamViettel Mobile & Vinaphone

Why are the mobile operators mentioned above the best in the stated countries?

You will have to read along to find out 😏.

SIM Card Prices in Southeast Asia

Now you know which mobile operators are the best in South America.

But how much to SIM cards cost in this region?

It is hard to say because various currencies are used throughout South America.

But I will give it a try:

You can get a Southeast Asian SIM card for free (!) or from 5000 IDR (Indonesia – 0.34 USD) to 60 SGD (Singapore – 42.81 USD). However, you will often spend around 2.30 USD per SIM per country (but the average is 5.38 USD). Tourist SIM cards are available too, with an average price of 12.30 USD.

IDR? SGD? USD? What do those symbols mean?

Well, you probably know USD stands for US Dollar (and if you did not, then I am angry at you 😡 – just kidding 💸).

But IDR and SGD are just the ISO 4217 symbols for the currencies used in Indonesia (Indonesian Rupiah) and Singapore (Singapore DOllar).

So, why not convert everything into US Dollars/Euros/(British) Pound Sterling/insert your currency here?

Currencies fluctuate every day – even every 15 minutes. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to keep track of all currency changes.

Instead, I want to keep track of SIM card offerings worldwide 🤓.

Worry not, Wise has a nifty tool keeping track of currencies worldwide in real-time.

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With that out of the way, let's see how much SIM cards cost throughout Southeast Asia:

By the way: mobile operators marked in bold are the recommended mobile operators for said country

Table is coming soon.

Best eSIMs in Southeast Asia

Some mobile operators in Southeast Asia offer eSIMs to prepaid customers. However, most have no eSIMs at all, while some offer them only to postpaid customers.

These Southeast Asian mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers:

  • Brunei: N/A
  • Cambodia: Metfone, Smart Cambodia & Cellcard Cambodia
  • Indonesia: Smarfren
  • Laos: Unitel Laos & Lao Telecom (LaoTel)
  • Malaysia: Digi Malaysia, U Mobile Malaysia, speakOUT Malaysia, Tune Talk & Yoodo
  • Myanmar (Burma): N/A
  • Philippines: Smart Philippines
  • Singapore: N/A
  • Thailand: AIS Thailand, TrueMove H & Dtac Thailand
  • Timor-Leste (East Timor): N/A
  • Vietnam: Viettel Mobile & Mobifone

In all Southeast Asians nations with eSIMs offered to prepaid customers, except for the Philippines, SIM card registration is mandated by law.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Southeast Asia without personal detail capturing, you can get eSIMs from Airalo (most affordable), Holafly (unlimited data in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand & Vietnam), or Nomad (automatic network switching).

This way, you can avoid the bureaucratic hassle of obtaining a SIM card or eSIM and just purchase an eSIM on an app.

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Southeast Asia

There are travel or international SIM cards covering individual countries of Southeast Asia or multiple ones.

Unfortunately, not all countries are covered (unless you go for SIM cards costing 50 USD, giving you 10 MB for Timor-Leste, for example 🙄).

I recommend SimCorner's travel SIM cards.

It has ten country-specific travel SIM cards for the following Southeast Asian countries:

Singapore Travel SIM Card (12 GB for 30 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner
Thailand Travel SIM Card SimCorner

You can also consider SimCorner's Asia Travel SIM cards (6 GB/8 days 1 & 6 GB/15 days 2) to be used in most Southeast Asian countries and various other Asian countries.

1 not in Thailand & Timor-Leste (East Timor)
2 not in Timor-Leste and only 500 MB in Thailand (get one of the Thailand travel SIM cards instead for a more generous data allowance)

Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 8 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner
Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 15 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner

VoLTE & VoWiFi in Southeast Asia

VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) is available in Southeast Asia, and it is offered by many mobile operators – so is VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling).

Below is a list of Southeast Asian countries with VoLTE and VoWiFi, and which mobile operator offers the features:

CountryVoLTE & VoWiFiVoLTE OnlyVoWiFi Only
BruneiN/AN/AN/A
CambodiaSmart CambodiaMetfoneN/A
IndonesiaTelkomselIM3 Ooredoo (soon Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison), XL Axiata & SmartfrenN/A
LaosN/ALao Telecom (LaoTel)N/A
MalaysiaHotlink by Maxis, Digi Malaysia, Celcom Malaysia & U Mobile MalaysiaYes MalaysiaN/A
MyanmarN/AMPT Myanmar, ATOM (formerly Telenor Myanmar), Ooredoo Myanmar & Myyel MyanmarN/A
PhilippinesSmart Philippines, Globe Philippines & TNT PhilippinesDito TelecommunityN/A
SingaporeSingtel, StarHub, M1 Singapore 1SIMBA Telecom (formerly TPG Singapore)N/A
ThailandAIS Thailand 1, TrueMove H & DtacN/AN/A
Timor-LesteN/AN/AN/A
VietnamViettel Mobile & VinaPhoneN/AMobiFone Vietnam

1 Voice over New Radio (VoNR – Voice over 5G (NR)) is supported too (very new – VoLTE is not even widely available worldwide). However, it is only available on the AIS Thailand and Singtel networks as a prepaid customer (for Singtel, only one prepaid plan is 5G NR eligible)

5G NR in Southeast Asia

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Indonesia since August 2018 (for the 2018 Asian Games only). The other countries launched and are still launching 5G NR to this date.

Southeast Asian Prepaid SIM Cards

I will be covering 11 countries in this guide.

While I would love it if you read this whole guide, it has more than 13k words.

Moreover, you may not even visit all these countries, so I do not blame you for just wanting to focus on the country you will go to.

Therefore, I created this index so that you can jump to the country you are interested in (instead of having to scroll for ages).

If you are done reading about a country and want to read another one (let's say from Brunei to Singapore), you can easily do so by jumping back to the index.

There will be a Jump back to the Index button at the end of each country section.

  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste (East Timor)
  • Vietnam

In this guide, I will:

  • introduce you to the mobile operators in each country
  • give my SIM card recommendation(s) for each country
  • give you eSIM recommendations
  • show you the coverage map(s) of the recommended mobile operator(s)
  • tell you how much SIM cards cost and where to get them
  • explain where to get top-up vouchers, how to top-up & how to check your balance
  • give you the recommended plan(s) by the recommended mobile operator(s)
  • provide a short recap of what you need to know about SIM cards in the country

With that being said, let's see what Southeast Asia has to offer to us.


Brunei Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Brunei

In Brunei, you have three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • DST Brunei
  • Progresif
  • Imagine Brunei
Buying a SIM Card in Brunei Guide (logos of DST, Progresif & Imagine)

Recommended Prepaid SIM Card(s) in Brunei

I recommend going with DST Brunei. DST Brunei has the best coverage and the fastest speeds. Progresif is slightly cheaper than DST Brunei while having extensive coverage and fast speed.

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Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Brunei

You can get a Bruneian SIM card for 8 BND (5.70 USD) from Imagine Brunei and 10 BND (7.20 USD) from DST Brunei and Progresif. DST Brunei and Progresif also sell tourists SIM cards for 15 BND (10.70 USD). SIM cards are also sold at Brunei International Airport (BIA).

For up-to-date BND:your currency (let's say MYR) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Recommended eSIMs in Brunei

No mobile operator in Brunei offers eSIMs (to prepaid customers) yet.

Note that the Bruneian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for (future) eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Brunei without personal detail capturing, you can get the Brunei (Muara Mobile) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers & 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Brunei Muara Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above and below will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Consider Holafly's Brunei eSIM for more data upfront (6 GB/15 days).

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For an in-depth analysis of eSIMs in Brunei (covering prices, discounts & pros + cons), check out my Brunei eSIMs Compared guide.

Buying an eSIM for Brunei Guide (logos of Airalo, Nomad & Muaru Mobile)
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Coverage Maps of the Recommended Mobile Operators in Brunei

Below are DST Brunei and Progresif's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see Imagine Brunei's coverage map, head to my Brunei SIM Card Buying Guide.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Brunei

DST Brunei and Progresif top-up vouchers are sold in DST Brunei stores and Progresif stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your DST Brunei SIM card, dial *103*VoucherCode#.

DST Brunei SIM Card
© DST Brunei

For Progresif, dial *177#, select option 1 and enter your VoucherCode.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *102# with DST. For Progresif, dial *179# or *177# and select option 3.

Recommended Prepaid Plans in Brunei

DST Brunei has four data-featured plans, but the Easi Data Addons are recommended.

They are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Easi Data Addons are available, which can be activated by dialing *133#:

PriceDataValidity
3 BND1 GB1 day
5 BND2 GB3 days
10 BND3 GB30 days
10 BND5 GB7 days
13 BND6 GB30 days
20 BND8 GB30 days
20 BND10 GB7 days
40 BND15 GB30 days
60 BND25 GB30 days
DST Brunei Easi Data Addons

Progresif has six data-featured plans, but the Data Add-Ons are recommended (which can be combined with the Talk N' Text Add-Ons for minutes and SMS).

They are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Data Add-Ons are available, which can be activated on the Progresif Care+ app:

PriceDataBonus Data 1Validity
3 BND1 GBN/A3 days
4 BND1.2 GBN/A30 days
7 BND2 GBN/A30 days
8 BND3 GB300 MB3 days
17 BND7 GB1.1 GB30 days
15 BND6 GB800 MB7 days
20 BND10 GB1.1 GB7 days
21 BND9 GB1.4 GB30 days
30 BND13 GB1.7 GB30 days
Progresif Brunei Plans
© Progresif

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Brunei

  • Both DST Brunei and Progresif are recommended
  • Bruneian SIM cards are available for 8 BND (Imagine Brunei) and 10 BND (DST Brunei & Progresif)
    • Tourist SIM cards are sold for 15 BND (DST Brunei & Progresif)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Brunei International Airport (BIA)
  • Topping up can be done in DST Brunei and Progresif stores and through top-up partners
  • DST Brunei's Easi Data Addons range from 3 BND to 60 BND. Progresif's Data Add-Ons range from 3 BND to 30 BND
  • Read my Brunei SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Bruneian SIM cards

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Cambodia Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Cambodia

In Cambodia, you have three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Metfone
  • Smart Cambodia
  • Cellcard
Buying a SIM Card in Cambodia Guide (logos of Metfone, Smart & Cellcard)

Recommended Prepaid SIM Card(s) in Cambodia

I recommend going with Metfone or Smart Cambodia. Metfone has the best overall coverage, but Smart Cambodia has the best 4G/LTE availability. Smart Cambodia also has the fastest speeds.

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Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Cambodia

You can get a Cambodian SIM card for 1 USD or 2 USD from Metfone, Smart Cambodia & Cellcard Cambodia in their stores. Smart Cambodia and Cellcard Cambodia also have tourist SIM cards for 5 USD and 6 USD, respectively. SIM cards are also sold at Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) and Siem Reap International Airport (REP).

For up-to-date KHR/USD:your currency (let's say VND – Vietnamese Dong) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

10 US Dollar Note
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Recommended eSIMs in Cambodia

Metfone, Smart Cambodia & Cellcard Cambodia offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

Note that the Cambodian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Cambodia without personal detail capturing, you can get the Cambodia (Connect Cambodia) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers & 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Cambodia Connect Cambodia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above and below will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or Cambodia eSIMs from Nomad (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Cambodia eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and as getting 3 USD off!

Finally, you can also get Cambodia eSIMs from Holafly (8 GB/30 days).

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No unlimited data for Cambodia (yet)

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For an in-depth analysis of eSIMs in Cambodia (covering prices, discounts & pros + cons), check out my Cambodia eSIMs Compared guide.

Buying an eSIM for Cambodia Guide (logos of Airalo, Holafly, Nomad, Metfone, Smart, Cellcard & Connect Cambodia)
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Coverage Maps of the Recommended Mobile Operators in Cambodia

Below are Metfone and Smart Cambobia's coverage maps produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see Cellcard Cambodia's coverage map, head to my Cambodia SIM Card Buying Guide.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Cambodia

Metfone and Smart Cambodia top-up vouchers are sold in Metfone stores and Smart Cambodia stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Metfone SIM card, dial *1203*VoucherCode# or call 1529, select option 1, and enter the VoucherCode#.

For Smart Cambodia, dial *888*VoucherCode# or *1203*VoucherCode#.

Smart Cambodia Top-Up Cards
© Smart Cambodia

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *1201# with Metfone. For Smart Cambodia, dial *888#.

Recommended Prepaid Plans in Cambodia

Metfone has five data-featured plans, but the Limited Plans are recommended.

They are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Limited Plans are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
0.10 USDMID100 MB1 day*1522*1*1#
1 USDMI1700 MB30 days*1522*1#
1 USDMI4E11500 MBNo expiry*1522*41#
1 USDMIW4 GB 17 days*1522*1*71#
2 USDMI21.5 GB30 days*1522*2#
2 USDMI4E23500 MBNo expiry*1522*42#
3 USDMI34 GB30 days*1522*1*3#
5 USDMI57 GB30 days*1522*5#
10 USDMI1015 GB30 days*1522*105#
20 USDMI2030 GB30 days*1522*20#

1 +399 on-net minutes & 399 on-net SMS

Metfone Cambodia Limited Plans

Cellcard Cambodia has seven data-featured plans, but the SurfLikeCrazy Plans are recommended.

The following SurfLikeCrazy Plans are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
0.10 USD100 MB1 day*1700*087*10#
0.25 USD250 MB1 day*1700*087*25#
1 USD500 MB30 days*1700*087*101#
1 USD1 GB1 day*1700*087*101#
3 USD2 GB30 days*1700*087*300#
5 USD4 GB30 days*1700*087*500#
10 USD8.5 GB30 days*1700*087*1000#
15 USD13 GB30 days*087*1500#
25 USD25 GB30 days*1700*087*2500#
Smart Cambodia SurfLikeCrazy

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Cambodia

  • Both Metfone and Smart Cambodia are recommended
  • Cambodian SIM cards are available for 1 USD or 2 USD (Metfone, Smart Cambodia & Cellcard Cambodia)
    • Tourist SIM cards are sold for 5 USD (Smart Cambodia) and 6 USD (Cellcard Cambodia)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) and Siem Reap International Airport (REP)
  • Topping up can be done in Metfone and Smart Cambodia stores and through top-up partners
  • Metfone's Limited Plans (data) range from 0.10 USD to 20 USD. Smart Cambodia's SurfLikeCrazy Plans (data) range from 0.10 USD to 25 USD
  • Read my Cambodia SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Cambodian SIM cards

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Indonesia Prepaid SIM Cards

Flag of Indonesia

In Indonesia, you have four mobile operators offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • Telkomsel
  • IM3 Ooredoo (soon Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison)
  • XL Axiata
  • Smartfren
Buying a SIM Card in Indonesia Guide (logos of Telkomsel, Smartfren, Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison & XL Axiata)

Recommended Prepaid SIM Card(s) in Indonesia

I recommend going with Telkomsel. It is the fastest and has the best nationwide coverage, but it is the most expensive (but still affordable to most travelers). Consider IM3 Ooredoo (soon Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison) if costs are an issue.

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Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Indonesia

You can get an Indonesian SIM card for 5000 IDR (0.30 USD) from Telkomsel and IM3 Ooredoo (soon Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison), between 21 000 IDR (0.65 USD) to 68 000 IDR (4.50 USD) from XL Axiata & between 16 000 IDR (1 USD) to 100 000 IDR (6.65 USD) from Smartfren in their stores. SIM cards are also sold at various airports, including (Jakarta) Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK).

For up-to-date IDR:your currency (let's say SGD – Singapore Dollar) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

5000 Indonesian Rupiah Bank Note
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Recommended eSIMs in Indonesia

Smartfren offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

Note that the Indonesian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Indonesia without personal detail capturing, you can get the Indonesia (Indotel) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers & 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Indonesia Indotel eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above and below will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or Indonesia eSIMs from Nomad (1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/30 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Indonesia eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and as getting 3 USD off!

Finally, you can get Indonesia eSIMs from Holafly if you prefer unlimited data plans and do not mind paying a bit more for this advantage (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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For an in-depth analysis of eSIMs in Indonesia (covering prices, discounts & pros + cons), check out my Indonesia eSIMs Compared guide.

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Coverage Maps of the Recommended Mobile Operators in Indonesia

Below are Telkomsel and Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison's (formerly IM3 Ooredoo & Tri (3) Indonesia) coverage maps produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Indonesia SIM Card Buying Guide.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Indonesia

Telkomsel and Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (formerly IM3 Ooredoo & Tri (3) Indonesia) top-up vouchers are sold in Telkomsel stores and Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Telkomsel SIM card, redeem the voucher on the MyTelkomsel app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

Telkomsel Indonesia MyTelkomsel App
© Telkomsel

For Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, dial *556*VoucherCode#.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *101# with Telkomsel. For Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, dial *123#.

Recommended Prepaid Plans in Indonesia

Telkomsel has eight data-featured plans, but the Ketengan Utama (Main) Packages are recommended.

They are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Ketengan Utama (Main) Packages are available, which can be activated by dialing *363#:

PriceDataValidity
4000 IDR500 MB1 day
12 500 IDR500 MB3 days
13 200 IDR3 GB1 day
16 200 IDR1 GB3 days
17 000 IDR6 GB1 day
21 700 IDR500 MB7 days
27 200 IDR1 GB7 days
22 200 IDR2 GB3 days
27 200 IDR3 GB3 days
34 200 IDR2 GB7 days
37 200 IDR7 GB3 days
39 200 IDR3 GB7 days
47 200 IDR15 GB3 days
48 200 IDR5 GB7 days
55 000 IDR22 GB3 days
58 200 IDR15 GB7 days
77 200 IDR40 GB7 days
Telkomsel Indonesia Ketengan Utama Packages

Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (formerly IM3 Ooredoo & Tri (3) Indonesia) has seven data-featured plans, but the Freedom Combo Packages are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access) and minutes.

The following Freedom Combo Packages are available, which can be activated by dialing *123#:

PriceDataNighttime DataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesValidity
27 500 IDR3 GB1 GB“unlimited” (5000 minutes)5 minutes30 days
31 000 IDR4 GB2 GB“unlimited” (5000 minutes)5 minutes30 days
42 000 IDR7 GB3 GB“unlimited” (5000 minutes)10 minutes30 days
55 000 IDR12 GB4 GB“unlimited” (5000 minutes)15 minutes30 days
64 000 IDR15 GB5 GB“unlimited” (5000 minutes)15 minutes30 days
86 000 IDR23 GB7 GB“unlimited” (5000 minutes)20 minutes30 days
108 000 IDR30 GB10 GB“unlimited” (5000 minutes)30 minutes30 days
164 000 IDR45 GB15 GB“unlimited” (5000 minutes)30 minutes30 days
218 000 IDR45 GB15 GB“unlimited” (5000 minutes)30 minutes90 days

1 for between 1:00 and 6:00
2 also to Tri phone numbers

IM3 Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison Indonesia Freedom Combo Packages

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Indonesia

  • Both Telkomsel and Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison (formerly IM3 Ooredoo & Tri (3) Indonesia) are recommended
  • Indonesian SIM cards are available for between 5000 IDR and 100 000 IDR
    • Tourist SIM cards are sold for 75 000 IDR and 110 000 IDR (Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison), 100 000 IDR and 200 000 IDR (Smartfren) & 109 000 IDR (Telkomsel)
  • SIM cards are also sold at (Denpasar (Bali)) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), (Jakarta) Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), (Surabaya (East Java) Juanda International Airport (SUB) & (Yogyakarta) Adisutjipto/Adisucipto Airport (JOG)
  • Topping up can be done in Telkomsel and Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison stores and through top-up partners
  • Telkomsel's Ketengan Utama (Main) Packages (data) range from 4000 IDR to 77 200 IDR. Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison's Freedom Combo Packages (combo) range from 27 500 IDR to 218 000 IDR
  • Read my Indonesia SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Indonesian SIM cards

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Laos Prepaid SIM Cards

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In Laos, you have four mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Unitel Laos
  • Lao Telecom (LaoTel)
  • TPlus Laos (formerly Beeline Laos)
  • ETL Laos
Buying a SIM Card in Laos Guide (logos of Unitel, Lao Telecom, ETL & TPlus)

Recommended Prepaid SIM Card(s) in Laos

I recommend going with Unitel Laos. It has the best coverage and the fastest speeds.

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Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Laos

You can get a Lao SIM card for 10 000 LAK (0.65 USD) from Unitel Laos, Lao Telecom (LaoTel), TPlus Laos (formerly Beeline) & ETL Laos in their stores. Lao Telecom has tourist SIM cards for 15 000 LAK (1 USD) and 25 000 LAK (1.60 USD). SIM cards are also sold at Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) and Vientiane-Wattay International Airport (VTE).

For up-to-date LAK:your currency (let's say THB – Thai Baht) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

100 000 Lao Kip Bank Note
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Recommended eSIMs in Laos

Unitel Laos and Lao Telecom (LaoTel) offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

Note that the Laos mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Laos without personal detail capturing, you can get the Laos (Pak Ou Mobile) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

Laos Pak Ou Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above and below will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Consider Holafly's Laos eSIM for more data upfront (8 GB/30 days).

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For an in-depth analysis of eSIMs in Laos (covering prices, discounts & pros + cons), check out my Laos eSIMs Compared guide.

Buying an eSIM for Laos Guide (logos of Airalo, Holafly, LAO TELECOM, unitel & Pak Ou Mobile)
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Coverage Maps of the Recommended Mobile Operators in Laos

Below is Unitel Laos' coverage map produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Laos SIM Card Buying Guide.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Laos

Unitel Laos top-up vouchers are sold in Unitel stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Unitel Laos SIM card, dial *121*VoucherCode#.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *122# with Unitel Laos.

Unitel Laos MyUnitel App
© Unitel Laos

Recommended Prepaid Plans in Laos

Unitel Laos has two data-featured plans, but the Mobile Plans are recommended.

They are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Limited Plans are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanDataSocial DataValidityActivation Code
1000 LAKMI125 MBN/A24 hours*209*1#
2000 LAKMI260 MBN/A24 hours*209*2#
5000 LAKMI5125 MBN/A24 hours*209*3#
10 000 LAKMI10270 MBN/A30 days*209*4#
24 000 LAKMI3015 000 MBN/A10 days*209*106#
25 000 LAKCN257000 MBUnlimited 17 days*209*21#
35 000 LAKCN3510 000 MBUnlimited 210 days*209*22#
40 000 LAKMI5030 000 MBN/A15 days*209*107#
50 000 LAKCHAMPA1500 MBN/A30 days*209*7#
63 000 LAKMI7935 000 MBN/A30 days*209*07#
80 000 LAKMI10060 000 MBN/A30 days*209*100#
95 000 LAKCN9530 000 MBUnlimited 330 days*209*23#
100 000 LAKLAMVONG3000 MBN/A30 days*209*8#
120 000 LAKKHAM4000 MBN/A30 days*209*9#

1 for WeChat
2 for Facebook & WeChat
3 for WeChat & YouTube

Unitel Laos Mobile Packages

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Laos

  • Unitel Laos is recommended
  • Lao SIM cards are available for 10 000 LAK (Unitel Laos, Lao Telecom (LaoTel), TPlus Laos (formerly Beeline) & ETL Laos)
    • Tourist SIM cards are sold for 15 000 LAK and 25 000 LAK (Lao Telecom)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) and Vientiane-Wattay International Airport (VTE)
  • Topping up can be done in Unitel Laos stores and through top-up partners
  • Unitel Laos' Mobile Plans (combo) range from 1000 LAK to 120 000 LAK
  • Read my Laos SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Lao SIM cards

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Malaysia Prepaid SIM Cards

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In Malaysia, you have four mobile network operators, two 4G/LTE+-only mobile operators (of which one has a national roaming agreement), one sub-brand & three Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) easily accessible to travelers offering prepaid services:

  • Hotlink by Maxis
  • Digi Malaysia
  • Celcom (Axiata) Malaysia
  • U Mobile Malaysia
  • Yes Malaysia (4G/LTE & 5G NR only)
  • Antel Malaysia (4G/LTE only with Celcom (Axiata) Malaysia 2G & 4G/LTE national roaming)
  • redONE Malaysia (Celcom (Axiata) Malaysia MVNO)
  • speakOUT Malaysia (Digi Malaysia MVNO)
  • Tune Talk (Celcom (Axiata) Malaysia MVNO)
  • Yoodo (Celcom (Axiata) Malaysia sub-brand)
Buying a SIM Card in Malaysia Guide (logos of Digi, Hotlink, Celcom, U Mobile, Yes, Altel, speakOUT, Yoodo, Tune Talk & redONE)

Recommended Prepaid SIM Card(s) in Malaysia

I recommend going with Digi Malaysia or Celcom Malaysia. Digi has the fastest speeds. Celcom has the best 4G/LTE coverage. Consider Celcom's MVNOs (speakOUT, redOne Malaysia Tune Talk & Yoodo) for great network performance at (slightly) lower prices.

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Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Malaysia

You can get a Malaysian SIM card for between 7 MYR (10.60 USD) to 50 MYR (11 USD) from Hotlink/Maxis, Digi, Celcom, U Mobile, Yes & Antel in their stores. The MVNOs and sub-brands (RedONE, speakOUT, Tune Talk & Yoodo) sell SIM cards for between 3 MYR (0.70 USD) to 10 MYR (2.20 USD – from resellers). SIM cards are also sold at various airports, including Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL).

For up-to-date MYR:your currency (let's say SGD – Singapore Dollar) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool

20 Malaysian Ringgit Bank Note
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Recommended eSIMs in Malaysia

Digi Malaysia, U Mobile Malaysia, speakOUT Malaysia, Tune Talk & Yoodo offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

Note that the Malaysian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM without personal detail capturing, you can go with the Malaysia (Sambungkan) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers & 10 GB/30 days).

Malaysia Sambungkan eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or Malaysia eSIMs from Nomad (1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Malaysia eSIMs Nomad

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Finally, you can get Malaysia eSIMs from Holafly if you prefer unlimited data plans and do not mind paying a bit more for this advantage (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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Coverage Maps of the Recommended Mobile Operators in Malaysia

Below are Digi Malaysia and Celcom Malaysia's coverage maps produced by Speedtest:

Digi: on the left, Peninsular (West) Malaysia; on the right, East Malaysia:

Celcom: on the left, Peninsular (West) Malaysia; on the right, East Malaysia:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Malaysia SIM Card Buying Guide.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Malaysia

Digi Malaysia and Celcom Malaysia top-up vouchers are sold in Digi stores and Celcom stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Digi SIM card, dial *123*VoucherCode#.

For Celcom, call 1111, select option 1 & enter the VoucherCode.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards with Digi and Celcom.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *126# with Digi. For Celcom, dial *118#.

Recommended Prepaid Plans in Malaysia

Digi Malaysia has three data-featured plans, but the Prepaid NEXT Plans are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access for now) and minutes.

The following Prepaid NEXT Plans are available, which can be activated by dialing *128#:

PricePlanDataSocial Data 1, 2Local MinutesValidity
15 MYRNext 156 GBUnlimitedN/A30 days
20 MYRNext 2015 GBUnlimitedN/A30 days
30 MYRNext 3020 GBUnlimitedN/A30 days
35 MYRNext 3530 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
68 MYRRDY50 GBUnlimited 3Unlimited30 days

1 for Facebook, Instagram, TikTok & Twitter
2 only when auto-renewal is/stays enabled
3 +unlimited data for Arena of Valor, Call of Duty Mobile, Free Fire, League of Legends Wild Rift, Mobile Legends Bang Bang & PUBG Mobile

Digi Malaysia NEXT Plans

Celcom Malaysia has eight data-featured plans, but the Monthly Passes are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access for now) and minutes.

The following Monthly Passes are available, which can be activated by dialing *118*1# or *118*2#:

PriceDataLocal MinutesValidity
35 MYR30 GBUnlimited30 days
35 MYR“Unlimited”, 60 GB @ 3 MbpsUnlimited30 days
38 MYR“Unlimited”, 60 GB @ 3 Mbps + 5 GB (high speed)Unlimited30 days
43 MYR“Unlimited”, 60 GB @ 3 Mbps + 5 GB (high speed)Unlimited30 days
45 MYR40 GBUnlimited30 days
45 MYR“Unlimited”, 60 GB @ 6 MbpsUnlimited30 days
48 MYR“Unlimited”, 60 GB @ 6 Mbps + 10 GB (high speed)Unlimited30 days
50 MYR“Unlimited”, 60 GB @ 6 Mbps + 5 GB (high speed)Unlimited30 days
53 MYR“Unlimited”, 60 GB @ 6 Mbps + 10 GB (high speed)Unlimited30 days
Celcom Malaysia Monthly Passes

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Malaysia

  • Both Digi Malaysia and Celcom Malaysia are recommended
  • Malaysian SIM cards are available for between 7 MYR (10.60 USD) to 50 MYR (11 USD)
    • Tourist SIM cards are sold for 7 MYR (10.60 USD) to 50 MYR (11 USD)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI), Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/KLIA), Kuching International Airport (KCH), Langkawi International Airport (LGK), Miri Airport (MYY), Penang International Airport (PEN) & Sandakan Airport (SDK)
  • Topping up can be done in Digi and Celcom stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Digi's Prepaid NEXT Plans (combo) range from 15 MYR to 68 MYR. Celcom's Monthly Passes (combo) range from 35 MYR to 53 MYR
  • Read my Malaysia SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Malaysian SIM cards

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Myanmar (Burma) Prepaid SIM Cards

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In Myanmar (Burma), you have four mobile operators offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • MPT Myanmar
  • ATOM (formerly Telenor Myanmar)
  • Ooredoo Myanmar
  • Mytel Myanmar
Buying a SIM Card in Myanmar (Burma) Guide (logos of Ooredoo, ATOM, Mytel & MPT)

Recommended Prepaid SIM Card(s) in Myanmar (Burma)

I recommend going with MPT Myanmar or Mytel Myanmar. MPT has the best 2G and 3G coverage in rural Myanmar (with the slowest overall speeds). Mytel has the best 4G/LTE coverage and the fastest (4G/LTE) speeds.

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Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Myanmar (Burma)

You can get a Burmese SIM card for 1500 MMK (0.70 USD) from MPT Myanmar, ATOM (formerly Telenor Myanmar), Ooredoo Myanmar & Mytel Myanmar in their stores. Tourist SIM cards are available from 6500 MMK (3.10 USD) to 99 999 MMK (47.60 USD – MPT, ATOM & Ooredoo). SIM cards are also sold at various airports, including Mandalay International Airport (MDL) and Yangon International Airport (RGN).

For up-to-date MMK:your currency (let's say THB – Thai Baht) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

500 Myanmar Kyat Bank Note
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Recommended eSIMs in Myanmar (Burma)

No mobile operator in Myanmar (Burma) offers eSIMs (to prepaid customers) yet.

Note that the Burmese mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Myanmar without personal detail capturing, you can get the Myanmar eSIM from Nomad (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Myanmar eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and as getting 3 USD off!

Or Myanmar eSIMs from Holafly (6 GB/15 days & 8 GB/30 days).

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Coverage Maps of the Recommended Mobile Operators in Myanmar (Burma)

Below coverage maps of MPT Myanmar and Mytel Myanmar's coverage maps produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Myanmar SIM Card Buying Guide.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Myanmar (Burma)

MPT Myanmar and Mytel Myanmar top-up vouchers are sold in MPT and Mytel stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your MPT or Mytel SIM card, dial *123*VoucherCode#.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *124# with MPT and Mytel.

Recommended Prepaid Plans in Myanmar (Burma)

MPT Myanmar has eight data-featured plans, but the Data Carry Plus are recommended.

They are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Data Carry Plus are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
699 MMK250 MB30 days*777*1#
799 MMK350 MB30 days*777*2#
999 MMK470 MB30 days*777*3#
1299 MMK615 MB30 days*777*4#
1799 MMK860 MB30 days*777*5#
2699 MMK1290 MB30 days*777*6#
4499 MMK2160 MB30 days*777*7#
8999 MMK4330 MB30 days*777*8#
17 999 MMK8660 MB30 days*777*9#
26 999 MMK13 030 MB30 days*777*0#
MPT Myanmar Data Carry Plus Plans

Mytel Myanmar has only one data-featured plan: Data Packs.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access) and SMS.

The following Data Packs are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 966:

PricePlanDataOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
333 MMKD3160 MB160 SMS24 hoursD3
555 MMKSH500268 MBN/A30 daysSH500
888 MMKSH8428 MB428 SMS30 daysSH8
999 MMKSH968482 MB482 SMS30 daysSH968
1299 MMKSH1299627 MB627 SMS30 daysSH1299
1799 MMKSH1799869 MB869 SMS30 daysSH1799
2400 MMKSH241159 MB1159 SMS30 daysSH24
3500 MMKSH351690 MB1690 SMS30 daysSH35
7000 MMKSH703381 MB3381 SMS30 daysSH70
13 500 MMKSH1356521 MB6521 SMS90 daysSH135
20 000 MMKSH2009661 MB9661 SMS90 daysSH200
Mytel Vietnam Data Packs

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Myanmar (Burma)

  • Both MPT Myanmar and Mytel Myanmar are recommended
  • Burmese SIM cards are available for between 5000 MMK and 100 000 MMK
    • Tourist SIM cards are sold for 29 999 MMK to 99 999 MMK (MPT), 6500 MMK (ATOM) & 3000 MMK to 45 000 MMK (Ooredoo Myanmar)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Mandalay International Airport (MDL) and Yangon International Airport (RGN)
  • Topping up can be done in MPT and Mytel stores, through top-up partners & online
  • MPT's Data Carry Plus (data) range from 699 MMK to 26 999 MMK. Mytel's Data Packs (combo – yes, really) range from 333 MMK to 20 000 MMK
  • Read my Myanmar SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Burmese SIM cards

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Philippines Prepaid SIM Cards

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In the Philippines, you have three mobile operators and four Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid services:

  • Smart Communications Philippines
  • Globe Telecommunications Philippines
  • Dito Telecommunity
  • Cherry Prepaid (Globe Telecommunications Philippines MVNO)
  • GOMO Philippines (Globe Telecommunications Philippines MVNO)
  • TM Philippines (Globe Telecommunications Philippines MVNO)
  • TNT Philippines (Smart Communications Philippines MVNO)
Buying a SIM Card in Philippines Guide (logos of Smart, Globe, Dito, Cherry Prepaid, GOMO, TM & TNT)

Recommended Prepaid SIM Card(s) in the Philippines

I recommend going with Smart Philippines. It has the best coverage and the fastest speeds.

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Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in the Philippines

You can get a Filipino SIM card for 40 PHP (0.75 USD) from Smart Philippines and Globe Philippines and 49 PHP (0.90 USD) from Dito in their stores. The MVNOs (Cherry Prepaid, GOMO Philippines, TM Philippines & TNT Philippines) sell SIM cards for between 29 PHP to 299 PHP (0.60 USD-5.70 USD) from resellers like convenience stores and kiosks. SIM cards are also sold at airports, including Manila – Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA/MNL).

For up-to-date PHP:your currency (let's say AUD – Australian Dollar) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

20 Philippine Peso Bank Note
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Recommended eSIMs in the Philippines

Smart Philippines offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

You can also get travel eSIMs from Airalo (Smart & Alpas Mobile), Holafly & Nomad.

Smart struck a special deal with Airalo, where you can get the Smart Traveler offering as an eSIM through their platform before arriving in the Philippines.

This is one of the few eSIMs on the Airalo platform offering 5G NR.

Philippines Smart Philippines eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Unfortunately, the Smart eSIM has been out of stock for a while and it is unknown when they will come back.

But I can tell you that they were super popular.

For now, you have these five Alpas Mobile eSIMs (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers & 20 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers)

Philippines Alpas Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above and below will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or Philippines eSIMs from Nomad (1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/30 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Philippines eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and as getting 3 USD off!

Finally, you can also get Philippines eSIMs from Holafly (8 GB/30 days).

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Coverage Maps of the Recommended Mobile Operators in the Philippines

Below is Smart Philippines' coverage map produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Philippines SIM Card Buying Guide.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in the Philippines

Smart Philippines top-up vouchers are sold in Smart stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Smart Philippines SIM card, call 1510 and follow the instructions.

Smart Philippines Top Up Cards
© Smart Philippines

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *123# or *123*777# with Smart Philippines.

Recommended Prepaid Plans in the Philippines

Smart Philippines has 18 data-featured plans, but the All Data+ are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following All Data+ are available, which can be activated on the GigaLife app:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
75 PHP2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited3 days
149 PHP6 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
499 PHP24 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
599 PHP36 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
699 PHP48 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
Smart Philippines All Data+ Plans

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in the Philippines

  • Smart Philippines is recommended
  • Filipino SIM cards are available for 40 PHP (Smart & Globe Philippines) and 49 PHP (Dito)
    • Tourist SIM cards are sold for 15 000 LAK and 25 000 LAK (Lao Telecom)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Angles/Mabalacat (Central Luzon/Greater Manila) – Clark International Airport (CRK), Bacolod – Bacolod-Silay International Airport (BCD), Batanas – Basco Airport (BSO), Boracay – Kalibo International Airport (KLO), Cabatuan/Iloilo – Iloilo International Airport (ILO), Cagayan de Oro/Iligan/Northern Mindanao – Laguindingan (International) Airport (CGY), Caticlan – Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (MPH), Cebu – Mactan–Cebu International Airport (CEB), Clark – Clark International Airport (CRK), Davao – Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO), Manila – Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA/MNL), Puerto Princesa – Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS), San Vicente – San Vicente Airport (SWL), Siargao – Siargao Airport (IAO) & Tacloban – Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (TAC)
  • Topping up can be done in Smart Philippines stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Smart Philippines' All Data+ (combo) range from 75 PHP to 699 PHP
  • Read my Philippines SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Filipino SIM cards

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Singapore Prepaid SIM Cards

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In Singapore, you have three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Singtel
  • StarHub
  • M1 Singapore
  • SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore)
Buying a SIM Card in Singapore Guide (logos of Singtel, M1, SIMBA & StarHub)

Recommended Prepaid SIM Card(s) in Singapore

I recommend going with Singtel. It is the fastest and has one of the best nationwide coverage.

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Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Singapore

You can get a Singaporean SIM card 8 SGD (5.70 USD) to 38 SGD (27 USD) from Singtel, 8 SGD to 50 SGD (35.40 USD) from StarHub, 10 SGD (7 USD) from SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore) & 14 SGD (10 USD) to 27 SGD (19.10 USD) from M1 Singapore. Tourist SIM cards with 100 GB (!) of data are sold from 12 SGD to 50 SGD. SIM cards are also sold at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).

For up-to-date SGD:your currency (let's say MYR) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

100 Singapore Dollar Bank Note
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Recommended eSIMs in Singapore

M1 Singapore allows prepaid customers to offers eSIMs to prepaid customers. However, only if you get its 12 SGD tourist SIM card (or eSIM for that matter). Regular prepaid customers cannot get eSIM (yet).

Note that the Singaporean mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Singapore without personal detail capturing, you can get the Singapore (Connect Lah!) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers & 20 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers).

Singapore Connect Lah! eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or Singapore eSIMs from Nomad (1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/30 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days & 20 GB/30 days).

Singapore eSIMs Nomad
Singapore Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and as getting 3 USD off!

Finally, you can get Singapore eSIMs from Holafly if you prefer unlimited data plans and do not mind paying a bit more for this advantage (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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Coverage Maps of the Recommended Mobile Operators in Singtel

Below is Singtel's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Singapore SIM Card Buying Guide.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Singapore

Singtel top-up vouchers are sold in Singtel stores (1/2/3), kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Singtel SIM card, call 9676 7777 and follow the instructions.

Singtel Singapore Top Ups

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *100# or *100*1# with Singtel.

Recommended Prepaid Plans in Singapore

Singtel has ten data-featured plans, but the Ultimate Plans (Combo) are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data(with 5G NR access) and minutes.

The following Ultimate Plans (Combo) are available, which can be activated on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App:

PriceDataLocal MinutesInternational Minutes 1Local SMSValidity
15 SGD5 GB500 minutesN/A100 SMS28 days
35 SGD60 GB 1, 25000 minutes2000 minutes500 SMS28 days
50 SGD150 GB 2, 35000 minutes2000 minutes500 SMS28 days


1 to Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma & the Philippines. The actual minute allowance differs per destination, but it is undisclosed
2 40 GB of the 60/120 GB data allowance can also be used in Malaysia
3 with 5G NR access

Singtel Singapore Ultimate Plans

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Singapore

  • Singtel is recommended
  • Singaporean SIM cards are available for between 8 SGD and 38 SGD (Singtel, StarHub, M1 Singapore & SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore))
    • Tourist SIM cards are sold for between 12 SGD and 60 SGD (Singtel, StarHub & M1)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
  • Topping up can be done in Singtel stores, through top-up partners & online
  • Singtel's Ultimate Plans (Combo) range from 15 SGD to 50 SGD
  • Read my Singapore SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Singaporean SIM cards

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Thailand Prepaid SIM Cards

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In Thailand, you have three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • AIS Thailand
  • TrueMove H
  • Dtac Thailand
Buying a SIM Card in Thailand Guide (logos of AIS, TrueMove H & Dtac)

Recommended Prepaid SIM Card(s) in Thailand

I recommend going with AIS Thailand. It is the fastest and has the best nationwide coverage, but it is the most expensive (but still affordable to most travelers).

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Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Thailand

You can get a Thai SIM card for between 25 THB (0.70 USD) and 1500 THB (42.60 USD) from AIS, TrueMove H & Dtac, with more than 50 starter packs across the board, in their stores or resellers, like convenience stores. SIM cards are also sold at various airports, including (Bangkok) Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).

For up-to-date THB:your currency (let's say MYR) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

1000 Thai Baht Bank Note
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Recommended eSIMs in Thailand

AIS, True Move H & Dtac offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

Note that the Thai mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

And even worse, from a privacy perspective, biometrics (fingerprints or face recognition) are also taken.

In most cases for tourists, only photos will be taken of you.

Dtac struck a special deal with Airalo, where you can get the Dtac Happy Tourist offering as an eSIM through their platform before arriving in Thailand.

This is one of the few eSIMs on the Airalo platform offering 5G NR.

Surprisingly, unlike buying the Dtac Happy Tourist SIM card or eSIM from Dtac directly, registration is not necessary when this eSIM is purchased from Airalo.

And unlike most travel eSIMs, which are data-only eSIMs, you can make calls and send SMS with the Dtac Happy Tourist eSIM.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Thailand without personal detail capturing, you can get the Thailand (Dtac Happy Tourist) eSIM from Airalo (15 GB/8 daysmost popular with PTW readers & 30 GB/15 days).

Thailand Dtac Happy Tourist eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

After exhausting your 15 GB or 30 GB data allowance, you get unlimited data @ 384 Kbps.

And that is infuriating slow, I have to warn you.

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above and below will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or Thailand eSIMs from Nomad (1 GB/7 days, 2 GB/30 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days & 20 GB/30 days).

Thailand eSIMs Nomad
Thailand Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and as getting 3 USD off!

Finally, you can get Thailand eSIMs from Holafly if you prefer unlimited data plans and do not mind paying a bit more for this advantage (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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Coverage Maps of the Recommended Mobile Operators in Thailand

Below is AIS Thailand's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Thailand SIM Card Buying Guide.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Thailand

AIS Thailand top-up vouchers are sold in AIS stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your AIS Thailand SIM card, dial *120*VoucherCode# or dial *120# and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *121# with AIS Thailand.

AIS Thailand myAIS App
© AIS Thailand

Recommended Prepaid Plans in Thailand

AIS Thailand has seven data-featured plans, but the 4G/5G Internet On-Top Packages are recommended.

They are data bundles (with 5G NR access).

The following 4G/5G Internet On-Top Packages are available, which can be activated by dialing *501#:

PriceDataValidity
10 THB150 MB1 day
11 THB150 MB3 days
12 THB150 MB7 days
15 THB150 MB30 days
17 THB300 MB1 day
18 THB300 MB3 days
20 THB300 MB7 days
22 THB800 MB1 day
23 THB300 MB30 days
23 THB800 MB3 days
25 THB800 MB7 days
27 THB800 MB30 days
38 THB1.25 GB1 day
49 THB2.5 GB1 day
52 THB3.4 GB1 day
69 THB1.25 GB3 days
79 THB7 GB1 day
82 THB2.5 GB3 days
84 THB3.4 GB3 days
97 THB10 GB1 day
105 THB1.25 GB7 days
115 THB7 GB3 days
115 THB15 GB1 day
115 THB7 GB3 days
125 THB2.5 GB7 days
129 THB3.4 GB7 days
135 THB20 GB1 day
155 THB7 GB7 days
155 THB10 GB3 days
189 THB15 GB3 days
199 THB20 GB3 days
205 THB10 GB7 days
209 THB1.25 GB30 days
230 THB15 GB7 days
245 THB20 GB7 days
259 THB2.5 GB30 days
419 THB3.4 GB30 days
505 THB7 GB30 days
615 THB10 GB30 days
649 THB15 GB30 days
699 THB20 GB30 days
AIS Thailand 4G 5G Internet On-Top Packages

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Thailand

  • AIS Thailand is recommended
  • Thai SIM cards are available for between 25 THB and 1500 THB (AIS, TrueMove H & Dtac Thailand)
    • Tourist SIM cards are sold for between 49 THB and 1250 THB (AIS, TrueMove H & Dtac)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Bangkok – Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX), Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI), Don Mueang International Airport (DMK), Hat Yai International Airport (HDY), Krabi International Airport (KBV), Phuket International Airport (HKT), Samui Airport (USM) & U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport (UTP)
  • Topping up can be done in AIS stores, through top-up partners & online
  • AIS' 4G/5G Internet On-Top Packages (data) range from 10 THB to 699 THB
  • Read my Thailand SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Thai SIM cards

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Timor – Leste (East Timor) Prepaid SIM Cards

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In Timor-Leste, you have three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Telemor
  • Timor Telecom (TT)
  • Telkomcel
Buying a SIM Card in Timor-Leste (East Timor) Guide (logos of Telemor, Timor Telecom & Telkomcel)

Recommended Prepaid SIM Card(s) in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

I recommend going with Telemor. It has the best coverage (especially in rural Timor-Leste) and the fastest speeds

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Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

You can get a Timorese SIM card for 1 USD from Telemor, Timor Telekom (TT) & Telkomcel in their stores. SIM cards are also sold near (Dili) Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (DIL – for at least 10 USD).

For up-to-date USD:your currency (let's say IDR) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

10 US Dollar Note
© U.S. Currency Education Program
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Recommended eSIMs in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

No mobile operator in Timor-Leste offers eSIMs (to prepaid customers) yet.

Note that the Timorese mobile operators require your identification (passport) for (future) eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Timor-Leste without personal detail capturing, you can get the Timor-Leste (Jaco Mobile) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

East Timor Jaco Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Be aware: you will be restricted to 3G – not 4G/LTE with the Jaco Mobile eSIM (unlike most Airalo eSIMs).

But if you use 4G/LTE in the cities, like Dili (capital), it will feel like you are on 3G anyway.

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

For an in-depth analysis of eSIMs in Timor-Leste (covering prices, discounts & pros + cons), check out my Timor-Leste eSIMs Compared guide.

Buying an eSIM for Timor Leste Guide (logos of Airalo & jaco mobile)
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Coverage Maps of the Recommended Mobile Operators in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Below is Telemor's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage maps of the other mobile operators, head to my Timor-Leste SIM Card Buying Guide.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Telemor top-up vouchers are sold in Telemor stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Telemor SIM card, dial *120*VoucherCode#.

Telemor Timor-Leste SIM Card
© Telemor

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *121# with Telemor.

Recommended Prepaid Plans in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Telemor has only one data-featured plan with no apparent name

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following plans are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 127 or dialing *177*3#:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation Code
0.15 USDDL50 MBN/AN/AN/A24 hoursDL
0.25 USDPJ50 MBN/AN/AN/A24 hoursPJ
0.25 USDDF100 MBN/AN/AN/A24 hoursDF
0.25 USDFB1100 MBN/AN/AN/A7 daysFB1
0.50 USDPJ50100 MBN/AN/AN/A24 hoursPJ50
0.50 USDD1200 MBN/AN/AN/A24 hoursD1
0.50 USDFB2250 MBN/AN/AN/A15 daysFB2
0.50 USDDN1UnlimitedN/AN/AN/A1 night (0:00 – 8:00)DN1
1 USDD2300 MBN/AN/AN/A7 daysD2
1 USDFB500 MBN/AN/AN/A15 daysFB
1 USD4G1500 MBN/AN/AN/A24 hours4G1
1 USDDUUnlimitedN/AN/AN/A24 hoursDU
1 USDDU4GUnlimitedN/AN/AN/A24 hoursDU4G
2 USDD3800 MBN/AN/AN/A7 daysD3
2 USDDUMAXUnlimitedN/AN/AN/A24 hoursDUMAX
2 USDDU2UnlimitedUnlimitedN/AUnlimited48 hoursDU2
5 USDDT2.2 GBN/AN/AN/A15 daysDT
5 USDDU7UnlimitedN/AN/AN/A7 daysDU7
5 USDDU4G7UnlimitedN/AN/AN/A7 daysDU4G7
10 USDDP4.8 GBN/AN/AN/A15 daysDP
10 USDDUMAX7UnlimitedN/AN/AN/A7 daysDUMAX7
15 USDGoldUnlimitedUnlimitedN/AUnlimited10 daysGO
20 USD4G208 GBN/AN/AN/A30 days4G20
25 USDDU30UnlimitedN/AN/AN/A30 daysDU30
25 USDDU4G30UnlimitedN/AN/AN/A30 daysDU4G30
30 USDDiamondUnlimitedUnlimited50 minutesUnlimited30 daysDI
50 USD4G5025 GBN/AN/AN/A30 days4G50
50 USDKingUnlimitedUnlimited100 minutesUnlimited30 daysKING
Telemor Timor-Leste Plans

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Timor-Leste (East Timor)

  • Telemor is recommended
  • Timorese SIM cards are available for 1 USD (Telemor, Timor Telecom (TT) & Telkomcel)
  • SIM cards are also sold at (Dili) Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (DIL – for at least 10 USD)
  • Topping up can be done in Telemor stores and through top-up partners
  • Telemor's plans (comno) range from 0.15 USD to 50 USD
  • Read my Timor-Leste SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Timorese SIM cards

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Vietnam Prepaid SIM Cards

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In Vietnam, you have four three mobile operators offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • Viettel Mobile
  • VinaPhone
  • MobiFone Vietnam
  • Vietnamobile (do not go with Vietnamobile – it is trash)
Buying a SIM Card in Vietnam Guide (logos of Viettel Mobile, Vinaphone & MobiFone)

Recommended Prepaid SIM Card(s) in Vietnam

I recommend going with Viettel Mobile or Vinaphone. Viettel Mobile and Vinaphone have fast speeds and extensive coverage. MobiFone is not bad and allows you to customize your plans.

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Prepaid SIM Card Prices & Availability in Vietnam

You can get a Vietnamese SIM card for 50 000 VND/60 000 VND (2.10 USD/2.50 USD) from Viettel Mobile, VinaPhone & MobiFone in their stores. SIM cards are also sold at various airports, including Ho Chi Minh City-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).

For up-to-date VND:your currency (let's say MYR – Malaysian Ringgit) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

100 000 Vietnamese Dong Bank Note
© State Bank of Vietnam/Ngân hàng Nhà nước Việt Nam
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Recommended eSIMs in Vietnam

Viettel Mobile, VinaPhone & MobiFone offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

Note that the Vietnamese mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Vietnam without personal detail capturing, you can get the Vietnam (Cu Chi) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 days).

Vietnam Cu Chi eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or Vietnam eSIMs from Nomad (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days & 5 GB/30 days).

Indonesia eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and as getting 3 USD off!

Finally, you can get Vietnam eSIMs from Holafly if you prefer unlimited data plans and do not mind paying a bit more for this advantage (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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Coverage Maps of the Recommended Mobile Operators in Vietnam

Below are Viettel Mobile and VinaPhone's coverage maps produced by Speedtest:

If you want to see the coverage map MobiFone, head to my Vietnam SIM Card Buying Guide.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check in Vietnam

Viettel Mobile and VinaPhone top-up vouchers are sold in Viettel stores and VinaPhone stores, kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

To top up your Viettel Mobile and VinaPhone SIM cards, dial *100*VoucherCode#.

Viettel Mobile Vietnam Tomato SIM Card

Checking your balance can be done by dialing *101# with Viettel Mobile and VinaPhone.

Recommended Prepaid Plans in Vietnam

Viettel has four data-featured plans, but the Gói Cước Chính (Main Packages) are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access for now), minutes & SMS.

The following Gói Cước Chính (Main Packages) are available, which can be activated by dialing *098#:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesLocal SMSValidity
70 000 VNDV70C500 MB/day (15 GB)“Unlimited” 1 (1000 minutes)N/AN/A30 days
90 000 VNDST90K1 GB/day (30 GB) 3N/AN/AN/A30 days
90 000 VNDV90C1 GB/day (30 GB) 3“Unlimited” 1 (1000 minutes)20 minutesN/A30 days
120 000 VNDV120N4 GB/day (120 GB)“Unlimited”, 20 minutes/call50 minutesN/A30 days
150 000 VNDB150T8 GB1000 minutes100 minutes100 SMS 230 days
160 000 VNDV160T3 GB/day (90 GB)“Unlimited”, 20 minutes/call60 minutes60 SMS 230 days
200 000 VNDV200K3 GB/day (90 GB)“Unlimited” 1 (1000 minutes)100 minutesN/A30 days
200 000 VNDV200T4 GB/day (120 GB)“Unlimited”, 20 minutes/call100 minutes100 SMS30 days
200 000 VNDB200T20 GB“Unlimited” 30 minutes/call150 minutes150 SMS30 days
250 000 VNDV250T5 GB/30 days (150 GB)“Unlimited” 30 minutes/call150 minutes150 SMS30 days
250 000 VNDB250T25 GB“Unlimited” 60 minutes/call200 minutes200 SMS30 days
300 000 VNDV300T6 GB/30 days (180 GB)“Unlimited” 60 minutes/call200 minutes200 SMS30 days
300 000 VNDB300T30 GB“Unlimited” 60 minutes/call250 minutes250 SMS30 days
350 000 VNDB350T35 GB“Unlimited” 60 minutes/call300 minutes300 SMS30 days
400 000 VNDB400T40 GB“Unlimited” 60 minutes/call350 minutes350 SMS30 days
500 000 VNDD500T5 GB/30 days (150 GB)N/AN/AN/A360 days
500 000 VNDB500T50 GB“Unlimited” 60 minutes/call500 minutes400 SMS30 days
700 000 VNDB700T70 GB“Unlimited” 60 minutes/call700 minutes700 SMS30 days
1 000 000 VNDB1KT100 GB“Unlimited” 60 minutes/call1000 minutes1000 SMS30 days
2 000 000 VNDB2KT200 GB“Unlimited” 60 minutes/call2000 minutes2000 SMS30 days
Viettel Mobile Vietnam Gói Cước chính Main Packages

VinaPhone has two data-featured plans, but the Trả trước (Prepay) are recommended.

They are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access for now), minutes & SMS.

The following Trả trước (Prepay are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 888, 900 or 9588:

PricePlanDataOn-Net MinutesOff-Net MinutesOn-Net SMSValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
30 000 VNDB30300 MB100 minutesN/A100 SMS30 daysB30 to 900HUY B30 to 900
30 000 VNDDL73 GBN/AN/AN/A7 daysDK DL7 to 900HUY DL to 900
50 000 VNDB50600 MB250 minutesN/A250 SMS30 daysB50 to 900HUY B50 to 900
50 000 VNDDL155 GBN/AN/AN/A15 daysDK DL15 to 900HUY DL15 to 900
50 000 VNDHEY10 GB 3100 minutesN/AN/A30 daysHEY to 900HUY HEY to 900
59 000 VNDMAX TV598 GBN/AN/AN/A30 daysMAX59V to 888HUY MAX59VU to 888
69 000 VNDVD694.8 GBUnlimited 130 minutesN/A30 daysVD69 to 900HUY VD69 to 900
79 000 IDRMAX TV799 GBN/AN/AN/A30 daysMAX79V to 888HUY MAX79VU to 888
79 000 VNDHEY7915 GB1000 minutesN/AN/A30 daysHEY79 to 900HUY HEY79 to 900
100 000 VNDB10030 GB250 minutesN/A250 SMS30 daysB100 to 900HUY B100 to 900
120 000 VNDĐỉnh 60G2 GB/day (60 GB)1500 minutes50 minutesN/A30 daysD60G to 888HUY D60G to 888
129 000 VNDDIGI1292 GB/day (60 GB)1000 minutes50 minutesN/A30 daysDIGI129 to 9588HUY DIGI129 to 9588
149 000 VNDVD1494 GB/day (120 GB)Unlimited 2200 minutes200 SMS30 daysVD149 to 900HUY VD149 to 900
237 000 VNDHEY79 3T15 GB/month (45 GB)1000 minutesN/AN/A3 monthsHEY79 3T to 900HUY HEY79 3T to 900
249 000 VNDDIGI2494 GB/day (120 GB)1500 minutes100 minutes100 SMS30 daysDIGI249 to 9588HUY DIGI249 to 9588
395 000 VNDHEY79 6T15 GB/month (90 GB)1000 minutesN/AN/A6 monthsHEY79 6T to 900HUY HEY79 6T to 900
790 000 VNDHEY79 12T15 GB/month (180 GB)1000 minutesN/AN/A12 monthsHEY79 12T to 900HUY HEY79 12T to 900

1 “unlimited” on-net calls as long as your call lasts for less than 10 minutes per call
2 “unlimited” on-net calls as long as your call lasts for less than 30 minutes per call, but up to 1500 minutes
3 +unlimited VNEdu, VNPT Elearning, Zalo & Zing MP3

VinaPhone Vietnam Trả trước Prepay Plans

Recap of the Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Vietnam

  • Both Viettel Mobile and VinaPhone are recommended
  • Vietnamese SIM cards are available for 50 000 VND or 60 000 VND, depending on how premium the phone number is (Viettel Mobile, VinaPhone & MobiFone)
    • Tourist SIM cards are sold for 109 000 VND (MobiFone) and 179 000 VND or 249 999 VND (VinaPhone)
  • SIM cards are also sold at Da Nang International Airport (DAD), Hanoi – Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), Ho Chi Minh City – Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), Nha Trang – Cam Ranh International Airport (CXR) & Phu Quoc International Airport (PQC – may not be the case anymore)
  • Topping up can be done in Viettel Mobile and VinaPhone stores and through top-up partners
  • Viettel Mobile's Gói Cước Chính (Main Packages – combo) range from 70 000 VND to 2 000 000 VND. VinaPhone's Trả trước (Prepay – combo) range from 30 000 VND to 790 000 VND
  • Read my Vietnam SIM Card Buying Guide for (much) more about Vietnamese SIM cards

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