Where to Buy an Amazon Kindle in Thailand?

Kindle for Thailand

Kindle for Thailand

Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6 inch – Works in Thailand!

I’ve been considering purchasing one of the Amazon Kindle’s here in Thailand and was wondering where to buy it, but also – asking myself, “Does it even make sense to buy a Kindle in Thailand?” I have about 15 books there, (here’s one) – but, I’m not really a book reader anymore. I’ve read a couple on the software Kindle that works on my PC – but, haven’t bought a Kindle in TH yet.

Turns out – it does make sense to buy one of the new 6-inch WIFI + Free 3G Kindles in Thailand. And you get FREE SUPER SAVER SHIPPING – so, you really can’t beat this deal.

With the new updated Kindle it now works for free 3G or EDGE/ GPRS connection in 100 countries across the globe. Thailand is one of them. It doesn’t say that the 3G works – in Bangkok for the Kindle, so I’m guessing it’s just EDGE all around the country, which is what the coverage map showed for Thailand and, really, is fast enough for text and most web photos.

The new Kindle is available at Amazon and even if you’re here in Thailand you can buy it and get free shipping to your home in Thailand for $189 at this link (my affiliate link):

Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6 inch – Works in Thailand!

Now, in order to order the correct Kindle for Thailand you need to notice this little box on the right at that order page:

Step 1 - to order Kindle for Thailand

See it there? Click where the arrow points.

You’ll get a small pop-up in the middle of your screen.

Scroll down through the options and choose “Thailand” and then you will see this below:

Step 2 ordering Amazon Kindle in Thailand

Click “this separate page.” where the arrow points. Now that will take you to the correct order page for International Kindles that work best with Thailand’s wireless network (and presumably other international networks).

How the Kindle works is that you can buy books straight from your Kindle from anywhere in Thailand using the wireless phone connection to Amazon. Your Kindle logs you into your account. You buy what you want and instantly download your books. They say it takes all of 60 seconds to get your ebook.

These new Kindles can hold up to 3,500 books. There are many free ebooks at the Kindle Store too – so you can try them out. Kindle allows you change the font type, size, the size of the lines of text, and the amount of contrast. With the new Kindle that you can have here in Thailand – you can read the text in bright Thailand sunshine at the beach, the contrast is that good.

There is a delay in shipping right now of about 3 weeks. If you order today they’ll ship it on September 10th, 2010 is what I was shown. I haven’t ordered yet, still figuring out which bank card to use. I think it’s time to jump into the ebook market instead of reading paper books. The Kindle takes the place of a lot of books I’d rather not carry when I travel.

If you buy a Kindle in Thailand write in and let me know how it all goes for you – I’ll post it here if you want.



Update 1/20/11:There will be a new Amazon Kindle coming out – it must be in the works by now, but there is no word on it at all. The current version is perfect for reading books – and I mean perfect – that’s what it was made to do – not be a “do everything” device. What it isn’t fine for is surfing the internet, watching videos, and typing email or books out. Is Amazon going to go that way and make the Kindle MORE than just an ebook reader? Remains to be seen. I hope not. I don’t think they really have much chance to “do it all” and beat the IPad and other tablets coming out soon. Best to stick with what they know – epaper screens, and add some more basic multimedia functionality.

What do you think?

Note – you cannot use your Amazon Kindle to find girls to date in Thailand. Find girls here.

Author: Vern

I'm an American expat living in Thailand. I like to write informative pieces about life in, living in Thailand, including topics like: Thai People, Thai Culture, Nightlife, Technology, and I have published a lot of photographs, videos, and even books on Thailand that you can find at ThailandeBooks.com. There are many photographs of Thailand here - feel free to share with attribution (a link back to the home page). All written content on this site by Vern Lovic. Contact me at Google+.

30 thoughts on “Where to Buy an Amazon Kindle in Thailand?”

  1. hello
    i wnat t order from amazon to koh samui but the shipping time will be 3-4 week
    how can i reduce it or where can i buy it?

    1. There are online shops in Bangkok that have them on occasion. Google them. Or you could fly to BKK and pick one up at Panthip Plaza, I saw them there the other week.

  2. Hi, you said “you get FREE SUPER SAVER SHIPPING” which seems like Amazon will ship Kindle to Thailand for free, but it really isn’t, right? I tried placing an order on Amazon.com and they will charge me about $27 for shipping and another $57 for “Import Fees Deposit”. All in all, this Kindle will cost me around $250, which isn’t cheap.

    Do you happen to know any better options to buy a Kindle in Thailand?


    1. No, they charge for shipping… unfortunately. And, no – there used to be a guy that sold kindles online – Thai guy – but he disappeared. Have you seen the new Nook? Very nice, beats kindle at it’s own game… but, the next Kindle is on it’s way! Hold tight…

      1. It seems like Kindle Thai is now read.in.th. They do sell Kindles there but it’s still cheaper to buy directly from Amazon.com. People have speculated that the Kindle 4 is going to be color with touch screen, more or less like Nook Color, I suppose. But that means potentially less readability due the backlit and glare, perhaps not the right recipe for a perfect text-based e-reader.

        It’s such a shame that Thai people have to pay significantly more that those in the west to get their hands on the same stuff.

        1. I think Amazon would be a bit ridiculous to try to compete with a color kindle… unless it can beat the old Nook hands-down, as well as offer something to those that don’t want to be locked into Apple’s proprietary hell. The new Nook is amazing – touchscreen and epaper…. some reviewers are calling it better than the Kindle – and meaning it! Let’s see what happens. I am excited about just a touchscreen Kindle… black and white, or I’ll get the new Nook. Thanks for your comments.

  3. Just bought my wife a Kindle. Did a lot of research first, and for reading there just isn’t anything as good as the kindle. Backlit screens like the iPad are terrible for reading compared to the Kindle.
    My wife loves hers. She can buy books directly with it, and have it in less than 2 minutes. She even gets the Harold Tribune delivered to it every day. At $139 for the wifi version, nothing compares.

    1. Nice… glad to hear it. I think there is nothing that approaches it for the reading experience – least of all paperback books! Cheers…

  4. Used English books are everywhere in Thailand, not difficult to find at all as your first commentator said.

    I’m just old school. Love carrying a book and have no interest in buying a Kindle. :) Plus, I hear the Barnes and Noble ‘Nook’ is better anyway?

    I did buy a Nook for my Dad and, although he took it on vacation to Spain said he didn’t really use it much (a couple of times for internet access) so probably won’t bother taking it with him next time.

  5. everytime i go home to thailand i bring a huge bag of books, cause used books in english are hard to find, and a 3$ stateside used book costs 6$ – 8$ in bangkok or pattaya.

    Barnes and Noble has the NOOK – and they just came out with a touchscreen color version, that you can check email on – over wi-fi. but it only goes 8 hours on a charge, not enough for a 10 hour bus ride from my home in lomsak to our house in Ban Chang. so i keep vacilating between the kindle, B&W kindle-like NOOK or the color NOOK. i would buy an iPad in a heartbeat, but it costs as much as an airline ticket home.

    the Nook seems to have a more open system – you can read native PDFs and other formats without having to upload them to Amazon for conversion. don’t know about compatibility of the Nook in thailand. i’ll have to check that out.

    1. The nook has been cracked and can now read Kindle books there… if that’s your goal. Or one of them.

      Yeah, the closed systems – I stay far away from Mac and Kindle.

      Unfortunately NOBODY has come out with another epaper device like kindle that is as amazing to read. Maybe soon…

  6. I’ve read the comments on this post and while I’m not surprised to find Apple fan boys, I’m somewhat amazed at Vern’s absolute hatred of anything Apple :-)

    I’m far from an Apple fanboy. In fact, my first decade or so of using computers I laughed at Apple fans because they told so many outright lies about the Mac. I used a Mac from time to time and after being told that Macs don’t crash and having one crash on me at least once a day I immediately wrote off any other claims made by Apple fans.

    And I come from a software background. I’ve been working in software engineering for almost 20 years now. For many years I ran Linux as my desktop OS.

    However, when I was preparing to move overseas (Europe at the time) I had some really tough life choices to make. I really looked at what I used a computer for and how I used it because I could only take one computer with me. I ended up choosing a MacBook. I have since purchased an iMac, iPhone, and iPad. Not because I’m an Apple fanboy but because, all things considered, I found that they fit my usage needs better than competing products.

    I thought about buying a Kindle. However, I also considered my lifestyle. If I’m making a border run to Laos or Cambodia I want two things:

    1. A good book or two

    2. A way to check email, maybe check a few websites, and chat

    Technically, I could do #2 on my iPhone but it’s a pain. I usually will use my iPhone for 1 or 2 sentence responses but anything more than that and I just wait until I get in front of a computer.

    So, if I purchased a Kindle I would need my Kindle AND some sort of computing device. Whether that’s my MacBook, some sort of netbook computer, or an iPad is largely irrelevant. Now I have two devices to lug around with me. Granted, both are still probably lighter than some books but my life is about simplicity.

    So in the end I opted for the iPad with the Kindle reader software. I get my books and my computing platform on the same device. I have not found it difficult to read as I don’t usually go out and try to read in the direct sunlight. I didn’t even do that when I was reading paper books. Most of the time I’m in a car, bus, airplane, hotel room, restaurant, apartment, etc and it works perfectly fine.

    I typically don’t do any sort of video editing or Photoshopping or any other CPU intensive work when I travel so it works well for me. I have a few specific types of tasks I like to perform when I’m traveling or even sitting down in a restaurant by myself and the iPad performs those functions fairly well.

    I am not challenging the fact that the Kindle may be a superior product for reading books however my lifestyle dictates that I have a needs that a book reader doesn’t meet by itself. So I’ve made some sacrifices on some things that Kindle is superior at in exchange for the simplicity of only taking one computing device with me when I leave my apartment in the morning.

    Of course, my needs and my lifestyle may not be the same as everyone else’s which is why I think that each person has to make up their own mind. I have nothing against the Kindle, nor am I specifically recommending anyone choose an iPad over the Kindle. It’s just that people need to look at their most likely usage of any device and figure out if the product is going to meet those objectives. If you don’t have any sort of computing needs then the Kindle is certainly a hands-down winner. If you don’t mind carrying two different devices (a reading device and a computing device) then the Kindle might make sense for you.

    But it’s all going to be about your entire user experience. I knew that if I bought a Kindle I would find it such a pain to carry both devices that I would end up never using the Kindle. As great of a product as it may be it simply didn’t fit in with my lifestyle and usage patterns.

    1. Hi Bill – great comment – thanks for the time it took you to write that up. I have a question about using your iPad though. Do you respond to email using it? Do you type on it at all? Do you have the external keyboard then? For me – the iPad is not for typing on and if I’ll need to bring an external keyboard I’ll just bring a notebook instead and do a whole lot more with it.

  7. Hi. I am travelling to Thailand. I am wondering if I can use Kindle 3G as a GPS in Bangkok? if yes and how?
    I have seen there is one has experience with buying Kindle from Ebay.co.uk. How much can I trust them if they claim it is brand new. Do they offer the same warranty as if I buy it directly from Amazon website? thanks.

  8. Can the Kindle be used for general pdf files or only books downloaded from Amazon? I already have thousands of books, scientific articles, etc in pdf format. I have been looking for a good, portable pdf reader for years. I’m not interested in phone, wifi, camera, keyboard and so on, I just want to be able to access this material on the go – motorbike repair manual while in the garage, snake/bird identification when in the garden, first aid/maps when in the car, and so on. I have tried a laptop buts it’s too bulky to lug around, the screen is unreadable in daylight, the battery life sucks, it takes too long to boot up. Already a number of companies have released Ipad-clones/tablet-style computers, so I suspect that there will be a good choice of devices in the near future. Didn’t Sony release an e-book reader a few years ago? What happened to that?

    Any suggestions for a book-sized, pdf reading device?

    1. Forgot that you can use Calibre software to convert to Kindle format. With new versions of Kindle now in Thailand (9.7 inch screen is 18,000 B) this might suit my needs.

  9. I own a laptop, an iPhone, an iPad and now a Kindle – I just bought the new one that was recently announced and could not be happier. Each of those devices serves a distinct purpose, and while some of them can do some additional things, it is great at what it was designed for, and average at best for the side features.

    The Kindle is designed to be a book reader and it is phenomenal for that purpose. The battery life is fantastic, the screen is crisp and clear and readable by the beach or by the pool. It has the ability to do some web browsing and messaging, but, that is not what it was designed for and is not something that will replace a device that was.

    I am skeptical about anyone who claims their iPad is a better bookreader than a Kindle and wonder if they do any real serious reading (browsing the news on the iPad is not serious reading) – the iPad is waaaay to heavy to be used as a serious book reader, and the screen does not do well in direct sunlight. The new Kindle is about the same weight as a paperback, about as thick as a iphone, and will hold 3000+ books.

    I am very happy with this addition to my gadgets, it does ‘exactly what is says on the tin’, and very well. I won’t be replacing any of the other items either, as they each serve their own purpose, but are not replacements for each other.

  10. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there is no free shipping to Thailand. I followed your link and instructions, but the fine print at checkout is $27 shipping and about $70 taxes and fees. Still a lot cheaper than an iPad! ;)
    However, there is a website right here in Thailand that sells Kindles and delivers direct to your door.
    Downside is that they appear to have just the older version 2, and although the delivery is free, the purchase price is higher, so it’s a wash.

    1. Oops. As I said, I didn’t buy it yet. But, good you found that. So total is 189 plus 70, or is it 189 + 70 + 27? I think I heard there was a new Kindle coming out soon too – is that right or am I mistaken? I’d still buy this $189 for $300, but that’s probably where I’d say uncle.

      1. The new Kindle 3 purchased direct from Amazon is $139US for the wifi only and $189 for the 3G plus about $100 for shipping and fees. I don’t really see much use for the 3G so wifi only is what I was looking at. Amazon does seem to have the best price. I’ve looked on Ebay and the best price I can there find is $175 plus $29 shipping (wifi only) and that doesn’t include any fees you may or may not be charged by the post office. So that could be $25 cheaper than Amazon or more if you get nailed with the import tax.

        1. I don’t trust international Paypal transactions. I really have had some bad experiences. My brother almost got taken for a 1800 Macbook a while back. If you do get the Kindle, can you write in and let me know what you think about it? Cheers… Vern

  11. Hi Vern,
    Ouch ! You’ve encountered a Steve Jobs disciple. Also know as an Apple Fanboi. Glad to see the price of the Kindle coming down. I’m thinking of a Chinese Kindle copy. As the Chinese are adept at copying any hardware they make for U.S. companies.
    Maricar was telling me she had owned a an “iPod” she had bought in Hong Kong and her nephew lost it. So I asked my Bro-in-law to get her an “iPod”. Turns out she meant a generic MP3 player not an “iPod”. Now I’m going to get her a generic MP3 player so she can load any MP3 she wants on it and won’t have to deal with iTunes. There is even a Chinese company named “Apple” that sells computers here. Awesome to see someone sticking it to Jobs like that!
    Best wiahes always,

    1. I’ve seen a couple of ipods here in TH that fooled me until I looked closely. It’s funny how fast we get a Chinese copy here after the Apple stuff comes out. Now, how hard would it be to copy the Kindle? Seems like it’s nothing special, just offers the right combination of stuff – all except the lack of a touchscreen. Kindle Fanbois are all praying for the touchscreen in the upcoming version – which I think is very soon.

      Here’s what I’d like… a light 14″ notepad about 2 lbs. with color and e-ink replaceable screens. I want to listen to my old library of a couple thousand mp3s without doing shit with apple’s iTunes. I want to watch old movies I ripped from DVDs and VCD’s. I want to have a camera on front for chat, built in microphone, usb connectors, built in stand, and the ability to print to any damn thing that will write on a piece of paper. I want it to be a phone and use regular sized SIM cards. I want it to have the surface grippiness of an IBM Notebook – that slight rubbery, grippy stuff. I want it to be under $1,000. Oh – I want a chiclet style keyboard – my HP ProBook has a NICE keyboard that I can fly on. I want the battery to last at least a weekend so, if I do travel one weekend I need not bring the heavy charger cord.

      It isn’t much to ask. Someone can create this sucker. Maybe you Lee?

  12. I’d be interested in knowing people’s KINDLE experiences, too. It’s a good price and finally available for use in Thailand.

    My family and I plan to move back to Thailand in a year or two and having a Kindle is second best to all the public libraries we’ll be missing. I’ll be watching this post to see if anyone else comments…

  13. As stated previously, I edit photos on my MacBook.

    Most of my Skype use is sans camera, and I can do that on my iPhone or iPad.

    When I need to type extensively on the iPad, I use the Bluetooth keyboard. Sometimes I’m sitting at a table, sometimes I have the Bluetooth keyboard on my lap, and the iPad a short distance away on a flat surface. As I’m a touch-typist, I don’t need to see the keys at all to achieve ~90wpm with the Bluetooth keyboard.

    As a longtime computer user (built my first computer from a kit in 1977 with my father), I’m happy looking at screens of any size for a lot longer than 9 hours a day. The iPad screen is only slightly smaller than my MacBook screen; while I do have a 29″ external monitor I can use with the MacBook at home, that’s mainly confined these days to photo processing.

    Correct, I don’t render videos. I do photo processing in Lightroom and the Nik Suite on my MacBook.

    I hate Flash, and am glad that neither the iPad nor the iPhone support it. I have it disabled in Firefox on my MacBook.

    I can work with and save large files on the iPad, this isn’t a problem.

    I will indeed be happy when it supports multi-tasking with the forthcoming iOS 4.x upgrade.

    I don’t need USB except to sync it with my MacBook.

    I hardly ever print anything, I try and live as paperless a life as possible.

    And, yes, since I travel extensively for business, reducing weight and bulk in my carry-on luggage is always a priority for me.

    If you’ll recall, in my original comment, I stated that I believe the Kindle reading experience to be better on iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, or Android phones than on the hardware Kindle – while I use Apple gear, I mentioned those other vendors, as well. The ability to read in a darkened room – something you can’t do with the Kindle without an additional, awkward book-light – is also a significant advantage.

    You’re the person who appears to have a problem with Apple; my point is that these other devices offer a much better reading experience, IMHO.

  14. I was a hardware Kindle user since the Kindle was launched in November of 2007; to date, I’ve purchased over 500 Kindle books since that time, and have read ~450 of those book to date.

    I read the first couple of hundred on the hardware Kindle, until the Kindle App for iPhone came out; once it became available, the superior reading experience of the iPhone caused my hardware Kindle to gather dust. I read ~200 books on the iPhone, until the iPad came out, and have read ~50 books on the iPad since April of this year.

    With the addition of the antiglare screen protector I added to the iPad, cranking up its screen brightness allows me to read in direct sunlight – though I personally never liked to read in direct sunlight with paper books, and have carried that preferenc over to ebooks.

    Also, I can read non-Kindle ebooks on my iPhone and iPad via the Stanza, iBooks, and the B&N reader. While most of what I want to read is available via Kindle, some things aren’t. And GoodReader on the iPad lets me read .pdf documents, and I can read Word documents via Pages or GoodReader, as well.

    From my perspective, the iPhone and iPad clearly offer a superior reading experience to the hardware Kindle, and as they offer additional functionality, this means I don’t have to wag around Yet Another Gadget.

    As to ‘needing’ the iPad, it has become my primary portable computer; unless I need to do really heavy composition or process photos, my MacBook sits largely untouched. Even with the additional weight engendered by carrying a portable Bluetooth keyboard and iPad stand, the whole combo weighs considerably less than my MacBook, and the average of 14 hours of battery life I get out of the iPad is a real plus.

    Since I’ve a much longer history with the Kindle than you, you may wish to reconsider your gratuitious, ad hominem remarks regarding my mental state. My views are based upon more than 2.5 years of experience with the Kindle ecosystem, and many more years prior to Kindle reading ebooks on Nokia phones, Palm devices, et. al.

    1. Roland, I’m applauding… and I just got baby to clap her hands too. Incredible. You’ve read incredible amounts of Kindle books. You read 200 books on the iPhone… I’ll bet that was a great experience.

      I understand, you’re all gushy about Apple’s products. You could have 27 years experience with the Kindle, iPhone, iPod, iPad, and it wouldn’t change the fact that the reader experience – reading books on a small phone screen – doesn’t compare to reading books on a Kindle’s 6″ screen for most people. Nor does the iPad compete with the Kindle’s reading experience – either for the money, or overall, I’ve not seen studies on it.

      It doesn’t change the fact that the Kindle is $189. The title of this post is not, “Spend $1,000 to Buy a Half-Decent eReader: iPad or iPhone”. I’m talking about an ereader Kindle for less than $200 bucks with FREE 3G. Does Apple offer free 3G? Just curious. I’ll answer for you. No, they don’t.

      I’m going to guess nobody writes in and says, “IMHO I think it’s foolish to buy a hardware Kindle since I can run a program on my $1,000 IBM notebook with touchscreen and read fine if I’m not in bright sunlight.” Nobody cares.

      Nobody cares that you can read an ebook on an iPad. Nobody came to this post looking for iPad hype. But the Apple fanboys run screaming around the world with their humble opinions to tell everyone about their expensive toys.

      Your iPad has become your primary portable computer? I guess that works for some people that don’t type much. How in the world are you going to type an email, article, or book on an airplane, in an airport, on a bus, on a train, or sitting on those cushy chairs at Border’s balancing your iPad and portable keyboard on your lap?

      The iPad is a replacement for your notebook if:

      1. You don’t do any writing but sitting at a desk.
      2. You don’t need to render video or do anything else requiring serious CPU output.
      3. You’re fine squinting at a 9 inch monitor for 8-10 hours a day (assuming you work with a computer daily)
      4. Printing doesn’t matter to you – or, you use only the couple printers the iPad recognizes and you’re close to those printers when you need them.
      5. You don’t need a front facing camera for Skype chat.
      6. You don’t need a USB.
      7. You don’t multitask.
      8. You don’t need FLASH.
      9. You don’t need precision cursor placement for editing photos. Does the iPad take a mouse?
      10. You don’t work with or save large files.
      11. You’re physically too frail to carry 2 more pounds of computer.
      12. Ahhh, I’m tired of writing.

      Thanks for an entertaining comment thread.

  15. Buying a hardware Kindle is foolish, IMHO, when instead you can download the free Kindle App for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch/Android/Blackberry and be in business with devices which offer a better reading experience than the hardware Kindle.

    My hardware Kindle began gathering dust the moment I could read Kindle books on my iPhone, and now my iPad is my primary reading device, with the iPhone as secondary.

    1. Hi Roland,

      The Kindle and the IPad and iPhone are totally different beasts. For one – the size. I couldn’t read a 20,000 word book on an iPhone screen. I’d say most people would agree – it’s too small. Here in Thailand to buy an unlocked iPhone is over 30,000 Thai Baht – that’s about $1,000 USD. The Kindle I’m thinking of getting is $189. It’s a different class altogether.

      The iPads are like 9 inch screens, aren’t they? It’s too damn big. Add to that, here in Thailand they are close to 30,000 THB – just like the iPhone. That’s a couple hundred percent EXTRA to pay, and much bigger than the 6″ Kindle. The Kindle is optimized for reading books – you can read them in sunlight or anywhere with the light. The IPad is a computer screen that sucks in bright light. Do I want to pay $1,000 for an IPad so I can swish my finger around the screen – and not be able to type on it and write articles? Hell no. The IPads don’t serve any purpose to me. I have a notebook computer that does MUCH more than what a ridiculous IPAD does. I don’t need it, most people don’t need it. Hell, you probably don’t need it either.

      I don’t know if Kindle is the answer. It seems ridiculous to me to not have it touch screen, but maybe that’s coming soon.

      Maybe nothing is more ridiculous than your first line – where you say that the iPhone, iPad, IPod Touch, Android, and Blackberry devices offer a BETTER READING EXPERIENCE THAN THE HARDWARE KINDLE? Pull the intravenous crackline out of your arm dude… you’re mainlining Apple-crack juice… and it’s distorting your mind.

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