Are you planning your next big adventure to Thailand? Navigating a new country or city can be challenging. Thankfully, there are plenty of helpful mobile apps available in Thailand to aid you with transport, accommodation, attractions, and food options.
Let’s dive into some recommended apps you’ll need when visiting Thailand:
- Google Maps – navigation and finding local things to do
- Google Translate – on-demand Thai translation
- Agoda – hotel booking platform (most popular one in Thailand)
- Booking.com – hotel booking platform (compare against Agoda prices)
- Skyscanner – compare domestic and international flights
- Grab – ride-hailing service (similar to Uber)
- Bolt – alternative ride-hailing service
- Foodpanda – food delivery
- Klook – book/find local activities, guided tours, and transport
- XE – currency exchange with market rates
- Wise (Transferwise) – hold THB and avoid hidden currency exchange fees
- LINE – chat communication app (similar to WhatsApp)
- AirVisual – track pollution in real-time (Yes, Thailand has a pollution problem!)
- ExpressVPN – keep your privacy secure when using public wifi
- NordVPN – alternative VPN for privacy security
- AmazingThailand – government tourist app with recommended activities
Read on to learn more about each app.
Google Maps is a must-have for navigating Thailand with real-time traffic updates, street view, and finding various transport options for your route. As well as planning your route with the various transport options available in Thailand.
Google Maps is great for finding local restaurants, attractions, and hotels within your area. Plan your trip early by placing pins on the desired places you want to visit.
Download my Google Bangkok Map with recommended tourist attractions, things to do, main transport hubs, and other landmarks.
- Finding places to go
Did you know? Only 27% of people in Thailand can speak English. The Google Translate app helps translate Thai when encountering a language barrier.
The app has easy-to-use features like text, speech, and image translation. So if you get to a local street food restaurant and find the menu is in Thai, use the app to take a snap of the menu then it can translate into your native language.
Off the beaten track? Google Translate has language packs that can be pre-downloaded for offline usage.
Also, check out my article on helpful Thai phrases for your travels in Thailand.
Agoda is a popular travel booking app offering various accommodation options, flights, and activities. Agoda offers excellent rates within the Asian region and is Thailand’s most used hotel booking platform.
Agoda offers special localized promotions, coupons, and VIP status discounts for members who use the platform regularly.
- Booking hotels, especially in the Asian region
The biggest hotel platform with over 27 million properties Booking.com, is an excellent app for finding accommodation in and around Thailand. As well as hotels, you can also book flights, car rentals, attractions, and private taxis through the app.
The app has advanced hotel filtering, verified guest reviews, and 24-hour support.
- Booking hotels,
- Comparing hotel prices with Agoda
Compare flights from global airlines as well as Asian-based carriers. Use the rates provided in the booking calendar to find the cheapest dates to fly.
Skyscanner also offers accommodation, car rentals, and flight price tracking.
- Booking flights
Do you use Uber? Grab is the alternative to Uber in Asia, providing ride-hailing services and food delivery.
Use cash or a credit card to pay for a taxi or private car by booking through one of Thailand’s most popular super app.
Compare transport rates against Grab by using the Bolt app. Although available in fewer regions, Bolt is generally cheaper than Grab for taxi and private car transport.
In-app safety features include ride share, an onboard emergency button, and customer-rated drivers. Cash is the only payment method unless you have a local bank account.
- Compare rates against Grab
Food Panda is a food delivery app with countless food categories available in major cities around Thailand.
In-app features of Food Panda include tracking your delivery, communicating with the driver, and delivery time estimate.
- Food delivery
Pre-book attractions around Thailand with Klook and get special discounts or skip queues. Order a Rabbit Card for BTS Skytrain transport, then pick up the card when you arrive in Bangkok to avoid queuing at BTS ticket stations.
The Klook app also offers accommodation booking, charters, airport transport, and food experiences.
- Booking attractions
Get on-demand exchange rates when traveling and check the Thailand currency rates against your home currency when visiting Thailand. Get currency conversion rate alerts and view historical currency data.
XE also offers a money transfer service to avoid getting overcharged through hidden bank fees when transferring money abroad.
- Checking currency conversion rates
Get cheaper currency exchange rates compared to banks when using the Wise app, which supports 50+ currencies. Sign up for an account and get a virtual UK, EU, or US bank account to get a borderless bank account for international travel.
Wise also offers an ATM card in specific regions which you can use abroad to avoid hidden international fees.
- International transfers
The alternative to Whatsapp in Thailand is LINE, a communication platform that supports text messages, voice, and group chat. LINE is excellent if you want to chat with Thai friends or signup for local services.
Link your Rabbit Card with Rabbit LINE Pay so you can use your Rabbit top-up Card to pay for meals.
Thailand has an air quality issue in certain regions within specific months of the year. To track the pollution in your area, download AirVisal which provides accurate air quality measures and gives recommendations on wearing masks and outdoor activity based on pollution rates.
Other features include tracking your pollution exposure throughout the day and 7-day pollution forecasts in the local region.
- Pollution monitoring
Secure your devices using public WIFI through a VPN like ExpressVPN, which has VPN servers in up to 90+ counties and offers a 7-day trial.
- Internet security and privacy
With VPN servers in 60+ counties, NordVPN is a cheaper alternative to secure internet usage while traveling abroad.
- Internet security and privacy
Use the Tourism Authority Thailand app to help plan your holiday in Thailand with a list of recommended cities, sights, and attractions. Once you’ve settled on your must-sees, build an in-app itinerary to help plan your days in the Kingdom.
- Itinerary planning
Preparing for your trip to Thailand? Check out my other articles that cover important things to consider before your travel: