Kyle is the writer behind The Travel Runner. He’s a full-time traveler and adventurer who’s visited over 20 countries, including places like Thailand, Mexico, Vietnam, and Albania. He prefers a slower pace to his travels to explore destinations more in-depth and to get a feel for what life is actually like there. When he’s not writing, he’s usually off exploring trails with his fiancée, Kaitlyn.
Planning a trip to Thailand? Discover the 16 best apps for Thailand! From accommodations to local insights, these must have apps await!
Ever dreamt of exploring the spectacular landscapes of Thailand, savoring spicy street food, or immersing yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture?
Well, you’re not alone! But, let’s face it — navigating a foreign country can be a bit of a pickle, especially when you’re a first-time visitor.
So, what’s the remedy to this travel-induced headache?
Wait, why am I talking about apps?
Well, because they can turn your Thailand trip from a haphazard mess into a well-orchestrated symphony!
- Need help deciphering Thai menus? There’s an app for that.
- Lost in the winding streets of Bangkok? There’s an app for that.
- Want to haggle at the floating markets but can’t speak Thai? Guess what, there’s even an app for that!
So let’s embark on an app-venture of a lifetime covering the most useful apps for traveling in Thailand to make your next visit as smooth as silk!
If you’re looking for the best apps available in Thailand, you’re in the right place.
Let’s dive in.
1. Google Maps
First up is an old favorite — Google Maps.
Everyone uses the app at some point. And wherever you are in the world, Google Maps is your trusted companion.
And in Thailand? It’s a lifesaver.
With accurate directions, street view, and local business information, you’ll never feel lost.
Now, picture this — you’ve arrived in the bustling city of Bangkok. The noise, the lights, the smells… it’s an exhilarating sensory overload. But you need to get to your hotel. Fast. Without the hassle of haggling with a taxi driver, deciphering street signs, or, heaven forbid, getting lost.
What do you do?
Fire up Google Maps, punch in your destination, and voila! You’re home free.
A must-have no matter where you are in the world — and especially when traveling in Thailand — Google Maps is a go-to. (Best of all it’s free to use!)
2. Google Translate
Next up, let’s tackle that tricky language barrier with Google Translate, one of the most reliable translator apps that offer Thai translation.
Sure, we’d all love to be fluent in Thai, but let’s be real. Ain’t nobody got time for that! (Unless you wanna stay in Thailand for a while, then I definitely recommend learning!)
Google Translate is an absolute godsend for travelers. Just type in what you want to say, and it spits out the Thai translation. Easy peasy.
And did you know you can use your camera to translate signs and menus in real-time? Now, admittedly, the translations can be hit-or-miss between English to Thai or others. So take them with a grain of salt sometimes.
But with a translation app that allows you to communicate with anyone, you’ll be navigating the local lingo like a pro in no time.
3. Grab App
Speaking of getting around, you can’t talk about Thailand without mentioning Grab, one of the best apps in Thailand.
Like Uber, but better — because it’s actually available in Thailand! This app is the king of Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing scene. It’s reliable, cheap, and best of all, no language barrier! Just input your destination and your ride arrives in minutes. It’s one of the simplest ways to get around Thailand.
How cool is that?
But wait, there’s more! Grab isn’t just about rides.
Oh no, they’ve leveled up. You can order food, groceries, and even massages right to your doorstep.
Talk about convenience!
Have you ever found yourself lost in a bustling Thai market, unable to decipher the maze of stalls and street food?
Or perhaps you’ve wandered aimlessly around a Thai city, your nose buried in a confusing paper map?
Well, say hello to Maps.me, your new best friend in Thailand. Maps.me is like that knowledgeable local guide you wish you could carry in your pocket. It’s a GPS navigation app that works offline and in real time. You heard me right — no need for a spotty internet connection or expensive roaming fees.
Just download the maps you need while you’ve got Wi-Fi, and you’re good to go exploring.
Looking for a place to stay?
Agoda is a pretty useful app. It specializes in Asian accommodations, so you’ll always get the best deals.
If you’re off to Thailand, I can’t stress enough how much you need this little gem in your pocket. That’s right, I’m talking about Agoda.
“Why Agoda?”, you may ask.
Simply put, Agoda is a powerhouse in the realm of Asian accommodations. It’s like having your very own concierge in your pocket, only a lot less stuffy and without the need for tipping. It’s got all the ins and outs, the best deals, the secret hideaways — it’s like having the inside scoop on every hotel in Thailand.
So why wouldn’t you want that?
What I love about Agoda is that it’s specifically geared toward Asia. This isn’t some generic, one-size-fits-all deal! They’ve done their homework, they know their stuff, and they’re delivering it all to you on a silver platter.
“Best deals in town?” you ask. Yep, Agoda’s got ’em!
So whether you’re looking for a swanky five-star hotel in bustling Bangkok or a cozy little beach hut in Phuket, Agoda has you covered.
6. Foodpanda Food Delivery Service
Feeling hungry and don’t want to go out?
Time to order in with Foodpanda, the ultimate food delivery app. And they deliver food from a wide variety of local restaurants. Tasty!
Picture this: you’re lounging in your hotel room after a long day of exploring wonders when you next visit Thailand. Your stomach’s rumbling, but the thought of stepping out seems about as appealing as washing a herd of elephants. Not your cup of tea, right?
Foodpanda comes to save the day.
This wonderful app brings you whatever delicious Thai dish your heart desires, right to your doorstep. From spicy Tom Yum Soup to comforting Pad Thai, it’s got it all. And the best part? You don’t even need to put on pants to get your food (but I recommend you do). Plus you can choose cash or credit card to pay, so you’re good to go no matter your preference.
Now isn’t that convenient?
But seriously, Foodpanda is a lifesaver when you’re traveling around Thailand. From Bangkok and Chiang Mai to the south in Phuket, you’ll find it everywhere. So on your next trip to Thailand, do yourself a favor and download Foodpanda.
Your stomach — and your tired feet — will thank you.
7. Air Asia
I constantly search for flight deals when I’m in Asia using this app.
This isn’t just any old airline app — it’s a lifeline for all of us travel junkies who find ourselves in Thailand! Cheap flights to anywhere in Thailand (or abroad), and it’s easy to book right from the app.
But let’s break this down even further. Here’s what you can do with the Air Asia app:
- Book Flights: You can easily book your domestic and international flights within Thailand and to other Southeast Asian destinations.
- Holiday Packages: Want to take the hassle out of planning your trip? Air Asia has you covered with their holiday packages.
So if you’re looking for an easy way to start planning a trip during your trip, here it is.
Just imagine all those luscious green landscapes and the vibrant city life in Bangkok waiting for you.
But you’ll need a place to rest your head after all that exploring, right? That’s where our trusty friend Booking.com comes into play.
Why Booking.com, you ask? Well, with features like:
- Wide Selection: This app is like the shopping mall of hotel rooms. From luxury resorts to budget-friendly hostels, there’s something for everyone. And in Thailand, you’re certainly not short on options. Phuket, Chiang Mai, or Bangkok? Take your pick!
- Customer Reviews: Not sure about a certain place? Fear not! Booking.com has a ton of reviews from other travelers just like you. It’s like having your own personal recon team.
- Seamless Booking: With this app, you can book your accommodation in the blink of an eye. It’s as easy as pie, and who doesn’t like pie?
But wait — there’s more! Booking.com also offers free cancellations on most rooms.
So, if you suddenly decide that you’d rather chill on a beach in Krabi than explore ancient temples in Ayutthaya, you can. Just like that. You’re spoiling us, Booking.com!
If you’re hitting the streets (or beaches, or jungles, or cities) of Thailand, Booking.com is your new best friend.
9. XE Currency
Confused about the currency exchange?
XE Currency is your go-to for accurate exchange rates so you can compare quickly. No more mental math gymnastics! With this handy-dandy app, you can effortlessly determine how many Thai baht your hard-earned dollars will fetch.
This app makes exchange quick and easy.
Looking to meet some Thai friends?
ThaiFriendly is a popular Thai dating app. Even if you’re not looking for romance, it’s a great way to make friends and discover local hangouts.
As I always say, “If the Thais do it, I do it.” (My girlfriend can quote me on this.) So why not broaden your social circle the Thai way? With ThaiFriendly, you’re not just a tourist – you’re part of the community!
Remember, it’s not about finding a date (well, not only about that), it’s about experiencing Thailand through the eyes of the locals. And who knows, maybe your holiday fling could turn into a lifelong friendship?
I say download the app and go for it!
This app is huge in Thailand. It’s like Whatsapp, but with cuter stickers.
And it’s one of the most popular messaging apps in Thailand. Whether it’s voice and video calls, lining up transport options, or planning a day trip to a nearby island, Line is perfect to use. Everyone uses LINE — from your hotel concierge to the street food vendor down the road. Download this one app on your next visit to Thailand, and you’re instantly part of the in-crowd.
And if you want to stay connected with the Thais, Line is a must have app.
Perfect for the wanderlust-infected, budget-conscious, and culturally-curious globetrotter.
Airbnb makes finding accommodations in Thailand as easy as ordering Pad Thai from a street vendor — and trust me, in Thailand, that’s pretty damn easy!
Now, why Airbnb, you ask?
It’s not just about finding a place to crash in between your adventures. It’s about immersing yourself in the local culture, living like a local, and experiencing Thailand in a way that those mega-resort tourists only dream of. And Airbnb Experiences are another great way to connect with a local and experience a bit of the local culture.
From getting a discount on your Airbnb to sleep to figuring out how you spend your days, Airbnb helps you plan it out.
Ever been in a foreign country, dying for a taste of home, but don’t know where to find it?
Or maybe you’ve run out of sunscreen, and the local shops only carry brands you’ve never heard of.
Enter Lazada. This is like the Amazon of Southeast Asia, a must-have on your phone if you’re planning to explore Thailand.
Why do I love Lazada?
Simple. It’s a one-stop shop for pretty much everything. Clothes, electronics, toiletries — you name it, they’ve got it. And the best part? They deliver right to your door, anywhere in Thailand. So you can focus on enjoying your vacation, not on hunting down that elusive brand of toothpaste you can’t live without.
Here’s a breakdown:
- Wide variety: From authentic Thai products to familiar brands from home, Lazada carries an extensive range of items. You’d be hard-pressed not to find what you need.
- Convenient delivery: Lazada delivers to your door, no matter where in Thailand you’re staying. Hotel, guest house, Airbnb – doesn’t matter, they’ve got you covered.
- Secure payments: Worried about safety? Don’t be. Lazada offers secure payment methods, including cash on delivery. So you can shop with peace of mind.
It’s one of the best apps for Thailand, hands down. I mean, who doesn’t love a bit of online shopping during downtime, right?
You may even get free delivery!
Alright, you’re probably thinking, “Netflix? Seriously? I’ve got that at home!”
But hear me out. Just because we’re trotting the globe, doesn’t mean we can’t have a little taste of comfort from home. And what’s more comforting than your favorite TV show or movie playing in the background while you’re planning your next Thai adventure?
Before you start worrying. Netflix in Thailand has a treasure trove of content that goes beyond your regular roster back home. It’s like walking into a new candy store but for your eyes and ears.. And isn’t that what traveling is all about? Discovering the new?
Yes, I’m talking about discovering new shows and movies too!
With a sprinkle of local flavor, Netflix in Thailand boasts a colorful array of Thai series and movies you’d probably miss out on otherwise. Ever watched a Thai romantic comedy or a heart-pounding action thriller? There’s something else too. Netflix could be your unsung hero on a rainy day.
Picture this: It’s one of those classic Thai monsoons outside, and all your ambitious plans for exploring the vibrant street markets or majestic temples are on hold. What better way to spend the day than tucked in your cozy hotel room, binging on some quality entertainment?
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting you spend your whole trip glued to the screen. Thailand is way too incredible for that.
But, as a trusty companion for those quiet evenings, rainy days, or just when you’re in desperate need of some home-like comfort — Netflix truly shines.
So, why not add it to your arsenal of must-have apps for Thailand?
15. Bangkok Post
I know what you’re thinking: “How do I stay up to date about all the stuff happening around me?
I have the perfect solution for you — Bangkok Post.
Remember the good ol’ days when we used to read newspapers with our morning coffee? Bangkok Post is the digital version of that but for Thailand. It’s the English language newspaper that’ll feed your curiosity about everything Thai. From politics to sports, business, and entertainment, it covers all the bases.
Who said you can’t be a tourist and a news junkie at the same time?
Need a quick weather check before you head out to the beautiful beaches? Or want to know the exchange rates? Or maybe, just maybe, you want to find out about those hidden local events?
Bangkok Post has you covered. It’s like your personal Thailand guide, all wrapped up in an app:
- News: Stay on top of local Thai news. Be it politics, business, or sports, Bangkok Post got it all.
- Weather updates: Know when to pack that sunscreen or when to enjoy the cool Thai rain.
- Exchange rates: Keep an eye on your wallet with up-to-date exchange rates.
- Local Events: Discover hidden gems and local events that you won’t find on any tour guide.
Don’t miss out on anything while you’re living it up in the glorious Kingdom of Thailand.
After all, who wants to be the last one to know about the next Thai festival, right?
Now, let’s talk about Ling.
I suggest learning Thai if you’ll stay in Thailand for a while. It’s courteous, it makes life easier, and it’s fun to finally understand all the beautiful sounds Thai people make!
So, enter Ling.
This app is a lifesaver for those of us with an affinity for getting lost in translation. It’s like having a personal language tutor in your pocket, ready to help you navigate the twisty, twangy language labyrinth that is Thai. I mean, who wouldn’t want that?
The beauty of Ling is its simplistic and intuitive design. It’s as easy as mango sticky rice. You get to learn Thai from scratch with easy-to-follow lessons. It covers everything — the basics, the complex, and the utterly bewildering.
And the best part? It’s interactive!
But wait, there’s more! You also get quizzes that test your language comprehension skills.
- Learn Thai on the go: Whether you’re on a bustling Bangkok street or chilling by the serene beaches of Phuket, Ling is your go-to language buddy.
- Interactive lessons: The app makes learning Thai fun with engaging lessons that make you feel like you’re playing, not studying.
- Quizzes: These help you assess your progress. They’re like those little milestones on your Thai language journey.
- Practical scenarios: Ling teaches you the kind of Thai you’ll actually use. Ordering food, asking for directions, haggling at a market — it covers everything!
So, if you’re planning your Thailand adventure, don’t forget to download the mobile app of Ling.
It’s like having a Thai friend who’s always there to help, minus the awkward cultural faux pas. Plus, it saves you from those blush-inducing moments when you accidentally say something inappropriate in Thai.
Trust me, I’ve been there (in more languages than I care to admit)!
Remember — a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single app.
Or something like that…
What are the best travel apps for Thailand you’d add to the list?
The land of smiles, spicy curries, golden temples, and — let’s be real — perhaps a few too many Full Moon parties.
But amidst all the chaos, the one thing that’s been our constant companion is these incredible apps. Who knew a few taps on a screen could make navigating a foreign land so darn easy?
So, whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or setting foot in Thailand for the very first time, these apps are your ticket to a hassle-free adventure.
Download them, use them, and let them guide you through this tropical paradise. And, let me know what apps you’d add to this list!
Remember, travel is about the journey, not the destination. And with these apps, what a journey it’s going to be!