8 MUST-HAVE APPS FOR EVERY BACKPACKER IN THAILAND

Must Have Mobile Applications in Thailand

  1. LINE is a popular messaging app in Thailand (a lot of locals do not use WhatsApp) which is used by locals for communication. It offers various features like voice and video calls, stickers, and group chats, making it a useful tool for keeping in touch with people while traveling. Pro tip – You can also download Line Man which is a handy delivery app.

Get the app for Android here.

Get the app for iOS here.


  1. Grab is a ride-hailing app that has become popular in Thailand, especially in the larger cities. With this app, you can easily book taxis and private cars to get around the cities, without being scammed and overcharged by drivers. You can also check out Bolt.

Get the app for Android here.

Get the app for iOS here.


  1. ViaBus is a public transportation app that provides real-time bus schedules and routes in various cities in Thailand, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. With this app, you can easily plan your route, track your bus in real-time, and get alerts on delays or changes in the schedule. Pro tip – Buses in Bangkok are even cheaper than the BTS and MRT so if you’re trying to save coin, download this app.

Get the app for Android here.

Get the app for iOS here.


  1. HappyCow is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant guide that is useful for travelers who are conscious and intentional consumers. This app can help you find nearby restaurants that offer vegan and vegetarian options (otherwise extremely challenging in Thailand) as well as read reviews and view menus. Find delivery details and reviews on this site. 

Get the app for Android here.

Get the app for iOS here.


  1. Wongnai is a popular restaurant review and discovery app in Thailand. With this app, you can search for nearby restaurants, read reviews, view menus, and make reservations. This app is particularly useful for finding local eats and discovering new restaurants and street food vendors.

Get the app for Android here.

Get the app for iOS here.


  1. Google Maps is an essential app for any backpacker or traveler in Thailand. It’s a generic suggestion, we know. BUT it’s also vital. With this app, you can easily navigate through the cities and towns of Thailand, find nearby attractions and places of interest, and plan your travel routes with ease. Pro tip – You can download routes offline to save on data expenses while you’re moving around.

Get the app for Android here.

Get the app for iOS here.


  1. Google Translate is a translation app that can help you communicate with locals and understand signs and menus in Thai. This app offers real-time translation of text and voice, making it easier to navigate the language barrier while traveling in Thailand. Thai people appreciate foreigners who try to learn their language, so if you’re trying to make nice with the locals we suggest learning a few Thai phrases while you’re here. Check out this story for our top tips.

Get the app for Android here.

Get the app for iOS here.


  1. Klook is an app that offers discounts and deals on tourist activities and attractions in Thailand. With this app, you can search for activities, read reviews, and book tickets in advance. It is a helpful tool for planning your itinerary and saving money on tours and packages.

Get the app for Android here.

Get the app for iOS here.


Some other apps that are worth checking out are Agoda (accommodation) , Skyscanner (flight tickets), 12Go Asia (transport), ThaiFriendly (social), SuperRichTH (exchange rates) and Lazada (shopping). Happy traveling y’all! 

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