Southeast Asia travel apps

Jun 15, 2010

I live in Southeast Asia and run a website ( about travelling in the region so these are some apps I think are pretty useful for the region.

Wi-Fi Finder

The best way to dodge the overseas roaming ripoff from your telecom provider is to rely on WiFi and I found this app to be surprisingly good. It’s not perfect, but not far off. I’d rate it an essential.


AccuWeather – Weather for Life

With the ability to add up to 15 locations and have access to a 15-day forecast, this is a terrrific app for those days when you can’t decide if you should head north to the hills or south to the beach. Only thing missing is a surf report!


Sleep Cycle alarm clock

A new country and a new bed can bring all sorts of sleeping challenges. Those Hanoi shysters will eat you for breakfast if you’re wandering around bleary eyed from a bad night’s sleep. Use this app to wake you just at the right moment. It sounds like a gimmick, but it works.



If you’re heading to Thailand, this is the best Thai language app in the store — bar none. World Nomads also offers a bunch of light language primers for the region.



Stay in touch on the road and use it for recommendations along the way. Tweetups are happening all across the region and can be a great way to meet up with locals.


Top 10 Bangkok

It does exactly what it says on the can. This straightforward guide to Bangkok doesn’t have a lot of depth, but what it does have, it does well. Ideal for short visits and for those who just want a brief overview. Worth the money.

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Postage ~ Facebook, Twitter and email sharing of postcards

I love this app. It is beautiful and intuitive to use and makes it real easy to take a happy shot and bundle it off to a friend by email. Look Mum — no stamps!


Hostel Hero

This works off the popular HostelWorld site so has a focus on budget accommodation. Does a far better job of delivering the goods than HostelWorld does, including streetview for some locations (not in Asia though).


TripAdvisor Hotels Flights Restaurants

I’m not TripAdvisor’s biggest fan, but this app is actually pretty good. It’s essentially a ported version of their website, locallised to where you are and bundled with the best picks (according to their readers). I found the information to be surprisingly good.


Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, Cambodia travel guide

Thought I’d finish off the list with one of our own apps. In this case for Angkor Wat in Cambodia. We’ve got a bunch of these for different destinations in the region and offer free LITE versions as well. I’ll refrain from hyperbole, but we reckon they’re the best in the Appstore 🙂


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