The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently launched a new website with a collection of mobile applications for the most common smartphones and tablets.
Although the applications have been developed mainly for tourists, they will most likely be appreciated by foreign English teachers in Thailand as well — as long as you either have an iPhone/iPad, an Android device, a Blackberry, or a Nokia smartphone. Some applications are available for several different devices while some applications are only available for a specific platform.
Some of my favorite applications I have downloaded for my iPhone include:
- Amazing Thailand, which provides useful information about the most common destinations in the country, lists events, provides shopping tips, and explains the most popular dishes in the Thai cuisine. There are also versions of Amazing Thailand for Phuket, Chiang Mai, Blissful Honeymoon, and Golf Paradise.
- Top 50 Amazing Experiences in Thailand provides great ideas for places to see and things to do while in Thailand: the Hall of Opium in the Golden Triangle Park, the National Elephant Institute, and the whitewater rafting tours in Kaeng Hin Phoeng. If you ever wonder what to do during a long weekend, this app will come to the rescue.
- Speak Thai is a personal translator with over 2,500 words that helps you communicate with Thai people anywhere and anytime. Useful sentences are grouped in nine categories, including shopping, travel, eating out, and leisure & sports. Each of the terms and sentences is shown in English, Thai, and transliterated Thai, as well as spoken to ensure you will get the pronunciation right.
If you have a smartphone, head over to TAT’s mobile applications site.