Thailand in Your Hand
A new Amazing Thailand free application that works on multiple devices has been released by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). It is being promoted as Thailand in Your Hand, and it is a serious attempt to promote tourism using the available digital technology. There are currently many different mobile device apps which have been created for tourists in Thailand but so far none of these has been particularly noteworthy. This new app is generating quite a bit of positive feedback.
[flickr]6915027628[/flickr] TAT is using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to promote the app – their Facebook page alone has over a quarter of a million likes. The Tourism Authority of Thailand believes that by focusing on the digital market it will give them access to a 300 million potential visitors.
Amazing Thailand App Functions
The main menu of the Amazing Thailand App is divided into 6 options:
The front page of this section covers the top 10 destinations in Thailand and includes:
- Ko Samui
- Chiang Mai
- Ko Chang
- Hua Hin
- Chiang Rai
There is a button at the bottom of the page where people can have access to the other 80 locations – these are divided by region.
Users of the app can find useful information about each location by choosing from a menu which includes:
- Where to stay
- How to go
- Where to eat
- Where to go
This option uses Google maps. It allows the individual to see their current position so they can find out what is located nearby. In order to use this function the user will need to have an internet connect and allow their device to locate them. There is not currently much more to this option than what is already available with Google maps on a mobile device.
This area of the app lists all the interesting events that are happening around the country. Users can choose a month and see if there is anything interesting going on in Thailand. One disappointment with this section is that it currently only displays events for the next 3 months.
This option mostly lists special promotions on hotels, resorts, and guest houses around the country. There is also information about special discounts for restaurants and special deals on various activities.
This option provides additional interesting information about Thailand including:
This section allows the user to add some personalized data such as photographs.
Amazing Thailand for Multiple Devices
This free application has been created to be used on a number of different devices including:
This is a free app so it is definitely worth downloading if people are planning a trip to Thailand. In order to get the best from it the user will need an internet connection. Some of the functions can be a bit buggy but hopefully there will be further updates to rectify any problems. It is definitely the best app of its kind to date.