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What navigation software can be used on my iPhone in Thailand?

Navigation software for iPhone in Thailand

There are at least 4 options worth mentioning:

  1. Garmin Thailand (USD 29,99): it doesn’t have have great reviews on iTunes at the moment for version 2014.20. Latest listed is version 2014.20, but I got updated directly on my iPhone to version 2105.10
  2. NOSTRA, which provides FREE map with lots of Points of Interest. Also some extra features included in the latest update, such as fuel prices   (related article: “Free Thai map for navigation on your iPhone/iPad updated”)
  3. Sygic: latest update dated October 2015 (now only USD 19,99; not long ago it was USD 33.99; could be a promo price). It covers: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau. What’s interesting, it states in the description: “FEATURES
    • High quality TomTom maps stored on iPhone ….“; the key word here is “TomTom” 😉
  4. TomTom:  USD 74.99 – Thailand only, there is also South East Asia map for USD 69.99, which covers: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Bhutan;


PAPAGO I M8 Thailand (USD 24.99)

The order listed above, has nothing to do with my preferences 😉

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NOSTRA provides free app for iOS

Free Thailand Map for iPad and iPhone

NOSTRA (the same map provider as for our Garmin devices), introduced FREE map for Thailand compatible with iPhone (optimized for iPhone 5), iPad and iPod Touch.

There have been some complaints, but…it’s a very detailed map for Thailand and it’s completely free. Provides routing and over 830,000 points of interest (hotels, bars, restaurants, gas stations, etc.)
Available in two languages: Thai and English.

You can install it directly from your device by clicking “App Store” icon. Then search for NOSTRA.


Related Links: NOSTRA Map for Thailand

Did you know? Garmin China Map

Among every time larger choice of apps form Garmin, there is also Garmin China App. At the moment you can buy it in promotion (50% off) for USD 5.99 – valid until 15 October, 2012.

Map included in this app, covers China, Hong Kong and Macau and supports PhotoReal Junction View and 3D buildings, lane assist, location sharing to SMS, traffic conditions, turn-by-turn directions and more.

Language – Chinese, but also includes: English, Indonesian, Malay, and Thai. Size: 521 MB. I thought that just the map for China will be over 1 GB.

Compatible devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th and 5th), iPad (iOS 4.0 or later).

To purchase the app, go to iTunes in your browser: http://itunes.apple.com/ph/app/garmin-china/id552285382?mt=8 or start iTunes on your computer and search for “Garmin China”.



Expected Garmin BaseCamp app for smartphones

Just came across this one (I think not planned “leak” from Garmin 🙂 ):

Taken from new Garmin fenix (GPS watch) description:
” A Basecamp mobile app allows users to transfer waypoints and tracklogs to view them on a more detailed map and larger screen of select smartphones[1].”

Whenever I try to click [1] it doesn’t take me anywhere.

Anyway, it sounds interesting and very possible, especially that the fenix comes with ANT capabilities and Bluetooth. I think fenix is a very tentative device, now even more if it’ll possible to share details with my iPhone while on hike. It’s much smaller and lighter than any of the handhelds. So really more suitable for adventurers. Wondering only about reception in difficult conditions like somewhere in the jungle. Will it be really possible to replace 62s or eTrex 30?  Doubt it.

Any thoughts, ideas about the BaseCamp app?

Garmin iPhone app


The application supports menu in English, Thai, Chinese and Malay. It consists of preloaded NAVTEQ map covering Thailand (only; some other available from iTunes). It supports dual languages on map: English and Thai, and also:

  • lane assist with photoReal junction view
  • Where Am I? locator
  • speed limits
  • 3D building and landmarks
  • location sharing via Facebook or SMS
  • trip planner
  • weather conditions and 5-day forecast
  • FREE LIFETIME MAP UPDATES (up to 2 map data updates per year)

Compatible with iPhone 3GS,4 and 4S. Also: iPod touch (3rd and 4th Generation) and iPad. Size: 488 MB. Price: USD 19.99 (promo until 8 July, 2012)
Related links: iTunes Garmin Thailand app

The app makes good impression at first. But truly I don’t think it will replace my nuvi while navigating in Bangkok where decision must be made quickly. iPhone tends to delay display of current position. Easy to notice after a turn (still showing previous driving direction).

Still it’s nice to have it just in case ;). iPhone car charger highly recommended – the GPS drain the battery really quickly.