7 Smartphone Apps to Download When Traveling to Vietnam

Nowadays, traveling to some faraway places has become so much easier, thanks to the Internet. If you’re thinking of traveling to Vietnam, it’s important that you come prepared. Aside from applying for your Vietnam Visa in advance, you also need to have the necessary Smartphone apps that can help to make your travel to the country smoother, safer, and more convenient. So here’s a list of the most useful smartphone apps to download when going to Vietnam for a holiday.

1. Agoda

Vietnam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia and the best hotels are often get booked easily, especially during the peak season. So to ensure that you’ll have a place to stay upon your arrival in the country, book your hotel in advance through the Agoda app. Using the app is so easy and what’s great is that they offer the cheapest rates online. You also get to earn reward points that you can use to pay for your future bookings.

2. Google Maps

In cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, most of the tourist sites are only a walking distance away from each other. But in order to find your way in the city, make sure you have the Google Map app downloaded on your phone. The map is also useful in locating the hotel you have booked. Aside from giving you directions, the app can also provide you with details on how long it will take for you to reach a particular place and if there are other alternative routes to take. It’s also very useful in locating the nearest café or restaurant whenever you feel like taking a rest after a long walk.

3. XE Currency Exchange

Almost everything in Vietnam is pretty cheap but there are times when you may need to know how much a particular product costs in your own local currency. When it comes to this, the XE Currency Exchange app is very useful. It provides you with the latest currency exchange rates of more than 180 currencies worldwide, including Vietnam’s local currency, VND. Before you get your dollars exchanged to Vietnamese Dong, it will be useful to refer to the app so you will know if you are being quoted with the right rate.

4. TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is a very useful app for travelers visiting Vietnam, especially in the forum section where you get to ask tips from fellow travelers and some local experts in the country. It also displays a list of the best hotels of a particular city you are visiting, as well as the best sights and restaurants, along with reviews from travelers who have visited these places themselves. You will surely learn a lot about Vietnam in the TripAdvisor app, so it’s highly recommended that you download it especially if you’re visiting the country for the first time.

5. Google Translate

Although more and more Vietnamese are becoming fluent with the English language, there are times where you may need to communicate with a local who doesn’t speak a single English word. In this case, the Google Translate app is very useful. You simply have to type into the app in English and it will immediately translate the words in the local Vietnamese language. Show your phone to the Vietnamese local so he or she can read whatever it is that you’re trying to say. When the local talks back in the Vietnamese language, you can record it in the app and the app will then translate it to you in English.

6. Grab

Grab is a popular ride-sharing app that’s also available in Vietnam. It’s a very safe and convenient way to book a taxi since it will record in the app the name of the driver and the details of the car and will be sent to your email at the end of your trip. Also, it’s a great app to avoid those taxi drivers who are trying to trick foreign travelers into paying more. With Grab, you’ll know ahead how much you will pay for the trip and whatever is the amount that’s displayed on the app is what you’ll only pay. Plus, there’s an option to pay with your credit card on the app. This is very useful for when you run out of Vietnamese dong on your way to the airport.

7. Foody

If you don’t feel like going out of your hotel for dinner, download the Foody app to get your food delivered! The app provides you with a list of restaurants near you and you just need to click on the restaurant to order from their menu. You can also filter your search. For instance, if you are craving for a bowl of Pho, the app will display all restaurants serving Pho so you can order from them. There are also reviews and ratings on each restaurant so you will know which of them are the best.

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