7 Best Apps for Travel in Vietnam

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              With just a few apps on your smartphone, traveling is easier than ever.  Unlimited amount of information can be found and actions like booking a hotel, calling a taxi, and translating a phrase can be done in minutes.  Whether you are exploring the city or off the beaten path, these 7 apps will help you experience Vietnam with ease and get the most out of your travels. 


1. Google Maps



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Everyone knows Google Maps and it is a great app to have no matter where in the world you are.  You, of course, use it to search for an attraction, restaurant, or any other location and view reviews by locals and fellow travelers like yourself.  It can also be used to plan your route to any location.  Make sure that you download the map for Vietnam while you have wifi so that you can access the map offline.  It’s a good idea to do this even if you have data in case you lose service.  Be aware that the bus feature doesn’t work for most of Vietnam, so you will have to figure out the bus system on yourself (or just visit my blog post about the location you are traveling to).  In Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City you can also download apps (mentioned below) for their local metro systems.  Google Maps is also great in conjunction with Google My Maps (also mentioned below).

Price: Free

Application Platform: Android and iOS


2. Google Translate



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Google Translate is another good app to have in any country you travel to.  You can use it to translate Vietnamese to English and vice versa.  Make sure to download the Vietnamese language so that you can use it offline.  It is also a good idea to add a Vietnamese keyboard to your phone so that you can type in Vietnamese words.

Price: Free

Application Platform: Android and iOS


3. Agoda



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Agoda is my #1 go to app for finding hotels anywhere in the world.  You can use the filters to easily find the exact type of hotel/hostel/homestay you are looking for.  Agoda is the #1 hotel app in Southeast Asia with thousands of hotel deals; giving you the lowest prices available.  The app also allows you to link your frequent flyer miles account to score some extra miles from your hotel reservations.

Price: Free

Application Platform: Android and iOS


4. My Map



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I feel like the Google My Map app is one of the best apps to use when planning your next trip.  After deciding on all of the attractions and locations I want to visit, I always create a map on My Maps and enter them all in.  This map can then be opened with Google Maps, making it easy to see all of your destinations mapped out.  You can then use Google Maps to plan your route accordingly.

Price: Free

Application Platform: Android


5. Grab



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If you are in the United States then you have probably already heard of or use Lyft (also partnered with Didi if you’re from China); Uber’s cheaper and better rival.  Grab is Lyft’s (and Didi’s) partner company in Southeast Asia.  The app works much like the Lyft app and also has the introduction of motorcycle taxis as well.  If you already have the Lyft or Didi app they will continue to work as Grab in Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia as well.

Price: Free

Application Platform: Android and iOS


6. Tìm Buýt



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When you’re in Hanoi, I recommend getting the Tìm Buýt app.  This is a great app for finding public buses in and around the city of Hanoi.  The app also allows you to track a bus and tells you how long before it arrives at your location. 

Price: Free

Application Platform: Android and iOS


7. BusMap - Xe buýt thành phố



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              BusMap is just like the Tìm Buýt app but for Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), so if you’re in Hanoi I recommend getting the Tìm Buýt app.  This is a great app for finding public buses in and around the city of Hanoi.  The app also allows you to track a bus and tells you how long before it arrives at your location. 

Price: Free

Application Platform: Android and iOS



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