So, you've booked a trip to Vietnam!
You’ll soon find yourself surrounded by natural beauty, friendly faces, and lots and lots of motorbikes.
Vietnam is quite different from the western world.
Though it’s not difficult to find your way around, it doesn’t hurt to have a little technological help.
We’re all guilty of depending on apps to help us through our daily lives.
But a good app is even more beneficial when you’re traveling in a foreign country.
While I don’t play favorites with my apps, these seven have become a part of my normal routine here in Vietnam.
They’ve saved my life countless times, made things a hell of a lot easier, and saved me lots of unnecessary stress – and money!
If you can only download one of these apps, I suggest you download Grab. Grab is like Vietnamese Uber, only much better. You can choose a Grab car, taxi, or motorbike to pick you up (motorbikes being the cheapest).
A Grab is much cheaper than booking transport through your accommodation or hailing a taxi. No more haggling on the streets for a cheap price or trying to explain directions to your cab driver. Type in your address, order a driver, and bam! You’ll be on your way in minutes. You’ll know exactly how much cash to pay your driver and the GPS will take you where you need to go.
But the best part about Grab? Grab food! Just click the “food” button and order delivery from your favorite spots around town. A Grab driver will then deliver food to your doorstep. I can’t rave enough about Grab!
Maps.me is one I recently started using and it’s a life saver!
Maps.me is like Google Maps, only you don’t need WiFi to get directions.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’re good to get directions without any wireless connection.
Just pull up Maps.me and use it whenever you’re lost – no internet needed!
For the directionally challenged, this one is a serious game changer.
Lazy and hungry? Sick and hungry? Don’t want to go outside in the heat, but you’re hungry?
Vietnammm has got your back!
This food delivery app has got fast food, restaurants, and lots of local delights ready to be ordered and brought to your doorstep at the push of a button.
4. A Currency Converter
No savvy traveler would head out on the road without a currency converter app on their phone.
It’s easy to forget how much money you’re spending in local currency, so make sure to download one of these apps (there are tons in the app store).
It will help you stay on track with your money.
5. Google Translate
Having Google Translate on my phone has done wonders for making connections with locals.
I also can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed to translate small things for Grab or taxi drivers.
It’s always good to have the app handy!
WhatsApp is the perfect app for texting/calling all the new friends you’re going to make overseas.
It allows people with different country codes to communicate without using cellular service.
It’s an easy way to connect with people from any part of the world.
I use WhatsApp just as much as Facebook messenger to communicate.
It’s a must have for any traveler!
7. Google Photos
Things happen overseas – phones get stolen, dropped, lost, and water damaged.
The last thing you want is to lose all your travel photos, so make sure you have your photos backed up!
Google Photos will back up all your pics whenever you open the app.
Just make a quick account, open the app from time to time, and it will automatically start saving everything you have.
It’s super easy to use!
And in the off chance something happens to your phone, you’ll be thankful you have the app.