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‘Greg’s Bangkok’ – My Very Own Walking Tour App

Well, it’s taken the better part of 18 months, but the Bangkok walking tour app that I’ve helped put together is finally available for download! As of launch, there are 4 tours available that take you on foot through some of Bangkok’s most interesting areas, from a quick food walk through Chinatown to a half-day route that takes you clear across the city (don’t worry – part of it is on a boat). Using your iPhone’s GPS, you follow the mapped route while listening to an audio track (ahem, me) talk about the area you’re walking through. Bonus: headphones block out the noise of Bangkok!

The app started almost two years ago when my friends Bessie and Kyle asked me to put the content together for a walking tour app. They had already launched one for Vienna and wanted to see if they could add Bangkok to the mix. It sounded like a great idea, so I got started.

However, I soon found out that mapping a route, researching its noteworthy points, writing the script, and recording, re-recording & editing the audio took a long time, much longer than I had anticipated. On top of all that I had my regular job and life to lead, so the process got stretched out a bit.

What you'll see on iTunes.

What you’ll see on iTunes.

And then the anti-government protests started up (again). It wasn’t a problem until people started getting killed (again), travel warnings were put out for Thailand (again), and a coup and curfew threw everyone into panic (again). So when, after 6 months, things got back to “normal” (or as close as they can, anyway), we thought it was finally okay to release.

If you’re coming to Thailand, or even live here and want to dig a bit deeper into an area you might not be familiar with, please give the app a try. It’s $2.99 (95 baht) on the app store (sorry, no Android) which is less than a Starbucks coffee. Well, at least the one I buy every day. If it’s received well, I have a few more tours in the back of my mind that I’d love to add in the future.

Two screenshots from inside the app.

Two screenshots from inside the app.

And if you’re wondering, yes, I was a bit concerned that using my cartoon face as the icon for the app would seem a bit douchey, but we decided that it was colorful, unique, and representative of me. That app, after all, is called Greg’s Bangkok.

I hope you like it.

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8 Comments

  1. Greg,

    Downloading the app now and can’t wait to try it.
    What an achievement my friend. This is something you should be very proud of. Well done and hope it sells thousands!

    Scott

  2. That’s a wonderful travel tool and I am sure it will be a huge success… BUT: no Android? :( Hope the developers will decide to put it on Android one day.

    Cheers,

  3. Greg

    That’s great congrats, Will download , But won’t be in Bangkok till January. To try it out .
    Good luck
    Guy

  4. Greg
    Pretty cool app.
    I we like the History and the Personal Commentary from someone who knows this city.
    Enjoying it from the comfort of our bedroom but Can’t wait to try it out on the streets of BKK .
    Note . Glad you know and Mentioned Chai. , He is Amazing , we go see him a few times When we are in town Nurse a ( Thai women )sings with him she is great as well . We Usually see him at Nothing the blues , Saxophones and Maggie choose . I did not know about 13Th will Definitely GO.
    Take care

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