Has it already been a year since we sifted through mobile apps to find the top five additions to aid Cambodian holiday trips? We last listed helpful names like 5mn MTourism and Waze in the final list for 2013, so now we are back for a second round of the essential app hunt for traveling, especially within Cambodia!
Let’s start with the newest homegrown face in the group: Ouzer. Deeming itself as the “ultimate companion out there”, it aims to provide the easiest interface for you to add Khmer contacts, addresses and other sights that you come across throughout the trip. Developed by the local group ABi Technologies to possess a single-touch experience, the minimalistic design show a phonebook that can operate even offline to provide information. Who said that free apps have no style?
It is only available on the App Store so far, with options spanning around a small portion of Asia (eg. Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand), but we are sure that in time our expressions will be as amazed as the O shape in their logo.
Also hailing from Cambodia is the Phum Dict by Vantha Kheng, the co-founder of Biz Solution Cambodia. It combines three dictionaries to provide an accurate translation between English and Khmer, and just like their reviews state, it is the “best app, best Khmer dictionary”. This is particularly useful when getting directions around for your tuk tuk, or simply haggling for a price that meets your satisfaction at the bustling Central Market.
Phum Dict is available for free on both app platforms, and the Android version also gives the option of text-to-speech support with Google SpeechSynthesis. With more premium and great features rolling in from this dictionary, you are justified in taking a long break from Khmer language lessons.
Siem Reap Urban Adventures
If you prefer a combination of pretty and smart for your apps, then Everplaces’ Siem Reap Urban Adventures is what you have been looking for. Just like all the other monikers in the Urban Adventures collection, this free app does not aim to provide you with everything you NEED to know; it aims to not be “your average Siem Reap travel guide”, and instead provides you with everything you WANT to know. All the information are not crowd-sourced or cloud-sourced; nor scraped, aggregated, or the result of a poll. It is the collective knowledge gathered over decades of living in Siem Reap from a team whose primary passion is to make sure the users have the best time in their city.
How does it work? Go out for a wander around Siem Reap and when you get near to something featured within the app, there will be a friendly beep to tell you that you are near something awesome. Alternatively, there is also an integrated map within the app for you to pick out the cool spots.
Essentially, Urban Adventures is here to show you what makes the hottest Cambodian city tick — from local markets to urban escapes, and the absolute tastiest food (no matter what your budget is). Get ready to get local with this travel app!
Triposo’s Cambodia Travel Guide
We understand the real struggle when you want to explore somewhere else other than the crowd-packed Siem Reap. Leave your Lonely Planet or Frommers at home, because all you need is Cambodia Travel Guide by Triposo Inc. Curating open content to provide the best resources for any traveler, their mission is to mix, mash and annotate to distill great and relevant travel guides out of everything.
All the information can be accessed offline, including an interactive map that can be used to create personalised city walks. With smart suggestions that cover both the highlights and hidden gems, it certainly gives you the world of comprehensive data at your fingertips.
This free travel guide is available for Android users too, and it has already established a strong reputation since its launch two months ago. A slick mix of “Eating Out” dining selections, nightlife buzz, phrasebook with useful Khmer phrases, fully operational offline maps, and Cambodian history data; get ready to lead the way with the ease of national familiarity.
We have featured HotelQuickly previously when they added Cambodia to their growing list of bargain rooms, but we have to give them a special shoutout for all the backpackers who are passing by Cambodia for a night. HotelQuickly provides last-minute room deals in both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, and when we say deals, we mean really great deals at some of the nicest hotels at a hugely discounted rate.
The catch is that the rooms are usually only available for one night (or from their most recent update: up to five nights) because hotels use HotelQuickly to sell rooms for the night that would be empty otherwise. The selection changes everyday, with many of the city’s most well known four and five star hotels like Victoria Angkor Resort, Raffles Hotel Le Royal and various Frangipani classy branches within the $15 to $30 USD range. Due to the app’s popularity, the properties can vary hour by hour; so keep checking if you want that perfect room — for a night.
Available for both iOS and Android users, it does look like the need to pre-book a room before your actual arrival is voided for a more spontaneous deal. Hosting friends? Missed flight? Working late? Staycation? This app aims to be the answer to it all. Newsweek said that “last-minute, mobile-app-driven hotel booking is a rising trend”, and we cannot help but agree with them on that note.
If we missed out any useful app additions to this list, do drop us a message! We look forward to meeting the new year’s geeky multicultural nomads in Cambodia!