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What is WAZE and How Do I Use it for Navigation in Thailand?

Since its inception by Israel’s Waze Mobile firm, the Waze navigation app has risen to become one of the most adored GPS navigation applications that not only run on smartphones but also on tablets. Besides providing turn-by-turn navigation data, Waze also features user-submitted route details and travel times. What’s more? This navigation app also allows you to download location-related information over the internet. Even though Waze was bought by Google for approximately $1.3 billion back in 2013, the app still exists side by side with Google Maps in complete harmony. This article will disclose you the essential features of the Waze navigation app, their benefits, and how you can use the app as your ultimate navigation software.

What is WAZE and How Do I Use it for Navigation?

As briefly highlighted earlier, Waze is the world’s leading community-based navigation and traffic app. As we speak, the app has more than 80 million drivers who outsmart accidents, traffic jams, police, road constructions, and much more with real-time road updates. Before revealing to you how to use this app, here are some of its crucial features and benefits.

The Waze Navigation App:

Features and Benefits

  • Automatic rerouting as road conditions change.
  • Live-routing according to road info and community-driven real-time traffic.
  • Up-to-date live maps constantly edited by elite Waze community map editors.
  • Single tap navigation to Calendar events and Facebook.
  • Add information on businesses and local places.
  • Turn by turn voice guided navigation.
  • See your ETA when navigating to a destination.
  • Add sync contacts and Facebook friends.
  • Community-driven road alerts including hazards, accidents, road closures, police traps, and much more.
  • Earn points and even climb your community ranks by actively reporting road info.
  • Discover the cheapest gas stations on your chosen route.

How to Use the Waze Navigation App

Even though Waze is a bit difficult to use because of its many features, you will have to explore and customize its settings to make it truly efficient. Here is how to enhance the performance of your Waze App after downloading and installing it on your device.

1. Cleaning Up the Map

Being a navigation and social app, Waze allows people to report police locations, all kinds of accidents, and many other road incidents. Even though updates are great, it can be pretty overwhelming to have all those small icons popping up on your map while driving. To solve this challenge, just pop into your settings and customize what you should view. Just follow the steps listed below.

  • Go to Settings>
  • Display Settings>
  • Show on map>
  • Uncheck everything you don’t want to see.

2. Changing How Waze Picks Your Routes

Changing how Waze determines your routes forces the app to find the shortest distance to your destination instead of the fastest. Simply follow the steps highlighted below to customize how the app picks your routes.

  • Go to settings>
  • Navigation>
  • Routing Styles>
  • Selects “Shortest” instead of “Fastest.”

3. How to Use the “Send ETA” Feature

If you live in a city that faces frequent traffic jams, being on time for any event is pretty difficult. Fortunately, you can inform your friends or those you are meeting about where you are and your expected time of arrival (ETA). Here is how to do it.

  • Just tap the time at the bottom of your display>
  • Tap the “Send ETA” button>
  • Share your location data and ETA with friends as long as they use Waze.

4. Setting up Your Gas Preferences

Besides helping you to sort your fuel information by distance, price or brand, the Waze app also allows you to select your favorite fuel type. To change the app’s gas pricing stations and information, follow the steps below.

  • Go to settings>
  • Gas Stations and Prices>
  • Change how Waze shows nearby gas stations when you search for them.

5. Turning the App off When You Aren’t Driving

  • Just tap the Waze icon on the bottom left>
  • Next, tap on the power icon>
  • Waze automatically enters sleep mode to save your battery and data.

Final Thoughts

Just by turning on Waze while driving, you will be contributing lots of useful real-time traffic data to your community. Even though Google Maps remains great, Waze can be absolutely awesome especially in cities prone to traffic jams if you apply the tweaks elaborated on this page. Apart from being pretty good on rerouting, Waze is also ideal for alerting you about police checks, accidents, and other incidents on the road. The app’s little but crucial features, for instance, road closure information and Waze’s traffic jam estimations ensure that you not only reach your destination quicker but also safe.

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Sygic vs Google Maps – Which One is Better for Thailand?

Even though a smartphone is an ever-present GPS gadget just waiting for your beck and call, its guidance is only as good as the navigation application you have installed. There are uncountable mapping apps, both paid and free to choose from. These mapping applications can not only show you nearby points of interest but also guide you to different locations, track your location in real-time, and even keep you updated about traffic in some cities. This “Sygic vs Google Maps” expert comparison article will disclose to you which navigation app is better for Thailand.

Sygic vs Google Maps – Which One is Better for Thailand?

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Coming soon: what navigation app should I consider in Thailand?

We are writing a short review on some of the most popular navigation apps used in Thailand. We will consider Garmin Thailand, TomTom, Sygic, Waze, Navmii. We will also relate to Google Maps.

If you have any suggestion, please let us know, so we can include the information in the next article (comment below or send us an e-mail).

At the current stage of testing, I can say that Garmin is still my number one choice for GPS navigation in Thailand. I’m not sure if it is because I’ve been using Garmin devices for years, or is that because it is still the best available navigation app for Thailand (I will try not to be biased). Some of the apps are performing pretty well in Bangkok, but when it comes to rural areas or smaller cities, Garmin provides better results. Garmin also does a better job calculating the best, fastest route to a destination. Sygic and TomTom tend to take me way around for some reason.

Stay tuned. We will be back shortly with some more details.

New map update now available for download (2015.20)

Garmin Thailand updated map to version 2015.20 

The map is already available for download from Currently only for Thai language and DUO maps (TH/EN). For English version please visit your local dealer for details. 

Direct link to map update on


Garmin Thailand about to introduce a new product – ACTION CAMERAS: VIRB X/XE


VIRB XE overview

The VIRB XE action camera shoots rich, high-definition, wide-angle footage at 1080p60, 12 megapixel photos at up to 30 frames per second, and captures more of your action. Designed for the toughest environments, VIRB XE is able to dive to 50 meter depths without a case, allowing capture of cleaner and clearer audio. Powered by Garmin GPS, G-Metrix allows you to track and overlay how fast, how far, how high and how intense the moment truly was.

Garmin Thailand announced new model – Driving Recorder GDR 190

New model announced – Garmin Driving Recorder GDR 190

GDR 190 use F2.0 large aperture lens with high-sensitive lighting, increase the amount of light at night allowing you to capture pictures of the night with low noise for clearer images. Beyond the industry’s level of true 200° ultra-wide angle, producing images without distortion even on both sides of the road traffic.

Built-in GPS function
Real-time traffic video records, maps, tracks, coordinates, time and speed, and this information can be applied to the PC TOOL image file management software, a complete record. Continue reading

Save 1,100 THB on VIVOSMART – Garmin’s fitness tracker

Garmin in Thailand decreased price for VIVOSMART, now only 5,490 THB (6,590 THB)

This stylish activity tracker familiarizes itself with the user’s current activity levels, and encourages them to work a bit harder towards a healthy lifestyle with personalized daily goals. To add to this, the Garmin Vivosmart offers easy operation and is appointed with a touchscreen, which displays steps, time of day, distance traveled, goal countdown, move bar, calories and much more.


Another 2015 revolutionary model from Garmin – Forerunner 225

New model with wrist-based heart rate monitoring system introduced by Garmin – FORERUNNER 225




Right now available only on Garmin Website for pre-order. Expected to appear in the market in the second quarter of this year.

Related links: 

  1. Garmin announcing new model on Garmin Blog
  2. Forerunner 225 (description and specs)


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