For travelers heading for Asia
WeChat is China’s largest social media platform—in part because the government blocks Facebook and others. Visitors will like its helpful translation tools and pay feature. WeChat Pay nominally requires a Chinese bank account, but there’s a workaround: A local friend can take cash from you and send you the same amount electronically.
Line Man is a digital assistant that’s useful throughout Asia, especially in Thailand. It helps users hail taxis, order from stores and restaurants, and ship parcels.
KakaoMap is a much better option than Google Maps in South Korea, where Google operates on a limited license. An offshoot of the messaging app KakaoTalk, KakaoMap can provide directions, locate bathrooms, and display arrival times for buses and subways. Kakao T, meanwhile, can help travelers hail taxis, look up driving directions, and find parking spots.
Source: The New York Times