Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Google Street View Comes to Thailand

Street View imagery of three major areas in Thailand is now live on Google Maps. This imagery allows users in Thailand and around the world to view and navigate 360-degree street-level imagery of greater Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. Thailand is the 35th country where Street View imagery is available.

In areas where Street View is available, you can access street-level imagery by zooming into the lowest level on Google Maps, or by dragging the orange "Pegman" icon on the left-hand side of the map onto a blue highlighted street.

Locals can use the 360˚ panoramas to check out a restaurant before arriving, figure out driving directions, arrange meeting points, or get to know their own town better.

Thai businesses can also benefit from Street View technology by embedding Google Maps directly into their site. Hotels, for example, can easily show what their guests what the building looks like on the street and also a sense of the surrounding neighborhood. And travelers to Thailand can use Street View to plan their vacations or virtually explore the country before arriving. For more tips about using Street View visit
Kei Kawai, Senior Product Manager for Street View in Google’s Mountain View, California headquarters, said “We're thrilled to extend our Street View coverage to Thailand. After the devastating floods of last year, we pushed to make these images available as quickly as possible. You can now explore three major regions and virtually experience Thai life — from breathtaking temples to beautiful beaches and everything in between.”

Google plans on continued driving of Thailand in 2012, with new imagery appearing as soon as it can be made available.

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