Mobile phone essential for Thailand holiday?

Individuals travelling through Asia may want to make sure they bring their phone with them.

This is because a survey carried out by TripAdvisor – which could interest those gearing up for Thailand holidays – found that 38 per cent of respondents use the device for a purpose other than making calls when away.

Some 65 per cent of those observed they used it for taking photos, 54 per cent connected to the internet to find out information, 48 per cent keep abreast of breaking news and 52 per cent get directions.

Mike Putnam, director of mobile product for TripAdvisor, said: "Smartphone adoption around the world is skyrocketing and is fundamentally changing the way people get travel advice."

Visitors to Thailand looking to find out what major cultural attractions there are in the country could get this information from their handset.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand recently launched the Stopover Bangkok Project, which looks to encourage people to have a one or two-day break in the city, instead of flying straight through it.