Google Street View is Coming to Thailand

September 1, 2011

During a press conference this afternoon, the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Google announced a partnership for “Promoting Thai Tourism through the use of Google Street View”.  Street View in Google Maps lets you explore places through 360-degree street-level imagery, whether you’re looking at locations in your town or across the globe. With Street View, you can check out a restaurant before going there, find beautiful places around the world to visit on your next vacation, or check out neighborhoods when you’re looking to move. For Thailand, they are hoping that the street view pictures of tourist attractions will help boost tourism.

A fleet of specially equipped cars will soon be heading out onto the streets of Bangkok. The Google cars have 15 lenses taking 360 degrees of photos. It also has motion sensors to track its position, a hard drive to store data, a small computer running the system, and lasers to capture 3D data to determine distances within the Street View imagery. It normally takes at least a few months to process the collected images before they appear online. It is estimated that it could even take two to three years to have a comprehensive map of Thailand with street view coverage. More information and samples of street view can be found at

RELATED BLOG: Google Street View Officially Launched in Thailand

Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand press release and Twitter account of TAT Governor @IamSuraphon

16 Responses to Google Street View is Coming to Thailand

  1. JohnH on September 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    If they head to Pattaya then it might be a good idea to close the street bars temporarily. Otherwise a few wives back home might be filing divorce papers.

    • Andrew on September 2, 2011 at 2:13 am

      You must not be familiar with, then.

      But I’m very happy GSV will be doing Bangkok. Really looking forward to it.

  2. Richard Barrow on September 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    As it is a partnership with the TAT, I am sure that they will be “steering” the cars themselves. Anyway, Google is very aware with the problems arising from privacy. Going down Walking Street will just open a big can of worms for everyone.

  3. JayFromBKK on September 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Open a can of worms, or just make it harder for Thai authorities to sweep the dirt under the rug yet again?

  4. tom on September 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    what a great way to find gambling dens in bangkok

    • Freon on January 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

      …and opium dens!

  5. Andreas Hörstemeier on September 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Hopefully not just the touristic areas of Bangkok, but also the less-known parts of the city and other towns later. Great news.

  6. Judy Martin on September 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Thai “street view” makes me think of sidewalks w/obstacle course of posts & holes 🙂 And glimpsing families watching TV in their shop- turned living room after closing. And humble dwellings adorned w/ orchids planted in recycled cans, hanging from eaves.

  7. geomark on September 2, 2011 at 10:12 am

    This is good news. But how about they update the Google Maps satellite imagery for the country? There are vast areas with imagery that is more than 10 years old.

    • Richard Barrow on September 2, 2011 at 10:31 am

      There has actually been quite a few updates for satellite images, though I do agree that instead of the updates for the same areas they should work on places that don’t have anything yet.

  8. Starbase Aviation on September 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Promoting Thai Tourism through the use of Google Street View is really a great idea..

  9. Mac Paco on September 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Google should have got you for that job Richard..! ;-D

  10. Richard Barrow on September 3, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Yes, I would love that job. Where do I sign up?

  11. Freon on January 18, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I’ve been waiting for a street view of Bangkok. Is there any way to receive notification when it goes online?

    • Richard Barrow on January 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      I don’t think so, but I will certainly blog about it here and also tweet when I hear about it (@RichardBarrow)

  12. steve on January 21, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    The Street view cars came through Khao Lak 3 weeks ago. We all saw them but they didn’t stop.

    There is no notification of exact routes as they were being ambushed by various nuts and in one case in Germany, a bunch of people staged a birth as the car passed.

    Newsfeed from the time.

    Sure the drivers will impart info under duress…. or chang beer.

Leave a Reply