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The Apps You Need to Travel Smarter in Asia

While WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in the world, three other mobile apps have come to dominate in Asia, thanks to the additional features they provide users. WeChat in China, Line in Thailand and KakaoTalk in South Korea combine messaging functionality like text and video with the features of Uber, Google Maps and Apple Pay — maps, ride-sharing technology and cashless payment options — among many others.

For travelers especially, these three apps can help to smooth planning and tap into local life. Be aware some features on

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