Official statement in regards to my work at Eagle GPS

So, this is official:

As I’m still getting some requests related to my work at Eagle GPS, I thought I need to make an official statement.

Since the beginning of August 2105, I do not work at Eagle GPS anymore. Although I may be still involved for some time to help in transition, I do not officially represent Eagle GPS at this point.  It’s been very interesting 10 years. Lots of experience gained and lessons learnt. It does feel strange to leave after all these years spent on building this business, which we started together with my brother – without him, there would not be Eagle GPS. There are no words to thank him enough: “Thank you very much for all your help my brother!!!”. He is a very unique person and all who met him, know what I mean.

As I can’t completely leave this part of my life behind, I am still around. If you need to contact me: twitter:, send me e-mail or just comment below.

Thank you so much for all your support over the years!!! You know that I greatly appreciate it!!! 


Kind regards,



Garmin in Thailand announced map update - City Navigator 2015.20

The new map version 2015.20 is now available for download from (direct link to download page). Currently only for devices with Thai OS (see below listed models), available in Thai and DUO map (Thai/English). To get just the English version, the device has to be sent to ESRI in Bangkok (address below). You can also contact your local dealer, they should be able to provide the shipping service for you.

Other available updates:
1. Malsing map (Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei): at the moment on version 2014.30 is available. For the latest check the source: MALSING MAPS.
2. Golf courses for Approach S4 and Approach S2/S3
Before updating the map it is recommended to update the unit’s software (devices with Thai OS! – see below the list). PLEASE MAKE SURE THE BATTERY IS CHARGED, as if the unit runs out of power during the software update, it will cause very serious, usually unrepairable damage to the unit.

Related links:
Instruction on how to update the map in Thai

Instruction on how to update the map in English
Nuvi models sold in Thailand with the Thai OS:
nuvi 55/40/42 / 215W / 1250/1360/1460/2465 / 2465LM / 2467LM / 2565 / 2567LM / 2575 / 2575LM / 3560LM / 3592LM / 4592LM / 3770 / 3790V

If you have any questions/suggestions related to the Garmin Thailand map update…leave a comment 

ESRI address:

ESRI (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Telematics Department
Sathorn Nakorn Tower, 100/38-39, 22nd floor, North Sathon Road, Silom
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500

Tel.: 0-2636-8421, Fax:02-2669949,
Customer Care: 0-2266-9944 e-mail:
N13° 43.380 E100° 31.813
บริษัท อีเอสอาร์ไอ (ประเทศไทย) จำกัด
แผนก Telematics
อาคารสาธรนคร 100/38-39 ชั้น 22 ถนนสาทรเหนือ แขวงสีลม
เขตบางรัก กรุงเทพฯ 10500

โทร: 0-2636-8421, แฟกซ์: 0-2266-9949,
Customer Care: 0-2266-9944 e-mail:
N13° 43.380 E100° 31.813

Forerunner 225 with Wrist-Based Heart Rate coming to Thailand

We didn’t have to wait long to have the new model Forerunner 225 available in Thailand. We got a confirmation that this very first GPS Running Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate from Garmin will be available from 9th July, 2015.

Price: 10,900 THB

Bundle: …..right, not needed; no more HRM strap required 😉

To pre-order visit EAGLE GPS, or send an e-mail.

Related articles: NEW! Forerunner 225 with wrist-based heart rate monitor

Garmin Thailand: map updated to version 2015.10

Map for Garmin devices in Thailand had been updated to version 2015.10.

There is no official announcement stating numbers on what exactly had been improved. At the moment we can only compare the size of the map files.


2014.30 (previous map version) 2015.10 (current version)
Thai 458 MB Thai 476 MB
Eng 298 MB Eng 307 MB
DUO 712 MB DUO 735 MB

Related links:

New price reduction for some of the Garmin's fitness devices

Garmin in Thailand decreased prices for:

  1. Vivosmart (activity tracker compatible with smart phones) – 5,490 THB (6,590 THB)
  2. Garmin Forerunner 220 (GPS running watch) – 7,700 THB (8,700 THB); bundle (with Heart Rate Monitor) – 9,400 THB (10,500 THB);
  3. Garmin Forerunner 620 (touchscreen GPS running watch) – 12,500 THB (13,300 THB); bundle (with HRM) – 14,300 THB (15,500 THB);

Garmin in Thailand reducing price for Driving Recorder with GPS - GDR45

Great news: from today (21st May), ESRI decreased price over 15% for GDR 45. New price: 6,200 THB.

From my experience this model getting out of stock quickly. To order from Eagle GPS click here.

More about Garmin GDR45 on reviews.


Garmin Vivoactive review

After Garmin introduced Vivoactive in Thailand, there have been quite a few gadget hunters asking about this model. I’m not surprised, I’m one of them. Here is a review providing hopefully enough information. Otherwise, just let me know. Any questions, comments very welcome (except folks selling SEO services, viagxx etc 😉 – those comments are NOT welcome).


Garmin vivoactive

Here comes the Garmin Vivoactive Review:

Garmin VivoactiveGarmin is known to design and produce some of the best high tech GPS equipment in the market, and the Vivoactive is no different! Regarded as the first sport enthusiast’s smartwatch, the Vivoactive is not just limited to running activities, but designed for more than one sport. So if you indulge in a variety of activities that require specific tracking features and GPS, the Vivoactive is a powerful contender. This GPS watch is able to direct crucial data such as texts, calls and other notifications from your phone to your wrist, and captures detailed data about your swims, bike rides, runs and even golf games.
Garmin VivoactiveWith regards to golf tracking, the onsite GPS and Garmin’s huge library of over 38,000 golf courses available for download lets you know exactly how far you are from the hole, and where exactly you are from the green. Adding to this, it measures distances to the front, center and back of the green and layups, and even keeps track of individual stroke plays and the score.
The Vivoactive is simply a jack of all trades, and apart from its sports tracking capabilities also serves as a fitness tracker and smartwatch. The many notifications that are directed from your phone to the Vivoactive may seem overwhelming, but good news is that they disappear after roughly 10 seconds and are stored for future viewing in the notifications menu. In terms of its swimming tracking, this watch is waterproof up to an astounding 50 meters, which for most swimmers is completely sufficient.

What’s in the Box?

  • Vivoactive watch
  • Band
  • Quick start guide
  • USB charging cable
  • Soft strap heart rate monitor (optional)


Vivoactive9,700 THB



Vivoactive bundle11,100 THB for bundle (with heart rate monitor)




Garmin ViovoactiveVivoactive Features and Design
Upon first glance, the Garmin Vivoactive looks relatively similar to the Apple Smartwatch owing to its featherweight and slim design at just 0.32 inches thick. With regards to its weight, the watch weighs just 38 grams, making it the lightest GPS watch in its class or at least one produced by any exclusive and esteemed sports company. Add to this is a slender 1.38 color touchscreen complete with two buttons, one on each side.
The button on the right side takes care of several of the watch’s functions such as accessing the settings and starting and stopping activities, and the left side button handles the power functions such as briefly turning on the backlight for roughly 5 seconds (to save battery power) and powering on/off. All other functions of the Vivoactive are achieved by either touching or tapping the screen.
The watchband is crafted of traditional rubberized plastic that is extremely comfortable, and available in a choice of black or white colors. If that’s not enough choices, you can also dress up your Vivoactive with a black or white leather band or 5 different color silicone bands. Just like a traditional fitness band, the Vivoactive is able to keep track of your calories burned, steps taken, distances travelled and even sleep.

When paired with optional sensors, the device can track ambient temperature, running cadence, heart rate as well as pedaling cadence and speed for cycling. As mentioned before, this GPS smartwatch can display notifications, calendar items, text, emails and calls right on your wrist, but you do need access to your smartphone to reply to them. One of the noteworthy features of the Garmin Vivoactive is the “Find My Phone” app, which will cause your phone to ring in the event it is misplaced.

Garmin also provides access to its very own app store for free – IQ Connect Store, which can be accessed via the Garmin Connect smartphone app to download widgets, apps and faces to look at data in a whole new way. When new apps and widgets are available, they can be they can be instantly downloaded and installed without even plugging in the Vivoactive to a computer.

Setting up the Vivoactive

Getting started with your Vivoactive as simple as using it and entails downloading the Garmin Express software from the official website and signing up for a Garmin connect account. To receive smartphone notifications on the smartwatch, you will have to download and install the Garmin Connect mobile app and pair it with your smartphone. Simply tap on the widget located in the main menu or the setting button and then swipe until you arrive at a Bluetooth screen to manage your notifications such as turning them on or off.

Using the Garmin Vivoactive

With the Vivoactive, you do have to worry about syncing your data such as daily activities and workouts as it does this task on auto-pilot when connected to the Garmin mobile app via Bluetooth. For syncing data right away, you can either plug the device into a computer and use the Garmin Express software or refresh the buttons on the app. Another superb feature of the Vivoactive is its ability to function as a standalone device, meaning you can view your stats such as calories, step count and distance travelled right on the watch by tapping on the history widget and without opening the mobile app.

Garmin states that the battery of the Vivoactive when fully charged will last for 3 weeks, but will be less if you use GPS functionality, other functions or streaming notifications from your smartphone to your watch. The Vivoactive is designed to collect a wide range of data such as speed, elevation and pace distance for runners and cyclists and indoor and outdoor swimming metrics for swimmers, which are all displayed in the Garmin Connect app screen or online.

The Vivoactive also provides you data about your nocturnal patterns such as the number of hours you slept and your movements, without the need to press any buttons or putting the device into sleep mode. Other advanced tracking features of the Garmin Vivoactive are VO2 max, vertical oscillation and even measure your step per minute cadence right from your wrist, which in itself it a unique feature for wrist-worn wearables.

The Garmin Connect mobile app is well laid out provides a detailed view of individual workouts and activity tracking at the top and in chronological order at the bottom. All the data is then displayed through clear graphs to offer you a comprehensive insight of your workouts, all from your smartphone. With the Garmin Connect mobile app, you can also earn virtual badges for motivation, and join online challenges with other users.


  • Smart notifications
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Onsite GPS and step tracking
  • VO2 max and vertical oscillation measurement
  • Garmin Connect app
  • Seamless management of notifications


  • Menus can be overwhelming in the beginning
  • Sleep tracking not up to par with other similar devices
  • Only one programmable alarm

Garmin Vivoactive Key Features:

  • High resolution color touchscreen display
  • Can be paired with a compatible smartphone
  • Onsite GPS capabilities
  • Measures distance, time and speed
  • Over 38,000 courses worldwide
  • Free downloads of data fields, watch faces, widgets and apps
  • Battery when fully charged lasts up to 3 weeks
  • Optional 5 different color swappable bands to choose from

Final Thoughts:
The Garmin Vivoactive is a unique fitness device that is designed to appeal to a wide audience. It can be used to for several different sports and boasts solid features especially considering its price tag. All the data can be controlled seamlessly with a dedicated app and online and is a great choice for day to day use. Garmin also provides free access to its app IQ Connect Store, from where you can download widgets, apps and faces specifically for the Vivoactive. You can also customize your Vivoactive with different color bands and also leather or silicone bands. Garmin has bundled an amazing set of features in this fitness tracker so if you’re looking for a smartwatch that can handle your truly active lifestyle, the Vivoactive is the ultimate choice.

Related links:

  1. Into Sports on Eagle GPS (9,700 THB, bundle 11,100 THB)
  2. Vivoactive minisite on Garmin 
  3. Vivoactive – “Join the movement” on Garmin 
  4. CONNECT IQ store

Upcoming price reduction for activity tracker Vivofit 2

Starting from 1st May, 2015, Garmin in Thailand is planning to reduce price for vivofit 24,750 THB, 3,990 THB.

Considering that vivofit 2 on Garmin’s website is listed for USD 129.99, which is approximately 4,300 THB, the promotion price 3,990 THB sounds very attractive.

Vivofit 2 key features:

  • vivofit 2very unique for available in the market activity trackers, vivofit offers 1+ year battery life
  • thanks to easily noticeable red bar on the top display, reminds you to stay active
  • it also learns your activity level and suggest personalized daily goal
  • shows steps, calories, distance and time of day on backlit display; monitors sleep
  • automatically syncs to Garmin Connect™ to save, plan and share progress
  • supports heart rate monitor data (HRM included in the bundle version)
  • consists of backlight, beeper and activity timer.

Some more information about vivofit 2 on official Garmin’s blog (2-4):

  1. Garmin vivofit 2 minisite
  2. Garmin vivofit 2: Getting started
  3. Garmin vívofit 2: Moving Beyond the Basics
  4. Feature Focus: Backlight and Audible Alert on vívofit 2


Is it worth buying? If you are not too active and commit yourself for a change, definitely you should consider buying one of those: vivofit 2 (from 1st May – 3,990 THB) , vivosmart (5,990 THB) and the latest GPS Smartwatch VivoActive (9,700 THB) . I had started with the very first vivofit, and after months of using, I have to admit that it did help me to get into the right habit of exercise and being more physically active on daily bases. As we are all becoming more “civilized”, we shouldn’t skip hi-tech “toys”, which can actually help us improving our most valuable gem – health!

Map on Garmin Thailand app updated to version 2015.10

Map update (version 2015.10) is now available for Garmin Thailand app on iTunes. If you don’t have it yet, you can visit iTunes and purchase the application for USD 29.99,-

The application requires at least iOS version 7.0 and is compatible with  iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
You can visit iTunes for more details.

The map files takes 461 MB, so before you start the update, make sure that you have enough free space on your device.
How to find how much free space you have on your iPhone? Click: settings > general > usage > and there under “STORAGE” you’ll find “Available”.

How to update the map on your iPhone (I presume that you already have the app installed):
1. Start the application and press “Settings”:

Garmin Thailand app

2. Then “myMaps”:

Garmin Thailand App

3. “Map Management”:

Garmin Thailand App

4. And finally “Download”:

Garmin Thailand App

5. In the final step you will have to restart the application:

Garmin Thailand App



Price for vivosmart decreases

Garmin vivosmart

Yesterday’s introductions of new models is bringing some good moves. Garmin activity tracker vivosmart is now cheaper: (was 6,590 THB) 5,990 THB