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How to measure distance (route and direct) between two points on Google maps

Table of contents

1. What is the difference between the distances directly and the route between two objects on the map

2. How to measure a route between two points on the map

2.1 How to measure a route between two points on the map on a computer

2.2 How to change the route between two objects on the map in Android

3. How to measure the direct distance between two objects on a map

3.1 How to measure the direct distance between two objects on a map on a computer

3.2 How to measure the direct distance between two objects on a map on Android

3.3 How to measure the direct distance between two objects on a map on iOS (iPhone & iPad)


What is the difference between the distances directly and the route between two objects on the map

The distance between two points can be measured as:

  • distances directly from one geographic feature to another
  • the distance of the route that you need to walk or drive to get from one point to another

Although these distances are related to each other, they are rarely the same. For example, in a city with tangled roads, the distance between two objects (for example, a house and a sea beach) may be 1.4 km in a straight line, but in practice, in order to get to the beach from the house on foot, you need to walk 2.1 km – because somewhere the roads form a fancy cobweb, some parts of the route are closed.. That is, these two distances differ by 50%. If we also take into account transport (cars, for example) and public transport, then the difference between these two distances will be even more significant.

In this post we will look at how to determine the distance between two objects on maps in a straight line and the distance of the route between them. We will learn how to do this on a desktop computer, as well as Android and iOS devices.

How to measure a route between two points on the map

How to measure a route between two points on the map on a computer

Go to Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps

Then click on the “Directions” button:

You will see two fields. Click on the first one. You can enter an address to search. Another option is to specify the location directly on the map, for this click the magnifying glass (“Search”) and select the desired location on the map.

Now switch to the second field and select your destination in the same way.

Then select the method of travel (Recommended travel mode, Driving, Transit, Waling, Cycling, Flights).

You will see options for the shortest (or fastest, most convenient) routes, distance and travel time.

You can drag both the end and the starting point of the route, and each time the route will be rebuilt based on new initial data and you will receive updated information about the distance and time of movement.

If you want to change the path of the route, then you can drag any waypoints and select the desired route. For the new route, you will receive the calculated distance and travel time.

If you want to create a complex route, then click the “Add destination” button.

Note: if you have already performed a search on Google Maps, then to switch to the route building mode, click the “Directions” button.

The already familiar window will open, you just need to specify the second (starting) point of the route.

Optionally, you can swap the starting and ending points.

How to change the route between two objects on the map in Android

Open the Google Maps app.

Select the first object on the map by clicking on it, or use the search to select it.

Then click the “Directions” button.

Select the second point. If you want to swap the starting and ending points, then click on the symbol of the two arrows pointing up and down.

Second point selection options:

  • search
  • your current location
  • point on the map

For example, I select the second point on the map, when everything is ready, click OK.

Then choose a method of transportation (Recommended travel mode, Driving, Transit, Waling, Cycling, Flights).

You will be shown the length of the route and the time it will take to get there by the chosen method of travel.

As with the desktop version, you can switch between the suggested routes and estimate the length of each one.

How to measure the direct distance between two objects on a map

You can calculate the distance between two or more points on the map. For example, you can measure the mileage in a straight line between two cities.

How to measure the direct distance between two objects on a map on a computer

On your computer, open Google Maps. If you're using Maps in Lite mode, you’ll see a lightning bolt at the bottom and you won't be able to measure the distance between points.

Right-click on your starting point.

Choose “Measure distance”.

Click anywhere on the map to create a path to measure. To add another point, click anywhere on the map.

Optional: Drag a point or path to move it, or click a point to remove it.

At the bottom, you’ll see the total distance in miles (mi) and kilometers (km).

When done: On the card at the bottom, click Close Close.

How to measure the direct distance between two objects on a map on Android

Step 1: Add the first point

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Touch and hold anywhere on the map. You'll see a red pin appear.
  3. At the bottom, tap the name of the place.

  1. On the place’s page, scroll down and choose Measure distance.

Step 2: Add the next point or points

  1. Move the map so that the black circle, or crosshairs, is on the next point you want to add.

  1. At the bottom right, tap Add.
  2. Add points until you're done.

Step 3: Get the distance

  1. At the bottom, you’ll see the total distance in miles (mi) or kilometers (km).
  • Optional: To remove the last point you added, tap Undo. To clear all points: At the top right, tap More and then Clear.
  1. When done, tap the back arrow in the top left.

Important note: Apparently, “Measure distance” does not appear if you select an organization. This inscription appears if you select a road or other empty place for which there is no detailed description.

How to measure the direct distance between two objects on a map on iOS (iPhone & iPad)

Step 1: Add the first point

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Touch and hold anywhere on the map. You'll see a red pin appear.
  3. At the bottom, tap the name of the place.
  4. On the place’s page, scroll down and choose Measure distance.

Step 2: Add the next point or points

  1. Move the map so that the black circle, or crosshairs, is on the next point you want to add.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Add.
  3. Add points until you're done.

Step 3: Get the distance

  1. At the bottom, you’ll see the total distance in miles (mi) or kilometers (km).
  • Optional: To remove the last point you added, tap Undo. To clear all points: At the top right, tap More and then Clear.
  1. When done, tap the back arrow in the top left.

Where to stay in Pattaya?

I write about Pattaya, about the purchase of housing there, and after all, its streets are right in front of my eyes, but I caught myself thinking that not everyone is well oriented in this city.

Let me introduce you to it a little on Google Maps.

Legend on my map:

1. Scale. This line is equal to one kilometer.

2. I have lived in this place for over a year, this is my first home when I came to live in Thailand. To the sea in a straight line a little more than a kilometer.

3. Big C Extra, Pro Language School – a large supermarket and language training school (for student visa), respectively. From my house to school 5-7 minutes walk and I was still late)))

4. The famous Walking Street

5. Pratumnak Hill (the edge of South Pattaya towards Jomtien), in short “mountains”. Here is the Pattaya View Point and the big Buddha. This, along with Walking Street, South Pattaya

6. Jomtien, Pattaya area stretched along the sea. There are umbrellas on the shore, it is here that the Immigration Office is where all foreigners need to go. A normal place, but a little far from the center, so rental housing is cheaper here

7. Central Festival is a big, maybe the biggest shopping center. This is where the ShabuShi Buffet, Zara Store and more are located. We met here for the first time with my first wife)))) I like this place.

8. The so-called Coconut Bar. Wide pedestrian path along the sea to Walking Street. Coconut – because coconut trees grow there. And Bar – because there are girls on the path…

9. Bus station – from here you can go to Bangkok and other places.

10. Sukhumvit Road – Sukhumvit Highway. I lived outside Sukhumvit, there is life there too (a reference to the joke “Is there life outside the Moscow Ring Road?”).

Where South Pattaya I said, Central Pattaya is the area where arrows 2, 3, 7, 8 are pointing. And North Pattaya on my map is partially cut off, it is located “above” Central on the map. There is also life there, in the sense of ordinary, it was there that I stayed on my first vacation. There is no nightlife beyond Sukhumvit, in North Pattaya the nightlife is also so-so, all the movement is in the South. Central also has something.

Where Dmitry (Thailandcer) lived in Pattaya

Thailandcer is a popular blogger, now deceased, he wrote about Thai women, night life. Let's find the area where he stayed in Pattaya – this is a quote from his commentary, I marked the legend on the second map with numbers in brackets. To make it easier for you to navigate, I added Central Festiva (1) and Walking Street (2) to the map:

Looking for a room in Pattaya. Again, I have never ordered in advance via the Internet. But I had personal preferences related to the past, nostalgia. Therefore, I always took a room in the area between soi Bongkot (8), the third street before the market in Bukhao (7), and the Beach road (6). It also includes soi Lengkee (3), soi Diana (4), Buakhao (5), and many small adjacent unnamed alleys. I walked around this area with my feet, although it is rather tiring. I always regretted that I did not rent a motorbike in the city. I looked into all suitable houses and asked for a room. I always examined the rooms personally.

The price depends on the pocket. Many rent only for a month. In general, I proceeded from the fact that a clean, bright room with air conditioning, within walking distance of places of interest to me, including Walking Street, should cost no more than 6,000 baht per month. Electricity and water are separate. In fact, for such a price it is very difficult to find in the area I need, either cramped, damp, dark and far away. Have to search.

Daily rent of rooms is unprofitable. They ask for a minimum of 600 baht per day, and up to 9,000 baht per month for the same room. It was expensive to me.

Look, not far from number 5 is 9 Karat Condo – I lived there for over a year at first. I often walked along the streets mentioned by Dmitry, but already arm in arm with my wife, usually returning from the beach or simply aimless city walks.

Everything is nearby, all the neighbors. Therefore, although Jomtien in terms of beach recreation is much better than the places described above in Central and South Pattaya, it is still “on the outskirts”, it is not exactly what we need.

I lived behind Sukhumvit for the reason that we were expecting the birth of a child, and three of us + grandmothers are cramped in the studio. Therefore, I rented a house – there was little money and at the price of a studio it was only enough for a house outside Sukhumvit. When my family came to visit, they liked it. But, in fact, it is not very convenient without a motorcycle. But here everything is primarily determined by personal life – at that time I was in such ecstasy that I simply did not pay attention to minor everyday inconveniences.

When (if at all) will all this be back now?..

So where to stay in Pattaya?

If you come for adult entertainment, then the most best place is in the area designated by Dmitry (Thailandcer). There are three-storey houses (townhouses) where you can find rooms for rent. In fact, close to this area you can find apartment buildings, like condos, but without a pool and their own territory. If I don’t save up for an apartment, then I’ll look for an apartment in Central Pattaya – in theory, it should be convenient and economical.

If you have come for a permanent life and have mastered a motorcycle, then you can rent a room almost anywhere – with a motorcycle it is convenient to live everywhere.

Without a motorcycle – Central Pattaya is convenient, it is convenient to get to schools, the beach, fairly large shopping centers and other shops.

Travel to Chiang Khan

Chiang Khan is a province in the north of Thailand

Chiang Khan is a province in northern Thailand, on the border with Laos. Here, the climate (colder), culture (the influence of Laos and the eastern regions of Thailand called Isan), economic development (poorer, many wooden houses instead of skyscrapers) differ here from the usual Thailand in Pattaya.

My trip to Chiang Khan turned out to be memorable, quite spontaneous and very budget. If you want to plunge into the provincial life of Thailand (but not so much as a village), then you should like this place. If you are a foodie, or love a beach holiday, or you need spectacular urban places, then this place is not quite for you.

We got to Chiang Khan from Bangkok. The trip there lasts about 8 hours, we departed at 20-21 o’clock, and arrived around 5 a.m. Big buses (not minivans) go there, some of these buses are even double-decker. The bus has very comfortable seats, there is a toilet, each chair has USB sockets for charging phones, they give out a blanket, they distribute water, cookies, and cake. The ticket price is about 600 baht. We set off from the Mochit bus station. The Mochit bus terminal currently consists of an old and a new terminal. At the old terminal there are mostly big buses, from this place we went to Chiang Khan. At the new terminal there are mainly minivans, from there you can leave, for example, to Hua Hin.

Chiang Khan on the map: go.

On the map are the places we visited. This is a small province. There is Laos in the north:

Hotels in Chiang Khan

The peculiarity of this place is that there are not many hotels there, but the so-called homestay (that is, residence in a private house) is common. In fact, there homestay is almost no different from hotels. Typical homestay is a two-story wooden building in which there are a few (about 10) rooms. Rooms have a toilet room. Difference from the hotel:

  • homestay do not work around the clock (the front door is closed at night)
  • rooms are not cleaned by a maid

Simply put, homestay is such a small hotel. Air conditioning is available not everywhere, but in the north of Thailand it is not critical – depending on the season of year, it can be quite cold at night.

Our room in homestay – the room itself is small, but everything is clean, there is air conditioning and a window, a good shower room, there is a balcony with armchairs in the common place:

Morning at Chiang Khan

The bus dropped us off before 5 am. It was cold. As I mentioned, the homestay opens only after 6, and until that time we had nowhere to even drop our backpacks. We decided to find our homestay, it turned out that from the bus stop to it no more than 10 minutes walk. The river was even closer – in order not to stand, we decided to walk along the river. Along the shore, lanterns are lit and deserted at this time. There is nothing much to watch at night and we found 7-11 to buy hot coffee and hot noddles. We warmed up a bit and went back – to our homestay, where after 6 in the morning we threw our backpacks.

Early morning by the river is romantic!

Right next to the hotel, a motorcycle rental salon has already begun to work. We rented a motorbike for two days. Amazingly, they didn’t take any deposit from me, nor did they look at the documents. The motorcycle was with a full tank – they said to return it with a full tank as well. By the way, when renting a motorcycle, for example, in Pattaya, they took 1,000 baht of deposit, they copied my passport and driver’s license, the gas tank was so empty that I wasn’t sure I could get to the gas station or have to push my motorcycle there…

Phu Thok

On a motorcycle, before 7 in the morning, we went to Phu Thok. This is a mountain on which the view from the observation deck opens 360 degrees.

Although at that time it was not so cold as at night, but riding a motorcycle was cold anyway. I tried not to drive faster than 40 km/h, but it was still cold. The girlfriend trembled all the way from the cold and made an appropriate sound, something closest to what is called ‘teeth are chattering from the cold’. Although I myself was also cold, nevertheless it was so funny)))))) The first time I saw a Thai girl freezing.

Photos from Phu Thok:

Phraphut Nawamin and Skywalk

The trip to Phu Thok took a little time and it was still early to return to the hotel for check-in, we decided to see the temples. While trying to get to one of the temples, we were on the road to the field, then the road ended… We turned around and decided to go to another place.

We headed towards Phraphut Nawamin. The road through the northern Thai province turned out to be very pleasant: there is little transport, interesting landscapes, in one place we stopped on the bank of the river to relax and to warm ourselves.

Phraphut Nawamin is a picturesque place: a mountain overlooking the river. An impressive observation platform is being built here, which will be called Skywalk, this is how the project looks:

But while everything is under construction, Skywalk is not yet complete:

Statue. I think the view from Skywalk will be impressive, as if the statue is floating in the sky or something:

On the way back to the hotel, we found a beach on the banks of the river – we decided to return to it later, but for now it's time to check into the hotel.

Walking street in Chiang Khan

If the phrase Walking street will have special feelings in your soul, then relax – in Chiang Khan this is a pedestrian street in the historic center of the city, runs along the river. The main attraction is the food fair throughout the street, this fair takes place a couple of hours, about 17-19. Before and after this time, absolutely nothing happens on this street.

There are many homestays/hotels on this street with an average cost of 500 baht per night.

In the evening, we walked around the Walking street fair, bought food and sat on the steps descending to the river. Music was playing nearby, a warm evening, a pleasant view – Chiang Khan, first of all, this is a place where you can relax.

Love for bicycles in Chiang Khan

Chiang Khan has bike paths and bikes are popular here. You can ride bikes along the river and Walking street). It was possible to rent a bike for free in our homestay, so although we had a bike, we decided to ride a little on the morning of the second day. Outside the city along the river there is a blue bike path. But if you don’t have a love for bicycles, then you can get to the same places where you can ride a bicycle by motorcycle. I asked my girlfriend, with whom I traveled this time, “what are my impressions of the bike ride?” (it was her idea), she replied ‘ass hurts’. In general, I had similar impressions from a bike ride.

Wat Phutthabat Phu Khwai Ngoen (Silver Buffalo Temple)

Khwai Ngoen is translated as a silver buffalo. That is, this is the Temple of the Silver Buffalo.

The temple is located on a mountain with a beautiful view of the valley and the village.

In northern Thailand, the winter months resemble the very beginning of autumn in Western countries.

Near the temple there is an aviary with rabbits that you can feed – food is sold right there. Outside the enclosure, a guinea pig lives under a stone, which begs for food before rabbits.

There are many rabbits from very young to old, there are hens and a hefty boar.

There is also an enclosure with turtles, but the hares made their way there.

Silver Buddha statue.

The territory of the temple, the temple, the view from the mountain.

We did not enter the temple itself, as we were going to a couple more places.

Kaeng Khut Khu

On the way back from the Silver Buffalo Temple, we stopped at Kaeng Khut Khu.

Kaeng Khut Khu is a beautiful natural place where the river makes a turn, a small museum and a place from where you can go boating.

Monument to a crossbow warrior.

The arbalester looks at the opposite side of the river – there is Laos and there were wars with this country.

A small museum dedicated to the history of these places.

Nang Khoi Beach (river beach)

Nang Khoi Beach is the saddest place in Thailand… The bottom line is: there is no sea in Chiang Khan, but there is a river. The river is fast, cold and its banks are covered with stones and sharp shells. In one place, next to the production of sand, made a sandy beach. On this beach, sun loungers and indoor seating, restaurants with food. The only thing that is not there is visitors.

It is very pleasant to play sand on the shore (although it is not yellow, but dark). But swimming there is not very nice the river flow is so strong that even if you go to your knees in the water, then it becomes very difficult to move and just stand. And the bottom of the river is covered with stones and shells. In general, if I had not come from Hua Hin, where there are beautiful beaches and a beautiful warm sea, I would have been glad of such an opportunity to relax on the river bank, but since at that time I had already lived in Hua Hin for a year, this beach did not impress me.

Impressions of Chiang Khan

I liked this trip. There are quite a lot of tourists in the city center, but most of them are Thais who came from other places of Thailand. There are few foreigners. If you want a very quiet and measured life, then this is exactly the place where nothing happens. For lovers of big cities and shopping centers here will be boring.

This place, in my opinion, suffers greatly from a lack of tourists. In the center, everything is not so bad, but at a distance from the center everything is different: in the temples there are some visitors, nobody at the river beach at all, in buffets (where you pay a fixed amount and eat as much as you want) are also rare guests.

In these places, Asian overpopulation is not felt, and even on the roads there is little transport.

All in all, this is another pleasant place with its own characteristics – I am glad that I made this short trip.

How to find out Wi-Fi password nearby

Even while traveling, each of us needs the Internet connectoin – it doesn’t matter if you work online or just want to tell your relatives that everything is in alright or update your status in social media.

Almost all hotels and guesthouses have free Wi-Fi and you can just ask for an access password. But when renting a room in a condo, Wi-Fi is rarely included in the rental price. You need to either pay for the ability to connect to Wi-Fi, or buy a local SIM card.

But before doing this, try the described very simple way to find out the password for Wi-Fi networks around you. Firstly, it’s really the easiest way to find out the password from someone else’s Wi-Fi – you do not need any programs, you do not need to install or run any software. Secondly, in any case, you do not lose anything. Over the past year and a half of my life in Thailand, I have never paid for Wi-Fi, although I used it every day.

By the way, even if you are not traveling – it will still be useful for you to check your home router – it is possible that your password has leaked into the public Wi-Fi password database.

3wifi

3wifi is an open database of Wi-Fi access points with their passwords. The map shows the location of Wi-Fi networks and gives their characteristics along with passwords. All that is required is to find the location of interest and see the name of the networks and their passwords.

How to find out a password from someone else's Wi-Fi

Everything is extremely simple. Go to the map: https://3wifi.stascorp.com/map

Click the ‘Вход’ button and enter:

  • Login: antichat
  • Password: antichat

In addition, click on the Wi-Fi icon to temporarily remove wireless networks from the map – there are so many Wi-Fi access points in the database that it is already difficult to navigate on the map, because they close the view.

Enter the name of the city and metro station or street you are interested in:

Find the house where you will live:

And again click on the Wi-Fi icon to display wireless networks:

In the description of each Wi-Fi network, the penultimate line is the name of the network, and the last line is the password for this Wi-Fi network!

So easy! And given the huge number of Wi-Fi networks around us, it is almost always possible to find the one that is present in the 3wifi database.

Wi-Fi card for good signal reception

It doesn’t matter if you use a Wi-Fi network with a legally obtained password or if you found a Wi-Fi password on 3wifi, if the wireless access point is far (this can happen in hotels), disconnections will happen and the connection quality will be poor.

To significantly improve the situation, including for free connection to far Wi-Fi access points, it is advisable to purchase an external Wi-Fi adapter with a large antenna.

If you are limited in money, the Alfa AWUS036NHA is recommended along with the large Alfa ARS-N19 antenna.

If you want the very top, then buy the Alfa AWUS1900.

Alfa AWUS036NHA only supports 2.4GHz frequencies, and Alfa AWUS1900 supports 2.4GHz, 5.0GHz, and modern high-speed Wi-Fi protocols. This is the best, uncompromising solution, but costs more.

I recommend these two cards for the reason that with the help of them you can not only connect and have a good reception level, but also can hack wireless access points; hackers use these or similar devices.

With such Wi-Fi adapters and with 3wifi, free internet is almost guaranteed.

Is it dangerous to use someone else's Wi-Fi

In fact, yes, it’s dangerous! And this is not only when you steal Wi-Fi, even if you are legally connected to a third-party AP, then you are in the local network with other users. And among them there can be both ordinary users like you, and malefactors.

The danger is that third parties can connect to the services on your computer. An example of such services is Windows Shares (SMB protocol).

Another common service on webmasters’ computers is a web server. The web server can have your source code of sites and services, as well as the web applications on the running web server can be used to further compromise the entire computer.

In the local network, a man-in-the-middle attack and phishing attacks are possible as a result of which passwords from websites can be stolen; DNS spoofing attack is possible as well.

In general, when connecting to extraneous Wi-Fi access points (even if you are connected legally), disable unnecessary network services on your computer or set up a firewall to block connection to them. Be careful and do not to enter passwords on phishing sites.

Will VPN help when using Wi-Fi

Yes and no. Thanks to the VPN, all connections to the WAN will be encrypted and phishing attacks and password theft will be impossible. BUT: the network services on your computer are not protected in any way in a VPN, that is, if you have enabled password-free login to the Windows Shares, then anyone on the local network can connect to it even if you use a VPN! The protection of local services must be dealt, regardless of the use of VPN.

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