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Greg Jorgensen and Ed Knuth have been knocking around Bangkok since the turn of the century. Exploring dark corners, eating amazing food, and interacting with fascinating people, the two have gotten to know and love Thailand's capital in all its confusing, mysterious glory. Every week they chat about topics near and dear to those living here, those visiting here, or those who are just curious about what it's like to live in Asia's craziest city.

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Greg Jorgensen and Ed Knuth have been knocking around Bangkok since the turn of the century. Exploring dark corners, eating amazing food, and interacting with fascinating people, the two have gotten to know and love Thailand's capital in all its confusing, mysterious glory. Every week they chat about topics near and dear to those living here, those visiting here, or those who are just curious about what it's like to live in Asia's craziest city.

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Love the show!! Great stuff

By Gamer13647 - Dec 04 2019
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Listening to your podcast during the cold winters in foggy San Francisco always brings some Bangkok warmth. Additionally the square dessert mentioned in season 3 Episode 6 is called pineapple cake and is famous in Taiwan. It’s really funny you guys mentioned it because I had just brought some back from there to the US today.

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By Old_man643 - Nov 16 2019
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Listened to a few episodes. 90% random content having nothing to do about Thailand. Mostly hosts talking about themselves in their middle class lifestyle. But anything is better than nothing.

iTunes Ratings

66 Ratings
Average Ratings
57
3
2
1
3

Love the show!! Great stuff

By Gamer13647 - Dec 04 2019
Read more
Listening to your podcast during the cold winters in foggy San Francisco always brings some Bangkok warmth. Additionally the square dessert mentioned in season 3 Episode 6 is called pineapple cake and is famous in Taiwan. It’s really funny you guys mentioned it because I had just brought some back from there to the US today.

Very Random Content

By Old_man643 - Nov 16 2019
Read more
Listened to a few episodes. 90% random content having nothing to do about Thailand. Mostly hosts talking about themselves in their middle class lifestyle. But anything is better than nothing.
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The Bangkok Podcast | Conversations on Life in Thailand's Buzzing Capital

Latest release on Feb 11, 2020

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Rank #1: Bangkok Podcast 3: Your First Time In Bangkok

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Rarely does someone move to Bangkok with a full support network of friends ready to help them out; more often than not, the first few weeks or months are a bit of a struggle as you figure out how the city works. For this episode of Bangkok Podcast, Anthony and Greg dish out some advice for anyone thinking of moving here, or even for people that have lived here for a while but haven't yet settled fully into their groove. From joining the right networking events to knowing where in the city to live to avoiding the red light districts, they go over a few things that they wish they had known, but instead had to learn through cold, hard experience, with many a night spent wondering if we made the right decision to come here. 

May 31 2010

32mins

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Rank #2: Four Things We Tell Everyone to Avoid in Bangkok (2.14)

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Everyone loves Bangkok and it is indeed a great city. However, that's not to say everything is worth seeing or doing. For this show we each come up with two items, places, or pastimes that we tell visiting friends and family or even expats new to the city of Angels that they can go ahead and avoid without losing out on everything that Bangkok has to offer.

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(Direct download .mp3) Evo’s finally back from his three week trip to America and mostly over his jet lag. At least to record another episode. Today we’re talking about some things we think it’s OK for you to to skip when you visit The Big Mango. Because there’s simply too many things in Bangkok to take in in a single trip, so you won’t have a lack of things to do. First up, Evo smashes the myth about getting smashed on cheap Thai beer. Because, shockingly, beer isn’t inexpensive here in Thailand. You’ll spend at least a buck -- IN A GROCERY STORE OR 7-11 -- per beer. That’s a little more than you’ll spend to buy crappy beer back in most Western nations. Which isn’t cheap! (Though it is cheap in quality.) Second, Greg commits near sacrilege by suggesting that there are other historic temples and places to visit that are not The Grand Palace. Yes, it’s a lovely place. Yes, it’s filled with history. Yes, it’s akin to Mecca for many Thais. But it’s the giant mob of people -- tourists and Thais -- that sully the experience. If you don’t mind standing in the heat (without umbrellas) for a few hours with a few thousand of your closest friends, go on with your bad self. Third, Evo suggests skipping ping-pong shows. It’s arguably the worst of the publically available sexploitation offerings endemic to Bangkok. They aren’t sexy (like, at all). They aren’t fun for more than a handful of seconds. And they are a huge and expensive scam. And you will be poorer -- in pocketbook and in humanity -- after the experience. [shudder] Fourth, Bangkok is a hot-spot for networking events, especially among the expat community. And Greg hates them. The experience is always the same, which is less about meeting cool people and more paying to have people shove business cards in your hand for services you don’t want or need. Granted, some people excel at networking events. But Greg finds something extra distasteful about the ones he’s attended in Bangkok. We do make special allowances for cool events, like the Bangkok International Travel Group, Random Thainess, and Pecha Kucha Bangkok. Hrm. Maybe we should get the people who run those events on a future episode. Love, Loathe, or Leave? Exiting Thailand is a chore. Especially at the BKK airport. Why, oh why, is it so hard to get out of this country? Listen to the show to find out how Greg and Evo feel about the process (if you haven’t guessed it already.) Want more? Drop us a line over at bangkokpodcast.com, or leave a review for us on iTunes or Google Play. You can even Tweet to the show @bangkok podcast or us personally at @bkkgreg or @evoterra. We’ll see you next week on The Bangkok Podcast!

Jan 10 2017

28mins

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Rank #3: Thailand Taboos: How To Avoid Getting Kicked Out Of The Kingdom [Season 2 Episode 53]

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It’s generally considered bad form to use curse words in the land of peace, order, and smiles that is Thailand. And when a farang uses native Thai bad language, it’s a bit more culturally insensitive. Just like Greg learned this week. But that’s not what we’re talking about today. Thai taboos are the topic of today’s show, a topic we’re all too familiar with. Hey, it happens, and we’re not doing it on purpose. In this episode, we’ll share our personal experiences of things NOT to do during your time in the kingdom. And not just the easy stuff to avoid, like touching strangers on the head (seriously, who does this?), failing to stand quietly when the national anthem plays every day on public transport terminals, not taking off shoes when going inside someone’s house or condo, or committing lese majeste. Clearly you should not do those things. On the program today, we’ll cover some lesser known taboos, like:
  • Being careless with your money (Not spending-wise, as visitors are encouraged to be non-thrifty, but how the bills are treated)
  • Pounding postage stamps
  • Tapping gogo dancers with your foot
  • Stepping over the dead or those pretending to be dead (true story, bro)
  • Picking your teeth (noses are OK)
  • Gesture to a human like you’d gesture to an animal
  • Smuggling Buddha out of the country (please ignore all the vendors trying to sell you Buddha memorabilia, we guess?)
  • Being in public with your naughty bits exposed to the world
  • Raising your voice when you get angry (and you will get angry)
The reverse is also true, because some of what we Westerners think of as taboo are perfectly fine here. Things like
  • Using rather direct terms to describe body size, level of hirsute-ness, and skin tone
  • Asking direct questions about income level, age, or other private (from our perspective) affairs
  • … and more
Love, Loathe, or Leave It’s not a taboo that prohibits you from buying booze or beer from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm or from midnight to 11:00 am. It’s the law that does that, and it’s enforced at every 7-11 or grocery store. So if you’re in the mood for a beer in the afternoon or just want to prep for a party later that night, you might want to plan ahead. Find out how we feel about this handy law when you listen. (Though you will not be surprised.) We Love Our Supporters! Among our fantastic group of supporters is Mr. Mark Wisdom. You literally will not believe what we found out about this strength trainer from Texas who studied Thai massage. It’s completely unbelievable, and if you’d like Greg to make up stories about you, plus get early access to our episodes and a whole series of exclusive content made just for our supporters, just support us on Patreon. You’ll get all of that and more! Want More Bangkok Podcast In Your Life? If it’s your first time experiencing The Bangkok Podcast, you really should get our show downloading to your phone automatically every week. If you use iOS, it’s a breeze to listen via Apple Podcasts. Android users are be able get the show any number of ways. And for bonus points, leave us a review on those platforms or however you listen to the show.   We’d love to hear from you! You can add our official LINE account, comment on a post or send us a message via our Facebook page, tweet to us @bangkokpodcast, or simply via the contact form on our website. You may also be interested in Greg’s tweets of snarky Bangkok goodness, and you can see way too much of Evo’s face  on Instagram.   If you’re really new, the Bangkok Podcast is co-hosted by Greg Jorgensen and Evo Terra. Together the have over 20 years expat experience in Bangkok, and are self-certified experts in living in the City of Angels. (Not Los Angeles. Thailand, silly!)[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"] (Direct download .mp3) [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Oct 10 2017

41mins

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Rank #4: Thailand Island Vacation Realities Exposed [Season 2, Episode 67]

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The thought of spending a few days on an island in Thailand sounds about as close to paradise as a westerner can get: blue water, white sand, the works!

But the reality of it is a little different than the picture in your mind, and you might want to adjust your expectations a bit when visiting an island in Thailand.

And speaking of Thailand as a great vacation destination, we really do want to meet you when you come through Bangkok. Please reach out and we’ll see if we can get our schedules to align so we can grab a beer, coffee, or even a meal together. We love it!

Of course, we love the listeners who support us with a small financial contribution most of all. People like Jeremy Winterson, an actual race car driver and illegal taxi driver. (One of those statements is true).

If you want to get the show early, get some cool swag, and even have Greg come up with fantastical tales of your life, support us if you can!

And on Love, Loathe, or Leave: long-time expats who still can’t pronounce Pattaya correctly. Don’t sound like a noob, please?

Thanks for listening. Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, or LINE with your qwaments, kestians, or whatever you want to share.

Jan 23 2018

29mins

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Rank #5: Bangkok Podcast 4: Thai Language Series 1

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One of the problems with living in Thailand is that it’s so easy to get by without being very skilled in the Thai language, a mistake that many expats make. To provide some inspiration, we are very happy to be talking to Rikker Dockum, a researcher and Thai language scholar, who will be joining us every month on the Bangkok Podcast. Rather than standard ‘word of the day’ type lessons, Rikker will be chatting with us about the mysteries of the Thai language, tips for learning it, secrets to using it, and his experiences navigating a culture where fluency by a foreigner in the local language will likely be met with wide-eyed stares of anyone you meet.

On this first episode, Rikker tells us what methods helped him most as he learned Thai, how it's helped him adapt, and a few funny stories about the reactions he's received. 

Jun 08 2010

35mins

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Rank #6: Bye Bye Bangkok- Season Two Finale [Season 2, Episode 72]

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Soon, he’ll be repatriated to the recently-made-great-again America, and things just aren’t going to be the same. In no particular order, here are 10 things Evo’s going to miss about living in Bangkok:
  • Amazing and immediate access to healthcare
  • Not paying $65 or more for a massage
  • No seasons or extreme weather
  • Having cheat codes for bad traffic (see: motorbike)
  • Seeing the Chao Phraya river every day
  • A pleasant income tax experience
  • Never moving furniture
  • Ying, the greatest housekeeper ever. (Seriously, get in touch with Evo if you need a great and reliable housekeeper!)
  • The Skytrain/BTS
  • … and finally, spending time with you every week as the co-host of the Bangkok Podcast. You are awesome!
He’s also going to miss Love, Loathe, or Leave, his favorite segment of the show. Sticking with the love them, we’re talking about Pocky sticks and all their sugary goodness. With that, Season Two of the Bangkok Podcast comes to a close. But don’t fret! Greg and Ed will be back in just a few weeks with the Season Three. (And if you want to keep up with Evo after he’s out of Bangkok, he podcasts with his lovely wife Sheila Dee. Add him to your podcatcher now!) As always, the podcast will continue to be 100% funded by listeners just like you who get some special swag from us. And we’ll keep our Facebook, Twitter, and LINE accounts active so you can send us comments, questions, or whatever you want to share. [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Feb 27 2018

38mins

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Rank #7: Did That Just Happen? A Few Stories from Bangkok [Season 4, Episode 6]

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In a lighter episode after a few weeks of serious guests and topics, Greg and Ed trade ‘hard to believe that happened’ stories about living in Thailand. Ed begins with a call of nature nightmare that required an impromptu stop at Lumpini Police Station that ended with a terrified woman and a very relieved Ed in the female toilet.

Greg follows with a cultural ‘no-no’ in one of the least expected places - a go-go bar - where he innocently used his foot to get the attention of one of the girls. After sitting in silence while the woman mercilessly tore strips off of him for what seemed like an eternity, Greg used the experience as a lesson for the tourists he was shepherding through the red light district.

Ed next recounts an utterly bizarre experience that occurred when the Thai government had to verify his marriage during his residency application process. Two government officers came to Ed’s house on the weekend and interviewed him and his wife, which ended up with the couple posing in their bedroom for the overly-demanding officers. Thankfully, they remained fully clothed. Yes, that really happened.

Not to be outdone, Greg concludes with a hilarious story of an audition for a commercial, only to be asked to wrestle bare chested with a strange guy while someone filmed and yelled out instructions. Numerous strange contortions were followed by an impromptu Thai lesson for good measure. And to top it off, he didn’t even get the gig!

As always, the podcast will continue to be 100% funded by listeners just like you who get some special swag from us. And we’ll keep our Facebook, Twitter, and LINE accounts active so you can send us comments, questions, or whatever you want to share.

Nov 26 2019

34mins

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Rank #8: Bangkok Podcast 23: Tourist Scams

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Bangkok is a big and fast-paced city, and you need a significant amount of street smarts to avoid the many pitfalls that are present. One thing that many people find - despite the well-publicized 'Land of Smiles' image - is that Thailand has jerks and scam artists just like any other city around the world. Often these hosers weave incredibly intricate and cunning schemes to get some money out of unwitting tourists; the variety is incredible and people often lose anywhere from hundreds of baht to thousands of dollars.

In this episode, Greg and Tony talk about some of the more common scams they've heard of and/or experienced, and share a few inside tips on what to look for, how to react, what to avoid, and - most importantly - what to do if you somehow find yourself a victim.

Greg and Tony also wax lyrical about the delightfully cool weather this week; talk about a great giveaway from one of our former guests; and Tony gives everyone a pro tip on avoiding the rain.

Oct 17 2010

37mins

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Rank #9: Bangkok Life Advice We’d Give our Younger Selves [Season 3, Episode 7]

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Greg and Ed have each been in Thailand for more than 15 years, and along the way have done a lot of things right - but also a lot of things wrong. So in the spirit of the almighty do-over, they each thought of three pieces of advice they would give to their early Thailand selves. First of all, the boys skip the obvious piece of advice - learn Thai - which should be #1 on the list of everyone planning to spend more than 6 month here.

From there they get into the nitty-gritty - from dating advice to how to avoid stressing out over Thai politics, to leaving Bangkok in the rearview, to making a point to visit some of its lesser-known cultural resources, Greg and Ed think of a few important points that would have made their early Thailand experience not so much better, but possibly richer and more rewarding.

And in this week’s Love, Loathe, or Leave, Greg asks Ed his thoughts on the weak, bendy, nearly useless forks and spoons at Thai food courts (and, most frustratingly, in Greg’s kitchen). It’s safe to say neither loves them, but listen in for some musings on why, exactly, Thais put up with such lame cutlery.

As always, the podcast will continue to be 100% funded by listeners just like you who get some special swag from us. And we’ll keep our Facebook, Twitter, and LINE accounts active so you can send us comments, questions, or whatever you want to share.

May 08 2018

29mins

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Rank #10: Bangkok Tourist Scams Are Still Alive In 2017 (2.30)

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On this episode of the Bangkok Podcast we talk about one of the negative aspects of Bangkok, the immortal, ever-present tourist scam. But before we get there, we'll have a brief discussion of feet. Yeah... feet. Pick up any piece of tourist literature and you’ll note warnings of “tourist scams” running rampant in Bangkok. But are they as bad or prevalent as they’re made out to be? Back when Greg was a new expat in Thailand, he played the part of an investigative journalist, purposely attracting the attention o a “tuk tuk scammer” just to document the experience. In fact, here's the story. And he’s still with us, so how bad can they be, right? Severity aside, these damned tourist scams just won’t die. Hopefully you’ll be better educated against them after listening to this episode. We go into detail on the tuk-tuk scam (no, the Palace isn’t closed today), the ping pong scam (no, you don’t want to see it), the official-who-isn’t-really-an-official scam (no, not all badges are real), and the birdseed scam. Yes, the birdseed scam. Not kidding.

Love Loathe or Leave

Free your feet, free your mind. Open sandals are all the rage here in Thailand, but how do we Westerners feel about it? On this Love, Loathe, or Leave we’ll dip our toes (ha!) into the conversation.

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If it’s your first time experiencing The Bangkok Podcast, you really should get our show downloading to your phone automatically every week. If you use iOS, it’s a breeze to listen via Apple Podcasts. Android users are be able get the show any number of ways. And for bonus points, leave us a review on those platforms or however you listen to the show. We’d love to hear from you, either on the contact form on our website or through a comment or message on our Facebook page. You can Tweet to the show @bangkokpodcast or follow Greg’s tweets for snarky Bangkok goodness. Evo chronicles his Bangkok adventures on Instagram from time to time, if that’s your thing. See you next time on The Bangkok Podcast!

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May 03 2017

28mins

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Rank #11: Bangkok Then & Now...and in the Future [Season 3, Episode 1]

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Welcome back! For the first show of season 3, Greg introduces you to the new co-host of the Bangkok Podcast, Ed “The Truth” Knuth.

Together they have a combined 35 years in the Big Mango, so they reminisce a bit about what the city was like when they first got here, how it compares to now, and what they think the city will look like in 10 or 20 years. Purely based on conjecture, of course, they have no real experience with this, but since when has making uneducated predictions been a bad idea? One of the things Greg and Ed discuss is the future of Bangkok's train network - click here to see a map that Greg made that shows what Bangkok will (hopefully) look like in 10 or so years.

We also thank Patreon supporter Mike Herrin, who hides his steamy real life Bangkok adventures behind a veil of boring office work.

And don’t worry about losing one of the favorite parts of the show - Greg surprises Ed with a Love, Loathe, or Leave that has to do with motorbike taxi drivers who might be trying to kidnap you...or just simply random dudes trying to make a few extra baht.

As always, the podcast will continue to be 100% funded by listeners just like you who get early access, bonus shows, and special swag. And we’ll keep our Facebook, Twitter, and LINE  accounts active so you can send us comments, questions, or whatever you want to share.

Mar 25 2018

31mins

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Rank #12: Dating in Bangkok: Expat Women Share Their Stories - Part 1 [Season 3, Episode 64]

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It’s a very unique episode of the Bangkok Podcast!

Greg and Ed do a first for the the show, with a panel discussion with four guests! Why four? Well, everyone knows that cliche about Bangkok being a heaven for expat men, but we didn’t know much about expat women. It stands to reason that one woman can’t speak for all women, so we upped the game a bit.

After some introductions, we get into the meat of the show, with a myriad of stories that show how complex, nuanced, and (depending on the person) important the issue is to a life well lived in the capital.

Among many other things, the ladies discuss the differences between the attention they get back home and what they get in Bangkok, what it’s like to date Thai men (and women), the quality of farang men in Thailand, and a host of other issues.

There are also some hilarious(ly awful) Tinder stories, anecdotes about being approached on the street, issues that single moms have to deal with, discussion about western women who leave Thailand bitter and angry, and how Asian American women are treated in Thailand. Suffice it to say more than one can of worms are opened up in part one of a two-part mega interview.

As always, the podcast will continue to be 100% funded by listeners just like you who get some special swag from us. And we’ll keep our Facebook, Twitter, and LINE accounts active so you can send us comments, questions, or whatever you want to share.

Jun 18 2019

45mins

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Rank #13: Bangkok Podcast 62: Learn Thai With Mod

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On today's show, we're happy to be joined by Mod, who is a Thai language instructor. We wanted to see what it's like for a Thai person to teach Thai to foreigners, and she gives us some interesting insights into what problems we all have, how we sound to Thai ears, and how our native accents affect our speaking ability.

We also talk about how what you *expect* to hear can sometimes have a bit of influence on what you *do* hear, why it's okay to shun Greg for his use of old-fashioned Thai that instantly reveals him as an old geezer, and the difficulties of pronouncing the Swahili word 'mxosa'. 

There is also a VERY IMPORTANT announcement regarding the future of Bangkok Podcast, which you may even be able to play a part in.

Jul 17 2011

51mins

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Rank #14: Bangkok Podcast 59: Transgender Lifestyles

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The image of a beautiful Thai women is one that is known throughout the world; however, only slightly less well known is the image of a beautiful Thai women who was born a man. Call them what you willl - transexual, transgender, ladyboy, katoey - their place in Thai culture goes back thousands of years, but despite the history, and despite Thailand being very accepting of them, it's not always an easy life.

On this episode we're joined by Ms. Prem, a transgender lady who was born a man but now lives as a woman. We have a fascinating chat with Prem about her life and the difficulties she faces everyday, not least of which is the perception that all transgenders are only capable of prostitution, beauty pagents, or hair salons. Prem - who has a very good job with a high-level international agency - has fought against this stereotype and has seen progress, although it's slow going.

She also talks openly about how she grew up knowing she was different than other boys, how the media's perception of what is beautiful creates stereotypes, what it's like dating men who may or may not know her past, her experience fighting a military draft that labels all transgenders as mentally unstable, and what she thinks about *that scene* in the Hangover 2.

Jun 26 2011

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Rank #15: Dealing With Common Expat Problems in Bangkok [Season 3, Episode 57]

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Bangkok is a great city to be an expat in, but it’s not without its challenges. On this show, Greg and Ed compare Bangkok to other expat destinations around the world based on a number of issues from an article Greg read about expat life.

From missing your support network, to worry about finances, to worries over romance and dating, the issues are very real, but also very different, depending on which city you’re in. For instance, both feel that Bangkok is a very easy city to find a new support network, but disagree on how many opportunities Bangkok offers for financial or business success - listen to hear each opposing side.

The boys continue to debate and discuss how Bangkok shapes one’s approach to other common problems from the article - business networking! New friends! Language barriers! Long-term planning! All the greatest hits are here.

Ultimately, the expat life is not for everyone, but discussing the pros and cons of each issue, and understanding how your chosen city - in this case, Bangkok, duh - can add or detract from the journey, is key to your success.

The boys conclusion should be no surprise:  Bangkok is a great place to be an expat!

As always, the podcast will continue to be 100% funded by listeners just like you who get some special swag from us. And we’ll keep our Facebook, Twitter, and LINE accounts active so you can send us comments, questions, or whatever you want to share.

Apr 30 2019

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Rank #16: The Expat Hassle of Keeping Old Friendships Alive [Season 3, Episode 38]

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This week the guys address a common concern of long term expats: how best to keep in touch with family and friends back home. That is...if you want to.

We’re lucky that modern technology such as Facebook and Skype make it technologically easy to keep in touch, but the simple fact of being 5,000 miles away makes it impossible to keep track of the minutiae (and sometimes even the broad strokes) of people’s lives. Both Greg and Ed admit that some triage is required; difficult choices must be made about who to keep in touch with and who to drop. But surprise! After Greg complains about a friend back home who doesn’t answer emails, Ed admits the he is that guy. Ed discusses his guilt over doing such a bad job maintaining relationships even though (in theory) modern technology should make it easier. Although the boys don’t come up with any perfect answer to this problem, they air some thoughts and advice about how not to alienate important people back home.

As always, the podcast will continue to be 100% funded by listeners just like you who get some special swag from us. And we’ll keep our Facebook, Twitter, and LINE accounts active so you can send us comments, questions, or whatever you want to share.

Dec 11 2018

37mins

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Rank #17: Unlearning Thai: Talking with Stu Jay Raj about cracking Thai fundamentals (2.41)

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We’re talking with Stu Jay Raj, who uses his fluency in 12 languages to help "fluent" Thai second-language speakers connect on a more personal level than they ever thought they could. But first, the most Thai way to listen to the show and communicate directly with Evo. (Don't tell Greg!)

Before we get started, we need to talk about our Patreon page, the only way we raise funds to support the show, and how many people have already signed up to get bonus content and extra content from us for a few bucks. There’s also our quasi-official LINE account, where a few of our followers are engaging in one-on-one conversations with Evo all the time. Are you connected with one or both of those? No? Fix that. You’ll get the warm fuzzies almost immediately! Prosody. It’s not a Thai word, but it’s not a word that either of us were familiar with. And, as it turns out, it’s key to becoming a better Thai speaker. That’s what you’ll learn when you listen to Greg’s conversation with one of the most talented and well-known polyglots in Asia, Stu Jay Raj.  He’s fluent in over 12 languages including English, Thai, Lao, Indonesian, Malay, Khmer, Burmese, Spanish, Hindi, Danish, and Vietnamese, with working knowledge of several more.  But he's not your average language educator. He has a degree in Cognitive and Applied Linguistics and uses his skills as a corporate facilitator, cross-cultural training specialist, and to assist multinationals, governments and NGOs in high-level conflict resolution. Here’s what you’ll learn from Stu when you listen to this conversation:

  • Why the street is your best classroom when learning the natural rhythms and patterns of the foreign language you’re trying to learn.
  • The truth about “fluency” and why it doesn’t really tell you how well someone can communicate
  • Why you never want to be complimented on your skills when speaking another language
  • How much leaned sound patterns from your native tongue are screwing up your mastery of Thai
  • Why it’s OK to blame the Romans for the naughty phrases we accidentally say when we try to speak Thai
  • How much easier it is to learn multiple languages at a time (as crazy as that sounds)
  • What the biggest mistakes Thai language learners make… and how to stop!
  • Why Stu claims that Thai is a beautiful, logical, and confusion free language -- once you learn it the right way
  • And finally, why you should buy the book or take the course and start learning Thai the right way.
Love, Loathe, or Leave

Some things really push our buttons. In this case… it’s Thai people in elevators pushing the door close or door open button. Every. Time. Even though they know the door will close in a matter of sub-seconds… they’ll still push the button. Every. Time. You can probably guess how we feel about this. But if you listen, you’ll learn a fun prank to play. (And it won’t get you kicked out of the country! Probably not.)

Want More Bangkok Podcast In Your Life?

If it’s your first time experiencing The Bangkok Podcast, you really should get our show downloading to your phone automatically every week. If you use iOS, it’s a breeze to listen via Apple Podcasts. Android users are be able get the show any number of ways. And for bonus points, leave us a review on those platforms or however you listen to the show. We’d love to hear from you, either on the contact form on our website or through a comment or message on our Facebook page. You can Tweet to the show @bangkokpodcast or follow Greg’s tweets of snarky Bangkok goodness. Evo chronicles his Bangkok adventures on Instagram from time to time, if that’s your thing. And as mentioned, we now have a LINE account! Yep. Just for the Bangkok Podcast. Join us over there, too! See you next time on The Bangkok Podcast!

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Jul 18 2017

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Rank #18: Best Mobile Apps For Bangkok in 2017 (2.38)

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A listener suggestion drives this show as we talk about which smartphone apps we use to make living in Bangkok that much easier, on this extra-long episode of the Bangkok Podcast. Oh, and Evo is terrible at his job. But he’s getting better, and it makes for a funny story.

We launched our Patreon page last week, and it’s working! People are supporting us! Not a huge number, but some. Which means you love it. Wanna help? We’d love it. We even recorded cool video for you. Actually, we had to re-record that video, as you’ll hear later. But enough about us begging for money (but seriously, a buck or two each month goes a long way) and let’s get on with the show proper, shall we? The topic of this week's episode was sent to us by listener Amy. She asked:

"What apps do you use that are especially useful as expats in BKK? I'm visiting for the first time in 9 years (!!) next month and I know the city is going to be VERY different than when I lived there. Anything I can use to make it easier?"

We thought it best to break the conversation into various app categories. And even though we’re spoiling it here in our show notes, be sure to listen to the episode to hear why we recommend them, as well as a few tips and cautionary tales. Oh, and where possible, we’ll link to the developer website to make this as applicable to everyone as possible. Getting around Bangkok

Getting food in Bangkok

Getting News about Bangkok (and back home)

Communicating with others in Bangkok

Finding entertainment in Bangkok

Thai Language

Special Use

Got A Favorite App We Missed?

This is the type of topic where we know we can’t be right all the time, so help us out by adding your favorite app in the comments or through one of the many social media outlets listed below.

Love, Loathe, or Leave

We know it’s incumbent upon us to to learn Thai, not the other way around. But still, it’s a little off putting and jarring when “YOU! YOU! YOU!” is how someone here wants to get our attention. But do we hate it enough to make us want to leave? Probably not, but you should listen and see if you agree.

Want More Bangkok Podcast In Your Life?

If it’s your first time experiencing The Bangkok Podcast, you really should get our show downloading to your phone automatically every week. If you use iOS, it’s a breeze to listen via Apple Podcasts. Android users are be able get the show any number of ways. And for bonus points, leave us a review on those platforms or however you listen to the show. We’d love to hear from you, either on the contact form on our website or through a comment or message on our Facebook page. You can Tweet to the show @bangkokpodcast or follow Greg’s tweets of snarky Bangkok goodness. Evo chronicles his Bangkok adventures on Instagram from time to time, if that’s your thing. And as mentioned, we now have a LINE account! Yep. Just for the Bangkok Podcast. Join us over there, too! See you next time on The Bangkok Podcast!

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Jun 27 2017

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Rank #19: Dating in Bangkok: Expat Women Share Stories & Advice - Part 2 [Season 3, Episode 65]

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Part 2 of a panel discussion with four guests! Why four? Well, everyone knows that cliche about Bangkok being a heaven for expat men, but we didn’t know much about what it’s like for expat women. It stands to reason that one woman can’t speak for all women, so we upped the game a bit.

We discuss a myriad of stories that show how complex, nuanced, and (depending on the person) important the issue is to a life well lived in the capital.

Among many other things, the ladies discuss dating horror stories, advice for new joiners, adjusting standards and expectations, and expat women-only social media groups to vet potential mates, advice for newbies.

Also discussed - after a move to Thailand does a male 5 become a 7, and does a female 7 become a 5? Why are Thai men shy about approaching expat women, and why are so many expat men bitter against expat women? What is a “gik”- and does Greg have one? (spoiler - hells to the no).

As always, the podcast will continue to be 100% funded by listeners just like you who get some special swag from us. And we’ll keep our Facebook, Twitter, and LINE accounts active so you can send us comments, questions, or whatever you want to share.

Jun 25 2019

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Rank #20: Do Thais Really Smile More Than Anyone? [Season 3, Episode 47]

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“The Land of Smiles” has been one of the most successful marketing campaigns in history. So much so, that many people come to Thailand thinking that every single person in the country is a smiling angel, and are shocked when someone is mean or tries to scam them.

This is Greg’s theory anyway, and it’s one of many that he and Ed discuss as they ponder if Thailand really is deserving of its title as one of the friendliest countries in the world. Spoiler - both Greg and Ed think it probably is, but there are a few caveats. How does social structure dictate outward friendliness? Is there a difference between being friendly and being nice? And how much of this reputation comes from dumbass foreigners like us misinterpreting subtle social cues that are embedded deep in Thai culture?

Much like one’s opinion of Thailand will be colored by their individual experience, so are Thais colored by their individual personalities, and a sweeping generalization - even a positive one - doesn’t do any country justice. As Greg subtly explains: “Some of the biggest dickheads I know are Canadians, and we’re all supposed to be nice!”

As always, the podcast will continue to be 100% funded by listeners just like you who get some special swag from us. And we’ll keep our Facebook, Twitter, and LINE accounts active so you can send us comments, questions, or whatever you want to share.

Feb 19 2019

33mins

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