274 episodes

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.

The Bangkok Podcast | Conversations on Life in Thailand's Buzzing Capital Anthony Joh

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.7, 74 Ratings

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.

    Holding a Mirror Up to Thailand: Thisrupt's Voranai Vanijaka

    Holding a Mirror Up to Thailand: Thisrupt's Voranai Vanijaka

    We chat with Voranai Vanijaka, journalist, professor, and founder & editor-in-chief of Thisrupt.co, one of Thailand’s most important new news sites. Never one to mince words, we talk politics, culture, and why he’s optimistic for Thailand’s future.

    • 55 min
    A Quarantine Interview & Media Recommendations

    A Quarantine Interview & Media Recommendations

    Thailand is slowly opening up & quarantine is on the mind of everyone who wants to return. We chat with a friend who has just finished her own quarantine stretch & give some advice on what to watch and read if you find yourself in the same situation.

    • 43 min
    Building a House in Thailand

    Building a House in Thailand

    Ever thought about building a house in Thailand? Our friend Florian did it, and he tells us all about the sometimes-painful-but-ultimately-worth-it process - from concept and design to construction, sewage, and upside-down doorknobs.

    • 54 min
    Bangkok's Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

    Bangkok's Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

    For the first of a 7-episode series (not in a row, phew), we will be putting our own twist on the 7 deadly sins and how they apply to Bangkok. This week - pride, the sauciest of all the sins.

    • 34 min
    Entrepreneur and TV Host Dan Fraser on Filming, Language, and Absorbing Thai Culture

    Entrepreneur and TV Host Dan Fraser on Filming, Language, and Absorbing Thai Culture

    Part 2 of our chat with Dan Fraser - TV host, entrepreneur, and professional traveler! We talk about eating gross things for his TV show, transitioning between ‘serious business owner’ and ‘goofy host’, and how even those of us who have been here for decades are only just scratching the surface of Thailand.

    • 42 min
    Entrepreneur and TV Host Dan Fraser on Filming, Language, and Absorbing Thai Culture

    Entrepreneur and TV Host Dan Fraser on Filming, Language, and Absorbing Thai Culture

    We chat with Dan Fraser - TV host, entrepreneur, and professional traveler - about his television show, speaking Thai, and learning about Thai culture through trial and (sometimes embarrassing) error.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Gamer13647 ,

Love the show!! Great stuff

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.

Jioooo ,

Mandatory listening for those coming to, in, or having left Bangkok

With so many amazing podcasts out there today, could two guys doing a low budget podcast really make something special? Surprisingly, the answer is a resounding yes!

The Bangkok Podcast breaks down the mysteries, minutiae and mundane of Bangkok. It hits upon the questions you had but were afraid to ask about Kreung Tep.

Yet, the charm of the podcast really lies in the rapport between it’s two cohosts Greg and Ed. They are able to take topics such as traffic or taxis, not things one would not imagine could be that interesting, and make the topic entertaining with their insights and wit and joue de vivre.

Their love and respect for Bangkok and it’s inhabitants really shines through. The show is very hand-in-glove, easy to listen to and a joy to listen to. I am an avid podcast listener, spending an enormous amount of time in my car, gardening, and cooking. For several months now, it has become my favorite podcast.

If you are a new listener, I would strongly suggest just sticking with season three. It’s markedly better than the two prior seasons, which is a testament to both an improved cohost but also that through time and practice, Craig and Ed have honed their hobby/craft.

What about if you have never been to Bangkok, or have little interest in the city of Bangkok? I am a little surprised that I feel this way, but I actually think this show is good enough that you should still give it a try even though it’s particular relevance to you might be low. Start with their season three interview of author Christopher G Moore, and follow that up with their show on Yaba and the drug trade (Their interviewee provides a perspective that I have never encountered before in popular media, a defense of the use of methamphetamine, and whether you agree or not with the interviewee, how great to be able to engage with thoughts and ideas that you normally don’t encounter). Perhaps not as good of a listen, but more of an important episode, the two part dive into the lives of expat women in Bangkok was one part therapy session and one part learning opportunity. I am frequently impressed with the shows that they crank out that are of such high content quality with what I imagine to be limited resources.

In terms of areas for improvement, I would humbly suggest that Greg and Ed double down on their history episodes. They are edifying, and the topic matter is absolutely fascinating and tends to capture the imagination of the listener. The recent episode on the differences between Bangkok and Phnom Penh I hope is a harbinger for things to come, with inexpensive flights from Bangkok to so many exotic locales, I am anxious to hear similar episodes on comparing and contrasting Bangkok with Yangon, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Los Angeles (both cities being known as the city of Angels).

Lastly, I’m not sure whether it’s criticism of praise, but the hosts tend to shy away from many of the stereo types of Bangkok, including the more more salacious nocturnal activities or the headline grabbing grit, violence, corruption, (not to mention political intrigue) that is not a great representation of Bangkok but still is a part of the city.

Thanks for all the great listening time!

John S

Old_man643 ,

Very Random Content

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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