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.
Dealing With Annoying Expat Requests
If you live overseas, you’ve probably had a friend or acquaintance back home try to exploit your expat-ness by asking you for a favor or sending you questions. These range from easy to bizarre to annoyingly dumb. Greg and Ed discuss some of the most common ones.
History & Diplomacy with Canadian Ambassador Sarah Taylor
We sit down with Canadian ambassador @sarahjhtaylor to discuss how she moved from archaeology to diplomacy, if soft power works in the 21st century, and why maple syrup is so heckin’ expensive in Thailand.
Bangkok's Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth
We come back to our 7 Deadly Sins series with SLOTH. If you wanted to spend a relaxing day in Bangkok how would you maximize your slothfulness? Greg and Ed discuss some of their favorite ways to pamper their fine selves.
Co-Producer Oliver Ackermann on Making The Serpent in Bangkok
If you’ve seen The Serpent on Netflix you know how awesome 1970s Bangkok looked. We talk with co-producer Oliver Ackmermann on what it took to bring the twisted tale to life.
Joe Cummings Talks Thai Ganja, Protests and CIA Recruitment
Thailand’s highest-ranking expat Joe Cummings returns with his views on the Thai weed issue, thoughts on the ongoing protests, and that time a Thai friend in the US once tried to recruit him into the CIA.
Joe Cummings Talks Movies, Writing and Tourism Recovery
Travel writing legend Joe Cummings sits down with the boys (and a bottle of Jack) for a fun and freewheeling discussion about his incredibly varied career as a writer and actor, as well as playing music, consulting for Disney, and how Thailand can recover from the scourge of covid.
Perfect for BKK enthusiasts and residents alike!
Fantastic podcast for those interested in Bangkok and Thailand. This is exactly the type of podcast I was looking for years ago when I first moved here... so glad I finally found it. Highly recommended, loved your neighborhood series!
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.
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!