39 episodes

What goes through your head when you see a tsunami wave racing towards you? Why would someone knowingly accept death threats for the work they do? Who would attempt to start a tanning studio next to a tropical beach? This podcast takes you into the hidden world of some of the most extraordinary stories you get to hear in Bangkok. Follow authentic accounts of what the gritty reality of life in Thailand can entail. Hosted by occasional entrepreneur, amateur actor and one-time beer-athlon champion Karsten Aichholz, this podcast reveals an unseen side of Thailand. Brewed in Bangkok showcases fascinating interviews and off-the-beaten-track insights in a unique journey to a foreign land, regardless of where you call home.

Brewed in Bangkok | Stories From Thailand's Capital Karsten Aichholz

    • Places & Travel

What goes through your head when you see a tsunami wave racing towards you? Why would someone knowingly accept death threats for the work they do? Who would attempt to start a tanning studio next to a tropical beach? This podcast takes you into the hidden world of some of the most extraordinary stories you get to hear in Bangkok. Follow authentic accounts of what the gritty reality of life in Thailand can entail. Hosted by occasional entrepreneur, amateur actor and one-time beer-athlon champion Karsten Aichholz, this podcast reveals an unseen side of Thailand. Brewed in Bangkok showcases fascinating interviews and off-the-beaten-track insights in a unique journey to a foreign land, regardless of where you call home.

    BiB039: Exploring the Cave with Grace Robinson

    BiB039: Exploring the Cave with Grace Robinson

    On this special episode of the Brewed in Bangkok podcast, Siddhant got a chance to chat with Grace Robinson, an assistant producer of the ‘The Cave’.







    The movie is based on the rescue of the Wild Boars football team from caves in Chiang Rai, Thailand in 2018. It was a national story that become an international story and culminated in a miraculous ending. Grace talks a little bit about making the movie but we also had a chance to talk about her time in Thailand as well.







    From studying about Thai culture and the Thai language abroad to living in Chiang Mai as a journalist to even working in many media roles in Bangkok, Grace has seen many facets of Thailand. We discussed learning Thai abroad, gentrification, domestic tourism and many other topics in this episode.







    About Grace







    * From Lancaster, United Kingdom* Studied Thai Culture at the University of Leeds* Spent one semester in Chiang Mai University* Finished an MA in research on Thai Culture, specifically the Floating Market* Spent time in Chiang Mai as a Deputy Editor at CityLife Magazine* International Relations Liaison for the Thailand Amateur Boxing Team* Worked as a presenter on Thai television (Voice TV)* Worked on ‘The Cave’ as a producer* Founded her own business in the UK called ‘Eden Assistants’, a virtual assistant service







    Topics Discussed







    * Studying Thai Culture from Abroad* Learning and Speaking Thai in the UK* Chiang Mai has changed* Gentrification and malls outside Bangkok* Going to University in Chiang Mai* Working on an MA about Thai Culture* The story of the Floating Market* Domestic Tourism in Thailand* Writing about Chiang Mai at CityLife Magazine* Working at the International Relations Department for Thai Boxing* TV Presenting in Thailand* Getting better at speaking Thai* Helping out with ‘The Cave’ movie* Thailand Amateur Boxing stint* Living in Phra Khanong before it was ‘cool’* Eden Assistants* Collaborating on Future Projects 







    Resources Mentioned







    * Grace’s website* The Cave* CityLife Chiang Mai* The Thai Studies Course at Leeds University* The Amphawa Floating Market* Grace’s new company Eden Assistants

    • 1 hr 8 min
    BiB038: All Smiles with Lucinda Chen

    BiB038: All Smiles with Lucinda Chen

    On this episode, Siddhant visits the Bangkok International Dental Hospital and meets Lucinda Chen, one of the directors of Bangkok International Dental Center. Lucinda is from Singapore and is a London School of Economics graduate. She moved to Bangkok a few years ago and really dove headfirst into learning the Thai language at Chulalongkorn University before working on BIDC full-time. 







    With the Bangkok International Dental Center and its many branches, Lucinda has been striving to provide the best dental care possible to the people of Thailand and visitors from all over the globe. BIDC clinics and hospitals are JCI certified (one of the most rigorous and exacting certifications in medicine) and the dentists here are some of the best in the country.







    We discussed everything you want to know about dentistry, from the new practice of sedative dentistry to dental tourism in Thailand. Just in case you haven’t already, please go see your dentist at least once a year!







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    About Lucinda







    * Lucinda is from Singapore* Graduated from the London School of Economics* She used to work at Accenture in Singapore as a Business Consultant* She has three children (that love visiting the dentist)* Lucinda is the Director and International Relations Manager of the Bangkok International Dental Center (BIDC), which is managed by the Dental Corporation PLC







    Topics Discussed







    * Bangkok International Dental Hospital* Dentistry* Medical Accreditations* Settling into Thailand* Understanding the Dental System in Thailand* Bringing high standards to Dentistry in Thailand* What is Sedative Dentistry?* Major Competitors to Thailand’s Dental Tourism* Why is Dentistry so expensive?* Dental insurance* Taking Kids to the Dentist* Cosmetic Dentistry in Thailand* Attracting medical tourists to Bangkok* Making plans in Bangkok totally depends on the location* New locations for BIDC* How do Thai Dentists get certification to practice Dentistry?







    Resources Mentioned







    * Bangkok International Dental Center* Bangkok International Dental Hospital







    Want More?







    * Complete collection of Brewed in Bangkok episodes* How to Find a Dentist in Bangkok: Clinics, Quality, Prices, and More* Braces in Bangkok: Dental Centers, Treatments, and Costs* BIDC Review: Why It is My Go-To Dental Clinic in Bangkok* A Guide to Finding the Best Dentist in Chiang Mai

    • 1 hr 9 min
    BiB037: Getting the Word Out with Stuart Kelly

    BiB037: Getting the Word Out with Stuart Kelly

    On this episode of Brewed in Bangkok, Siddhant has a chat with Stuart Kelly, who is a Public Relations expert. Stuart has spent many years in various countries in the English-speaking world from the UK to South Africa, and finally, Australia.







    As a journalist first and then as a PR person for much of his career, Stuart has seen plenty of changes take place in the media landscape.







    The discussion is about Public Relations in today’s world of digital channels and constant innovation and Stuart has plenty of knowledge to share.







    Does PR still have a role to play in this saturated landscape? What’s PR like in Thailand?







    Stuart answers all these questions and advises us to all become storytellers of some kind After a long hiatus, Brewed in Bangkok is back and better than ever before!







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    About Stuart Kelly







    * Is the Managing Director of Weber Shandwick in Thailand* Worked as a journalist in Australia before spending most of his career in PR* Moved to Thailand to take on the Weber Shandwick Role* Runs a digital storytelling workshop with the Australian Chamber of Commerce* Loves to catch up on sports on weekends







    Topics Discussed







    * Becoming a Global Citizen* Subtle Changes around Tourism in Thailand* Is Digital Marketing a part of Public Relations or Advertising?* How has PR changed in this new age of Fake News and media convergence?* Measuring media marketing today* Corporate reputation and values have changed consumer buying habits* Stuart’s start in PR* Doing PR for one company vs PR for an agency* Important skills that are great for PR* Storytelling is the way to go* Managing a reputation, during a crisis or otherwise* PR in Thailand* New generation of PR in Thailand* The interaction between Thai media and Thai PR* The shortcomings of Digital Marketing* Stuart discusses Digital Storytelling, his workshop with AustCham







    Resources Mentioned







    * Thaipod101 – Save 25% on any paid program by going to thaipod101.com/coupon/brewedinbangkok* Weber Shandwick Thailand* Australian Chamber of Commerce Thailand (AustCham) Events







    Want More?







    * Complete collection of Brewed in Bangkok episodes* Thailand Writing Jobs: Research, Apply For, and Land A Writing Job* An Expat’s Guide to Finding Work in Thailand

    • 1 hr 21 min
    BiB036: Cutting Class with Ulrich Werner

    BiB036: Cutting Class with Ulrich Werner

    After a long hiatus, Brewed in Bangkok is back and better than ever before!



    On this episode, Siddhant has a chat with Ulrich Werner, a university professor in Thailand that has all kinds of stories to tell about the education system in Thailand.



    Ulrich is originally from Germany and has worked in telecommunications for a number of years before a chance opportunity to give a guest lecture in Thailand, changed the course of his life dramatically.



    After coming to Thailand and giving the lecture, Ulrich decided to quit his job in Germany and begin his life as teacher in Thailand. For years, Ulrich taught at Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok and encouraged foreign students to come to Thailand.



    One of Ulrich’s contributions of education in Thailand is the website studyinthailand.org, one of the first websites that compiled all the international programs available to foreign students that are interesting in studying in Thailand.



    We talked about the Thai education system, uniforms at university, why studying in Thailand is a good idea for some and why teaching in Thailand has been so rewarding.



    About Ulrich



    - used to work in a German Telecommunications company

    - came to Thailand as a Guest Lecturer in Business Informatics

    - taught Business Informatics, Management, and Communication and at Ramkhamhaeng University from 2002

    - created studyinthailand.org, one of the best resources for learning about international university programs in Thailand

    - teaches at Siam Technology College



    Topics Discussed



    - Getting to Thailand as a lecturer

    - Thais love uniforms

    - What was it like being a foreign University student in Thailand in 2003?

    - Starting studyinthailand.org

    - The status of studyinthailand.org

    - Do Thai universities want foreign students and what are typical international programs like?

    - Great courses to study in Thailand

    - Pressures that Thai universities are facing

    - What does Thailand have to offer for foreign students

    - Why is teaching in Thailand so special?

    - The new wave of international students from ASEAN

    - Meeting expectations in education

    - Growth of STEM fields in Thailand

    - Diminished value of a Bachelor degree

    - The joy of teaching Thai students

    - Thai students on their exchange semesters

    - Ulrich’s observations as a university professor in Thailand



    Resources Mentioned



    - studyinthailand.org

    - Ramkhamhaeng University (www.ru.ac.th/th/)

    - Siam Technology College (siamtechnologyinternational.com)

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    BiB035: Polish it Up with Greg Boudah

    BiB035: Polish it Up with Greg Boudah

    On this episode of Brewed in Bangkok Siddhant pays a visit to Gemopolis in outer Bangkok to meet American Jeweler Greg Boudah.



    A former US Marine and Iraq War Veteran, Greg found his new vocation in the jewellery business, first as a salesman and then as a manager.



    Greg was sent by one of his employers, a Belgian diamond trading company, to open a jewelry manufacturing business.



    He spent many years working in jewelry manufacturing with them and an American jewelry company.



    Greg and his wife, Emma, who is a trained gemologist, founded Spokes Jewelry Services in Bangkok in 2011.



    He is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Thailand’s SME committee, where he organizes all kinds of activities and seminars for fellow entrepreneurs in Thailand.



    Greg and Siddhant talk about the perils of starting a business in Thailand, what the Board of Investment (BOI) is all about, lessons learned from managing Thai people, and why opening a business in Thailand is not as hard as you think.



    About Greg Boudah



    * former US Marine and Iraq War veteran

    * started out as a jewelry salesman before moving up into jewelry manufacturing

    * worked in the US in jewelry production before moving to Bangkok with a Belgian company

    * started his jewelry business, Stokes Jewelry Services, with his wife, Emma

    * is a prominent member of the American Chamber of Commerce Thailand and co-chairs the SME committee.

    * has an eight year-old son and has just moved to a new place in Ekkamai.



    Topics Discussed



    * starting out in jewelry manufacturing in Bangkok

    * Thailand’s place in the world jewelry market

    * gemstone markets in Bangkok

    * time in the US Marine Core and part-time jewelry store salesman

    * starting a jewelry business from scratch

    * bringing some military insights and sales floor experience into a new business

    * lessons in management in Bangkok

    * setting up a Business in Thailand is more straight-forward than you think

    * the pros and cons of Thailand’s Board of Investment

    * the SME Committee with the American Chamber of Commerce

    * working with Emma, Greg’s wife in the same company

    * settling in Bangkok suburbs and now moving into the city

    * living life in Thailand with one foot out the door



    Resources Mentioned



    * Spokes Jewelry Services (https://www.spokesjewelry.com/)

    * Thailand Board of Investment (https://www.boi.go.th/en/index/)

    * American Chamber of Commerce Thailand (https://www.amchamthailand.com/)

    * Pisut and Partners Law Firm (http://pisutandpartners.com/)

    • 1 hr 5 min
    BiB034: Chewing the Fat with Matthew Fischer

    BiB034: Chewing the Fat with Matthew Fischer

    On this episode of Brewed in Bangkok, Siddhant chills out at Fatty’s Bar and Diner with the owner, Matthew Fischer. Matthew hails from Wisconsin and it was here that he met Kae, his future wife to be, who worked at a convenience store in his town on her exchange semester from Thailand. It wasn’t long before Matthew went to check out Bangkok on his own terms. Through stints as an English teacher and then as a substitute English teacher, who was sent to cover classes across Thailand, Matthew got to experience this country first hand. He and Kae are now the proprietors of Fatty’s Bar and Diner, a labor of love that has been hosting folks with a hankering for generous American comfort food and passion for indie music. We chat about the Bangkok indie scene, catching live music in this town, and why drunken leapfrogging is a bad idea on this episode of Brewed in Bangkok!



    About Matthew



    * Founded Fatty’s Diner, a popular bar and restaurant in Bangkok.

    * From Wisconsin in the United States and worked as a cook.

    * He met Kae, his future wife, who is Thai, at the local supermarket in Wisconsin.

    * Breaking both arms, in a freak leap-frog accident, ended his stint in the kitchen for a while. He decided to go to university but changed his mind and visited Bangkok for the first time in 2008.

    * Moved to Bangkok and worked a few odd jobs before landing a teaching job and then a substitute teaching job that took all over Thailand.

    * Started working at Nomad’s, a bar that was formerly known as Noreiga’s.

    * Worked as a corporate English instructor for Bata, a shoe company.

    * Decided to open up a restaurant/live music place

    * Started Midwestern Foods, a cheese company.

    * Started a restaurant called The Fat Tap in Ekkamai

    * He has also released his own music through Panda Records.



    Topics Discussed



    * Rural Wisconsin and Thai Exchange Students

    * Breaking both arms in a leap-frogging accident led to major life changes

    * Matthew’s teaching job in Thailand

    * Learning about programming live bands at Nomad’s bar in Bangkok

    * The search for a shop house begins

    * The ideas for Fatty’s

    * An oral history of the Bangkok Indie Scene from Matthew’s point of view.

    * Stifling of Indie music in Bangkok

    * Acts that work in Bangkok

    * Ups and downs of the Bangkok Indie Scene

    * Matthew’s favorite music genres

    * Matthew’s wish list for live music in Bangkok

    * Other live music venues in Bangkok

    * Cautious optimism and Zoning issues with live music

    * Started a cheese making business called Midwestern Foods, which focuses on cheese curds that is popular in Wisconsin. It’s used in Poutine as well.

    * Started the Fat Tap restaurant with his partners in Ekkamai.



    Resources Mentioned



    * Fatty’s Bar and Diner (www.facebook.com/fattysbardiner/)

    * The Fat Tap (www.facebook.com/thefattap/)

    * Mind the Gap Thailand (www.facebook.com/mindthegapthailand/)

    * Stylish Nonsense (stylishnonsense.bandcamp.com/)

    * Revenge of the Cybermen (www.facebook.com/revengeofthecybermen)

    * Noise Market (www.facebook.com/noisemarketfest/)

    * Stone Free (www.facebook.com/StoneFreeMusicFestival/)

    * Keep on the Grass (www.facebook.com/KeepOnTheGrassMusicFestival/)

    * Degaruda (degaruda.bandcamp.com/)

    * LowFat (www.facebook.com/lowfat.hardcore/)

    * The Young Wolf (youngwolfhc.bandcamp.com/)

    * Panda Records (www.facebook.com/pandarecs/)

    * Matthew’s Band Camp Page – (matthewfischer.bandcamp.com/)

    * Bird Sound (th-th.facebook.com/Birdsoundrecord/)

    * Comet Records (www.facebook.

    • 1 hr 1 min

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