197 episodes

With more than 40-collective years living and working in Asia, co-hosts Trevor Ranges and Scott Coates know the ins and outs of travel in the region, and love sharing them. Having spent over a decade as a travel writer for the likes of National Geographic and Fodors, Trevor implicitly understands how to see and figure a destination out. Scott has spent much of his time crafting bespoke adventures as the co-founder of a luxury travel company and knows how to make travel truly flow. Whether traveling as pros or exploring as amateurs, they share their passion for travel in Asia with you on Talk Travel Asia.

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With more than 40-collective years living and working in Asia, co-hosts Trevor Ranges and Scott Coates know the ins and outs of travel in the region, and love sharing them. Having spent over a decade as a travel writer for the likes of National Geographic and Fodors, Trevor implicitly understands how to see and figure a destination out. Scott has spent much of his time crafting bespoke adventures as the co-founder of a luxury travel company and knows how to make travel truly flow. Whether traveling as pros or exploring as amateurs, they share their passion for travel in Asia with you on Talk Travel Asia.

    Ep. 196: How Asia has had a Lasting Impact on Us

    Ep. 196: How Asia has had a Lasting Impact on Us

    Between the two of us, Trevor and I have lived and worked in Asia for nearly 50-years. This has also coincided with most of our adult years, when people tend to discover more about who they really are and more fully form as individuals. But damn, 50-years is a long amount of time to live in what was a foreign land and is now simply ‘home’. This got us reminiscing about how we’ve changed while living in Asia, mostly for the better. There have been some life-changing items, we feel we’re now better citizens of the world, and want to share some of these with you. Giddy up!

    • 39 min
    Ep. 195: Harry Mitsidis - ‘The World's Most Traveled Man’ - on his travels to Tajikistan

    Ep. 195: Harry Mitsidis - ‘The World's Most Traveled Man’ - on his travels to Tajikistan

    Tajikistan, one of several former Soviet republics located along the Silk Road linking Europe and Asia, may be one of the least well known — and least visited — tourist destinations in Asia. Over several episodes touching on the central Asian nations colloquially known as ‘the Stans’ we’ve explored Tajikistan briefly, including an episode with Lonely Planet writer Bradley Mayhew about Central Asia. This week, we’ll chat with a man some consider the ‘World’s most traveled’ and we’ll put his knowledge of obscure Asian destinations to the test by talking with him about little-known Tajikistan.

    • 38 min
    Ep.194: Exploring Asian UNESCO World Heritage Sites Part 2

    Ep.194: Exploring Asian UNESCO World Heritage Sites Part 2

    When we travel, many of us hope to experience an exotic culture or visit a spectacular natural attraction. Often these are chosen based on recommendations from family and friends or may be long-awaited bucket list destinations. Little do many of us know, however, that the United Nations has already selected more than 1000 such sites, hundreds of which are in Asia. These World Heritage Sites are some of the most impressive destinations on Earth, and we’ll discuss some today that you may wish to consider adding to your next Asian adventure, on our second episode about UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Asia.

    • 36 min
    Ep. 193: Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority provinces with Ryan Ver Berkmoes

    Ep. 193: Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority provinces with Ryan Ver Berkmoes

    One of the world’s most exotic islands, Sri Lanka boasts diverse culture and religious beliefs, as well as considerable natural beauty. After five decades of civil war, peace in Sri Lanka opened the island to international travel in 2009; a decade later, a burgeoning tourism was nipped in the bud by COVID. Today, we’ll have a guest with great knowledge about the island – from a tourism perspective, in particular – who will share some of his top tips for visitors looking to explore this exotic island off the southeast coast of India, particularly Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority provinces.

    • 34 min
    Patron Bonus: Traveling Japan by Phone w Chris Rowthorn

    Patron Bonus: Traveling Japan by Phone w Chris Rowthorn

    On this Patron bonus episode (usually only for Patrons of the show but we're sharing with everyone this time) we chat with Inside Kyoto and Chris Rowthorn Tours.com founder, Chris Rowthorn, about an experiment where he tried to travel Japan just using his phone. And he shares tips on how you can setup your phone for travel in the country.

    • 16 min
    Ep. 192: Royal Palaces of Asia (with BKK Podcast)

    Ep. 192: Royal Palaces of Asia (with BKK Podcast)

    As expats who have lived in Asia for almost 25-years each - how’s that possible! - we recently got thinking about our proximity to famous, royal palaces. Scott is not so far from Bangkok’s Grand Palace and Trevor for many years lived very close to Cambodia’s Khemarin Palace. That got us thinking about other royal palaces we’ve been to throughout Asia, along with ones we have not yet visited. Then we wondered what constitutes a royal palace? We bumped into our friends Greg & Ed from the Bangkok Podcast, mentioned this to them, and realized we had a good episode on our hands, but it would be a heck of a lot more fun to chat about this as a foursome. So here we are, our second crossover episode together, where we’ll explore the royal palaces of Asia.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

jennyreed99 ,

Best of the lot

You are the main reasons i explored SEA...So happy you are back ,looking forward to season 3 👍
Especially as now all we can do is dream!🙏😊

TalkTravelTrevor ,

Who gave us 1-star?

Even I’ll agree not every episode is The Big Lebowski but 1-star? If they left a review I’d take it more seriously. Probably a jealous Rik Gazarian ;P

BostonJohn23 ,

Loved every episode & very useful for travel.

I came across the podcast post SE Asia backpack and instantly enjoyed the episodes. Great story tellers and produced well- I’m going to miss you guys! Well done on the 100 episodes and look forward to any future production!

Good luck guys!

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