Trevor Ranges and Scott Coates are two intrepid characters with a love of Asia and travel. They’ve lived and worked throughout the region since the late 1990s, dabbling in everything from teaching to writing guidebooks to voicing radio ads to working at and running travel companies. This podcast is a pet project to share their favorite bits of travel insight and to showcase the passion of their many regional contacts. Travel enthusiasts who are always planning their next big trip, Trevor and Scott hope you enjoy this podcast as much as they relish putting it together.
Talk Travel Asia - Episode 112: Travel Hacks
Helping you travel more smoothly and happily is what this episode of Talk Travel Asia podcast is all about. Recently we did an episode called 'Don’t do That!' to help travelers to Asia stay out of trouble while traveling the region. This episode is its companion, and we’re going to put a more positive spin on a similar topic by offering you some of our best Travel Hacks. So get ready for some winning tips which will make your journey even more enjoyable and incredible.
Talk Travel Asia - Ep. 111: Very Bangkok with Phillip Cornwel Smith
Bangkok is one of the world’s most visited cities. Its sites are some of the most featured on Instagram, and almost everyone will come up with some mental pictures of the city, good and bad, the moment they hear the name. Founded in 1782 when the Chakri Dynasty established Bangkok as Thailand’s capital, it’s a vibrant, dynamic city that dazzles the senses at every turn. Some love it, others hate it, and all with good reason. Today we’ll explore the City of Angels well beyond the surface with longtime resident and author Philip Cornwel Smith, who will share insights from his book Very Bangkok.
Talk Travel Asia - Ep. 110: Creating a Great Hotel Experience with Jason Friedman
If you travel, you almost always end up spending a reasonable amount of time in a hotel or lodging of some sort. Your room and property typically plays a key role in your experience, especially if it’s a special trip or one to a new part of the world you’ve been dreaming of for a long time. You’ve likely had a hotel experience that you still remember due to a few special touches and you’d go back in a flash if you were there again. And you’ve likely also stayed somewhere that was a bust and tainted your overall memories of a destination. On this episode we’ll go beyond the throw pillows and welcome drink to think about what makes a great hotel experience, with Jason Friedman, a longtime luxury hotelier specializing in Asia.
Talk Travel Asia - Ep. 109: Expedition to Preah Khan Kampong Svay, Cambodia
Scott and Trevor recount their adventure to the remote temple of Preah Khan Kompong Svay in Central Cambodia, which they visited in September 2018 by motorcycle. Remote, out-there, far-flung. All these words perfectly describe this temple complex. While located just 100 km east of Angkor Wat, it’s a lot further away from civilization than that. Located in Preah Vihear province, it is the largest single religious complex ever built during the Angkor Era. Constructed during the 11th century, it’s about 5km square, with what initially would have been a massive moat around it. We talked about going for years and finally made the journey in September 2018. We share how it all went down!
Talk Travel Asia - Ep. 108: Train Travel In Asia With The Man In Seat 61
On this episode of Talk Travel Asia podcast we explore traveling by train in Asia. Train travel is one of the most in-touch and connected ways to travel. Many a novel has been written around such journeys and the romance therein. With the advent of air travel and the cost of doing so dropping, train travel has become not as economical as it once was. At the same time, many countries are upgrading their rail systems, and others still rely on decrepit ones, which can be part of the appeal and charm. On this episode we’ll chat with train travel expert, Mark Smith, also known as The Man in Seat 61, who maintains the world’s top website for train travel information.
Talk Travel Asia - Ep. 107: Don't Do That!
On this episode of Talk Travel Asia Podcast we talk about things to avoid doing while traveling in Asia. When you travel, you want to fit in, have things go smoothly, have fun and not get into trouble. While 99% of the people you will meet on your trip want to help you and most of your ideas are probably good and well-intentioned, there are some things and people you should avoid to ensure a smooth trip. On this episode we’ll talk about a variety of things we think you should keep in mind and avoid doing to have the best journey possible.
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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!🙏😊
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
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!