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The Bangkok Podcast

Online since 2010! 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. Want to explore Bangkok on your own? Check out Greg's self-guided audio tours on Voice Map! https://voicemap.me/publisher/greg-jorgensen

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Recent Episodes of The Bangkok Podcast


Regional Podcast Pals: Joah McGee on Covering Tragedy & Hope on Insight Myanmar

Regional Podcast Pals: Joah McGee on Covering Tragedy & Hope on Insight Myanmar

Wrapping up our short series on our regional podcast peers, Greg interviews Joah McGee from the Insight Myanmar Podcast. Joah begins by explaining his early life in Myanmar and how he initially went to the country to study meditation and later secured a proper job doing training for an American Embassy-related organization. He managed to juggle professional life dealing with politics, with a personal life in monasteries practicing meditation. This eventually led Joah to making a documentary about a famous monk and writing a guidebook for foreigners wishing to study meditation in the country. As his expertise increased, a...

Episode 23 11 June 2024 36m and 50s


Bangkok Devaluation: A Few Things That Used to Matter…But Don’t Anymore

Bangkok Devaluation: A Few Things That Used to Matter…But Don’t Anymore

In a possible new series, Greg and Ed discuss things that have become less important or meaningful since they began living in Thailand. In short, stuff that we used to value a lot that just seems not to matter as much anymore.

Ed begins with the somewhat obvious: clothes in general just matter a lot less. Never a fashion guy, Bangkok’s ‘uni-season’ is perfect for him since he can basically wear the same thing all year round. Greg - famous for his consistent shorts/t-shirt/vans outfit, concurs that it’s just much easier here to get dres...

Episode 22 4 June 2024 31m and 4s


Regional Podcast Pals: Mike Tatarski on Producing the Vietnam Weekly from Ho Chi Minh City

Regional Podcast Pals: Mike Tatarski on Producing the Vietnam Weekly from Ho Chi Minh City

Greg interviews Mike Tatarski of the Vietnam Weekly podcast. Mike begins by explaining the podcast originated out of his Substack newsletter of the same name. After taking a course in ‘entrepreneurial journalism,’ he got motivated to fire up the podcast, and the rest is history. He manages to produce a show per week as a one man band operation but has reached a substantial audience. 

Greg and Mike then go on to talk about similarities and differences between his show and the Bangkok Podcast. On the one hand, both are in English and therefore have a lot of li...

Episode 21 28 May 2024 46m and 20s


Looking Back on the 2006 Coup and Why We’re Still Feeling it Today

Looking Back on the 2006 Coup and Why We’re Still Feeling it Today

Greg and Ed revisit the 2006 coup in Thailand and reminisce about the oddness but also impactfulness of the experience. Ed begins with a quick recap of the career of Thaksin Shinawatra, the billionaire business tycoon who swept to power (democratically) in 2000 on a promise to fix the Thai economy which was still reeling from the 1997 financial crisis. He did in fact manage to stabilize the economy and easily won re-election in 2004. Although controversies did mar his terms, his ability to repay loans to the World Bank and IMF lent him significant credibility. 

However, in 2006, a constitutional crisis e...

Episode 20 21 May 2024 36m and 36s


Checking in on Bangkok’s Craft Beer Scene with BangkokBeerGuide.com

Checking in on Bangkok’s Craft Beer Scene with BangkokBeerGuide.com

Greg interviews Clif from BangkokBeerGuide.com about the ever evolving craft beer scene in Thailand. Cliff begins with the basic premise for the website and related social media: to act as a guide for locals and visitors to all the beer drinking opportunities in Bangkok, especially craft beers made by locals. The guys then review the famously restrictive Thai laws governing beer and alcohol in general, such as the prohibition on purchasing alcohol from 2 pm to 5 pm in the afternoon, and high minimum requirement for brewing beer that effectively shuts out all but the largest companies. 

Clif t...

Episode 19 14 May 2024 47m and 10s


Bangkok Superlatives: Stories From Decades in a Crazy City

Bangkok Superlatives: Stories From Decades in a Crazy City

Greg and Ed try a new type of show in which they troll their memories for extreme experiences, something that expats in Thailand seem to have a lot of. Greg begins with his scariest experience in Thailand. As a relative noobie, he engaged the services of a shady visa firm and was later called out on it by the Canadian Embassy. At the time, he didn’t know if a heavy fine, deportation, or even jail was in order, but luckily he got away with a much smaller punishment. Ed follows with a different type of scare, when his th...

Episode 18 7 May 2024 46m and 12s


Philosopher Dr. Soraj Hongladarom on Buddhism, Ethics and AI

Philosopher Dr. Soraj Hongladarom on Buddhism, Ethics and AI

Greg interviews Dr. Soraj Hongladarom on the intersection of AI, ethics, and Buddhism. Dr. Soraj begins by discussing his background in the study of philosophy in the U.S., in particular early modern Western philosophy. After returning to Thailand, he transitioned to the study of the philosophy of technology and science, which today of course, means AI. Dr. Soraj explains that different cultures certainly have different approaches to some ethical issues, and he is currently interested in how Buddhist thought might apply to the growing concerns over the use of artificial intelligence. 

Today, there is a ‘global con...

Episode 17 30 April 2024 39m and 25s


Bangkok for Nerds! Understanding the Chaos With Some Sweet Math

Bangkok for Nerds! Understanding the Chaos With Some Sweet Math

If math can be used to solve everything from the orbits of galaxies to the swirl in a snail’s shell, then surely it can be applied to Bangkok to shed some light on the chaos?

In a fun show, Greg presents certain semi-mathematical ‘equations’ to help us all understand Bangkok a bit better. While not scientific in the strictest, these rules of thumb may help you navigate the chaos of the Big Mango with a little more confidence. 

First, the guys discuss all the variables that affect traffic travel times in Bangkok. The season, school...

Episode 16 23 April 2024 31m and 36s


Stuart McDonald from Travelfish on Tourism Recovery in Thailand Through Visas, Backpackers...and Weed?

Stuart McDonald from Travelfish on Tourism Recovery in Thailand Through Visas, Backpackers...and Weed?

This is Part 2 of our interview with Stuart MacDonald, Asian tourism expert and founder of TravelFish.org, arguably the best single resource for traveling in Southeast Asia. In this half of the interview, Greg, Ed and Stu revisit the tricky topic of ‘overtourism,’ an issue which attempts to find a balance between economic revenue from tourism, which in theory is good for local economies, and damage to the environment, which of course can in the long run make things worse for local people. Stu gives his take on how to find the right balance.

The old friends then...

Episode 15 16 April 2024 40m and 5s


Stuart from Travelfish Talks How (and how not) to Help Tourism Recover Sustainably

Stuart from Travelfish Talks How (and how not) to Help Tourism Recover Sustainably

Greg and Ed interview their old friend Stuart of Travelfish, master of all things travel and tourism in Southeast Asia. Greg begins by reading a quote from an article on the weird duality of tourism: by sacralizing a location, tourism results in its ‘desecration by footprints.’ Stuart gives his take and undoubtedly agrees that this is generally true, hence his take on ‘environmental tourism,’ or tourism that is very conscious of its effect on the locations it promotes. He explains that the cons of tourism for locals (such as crime, drugs, environmental damage, etc.) can often outweigh the pros of incre...

Episode 14 9 April 2024 42m and 47s

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