You may or may not have heard about the Sak Yant tattoo festival before, but after hearing this episode of the Bangkok Podcast, you sure as darn heck won’t be able to forget about it. For years travelers have been entertained by tales of screaming men rushing the stage, possessed by the spirits of the tattoos that cover their bodies in sheets of intricate sub-dermal ink. But it’s not merely an odd tourist attraction – the men who have them, the monks who give them, and the shamans who ‘recharge’ them all hold the tattoos – and the power they say they represent – in the highest regard.
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To learn to speak Thai or not learn to speak Thai. That is the question. No, literally. It’s the question we’re asking each other on behalf of all people who come to live in Thailand. Not surprising, we have a difference of opinion.
So yeah, we’re the #1 travel podcast in Thailand. That’s kinda cool. But it’s not what we’re talking about today… (but thanks for subscribing!)
So a guy from Alaska who owns a coffee plantation in Hawaii hires a guy from Indiana who’s living in Thailand to help him grow coffee. There’s no punchline. Just a great episode of the Bangkok Podcast!
After Evo explains why he was in Finland and gives us a crash course on world travel expos (like Matka 2017) and blogger conferences (like NBE Finland), and Greg runs down his recent motorbiking misadventures in Chiang Rai, we get down to business. What business? Serious business. Coffee.
Well folks, after much discussion and late night Skype chats, Greg and Tony have decided that Bangkok Podcast has reached the end. As you’ve no doubt heard us talk about before, putting a podcast together takes a lot of time and effort, and time is something that both Greg and Tony have very little of these days, so it’s time to hang up the ol’ mics.
On this episode of Bangkok Podcast, Greg and Tony wrap up the latest news making the rounds in Thailand. From the crazy amount of rain that has been hitting Bangkok to the latest skin whitening craze and finally they talk about the attempt by airport link authorities to boost ridership.
We also chat with Ali Weiner, who is organizing an epic walk from Bangkok to Burma to raise awareness awareness of the dangers and realities of human trafficking and to meet their goal of raising $100,000 dollars for various charities.
Tony and Greg covers the endless topic of cost of living in Bangkok. How much is a decent apartment? Is Thai internet fast? How much does it cost to get a cell phone in Bangkok? We reveal all in this episode of Bangkok Podcast.
On this special episode of Bangkok Podcast, Greg and Tony connect via Skype to talk about Greg’s recent wedding. From emergency changes due to the floods, unexpected costs and language issues Greg reveals the details and tips of getting married in Thailand.
Greg and Tony also discuss the latest topics in Thailand from what the Thai government is doing to assure Japanese investors that their factories won’t be flooded out again, to how it’s possible to lose and recover 13 million baht in gold in a taxi!
Tony & Greg return to the airwaves with a special encore show. Tony talks about his experiences living in Tokyo compared to Bangkok and what he misses about living in Thailand. We welcome back past guest Hamish Chalmers to talk about his amazing story about escaping the floods in the middle of the night with his family. We also talk to Michael Biedassek about his recent community initiative that raised over 2 million baht for the flood relief.
On this episode, Tony and Greg discuss the Bangkok Podcast Farewell Dinner, go over some of their favorite shows from the past, get into a few details on what it took to put a show together, and thank a few very important people who worked with us behind the scenes to make sure the podcast grew.
We also want to say a special thanks to each of our guests, who came on the show in their free time and gave people a glimpse into the cool personalities that help make Bangkok such a great city. Thanks again everyone – keep your Bangkok Podcast iTunes, Facebook and Twitter links active – we might be back sooner than you think.