Bangkok Podcast: Best Source of Thai News

2017-10-18T21:48:02+07:00May 17th, 2010|Bangkok Podcast Season 1, Expat Experiences|22 Comments

Bangkok Podcast Episode 1: Best Source of Thai News

In the first edition of our weekly podcast, we discuss the major issue at the moment – the ongoing redshirt protests and the continuing efforts by the military to end them. We also touch on the causes of the conflict, and then discuss what we think are some great resources for keeping on top of new developments in one of the biggest crises to hit Thailand in a very long time.

Show Links:

Notable Websites:

Thomas Fuller’s excellent article about the protests:
In Bangkok, Gunfire Outside a Reporter’s Window

Richard Barrow’s Bangkok Dangerous Map

Notable people on Twitter:


Note: While we do mention that many parts of Bangkok remain unaffected by the conflict, we are not saying Bangkok is completely safe place. The situation is tense, deadly, and is changing by the minute. It will likely get worse before it gets better – but we do believe it will get better.

Photo: ERIO


  1. Juha May 17, 2010 at 1:20 am - Reply

    Good show. Keep up the good work.

  2. hermesasn May 17, 2010 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Thank you for doing this coverage for my country. I have been in USA for 10 years and this is the worst situation of Thailand ever. I am praying for Thais. May God punish whoever is behind this and bring us justice and real democracy.

  3. Daffyd k Jones May 17, 2010 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Thanks a lot for this. Have just cancelled my planned holiday to Thailand this summer and was looking for information ‘on the ground’ as to whether I had made the right decision or not.

  4. chariya May 17, 2010 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Awesome show. Can’t wait for the next one! :]

  5. Timo May 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your new podcast. I am an expat living in Bangkok myself, and I share a lot of your thoughts and your experience that Bangkok is not a warzone in most of the places. One of too few rational voices I hear among the shrill comments on blogs etc.

    Looking forward to your next podcast.

  6. Timo May 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    May I also add another useful web resource, the Bangkok Pundit, who is also compiling news (english and Thai) with a bit of commentary.

    • Tony May 17, 2010 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      That’s a great resource I can’t believe we missed it on the show. Thanks for posting.

  7. Dave May 17, 2010 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Hey Guys!
    Great Job! Great first show! I´m happy to hear someone finally say, what I was already thinking, that not WHOLE Bangkok is a warzone and that Thailand is not starting a civil war!
    Thanks again guys! Keep up the good work!
    I´m looking forward to your future guests!

  8. Jane Stanley May 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Great show!!
    Thank you, and I look forward to the next one.

  9. Tony May 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Hi everyone, thanks for all the kind comments. We’re super excited about this show and can’t wait to share all the great guests we have lined up!

  10. Brooks May 18, 2010 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Hey Guys, thanks a ton. Its great to get candid reporting about the situtation.

    Do you know if the embassies are open and operating. I am planning on coming over for holiday in two weeks and have decided due to the current situation to avoid BKK except for the fact that I will need to get visas for the surrounding countries. I don’t want to find myself in a situation where either the diplomatic staff is pulled back or the army comes in and declares martial law, shutting down the trains and possibly the borders. I was in BKK in Sept of 08 during the PAD protests and remember almost getting stuck because the state rail workers went on strike and shut down the railways.

    Also, I have seen the maps and have read very conflicting reports about the Khao San Road area. I know that it is close to the democracy monument but is it the “war zone” that some people are reporting?

    Thanks a ton.

    – Brooks

    • Tony May 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Brooks, I was down on Wireless Rd today which is home to many embassies and it was a complete ghost town. Everything in that area was closed. Some embassies have relocated to temporary locations so best is to call but plan on many of them being closed.

  11. jason May 18, 2010 at 10:23 am - Reply

    so sorry bangkok was banged , reminds me of beriut some years back . but can we get out of it like beriut .

  12. Dale Shortliffe May 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I really enjoy your down-to-earth reporting. So honest. So real.
    I will be honest and tell you that I have enjoyed the videos more than this plain audio, but I understand that the podcasts are a lot safer to produce, under these circumstances.
    Stay healthy!! 🙂

  13. Jamie Milks May 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I’m arriving on the 31st I pray the airport remains off grounds. I heard that security was ‘trippled’ there. Is that true?

    Btw: great show. Get going on the next one.

    Also I wonder where majority of people are getting their coverage from? Main stream or online stream? I’ve ditched cable an go straight to Twitter and independent web for the news.

    Amazing to c how much interest bkk has gotten over the web with Twitter and blogs.

  14. mark May 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Thanks guys, I am a Aussie, my wife is Thai, we live in Oz. I agree the western media is so biased and sensationalizing everything. It is such a great relief to tune in here and before on youtube.
    I trust your reporting and appreciate your balanced and fair reporting.
    My wife has all her family there, and obviously she is concerned.

    Thank Buddah for you guys, we get the street vibe not the BS.

    Thias and expats from all over the world, need this type of reporting

  15. Greg May 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the comments everyone, it’s much appreciated! We’ve got a great guest lined up for next week’s show so we hope you’ll come back.

    Brooks: Many embassies are closed right now, but not sure when they’ll open. Best to contact them for specifics. Khao San Road WAS the scene of fighting on April 10, but it’s returned to normal now.

    Jamie Milks: As far as I know, the airport is running as normal, although I’m sure security has been beefed up.

    See you all soon!

  16. Chad May 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    This podcast was excellent, thanks. Keep it up!

    By the way, an “apologist” is just someone who justifies or argues in defense of something. 🙂

    • Tony May 19, 2010 at 1:10 am - Reply

      LOL! That makes sense. 😀

  17. Dennis Peterson May 19, 2010 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Very good show. You seem to put a strong emphasis on giving us a realistic and unbiased view of things there in Bangkok. It is great to get a balanced view of what’s going on there. Keep up the good work, stay safe & thank you.

  18. mark May 20, 2010 at 3:07 am - Reply


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