Bangkok Podcast 74: Cost of Living

This episode of Bangkok Podcast is sponsored by Bangkok Tree House an environmentally friendly retreat in the heart of Phrapradaeng, a lush expanse of jungle just across the river from Bangkok.

If you’ve been following the Thai news over the past few months, you might have heard about a big constitutional court crises a few weeks ago. As with many things in Thailand lately, it was a very he said/she said kind of debate with very high stakes. People were predicting doom! Riots! Chaos! Cats and dogs living together! Thankfully, in a very Thai outcome, the court came down squarely in the middle so that neither side won and neither side lost.

It might come as a shock, but neither Tony nor Greg are scholars of Thai politics or law, but they know someone who is! For the first part of the show we welcome our friend Saksith Saiyasombut, a blogger, journalist and all-around nice guy who has reported extensively on the uh, entertaining Thai political scene over the past few years. He joins us on Skype from Germany (excuse the fuzzy call quality) and fills us in on what exactly the hubbub was about, what the decision means, and what happens next.

The other topic we wanted to get into for this show is something that we get asked a lot – just how expensive is it to live in Bangkok? Dreams of $5 hotels rooms and $1 feasts still somehow fill the brains of the never-ending stream of visitors, but unfortunately, price-wise, Bangkok ain’t what it was 20 years ago. Today, it’s a major Asian metropolis, a global transport hub, and home to big industry and big money. Tony and Greg go over what it takes to live in Bangkok from month-to-month with a comfortable western lifestyle. From groceries to entertainment to rent to maids, there’s a lot to take into account.

We are also happy to mention our partnership with Coconuts Bangkok, the city’s newest news and reviews website, which we browse to see what people are talking about. Head on over and see the most up to date information on everything Bangkok.

We also wanted to send a big thanks to our sponsor, the Bangkok Treehouse, an environmentally friendly retreat in the heart of Phrapradaeng, a lush expanse of jungle just across the river from Bangkok. It’s a beautiful and peaceful place to escape the city, with awesome food and some pretty badass surroundings. As they say on their website, it’s a view with a room, a very apt description.

Also listen for our cool new remixed intro music by Q-Bar’s legendary DJ Octo. DJ Octo was a past guest on Bangkok Podcast and now has his own podcast called Q-Bar Live which keeps you up to date on all the activities at Bangkok’s hottest club. Make sure to give it a listen at Q-Bar Live