Season 5

July 26, 2022

A Virologist Talks Vaccine Research & Thailand's Scientific Street Cr…

In the last episode of Season 5, Greg interviews Samaporn Teeravechyan, also known as Dr. Joy. Dr. Joy works at the National Cent…

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July 19, 2022

Gotcha! Ten Situations When the Score is Bangkok 1, You 0 [S5.E70]

Bangkok’s a big city that’s got her own rules. You can try to fight them, but in the end, in certain situations, no matter how mu…

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July 12, 2022

The Million Baht Kid: Returning to Thailand After Growing Up Abroad […

Ed interviews Emily from Calgary, Canada, a unique ‘expat’ in Thailand if there ever was one. Emily was born 19 years ago in Nong…

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July 5, 2022

Fun AND Educational? Some Notable Bangkok Firsts [S5.E68]

In a new concept, Greg and Ed discuss various Bangkok ‘Firsts’ in an effort to improve their knowledge of the city’s history and …

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June 28, 2022

Luxembourg Ambassador Jean-Paul Senninger Talks Diplomacy & Cultural …

Greg interviews the Luxembourgian Ambassador to Thailand, Jean-Paul Senninger. As a diplomat with a long list of postings around …

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June 21, 2022

Pot Luck Surprise! The Highs and Lows of Weed in Thailand [S5.E66]

Greg and Ed discuss the recent decriminalization of cannabis in Thailand, the recent changes around town it’s caused, and whether…

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June 14, 2022

From Toothbrushes to Curses: Storytime With Christopher G. Moore [S5.…

This is Part Two of Greg’s recent interview with uber-expat Christopher G. Moore, author, raconteur, and general man-about-town. …

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June 7, 2022

From Page to Screen: Christopher G. Moore on Hard-Boiled Bangkok [S5.…

Greg interviews Christopher G. Moore, long-time friend of the podcast and senior Bangkok expat, known for his extensive fiction a…

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May 31, 2022

Understanding Thailand: Some Rules of Thumb That Explain a Lot [S5.E6…

Greg and Ed pull together all their accumulated wisdom about Thai culture and society into six pithy theories to aid expats and t…

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May 24, 2022

Seeing Thailand Through Film: Director Paul Spurrier [S5.E62]

Ed interviews , a British expat in Thailand who has been in the film industry his entire life. Paul begins at the beginning, how …

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May 17, 2022

Busting Some Myths About Prostitution in Thailand [S5.E61]

Ed leads a discussion and semi-rant about a persistent myth regarding the history of prostitution in Thailand that was recently p…

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May 10, 2022

Achievement Unlocked! Even More Expat Merit Badges [S5.E60]

Because the first show was so fun to do - and full of great listener-generated ideas! - Greg and Ed revisit the idea of expat ‘me…

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May 3, 2022

Author Chris Baker Discusses Thai History, Culture & Conflict [S5.E59]

Greg and Ed interview expat legend Chris Baker, co-author (along with his wife Pasuk Phongpaichit) of , in addition to several ot…

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April 26, 2022

Greg’s Canada Trip: Thoughts on Reverse Culture Shock [S5.E58]

It’s Greg’s turn for some reverse culture shock as he relates his return to Thailand from the Great White North of Calgary, Alber…

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April 19, 2022

The Psychology of Tourist Scams with Tourism Expert Ding Xu [S5.E57]

Anyone who has been to Thailand knows the old “Ohhh, the temple is closed today, why don’t you come with me to this gem store?” D…

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April 12, 2022

Thai Games: From Playgrounds to Cards to Beetle Fighting [S5.E.56]

Thanks to a suggestion from a listener Greg and Ed discuss the fascinating topic of games that are common - if not unique - to Th…

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April 5, 2022

Rules & Etiquette: Public Speaking as a Buddhist Monk [S5.E55]

Greg interviews our old friend and recurring guest Phra Pandit, about public speaking as a Buddhist monk. Beginning with some pub…

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March 29, 2022

The World Happiness Index: How Does Thailand Measure Up? [S5.E54]

In the wake of the - which saw Thailand drop by quite a few spots - Greg and Ed jump into the fascinating topic of the happiness…

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March 22, 2022

Photographer Dax Ward on Capturing Bangkok's Abandoned Beauty [S5.E53]

Greg interviews , an adventurous photographer best known for his beautiful photos of dilapidated buildings and abandoned places. …

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March 15, 2022

Saying Too Much: Dealing With Self-Censorship in Thailand [S5.E52]

Greg and Ed tackle the uncomfortable topic of self-censorship in Thailand, especially as it pertains to the podcast itself, and t…

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March 8, 2022

The Middle Path: Is Thailand an In-Between Country? [S5.E51]

Greg and Ed consider the tricky question of Thailand’s role in the global order. Sparked by a question from one of his students a…

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March 1, 2022

History on Video: Bangkok Pat Talks Exploring & Storytelling [S5.E50]

Greg interviews ‘Bangkok Pat,’ whose uncover the hidden layers of this fascinating city. Pat begins with a bit of personal backg…

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Feb. 22, 2022

Would a Bangkok by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet? [S5.E49]

Greg and Ed discuss the significance of the recent decision by the Thai parliament to accept a change to the official English nam…

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Feb. 15, 2022

History and Insight: Exploring Thailand’s Indian Community [S5.E48]

One of the great things about Thai culture is the many facets that make up the whole. One of them is the Indian community, and Gr…

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Feb. 8, 2022

Great Thailand Advice We Ignored…But Shouldn’t Have [S5.E47]

When you first get to Thailand you meet a lot of people who give you a lot of advice. Most of it is forgettable, some is great, a…

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Feb. 1, 2022

George Dupont: The Only Thai to Fight in the US Civil War [S5.E46]

We recount the fascinating story of George DuPont, the only Thai person who fought in the American Civil War. The first record of…

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Jan. 25, 2022

Is Thailand Really LGBTQ Friendly? It’s Complicated [S5.E45]

Greg interviews Benjamin Lord, an American who moved to Asia straight out of college at NYU. He is on the show to discuss life as…

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Jan. 18, 2022

Ed's Big List: 10 Differences Between the US and Thailand [S5.E44]

With Ed being stuck in the US, he relates ten experiences he has had during his stay in Ohio that he doesn’t think he would ever …

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Jan. 11, 2022

Anger, Anxiety & Death: How Buddhism Deals with the Big Issues [S5.E4…

Greg interviews Phra Pandit, the resident Bangkok Podcast expert on all things Buddhism, about negative emotions such as anxiety …

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Jan. 4, 2022

The Bangkok Podcast Covid Christmas Clusterf#@k Extravaganza [S5.E42]

It’s a COVID Christmas Craptacular! The guys discuss all the ways that COVID has made the holiday season difficult for expats and…

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Dec. 21, 2021

Riding the Rails: Catching up with Bangkok’s New Train Lines [S5.E41]

When Greg and guest-host Scott moved here at the turn of the century, Bangkok had about 22km of train lines (not counting the SRT…

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Dec. 14, 2021

The Times They Are a-Changing: Thailand’s Demographic Shift [S5.E40]

The show welcomes back Dr. Jessica Vechbanyongratana, an economist at Chulalongkorn University, to discuss the cold, hard data on…

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Dec. 7, 2021

Bangkok's Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony [S5.E39]

Greg and Ed finish up the Seven Deadly Sins series with a discussion of ‘gluttony’ in the context of Bangkok - in this case, want…

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Nov. 30, 2021

Tech, Trade & Bridges with Belgian Ambassador Sibille de Cartier [S5.…

Greg interviews Belgian Ambassador to Thailand, Madam Sybille de Cartier, formerly Ambassador to Egypt and Sudan, with plenty of …

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Nov. 23, 2021

Alcohol: Thailand’s Favorite Boogeyman [S5.E37]

In a very topical show Greg and Ed discuss the role that alcohol plays in Thai culture. For a country that seems to love restrict…

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Nov. 9, 2021

Hassles and Hope: Thailand’s Big Reopening [S5.E35]

The boys address the big story of the day: Thailand’s long-delayed reopening to tourists, at least from certain low-risk countrie…

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Nov. 2, 2021

What’s the Deal with Solar Power in Thailand? [S5.E34]

Greg interviews Tristan Knowles, an Australian expat in Thailand working for the Asian Development Bank, specializing in infrastr…

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Oct. 26, 2021

Thailand in Movies & TV vs. Thailand in Real Life [S5.E33]

On today’s show Greg and Ed address a pretty simple question: When you see Bangkok in movies and in series, are you actually seei…

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Oct. 19, 2021

From Coffee to Conflict: Kenyan Ambassador Lindsay Kiptiness [S5.E32]

Greg interviews Lindsay Kiptiness, the Kenyan Ambassador to Thailand. Ambassador Kiptiness begins by introducing himself and expl…

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Oct. 12, 2021

Dungeons & Dragons & Bangkok: An Alignment Chart for the City [S5.E31]

Greg and Ed confess to their past as Dungeons and Dragons-loving young geeks. Who would have thought? The boys take inspiration f…

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Oct. 5, 2021

Building a Thai YouTube Channel for Kids Into a Family Business [S5.E…

On this episode Greg chats with his buddy Jesse Davis. You might not know Jesse’s name, but if you have kids, chances are they kn…

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Sept. 21, 2021

Accents, Dialects and Stereotypes with Stu Jay Raj [S5.E28]

Greg interviews returning guest Stu Jay Raj - polyglot, expert language teacher and man about town. Greg begins by asking Stu abo…

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Sept. 14, 2021

This is Thailand With Scott & Trevor from Talk Travel Asia [S5.E27]

Greg and Ed sit down with old friends and travel experts Trevor Ranges and Scott Coates of the podcast. The guys run through a w…

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Sept. 7, 2021

Bangkok's Seven Deadly Sins: Envy [S5.E26]

Continuing the series on the 7 Deadly Sins, Greg and Ed address the envious Envy. Of course, we love Bangkok, but no place is per…

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Aug. 31, 2021

Golfasian’s Mark Siegel Talks Fees, Tees & Thai Golf Holidays [S5.E25]

Greg interviews Mark Siegel, the director of , one of Asia’s largest golf tour operators. Greg opens with the caveat that neither…

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Aug. 24, 2021

A Few Surprising Details About Raising a Kid in Bangkok [S5.E24]

In this episode, Greg fills us in on all the special concerns of being a parent in Bangkok. As if being a parent on its own didn’…

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Aug. 17, 2021

From Dreams to Comedy: Teaching Thai With a Twist [S5.E23]

Greg interviews Kru Nan from the “You Too Can Learn Thai” podcast. Greg begins with the theory of the ‘critical period,’ that the…

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Aug. 10, 2021

Don’t be That Guy: Expat Stereotypes to Avoid [S5.E22]

Greg and Ed discuss some negative expat stereotypes - roughly the person you (probably) don’t want to become while living in Thai…

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