Bangkok Podcast 22: Paul Garrigan

Bangkok is a city of many vices and more than a few temptations. If you’re not careful, it can be frighteningly easy to let these things go from a sometime-hobby to a full-blown addiction, and the end result is usually not pretty. But every once in a while you hear a story about someone who sank to the bottom and then, against all odds, pulled themsevles back up.

Continuing our Halloween theme in the guise of discussing inner demons, our guest today is author Paul Garrigan. His book ‘Dead Drunk’ recounts his harrowing tale of alcoholism that saw him travel the world trying to escape a problem that was part of who he was. It was only in Thailand, near the end of his rope, that Paul ended up at Wat Thamkrabok, whose well known detox program showed him the way out of the darkness. Paul gives a very personal, open book account of the challenges he faced, and what it was like when he finally emerged clean and sober on the other side.

Greg and Tony also welcome guest Scotty “Hockey” Murray, one of the organizers of the upcoming 2010 Land of Smiles Ice Hockey Classic. Ice hockey in Thailand? That’s right, and the tournamet will be pretty badass. Make sure to check it out!

Show Links:

Flying Farangs: 2010 Land fo Smiles Ice Hockey Classic

Dead Drunk by Paul Garrigan