Greg and Ed meet the icon Richard Barrow in Samut Prakan and interview him about his unusual life in Thailand. Richard begins by explaining his life roaming Asia as a young man on his way to Australia. By chance he made some connections in Thailand at...
Greg and Ed meet the icon Richard Barrow in Samut Prakan and interview him about his unusual life in Thailand. Richard begins by explaining his life roaming Asia as a young man on his way to Australia. By chance he made some connections in Thailand at a small Thai school in Samut Prakan, leading to a quaint few weeks experiencing ‘real’ Thai culture, wholly separate from the normal touristed locations. The memory stuck with him and he subsequently returned to become a teacher at the school, and well, he’s stayed there for over thirty years, never succumbing to the allure of Bangkok or the more typical paths of expats.
After some prodding, Richard explains his background as an IT guy who got into building websites and blogging early, documenting his daily life in a provincial Thai town on the sea, as well as his numerous travels around Thailand. He was also an early adopter of Twitter and as his popularity grew, he began documenting current events throughout Thailand, but especially the political protests of the late naughts and early teens and the floods of 2011. It turns out that his style of straightforward stick-to-the-facts ‘reporting’ plus his knowledge of Thai language and culture was a winning formula to say the least. Richard became the ‘go to’ guy for thousands - and then tens, and then hundreds of thousands - of Thais, expats and tourists alike who wanted an on-the-ground voice to give them some insight into what was going on in Thailand.
Check out Part 2 of the interview next week when Richard gets into his stubborn refusal to monetize his success and why he is viewed as ‘controversial’ by some netizens.
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