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Bored Expats: Getting Your Groove Back in Bangkok [Season 3, Episode 51]

The Bangkok Podcast | Conversations on Life in Thailand's Buzzing Capital

Bangkok is a giant, chaotic, constantly evolving megalopolis. But guess what? If you live here long enough, you’ll get bored. Happens to everybody. You’ll lose your groove and get stuck in a rut. So what to do? Greg and Ed give their best advice as long term expats, focusing mainly on relocating to a lesser known, more Thai parts of the city. With a quick introduction interview by Greg’s buddy Dom, who recently had his attitude changed by moving across town, the boys recount moving to new neighborhoods themselves - Ed to Rachada and later Thonburi, and Greg to Chinatown - and reinvigorating their Bangkok experience.   Greg then goes into detail about three unheralded parts of the city - the area along Chan Road, Bang Ko Laem on the far end of Rama III Road, and the Dusit/Nakhon Chai Si area on the Northern end of Samsen Road (see a map here). Each of these has easy access into Bangkok, but retain a unique Thainess that would present a great adventure for any farang. Ed puts in a vote for Bang Kachao, the green lung of Bangkok, a near island in the middle of the Chao Praya that is like no other part of the city. The boys conclude with some advice for those not ready to make a big move: a lot of times we think we know our own neighborhoods, when in fact there’s plenty to explore right around the corner. A little curiosity and a lot of Google go a long way! As always, the podcast will continue to be 100% funded by listeners just like you who get some special swag from us. And we’ll keep our Facebook, Twitter, and LINE accounts active so you can send us comments, questions, or whatever you want to share.

Episode notes last updated on April 08, 2019 19:10

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How does Sukhimvit compare to Thanon Chan?

It's much less commercialized and touristy. Fewer 7-11 and Starbucks stores, more mom & pop stores. In the morning, monks walk through the street for alms and workers line up for jook (rice porridge) breakfast. English is far less common. Thanon Chan is the Bangkok that, even in 2005, was already fading in Sukhumvit.

How can I learn how the podcast is produced?

The hosts recorded a detailed "Behind the scenes" video explaining their process. It's on the podcast's Patreon page.