Talk Travel Asia Podcast

Talk Travel Asia podcast is a collection of tales, tips, and fun chats, drawing upon co-host Scott Coates’ and Trevor Ranges decades of experience traveling and working in Asia. Talk Travel Asia explore a variety of travel issues, featuring captivating characters the hosts have met along the way. If it’s intriguing travel you’re seeking – look no further. Talk Travel Asia: Cultivating Travel Insight through Intelligent Conversation.

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Listen to Episode 1: About the Hosts

Talk Travel Asia co-hosts Scott Coates and Trevor Ranges share their backgrounds, including when and why they moved to Asia, how they got to know each other, and what they’ve been up to in the travel industry over the past decade.

EPISODE 2: ANGKOR 101 – HOW TO VISIT ANGKOR FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS

Scott and Trevor share their tips for first time visitors to the Angkor Archaeological Park near Siem Reap, Cambodia.  As author of the first edition National Geographic guidebook to Cambodia, Trevor has explored the temples of Angkor dozens of times.  As founding partner of luxury travel company Smiling Albino, Scott has hosted guests at and visited Angkor for his own personal enjoyment numerous times too. He also has authored two editions of Groovy Map’s Cambodia guide map.

EPISODE 3: TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY WITH GREG JORGENSEN

Travel technology has had a massive impact on how we research, plan, book, experience, and share our travel adventures. Armed with only a smart phone, you can buy a plane ticket or get a hot hotel deal in real time.  There’s 3G and wifi hot-spots along the Mekong River in Laos and Cambodia; there are dozens of travel apps to help you along the way; and you can share your photos with friends and family back home with the press of a button. This week, Scott and Trevor discuss Travel Technology with longtime friend Greg Jorgensen, the founder and former co-host of Bangkok Podcast, a Thailand Twitter celebrity, and an all around nice guy.

EPISODE 4: THE PLIGHT OF ASIA’S ELEPHANTS WITH JOHN ROBERTS

Both Trevor and Scott have had the pleasure of experiencing the mahout (elephant) program at the Anantara Golden Triangle in the far northern regions of Thailand along the Mekong River and welcome John Roberts to talk about an issue that is at the heart of many tourist experiences in Asia: elephants.

EPISODE 5: BANGKOK SCAMS, HUSTLES & TOURIST TRAPS

Bangkok is legendary as one of the world’s most exotic and exciting cities. It’s also one full of scams, hustles, and tourist traps, luckily most of them relatively innocent and non-violent.  Scott and Trevor cover a few of the most common, elaborate, and colorful Bangkok scams so that you can have a lot of fun in Bangkok and not get ripped off!

EPISODE 6: HOW TO PLAN A HIGH-VALUE VACATION WITH CHRIS ROWTHORN

Scott and Trevor discuss some experiences from their many years planning trips in and exploring Asia.  Scott prefers to have transport, accommodation, and a travel template plan dialed-in.  Trevor likes to research comprehensively but often prefers an unstructured approach upon arrival.  The two discuss both advantages and disadvantages to each strategy and why striking the right balance is key.

EPISODE 7: IMPRESSIONS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic regions on the planet. Fly one hour in almost any direction – from Bangkok for example, and you’re in a totally different world: a different language, culture, cuisine, arts, customs, and so on. Southeast Asia is a tapestry of sorts and the preceding factors are certainly some of the reasons that travelers are drawn back to the region time and time again.

EPISODE 8: CYCLING SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH ADAM PLATT-HEPWORTH

Trevor is in Kuala Lumpur visiting Scott for the recording of this episode, during which time they plan to do some cycling in Scott’s Bukit Kiara neighbourhood. The two discuss their different experiences biking in SE Asia as well as the great aspects of exploring the region by bicycle. Trevor enjoys how travel by bike allows you to mingle closely with local communities, while Scott talks about how it’s great to see the local sights. They bring in a cycling expert to share his expertise on what riders can expect from cycling in various countries across the greater region. From where the best areas are for climbing, road-riding trips, off-road adventures, and everything in between, we get to the bottom of what SE Asia has to offer riders.

EPISODE 9: IMPRESSIONS OF KUALA LUMPUR

Trevor is visiting Scott in Kuala Lumpur (KL), where he just celebrated his one year anniversary living in the Malaysian capital city. Trevor suggested chatting about the city, what it’s like, and what it has to offer would be a good episode as many foreigners aren’t generally familiar with what to do or see in Kuala Lumpur. Trevor thinks that unlike visitors to Thailand, Cambodia, or Singapore, a lot of people don’t have deeply ingrained preconceived notions about what the country and its capital is like. Scott gives us a quick overview on how he ended up in KL and how, after one year, he knows the city well enough to share some of his insights with prospective visitors.

EPISODE 10: DRINKING BEER IN SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH BEERVANA’S AARON GRIESER AND BRIAN BARTUSCH

Drinking Beer in Southeast Asia: Scott and Trevor discuss how the beer scene in Southeast Asia isn’t what it is in Europe or North America: There are a few international brewers mass-producing traditional lagers but in general there’s not a wealth of beer diversity. Luckily, Scott points out, beer in most SE Asian countries is some of the least expensive in the world, save Malaysia and Singapore, and if you scratch the surface a bit, there are some interesting beer discoveries.

EPISODE 11: ASIA’S SOMEWHAT SECRET BEACHES

EPISODE 12: PHARE, THE CAMBODIAN CIRCUS WITH CRAIG DODGE

EPISODE 13: TANTALIZING TRAVEL TALES

EPISODE 14: TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY TRICKS WITH DAVE LEMKE

EPISODE 15: DREAM TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

EPISODE 16: DIGITAL NOMADS WITH GARY ARNDT AND NIALL DOHERTY

EPISODE 17: FAVORITE WATERING HOLES

EPISODE 18: TRAVEL WRITING WITH TOM VATER

EPISODE 19: FAVORITE FOODS OF ASIA

EPISODE 20: PADDLING THAILAND’S SOUTHWEST COAST WITH IAN TAYLOR

EPISODE 21: THREE NIGHTS IN BANGKOK

EPISODE 22: THE PLANET D WITH DAVE & DEB

EPISODE 23: PLANNING AN ASIAN HONEYMOON

EPISODE 24: TRAVELING VEGETARIAN IN ASIA WITH ADAM PLATT-HEPWORTH

EPISODE 25: TANTALIZING TRAVEL TALES, PART II

SPECIAL EPISODE: TRAVELING NEPAL, POST EARTHQUAKE WITH MADS MATHIASEN

EPISODE 26: RESPONSIBLE TOURISM WITH BODHI GARRETT

EPISODE 27: ANGKOR 201

EPISODE 28: VERY THAILAND WITH PHILIP CORNWEL-SMITH

EPISODE 29: THREE NIGHTS IN CHIANG MAI

EPISODE 30: UP AND COMING CAMBODIA WITH NICK RAY

EPISODE 31: BALI 101

EPISODE 32: BIKING IN BANGKOK WITH GREG JORGENSEN

EPISODE 33: THREE NIGHTS IN PHNOM PENH

EPISODE 34: ECOTOURISM IN LAOS WITH PAUL ESHOO

EPISODE 35: INSIDE BANGKOK – THE NANA NEIGHBORHOOD

EPISODE 36: TRAVELING SE ASIA

EPISODE 37: TREKKING ASIA’S TEA TRAILS WITH JEFF FUCHS

EPISODE 38: THREE NIGHTS IN HUA HIN

EPISODE 39: CLIMBING NEPAL’S HIMALAYAS WITH BILLI BIERLING

EPISODE 40: TANTALIZING TRAVEL TALES 3

EPISODE 41: TRAVELING NORTH KOREA WITH GEOFFREY CAIN

EPISODE 42: TRAVEL GUIDES, ONLINE RESOURCES, AND MOBILE APPS

EPISODE 43: ADVENTURE TRAVEL IN ASIA WITH JOHN ROBERTS, MEI ZHANG, AND WILLEM NIEMEIJER

EPISODE 44: GREAT DAY HIKES IN ASIA

EPISODE 45: OUT THERE ASIAN ADVENTURES WITH RIC GAZARIAN

EPISODE 46: DREAM TRAVEL DESTINATIONS 2

EPISODE 47: TREKKING THE GREAT HIMALAYA TRAIL WITH ROBIN BOUSTEAD

EPISODE 48: SNORKELING & SCUBA DIVING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

EPISODE 49: HIKING & MOUNTAIN BIKING IN HONG KONG with STEVE COWARD AND DAVE STAMBOULIS

EPISODE 50: 50 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT TRAVELING IN ASIA

EPISODE 51: VOLUNTEERING WHILE TRAVELING WITH JAMES SUTHERLAND OF FRIENDS-INTERNATIONAL

EPISODE 52: LIFE AS A TRAVEL WRITER WITH TREVOR RANGES

EPISODE 53: NEPAL ONE-YEAR POST-EARTHQUAKE WITH MADS MATHIASEN

EPISODE 54: IMPRESSIONS OF JAPAN

EPISODE 55: VIETNAMESE CUISINE WITH BOBBY CHINN

EPISODE 56: ASIA THEN & NOW

EPISODE 57: TEXTILES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH CHOMWAN WEERAWORAWIT

EPISODE 58: ASIAN BAR GAME OLYMPICS

EPISODE 59: PHARE, THE CAMBODIAN CIRCUS WITH CRAIG DODGE

EPISODE 60: BEST OF ASIA

EPISODE 61: RIDING VESPAS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH STEVE MUELLER

EPISODE 62: INTERESTING ASIAN HOLIDAYS

EPISODE 63: JOE CUMMINGS ON THE HUNT AND SACRED TATTOOS OF THAILAND

EPISODE 64: PACKING TIPS

EPISODE 65: SCUBA DIVING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH CHRIS MITCHEL

EPISODE 66: ANIMAL TOURISM IN ASIA

Episode 67: Craft Beer in Vietnam with John Pemberton

Episode 68: Wild & Wacky & Activities in Southeast Asia 

Episode 69: Skiing in Iran with John Fiddler and Kathleen Egan 

Episode 70: Impressions of Yangon, Myanmar

Episode 71: Famous Thai Film Locations with Chris Lowenstein

Episode 72: Northern Myanmar with Nick Ray

Episode 73: New Year’s Travel Resolutions with Scott & Trevor

Episode 74: Three nights in Luang Prabang, Thailand

EPISODE 75: VEGETARIAN VIETNAMESE WITH CAMERON STAUCH

EPISODE 76: TRAVEL LIGHT & RESPONSIBLE

EPISODE 77: OVERTOURISM WITH CHRIS BOTTRILL

EPISODE 78: FAVORITE ASIAN ADVENTURES

EPISODE 79: REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES WITH REFILL NOT LANDFILL’S DEAN MCLACHLAN & CHRISTIAN DE BOER

EPISODE 80: ALMOST ASIA! HAWAII FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS

EPISODE 81: TENTED CAMPS IN ASIA WITH JOHN ROBERTS AND MARIUS HERMANN

EPISODE 82: CAMBODIA’S BEACHES AND ISLANDS

EPISODE 83: TRAVELING RESPONSIBLY IN ASIA WITH SHANNON STOWELL

EPISODE 84: FOREIGNER FAUX PAS AND CULTURAL CLUMSINESS WITH ED KNUTH OF BANGKOK PODCAST

EPISODE 85: 4,000 ISLANDS & VAT PHOU, LAOS

EPISODE 86: ASIA’S BEST MEALS 

EPISODE 87: EXPLORING UNEXPLORED ASIA WITH STUART MCDONALD OF TRAVELFISH.ORG

EPISODE 88: FAVORITE WATERING HOLES II – BEST PLACES TO DRINK IN ASIA

EPISODE 89: BAGAN, MANDALAY & INLE LAKE, MYANMAR

EPISODE 90: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR SHOPPING IN ASIA  

EPISODE 91: ROCK CLIMBING IN ASIA WITH JOJO YEE

EPISODE 92: TRAVELING IN 2018 AND THE YEAR AHEAD

EPISODE 93: LIVING IRRAWADDY DOLPHIN PROJECT WITH PAUL ESHOO

EPISODE 94: BANGKOK’S CHANGING FACE

EPISODE 95: CAMBODIA’S EVOLVING HOTEL SCENE WITH ALEXIS DE SUREMAIN 

EPISODE 96: ACTIVE IN ASIA – STAYING IN SHAPE WHILE ON HOLIDAY

EPISODE 97: TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY WITH JUSTIN MOTT

EPISODE 98: SOUTHEAST ASIA’S WILD SIDE WITH PATRICK WINN

EPISODE 99: TRAVELING XINJIANG, CHINA WITH JOSH SUMMERS

EPISODE 100: 100 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT ASIA

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