This week’s episode explores one of the greatest aspects of diversity in Asia: the wide range of food available both across the region and within each individual country. Every foodie and every local seems to have a favorite dish and knows the best place to get it: Scott and Trevor are no exception, and in Episode 19 of Talk Travel Asia they talk about some of their Favorite Foods of Asia and fill you in on the restaurants that they think serve the best!

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Introduction: Scott and Trevor are back together to record Episode 17, this time at the FCC Bar and Restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Trevor introduces the episode by explaining that Scott and he are no strangers to the nightlife scene. In fact, while he only devotes a portion of his travel writing to nightlife venues, people seem to think that he is an expert on every place to go for a drink in every destination he’s ever been. So as not to disappoint his fans, he has tried to keep on top of the scene in every area he hangs out in and Scott has been an indispensable resource in this regard.

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Scott introduces the episode by talking about how digital cameras and other technology have made capturing quality images easier and more affordable than ever.  Trevor and Scott then discuss some of their own experiences taking photos while on the road and how, while cameras have become more affordable and tools for post-editing are abundant, these technical tools can’t trump a good eye for photography.

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Koh Phra Thong, Thailand

Koh Phra Thong, Thailand

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Enjoying a Beer Lao Dark in Luang Prabang, Laos

Enjoying a Beer Lao Dark in Luang Prabang, Laos

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Introduction: 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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This podcast is a collection of tales, tips, and fun chats, drawing upon our more than 25 years of experience traveling and working in Asia. We explore a variety of travel issues, featuring captivating characters we’ve met along the way. If it’s intriguing travel you’re seeking – look no further.

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