About Andrew Biggs
Who is Andrew Biggs?
Andrew Biggs was born in Brisbane, Australia. He worked as a journalist up until Valentine’s Day, 1989, when he flew to Bangkok.
His plan was to stay for two days in Thailand on the way to London to work as a journalist. Two days turned into two weeks, which turned into two months, which turned into two years … which turned into more than two decades.
Early on he started up Nation Junior Magazine, a magazine for Thai high school students which became a big hit. In 1994, NJ Live, Thailand’s first English talk-back radio show, was launched. The following year he moved into TV.
Things started happening in 1996 when he began hosting Talk Of The Town on Channel 3, a morning program that would run for nine years and bring him to the forefront of English language teaching.
Other Channel 3 shows he hosted included Good Morning Thailand and English Minute, as well as producing a number of chuldren’s shows such as Are You Smarter Than A Fourth Grader, Fun 4 and 50:50.
He has written more than 20 books in Thai. The first, Thailand In My Eyes, was a number one bestseller and he followed that up with How To Speak English Like A Guava, which has sold more than 300,000 copies. Altogether he has sold nearly one million books and CDs in Thailand.
In 2002 he made the news when he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and the Thai language from Ramkhamhaeng University, the first westerner to graduate from that university. He is currently back there doing a Master’s Degree.
He received two awards from the Thai Government; the Ministry of Culture awarded him Excellent User Of The Thai Language (the first westerner to receive the award), and in 2011 he was awarded the position of Thai Spoken Language Ambassador. In addition he received the Petch Siam Award for excellence in using the Thai language.
In 2008 Thais voted him one of the “coolest” bald men. In the same year he ran the Bangkok Marathon and wrote about it in the Bangkok Post. He continues to write a weekly column for the Bangkok Post to this day.
These days Andrew Biggs hosts nightly radio shows on FM106 and FM97. He has a Twitter following of 2.5 million, putting him in the Top 10 for Thailand and the most for any expatriate Australian. In 2013 the Australian Government recognized his work in their “Australia Unlimited Global 50”, the top Australian expatriates making waves around the world.