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Far East Travels-Inspired by Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Anthony Bourdain and National Geographic.-Informative, enlightening, entertaining. Let John Saboe take you on journeys filled with spiritual celebrations and rituals, ancient festivals thrilling wildlife safaris, trekking and climbing quests and a vast array of food cultures. Learn about cultural differences, village life, urban exploration, street food, history and architecture in places like Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, India, Korea, Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, Taiwan and Japan. Stories, advice, and conversations from one of the most exciting adventure destinations on the planet-Asia.

Far East Travels Podcas‪t‬ John Saboe

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    • 4.6 • 25 Ratings

Far East Travels-Inspired by Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Anthony Bourdain and National Geographic.-Informative, enlightening, entertaining. Let John Saboe take you on journeys filled with spiritual celebrations and rituals, ancient festivals thrilling wildlife safaris, trekking and climbing quests and a vast array of food cultures. Learn about cultural differences, village life, urban exploration, street food, history and architecture in places like Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, India, Korea, Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, Taiwan and Japan. Stories, advice, and conversations from one of the most exciting adventure destinations on the planet-Asia.

    I've Moved To Da Nang, Vietnam

    I've Moved To Da Nang, Vietnam

    It's one of Vietnam's premier destinations, with a world-class pristine stretch of beach, plenty of outdoor activities in the region, ancient and historical sites and more. Da Nang, Vietnam is one of the countries most desirable places to live and attracting more foreigners in recent years for long term stays. Because Da Nang is central it makes it very easy to move between the countries two largest cities, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, It also boasts an international airport with direct flights to several major cities in Asia. In fact the first time I visited this area in 2015 I took a direct flight back to my home at the time, Taipei, Taiwan. I'm looking forward to sharing many insights into the area with you over the next several months.
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    • 18 min
    Myanmar/Tet Update From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Myanmar/Tet Update From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    In this episode thoughts on the recent coup in Myanmar and an update on Tet in Vietnam and the latest outbreak mostly in the north. Many Lunar New Year festivities are being scaled back across East Asia and Southeast Asia. Typically 300 million people, the world's largest migration of people takes place in China every year for their "Spring Festival". Transport operators have put into place stricter measures to ensure the safety of the public. The Dihua Street Lunar New Year Market, one of my favorite LNY events in Taipei has been cancelled this year. Here in Vietnam many events have been scaled back. Thanks again for your support!
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    • 17 min
    More About The Tet Festival from The Tet Festival Market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    More About The Tet Festival from The Tet Festival Market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Join me from one of a few Tet Festival Markets taking place in Saigon, Vietnam. This one from District 1's Le Van Tam Park. In the episode I talk about how unless you are visiting relatives here I would advise not traveling to Vietnam during the Tet Festival. Reasons like transporation challenges, competing with millions of Vietnamese for plane, train, and bus tickets is one of the biggest ones. I forgot to mention in the podcast that many restaurants shut down during the festival so if you were coming to Vietnam to explore food this would make it difficult. Before the festival, which takes place every year sometime usually within the first six weeks of the regular new year would be a good time or even a week after the festival, as many events are still taking place. Thanks again for listening!
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    • 13 min
    Experience/Exploring The Tet Lunar New Year Market in Saigon/Cho Lon, Vietnam

    Experience/Exploring The Tet Lunar New Year Market in Saigon/Cho Lon, Vietnam

    In this episode more sounds and atmosphere direct from the Binh Tay Market, District 6&5, and the giant Tet Lunar New Year Market. One of the most colorful times of year has to be the lead up to the Tet Holiday, Vietnam's most important celebration. Colorful ornamental artificial flower displays and decorations splash with color and spill out onto the street as vendors wave in potential customers as they drive by on their motorbikes. Tet is centered around the family gathering or reunion when many Vietnamese leave the big cities like Saigon for their hometown and the New Year's Eve dinner. Many symbols and rituals play an important part in helping to get the New Year off to a good start. Hope you're enjoying these episodes.
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    • 24 min
    Experience Episode-Walking Tour Through Saigon's Tanh Dinh Neighborhood

    Experience Episode-Walking Tour Through Saigon's Tanh Dinh Neighborhood

    Another chance in this episode to feel the pulse of Saigon, Vietnam and it's Tanh Dinh Ward in District 1 with a walking tour of it's most prominent sites. Fully worth exploring whenever you visit Ho Chi Minh City this is an interesting neighborhood with a mix of retail, local traditional markets, and the beautiful Tanh Dinh "Pink Church". Thanks for listening! Email me-john@fareasttravels.com. Follow me on IG-johnsaboesfareastravels. Facebook-Far East Travels Podcast, Far East Travels.
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    • 22 min
    Exploring Thi Nghe,(Traditional), Market In Saigon, Vietnam

    Exploring Thi Nghe,(Traditional), Market In Saigon, Vietnam

    Happy New Year! I'm back with another experience podcast with a walk through the Thi Nghe Market in Ho Chi Minh City's Binh Thanh District. This is a handy market for me to visit for street food, snacks, lunch, and fruit and a great market for anyone visiting that's staying in District 1. An alternative to Ba Chieu Market if you found that one too overwhelming, (featured in the last episode), with less motorbike traffic. The walk along the canal is always nice in the mornings or evenings. This market has all of the items you'd find in most markets that are larger and there are some great little places in the neighborhood that serve classic noodle dishes, banh mi, and com chay, veg. rice. Hope you are enjoying these episodes. Stay safe and well!
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Rook42 ,

Great!

If you’re planning on going to the Far East for any reason this is an essential resource. If you’re housebound and want to travel in your mind John will take you there. Excellent video and information also at his YouTube channel.

Rebecca Lem ,

Important information and entertaining

This is one of my favorite podcasts. So much useful and interesting information, and this podcasts has given me lots of ideas on new places in East Asia I’d like to visit when it’s possible. It’s a fun listen and very helpful for travelers. Also, John Saboe is “boots on the ground” during this Covid-19 mess, and it’s been invaluable to hear inside information about what is happening there travel-wise.

Marc McCann ,

Tremendous for SE Asia Trip Prep

I started listening to John's podcasts as I prepared for a trip from the States to Cambodia to visit my son, who is teaching in Phnom Penh for a year. Besides listening to the pods about Cambodia, I found myself drawn to all SE Asia-related pods, and even on trekking in Nepal and others.

I waited to write this review until after returning, to see how John's tips and orientation held up, and they surely did. I went in much more confidently and prepared, from dealing with SIM cards and tuk tuks, to planning for our trip to Angkor Wat. He does a great job - and a great service - for those looking for common sense tips and insights, and he does it within the context of the sounds of where he is, and with a great sense of humor.

Kudos John, and Thank You!

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