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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

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.5, 22 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.

    Travel Inspiration-Indian Cinema, Mumbai/South India TravelReminiscing

    Travel Inspiration-Indian Cinema, Mumbai/South India TravelReminiscing

    In this episode I share how lately I've opened up my imagination to travel through watching Indian cinema and looking back at my last extensive trip to Mumbai and South India.
    I've chatted with a few of you about when we'll be able to travel again and helped some of you with thinking about your travel plans for 2021. Personally I have also been finding it difficult to visualize travel with the current situation with no answers to when we'll be able to travel internationally again. Recently I started watching Indian movies and not only has it helped me think back on previous trips to India but it's opened up my mind to visualizing when I can travel again and where I would like to go. If you're having a hard time imagining where to travel next we all know we can go to YouTube for travel ideas and insights, but cinema is also a wonderful way to be inspired, not only by images but by stories and cultural differences that are reflected in movies. Almost every country in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and of course South Asia has it's own movie industry. Some like India are huge, others are modest but still insightful and inspirational. Start dreaming again and check out some movies from some future destinations you'd like to visit. Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing some of my favorite movies from Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and other places in hopes they will help with your future travel plans.
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    • 26 min
    Malaysian Borneo-Food, Adventure, Wildlife Top Things To Do

    Malaysian Borneo-Food, Adventure, Wildlife Top Things To Do

    Honestly I really don't know why I don't talk about Malaysian Borneo-Sarawak/Sabah more! I have so many wonderful memories of these places to eating amazing seafood dinners to climbing to the roof of Borneo on Mt. Kinabalu. In this episode I cover the main centers of the states of Sarawak and Sabah, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu respectively. Of course there's tons of other places to see and adventures to experience I don't talk about in this episode but this will certainly getting you started on your vision of a trip to Malaysian Borneo. This place really does have it all including modern sophisticated resorts if you prefer or basic hostel accomodations. Some of the more serious adventures aren't cheap, my hike up Mt. Kinabalu was over $500USD and if you want to make a trip out to the Danum Valley that will be expensive too unless you book accomodation at the park huts, which you'll need to do months in advence. Also of note I will say is even in the tourist places I never felt like I was a target as much as in other places in Southeast Asia, it's a pretty cool laid back vibe there. Thanks for listening! I always enjoy hearing from listeners, please connect with me on Facebook, Instagram or Twiiter and visit my website: https://fareasttravels.com
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    • 29 min
    Visiting A 200 Year-Old Bustling Traditional Market in Saigon, Vietnam

    Visiting A 200 Year-Old Bustling Traditional Market in Saigon, Vietnam

    Thi Nghe Market located in Binh Thanh District, a short ride from District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City is a bustling non-tourist market. This market has been in this location for over 200 years and today is still a popular spot for locals to shop. I'm here to share the sights and sounds, they are overwhelming at times, but will definitely give you a sense of what it's like to visit one of these markets. Typically around the perimeter of a traditional covered market is where alot of the action takes place but if you're new to visiting these markets you must be very aware of your surroundings as most people shop while riding on their motorbike. The interesting thing for foreigners visiting one of these markets will notice almost immediately is they'll will have little attention given to them compared with a tourist type market. Not a good place to search for typical souvenirs but a wonderful way to experience local culture and generally warm hospitality from locals, many love engaging with tourists or foreigners. Thanks again for your support and a special thanks to Feedspot for selecting The Far East Travels Podcast as one of the top 5 streetfood podcasts in the world! See the list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/street_food_podcasts/
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    • 21 min
    Nepal, Kilimanjaro, South America Trekking Tips

    Nepal, Kilimanjaro, South America Trekking Tips

    Thought I would review some of my best tips for getting prepared for a trek whether it's one of the amazing trails of Nepal, Mt. Kilimanjaro, or trekking and climbing in South America. These are places that I have trekked and explored and the training is really not much different. Considering we are still in a global pandemic the chances you'll be out doing any of these adventures soon is unlikely but hopefully within a year the idea of trekking to Everest Base Camp or the roof of Africa will be more real. Now's the perfect time to get back into shape, build up your stamina and strength so you're ready for a trek, and you'll also have fun doing it! Send me an email if you have any more questions-john@fareasttravels.com.
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    • 23 min
    Top 5 Favorite Treks In Nepal-Let's Dream And Start Planning Adventures

    Top 5 Favorite Treks In Nepal-Let's Dream And Start Planning Adventures

    I'm tired of talking about closed borders, expiring visa and repatriation flights. Let's get back to dreaming and planning our next trip or adventure. In this episode I rundown my top 5 treks to do in Nepal from the bucket list Everest Base Camp Trek to the exotic, spirituality and intellectually stimulating Upper Mustang. My love affair with Nepal started 10 years ago with an extension overland trip from Tibet. Those 3 days of visiting Kathmandu started my journey with this amazing country and I've been returning almost every year since. I love trekking as an outdoor adventure. It can be physically challenging but just as important to me is the chance to engage with locals and learn about their way of life and culture. There's no better place than Nepal to discover this as it's a land of diverse culture. Please also feel free to connect with me if you want to learn more about these treks and need to connect with someone to help organize your trip!
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    • 29 min
    The Art Of The Flight Deal with Dollar Flight Club's Jesse Neugarten

    The Art Of The Flight Deal with Dollar Flight Club's Jesse Neugarten

    Want to learn some super valuable tips to help you plan out your flights for the future? Jesse Neugarten is the founder of the Dollar Flight Club, a membership based service that offers members who sign up exceptional deals on flights throughout the world. Jesse has been a traveler most of his life having been born and raised in South Africa he started seeing much of the world from an early age. His passion for traveled continued through his college days becoming the go to guy on how to get the best flight and travel deals. Jesse shares some of his travel experiences including being on the Everest Base Camp Trek during the devasting earthquakes of 2015 as well as how the airlines price their seats and when's the best time to book a flight. Jesse has also offered a free one year membership to all Far East Travel Podcast listeners. Simply follow this link:https://signup.dollarflightclub.com/ then use the promo code:areastdfc when signing up.
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

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!

javatod ,

Knowledge, Tips and Experiences

What a great asset to planning our Honeymoon (as well as making my morning commute fly by). I appreciate his candor, direction and advise. He has made my fiancee want to tour most of South East Asia.
John's Podcasts are well worth the time!

A91792 ,

Great listening when planning a trip to SEA

I found this podcast when planning my trip to Thailand/Malaysia/Singapore this coming summer. He has very helpful tips and conversation in order to learn about the culture and everything you need to travel around the region, where to go, and customs/traditions so you can travel responsibly. 5/5 stars

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