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Far East Travels Video Podcast is inspired by Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Anthony Bourdain, and National Geographic. Travel advice and inspiration from the Himalaya to the remote jungles of Norther Laos. Travels through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Japan, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Korea and beyond.

Far East Travels Video Podcast John Saboe

    • Places & Travel
    • 5.0, 9 Ratings

Far East Travels Video Podcast is inspired by Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Anthony Bourdain, and National Geographic. Travel advice and inspiration from the Himalaya to the remote jungles of Norther Laos. Travels through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Japan, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Korea and beyond.

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    Vietnam COVID Diaries Vlog #3 I Feel Safe Here

    Vietnam COVID Diaries Vlog #3 I Feel Safe Here

    Thanks so much for your support! You can make a donation to me and the channel by PayPal:PayPalFundly COVID Diaries Campaign-Visa/Mastercard/Amex/AliPay/WeChat-Crowdfunder(visa,mc,WeChat, AliPay)You can support me through Patreon:Pledge monthlyThanks again for following the series and subscribing to the channel. I hope this series helps people understand how other places like Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode I share my feelings on how safe I feel here as well as a story about a very compassionate Vietnamese entrepreneur and why I think places like Vietnam, South Korea, and Taiwan are having more success dealing with the pandemic than many Western countries, it's very much a cultural thing. In coming episodes I'll try to move around the city and share with you some different backdrops as well as more stories and personal thoughts. Thanks again, please stay safe, spend most of your time at home if it's possible, and try not to touch your face. Blessings to you from Vietnam....

    • 8 min
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    Vietnam COVID-19 Diaries Vlog #2

    Vietnam COVID-19 Diaries Vlog #2

    Thanks so much for your support! You can make a donation to me and the channel by PayPal:PayPalFundly COVID Diaries Campaign-Visa/Mastercard/Amex/AliPay/WeChat-Crowdfunder(visa,mc,WeChat,AliPay)You can support me through Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/join/FarEastTravels?
    Things are changing daily as far as visas, which countries will be denied entry, and other requirements for Vietnam. It's amazing at the time of the publishing of this video that there are still less than 80 cases of COVID-19 in Vietnam with no fatalities. As I mentioned in the video there will probably be a spike in numbers this week as many Vietnamese return from Europe and other parts of Southeast Asia amidst fears of being stuck somewhere with no way of getting home. It appears the Vietnamese government is well prepared with additional health care workers and quarantine facilities. Keep watching for more videos as this series continues.

    • 7 min
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    Vietnam COVID-19 Diaries Vlog#1

    Vietnam COVID-19 Diaries Vlog#1

    Thanks so much for your support! You can make a donation to me and the channel by PayPal:PayPalFundly COVID Diaries Campaign-Visa/Mastercard/Amex/AliPay/WeChat-Crowdfunder(visa, mc, WeChat, AliPay)You can support me through Patreon:Pledge monthlyI'm in Vietnam, (Ho Chi Minh/Saigon), until further notice so I thought it might be compelling to relate what the situation like is here during COVID-19 crisis. Vietnam made some pretty tough decisions early on and I believe it's helped them contain the virus to, at the time of this video being posted, 61 patients and with no fatalities. Of course like most everywhere else in the world that has a robust tourism sector it will be devastating to those in that industry. I truly feel for the restaurants, hotels, and services that primarily cater to tourists whether their foreigners or locals.

    • 9 min
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    Cambodia Know Before You Go Siem Reap Guide

    Cambodia Know Before You Go Siem Reap Guide

    In this video Cambodia Know Before You Go Siem Reap Guide I take you on a walking tour of some of the busy and quiet areas of the town so you have an easy choice as to where you'd like to spend your time. Mostly used as a gateway to Angkor Wat and the Angkor Ruins Siem Reap can be almost anything you want it to be whether it's a place to party in between visits to Angkor or a quiet spot to reflect and process the amazing temples and structures you'll be exploring. Pub Street and Phsar Chas, the Old Market area are the most popular places to hangout. If you're looking for more of a quieter spot try the Wat Damnak area for everything from family style inexpensive humble restaurants to stylish multi-course dinner venues. The alleys amongst the heritage buildings south of Phsar Chas have some great little restaurants and cafes. The Old French Quarter has some very exclusive options including 3 choices at Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor along with some classy and low key places like FCC Angkor and the Siem Reap Brewpub. I personally like the quieter neighborhoods like Wat Damnak and the less touristy but interesting hipster like Kandal Village. You really are missing out if you don't get out into the smaller local restaurants away from the Pub Street area for a more authentic Khmer experience. Thanks again for watching! Don't forget to subscribe to The Far East Travels Podcast:Audio Podcast

    • 22 min
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    Phnom Penh Russian Market - Exploring The Neighborhood

    Phnom Penh Russian Market - Exploring The Neighborhood

    In this video, Phnom Penh Russian Market, Exploring The Neighborhood I check inside the market and visit some places and people that have made the area their home. This is one of the city's most interesting neighborhoods. A mix of traditional Khmer stores and shops, and expat businesses, with the center of the neighborhood being the Russian Market, or Toul Tom Puong. It's still a busy area but I find it a little more relaxing to walk and explore it's many streets and lanes that are quieter than many parts of Phnom Penh. Only a 20 minute tuk-tuk ride from Riverside it definitely attracts a different crowd which mostly is made up of locals, expats, and some tourists that are interested in the market, shopping, and eating at some of the most diverse restaurants and cafes in the city. The Russian Market got it's name from the expat Russians who made this area their home in the 1980's, a time when most of the expats of Phnom Penh were from the former Soviet Union. Today the expat community is quite diverse, with people from many Western countries who are here either as English teachers, NGO workers, or entrepreneurs. There are also expats from other parts of Asia including India, Turkey, and the Philippines as well as China. This is a fantastic neighborhood to sample classic street food at either the night market outside Toul Tom Poung market that operates every evening or at many of the food carts that you'll find in the area. I enjoyed my dinner at Nesat Seafood House but there are also some traditional seafood bbq stands and restaurants around Toul Tom Puong. It was great meeting Tyler from Riel Brewing Distillery. They are usually open a couple of nights a week but they are primarily a brewery supplying their wonderful craft beers to restaurants in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Visit their website to find out more:Riel Brewing Distilling

    • 23 min
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    China Fake Paris Town in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    China Fake Paris Town in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    In this video I visit a China Fake Paris style development in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Koh Pich, or Diamond Island is a huge residential/commercial development located in an area of Phnom Penh that used to be a swamp until 2000 on the Mekong and Bassac Rivers. Elysee is the Paris inspired development that is similar in style to the fake Paris cities of China like Tianducheng, a suburb of Shanghai with it's own fake Eiffel Tower.Interestingly enough it appears that Elysee is being marketed to foreign, particularly Chinese investors, who can afford to fork over between $800,000 to over $1.1 million USD for the units that are available. The setting is nice enough but it still doesn't appear to be complete let alone occupied 4 years after ground breaking began. The new high rise buildings in the same area seem to fit in more with the modernization of Southeast Asia then the bizarre out of place Elysee. Elite Town another "old world" development doesn't seem like it fits in any better. Hopefully these won't be future "ghost cities" or towns. The setting itself is quite attractive with a lovely boardwalk along the Bassac and special events and celebrations have been held here in the past like the Water Festival.

    • 12 min

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Kaspar NL ,

A truely gem in the world of video-podcast

I was already a fan of his live streams, and follow John already for about a year. With this video-podcast I am able to receive automatically his newest information on my phone: love it! His voice is very addictive, I could listen hours and hours to him. I hope we can see many and many more videos and learn about South-East Asia.

Karileed ,

Great travel podcast!

John is the real deal. He’s a fabulous host and does an amazing job of sharing information on the places he travels to. You’ll feel like you’re right there with him. A must listen for anyone who loves travel!

Europhile1 ,

Lunar New Year

John Saboe's tours are incredible - he describes everything in a way that gives you great insight and draws you in. The Lunar New Year episode in Taipei, Taiwan was really good! You learn so much about the family traditions.

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