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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
    • 4.6 • 23 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 Industry Expert Tom MacLean On When We Can Expect International Travel To Resume

    Travel Industry Expert Tom MacLean On When We Can Expect International Travel To Resume

    Tom MacLean is a travel expert and travel entrepreneur who has been a professional in the travel industry for 20 years. Tom is also a world traveler and extremely passionate about travel and like all of us who love travel is dying to get on a plane and explore the world. Tom gives us his opinion as an industry expert on the current travel landscape and when we can realistically expect to travel internationally.
    Tom also shares why he loves travel and how it benefits us all to travel the world and see the differences in cultures as well as the similarities we all share as human beings. Tom also shares some of his favorite places he's visited in the last few years.
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    • 47 min
    90 Day Thai Tourist Visas-Extendable to 9 Months Available Soon!

    90 Day Thai Tourist Visas-Extendable to 9 Months Available Soon!

    The Thai government voted this week to implement a new 90 day tourist visa that would be available from possibly sometime in October. This 90 tourist visa would cost 200 baht and be extendable up to two times allowing a tourist to stay in Thailand for up to 9 months. So far it appears tourists would be allowed to visit Thailand from Taiwan, China, and some European countries. For more information it's recommended you speak with an agency or airline certified by TAT, Tourism Authority Of Thailand, or the closest Thai embassy or consultate near you.
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    • 17 min
    Why Planning Future Travel Right Now Is So Important To Your Mental Health

    Why Planning Future Travel Right Now Is So Important To Your Mental Health

    I was recently inspired by two articles published this year by National Geographic and The Washington Post on why it's so important for our mental health to continue making travel plans during this pandemic. I have suffered the same state as everyone else who is used to making travel plans. Why bother, when we don't know when we'll be able to travel freely? The simple reason is it helps us move forward, think positive thoughts, and helps prevent a hopeless feeling. Much more on this in the podcast.
    There are lots of places to get inspiration from whether it's movies, YouTube videos, Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook, and there's never been a more flexible time to make travel plans knowing that almost all airlines and hotels will issue you a complete refund if you cancel. Love to get your feedback on this topic. Follow up with me on Facebook, Instagram, or john@fareasttravels.com.
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    • 20 min
    Phuket, Thailand Opening Up For Tourism? Pandemic Travel Update

    Phuket, Thailand Opening Up For Tourism? Pandemic Travel Update

    Will Phuket be opening up to select international travelers October 1st? That's the question, actually there are several things regarding the "Phuket Model" that haven't been cleared up one of which is will it actually open up at all, let alone October 1st. There are lots of stipulations regarding travel to Phuket that can only best be cleared up by checking with your local Thai Embassy or Consulate. Maldives is also open to travelers, the question is will you have issues getting there or leaving even if you can secure flights. I really feel for these countries, particularily the people that rely on tourism to put food on the table. But it remains to be seen if anyone can open up their doors to tourism while keeping their population safe. Thanks for listening! I always love to hear from listeners so please feel free to connect with me on Instagram,(johnsaboesfareasttravels). Facebook-Far East Travels Podcast, Far East Travels, John Saboe Official. Or send me an email-john@fareasttravels.com.

    • 20 min
    Southeast Asia/East Asia Travel Update

    Southeast Asia/East Asia Travel Update

    Currently there are no countries issuing tourist visas in either Southeast Asia or East Asia. I think it's safe to say that with a possible exception of one or two countries it will still be some time before travel for tourists will resume in these regions. With the recent resurgence of COVID-19, particularily where there had not been any community cases detected in months I would not expect countries to start issuing tourist visas or visas on arrival until 2021. Of course that doesn't mean you can't plan or dream for next year. While you're staying away from the crowds and safe at home what better time to start researching for your next big adventure. I'm receiving lots of messages, inquiries from people saying they heard travel will resume in September or October or late fall in Asia. What I think is happening is as countries start opening up their borders again for business people, highly skilled experts, and investors, people are assuming that travel is also opening up for tourists. This is not the case. In order for developing countries to keep increasing growth and investment they are accomodating this sector. These people are being quarantined upon arrival and because this is a small percentage of what the tourism arrivals would be, it's manageable. Would love to hear from you and how you're managing your travel plans and dreams or get your ideas on future shows. Email:john@fareasttravels.com. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/FarEastTravels1
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    • 28 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

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!

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!

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