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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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    • 4.7 • 30 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.

    Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Reopening October 15th Plus Revisting Taipei's Huge Wholesale Market

    Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Reopening October 15th Plus Revisting Taipei's Huge Wholesale Market

    Everyone in the region I believe is monitoring the current results and success of the reopening of destinations in Thailand to fully vaccinated international travelers. With the recent outbreaks of Covid authorities have delayed the opening to tourists until October 15th. Other destinations in Thailand due to open in October are Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, and Pattaya. Vietnam's plan to reopen Phu Quoc Island to international travelers is still stet for October 1st. Expect other possible resort style destinations to reopen to travelers in Vietnam in the coming months.
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    • 36 min
    Revisiting Chiang Rai, Thailand Plus A Travel Update And Vietnam News

    Revisiting Chiang Rai, Thailand Plus A Travel Update And Vietnam News

    Chiang Mai is the start of Northern Thailand but don't miss that peaceful spot just a 3 hour drive north-Chiang Rai. Visiting both will increase your appreciation of both. Chiang Mai is bustling with nightmarkets/walking streets, bars, plenty of sites and comforts for foreigners. One of Southeast Asia's top expat communities. Chiang Rai is quieter, less sites, a little more spread out, but the peaceful charm and quiet evenings is very appealing. There are also plenty of sites to visit if you have transportation. I liked visiting the White Temple and Black Temple and I absolutely loved traveling up to Mae Salong to visit the old Republic of China/KMT town and it's tea hills and culture.
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    • 19 min
    Revisiting Chiang Rai, Thailand Plus A Travel Update And Vietnam News

    Revisiting Chiang Rai, Thailand Plus A Travel Update And Vietnam News

    Chiang Mai is the start of Northern Thailand but don't miss that peaceful spot just a 3 hour drive north-Chiang Rai. Visiting both will increase your appreciation of both. Chiang Mai is bustling with nightmarkets/walking streets, bars, plenty of sites and comforts for foreigners. One of Southeast Asia's top expat communities. Chiang Rai is quieter, less sites, a little more spread out, but the peaceful charm and quiet evenings is very appealing. There are also plenty of sites to visit if you have transportation. I liked visiting the White Temple and Black Temple and I absolutely loved traveling up to Mae Salong to visit the old Republic of China/KMT town and it's tea hills and culture.
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    • 19 min
    Bangkok, Thailand-Revisiting God Of Love Shrine & Shopping Mall District

    Bangkok, Thailand-Revisiting God Of Love Shrine & Shopping Mall District

    No matter how you feel about shopping malls at some point during your visit to Bangkok you will most likely find yourself in Pathum Wan, the city's impressive shopping district with it's plethora of malls, food courts, and entertainment venues. In this episode I revisit the area Central World where you'll find the Trimurti God Of Love Shrine along with the famous Ganesh Shrine of this area. I mentioned in the segment that it was Monday night so the street food carts and sellers are usually not around as this is the night reserved for cleaning the streets. However at this time the military government had begun their very controversial move of clearing many of Bangkok's streets of food sellers. So when I went back a few nights later there were no longer the street food sellers in this area that I had seen just a year earlier. Bangkok is usually at the top of the list of cities visited in the world averaging over 20 million in recent years. The loss of international tourism has been devastating to many businesses and citizens.
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    • 25 min
    Hanoi, Vietnam Revisiting The Charming Capital

    Hanoi, Vietnam Revisiting The Charming Capital

    Hanoi has always been one of my favorite cities in Southeast Asia. Charming, pedestrian friendly in many places, historic, vibrant, I miss visiting Hanoi very much. In this episode I return to Hanoi with audio from my 2017 visit around the Old Quarter and The Rising Sun Bridge at Hoan Kiem Lake. LIke many people in Vietnam I have been reluctant to travel around the country much due to the uncertainty of possibly being stuck in a place outside of your base city. Currently travel within the country is virtually impossible unless you are leaving Vietnam. With the news that over 80% of people over 18 have now had their first vaccination in Ho Chi Minh City there is hope that we will eventually be through the worst of this current wave of the pandemic.
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    • 30 min
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia Riverside Revisited Plus Updates From Vietnam

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia Riverside Revisited Plus Updates From Vietnam

    In this latest episode I look back to a visit to Phnom Penh in 2019 with a morning walk through the markets and streets near the Riverside neighborhood tourist/backpacker area. This district of Phnom Penh is recommended for first time visits to the city. It's one of the most convenient spots for restaurants, sites, and of course near the boardwalk along the Tonle Sap River. If you're not interested in seeing the darker side of this area stay away from the streets where the beer parlors are located if that's not your thing. I like walking through the Kandal Market and some of the streets in the area that feature lots of local sellers of street food, fruit, and other items. Just be careful around here with your personal items as this is a hunting ground for pickpockets and bag snatchers. Get out to some of the restaurants away from this area too so your dining experience isn't entirely sitting in a room full of foreigners listening to 70's classic rock.
    Also in this episode more news on the pandemic in Vietnam and Cambodia.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Andy in Tokyo ,

Informative guide

I’ve been listening to this podcast for a few years. John is knowledgeable about many places in Asia and he clearly enjoys sharing his experiences with others. While these are hard times for many of us, I have enjoyed getting a glimpse into what’s going on in Asia and how people are coping with the pandemic. I look forward to enjoying even more content once things open up again.

drlisa65 ,

Great podcast

Entertaining, informative and fun to listen to! John’s style is so reassuring and warm. Don’t miss it!

jennyreed99 ,

Thanks to John!

Thank you so much for keeping us updated and in touch with our favourite areas which are right now inaccessible to the majority!Always interesting always different,reminding us of all the reasons why we love it!Once theyve conquered this thing we’ll all be back,we’ve just got to stay patient and send positve love and vibes across the ethers!❤️❤️🌏🌏💫✨🌙

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