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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.

    Vietnam-Visitors On Free Extensions Must Exit By January 15 Plus Other Updates

    Vietnam-Visitors On Free Extensions Must Exit By January 15 Plus Other Updates

    Welcome to 2022 and the first episode of the year! I have been traveling in Southern and Central Vietnam for the past 3 week happy to be back in Da Nanag with the latest update. I talk about the latest travel news from here including the final exit orders for all tourists and visitors on free visa extensions since March 2020. Thailand is ever changing in it's restrictions, and Cambodia is off to a slow start in it's recovery of the tourism sector. I'm still optimistic that this year will see the reopening of countries in the region, specifically Southeast Asia. East Asia is still a big question mark while South Asia begins to open again to visitors with aggressive efforts.
    As always thanks again for your support. Stay safe and be happy.
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    • 18 min
    African Countries Shut Out From Entering Southeast Asia

    African Countries Shut Out From Entering Southeast Asia

    Up to 10 countries of South Africa have now been barred from entering Southeast Asian countries and South Korea. As well, anyone who has recently visited or transited through these countries have been barred from entering the region. South Korea requires it's citizens who are returning from those South African countries to quarantine in a government facility upon returning to the country. With the development of the Omicron variant expect reopening plans to be possibly delayed. For Vietnam, and it's only my speculation, that the situation for a full reopening could be reasessed after the Tet or Lunar New Year holiday in the second week of February. A full reopening of Vietnam may still not be possible until June 2022. In this episode I'm walking around District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City stopping by the Reunification Palace. Thanks again for listening and your continued support!
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    • 38 min
    Cambodia Opens To Fully Vaccinated Travelers/Vietnam-First Tourists Welcomed Back In 20 Months

    Cambodia Opens To Fully Vaccinated Travelers/Vietnam-First Tourists Welcomed Back In 20 Months

    Cambodia surprised everyone recently abandoning their phasing in of tourism to fully reopening the country to travelers. They're even paying for the rapid test on arrival! That's two countries in Southeast Asia that are now fully opened to travelers. This week also saw the first tourists to arrive in Vietnam in 20 months. Nha Trang, Da Nang/Quan Am, and how Phu Quoc are hosting international travelers on fixed itinerary travel packages. It's exciting to see the countries of SEA start to welcome back tourists. I do believe the industry will not be fully confident in the opening of all services until the whole region is open and all categories of tourists can be accomodated. In this episode we'll also go back to Okinawa, Japan and take a walk down Naha's famous Kokusai Dori Tourist Street. If you're ever in Taipei, Taiwan it's a very convenient place to launch a journey into the wonderful island life of Okinawa.
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    • 34 min
    Thailand, Bali, Japan, Hong Kong, Travel Updates & Patan's Durbar Square Part 2

    Thailand, Bali, Japan, Hong Kong, Travel Updates & Patan's Durbar Square Part 2

    Navigating through the confusing Thailand Pass online registration as well as updates for travel openings for Bali, Japan, Hong Kong, and more. Although the odds are still in your favor you could end up ruining your vacation if you're traveling to Thailand for only a two week stay or less. It's happened to people that came in close contact with someone who tests positive. Their entire vacation was spent in a quarantine hotel. Bali still requires a 5 day quarantine period upon arrival so for now they are abandoning the short term travelers. Lots more to talk about as Southeast Asia continues to relax travel restrictions. I will continue a walk through Patan's Durbar Square in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal in part 2 of a 2018 revisit.
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    • 36 min
    Cambodia Announces Reopening Plan, News From Vietnam, Thailand And More!

    Cambodia Announces Reopening Plan, News From Vietnam, Thailand And More!

    Cambodia finally announces reopening plans set for the end of November. Thailand reopened this week to fully vaccinated tourists from select countries and Vietnam has more regions getting ready to open possibly in November along with Phu Quoc Island. Clearly there is urgency to get things rolling again with airlines on the verge of bankruptcy and hotels and resorts exhausting their financial resources. Indonesia's key carrier is on the brink of bankruptcy and if the tourism industry doesn't start opening up in Asia more will follow. I will cover off the latest news and reopening plans as well as visit one of my favorite sites in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, Patan's Durbar Square(2018).
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    • 31 min
    Thailand, The Whole Thing, Reopens November 1st To Vaccinated Travelers

    Thailand, The Whole Thing, Reopens November 1st To Vaccinated Travelers

    Yes, Thailand plans to now reopen the whole country beginning November 1st. This will be the first country in Southeast Asia to open to fully vaccinated travellers quarantine free in 18 months. News also about openings in Bali, Indonesia, Boracay, Phillipines, Vietnam, and Singapore. In this episode I will also revisit the enchanting, charming city of Hanoi. Walk with me through the atmospheric Old Quarter describing the sites, shops, on my way to the Dong Xuan Wholesale Market. This is the largest wholesale market in the city center that home to some of the best street food in Southeast Asia and of course anything, and everything, you can think of to buy from ceramic piggy banks, to warm jackets, and jeans.
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    • 35 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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