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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.

    Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia Updates Plus Revisiting Batu Caves & Georgetown, Malaysia

    Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia Updates Plus Revisiting Batu Caves & Georgetown, Malaysia

    It doesn't seem so long ago that I was living my dream traveling throughout this side of Asia. Things have drastically changed since the start of the pandemic but I still feel fortunate to be sharing life in Vietnam. The days of traveling again may still be a ways off but at least we have our past travels to treasure and share. In this episode I go back to my 2019 visit to Malaysia with a short walk around the Batu Caves in Selangor and a wonderful atmospheric tour around Georgetown in Penang. As usual I have updates on the latest travel news for Vietnam, Thailand, Bali, Cambodia, and Siingapore.
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    • 37 min
    Thailand/Vietnam Opening Delayed Until November(Plus Revisitng Cebu, Philiipines)

    Thailand/Vietnam Opening Delayed Until November(Plus Revisitng Cebu, Philiipines)

    With supplies not meeting the demand for vaccines in Southeast Asia Thailand and Vietnam have postphoned reopening to tourists in specific locations until at least sometime in November now. Vietnam's Phu Quoc Island when opened will be only accepting package tourists with 14 4 to 5 star properties under the initial scheme. For Thailand their reopening to international tourists in the cities and towns of Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, and Chiang Mai will now delayed until sometime in November.
    I've started a new feature I hope you will take part in. I have a voicemail account set up for you to leave me a message answering a topical question or for just general comments about episodes or the podcast overall. Simply follow this link, https://fareasttravels.firstory.io/voicemail/cktwvn9om01vc0811i2ne6jyn . Leave a message and you may hear it in an upcoming episode.
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    • 35 min
    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.
    Thanks again for listening!
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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

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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