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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

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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.

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    Nha Trang Back To Life

    Nha Trang Back To Life

    In this video, Nha Trang Back To Life, I visit some of the iconic sites of the city and share some thoughts from what it's been like since the last lockdown. We are obviously in the midst of one of the greatest challenges the human race has faced in the last 100 years. It's a time where we have an opportunity to grow individually and as a global community. I'm afraid we may miss this opportunity on a world wide scale but there's still hope, there always is. Nha Trang being a town that's relied on a robust tourism industry for some time now has faced one of the worst setbacks of any place in Vietnam as a direct result of the pandemic. I hope the day is coming soon when travelers will be once again welcomed back to the country and the hardships people have faced here will be long behind everyone. As always thanks again for your support. Stay safe and be happy. If you'd like to support the channel there are two ways: Patreon-monthly pledges/support-https://www.patreon.com/FarEastTravels Donations: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/JohnASaboe

    • 17 min
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    Nha Trang(After Lockdown Vietnam)

    Nha Trang(After Lockdown Vietnam)

    It's been a few weeks since I last checked in, I apologize for that. The last days of lockdown felt like they were going to drag on forever. Then all of a sudden, some of the gates starting coming down in green zones and we were free to take a walk, pick up some takeaway, and even do some shopping. Either waiting at the door of the store for someone to fill your order or in a rare instance, actually entering a supermarket to pick up some badly needed staples. I found the stores were pretty well stocked except for some produce in one instance but living in Vietnam we are lucky to have many independent sellers with baskets up fresh fruit and produce ready to make a sale. In this video, Nha Trang, After Lockdown Vietnam, I share some moments from the first few days of freedom to a glance at some neighborhood festivities during the Mid-Autumn(Moon) Festival. I feel very grateful to have received my first vaccination here in Nha Trang and I'm on schedule to have my second jab in a few weeks. Life although looking different than before this last wave of the pandemic, seems to be returning slowly to a new normal, much dependent on being fully vaccinated and the use of apps to monitor public spaces and everything from cafes to supermarkets. It's fine we'll get used to it. Thanks again for your support! Donations: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/JohnASaboe Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/FarEastTravels

    • 10 min
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    Nha Trang (Life In Lockdown II)Vietnam

    Nha Trang (Life In Lockdown II)Vietnam

    In this video Nha Trang, (Social Isolation Vietnam), I document visuals of the city before and during the latest pandemic measures. For some, it has been extremely challenging, making it through these latest actions to manage the spread of infections. As extreme as some of these measures are they seemed to have worked so far in Nha Trang. From a logistics point of view it hasn't been easy I'm sure to ensure that people are complying with the latest directives. Overall on my street people have been very cooperative and as I mentioned in the video, industrious in finding ways to make some money with the current restrictions of staying in your home or street. I've managed to buy noodles, fruit, beer, and other essentials within a few steps of my building thanks to these pop-up shops. At the time of publishing this video we have news here in Nha Trang of the slow loosening of restrictions which will include in person shopping and exercise, for those in "green zones". Please stay safe wherever you are, we will get through this! Support the channel with your donation: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/JohnASaboe Become a Patron:https://www.patreon.com/FarEastTravels

    • 12 min
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    Nha Trang (Life In Lockdown Vietnam)

    Nha Trang (Life In Lockdown Vietnam)

    Nha Trang is normally a vibrant beach resort town hosting Vietnamese and international travellers with it's world-class bay, beach, and sites. In Nha Trang, Life In Lockdown Vietnam, I talk through the streets and explore the current situation just before the lockdown and reminisce about my visit here in 2016. Some of my very sites here include The Long Son Pagoda, Nha Trang Cathedral, and the stunning Po Nagar Cham Towers. Unfortunately all of these sites have been closed since my arrival so I share images from my last trip. Nha Trang is really like most any other city in Southeast Asia that relies heavily on tourism, from locals and foreigners. Many changes have taken place it seems since my last visit include new shopping malls and supermarkets but the beach remains as it was from my memory, inviting and safe. Lockdown has not been easy and for me this is the strictest one I have been through in Vietnam since the pandemic began in March 2020. With patience and an aggressive roll-out of vaccinations hopefully business and life will begin to return to a more normal level of activity. I am especially hopeful for the all the small operators that rely on daily customers from the food cart sellers to the small independent restaurants for as speedy recovery as possible. Thanks again for subscribing and supporting me and the channel! Anything and everything is very much appreciated! Donations:https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/JohnASaboe Monthly pledges:https://www.patreon.com/FarEastTravels

    • 11 min
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    Vietnam COVID Diaries Vlog #16-War Sites/Stories

    Vietnam COVID Diaries Vlog #16-War Sites/Stories

    It's been several weeks since my last COVID Diaries vlog. I honestly thought I was finished with the series but with the resurgence of the virus in Da Nang I've decided to continue with more videos. We have been impacted but only slightly overall here in Ho Chi Minh,(Saigon). Bars, nightclubs/discos, have been temporarily closed. Mask wearing in public is now mandatory and is being enforced with fines, up to $13USD. As I stated in the video I have been wearing a mask in public since we were first asked to wear them in public. I had never heard it was OK not to wear them. The situation is more serious in Da Nang with approximately 300 new cases detected since July 25th and for the first time, fatalities, as of this posting 18, all with underlying conditions. Thousands of volunteers, military personal, and healthcare workers have been deployed to Da Nang to fight the pandemic. I hope you are staying safe wherever you are, practising social distancing, avoiding crowds if possible, and wearing a mask in public to help stop the spread of the virus. It appears it may be some time before we are all through with this. Thanks so much for your support! You can make a donation to me and the channel by PayPal:http://paypal.me/JohnASaboe Fundly COVID Diaries Campaign-Visa/Mastercard/Amex/AliPay/WeChat-https://fundly.com/vietnam-covid-diaries You can support me through Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/join/FarEastTravels? Thanks 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.

    • 9 min
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    Life In Da Nang, Vietnam II

    Life In Da Nang, Vietnam II

    Thanks so much for watching and subscribing to the channel! If you feel like supporting the channel with a pledge or donation I would be most grateful. Monthly Pledges-Patreon-Far East Travels Patreon Donations-https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/my/profile This video references a little bit about what life is like for me but I'm hoping there are circumstances that anyone can appreciate and relate to as far as managing through this pandemic. It's still really hard to say when Vietnam will open up to the world again but I don't believe it will be before they bring their population up to herd immunity. Let me say here that there has been lots of talk and videos regarding the visa situation in the country. All I will say in my humble opinion is that whatever or however the government deals with visas is their business. I'm merely a guest, grateful to be here knowing that at anytime I might have to leave. Unless you hold permanent residence somewhere that is the reality of life as a foreigner or expat living abroad. I also make reference to people who are or were employed in the tourism industry. My heart goes out to you if you are currently waiting for tourism to reopen in your country wherever in the world. I have hired and worked with many career tourism professionals in the past and I look forward to working with you and using your services hopefully in the not too distant future. Thanks again for your kind thoughts and comments. I look forward to sharing more of life in Vietnam and beyond in the future.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

drlisa65 ,

Thank you and stay safe

Your video on May 31 was moving and powerful. Thank you for mentioning Thich Naht Han who has had a huge influence on my life. A wise sage.
Yes, stay hopeful. I hope the vaccine will be widely distributed because it could bring an end to these lockdowns.
Stay safe🙏

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!

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