Adventure Travel, Far East

Far East Adventure Travel. Inspiring, 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 Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, India, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan. Stories, advice, and conversations from one of the most exciting adventure destinations on the planet-Asia.

Exploring Cat Ba Island Market, Vietnam-Travel Chat And Advice (7/2018)

I'm really hooked on Vietnam. This was my fourth visit in 3 years and I think, as long as you can avoid tourist scams, is an absolutely charming and fulfilling place for travel. I spent most of my time in Hanoi, using it as a base camp to explore a couple of places I still hadn't visited in the north. Rather than going to the Unesco World Heritage site of Halong Bay, I opted for the more quiet, less crowded Cat Ba Island. Where you're still close enough to see the beautiful karst islands and rock formations. Unfortunately I hit a bad patch of weather making it uncomfortable to be out on the water for more than a short time. So I decided to just explore the island and some of it's sites. You can see all of this in my Cat Ba Island video on my YouTube Channel. It was what I called a research trip, at least better than categorizing it as a wash-out! I would definitely go back to spend some time in Han La Bay and it's the perfect place in the north to feast on fresh, reasonably priced seafood. Please help others discover the podcast by writing a review: Support the podcast by becoming a patron, get exclusive chat, messaging and more! Vist my Patreon page:

Walking Kathmandu, Nepal-Travel Chat And Advice (7/2018)

I've been visiting Nepal for the past 8 years, this was my 7th visit. Obviously by the number of visits it's not hard to tell I'm in love with this country. The trekking posibilites amidst the highest mountains on the planet. Unique culture and incredibly fascinating cities and sites. Some of the best wildlife viewing on the planet.  I was in Nepal on this visit to lead a small group to Annapurna Base Camp. An interesting and fantastic hike  for first time trekkers. This was the first time I was in view of the high Himalaya within 3 days. Usually, of course depending on the trail it can take a minimum of 5 days with proper accilimitization to reach the altitiude that's necessary to view these giant peaks. If you have any questions about trekking in Nepal please feel free to send me an email. I'm leading a small group up to Everest Base Camp September 15th, it would be great if you could join us! Kathmandu does take getting used to for many unfamiliar with South Asia. The traffic, chaos, dirt, Kathmandu is a very dusty city, and the curious who will stop at nothing to sell you something. It's still I believe one of the last few cities in Asia that has still not been transformed into a global village with Starbucks, Gap, Uniqlo, McDonalds, and other chains that are pretty much seen in every medium to large city now in Asia. If you want to escape globalization, mass marketing, the come to Nepal! Hope you enjoy the broadcast. Love to get your feedback! Safe travels and Namaste! JohnIf you would like to support my podcast become a patron! Visit my Patreon page to see the offers! http://! to my YouTube Channel:  

Food Series-Exploring A Giant Morning Market In Densely Populated New Taipei (5/2018) If you enjoy my podcasts, videos, and take part in livestreams becoming a patron supports future projects and continued travel inspiration from Asia. Visit my Patreon page to see all of the offers. YouTube:$500 Total needed for Gimbal, and various small accessories that will help produce better video and open up phone/skype access for podcast listeners and livestream followers $10, $25, $50 or more would be awesome! my food series from Taiwan with a walk through the Huangshi Traditional Morning Market near Banqiao in New Taipei City. Picturing Taipei City and New Taipei City as a giant doughnut can help picture the area geographically. New Taipei is the doughnut, Taipei the doughnut hole. New Taipei is really the largest city in Taiwan with a population over 4.5 million making it one of the most densely populated places on the planet. Getting a little ways away from Taipei proper and into these corners of Northern Taiwan definitely can give you a more rounded perspective of the people, food, and culture of the region. *Buddhists* and Garlic, Onions etc. First off to answer someone's question as to why some Buddhists refrain from eating garlic and onions, actually there are a total of 5 pungent roots that some Buddhists do not eat, garlic, onion, chives, green onions, and leeks. It's believed that uncooked they cause distemper, cooked they act as an aphrodisiac.  

Food Series-Exploring A Taiwanese Traditional Morning Market in Taipei (4/2018) rely on public support to bring you travel inspiration and advice from the heart of Asia. A pledge of $10/month goes along way to assist with product costs and travel expenses. Visit my Patreon page to see all of the offers. One of the great joys of living and traveling throughout Asia is exploring the countless traditional morning or wet markets. I love to buy my fruit wherever I am whether it's Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, or Taiwan from the local markets.  Taiwan has very high quality fruit with a huge variety of many of the tropical varieties available in Southeast Asia. This particular market I visit regularly is located near Taipei's large fruit/vegetable wholesale market and wholesale fish/seafood market. In these markets in Taipei it does help if you can speak or understand a little Mandarin, but it's not necessary. Most shopkeepers will go out of their way to help and really all you have to do is point and they will bring out their calculator and punch in the price. It's usually never an issue in Southeast Asia although you need to wear your bargaining hat whereas in Taiwan there's not the same kind of markup, especially for foreigners. If you want ot see some of my videos of these markets you can visit and subscribe to my YouTube channel: Please help others discover the podcast by writing a review in the iTunes Store:  

Street Food, Nightmarkets-Part 4-LIVE from Raohe Night Market-Taipei, Taiwan (4/2018) Please support continued podcasting, and content creation from Asia by becoming a patron! $10/month goes along way to help supporting production and travel costs. My fourth broadcast featuring street food talk in Asia is from one of Taipei, Taiwan's oldest and most famous nightmarkets-Raohe! Located in East Taipei Raohe Nightmarket is anchored by the beautiful 6 floor Ciyou Temple dedicated to Matsu, Goddess Of The Sea. It's especially striking at night when it's exterior is fully lit. On the night I recorded the podcast there was also a temple lantern festival with some of the lanterns left over from Taipei's giant Lantern Festival held in February/early March 2018.Raohe is an easy nightmarket to navigate as it's basically on one street with a length of about 600 meters, so it's pretty hard to get lost there. It's actually not too hard to figure out which are the most popular food stalls, like anywhere just look for the line-ups.I would love to get your feedback on the podcast. Do you appreciate the food series? What else do you want to listen to? Stories, insight, travel information. Please send an email to or message me on Instagram or Facebook you enjoy the podcast please write a review in the iTunes Store:

Street Food, Nightmarkets-3-Guangzhou Street/Snake Alley Nightmarkets-Taiwan (3/2018) $10/month goes along way to supporting continued podcasting, livestreaming, and travel content creation in Asia. Become patron of Far East Adventure Travel. Visit my Patreon page to see all of the offers! I'm continuing my series on nightmarkets in Taiwan and street food of Asia chat with an exploraition of the Guangzhou Street Nighmarket and Snake Alley in Taipei's Wanhua District. This is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Taipei with the famous Longshan Temple as the anchor of the surrounding streets and area. Absolutely one of my favorite places to absorb local culture with Qing Dynasty buildings/temples, colorful characters and an edgy past. Snake Alley was once the place where it seemed all tourists or visitors who entered Taiwan were paraded through to see the "snake show". Snakes gutted, blood drained, and pumping hearts, drunk with local liquor. The animal groups did away with most of the snake shows and today you'll mostly find seafood restaurants and foot massage parlors. There are a still a couple of snake restuarants but the shows are much more low key then the old days of Wanhua. I've only come to appreciate this market in the last year where I've noticed finally the decent quality and good value snacks that are offered at some of the food carts. Come with me on an exploration of one of the most colorful nightmarkets of Taipei! If you want to see more of Taiwan, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia, then subscribe to my YouTube Channel:  

Street Food, Nightmarkets - 2-Ningxia Nightmarket-Taiwanese Classic Street Food (3/2018)

Th Become a patron of Far East Adventure Travel podcasts, videos, and livestreaming from Asia. $10/month goes along way to help with travel and production costs. Visit my Patreon page to see all of the offers. Sign up and get exlusive content and live chat! In this episode I visit Taipei, Taiwan's famous Ningxia Nightmarket. This is a local favorite with some speciality food and a market that is mostly focused on food. Each day this nightmarket is set up around 4pm and then dismantled at 2am close to the historic Dihua Street and former commerce capital of the city. It's here where you can sample everything from green onion pancakes, sweet potato balls, braised duck tongue, and deep-fried whole squid. This is definitely one of my favorite markets as it is also located near alot of famous and popular restaurants that serve up Taiwanese classic dishes from oyster omellettes to fish porridge, and shaved ice desserts. Please let me know what you think of this style of podcast. Do you like podcasts where I visit nightmarkets and discuss food. My goal is also to soon open up these broadcasts to live calls via phone and skype.Thanks so much fo listening and subscribing to the podcast. You can also follow me on YouTube:  

Trekking Nepal-Tips And Advice From Trekking/Adventure Outfitter Shanker Bhatta (3/2018) Support continued podcasting, travelblogging, and more from Asia. Get inspired, keep in touch, access live chat with me, private videos and more for $10/month. Visit my Patreon page to find out more! Nepal is one of the most rewarding vacation destinations on the planet. Not only for it's sheer beauty and grand mountain range, the Himalaya, but as well it's diverse fascinating multi-ethnic cultures, ancient cities and "royal squares", and wildlife. Shanker is one of my partners in Explore Himalayan, a trekking adventure company that organizes group and private treks in the Himalaya. I'm taking a small group up to Annapurna Base Camp in May this year so I thought it would be a good opportunity to talk about trekking, and get Shanker's expert advice on concerns that some have especially if it's their first time at high altitude. Whether you come on one of our treks or you choose another company I this information is definitely unbiased and will help you decide and plan your trip, particularily if you're interested in either Everest Base Camp, the Annapurna Circuit, or Annapurna Base Camp. I'm leading a small group of adventurers/trekkers to Annapurna Base Camp May 15, 2018. If you'd like to find out more about the trek and sign up follow the link here:

Street Food, Nightmarkets 1-The Massive Shilin Night Market -Taipei, Taiwan (3/2018) Support my podcasts, YouTube videos, and livestreaming. For $10/month get access to exclusive content, videos, and live chat. Sign up now! I love good food! I love discovering it, eating it, and sharing it! When you find great street food in Asia, especially if it's a cheap, it becomesone of the great simple pleasures and rewards of life.  I'd love to get your feedback on what you want to learn and discover about street food or nightmarket food of Asia. I'd like this to be a series of podcasts, featuring the best thought and food from my favorit cities in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia.  In this episode I walk through Taipei, Taiwan's most famous nightmarket, Shilin. This is probably the top spot for tourists to visit in Taipei but you'll also find locals here as well every night of the week. All of the Taiwanese classics are here from Oyster omelletes to stinky tofu. Thanks so much for listening! Follow me on: Instagram: YouTube: Facebook:  

Okinawa, Japan-Exploring The Makishi Market And Kokusai Dori Shopping Street (3/2018) I rely on public support from listeners like you to continue producing the podcast. Please visit my Patreon page and start supporting the podcast, videos, and livestreams for as little as $1/month.  Okinawa, Japan is considered one of the friendliest regions of the country. Although in many ways it feels like Japan, with recognizable businesses and chain restaurants, and the clean orderly streets one expects to see anywhere in the country it definitely has it's own character, feel, and perhaps even lifestyle.  It's a popular destination for Taiwanese, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese tourists. Join me as I explore it's famous Makishi covered market and busy Kokusai Dori shopping street. If you'd like to make a donation to help with my medical expenses from my recent eye surgery  there are two ways to offer support. I'm grateful for any size donation: PayPal: Crowdfunder: