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.

Part II-Finding Accommodations In Asia (12/2018)

Continuing with tips and advice for finding accommodations in East/Southeast Asia. The biggest piece of advice I will pass on is to make sure you have your room booked at least a few days in advance of a weekend. This wasn't so much of a problem at one time but now with the huge emerging middle class of Southeast Asia it's best to have your weekend accomodations in place by midweek. Check in advance with your guesthouse, hostel, or hotel and let them know you'll be staying on through the weekend. In some cases the rates might be higher for the Saturday night, like in Sapa, Vietnam. Because so many people travel on the weekend in Taiwan you absolutely must have your accommodations prebooked, along with train tickets. In Japan, they don't like surprises so make sure all of your accommodations are booked ahead of your arrival. In Southeast Asia this isn't a problem and sometimes worth it so book on the spot. Support the podcast: Write A Review:

Finding Accommodations In Asia (12/2018)

In this episode I talk about finding accommodations in East Asia And Southeast Asia. First off the couple of oddities that you may not be used to, one of which are hotels or hostels that only occupy one or two floors of a building. Secondly the Capsule Hotels, which became famous in Japan but are now seen in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. If you're not familiar with them they are basically an elongated large cubby hole that can fit an average size person. Stacked on top of each other to maximize space and the amount of travellers a place can accommodate. Not ideal for couples or families but singles will find them easy on the budget compared with regular hotels, especially in Japan. and Air BnB are my two favorite apps to help me with booking along with Lonely Planet Guides. LP Guides are very helpful for finding an area where I will find similar accommodations to their recommendations. Southeast Asia is still one of the best places in the world for finding reasonably priced accommodations making it a haven for backpackers. But even if you're not backpacking and want to stay in finer hotels there is a plethora of boutique hotels throughout the region. If you insist on 5 star accommodations you'll have amazing choices as well but you can certainly get a wonderful more authentic experience if you stay in a private boutique hotel. There's nothing that can compare with contact with an owner of a property who can recommend experiences and places to visit. Hope you enjoy the podcast and if you have any other suggestions feel free to pass them on to This podcast relies on the support of listeners like you! Become a patron a pledge a small amount each month to help with production and travel costs. Visit my Patreon page to find out more: Help others discover the podcast by writing a review in the iTunes Store. Get started this link:

Exhilarating Wildlife Experience-The Gibbon Project-Northeastern Cambodia (12/2018)

The Gibbon Project in my opinion is one of the most exciting adventure and wildlife experiences in Asia. It's not like Laos's Gibbon Experience, where you zipline through the forest and stay in treehouses for a completely immersive jungle adventure, with an opportunity to hear wild gibbon singing and the off chance of seeing one at a distance. The Gibbon Project of Ratanakiri Province gets you up close to wild gibbon in their natural environment. The closest anywhere on the planet! In this episode I explain how do get to Banlung, where you can book your Gibbon Project adventure and interview one of the researchers who was one of the first of the team that habituated this wild family of gibbon to human activity. Find out more about The Gibbon Project: Support The Far East Travels Podcast by becoming a patron! Patrons get access to exclusive content, live chat, and more! Visit my Patreon page to find out more: Help others discover the podcast. Write a review:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia-Russian Market Neighborhood & Highlights (12/2018)

Phnom Penh is changing rapidly with modern development and investment taking over some neighborhoods. In this podcast I wanted to share briefly the Russian Market or Toul Tom Poung area as many visiting foreigners may find it interesting. Although the neighborhood is becoming gentrified there are still lots of signs of traditional Khmer culture and you must go say hi to Mr. Bounnerath at his Best Coffee in Phnom Penh coffee shop inside the Russian Market. Trendy bars, restaurants, the"hipster" area will probably give you a sense of comfort with lots of expats that live in the area hanging out at the local establishments. Who knows, maybe it will inspire you to pack up and move to Phnom Penh. I also forgot to mention that you must visit the National Museum Of Cambodia when during your stay in the capital. This is where they keep alot of artifacts that were found in the Angkor Wat Temples and the buildings themselves are beautiful. As I mentioned in the podcast it's really easy to walk away from Cambodia with a heavy heart after visiting the Khmer Rouge sites of genocide. They are everywhere throughout the country. It's, I believe everyone's duty when visiting Phnom Penh to seeToul Sleng and Choeung Ek, (the "Killing Fields") and pay respect to the people that were murdered during the darkest period of Cambodia. But there are many places to see that can make you appreciate the beauty of the people and Khmer culture. I think you can walk away with a sense that although there are still plenty of memories of the darkest days of Cambodia there is a new revival in development and traditional culture that will leave you a sense of hope for the country. Help Others Discover The Podcast! Write A Review: Support the podcast, become a patron:

Christmas in Asia-What To Expect In The Way Of Celebrations (11/2018)

This podcast relies on support from listeners like you! Become a patron and get access to exclusive while supporting production and travel expenses. Visit my Patreon page to see all of the offers: Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the USA! Other than expats you won't find anyone celebrating Thanksgiving in Asia but you will see signs of Christmas almost everywhere at this time of year. In this episode of the podcast I run through the regions letting you know what to expect in the way of Christmas celebrations. Many travelers often ask me if they will see Christmas trees, decorations, etc. while they're on holidays in Asia over the Christmas season. Depending on where you land it will be either celebrated only in a commercial way, like at hotels or shopping malls. Or a true religious holiday like in The Philippines or parts of India, like Kerala or Goa. Mostly in East Asia and Southeast Asia you will be exposed to a Christmas season although it won't have the same holiday spirit you'll find in the West, but why would it when it's not at the root of local cultural celebrations. In many parts of East Asia and Southeast Asia the Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday celebration of the year. Not to fear, if you are traveling here over the holidays and are wondering if you'll see Christmas decorations you'll have no worries. Especially if you don't want to dissapoint young children. Christmas is very much alive in Asia! Thanks so much for listening. You can help others disover the Far East Travels podcast by writing a review in the iTunes Store. Follow the link, click ratings and reviews to get started. Once you're finished rating the podcast, then write a positive review. Would love to connect with you! Send your feedback to!

Processing Travel Experiences/Adventures +EBC And Qingshan KIng Festival/Taiwan (11/2018)

My apologies for being silent over the last couple of weeks. I have been knee-deep in video editing of my Everst Base Camp Trek which as well encompasses processing the experience of the trip. I said to my friends who had accompanied me on the trek that it would take some time, weeks or months to fully process the experience. Especially since it was their first trip to Asia and trekking in the Himalaya. For me, even though I have trekked to Everest Base Camp before and visited the country multiple times it is still a process to relive those amazing moments. Realizing, especially with how video can make you appreciate the context of it all, what you've just seen and accomplished can be overwhelming. It's like that for any trip or adventure, especially so if there is a huge contrast in culture and geography from where you live. That is what I wanted to touch on briefly in this podcast. It's important to allow yourself time to accept what you've just experienced. This is why travel is such an amazing mechanism for personal growth and why the adventure or experience doesn't end simply because you're back home. Now that most of us document our trips more than ever before, we basically are packing around a portable video studio with us wherever we go, there's more opportunity to relive those moments. Don't just watch it back on your phone though. Stream it on your home TV and truly bring back those memories. Same thing with the photos. Display them on a big screen. The emotional impact is far greater and it's a more impressive way to share your travel stories with friends and family. Thanks so much for listening. You can support the Far East Travels Podcast by becoming a patron. Patrons get exclusive content and also help support the podcast with travel and production costs. Visit my Patreon page to see all of the offers: Help others discover the podcast by writing a positive review in the iTunes Store:

Typhoons In Taiwan/Everest Base Camp Audio Sounds (11/2018)

Typhoons can have a devastating impact on Taiwan and other countries in Asia/Pacific. As I record this podcast Typhoon Yutu having had a devastating effect on Northern Philippines was leaving the region but leaving lots of precipitation behind in Taiwan. For Taiwanese, typhoons are a normal part of life, during the season between June and November. I talk about some of my past typhoon experiences. For travellers as long as you stay indoors and take advice from locals you'll usually be only inconvenienced for anywhere from a few hours to maybe a day depending on the severity of the typhoon. Hundreds of flights can be cancelled so it could cost you a day or two on your way out, or possibly a delay arriving. Thanks so much for listening to the podcast. You can help others discover the podcast by simply writing a positive review in the iTunes Store! Go the the Far East Travels page, click Ratings and Reviews, rate the podcast out of 5 starts then click Write A Review. Once you've done that send me a message to I would love to send you a postcard as a thank you for taking the time to write a review! Support the podcast by becoming a patron! Patrons get access to exclusive content and support production and travels costs. Visit my Patreon page to see all of the offers: Music Credit:Babylon - Disco Ultralounge by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Source: Artist:

How To Travel In Asia With Little Or No Money-Working Holiday Visas/Volunteer Work (10/2018)

I truly hope after these last two podcasts I've published that anyone who listens will feel more empowered to take the next step to follow their dream of traveling in Asia or anywhere else for that matter. You don't need a huge savings account to travel. If you keep an open mind and think of travel as not just a regular two week vacation that you're accustomed to but a complete immersion in a different culture and way of life that can involve several weeks, months or longer! You'll then see there are lots of options that don't require thousands of dollars in order to realize your dream of traveling. I've met many people who have used the working holiday visa as an option to see the world. Typically you're allowed a working holiday visa one time only per country, but there's nothing stopping you from going from one country to another exercising this option. If you don't fit the age or country restrictions then traveling by working as a volunteer is another option. There are thousands of opportunities to volunteer especially if you're open to committing to several months or a whole year. Although some of these volunteer positions will involve fees, especially if they are short term, many will cover your basic living needs, a place to stay,meals and in some cases your flights. Some might even include a stipend. Here are two sites, United Nations Volunteers and VSO where you can investigate the possibility of an overseas volunteer position: Thanks again for listening and please never give up on your dream of living abroad or traveling the world! You can support this podcast by becoming a patron! Patrons of Far East Travels get access to exclusive content and help others enjoy travel advice and inspiration! Please visit my Patreon page to see all of the offers:

Teaching English-Job Opportunites Across Asia (10/2018)

Teaching English is still a great way to see the world while supporting yourself with a steady job. In these days of more people working remotely or becoming "digital nomads" there are still traditional ways to earn a living while traveling, particularly with English teaching opportunites in East Asia and Southeast Asia. In no way is this podcast episode a comprehensive guide to getting a job but it will give you an overview of the some the countries that have had a history of offering teaching jobs to native English speakers and recent hot places for you to consider. Over the years I've met many English teachers working across the regions of East Asia and Southeast Asia. Most have a good life with reasonable working hours, good pay, and plenty of opportunity to travel and immerse themselves in the local culture, even learning the language whereever that may be. Some only do it for a few years before returning to their home country to resume life there. Others continue, making it a career, working in several countries and upgrading their education for better teaching jobs, some even becom professors at universities! China and South Korea at the moment seem to be offering the most lucrative contracts, Vietnam has lots of job and a low cost of living. Taiwan is still a place where many Westerners seek teaching jobs and Japan remains one of the most desirable countries in the region. Thanks so much for listening and good luck with your job search! If you're an English teacher in East Asia or Southeast Asia and have tips for looking for work you'd like to pass on it would be much appreciated and shared out to listeners. Support the podcast by becoming a patron! Gain access to exclusive content while supporting production and travel costs. Visit my Patreon page to see all the offers:

Drinking Beer In East Asia/Southeast Asia-My favorite Places, Cities, Countries And Beer Culture (10/2018)

I confess, I have become more of a beer drinker ever since I moved to Asia several years ago. Beer is a thirst quencher in the tropics and especially goes well with all of the local food. I still enjoy wine, but beer is especially refreshing on a hot humid night outdoors in the tropics or even subtropics. In this episode I share with you my favorite places to drink beer. As well as my favorite cities and beer friendly countries in the regions. Taiwan is one of the friendliest and easiest places to enjoy beer or other drinks. Drinking in public is totally tolerated and legal so you can enjoy a beer while walking along the river in Taipei on a hot evening or even sitting in your favorite convenience store. Japan of course has an amazing food and beer culture with lots of options from cozy Izakayas to beer parlors where you drink as much as you want within an alotted time. Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam is a favorite place of mine to drink beer as the country produces some of the best everyday beers of the region and there are countless places to enjoy drinking from the big cities to beach towns. I mentioned in the podcast that even though craft beer is becoming more popular especially in Southeast Asia I'm not personally I big fan. Mostly because for me beer is a utitility drink and I'm happy having something that is good but not necessarily the focus of what I'm doing. Beer is merely a component to my overall experience which includes the company I'm with, the food and drinking, and the ambience of my surroundings. Also because it's still fairly new compared with other countries that have a strong craft brew industry the price of craft beer is expensive, ranging anywhere from 3 to 5 times the cost of regular everyday beer. And much of the standard beer you'll find in the regions is quite good maybe by comparison much better I find then the standard beers of North America that were the target of that craft beer movement. I hopefully will share more tips on beers, bars, and other drinks in future podcast episodes. Thanks again for listening and don't forget you can send me an email with your Help support the podcast by becoming a patron! For as little as $2/month you can become a patron of the podcast and get access to exclusive content. Visit my Patreon page to view all of the offers!