Far East Travels Podcast

Far East Travels Podcast

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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…


Saigon, Vietnam-My Recommended Top 6 Sites To See
Oct 16 • 16 min
There are definitely much more than just 6 sites or places to see in Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City but if I had to narrow it down to a few select these are the places I recommend you should see-especially on your first visit. Ho Chi Minh City has an…
Netflix Street Food Asia Neighborhood Walk-Saigon, Vietnam
Oct 9 • 31 min
Join me on a walk through Co Bac/Co Giang the streets and area that was featured in the Netflix series Street Food Asia Ho Chi Minh City episode. You’ll will definitely feel the rumble and energy of the motorbikes that act as the pulse of the city. I hope…
Saigon’s Iconic Dong Khoi Street-Walk With Me
Oct 7 • 27 min
Join me on a walk from The Saigon River to The Notre Dam Basilica(Cathedral), on one of Saigon’s most iconic streets, Dong Khoi. During the French Colonial period it’s name was Rue Catinat and even today there are still many leftover gorgeous buildings of…
Traditional Vietnamese Market Walk-Saigon, Vietnam
Oct 5 • 17 min
Walk with me as I explore the latest fruit and produce offered at a traditonal non-tourist market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Tan My Market is located in District 7, not an area frequented by tourists but many foreigners in here. One of my favorite…
Sim Cards In Asia-All You Need To Know
Sep 25 • 23 min
Thanks to Tod Pohlmann of the San Francisco Bay Area for his question about SIM cards in Asia. I hope I’ve covered off everything you need to know about SIM cards in East Asia, Southeast Asia, or South Asia. If you have any more questions or suggestions…
Kyoto, Japan Expert/Kyoto Fun Podcast Host Niall Gibson
Sep 24 • 41 min
It’s always a pleasure to have Niall join me on the podcast for chat about one of the most visited cities in Asia-Kyoto, Japan. Niall has been living in the most traditional city of Japan for over 11 years and has a very extensive understanding of…
Highlights, Comparisons-Phnom Penh, Cambodia vs. Saigon, Vietnam
Sep 19 • 21 min
I’m sharing some more of my experiences and cost comparisons between Phnom Penh and Saigon. I was asked recently while I was in PP whether it was cheaper than Saigon. The Phnom Penh cost of living is overall 15-18% higher than Saigon. Very reflective in…
Phnom Penh, Cambodia-Getting A Long Term Visa/Tourist Visa
Sep 12 • 22 min
At one time Cambodia was one of the easiest countries in Southeast Asia to obtain a long term visa. Just a matter of applying for an “Ordinary” visa when you arrived and renewing it to a business visa before the 30 days was up and you would have a…
Phnom Penh, Cambodia-First Impressions After Four Years
Sep 8 • 19 min
As I settled in after arriving in Phnom Penh after my last visit 4 years ago and felt a comforting sense, a wonderful gift of experiencing so many different cities in and cultures in Asia and recognizing the subtleties of each place. I actually have been…
Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Friendliest Cities-Vancouver #1-Really?
Sep 4 • 22 min
Having lived in Vancouver most of my life I have lots of great memories and for sometime I couldn’t imagine myself living anywhere else, so I have no ill or bad feelings about the place. But I was very surprised to see Vancouver listed as the number 1…
Live From Greenland with Live-Streamer @DaveInOsaka
Aug 24 • 28 min
Far East Travels Podcast friend DaveInOsaka joins us from Ilulissat, Greenland for a beyond The Far East episode sharing his journey through this mysterious island full of ice fjords and sled dogs. Dave arrived in Nuuk, Greenland, the capital of the…
Saigon, Vietnam-When The S*** Hits The Fan, The Adventure Begins
Aug 21 • 23 min
Yves Chouinard, the founder of the Patagonia adventure gear and clothing company once said the adventure doesn’t begin until the s*** hits the fan. In this episode I share some of my misadventures or mishaps that uncomfortable or a little terrifying at…
Hong Kong Protests Traveller’s Update
Aug 9 • 8 min
Demonstrations and the intensity of protests have escalated over the past couple of weeks leading to violence and unpredictability. As a result many countries have increased the degree of caution to their citizens who will be traveling to Hong Kong.…
Renewing Your Passport Abroad
Aug 7 • 20 min
Replacing a passport due to loss or theft is obviously necessary when traveling but what about just a normal renewal process? For many the only time they will ever need to visit their consulate or embassy abroad would be if they have lost their passport…
Refused Entry To Thailand-Visa Runs Do’s And Don’ts
Aug 1 • 18 min
The latest episode was inspired by a chance meeting with an expat Irishman in Saigon this week. I asked him where he was off to after Saigon. He said to me Thailand, but he had troubles with obtaining Thai visa so he might have to travel to Laos first. I…
Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan-Listener Travel Review
Jul 28 • 12 min
I’m always eager to receive email feedback from listeners of The Far East Travels Podcast. Scott from Utah recently came back from an extensive trip covering Hong Kong, The Philippines, and Taiwan and shares his thoughts and feelings on visiting these…
Food Paradise-Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jul 27 • 21 min
Kuala Lumpur easily is one of my favorite food cities. The cultural mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indian cuisines as well as the various dishes that are a result of this meltling pot of cultures makes KL a must do destination for food lovers. In this episode…
Dental Tourism In Vietnam/Southeast Asia
Jul 17 • 22 min
Having access to quality low cost dental procedures is a wonderful privilege if you live in Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, Thailand, or Malaysia. In this episode of the podcast I discuss average cost of procedures, and realistically what kind of…
Budget Airlines In Asia-What You Need To Know
Jul 12 • 21 min
Budget airlines in Asia are definitely an economical way to travel with some flights as low as $25USD for a 90 minute trip, maybe even cheaper in some cases. The cheapest flight I’ve ever booked was an approximately 2 hour flight from Chiang Rai to…
Nepal Trekking-What To Expect On a Trek From Food To Accommodations
Jul 8 • 25 min
If you are new to trekking and are thinking of going to Nepal to trek Everest Base Camp, The Annapurna Circuit, or Annapurna Base Camp this episode should give you enough details on what to expect on the trek. I talk about accomodations, food, how much…
Nepal-Which Trek Should I Do?
Jul 2 • 25 min
Visiting Nepal for the first time and wondering which trek should do? The one you want to do is my straight answer. But I do understand that people sometimes have time constraints so I’ve offered up some interesting options for short treks as well as a…
Life In Japan With Expat DaveInOsaka/Working/Dating/Holidays
Jun 27 • 50 min
My Expat series continues with Canadian expat DaveInOsaka on life in Japan. Dave has been working and living in Osaka, Japan for 18 years and shares what it’s been like for a guy from Hamilton- Ontario, Canada turned English Professor to adjust, live, and…
Hong Kong Update-Consulting Your Country’s Travel Advisory
Jun 20 • 16 min
With the recent mass demonstrations taking place in Hong Kong I thought it would be an appropriate time to review utilizing your country’s travel advisory. No matter where you are planning your upcoming trip to, it’s always a good idea to check out your…
Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Jodie Foster-Sumo Guide To The Stars Mark Buckton Is My Guest
Jun 16 • 52 min
Mark Buckton has been a Sumo commentator and expert guest on BBC and many other radio and TV outlets worldwide. Mark also wrote a column on Sumo for The Japan Times for 12 years. Most recently Mark appeared on CNN International to explain some of the…
Travel Photography-Expert Tips with Pro Photographer Craig Ferguson
Jun 13 • 39 min
Some fantastic tips and suggestions with special guest Australian-born, Asian based pro photographer Craig Ferguson. Craig has a commercial photography business based in Taipei, Taiwan and has an impressive list of clients including, BBC, Air Asia, Lonely…
Beijing And Xiamen, China-North/South Differences with Travelblogger Bruno Black
Jun 10 • 45 min
The Great Wall and The Forbidden City-two of the world’s top sites to visit-why Beijing is on most traveler’s bucket lists. I invited travelblogger Bruno Black on the podcast to share insights into visiting the capital of China, as Bruno lived in Beijing…
Malaysia Recap Of Latest Kuala Lumpur And Penang Visit
Jun 9 • 24 min
I do enjoy my visits to Malaysia as always. I’ve spent lots of time in Kuala Lumpur visiting all of the important sites and enjoying some of Southeast Asia’s best food. This trip was no exception. KL is for the most part one of the easier cities to get…
Penang, Malaysia-George Town-Walking Around The Unesco Designated Old Town
Jun 5 • 35 min
Join me for travel chat and discussion walking through the historic and Unesco World Heritage designated Georgetown, in Penang, Malaysia. I’ve spent lots of time in Kuala Lumpur and East Malaysia, (Borneo), but for some reason I’ve put off visiting…
Malaysia-Food Talk/Kuala Lumpur/Penang-Ramadan/Georgetown Unesco Holiday
May 27 • 28 min
I have been a frequent visitor to Malaysia now for several years and it’s been one of the biggest surprises for me. I never thought or knew how much I would enjoy Malaysia whether it be West, or East,(Borneo-Sabah/Sarawak). A wonderful diverse culture,…
Southeast Asia Best Travel Times + Following Your Dreams Of Living Abroad
May 20 • 44 min
Discussion on my recommended times for traveling in Southeast Asia and a little bit of travel inspiration on how to start to make your dreams come true with a life abroad whether it be for work or retirement. Travel inspiration and information is so…
North Korea-Americans Are Still Banned From Visiting the DPRK-So Why Go Anyways? Travel Chat With Expat Dave Grecco
May 17 • 35 min
Americans are still banned from entering North Korea at the time of publishing this episode. Otto Warmbier was a U.S. citizen and college student visiting North Korea in 2015/2016 when he was arrested and imprisoned accused of stealing a propoganda poster…
Begpackers-Why Do Some People Hate Them? Plus Passport And Visa Advice
May 15 • 28 min
Recently I’ve noticed more negative tweets and other posts on social media denouncing begpackers. In case you didn’t know, a begpacker is basically a backpacker that is soliciting for funds through panhandling, busking, or selling postcards in order to…
Essential Travel Items- Excluding Mobile Phone/Bank Cards/Cash
May 13 • 26 min
After mobile phones, bank cards, and cash, what is your essential travel item. That one thing that you always must take with you on your trip. I share with you mine and listeners and followers share their’s as well! If you’d like to share with me your…
Listener Travel Stories-The Far East And Beyond
May 12 • 8 min
Thanks to those who share their travel stories, whether they are funny, serious, thought-provoking, or just very interesting. Would love to hear from you and your funniest, scariest, or life-changing experience while traveling. Follow me on…
Cambodia Power Outages/Dry Season Update- And More Travel Chat
May 8 • 32 min
Just quick update on the current power outage situation in Cambodia. Some hotels and guesthouses do have their own generators but expect power outages overall during the current dry season. Hopefully this situation will resolve itself with the coming…
Saigon, Vietnam-Walkabout-Travel Tips And Advice
May 4 • 19 min
Continuing my walkabout series from The Ho Chi Minh City Museum To The Reunification Palace. I plan on doing more of these walkabout talks throughout the region in the coming months. I always welcome your questions or comments on the podcast. Lately I’ve…
Sleeper Buses, Buddhist Temple Etiquette, + More Topics On Travel Chat Walkabout In Saigon, Vietnam
May 1 • 37 min
Continuing my series of walkabout chats in this episode discussion on sleeper buses, (not my favorite mode of transportation), Buddhist Temple etiquette, and more topics as I walk around Saigon. Have a travel question or a suggestion for a topic. Send me…
Super Touristy Ben Thanh Market-Exploring On Foot This Neighborhood Of Saigon, Vietnam
Apr 27 • 33 min
Interested in cheap brand name running shoes, knock off goods and souvenirs when in Saigon? Then head for the Ben Thanh Market as many visitors do! In this episode I get back to doing walkabout podcasts, usually with commentary and questions from…
Bangkok Airport/Taxi Scams-Traveling Authentically In Southeast Asia With MJ Klein
Apr 16 • 34 min
My guest MJ Klein shares his Bangkok taxi scams at the airports and we chat about traveling authentically in Southeast Asia. These taxi scams are for the most part easily avoidable either by using a ride share app or being prepared. It also helps to know…
Travel Scams-My Follower’s First-Hand Accounts
Apr 14 • 22 min
This will be the start of an on-going series on travel scams with first-hand accounts from followers on my livestream accounts, Periscope an Facebook, as well as contributions via messaging and emails. Send me your scam or how you almost got scammeed and…
Money Tips For Travelers-ATM’s, Credit Cards, Traveler’s Checks, And E Wallets
Apr 8 • 19 min
Had my Visa card retained by an ATM machine this week in Ho Chi Minh City inspiring me to create a what I hope is helpful information to prepare you for your next trip. My card has an app that locks it and I forgot to take the lock off-the result? It was…
Saigon Getaways-Can Tho(Mekong River Delta)/Da Lat/Non-Tourist Markets
Mar 29 • 20 min
Coming to you from Saigon with a quick catch up chat and some travel idea getaways, two of my favorite places-Da Lat and Can Tho. Da Lat is a popular honeymoon getaway for Vietnamese and is a wise choice to beat the tropical heat. With a different climate…
“I Didn’t Have To Ask”-Favorite Great Service Stories
Mar 22 • 12 min
Do you have a story of extraordinary service from one of your visits to Asia? Send me your best story of service to [email protected]! Would love to share out some great service stories! Thanks so much for listening and subscribing to the…
Traveler’s Diarrhea Essentials
Mar 20 • 9 min
I’m sharing out some advice again on dealing with traveler’s diarrhea after a personal episode of it this past week. Is there a way to avoid it? Completely? If there is I still haven’t discovered it but there are a few basics that can lessen the…
Shanghai, China Travel Tips/Food/Nightlife/Sites/The Bund With Travelblogger Bruno Black
Mar 14 • 43 min
Shanghai, China is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Loaded with atmosphere, amazing food, shopping and entertainment it’s really hard to make a decision on what to do or where to eat because of the vast choices. I invited Travelblogger…
Cherry Blossom Update From Kyoto, Japan With Kyoto Expert Niall Gibson
Mar 13 • 44 min
Always a pleasure to talk to expat Niall Gibson who is a Kyoto travel expert and the founder of Kyoto Fun and Kyoto VIP! Niall gives us a 2019 update on the cherry blossom season from one of the top travel destinations in the world-Kyoto, Japan! Sakura,…
Saigon vs Taipei-What Are The Significant Differences-Observances After 10 Days
Mar 12 • 25 min
This podcast I’m asked by followers what are the main differences I’ve noticed between Taipei, my last base, and Ho Chi Minh City, after the first 10 days. There are many differences and I’ve had a bit of a jump start on knowing them after a few visits…
Greetings From Saigon! Why Vietnam?
Mar 8 • 12 min
Another update on day 8 of living in Ho Chi Minh City. The last few days have been good as I adjust to the climate which I’m told will be scorching hot before the rains start in June. With the heat also comes an adjustment of diet, mostly eating lighter,…
Greetings From Saigon! Update After The First Few Days In Vietnam
Mar 5 • 16 min
Bringing this episode to you from one of the most iconic spots in Ho Chi Minh City-across from Notre Dam Cathedral.*Note, during the episode I mentioned the Notre Dam Cathedral was finished in 1892, in fact it was completed in 1883. Thanks for listening…
“Live In Asia” Expat Series with American MJ Klein-Life in Asia/Taiwan
Feb 24 • 48 min
One off or one time donations to the podcast are always greatly appreciated! You can make a donation to the podcast here:http://paypal.me/JohnASaboeI’m starting an ongoing series of life in Asia through the eyes of expats living across East Asia,…
Angkor Wat/Angkor Thom, Cambodia-My Favorite Temples/Ruins To Visit
Feb 20 • 19 min
I put together a short podcast episode of my favorite places to visit around the Angkor Ruins. I visited most of these sites multiple times during my last stay in Siem Reap and would go back to visit all of them anytime. Here they are in case you want the…
“Live From Asia” Series 1 Day Before The Lantern Festival In East/Southeast Asia
Feb 17 • 19 min
Don’t forget to listen live using the Spreaker app every Sunday night-10pmEST. You can also catch the live simulcast on Periscope(Far East Travels). Send your questions to [email protected] or message me…
Angkor Wat/Siem Reap, Cambodia Overview-Planning Your Trip To The Biggest Religious Site On The Planet
Feb 15 • 17 min
Angkor Wat and the rest of the Angkor Ruins should definitely be included on your Southeast Asia itinerary. In this episode of the podcast I give you my overview and introduction to Siem Reap, the town where trips to the ruins are based from and advice on…
“Live From Asia” Series-Brief Discussion On Bhutan And Your Random Travel Questions
Feb 12 • 31 min
“Live From Asia” Your Random Travel Questions Live On Spreaker/Periscope. Send your questions or feedback to [email protected] Follow me on…
“Live From Asia” Weekly Series-Your Random Travel Questions + Firecracker Blasts From Taipei!
Feb 10 • 27 min
Weekly Live From Asia-Taking Your Random Questions About Travel/Life In Asia. Don’t forget every Sunday night at 10pmEST(New York) I take your live questions either on the chat feature on the Spreaker.com platform or watch live on Periscope! During this…
Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner-What I Ate? Plus A Visit To The Most Famous Temple Of Taiwan
Feb 8 • 15 min
Xin Nian Kuai Le, Happy New Year! I have been so blessed to have been spending the Lunar New Year in Taiwan for the last few years. In this episode I will share with you what I ate on New Year’s Eve with my host family and some audio from one of the most…
Live Chinese New Years Eve Day In Taipei, Taiwan-What’s Happening?
Feb 4 • 16 min
What’s happening on New Years Eve Day in Taipei, Taiwan
Chinese New Year Market-Live in Taipei, Taiwan-Questions & Commentary
Jan 27 • 21 min
Live From The CNY Market in Taipei, Taiwan! More background on the festivities of Lunar New Year in Taiwan and Taipei, This past week many people received their Chinese New Year bonus, which can be up to the equivalent of 30% of a person’s yearly salary.…
Food Carts Vs. Restaurants In Vietnam-Your Questions On Food Safety
Jan 27 • 9 min
A recent viewer from my YouTube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/c/JohnSaboefareastadventuretravel, asked about eating at food carts in Vietnam versus eating establishments or restaurants. I think food carts can be just as safe to eat at as restaurants, in…
Vietnam-South To North Itinerary-Trip Planning
Jan 25 • 21 min
What cities should I include on my trip to Vietnam is the most common question I’m asked when discussing traveling in the country, especially when people are planning their south to north or north to south trip. This itinerary is from my 2016 six week…
Live From The Chinese New Year Market in Taipei, Taiwan-CNY/Lunar New Year in Asia
Jan 20 • 29 min
Dihua Street Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year Market is the biggest one of it’s kind in Taipei, Taiwan. The street is closed off to pedestrian traffic exclusively and each side of the street is lined with stalls selling speciality food items for the…
Listener Questions-Off The Tourist Trail In Taipei, Tainan, Kaohsiung/Best Hub Cities-Singapore, Kuala Lumpur
Jan 19 • 20 min
Continuing short form podcasts that answer your travel questions. I was asked by a loyal listener from Park City, Utah what are some activities to do that would be off the tourist trail in the Taiwan cities of Kaohsiung, Tainan, and Taipei. Here are the…
Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Nepal- Listener Questions-What’s It Like?
Jan 15 • 10 min
I’m starting a short-form version of the podcast with a question/answer format. Send me your questions about travel in East Asia, Southeast Asia, or South Asia. Whether it’s ziplining in Laos, trekking in Nepal, finding a place for great pad thai in…
Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Destination Lists-Asian Countries/Cities-Discussion
Jan 13 • 28 min
Starting in January 2019 I will be going live on Spreaker(app & desktop) and Periscope and opening up discussions on travel topics. This week discussing Lonely Planet’s top 10 Destinations for Countries and Cities in 2019 and their Asian picks. I always…
Chinese New Year in Asia-What To Do, Where to Go!
Jan 12 • 24 min
I have been enjoying The Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year for several years now in Asia. It has become my most looked forward to celebration just because that’s what everyone else looks forward to here, at least in East Asia and parts of Southeast Asia.…
Travel Resolutions For The New Year-General Q&A’s-Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Taiwan, Japan
Jan 9 • 27 min
Have you made New Year’s resolutions that include new and exciting travel plans? Awesome! What’s holding you back? I see so many people talking themselves out of traveling until one day when they come into a windfall then go overboard and are let down by…
Ho Chi Minh City(Saigon), Vietnam-The Megalopolis
Jan 1 • 19 min
After spending a week in the rapidly growing Ho Chi Minh City more thoughts on the future of this megalopolis of Southern Vietnam. District 7 and 2 are expat enclaves with modern shopping facilities along with Western style restaurants and shopping. I…
More From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Dec 29, 2018 • 8 min
In this latest broadcast from Ho Chi Minh City I’m coming to you from Cafe Vy near The Ben Thanh Market. I believe there is even a greater presence of Western tourists then 2 years ago. This city is definitely prepared with lots of amenities and a young…
Quick Update From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Dec 27, 2018 • 5 min
I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Christmas Eve not expecting as many Christmas decorations and a vibrant acknowledgement of the holiday as I’ve noticed. Most Vietnamese don’t view the holiday as anything more than a fun time of year. Tet is the most…
Missing The Christmas Spirit In Asia-How Do I Cope
Dec 19, 2018 • 16 min
People often ask me what it’s celebrating Christmas is like in Asia. Depending on which part of Asia you are located in it can feel as exuburent as anywhere in the West or other than commercial displays that offer fancing lighting and gigantic trees quite…
Part II-Finding Accommodations In Asia
Dec 15, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Finding Accommodations In Asia
Dec 14, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Exhilarating Wildlife Experience-The Gibbon Project-Northeastern Cambodia
Dec 10, 2018 • 19 min
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…
Phnom Penh, Cambodia-Russian Market Neighborhood & Highlights
Dec 7, 2018 • 18 min
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…
Christmas in Asia-What To Expect In The Way Of Celebrations
Nov 22, 2018 • 17 min
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Processing Travel Experiences/Adventures +EBC And Qingshan KIng Festival/Taiwan
Nov 18, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Typhoons In Taiwan/Everest Base Camp Audio Sounds
Nov 1, 2018 • 17 min
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.…
How To Travel In Asia With Little Or No Money-Working Holiday Visas/Volunteer Work
Oct 29, 2018 • 16 min
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.…
Teaching English-Job Opportunites Across Asia
Oct 26, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Drinking Beer In East Asia/Southeast Asia-My favorite Places, Cities, Countries And Beer Culture
Oct 20, 2018 • 21 min
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…
Guide To Visas For East Asia/Southeast
Oct 10, 2018 • 30 min
Want a concise overview of visas for East Asia and Southeast Asia? Check out my latest podcast! Visa exempt, visa on arrival, approval letters, I cover most of the visa conditions for countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia. You’ll still need to consult…
Shanghai/Beijing, China, Taipei, Taiwan-Getting The Complete Chinese Cultural Experience
Oct 5, 2018 • 49 min
Shanghai, Beijing-China, Taipei, Taiwan-All cities in East Asia that can give you the full Chinese experience but very different in pace, and local culture. How to avoid scams in China, how to get the true local authentic Taiwanese cultural experience and…
Everest Base Camp, Nepal Wrap-Up
Sep 30, 2018 • 16 min
Right from the start our trek to Everest Base Camp was a true adventure. From our one day delay, to an aborted flight to Lukla and a final helicopter ride back to Kathmandu upon completion of the trek. The one important piece of advice I’d pass on to…
Everest Base Camp Trek Update From Dingboche, Nepal
Sep 26, 2018 • 8 min
I’m sitting at the entrance to Dingboche village on the trail to Everest Base Camp, somewhat in disbelief that I’m able to bring you an update from this amazing place in the heart of the Himalaya. Looking at the white Buddhist stupa and this valley…
Everest Base Camp Trek Update from Namche Bazaar
Sep 19, 2018 • 6 min
A little delay for my group but some people had been waiting 7 days to catch a flight to Lukla the start of the Everest Base Camp Trek! The late monsoon season has put a bit of a damper on the start of trekking in the Khumbu Valley Everest region of…
Everest Base Camp-Getting Prepared For The Trek
Sep 9, 2018 • 12 min
Are you planning to do the trek to Everest Base Camp one day? In this episode I lightly touch on what it takes to plan a trek to Everest Base Camp. You might already be ready to go! Once again I am thrilled to be bringing the podcast to you from…
What I’m Eating/Festival Music/Trekking-Kathmandu, Nepal
Sep 3, 2018 • 23 min
I’m so grateful to be able to share with you the highlights of this past week in Kathmandu, Nepal from the rooftop of my hotel-Pilgrims Hotel. I’ve already seen 3 festivals and I’ve only been here a week. One of the highlights was witnessing Gunla, the…
The Fall Festivals of Nepal You Must See
Aug 31, 2018 • 15 min
Once again it’s great to be talking to you about Nepal while I’m here in Kathmandu. This week I enjoyed my first Gai Jatra Festival, The Festival of Cows, honoring the loved ones of families who’ve passed away this year. In this episode I talk about the…
Kathmandu, Nepal-Quick Update Over Coffee
Aug 29, 2018 • 7 min
I’m in Kathmandu, Nepal! Just a quick update over coffee at one of my favorite cafes. It’s been quite rainy here over the past week at the tail end of the monsoon season. No surprise that there are few tourists here but in just a few weeks that will…
Podcast Update From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s Colorful “Little India”
Aug 26, 2018 • 5 min
Thanks so much for following me on either iTunes, Spreaker, Google Play, Podbean, or any of the countless podcatching sites! I’m happy to be back once again on a regular schedule of podcasts from Asia. This episode is just a quick update on what’s to come…
Exploring Cat Ba Island Market, Vietnam-Travel Chat And Advice
Jul 26, 2018 • 39 min
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…
Walking Kathmandu, Nepal-Travel Chat And Advice
Jul 15, 2018 • 29 min
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…
Food Series-Exploring A Giant Morning Market In Densely Populated New Taipei
May 3, 2018 • 34 min
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Food Series-Exploring A Taiwanese Traditional Morning Market in Taipei
Apr 13, 2018 • 34 min
https://www.patreon.com/FarEastAdventureTravel-I 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…
Street Food, Nightmarkets-Part 4-LIVE from Raohe Night Market-Taipei, Taiwan
Apr 9, 2018 • 45 min
https://www.patreon.com/FarEastAdventureTravel 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…
Street Food, Nightmarkets-3-Guangzhou Street/Snake Alley Nightmarkets-Taiwan
Mar 30, 2018 • 40 min
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Street Food, Nightmarkets - 2-Ningxia Nightmarket-Taiwanese Classic Street Food
Mar 26, 2018 • 34 min
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Trekking Nepal-Tips And Advice From Trekking/Adventure Outfitter Shanker Bhatta
Mar 20, 2018 • 32 min
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Street Food, Nightmarkets 1-The Massive Shilin Night Market -Taipei, Taiwan
Mar 17, 2018 • 35 min
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Okinawa, Japan-Exploring The Makishi Market And Kokusai Dori Shopping Street
Mar 11, 2018 • 39 min
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Kyoto, Japan-Insider Travel Tips And Advice with Expert Local Guide Niall Gibson
Mar 6, 2018 • 39 min
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Travel Blogging-How To Build A Successful Brand with Travel Blogger Bruno Black
Jan 31, 2018 • 29 min
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Kuching-Sarawak, Borneo-Exploring Shopping Streets And Heritage Sites
Jan 9, 2018 • 19 min
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Hanoi, Vietnam-Enjoying The Atmosphere Of The Old Quarter/Travel Tips
Jan 5, 2018 • 20 min
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Hanoi, Vietnam-Avoiding Tourist Scams/Overcharging Chat Through Morning Markets
Dec 20, 2017 • 20 min
It’https://www.patreon.com/FarEastAdventureTravelHanoi is one of my favorite cities in Southeast Asia. I usually stay in the old quarter, one ofy the most atmospheric parts of the city where there’s amazing street food, unique shopping streets, and plenty…
Hanoi, Vietnam-Old Quarter To Hoan Kiem Lake-Atmospheric Walk/Description
Dec 14, 2017 • 15 min
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Chinese Valentine’s Day in Taiwan-A Walk Through It’s Famous Temple Of The Cupid
Oct 21, 2017 • 23 min
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An Adventure And Pilgrimage To India’s Southern Tip-Kanyakumari
Oct 12, 2017 • 13 min
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Live From Taipei, Taiwan Taking Random Questions “Travel in Asia”
Oct 6, 2017 • 7 min
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Hoi An, Vietnam-Boat Ride Through The Divine Ancient Town
Oct 2, 2017 • 19 min
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Hanoi, Vietnam-Bun Cha(BBQ Pork)Revisiting The Famous Obama/Bourdain Meal-2016
Sep 29, 2017 • 13 min
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam-A Walk Through Benh Thanh Market With HCMC Travel Tips
Sep 22, 2017 • 12 min
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Bangkok, Thailand-Exploring The Bustling Lanes And Streets Of Chinatown
Sep 19, 2017 • 24 min
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Bangkok, Thailand-Exploring The Fruit Market Of Chefs And Shop Owners
Sep 13, 2017 • 27 min
Bangkok, Thailand is a market lover’s paradise. Whether you’re like me and find food markets fascinating to explore or you enjoy finding bargains on clothing, antiques, or buddha amulets it’s probably the best place in Southeast Asia to shop. I love the…
Visiting Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine-The Commercial District’s Spiritual Oasis
Aug 18, 2017 • 16 min
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Exotic Kuching,Sarawak/Malaysian Borneo-Travel Tips And Commentary
Aug 7, 2017 • 20 min
Support Far East Adventure Travel by becoming a patron! Get exclusive content and other features starting at $1/month. Visit my Patreon page to find out more:patreon.com/FarEastAdventureTravelKuching, the capital of Sarawak in Mayalsian Borneo is a…
Mumbai, India-Visiting The Grandest Train Station In The Subcontinent
Jul 16, 2017 • 16 min
Thanks so much for listening and subscribing to the podcast. In this episode I walk around the huge Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly Victoria Terminus in Mumbai India. This is India’s grandest train station and one of the top sights to visit in the…
Malaysia’s Spectacular Blend Of Nature & Spirituality-The Batu Caves
Jul 4, 2017 • 17 min
The Batu Caves are a series of limestone caves and cave temples located in Selangor, Malaysia. So easy to get to it even has it’s own train stop.I picked up the KTM Comuter train at KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur which can be reached via the Kelana Jaya line…
3 Must-See Temples In Bangkok, Thailand
Jun 26, 2017 • 7 min
Number 3, Wat Arun. Even though it’s name means temple of dawn this is a wonderful site best enjoyed at sunset. Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, some consider it the most beautiful temple in Thailand. It’s prang or spire on the banks of…
Walking Around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s World-Famous Jalan Alor Food Street
Jun 13, 2017 • 27 min
For me Singapore and Malaysia were my first introduction to the amazing food experience of dining outdoors in Southeast Asia. Many years later the Jalan Alor food street of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is still one of my favorite places to dine. I’ve been lucky…
Hanoi, Vietnam’s “Old Quarter”-Walking In The Eternal Soul Of The City
Jun 8, 2017 • 20 min
Hanoi is one of my favorite cities in Southeast Asia. It’s “old quarter” is packed with atmosphere from the colonial buildings to the back alleys filled with little shops and fruit vendors. From the break of dawn until 11pm when the police kick the…
Nepal Tourism Update with Travel Expert Shanker Bhatta - Explorehimalayan.com
Jun 5, 2017 • 31 min
It’s been two years since the devastating earthquakes of Nepal brought huge loss to the country with over 9000 deaths, thousands more injured and many left homeless. For awhile it brought the tourism business to a standstill with many cancelling their…
Magical Fort Cochin-Kerala, India-Land of Beauty And Harmony
May 27, 2017 • 25 min
Fort Kochi or Cochin is an extrordinary place to visit in South India. Ruled by the Portuguese, the Dutch, and British and of coarse Rajahs it is a wonderful mix of architecture, history, and a harmony of local people and various cultures that is unique…
Earthquake Diaries, Nepal-Documentary Series-Part IV-“Villages In Ruins”
May 15, 2017 • 31 min
That’s it for my series Earthquake Diaries from Nepal. If you want to find out more about the wonderful trekking and travel options in Nepal please visit our website explorehimalayan.com. Writing a review in the iTunes Store helps others discover Far East…
Earthquake Diaries, Nepal-Documentary Series-Part III-“Royal Squares And Ruins”
May 5, 2017 • 28 min
Thank you for joining me as Earthquake Diaries from Nepal continues with part 3. In this journey through my days of visiting the many earthquake affected sites of Nepal in May 2015 I saw places within the Kathmandu Valley that experienced minimal damage…
Earthquake Diaries, Nepal-Documentary Series-Part II-“A Cry For Tourism”
Apr 29, 2017 • 46 min
My Earthquake Diaries Nepal documentary series continues with part 2 and a “cry for tourism”. This episode follows my first few days of walking through the streets and alleyways of Kathmandu, visiting many sites that had suffered damage, destruction and…
Earthquake Diaries, Nepal-Documentary Series-Part 1-“7.3 On Arrival”
Apr 24, 2017 • 32 min
It’s been 2 years since the first of several earthquakes and tremors terrorized the Himalayan nation of Nepal. It was April 25th, 2015 at 11:56am local time when a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the country. It was followed by several hundred aftershocks…
Getting To Know Can Tho, Vietnam And The Mekong River Delta Part II
Apr 19, 2017 • 14 min
Can Tho, like many cities in Vietnam and Southeast Asia has a few areas where you’ll find activity at night-it usually revolves around eating. Near the waterfront and night market featured in this episode and around De Tham Street, nicknamed “food street”…
Getting To Know Can Tho, Vietnam And The Mekong River Delta
Apr 16, 2017 • 21 min
Upon arrival in Can Tho, approximately 3.5 hours by bus from Ho Chi Minh City, I decided to immediately head for riverside, naturally where most travellers gravitate and explore the streets, night market, temples, and shops in the area. I also wanted to…
Exploring Can Tho, Floating Markets, And The Mekong River Delta-Vietnam
Apr 6, 2017 • 9 min
Can Tho is the fourth largest city in Vietnam and the largest in the Mekong River Delta region. People that visit are here primarily for the boat cruises that take you to the world-famous floating markets. A confluence of boats that merge in various…
Food Talk/Food Tourism-Touring A Famous Food Street Of Taipei, Taiwan
Mar 18, 2017 • 19 min
It was New Year’s Day 2017, unusually warm at 26 celsius, making it perfectly pleasant to walk around interesting neighborhoods in Taipei, Taiwan including Dongmen and it’s Yongkang Food Street. Anchoring this street that has been published in almost…
Taiwan And Southeast Asia Travel Talk at Kaohsiung’s 2017 Lantern Festival
Mar 9, 2017 • 17 min
I’m always asked when is the best time of year to visit Taiwan. Almost anytime of the year can be interesting but one of my favorite times to recommend is during the Chinese New Year,(Lunar New Year) festivities.The first day itself is always inspiring…
Exploring Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam-Bustling Market in World’s Largest Chinatown
Mar 8, 2017 • 28 min
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is on the move! It’s one of the fastest changing and growing cities of Southeast Asia with modern shopping complexes springing up everywhere, a skyline filled with construction cranes, and a joint venture between Japan and…
Best Of “Live” The Emperor’s Tombs Of Vietnam Part II-Tu Duc
Feb 18, 2017 • 22 min
The tomb of Tu Duc, approximately 5 kilometers outside of Hue, the former Imperial Capital, is one of the grandest of all with construction that took place over 3 years requiring 10,000 laborers. Tu Duc was the longest reigning Emperor of the Nguyen…
Best Of “Live” The Emperor’s Tombs Of Vietnam-Part 1-Minh Mang
Feb 4, 2017 • 14 min
I spent several days on my last visit to Hue exploring all of the significant sites the city has to offer from the Citadel and Forbidden Purple City, where the Nguyen emperors lived and ruled, to boat cruises on the Perfume River, bicycle and motorbike…
Best Of “Live” Walk Through The Emperor Tombs Of Vietnam-Part I-Minh Mang
Jan 25, 2017 • 14 min
To appreciate Hue, the former Imperial capital of Vietnam, one needs time. Unlike other historic towns like, Hoi an or even larger cities like Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon, where many sites are within walking distance Hue’s important landmarks and buildings…
Snacks And Treats In Taipei, Taiwan’s Bustling, Historic Chinese New Year Market
Jan 23, 2017 • 39 min
Taipei often gets quiet during the first days of the Lunar New Year’s celebration, Taiwan’s most important holiday. Many who work in the capital will leave for their hometown to visit with family during the holidays. Especially important is returning for…
Best Of “Live” Roaming Sapa, Vietnam’s Hill Tribe Morning Market Part II
Jan 19, 2017 • 20 min
Excluding the Kinh or ethnic Vietnamese people there are a total of 8 ethnic hill tribes that are found in the Sapa area of Northern Vietnam. Hmong, Dzao, Tay, Giay, Muong, Thai, Hoa(ethnic Chinese), and Xa Pho. The last 4 tribes compromise less than 500…
Best Of “Live” Roaming Sapa, Vietnam’s Hill Tribe Morning Market
Jan 17, 2017 • 15 min
Sapa, Vietnam is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Vietnam. At the time of this original live broadcast guesthouses and hotels were being constructed in a frenzy to accommodate the demand, especially from Vietnamese for lodgings. Sapa,…
Hue Vietnam-City of Emperors, Historic Bridges, And Tiger/Elephant Fights
Jan 9, 2017 • 11 min
One of the most interesting sites I’ve ever come across in Southeast Asia let alone Vietnam is Ho Quyen, or the Tiger/Elephant fight arena in the former Imperial capital of Hue.It’s not on the same grand scale as Rome’s Coliseum but it’s an unusual and…
Hanoi, Vietnam -The “Hanoi Hilton”, Ho Chi Minh, And Higher Learning
Dec 30, 2016 • 13 min
The Temple of Literature or Van Meiu, Quoc Tu Giam was Vietnam’s first university. This temple is dedicated to Confucius as well as past scholars and sages, so significant it’s even featured on the back of the 100,000 dong note.Confucius was a Chinese…
Taiwan Bullet Trains And Shopping Malls-Finding Christmas In A Foreign Land
Dec 25, 2016 • 21 min
For some Christmas in Taiwan might not feel quiet like the time of year they grew up with if they’re from the West. For one thing, Christmas is not recognized as a holiday on the island. If Christmas falls during the week it’s a regular work day for…
Best Of “Live” Boat Ride On The Fabled Perfume River-Hue, Vietnam
Dec 14, 2016 • 16 min
Hue, Vietnam was the seat of the Nguyen emperors and was the imperial capital from 1802-1945.The Perfume River divides the North and South sections of Hue. In the north, the Citadel, a walled fortress and the remains of The Forbidden Purple City, home to…
Far East Adventure Travel-Escape To Cebu, Philippines-Best Of “Live” Series
Dec 12, 2016 • 15 min
On my recent trip to The Philippines I flew from Taipei, Taiwan direct to Cebu City, the second largest urban center in the country next to Manila with a population of approximately 1 million. The total surrounding metro Cebu City population is around 3…
Saigon, Vietnam-Fast-Changing City Of Contrasts
Dec 8, 2016 • 11 min
I was checking out Pham Ngu Lao and Bo Vien known as the backpacker center. I normally like exploring and photographing less touristy areas of a city but it never hurts to be familiar with places where you’re more likely to meet up with fellow travelers…
World-Class Trekking Adventure On Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit-Part V-Final Episode
Dec 4, 2016 • 18 min
Kagbeni is one of the most interesting villages in all of Nepal with it’s ancient Bon Animist beliefs, statues and a picturesque location in the Kala Gandaki gorge. The Kag in Kagbeni was once Ghag, meaning center and it is, with the important…
World-Class Trekking Adventure On Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit-Part IV
Nov 30, 2016 • 17 min
We arrived at Thorung Phedi just before dark. An 8 hour day with an elevation gain of over 1000 meters. Long, tiring, and risky before a summit of the Thorung La Pass. But I was fine other then feeling the long day on the trail.I’m not a huge fan of…
World-Class Trekking Adventure On Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit-Part III
Nov 21, 2016 • 20 min
There are two routes to Manang from Pisang. A lower trail that’s a little easier with less climbing and the upper route, slightly more challenging but also helpful for acclimating with bonus mountain views. We chose the route north of the Marsyangdi and…
World-Class Trekking Adventure On Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit-Part II
Nov 9, 2016 • 17 min
It’s a shame that many drive through this part of the circuit for upper Annapurna trekking and stays missing the epic river and waterfall views in this portion of the trail. The suspension bridge crossings that put you right in the middle of the energy…
World-Class Trekking Adventure On Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit-Part I
Oct 30, 2016 • 15 min
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the greatest hikes in the world with amazing views of the Himalaya’s Annapurna Massif, the opportunity to trek in two different river valleys of Nepal, the Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki. Experiencing different climates…
Vietnam’s Historic French Hill Station Train Ride-Dalat
Oct 23, 2016 • 11 min
Da Lat is located in the South Central Highlands of Vietnam. It was established by the French during their occupation as a hill town resort in 1907. It’s temperate climate at an elevation of 1500 meters provided French settlers with a cool retreat from…
Far East Adventure Travel Best of “Live” - Annapurna Circuit Highlights Part II
Oct 19, 2016 • 11 min
I was truly looking forward to live streaming much of my recent trek of the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. This of course is one of the most popular hiking trails in the world with stunning views of the Annapurna range of the Himalaya. An opportunity to walk…
Far East Adventure Travel Best of “Live”- Annapurna Circuit Nepal Highlights
Oct 12, 2016 • 17 min
I finally decided last year that the Annapurna Circuit would be the next big trek I would attempt. It’s the busiest trail in the world, even busier than the popular route to Everest Base Camp. It’s also probably the most convenient trek as well with the…
Far East Adventure Travel Best of “Live” Nepal Part 2-Kathmandu/Tihar Festival
Oct 2, 2016 • 14 min
2015 will go down as one of the most challenging if not the most disastrous year ever for Nepal. From the worst earthquakes in over 80 years to a fuel crisis that literally turned the country upside down with line-ups at the pump that lasted for days to a…
Far East Adventure Travel Best of “Live” Nepal-Pokhara To Kathmandu
Sep 23, 2016 • 12 min
2015 will go down as one of the most challenging if not the most disastrous year ever for Nepal. From the worst earthquakes in over 80 years to a fuel crisis that literally turned the country upside down with line-ups at the pump that lasted for days to a…
Chiang Rai, Thailand’s Temples, Cafes, Walking Street Markets=Super Chill!
Jul 25, 2016 • 5 min
OK, I don’t want to mislead you, this is not the busiest street in Chiang Rai and there is lots of traffic in the city but it’s easy to feel like it’s not busy in this town and surrounding area with a population of around 200,000. To start your…
With Lonely Planet Author/Travel Tape Podcast host Robert Kelly Part 2
Jul 2, 2016 • 44 min
Robert Kelly is a Lonely Planet author and freelance writer who for the past 20 years has been living in Taiwan and most recently Malaysia. Robert has written for the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Taiwan Review, The South China Morning Post as well as…
Chiang Rai, Thailand’s Outlandish Attractions-Black Temple/White Temple
Jun 27, 2016 • 12 min
First I better check the map to make sure I take the right turn off. OK I think I’m ready to go. Wait a minute, one more look at the map just to be sure. What was I thinking, maybe if I hold it this way I’ll remember? Well let’s just get going and figure…
The Slow Groove/Cafe Culture And Sights Of Vientiane, Laos
Jun 26, 2016 • 9 min
Out of all of the capitals in Southeast Asia Vientiane takes the prize as the most laid back. You’d never believe it was the center of commerce, government and transportation. It’s a testament to the attitude of the people of Laos. Not taking anything too…
Taiwan’s World Famous Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
Jun 9, 2016 • 9 min
The Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is one of the most popular Lunar New Year Celebrations in Taiwan. People will travel from all over the island just for this event which starts about two weeks before the end of Lunar New Year festivities. A few years ago…
With Lonely Planet author/Travel Tape Podcast host Robert Kelly - Part 1
May 29, 2016 • 30 min
Robert Kelly is a Lonely Planet author and freelance writer who for the past 20 years has been living in Taiwan and most recently Malaysia. His insights and knowledge of the culture, customs and diversity of East and Southeast Asia is vast. His most…
Mumbai, India-The Great City Walk From Landmark To Landmark
May 27, 2016 • 15 min
It’s easy to fall under India’s spell of history, spirituality, culture and amazing food. I’m currently on the road and staying in the country’s largest and richest city, Mumbai, and once again I’ve been seduced by India’s sensory overload.Mumbai has been…
Beaches To Street Food-Maximum City Mumbai, India
May 17, 2016 • 10 min
Experiencing the culture of Mumbai is as easy as hopping on a bus. Daily activities like riding the bus or local trains can be just as interesting and exciting as visiting an important landmark or museum.Once you’re familiar with the numbers of the buses…
The Subcontinent’s Last Stop-Kanyukamari, India
May 10, 2016 • 7 min
Kanyakumari India sits at the southern tip of the subcontinent. Technically it’s not the Republic of India’s extreme southern point, that title goes to Indira Point on Great Nicobar Island. It is however a popular tourist destination and important…
Nepal Earthquakes 2015-Tourism Tanks
Apr 28, 2016 • 13 min
Nepal faced some of it’s most challenging days following the earthquakes of 2015. When I arrived on May 12 another earthquake measuring 7.3 had just shook the country this time killing 153 people, injuring over 3,000 and sending fear and panic throughout…
Nepal Earthquakes 2015-First Impressions, A Personal Account
Apr 25, 2016 • 13 min
On April 25, 2015 a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 shook Nepal triggering one of the worst catastrophes in the history of the country. Many aftershocks followed, thousands were killed, more were injured and left homeless. The country was…
World’s Largest Religious Site-Angkor Wat, Cambodia-First Impressions
Apr 19, 2016 • 9 min
In this latest episode on the road in Cambodia my first look at the Angkor ruins.We left in the late afternoon to pick up my pass for The Angkor temples and get a free sneak peak of the park. When you purchase your ticket after 5pm for the next day you…
Discovering Ancient Gods, Ghosts, And Grains-Kagbeni, Nepal
Apr 15, 2016 • 22 min
Kagbeni is one of the most interesting villages in all of Nepal with it’s take on Western shopping and food culture. But it’s much more than that. Ancient Bonn Animist beliefs, statues and a picturesque location in the Kala Gandaki, the world’s deepest…
Chiang Mai, Thailand-Guided Walks Of Iconic Temples/Giant Markets
Apr 11, 2016 • 18 min
Chiang Mai, Thailand is one of the top tourist destinations of Southeast Asia easily accessible by plane, train or bus. A historic old town filled with Buddhist Temples, restaurants, and cafes along with markets, bazaars and modern shopping malls Chiang…
Gods, Rockets, And Warriors-Taiwan’s Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival-Part 3
Apr 6, 2016 • 13 min
Another beehive is finished. The palanquins are directed away from the middle of the street so oncoming emergency vehicles can pass through the crowds and the piles of fireworks remnants. Appearing to be cruising the area, when someone truly is in need of…
Gods, Rockets, And Warriors-Taiwan’s Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival-Part 2
Mar 31, 2016 • 13 min
We get the signal, their ready to go. The men at the front of the palanquins quickly turn their backs to the wall, and brace for the barrage of piercing rockets.And the cacophony of the beehive began with roaring tides of bottle rocket streaks fired off…
Gods, Rockets, And Warriors-Taiwan’s Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival-Part 1
Mar 27, 2016 • 10 min
The Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival is held every year in Yanshui District in Southern Taiwan. Locally known as the Feng Pao it is considered one of the most dangerous festivals in the world as well as being the third largest folk celebration. Why do…
Tears And Joy-“Pearl Of Asia”-Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Mar 22, 2016 • 16 min
Phnom Penh has been the capital of Cambodia since French colonization. It is the country’s largest city with a population of over 2 million. It’s the center of commerce, the arts, cultural heritage and diplomacy. Once called “the pearl of Asia” it was one…
Cochin-Kerala, India’s Masala Mix Of People/Cultures
Mar 18, 2016 • 13 min
Cochin, or Kochi is the second largest Westcoast Indian city after Mumbai with a total population of just over 2 million. Ernakulum District encompassing the townships and total urban area has the highest percentage of Christians in all of India. It’s not…
8 Months In Nepal-Stories And Reflections From Writer Martin Zinggl
Mar 14, 2016 • 32 min
Nepal is one of the world’s most diverse countries for traveller experiences and engagement. Bordered by the great Himalayan range boasting the highest mountains in the world including Mt. Everest, Nepal also offers a rich culture with over 100 ethnic…
Celebrating Nepal’s Rich And Colorful Festival Of Lights-Tihar
Mar 11, 2016 • 9 min
Tihar is one of my favorite festivals to see in Nepal. Each day of the festival either an animal, a Goddess or a brother/sister relationship are honored. The biggest night, Lakshmi Puja, is the most important night of the festival when houses and…
Electric Town, Shinto Weddings, The Scramble-Tokyo’s Eclectic Neighborhoods
Mar 8, 2016 • 13 min
It’s called shitamachi, the old town ambience of Tokyo’s past that has survived and in fact flourishes today in the Yanaka neighborhood, within walking distance of Tokyo’s expansive Ueno Park. You’ll find streets and alleys lined with old style merchant…
Kyoto, Japan-Expert Advice For Your Ultimate Japanese Cultural Experience
Mar 5, 2016 • 32 min
Kyoto, Japan once the imperial capital of the country is located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. Known as the city of 10,000 shrines Kyoto offers an abundance of history and culture.Unlike Tokyo, Kyoto was spared from heavy bombings by U.S. Forces…
Drowning in Buddhism And Laos New Year-Luang Prabang
Mar 1, 2016 • 15 min
Luang Prabang is one of the most picturesque towns in Southeast Asia. The name literally translates to Royal Buddha image. It’s rich history, beautiful architecture combined with a strong Buddhist monastic community makes it a place all too tempting to…
Tibet-Mountains And Monasteries-Travel Advice From The Roof Of The World
Mar 1, 2016 • 25 min
Tibet is one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. It’s average elevation is 4900 meters or 16,000 feet making it the highest region on the planet and the reason why it’s called the roof of the world. The Tibet Autonomous Region is apart of…
Experiencing Tokyo’s Top Attraction-Senso ji Temple, Asakusa
Feb 27, 2016 • 9 min
Senso ji is a Buddhist temple located in the Asakusa District of Tokyo. It is the oldest temple in Tokyo dating back to 645CE. It’s one of the most popular sites to view in the city with over 30 million visitors a year. Thousands come daily to worship,…
Taipei, Taiwan’s Convenient Top Sites-One Day, One MRT Line
Feb 27, 2016 • 15 min
Taipei’s MRT System is super efficient and very easy to get around on with all stops and information in English. If you’re staying in Taipei for more than a day make sure you get an Easy Card pass from the vending machines at all stops or pick-up a 1, 2,…
Massive Views, Turquoise Lakes-Trekking Nepal’s Shangri La-The Gokyo Valley
Feb 24, 2016 • 11 min
The Gokyo Valley is a great alternative or add on to the standard Everest Base Camp Trek. Quieter trails, and spectacular views even of Mt. Everest.Gokyo is reached by walking the same trail towards EBC, following a two night stay in Namche Bazaar for…
Ticket To The World’s Most Expensive Fish Auction-Tsukiji Market, Tokyo
Feb 24, 2016 • 10 min
Tsukiji Market-Tokyo, Japan. Home to the world famous tuna auction where wholesalers bid on blue fin tuna worth tens of thousands of dollars almost everyday. For the lucky few who brave the early morning hour like myself recently it’s a chance to get up…
Rising Waters-Life On Kampong Phluk Stilt Village, Cambodia
Feb 22, 2016 • 9 min
The Tonle Sap is the largest fresh water lake in all of South East Asia and provides more than half of the fish consumed in Cambodia. Many floating villages, and communities made up of houses raised on giant stilts depend on the resources of the lake as a…
Nature’s Hindu Temple Offering-The Batu Caves, Malaysia
Feb 20, 2016 • 8 min
The Batu Caves are a series of limestone caves and cave temples located in Selangor, Malaysia. So easy to get to it even has it’s own train stop. I picked up the KTM Comuter train at KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur which can be reached via the Kelana Jaya line…
Serene Beaches, Ancient Temples, Foodie Paradise-Hoi An, Vietnam
Feb 19, 2016 • 9 min
Hoi An is one of the most atmospheric towns in Vietnam boasting Unesco World Heritage status with beautifully preserved Japanese Merchant Houses and Chinese temples. I started out the mornings here in their open air market, one of the best ways to…
Sacred Monkeys, Buddhist Pilgrims-Kathmandu’s Swayambunath-The Monkey Temple
Feb 16, 2016 • 11 min
Swayambunath or The Monkey Temple is one of the most significant temples to Tibetan Bhuddists of Nepal, perhaps only coming second in importance to Boudhanath, the largest stupa in the country.It is also called the Monkey Temple because holy monkeys live…
Rebuilding His Life And A Remote Village In Nepal-Help The Journey’s Derek Cowan
Feb 16, 2016 • 28 min
When Derek Cowan set out to backpack in Southeast Asia he wanted an experience more fulfilling than just a handful of memories on the party trail. So he researched a number of different volunteer opportunities finally deciding on helping out an…
Nepal’s Premier Heritage Town, Bhaktapur-Earthquake Aftermath
Feb 14, 2016 • 17 min
Most streets showed signs of damage from the earthquakes with crews tirelessly working to breakdown and clean-up the buildings that were too damaged to repairNyatapola Temple is the highest pagoda style building in Nepal at 5 stories. It was constructed…
Sakura Season In Japan-Celebrating Cherry Blossoms Tokyo Style
Feb 13, 2016 • 10 min
The Japanese call them Sakura, cherry blossoms and it’s one of the most celebrated events of the year when they bloom in the Spring. Hanami, is the viewing and appreciation of the blossoms and Hanami parties can be seen in parks all across the…
The Classic Khmer Adventure On Wheels-Cambodia’s Bamboo Train
Feb 11, 2016 • 9 min
I was staying in Battambang, Cambodia. While I was there I had to visit one of the area’s most famous attractions, the bamboo train. The bamboo train gets it’s name from the bamboo deck or floorboard used that rests on top of the wheels that can transport…
Taiwan-Discovering The Beautiful Isle’s Food Paradise
Feb 10, 2016 • 8 min
Keelung’s Miaokou Night Market has a reputation of being one of the most popular night market’s in Taiwan. The Main street where the Dianji temple first started drawing patrons to the area is lined with food stalls serving some of the most popular dishes…
Swinging With The Gibbons-Jungles Of Northeastern Cambodia
Feb 8, 2016 • 19 min
In this episode join me for one of the most exciting wildlife spotting adventures in Asia. I’m deep in the heart of Ratanakiri province in northeast Cambodia heading for the jungle and a chance to get up close to the rare northern yellow-cheeked gibbon.…
Taipei, Taiwan’s Bustling Lunar(Chinese)New Year Shopping Center-Dihua Street
Feb 7, 2016 • 18 min
Dihua Street or Grocery Street is where many residents of Taipei, Taiwan head to for stocking up on food, snacks and treats for the Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year. I recently visited the famous shopping market just two days before New Year’s Eve. I…
Hiking Seoul’s Majestic Mountains-Bukhansan National Park
Feb 5, 2016 • 10 min
Bukhansan National Park is almost 80 sq/km in size and is located so close to the urban area of Seoul, South Korea that it’s possible to take the subway here, like I did on this visit. I started out in Insadong and transferred to line number 1 and rode…
Cycling The Megalopolis of Seoul, South Korea
Feb 4, 2016 • 7 min
Can’t think of a better thing to do when hanging out in a super modern city like Seoul, South Korea then to go for a bike ride. It’s a great way to see another side of life here besides the typical tourist things like visiting temples, museums and going…
Bats, Beauty, Arts And Culture-Battambang, Cambodia
Feb 3, 2016 • 10 min
It’s often overlooked or just a mere stopover to or from Siem Reap, home of the famous ruins of Angkor Wat but Battambang Cambodia should be on your radar of places to visit in this country. Full of Khmer culture, early 20th century French architecture…
Early Morning At The”Tomb Raider Temple”Ta Prohm-Angkor Ruins, Cambodia
Jan 31, 2016 • 7 min
Excerpts from “Early Morning At The “Tomb Raider” Temple.The crowds that visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and the Angkor Ruins region can be overwhelming. Over 2.3 million people visited the site in 2014 making it one of the most popular tourist attractions…
Hiking Seoul, South Korea’s Guardian Mountains
Jan 30, 2016 • 11 min
Excerpts from “Hiking Seoul, South Korea’s Guardian Mountains”East Asia is such a super friendly place for foreigners with efficient subway or MRT lines throughout all major cities including Seoul, South Korea. All stations have English signs and all…
Kyoto, Japan-City of 10,000 Shrines-Where To Start?
Jan 29, 2016 • 8 min
Excerpts from Kyoto-City Of 10,000 ShrinesKyoto is located in the central part of Honshu Island, Japan and was the imperial capital of the country for over a thousand years. It is also known as the City of Ten Thousand Shrines. It is an absolute must see…
Ultimate Trekking Adventure-Everest Base Camp, Nepal Part 2
Jan 28, 2016 • 13 min
Excerpts from “Ultimate Trekking Adventure-Everest Base Camp, Nepal Part 2Having completed one of the toughest days of the trek it was time to move back onto the busy trail to Everest Base Camp. The trail from Lobuche to Gorakshep is only about 5…
Ultimate Trekking Adventure-Everest Base Camp, Nepal Part 1
Jan 26, 2016 • 16 min
It’s one of the most coveted treks in the world. Everest Base Camp, Nepal. Far East Adventure Travel is proud to present two podcasts completely devoted to the magic of trekking this region. From crossing the sometimes trecherous Chola Pass to the final…