Category Archives for Travel Ideas

Greetings From Saigon! Update After The First Few Days In Vietnam

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 to this update as I get settled in to on of […]

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Saigon Vlogs-Exploring Xom Chieu Traditional Market

I’m somewhat disappointed when I see visitors to Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City only having time to visit it’s most famous market, Ben Thanh Market. Unfortunately as interesting a place it is, it’s not the true reflection of a real traditional market in Saigon. To me it almost feels like a recreation of the […]

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“Live From Asia” Series 1 Day Before The Lantern Festival In East/Southeast Asia

You can also catch the live simulcast on Periscope(Far East Travels). Send your questions to john@fareasttravels.com.

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“Live From Asia” Series-Brief Discussion On Bhutan And Your Random Travel Questions

“Live From Asia” Your Random Travel Questions Live On Spreaker/Periscope. Send your questions or feedback to john@fareastravels.com.

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Live Chinese New Years Eve Day In Taipei, Taiwan-What’s Happening?

During the Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year Taipei literally empties out as many people travel to their hometown to enjoy the holiday. Streets are quieter, many local style restaurants close and the MRT lacks the usual crowds that ride the trains everyday. But if you look closer, particularly at the city’s significant and […]

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Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Destination Lists-Asian Countries/Cities-Discussion

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 look forward to seeing LP’s destination picks every year and there was one […]

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Chinese New Year in Asia-What To Do, Where to Go!

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. I have seen so many wonderful festivals that […]

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Quick Update From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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 important holiday in Vietnam and in 2019 it falls on […]

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Missing The Christmas Spirit In Asia-How Do I Cope

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 alientating. Christmas if it, along with Christianity had a chance […]

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Finding Accommodations In Asia-Part II

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 […]

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