Podcast Episode Guide 2015
Taiwan's most important holiday celebration is Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, as many know it. But for Taipei and the rest of the country they put on a pretty good show for Christmas, considering everyone works on the 25th.
Dec 29, 2015
Namsan Mountain is the most well-known of the four guardian mountains of Seoul with the famous landmark, Seoul N Tower topping the 262m peak. It’s not a challenging or particularly strenuous hike but it’s a nice break from the chaotic megalopolis below. It’s also a great way to join locals in their everyday activities and experience the fitness and hiking culture of the city.
Dec 27, 2015
Kerala is famous for it’s coastline and beautiful backwaters. So renowned for it’s beauty that National Geographic Traveller included it on their list of top 10 paradises in the world.
Dec 15, 2015
In my latest podcast I introduce you to some of the sites found in Fort Cochin, in Kerala, India. My first impressions of the state are very positive with friendly people, a calm atmosphere, lovely scenery, and beautiful buildings from the Dutch, Portuguese, and British eras of rule.
Dec 7, 2015
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.
Nov 29, 2015
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 businesses are cleaned, decorated with Rangoli art(flower, colored sand) and candles.
Nov 15, 2015
Festival season is one of the best times of the year to visit Nepal with rituals and traditions that have been carrying on the same way for hundreds of years.
Nov 12, 2015
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 1,2,3 or 5 day Taipei Pass at information counters.
Oct 28, 2015
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 and snacks found in Keelung.
Oct 21, 2105
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 experience true local culture.
Oct 14, 2015
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 and a unique charm unlike anywhere else in Cambodia.
Oct 6, 2015
Having completed one of the toughest days of the trek it was time to move back onto the busy trail to Everest Base Camp. From Dzhong La the next stop was Lobuche, with modest accommodations below beautiful Nuptse.
Sept 30, 2015
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.
Sept 15, 2015
It was founded by the great Khmer King Jayavarman Vll in the late 12th century. It is one of the most visited sites in Cambodia’s Angkor ruins. This week’s Far East Adventure Travel Podcast, an early morning visit to Ta Prohm.
Sept 4, 2015
This is viewpoint number 1 in the village guide tour. Changdeokgung Palace the most favoured palace by the Choesun Dynasty princes. As it is located east of Gyeonbokgung Palace is it also referred to as the east palace.
August 30, 2015
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 shopping plus it’s so up close to everyday life here.
August 22, 2015
Boudhanath is one place you cannot miss when you visit Nepal. The huge white stupa is one of the largest in the world. It has an incredible history dating back to the 8th century.
August 18, 2015
Kyoto 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 on a visit to Japan.
August 11, 2015
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.
August 1, 2015
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 ...
July 27, 2015
Japan's knack for innovation is unprecedented in all areas throughout the world but especially when it comes to technology. This is obviously not new of course but when you actually visit the country it becomes evident how much the need for innovating ...
July 20, 2015
Hoi An is located in the South Central coast region of Vietnam on the South China Sea. It's name translates to peaceful meeting place. There's no better way to discover this side of the town than on a row boat tour of the riverside.
June 26, 2015
Nyatapola Temple is the highest pagoda style build in Nepal at 5 stories. It was constructed in 1702 and was so well built it withstood the great earthquake in 1934 with only minor damage. With the most recent earthquakes it has once again managed to survive with only minor damage.
June 18, 2015
Patan's Durbar Square is one of the three royal squares in Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu and Bhaktapur's squares were also affected by the earthquake with Bhaktapur receiving the most damage.
June 7, 2015
It is one of the great pilgrimages of South Asia-Boudhanath, in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world. I wouldn't think of visiting Kathmandu Valley without a return to this great Tibetan village.
May 21, 2015
Many have asked me while I have been here in Kathmandu, Nepal what is the mood like. Fear and uncertainty could possibly describe how most people are feeling right now. Life started to get back to normal a few days after the first big earthquake on April 25th I've been told.
May 18, 2015
Kathmandu's Durbar Square is one of three royal squares in the Kathmandu Valley. The other two are located in Patan and Bhaktapur. After the April 25th earthquake, the square was shut down to the public.
May 16, 2015
I was due to arrive at Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal May 12th at 2pm when the pilot announces over the plane's intercom that there was a second earthquake in Nepal. We would not touch down until the runway was checked for any damage.
May 14, 2015
In this episode of Far East Adventure Travel the Podcast, a virtual walk in real time up the steps to one of the great Buddhist pilgrimage sites of Nepal. Swayambunath - The Monkey Temple at sunrise.
May 10, 2015
Taipei is one of the most interesting and fun cities in East Asia with loads of activities. There’s always something going on, especially outdoors. It’s a real outdoor culture with a warm to hot climate most of the year.
May 4, 2015
kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo located in the northwest corner of the island. KK is the center of adventure and travel in this part of Borneo.
April 27, 2015
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is make up of small islands between 5-8 kilometers off Kota Kinabalu in Sabah Malaysia Borneo. In this episode I;m heading for one of the smallest, Pulau Sapi or Cow Island.
April 21, 2015
In this episode join me for one of the most exciting wildlife spotting adventures in Asia. I'm deep in the hears of Ratanakiri province in northeast Cambodia heading for the jungle and a chance to get up close to the rare northern yellow cheeked gibbon.
April 17, 2015
The Baoan Temple started construction after is was bankrolled by Fujian province settlers in 1805. Construction was finally completed in 1830. The Baosheng Emperor or Medicine God is the main diety of the temple.
April 12, 2015
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 country.
April 6, 2015
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 change to get up close to this unique arena of high stakes bidding on the most prized fish in the world.
March 31, 2015
Tainan, Taiwan. It's sometimes referred to as the capital city, it was the capital of the country for 200 years. Today, it's one of the country's cultural capitals rich in with preserved and practised folk culture, beautiful buildings and local foods that draw people from all over the island to eat!
March 24, 2015
Yanshui, Taiwan located 45km north of Tainan, in the southern region of the country holds one of the most interesting chaotic festivals in the world on the 14th and 15th of each Lunar New Year, The Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival.
March 24, 2015
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 The Discovery Channel called it the second best New Year’s festival in the world. It’s caught on so it’s no surprise when I visit I see more Westerners here than anywhere else at any time of year in Taiwan.
March 9, 2015
It's New Year’s Day at The Longshan Temple in Taipei, Taiwan. One of the most worshipped spots in Taiwan’s largest city. I checked out the temple on New Year’s Eve as well so I could catch a glimpse of the traditional ceremonies leading up to midnight and The Lunar New Year.
March 1, 2015
On my recent tour through Cambodia I stopped in the country’s second largest city, Battambang to enjoy its’ french colonial architecture, laid-back vibe, and some of it’s sites that lie within a few kilometers of the town.
Feb 24, 2015
Dihua market, for most of the year is Dihua Street-a center in Taipei for traditional Chinese medicinal herbs, fabrics, incense, and Taiwanese tea processing. First constructed in 1850, it’s original name was Center Street.
Feb 20, 2015
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 anything from chickens and rice to people. In Khmer it’s called a Lorry and has been used since the Khmer Rouge shutdown of most regular train service in the country.
Feb 6, 2015
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 way of life. Intertwined with the rising and falling of water levels.
January 29, 2015
Hello, Namaste and welcome to another episode of Far East Adventure Travel the Podcast. I am your host, John Saboe seen here shortly after bumping into a fruit stand while taking a morning walk in Siem Reap, Cambodia...
January 20, 2015
I am back on the road to South East Asia at the moment in Siem Reap, Cambodia and Pub Street in the heart of town. Pub Street was not why I can to Siem Reap. Why I'm really here is of course to visit the nearby temples of Angkor Wat.
January 11, 2015
Taipei has been celebrating New Year’s eve with a fireworks show at Taipei 101 since construction was completed on the landmark building in 2004. The fireworks rockets are launched right from the section balconies every year. The shows have ranged anywhere from 35 seconds in length all the way to 288 in 2010 when the 100th anniversary of The Republic of China was also celebrated. This year promises a 218 second show with the theme iSee Taiwan, Cherish Taiwan, and four segments of the show representing the four seasons of the year.
January 3, 2015