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Road less Traveled : Season 5
Format: 10 episodes x 44' | High Definition
Host: Jonathan Legg
Summary: Season 5 baby! Now in it's 11 year of production, the series starts off with a bang with a motorcycle trip through Montenegro and (north to south) Vietnam! A revisit to India exploring the far eastern state of Manipur, a detailed look at Kolkata and a far long due re-visit to Thailand as well as Philippines. But don't worry there is all new stories and adventures found, on the Road less Traveled
Road Less Traveled: Season 5
Road Less Traveled: Season 5: Episode 2: Vietnam
Episode 2 Vietnam: Jonathan is back in Vietnam! Viewers might remember his jaunts in Hanoi from Season 2, where he picked up locals on his tandem bicycle in an effort to learn their stories. This time, Jonathan’s goal is more ambitious: still on 2 wheels, but now with a motor, he heads south all the way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh. In this epic voyage, he is in search of Vietnam’s modern day heroes; he uncovers the tale of farm rebellions, underground bunkers, a novel martial art cultivated in the farmlands, an underground village that survived countless American bombings, hidden amphitheaters, and the legendary Champa ruins. Between countless roadtrip-style stops, foodie finds, crossing the Hai Van pass, and coming across fascinating stories in his final destination of Ho Chi Minh, this is the best way to coronate season 5 - a proper motorcycle road trip through Vietnam.
Road Less Traveled: Season 5: Episode 3: Bali
Episode 3 Bali: Bali is tourism central, but can Jonathan find the Road less Traveled in this idyllic vacation destination? He heads into the jungle with a professional chef to forage a cornucopia of Bali’s bounty of amazing local ingredients, from cloves to vanilla, jackfruit to durian, cashews and more! On this theme of hidden Bali, Jonathan learns about the island’s temple ceremonies. His search leads him to the mysterious village of Trunyan, known as the village of the dead, with it’s open burial sites. Jonathan unearths Bali and Indonesia’s massive trash problem, and partners with a NGO that is doing something to combat this global problem. Between eco-green tips from a home-grown shop, exploring abandoned amusement parks, to a sensual awakening class in Ubud, RLT showcases the full spectrum of wondrous Bali!
Road less Traveled: Season 5: Episode 4: Caribbean (DR & USVI)
Episode 4: Caribbean Special A road less traveled first; a Caribbean destination, specifically, the US Virgin Islands. Jonathan is convinced he can find a RLT angle in this tourist hot spot - sure enough, right adjacent to the popular beaches, in the jungle’s undergrowth, he comes across remnants of Danish settlements. And going deeper, he finds traces of the island’s first inhabitants, the Taino Indians. A story that takes him all the way from USVI to Dominican Republic.
Road Less Traveled: Season 5: Episode 5
Episode 5: Mid Season recap During a production year fraught with the intricacies of navigating around a pandemic, the RLT team had to halt production and step back to make a special episode to recount the production efforts thus far. As is tradition, Jonathan fills viewers in on never before seen segments and insights from the first batch of episodes of Season 5.
Road Less Traveled: Season 5: Episode 6: Kolkata
Episode 6: India: Kolkata Jonathan revisits Kolkata but with a deeper dive to understand the chaotic city. He comes across the spiritual hub of Kalighat where he ponders the meaning of the dancing Shiva, Nataraj. This sets him on a quest to ask gurus and people in the know about the link between dancing and divinity. Of course, this being Road less Traveled, Jonathan goes on a tangent where he discovers the story of the British East India trading company - a tale that takes him to Murshidabad and Plassey. Back in Kolkata, Jonathan chances upon the multitude of ethnic communities in Kolkata that are slowly dying out, including India’s only Chinatown.
Road Less Traveled: Season 5: Episode 7: Manipur
India: Manipur The India exploration continues, picking the trails from Kolkata - Jonathan visits the oldest polo club in the world and learns the inner workings of Royal Calcutta Turf Club. Winning bets, he follows on the horse theme where he heads up to the eastern fringes of India, to the state of Manipur, the actual birthplace of the modern game of Polo. He rendezvous with the women’s polo club in Imphal, and learns the basics of the game, and finds out that there is infact a horse God that the players worship! Manipur offers many hidden tales; Jonathan picks up nuggets from the Japanese incursion in the area, learns about a fringe religion called Sanamahism, and dives into the regional martial arts!
Road less Traveled: Season 5: Episode 8: Thailand
Episode 8: Thailand: Jonathan uncovers new areas of Thailand on this episode of RLT. He heads out to the vast canal network to learn about the city’s relationship with water - meeting pioneers that are beautifying Bangkok; along the way, he comes across the various sects of Buddhism, starting a new page of exploration. A curious visit to the city’s most notorious zoo leads to utter chaos and hostility; following the wildlife theme, Jonathan heads north of Bangkok to meet WFFT, a wildlife conservancy that takes on riveting cases of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.. Between amulet markets, learning the origins of Thai massage and the inner workings of Bangkok’s slums, this is road less traveled’s take on Bangkok!
Road Less Traveled: Season 5: Episode 9: Philippines
Episode 9 Philippines: Jonathan is no stranger to the Philippines, but with it’s 7000+ islands, there’s a lot more to explore! He uncovers the mysterious tale of cacao in the Philippine islands, brought by the Spanish galleons from Central/South America. This anthropological trip takes him to Davao where he hits up the cacao farms and learns more about the trade - all the way to mysterious Siquijor island; the home of witchcraft and wizardry. In between his cacao chase, he explores the fringes of the Philippine islands; motorcycle rides to still spewing volcanoes, understanding the 2 wheel riding camaraderie of Manila’s best and brightest - a once in a lifetime chance to pilot a helicopter and land it in Fort Drum, a WWII stronghold in the middle of the sea. Shamans, exploration, under water, over air, and on tarmac, this is RLT in the Philippines!
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