A Vietnam Podcast: Stories of People Connected To Vietnam
A Vietnam Podcast: Stories of People Connected To Vietnam
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Host Niall Mackay takes listeners on a journey through the vibrant and diverse culture of Vietnam. With a focus on personal stories and experiences, Mackay's guests share insights into the everyday life, traditions, and values of the Vietnamese people. From artists and entrepreneurs to locals and members of the LGBTQ community, the podcast offers a unique perspective on this rapidly developing country. With engaging discussions and thought-provoking insights, the A Vietnam Podcast is a must-listen for anyone interested in exploring the rich culture and history of Vietnam.
Exploring the Insane Traffic and Developments of Ho Chi Minh City With The Travelling Clatt
Earlier this year, I responded to a Facebook post on an ex-pat group. There were looking for someone to be on their YouTube video as they were traveling through Vietnam. So I reached out and then I kind of forgot about it. I didn't really expect the response. But luckily I did, and I was happy to make arrangements to meet Tal Oran, the host of the wildly successful Travelling Clatt YouTube channel. This is what I messaged him,"I'd love to take your own town on the back of my bike and show you the craziness of the traffic firsthand and some food spots that are off the beaten track. And also show you the insane developments here. I've been here for nearly eight years. The amount of new buildings that go up is crazy and there's even a new bridge in downtown. That makes sense silly, but seeing a bridge being built in the middle of a major city was cool."And I still think that's cool. So we arranged to meet at 7:00 AM on a Monday morning. And I did exactly that. I took him around Saigon on the back of my bike. Tal has generously allowed me to share the audio from his YouTube video with you. So enjoy the episode and here's some of my story. If you don't know already. And some of my thoughts on life and Saigon and Vietnam as an expat.  I'd love to hear any comments or questions, and then I can feature them on a future episode. Leave me a voice message here!Thank you so much for choosing to listen to my podcast, whatever you're doing right now, wherever you are in the world. Get NordVPN’s ultimate security package - 63% off the 2-year plan Ian Paynton was one of the first students in our course and now has a podcast, You Don't Know Vietnam, that is in the top 10% of podcasts worldwide and already bringing him business! As an experienced podcast host and teacher I will take you from a podcast beginner to expert in just one week. Enrol now for just $97With step-by-step guidance, personalized support, and a community of like-minded podcasters, you’ll gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create, publish, and grow a successful podcast.Share your voice and your story with your community today.Support the showThese are the programs the Seven Million Bikes Podcasts uses. These are affiliate links so they will give us a small commission, only if you sign up , and at no extra cost to you! You'll be directly supporting Seven Million Bikes Podcasts too.NordVPN | Descript | Buzzsprout | Fiverr | PodcastMarketing.ai
Oct 19, 2023
36 min
Discover Thao Dien As A Tourist With Vince Nguyen | PodSwap Vietnam Is Awesome
Welcome to the Vietnam is awesome podcast. We'll help you discover the real Vietnam with awesome experiences.My guest today is Canadian Vietnamese, and also worked in the nightlife scene there for over 10 years. He moved to Vietnam in 2019 and has since then opened up three food and beverage businesses. The latest one is in Thao Dien which has changed dramatically post COVID and now a destination for tourists who want to see a different side of Saigon.I'm Niall Mackay, your host. I've lived in Vietnam since 2016, and I'm the host of A Vietnam Podcast, A comedian, and now brand ambassador for Vietnam is Awesome. I came to Vietnam for a two week vacation in 2015 and was immediately taken by the beauty, friendliness, energy, and even all the quirks of Vietnam.Venues to visitCocktails and cool vibeBrixClay86 ProofZumwhereLe Cafe des StagiairesRacha RoomDramPizza/PastaPendolascoPasta FrescaCraft BeerPasteur Street Brewing Co.BiaCraftBelgoSports BarThe AvenueGreat FoodOkra HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDUt UtBep VoTintoCraft ChocolateMarouNightclubIndigoActivitiesIce Skating at Vincom Mega MallYoga PodSkating at OutcastRock Climbing at OutcastFestivals at OutcastGet NordVPN’s ultimate security package - 63% off the 2-year plan Ian Paynton was one of the first students in our course and now has a podcast, You Don't Know Vietnam, that is in the top 10% of podcasts worldwide and already bringing him business! As an experienced podcast host and teacher I will take you from a podcast beginner to expert in just one week. Enrol now for just $97With step-by-step guidance, personalized support, and a community of like-minded podcasters, you’ll gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create, publish, and grow a successful podcast.Share your voice and your story with your community today.Support the showThese are the programs the Seven Million Bikes Podcasts uses. These are affiliate links so they will give us a small commission, only if you sign up , and at no extra cost to you! You'll be directly supporting Seven Million Bikes Podcasts too.NordVPN | Descript | Buzzsprout | Fiverr | PodcastMarketing.ai
Aug 30, 2023
41 min
Discover The Best Boutique Hotels In Vietnam With Lauren Pienaar | PodSwap Vietnam Is Awesome
The Vietnam Is Awesome Podcast will help you discover the real Vietnam with awesome experiences.In this episode, we’ll share our recommendations for boutique hotels across Vietnam.My guest today is Lauren Pienaar. She has been in Vietnam now for 7 years, she's from South Africa originally. She's a singer-songwriter with Moon Rise City and is now the Head of Communications for Vietnam Is Awesome. The very maker of this podcast, she has traveled all over Vietnam to many different luxury and eco-friendly boutiques.Hotels and activities mentioned.Phu QuocMango BayFusion ResortsPremier VillageSaigonMystAn Lam RetreatMia ResortVilla SongMui NeClown CarMinh On HotelCargo RemoteThe CliffJoe’s CafeBo KheMini GolfDa LatTwin Lam Lake (sicLavender ValleyMo StayLang Biang PeakPhong NhaVictory VillasPhong Nha HomestayDa NangLa Salle de MerHoi AnAn Bang BeachRoyal Riverside HotelCao LauNemMi QuangGet NordVPN’s ultimate security package - 63% off the 2-year plan Ian Paynton was one of the first students in our course and now has a podcast, You Don't Know Vietnam, that is in the top 10% of podcasts worldwide and already bringing him business! As an experienced podcast host and teacher I will take you from a podcast beginner to expert in just one week. Enrol now for just $97With step-by-step guidance, personalized support, and a community of like-minded podcasters, you’ll gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create, publish, and grow a successful podcast.Share your voice and your story with your community today.Support the showThese are the programs the Seven Million Bikes Podcasts uses. These are affiliate links so they will give us a small commission, only if you sign up , and at no extra cost to you! You'll be directly supporting Seven Million Bikes Podcasts too.NordVPN | Descript | Buzzsprout | Fiverr | PodcastMarketing.ai
Aug 8, 2023
52 min
**NEW EPISODE** Elizabeth Nguyen, psychiatrist and author of "Aloha, Vietnam" discusses mental health
Elizabeth Nguyen is from Honolulu, Hawaii, and is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees who arrived in 1975. She has a background in Human Biology and Psychiatry, which gives her a unique perspective on the cross-cultural aspects of mental health.Her career in community mental health and her interests in spirituality and psychiatry led her to write her first book, Aloha Vietnam.Elizabeth reached out to me a while ago and shared her book with me. I am a notoriously slow reader so this interview has been a long time in the making but I’m so excited to talk to share her story with you today. In this episode we discuss the gap between mental health needs in Vietnam versus the reality, and compare the perspective of mental health in Vietnam to Western outlooks in countries like the USA and UK.Get NordVPN’s ultimate security package - 63% off the 2-year plan Ian Paynton was one of the first students in our course and now has a podcast, You Don't Know Vietnam, that is in the top 10% of podcasts worldwide and already bringing him business! As an experienced podcast host and teacher I will take you from a podcast beginner to expert in just one week. Enrol now for just $97With step-by-step guidance, personalized support, and a community of like-minded podcasters, you’ll gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create, publish, and grow a successful podcast.Share your voice and your story with your community today.Support the showThese are the programs the Seven Million Bikes Podcasts uses. These are affiliate links so they will give us a small commission, only if you sign up , and at no extra cost to you! You'll be directly supporting Seven Million Bikes Podcasts too.NordVPN | Descript | Buzzsprout | Fiverr | PodcastMarketing.ai
Jul 8, 2023
59 min
PodSwap | Vietnam Is Awesome - Discover The Underground Arts Scene In Saigon With Truong Que Phuong And Sabra Johnson
Uncover the Unique Aspects of Saigon's Underground Art SceneIn this episode of the Vietnam is Awesome podcast, host Niall Mackay takes us on a journey into the vibrant underground art scene of Saigon. He introduces us to two extraordinary individuals who are at the forefront of this creative movement: Truong Que Phuong, the owner of Twist Cafe and Barzinga, and Sabra Johnson, the creator of the Jackfruit Cabaret Show.Guests:- Truong Que Phuong is the owner of Twist Cafe and Barzinga, two premier LGBTQ+ venues in Saigon.- Sabra Johnson is the creator of the Jackfruit cabaret show and the founder of Eva Dance Company.Discussion Points:- The LGBTQ+ scene in Vietnam and its acceptance in big cities like Saigon and Hanoi.- An overview of LGBTQ+ venues in Saigon, including Twist Cafe and Barzinga.- Collaboration between Truong Que Phuong and Sabra Johnson to create the Jackfruit cabaret show at Barzinga.- Exploring the concept of burlesque cabaret and how it combines stripping with theater and variety performances.- Addressing the unique atmosphere of Barzinga and its resemblance to the creative vibe of Berlin.Key Takeaways:- Vietnam is surprisingly progressive and LGBTQ+ friendly, especially in big cities like Saigon.- Saigon's underground art scene offers a diverse range of experiences, from drag shows to comedy and music events.- Barzinga provides a unique atmosphere reminiscent of Berlin's creative clubs.- The Jackfruit cabaret show brings elegance and grunge together, showcasing the talent of local dancers and performers.Links:- Twist Cafe- Barzinga- Eva Dance CompanyLQBTQ+ Friendly Venues and Events In SaigonTwist BarzingaFrolicPride CafeGender FunkHaus of DragJoin Niall Mackay as he delves into the hidden world of Saigon's underground art scene in this captivating episode of the Vietnam is Awesome podcast. Discover the unique experiences awaiting you and gain insights into the LGBTQ+ community's acceptance in Vietnam. Prepare to be inspired, informed, and intrigued!Get NordVPN’s ultimate security package - 63% off the 2-year plan Ian Paynton was one of the first students in our course and now has a podcast, You Don't Know Vietnam, that is in the top 10% of podcasts worldwide and already bringing him business! As an experienced podcast host and teacher I will take you from a podcast beginner to expert in just one week. Enrol now for just $97With step-by-step guidance, personalized support, and a community of like-minded podcasters, you’ll gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create, publish, and grow a successful podcast.Share your voice and your story with your community today.Support the showThese are the programs the Seven Million Bikes Podcasts uses. These are affiliate links so they will give us a small commission, only if you sign up , and at no extra cost to you! You'll be directly supporting Seven Million Bikes Podcasts too.NordVPN | Descript | Buzzsprout | Fiverr | PodcastMarketing.ai
Jun 30, 2023
40 min
PodSwap | Vietnam Is Awesome - Discover The “Old” Saigon With Pasteur Street Brewing Company’s Mischa Smith
Welcome to the Vietnam Is Awesome podcast. We’ll help you discover the real Vietnam with Awesome experiences.I interviewed Mischa Smith who has lived in Vietnam for 10 years now. He's worked at Pasteur Street Brewing Company for eight and a half, most of those as the sales director spreading amazing craft beer across Vietnam.In our main interview we both starting reminiscing about "old" Saigon. Which isn't that old but vastly different from 10 years ago. We talk about;What Saigon looked like 8-10 years agoHow much the city has changed in that timePlaces that aren't here any longer that we missVietnam Is AwesomeListen to the main episode 6 Best Bars With Craft Beer In Ho Chi Minh City | Guide To Delicious Saigon BeerFacebookSupport the showThese are the programs the Seven Million Bikes Podcasts uses. These are affiliate links so they will give us a small commission, only if you sign up , and at no extra cost to you! You'll be directly supporting Seven Million Bikes Podcasts too.NordVPN | Descript | Buzzsprout | Fiverr | PodcastMarketing.ai
May 25, 2023
11 min
PodSwap | Vietnam Is Awesome - Discover The Best Of Saigon With Pasteur Street Brewing Company's Mischa Smith
Welcome to the Vietnam Is Awesome podcast. We’ll help you discover the real Vietnam with Awesome experiences.In this episode my guest, Mischa Smith, has lived in Vietnam for 10 years now. He's worked at Pasteur Street Brewing Company for eight and a half, most of those as the sales director spreading amazing craft beer across Vietnam.And he's also the co-host of the Beer Stories podcast, which is produced by myself and Seven Million Bikes podcast and shares stories of craft beer, highlighting the amazing beer that we have here in Vietnam.We talk about;Why he loves Saigon so muchThe growth of the craft beer industry in VietnamThe best places to eat and drink in SaigonAnd like every guest, he shares;What is a good 24 hour itinerary in SaigonWhat life is like for locals?Is it a good place to live? And why?Where should travellers go next in Vietnam after Saigon?Places to visitRum BarMaltBui VienQuán Ăn Quang MậpSteersman BreweryVietnam Is Awesome6 Best Bars With Craft Beer In Ho Chi Minh City | Guide To Delicious Saigon BeerFacebookJoin us at The Tourist Trap Stand Up Comedy Show - every Thursday night!Or our Weekly Quiz Night Saigon @ Rabbit Hole Irish Sports BarGet NordVPN’s ultimate security package - 63% off the 2-year plan Ian Paynton was one of the first students in our course and now has a podcast, You Don't Know Vietnam, that is in the top 10% of podcasts worldwide and already bringing him business! As an experienced podcast host and teacher I will take you from a podcast beginner to expert in just one week. Enrol now for just $97With step-by-step guidance, personalized support, and a community of like-minded podcasters, you’ll gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create, publish, and grow a successful podcast.Share your voice and your story with your community today.Support the showThese are the programs the Seven Million Bikes Podcasts uses. These are affiliate links so they will give us a small commission, only if you sign up , and at no extra cost to you! You'll be directly supporting Seven Million Bikes Podcasts too.NordVPN | Descript | Buzzsprout | Fiverr | PodcastMarketing.ai
Apr 23, 2023
41 min
ChatGPT Interviews Me About Vietnam!
This episode is going to be more than a little bit different. Instead of me interviewing a guest, I'll be answering questions written by chat GPT. That's right, I'll be interacting with a machine to explore the intersection of technology and human interaction? And chat GPT wrote that sentence. So, what you're about to hear was written by chat GPT, and then it's voiced by AI from Descript the program. I used to edit all my podcasts. So I'm going to hand you over to today's host., whose voice is called, Nancy.NancyI'm your host, Chat Gee Pee Tee.As an AI language model, I'm programmed to understand natural language and generate responses that mimic human speech. But how well can I really understand the complexities of Vietnam and its people? That's what we're going to find out.I'll be using GPT-3, one of the most advanced AI models available today, to generate questions based on a range of topics related to Vietnam, such as culture, history, and daily life. I have no idea what questions I will come up with, so this is going to be an exciting and unpredictable conversation.Of course, as an AI I'm not a Vietnam expert by any means. But I hope that by engaging in this AI-human dialogue, we can learn something new and thought-provoking about Vietnam and ourselves.Meet Niall Mackay the entertaining and knowledgeable host of A Vietnam Podcast. Niall is a seasoned comedian, teacher, and podcast expert who has been hosting his show since 2019. With over 40,000 downloads and a spot in the top 10% of podcasts worldwide, A Vietnam Podcast is the leading English language podcast in Vietnam. Niall's passion for sharing stories, insights, and experiences about Vietnam has captivated audiences around the globe. Through his podcast, Niall takes listeners on a journey through Vietnam's rich history, culture, and people. Join Niall and his guests as they explore everything from food and travel to music and politics. With Niall as your guide, you're sure to have a fun and informative experience on A Vietnam Podcast.Get NordVPN’s ultimate security package - 63% off the 2-year plan Ian Paynton was one of the first students in our course and now has a podcast, You Don't Know Vietnam, that is in the top 10% of podcasts worldwide and already bringing him business! As an experienced podcast host and teacher I will take you from a podcast beginner to expert in just one week. Enrol now for just $97With step-by-step guidance, personalized support, and a community of like-minded podcasters, you’ll gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create, publish, and grow a successful podcast.Share your voice and your story with your community today.Support the showThese are the programs the Seven Million Bikes Podcasts uses. These are affiliate links so they will give us a small commission, only if you sign up , and at no extra cost to you! You'll be directly supporting Seven Million Bikes Podcasts too.NordVPN | Descript | Buzzsprout | Fiverr | PodcastMarketing.ai
Mar 21, 2023
32 min
PodPast | Ukrainian Returns Home Days Before War - Escapes Back To Vietnam | Anastasia Sokyrka S8E8
Donate to Ukraine!I met Anastasia Sokyrka in Government Quarantine in 2020 at the start of the pandemic. You can listen to my episode with her and my wife, Adrie, about our experiences while we were living them.Since then we have become close friends, a silver lining of a tough experience (17 days with no mattress, no air con and no booze!)Finally, after two years of the pandemic Anastasia was able to return to her home of Ukraine and reunite with her family. Despite the fact that Russia was escalating it's forces on the Ukrainian border and the threat of was was real, Anastasia needed to see her family and take that risk.Unfortunately, 5 days after she arrived she awoke at 5am to the sound of the first rocket attack and her life changed in an instant.In this episode Anastasia shares in detail;* why she made the decision to return home* what it felt like to be under attack and sheltering in her basement* how her family escaped from Kharkiv and eventually made it to the Polish border* the reality of being a refugee and having to leave behind your home and family members* how she was able to return to Vietnam with her motherAnd how YOU can help support Ukraine.Click here for a list of trusted websites to donate to.Follow Seven Million Bikes on Facebook or Instagram. Buy us a coffee.-------------------Theme music composed by Lewis Wright.Main Cover Art designed by Niall Mackay.Episode art designed by Niall Mackay, with pictures supplied by guests and used with permission.Get NordVPN’s ultimate security package - 63% off the 2-year plan Ian Paynton was one of the first students in our course and now has a podcast, You Don't Know Vietnam, that is in the top 10% of podcasts worldwide and already bringing him business! As an experienced podcast host and teacher I will take you from a podcast beginner to expert in just one week. Enrol now for just $97With step-by-step guidance, personalized support, and a community of like-minded podcasters, you’ll gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create, publish, and grow a successful podcast.Share your voice and your story with your community today.Support the showThese are the programs the Seven Million Bikes Podcasts uses. These are affiliate links so they will give us a small commission, only if you sign up , and at no extra cost to you! You'll be directly supporting Seven Million Bikes Podcasts too.NordVPN | Descript | Buzzsprout | Fiverr | PodcastMarketing.ai
Mar 15, 2023
1 hr 23 min
PodSwap | Vietnam Is Awesome - Hanoi is on the cusp of being the legendary Paris of the 1930, says filmmaker Oscar Wright
Welcome to the Vietnam Is Awesome podcast. We’ll help you discover the real Vietnam with Awesome experiences. In this episode my guest, Oscar Wright, has studied various religions in India and Istanbul… practices and teaches hatha yoga and meditation and tai chi... and facilitates Zen Tango workshops that turn tango dance into meditation.He is a film maker originally from El Paso, Texas, but after spending the last 22 years in Italy he is now making a film series in Hanoi where he has been since September 2022 and believes it is on the cusp of being the legendary Paris of the 1930s.He was recently recognised as the top posted on the Vietnam Is Awesome page for sharing so many amazing insights into Hanoi.We talk about;Why he is so enthusiastic about HanoiStereotypes of Vietnam and Vietnamese people and if they are trueAnd what his film series is aboutAnd like every guest, he shares;What is a good 24 hour itinerary in Hanoi What life is like for locals?Is it a good place to live? And why?Where should travellers go next in Vietnam after Hanoi?Get NordVPN’s ultimate security package - 63% off the 2-year plan Ian Paynton was one of the first students in our course and now has a podcast, You Don't Know Vietnam, that is in the top 10% of podcasts worldwide and already bringing him business! As an experienced podcast host and teacher I will take you from a podcast beginner to expert in just one week. Enrol now for just $97With step-by-step guidance, personalized support, and a community of like-minded podcasters, you’ll gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create, publish, and grow a successful podcast.Share your voice and your story with your community today.Support the showThese are the programs the Seven Million Bikes Podcasts uses. These are affiliate links so they will give us a small commission, only if you sign up , and at no extra cost to you! You'll be directly supporting Seven Million Bikes Podcasts too.NordVPN | Descript | Buzzsprout | Fiverr | PodcastMarketing.ai
Mar 9, 2023
48 min
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