Vietnam Is Awesome: Discover Awesome Experiences

Vietnam Is Awesome Team

This is the Vietnam Is Awesome podcast. We'll help you discover the real Vietnam with AWESOME experiences. Hosted by Niall Mackay from Seven Million Bikes Podcasts, a Vietnam-based podcast production company, he is also the host of the well-known show, A Vietnam Podcast, a comedian, and brand ambassador for Vietnam Is Awesome. He'll be talking to people from all over Vietnam working in tourism, bars, resorts, nightlife and more to share with you experiences that prove Vietnam Is Awesome and to Help You Travel!
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Our Editor's Take

The Vietnam Is Awesome podcast reveals the best things to try in Vietnam. It shows off the cuisine and resorts only the locals know about.

Some people associate Vietnam with the Vietnam War. It's known as the American War in Vietnam because Vietnam had been invaded previously by the French and the Chinese. Podcast host Niall Mackay and his guests focus on what this beautiful country has to offer. They explain why it's a fantastic travel destination.

Mackay is Scottish and one of many expatriates who vacationed in Vietnam and didn't want to leave. He's the founder of the company Seven Million Bikes Podcasts. He's also an ESL teacher and comedian. Like his podcast guests, Mackay loves Vietnam, a country he's called home since 2016. He shares compelling reasons listeners should visit.

One episode of the podcast shares soothing island activities. Lilly La, a wellness practitioner at a jungle resort in Phu Quoc, offers the island's best-kept secrets. La was a marketer for TikTok who left to pursue a healthier mindset. She shares which beaches have the most crystalline water and gorgeous starfish. La also recommends the best night markets for Vietnamese street food. She says Phu Quoc is one of the few islands where the sunrise and sunset are both visible on the beach.

Oscar Wright is a filmmaker and a tango, yoga, and meditation instructor in Hanoi. He had a vision while meditating. It told him to move from Italy to China. China wasn't open to expats at the time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, he went to Vietnam to wait. Like Mackay, he never left. Wright is filming a series about Hanoi's notable features. He shares the intricate details of this characterful city on the podcast. Wright says the city has a dynamic coffee culture. Hanoi is full of young academics and artists. In Wright's travel experiences, Hanoi folk are the nicest and most generous he's met.

Vietnam Is Awesome describes many other Vietnamese cities. Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City can become part of listener's trips. Episodes are between five and forty-five minutes long.

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Episodes

Discover The Secrets of Hoi An With Pieter Van Der Hoeven
Mar 12 2024
Discover The Secrets of Hoi An With Pieter Van Der Hoeven
"The authenticity and the genuineness and the cheekiness of Vietnamese people is still coming through. And I really like seeing that repeat guest coming back. It's a healthy sign for a destination." - Pieter Van Der HoevenIn this episode of the Vietnam is Awesome Podcast, host Niall Mackay is joined by Pieter Van Der Hoeven, the Managing Director of the Waifafo Resort and Spa in Hoi An. Pieter shares his insights and recommendations on the best things to do, see, and experience in the Hoi An region, from immersive food tours and world-class golfing to the burgeoning craft cocktail scene. They also discuss the rapidly improving service standards in Vietnam's hospitality industry and Pieter's vision for his upcoming resort that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Hoi An.Pieter highlights the importance of repeat visitors for Vietnam's tourism industry, which lags behind neighboring countries like Thailand. He believes addressing visa requirements, improving infrastructure, and preserving authenticity will help attract more return guests. The episode offers a glimpse into Hoi An's vibrant food, drink, and wellness scenes, showcasing the destination's evolution while retaining its charming character.Key Takeaways:Hoi An offers immersive food tours, allowing visitors to dine in local homes and experience regional specialties like cao lau and bahn mi.The region boasts seven world-class golf courses designed by renowned architects like Greg Norman and Nick Faldo, with better value than Thailand.Hoi An's burgeoning craft cocktail scene features trendy spots like Hill Station, Mango Rooms, and Market Bar, offering unique Vietnamese-inspired drinks.Vietnam's hospitality industry has rapidly improved, with major brands providing training, and locals embracing it as a career path after gaining overseas experience.Pieter's upcoming Waifafo Resort aims to celebrate Hoi An's culture through modern and ancient elements, including innovative wellness concepts.
Discover the two worlds of Ho Chi Minh City with Adrien Jean's Saigon Photo Tours
Mar 8 2024
Discover the two worlds of Ho Chi Minh City with Adrien Jean's Saigon Photo Tours
"It's never a dull moment in Vietnam. Things are going so fast, things are changing, and, It's really interesting to document this contrast." - Adrien on the ever-changing nature of Saigon's streets.In this episode, host Niall Mackay welcomes Adrien, a French photographer who has been living in Vietnam for nearly 10 years. Adrien shares his journey of falling in love with the country's vibrant street life and culture, leading him to become a street photography tour guide in Saigon. They delve into the allure of Vietnam for photographers, the art of respectfully capturing candid moments, and the ever-changing landscape of the city. Adrien offers insights into his approach to street photography and the authentic experiences he aims to provide through his tours.Adrien's love for Vietnam blossomed unexpectedly after initially visiting for a short trip in 2014. As he immersed himself in the country's culture, he discovered a passion for street photography, drawn to the dynamic contrasts and constant flux of Saigon's streets. Adrien emphasizes the importance of respectful and genuine interactions with subjects, often returning to the same neighborhoods to build connections over time.Takeaways:Vietnam, particularly Saigon, offers a unique and constantly evolving canvas for street photographers, with its blend of traditional and modern elements.Approaching street photography requires respect, genuine curiosity about people's lives, and an authentic exchange rather than staging or intruding.Adrien's tours aim to provide an off-the-beaten-path experience, taking clients to lesser-known neighborhoods where interactions with locals are more natural and welcoming.Capturing the essence of a place goes beyond just scenic landscapes; street photography freezes fragments of time that may soon disappear due to rapid development.Building trust and returning to the same locations allow for deeper connections and more candid photographic opportunities."When you photograph people doing a lot of things in the street, there are many angles, there are many ways to compose your images, and that just makes it a lot more exciting." - Adrien on the appeal of street photography in Saigon.
Discover The Wonder & Beauty of Phong Nha With Ben Mitchell
Oct 5 2023
Discover The Wonder & Beauty of Phong Nha With Ben Mitchell
In the heart of Vietnam, there are hidden gems that beckon travelers seeking authentic adventures and unforgettable experiences. Join Niall Mackay, The Podcast Guy, as he uncovers the magic of these destinations in this episode of the Vietnam is Awesome podcast.Niall's guest for this episode is Ben Mitchell, the visionary behind Phong Nha Farm State and the luxurious Victory Road Villas. Ben's journey in transforming these locations into must-visit spots on the tourist map is nothing short of inspiring. With Niall's lively interview style, you'll get to know Ben and his incredible achievements.Why Ben Mitchell is a Phong Nha Expert:Founder of Phong Nha Farm Stay and Victory Road Villas.Champion of responsible tourism in remote rural Vietnam.Combining contemporary elegance with traditional Vietnamese architecture.Impacting the Vietnamese tourism landscape.Topics Discussed:The inspiration behind Phong Nha Farm Stay and Victory Road Villas.The unforgettable experiences these destinations offer.Responsible tourism and its impact on the beautiful regions of Vietnam.Ben Mitchell's personal journey in Vietnam.Discover the real Vietnam in Phong Nha through the eyes of Ben Mitchell and learn about the authentic adventures and hidden gems waiting to be explored in this captivating episode of the Vietnam is Awesome podcast.Places To VisitPhong Ke Bang National Park Phong Nha LoopEasy RidersJungle TreksOxalis AdventureJungle Boss ToursGreenland ToursPhong Nha CaveBong Lai ValleyDark Cave Paradise CaveEight Lady CaveNuk Mok Eco TrailBotanical Gardens.Victory Road Villas RestaurantPub with cold beerPhong Nha Funky BeachNearby:HueHoi AnDa NangHo Chi Minh Trail
Discover The Underground Arts Scene In Saigon With Truong Que Phuong And Sabra Johnson
Jun 8 2023
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!
Discover The Life Of An Expat In Da Nang With Our Editor-in-Chief  - Alan Brownbridge!
Feb 9 2023
Discover The Life Of An Expat In Da Nang With Our Editor-in-Chief - Alan Brownbridge!
Welcome to the Vietnam Is Awesome Podcast. We'll help you discover the real Vietnam with awesome experiences.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 a brand ambassador for Vietnam Is Awesome.I came to Vietnam for a two-week vacation and was immediately taken by the beauty, friendliness, energy, and even all the quirks of Vietnam. I came back in 2016 with my wife for just six weeks, and six years later we're still here.I’ll be talking to people from all over Vietnam working in tourism, bars, resorts, hotels, nightlife and more to share with you experiences that prove, Vietnam Is Awesome. In this episode my guest is the Editor-in-Chief of Vietnam Is Awesome. Also having lived here for 6 years, he has travelled to many iconic and off-the-beaten-track locations in Vietnam with some stunning photos to show for it. He’s also married and lives in Da Nang with his wife Phuong and his little dog Lilly.My guest today is Alan Brownbridge. We’re going to be talking about Da Nang and Central Vietnam today…Why Danang is a good central point and where can you explore from there?How has Covid and the weather affected the region? Why photography tours are such big thing to do in Vietnam. Enjoy!If you're in Saigon on a Thursday night book your tickets to The Tourist Trap Comedy Show!What we mentioned...Sights To See Son Tra MountainMarble MountainBana HillsHai Van PassLady BuddhaGolden BridgePhong NhaSon Doong CavesQuy NhonNha TrangMui NeBars To SeeThe TripSeven Bridges Brewing Co.The WorkshopToursEasy RiderTo DoHikes in Son TraPhoto Tours
Discover The Best Things To Do In Phu Quoc With Local Wellness Expert Lilly La
Jan 15 2023
Discover The Best Things To Do In Phu Quoc With Local Wellness Expert Lilly La
Welcome to the Vietnam Is Awesome Podcast. We'll help you discover the real Vietnam with awesome experiences. 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 a brand ambassador for Vietnam Is Awesome. I came to Vietnam for a two-week vacation and was immediately taken by the beauty, friendliness, energy, and even all the quirks of Vietnam. I came back in 2016 with my wife for just six weeks, and six years later we're still here. In this episode, I'm talking to Lilly from Valley Village Phu Quoc. Valley Village Phu Quoc is a small family resort located in the middle of the jungle, which focuses on mindfulness and well-being. Lilly is German, Vietnamese and has been living on the island since the beginning of 2022. Prior to that, she worked in marketing for TikTok, but during the pandemic, she realized like many others how important it is to take care of yourself and your mental health. In 2021, she quit her nine-to-five job at TikTok to return to her roots in Vietnam to create a yoga and wellbeing hub at Valley Village Phu Quoc. In this episode, we're going to be talking about why Phu Quoc has grown as a destination so much and why travelers choose to go there. The best attractions to visit, and what she suggests first-time travelers do when they visit Phu Quoc. And also any hidden gems on the island that you can't miss!We also talk about a handful of unique brands, bars, and organizations in Phu Quoc dedicated to travelers including:The Rabbit Hole Irish BarThe Phu Quoc Sailing ClubThe Cheeky Traveler English PubEnjoy!
The Vietnam Is Awesome Podcast is here!
Jan 4 2023
The Vietnam Is Awesome Podcast is here!
This is the brand new Vietnam Is Awesome podcast. We will help you discover the real Vietnam with awesome experiences. I'm Niall Mackay your host and I've lived in Vietnam since 2016. I'm the host of the well-known show, A Vietnam Podcast, comedian and 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 the quirks of Vietnam. I came back in 2016 with my wife for just six weeks. And more than six years later, we're still here. I'll be talking to people from all over Vietnam, working in tourism, bars, restaurants, hotels, nightlife, and more. To share with you experiences that prove, Vietnam Is Awesome. And the first episode I talked to Lily from Valley Village Phu Quoc. Valley Village Phu Quoc is a small family result located in the middle of the jungle, which focuses on mindfulness and wellbeing. A trend well established in pleases like Bali and now growing in Vietnam. Lily is a German Vietnamese who has been living on the island since the beginning of 2022. Prior to that. She worked in marketing for Tik Tok, but during the pandemic, she realized like many others how important it is to take care of yourself and your mental health. In 2021, she decided to quit. Oh, nine to five job at Tik Tok to go back to her roots in Vietnam. And to create a yoga and wellbeing hub at Valley Village Phu Quoc.  In the upcoming first episode, we talk about life on the island. Why Phu Quoc has grown as a destination so much. And why travelers choose to go there? She also shares with you the best attractions to visit and hidden gems on the island, not to miss. The Vietnam Is Awesome podcast is available wherever you get podcasts. So don't forget to subscribe a follow and leave a review or rating if you like what you're listening to. Follow the Vietnam Is Awesome Facebook page for curated updates from our team and travelers to make sure that you make the most of your time here in Vietnam and check out our website. Vietnamisawesome.com to discover more awesome experiences in Vietnam.  Thanks for listening. I'm your host, Niall Mackay, and enjoy the podcast. Vietnam Is Awesome.