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Welcome to What About Vietnam - A Travel Podcast with Kerry Newsome. If you have ever thought about Vietnam as a holiday destination, but unsure, well, this may be just the eye-opener you need to help you decide you must go. A cross between "Trip advisor and a blog" minus the 300+ pages of reading, this podcast aims to give you insights into Vietnam from years of traveling to and from, and as a travel manager. My objective is to give you the information the guide books don't,.... in an easy to listen to, relatable format. Across this series, I will be your guide to "When and How" to travel throughout Vietnam. I will provide you with comprehensive information designed to make your trip fun, safe, and full of great adventures. While we are living in Covid19 times this is a great chance to do some trip planning and holiday destination seeking, so please take the time to listen to my Podcast and enjoy your next visit to Vietnam. Please SUBSCRIBE; it's free and that way you get notified of new episodes. Rate, review and share through my Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/whataboutvietnam/.

What about Vietnam - Traveller Insights Kerry Newsome

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Welcome to What About Vietnam - A Travel Podcast with Kerry Newsome. If you have ever thought about Vietnam as a holiday destination, but unsure, well, this may be just the eye-opener you need to help you decide you must go. A cross between "Trip advisor and a blog" minus the 300+ pages of reading, this podcast aims to give you insights into Vietnam from years of traveling to and from, and as a travel manager. My objective is to give you the information the guide books don't,.... in an easy to listen to, relatable format. Across this series, I will be your guide to "When and How" to travel throughout Vietnam. I will provide you with comprehensive information designed to make your trip fun, safe, and full of great adventures. While we are living in Covid19 times this is a great chance to do some trip planning and holiday destination seeking, so please take the time to listen to my Podcast and enjoy your next visit to Vietnam. Please SUBSCRIBE; it's free and that way you get notified of new episodes. Rate, review and share through my Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/whataboutvietnam/.

    What About Vietnam - S4-1- Art in Vietnam - Storytelling at its best

    What About Vietnam - S4-1- Art in Vietnam - Storytelling at its best

    Art in Vietnam is everywhere. Sometimes it’s hard to actually know what you are looking at. As a tourist busy trying to cram so much in to a stay in Vietnam, the artist’s true technique or storytelling, is often lost on us.  
    Art takes many forms in Vietnam, as in lacquerware, paintings, silk, lanterns, pottery, fashion, homewares, and as you will learn in this show, there is a difference between an “Artist” and a Craftsman, who may produce the same style or product many times, yet it takes true skill to do this. We discuss the differences. And then of course how do you know what’s real or fake? Believe it, or not!  Not everything is a copy, or fake!
    With the advantage of my talented artist Bridget March, we are going to take it back 100 years and really talk about how Vietnam has developed in the art world. 
    Find out what some of the older forms of art told in their depictions of mountains that were meant to represent heaven; it’s rivers -the paths of life, and people painted so tiny they are meant to symbolize the very small space they take up in the whole universe. Nothing short of profound.
    Bridget is a brilliant story teller. An artist herself of considerable note, Bridget is originally from the UK. As a successful product designer of 20 years, she went on to became a senior lecturer at Leeds University of Art. Following her dreams, she moved to Saigon in 2012 to fulfil her lifelong ambition of being a full-time artist. That love affair has only grown over time as she pursues her own work in Hoi An and encourages and supports local artists in central Vietnam.
     She has published 3 books about Hoi An, Sapa and Saigon and has had 7 solo exhibitions of her paintings and drawings in Vietnam galleries and at International hotels. 
    She is also well recognised as the curator for the wonderful art gallery space at the Anantara Hoi An Resort. She has her own delightful gallery located in Hoi An – See here for details 
    Stick around for this show, as it’s got lots of hidden gems. 
    We speak about a list of her favourite galleries, the blog listing those is here;- 
    https://www.marchgallery-hoian.com/post/vietnam-s-contemporary-art-in-2022
     The gallery details and all her social pages are here. Feel free to reach our directly:-
     www.marchgallery-hoian.com
    FB: march harbour gallery
    Inst: March harbour gallery
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/march-gallery

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    • 46 min
    What About Vietnam - S4-2 - Fine dining Vietnam

    What About Vietnam - S4-2 - Fine dining Vietnam

    Meet some of Vietnam's talented chefs.
    Vietnam is legendary for its street food and fresh flavoursome cuisine.  However you may be surprised to find out it also has a fast growing "Fine Dining" industry championed by some very talented Chefs.  Hear what they have to say about their style of cuisine and restaurant experience.
    The best part of dining out at one of the Vietnam's top-tier restaurants is the sense of occasion it brings, and my guest Raj Taneja,  Country President of la Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world's oldest and most respected culinary and hospitality arts association, is on the show to share his knowledge of fine dining in Vietnam, and what we can expect to experience in the future as this industry develops.

    Raj Taneja, was originally born in Calgary, Canada. While he started his career as a chef at the age of 17 he found he had a bent for the Tech Industry so he ultimately went on to work in that field. After various roles that took him to Japan, which include selling out those successful businesses, he tried semi retiring, to full retirement in Thailand. However his exuberance for new experiences and love of fine food and wine never waned. So after much deliberation he went on to volunteer to champion La Chaines in Vietnam .

    Raj's role within La Chaines enables him to visit  many fine culinary establishments and 5 star hotels in Vietnam. This makes him the ideal guest to speak about Vietnam's growing love of fine dining and the mavericks that are taking it to world class status.

    This is an entertaining and illuminating interview with Raj and some of the best chefs in Vietnam:-
    1. Chef Joon Chi
    2. Chef Nico Ceccomoro
    3.Chef Alession Rasom
    4. Chef Sakal Phoeung
    5. Chef Hoang Tung

    A little bit about la Chaine des Rotisseurs - The distinctive character of this association brings together enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world in the appreciation of fine cuisine. Hoteliers, restaurateurs, executive chefs, sommeliers or individuals passionate about the culinary arts make up our membership.

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    • 46 min
    What About Vietnam - S4-3 - Vietnam Travel Outlook 2022/23 - ComebaCK podcast (PODSWAP)

    What About Vietnam - S4-3 - Vietnam Travel Outlook 2022/23 - ComebaCK podcast (PODSWAP)

    This is a Podswap from the Conor Kelly & Kerry Newsome interview - ComebaCK Podcast #371
    If you are sitting on the sidelines Googling madly, watching and reading social media chatter, but still unsure if it’s a good idea to take your next holiday in Vietnam, or go back there?;- then this show is for you. Why? Because Conor asks the questions I think many of you want to know the answers to. And while the doors are open again, is everyone rushing through the gates? And if not? Why?
    This is a totally different show. As I am the guest, not the host on the ComebaCK Podcast and this is what we call a Podswap. Essentially this allows me to share The ComebaCK show with you, on my channel.
    Conor Kelly, the host and ambitious podcaster of his own show ‘ComebaCK’ generously invited me to come on his show to talk about my thoughts on the future of travel in Vietnam and the ‘What About Vietnam’ podcast. Of course, I was delighted to do this, as it gave me a chance to share my journey with Vietnam from over 15 years working in the travel industry, talking with Vietnam travel organisations, industry boards and chambers, and travelling back and forth.
    Conor and I got down to business very quickly and settled into a hearty discussion on my personal history with travel in Vietnam as far back as 2007, and how I am tracking Vietnam’s comeback!! Great name for a Podcast, Conor Kelly. 

    So here you have it - Ep #371 ComebaCK
    To make it easy- Some of the subjects we covered are here:-
     00:02:34 – Kerry’s first visit to Vietnam 2007
    00:08:33 – The travel boom 2019 to now
    00:10:13 – When Covid hit 2020 – Kerry’s reaction
    00:14:48 – Keeping tabs on Vietnam during Covid
    00:18:16 – The launch of ‘ What About Vietnam’
    00:20:21 – What’s trending on the show
    00:29:54 – Tourism forecasting beyond May 2022
    00:36:01 – Over-tourism to sustainable tourism
    00:37:27 – Hidden gems needing more promotion
    00:42:54 – Managing over- tourism – some ideas 
    00:46:35 – Crystal ball – 2022,23,24 travel trends
    00:48:45 – Sustainable tourism opportunities
    00:51:35 – Is Podcasting a good platform to inform people on travel in Vietnam?
    00:56:01 – How to access Kerry and What about Vietnam
    If you prefer to read please check out the Transcript on the www.whataboutvietnam.com website.
    My thanks to Conor for this opportunity.
    You can find more about Conor’s show below:-
    ORIGINAL PODCAST – Comeback podcast show with Conor Kelly.
    Link here - https://anchor.fm/conor-kelly02/episodes/ComebaCK-INTERVIEW-371---Kerry-Newsome---What-About-Vietnam-Tourism-In-Vietnam-e1i1isr
    Comeback Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thecomebackwithck/?hl=en
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    • 58 min
    What About Vietnam S4-4 – Planning a Wedding in Vietnam – Everything you need to know

    What About Vietnam S4-4 – Planning a Wedding in Vietnam – Everything you need to know

    When planning a wedding there are so many factors to consider.
    While you start with - Who to invite? It quickly moves into - the venue and destination. And along with that comes the budget, and what style of wedding you want? How traditional, creative or crazy do you want it to be?
    For those exploring options in this space I say “What about Vietnam?”
    As you will hear from my lovely guest Jenny, a Wedding and Event Planner for 10 years in Vietnam, “the crazier the wedding the better”. 
    Beach weddings; on top of a mountain; in a cave; on a boat; paragliding onto the beach as an entrance; rich and colourfully traditional; to everything in between.
    You will soon discover in this program, Jenny, found here at “Weddings and Special events by Hoang Anh”, has a lot to say about the kinds of things the bride and groom can experience in Vietnam. Climate, food, flowers, staff, culture and many beautiful locations can bring to life a dream wedding, that is both uniquely special and culturally rich for everyone who attends.
    Hoang Anh, Jenny, was born, raised and educated in Hanoi. She considers herself extremely fortunate to be living and working in the capital city of Vietnam. As a wedding planner now for a decade starting in Thailand and then Bali, she says she doesn’t want to be defined by just her job, as she also loves to travel, read, write, learn, teach, and experiment all the time, when she is not working. To her credit, her first book will be published this year.
    Hoang Anh, who for easy conversation allows me to call her Jenny, is a very hands on planner as she engages with all aspects of the event, including the travel plans and arrangements for pre and post events; family get togethers’, and parties of celebration.
    You will have a good laugh at the “Hangover” story.
    For anyone exploring options for a “special “ kind of wedding where you can really open up your “idea hat”, or if you are trying to meet family and friends somewhere in the middle of the globe, I strongly suggest you have a listen, and find out what there is to know. You might find out that for value, Vietnam is really 'up there' and starting to give Thailand and Bali a run for their money.
    You can find more about Jenny’s business and discuss your ideas using the following links:
    I suggest reaching out direct by email as her English is very good):
     LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/hoang-anh-duong-vu
    Email hatmemwp@gmail.com
    Other projects that Jenny works on 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/kinhnghiemweddingplanner
    https://wsen-vietnam.org/

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    • 39 min
    What About Vietnam - S4-5 - The 10 best things about Nha Trang you may not know about

    What About Vietnam - S4-5 - The 10 best things about Nha Trang you may not know about

    When looking for beachside locations in Vietnam, you are absolutely spoiled for choice. 
    While the country has a long coastline, what is still very much unknown, is information about one such beach paradise and the easy access it has to a sprinkling of islands that make for exquisitely restful getaways from the world.
    If you are looking for a beach side city with access to several beautiful islands + is known to have 300 days of sunshine a year,  then you need to head to Nha Trang.
    While the city boasts panoramic shorelines, sunsets and sunrises to colour your experience, and some of the best seafood in Vietnam. What was amazing to find out from my guest Colm Hutchinson, an Irish expat living in Nha Trang is that is has much more than meets the eye. 
    In the show Colm, who has been running his own digital media company, Halo Media since 2015, speaks to the changes that have taken place over the past 12 years, and how Nha Trang faired during the pandemic.  I won't kid you here, it has received over time - good and not so good reviews.
    Colm fell in love literally with Nha Trang as he married a local Vietnamese and is raising his young family there. He says he has seen a lot of tourists come and go, and now the country is open, it’s a great time to visit as the burden of 'over tourism' is long past.
    The best thing about Colm and the role he plays in the city’s tourism, is that he does a lot of digital media work with local hotels, tourism bodies, brands and eating establishments. 
    In fact, he has the foreigners perspective to offer up for us travellers and the local viewpoint being a resident for so long.

    He does a fantastic job in our interview as he  speaks so fluently to the 10, actually 11 things, he thinks make Nha Trang such a special place. 
    So settle back for a super interesting show about this beachside paradise as we explore:
     1.     05.04 – The weather
    2.     07.02 – The best beaches
    3.     15.02 – Island hopping – walking on water
    4.     16.01 – The Salt fields
    5.     22.37 – Good time to visit after Covid
    6.     24.26 – The culture – Explore Cham civilisation and pagodas
    7.     26.24 – Biking about on a Vespa
    8.     31.03 – Mud baths, good for the skin
    9.     32.59 – Food – The seafood mecca
    10.  42.35 – Golf – 3 challenging courses 20 mins apart
    11.  45.09 – Cam Ranh – styles of accommodation + resorts and A SPECIAL 2 NIGHT STAY OFFER – More detail on the website - www.whataboutvietnam.com

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    • 56 min
    What About Vietnam - S4-6 - Craft beers in Vietnam - A heads up!

    What About Vietnam - S4-6 - Craft beers in Vietnam - A heads up!

    The Craft Beer scene is probably one of the “biggest ” and best leaked travel secrets about Vietnam to hit the tourist map. It is unmistakably an industry that is being fast tracked as we head out of Covid. 
    It is a “scene”. It's a taste sensation. It's a "thing" you have to try. As you will find out in today’s episode, it’s a product produced from passion, skill and local flavours, which means it also has a story. You don’t have to strictly be a beer drinker to join in the fun. But you do have to come to Vietnam to experience it.

    Today I have the distinct advantage of sharing with you a Brewers story. Please allow me to introduce Gary Bett, as the Founder and Head Brewer of the ‘Five Elements Brewing Company’, which is a small independent brewery in Da Nang. Gary has been in the brewing industry for over 40 years, and worked in the UK, Australia, Fiji, China, India, and Vietnam. 
    After finding himself responsible for Foster’s breweries in Asia, India, China and Vietnam – he always loved coming to Vietnam, which is where he eventually decided to set up business after leaving Foster’s. Vietnam is a great beer market. One fact you might find interesting to note ,and we talk about it in the show, is that 95% of all alcohol consumed in Vietnam, is beer.
    We discuss some of the nuances of this fascinating industry and the brewing process such as :
    6.31 – What makes a craft beer7.42 – Local influences9.04 – Batches and Brews12.12 – The alcohol content13.13 – Where to go to try 16.07 - What do Vietnamese think of craft beer?19.43 – Raw materials and the spice mix25.25 – Your invitation to the BREWHAHA Tap rooms in DanangCraft beers and tastings are not just for your hearty beer drinkers. The most fun comes from trying, testing, guessing, trying …and doing it all over again. Having a laugh with friends and meeting new people. You get the drift!
    Will you have a great fun experience?…. Definitely!
    Where do you find Five Elements Craft beers??
    Brewhaha locations are easy to find in Nha Trang, Da Nang and Quảng Ngãi.

    Check the  links below.
    Brewhaha - https://m.facebook.com/brewhahavietnam
    Brewhaha - NHA TRANG Map
    https://goo.gl/maps/h9yqLxhuH5wUh6ca6
    BrewHaHa Quang Ngai Map
    https://goo.gl/maps/FbkRWstKBqwDKgkW9
    Brewhaha - Danang Map
    https://goo.gl/maps/fHPig3rJPVEPmjeQ9
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    • 26 min

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