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Host Niall Mackay takes listeners on a journey through the vibrant and diverse culture of Vietnam. In the first 9 seasons Niall focused on personal stories and experiences, with 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.Since starting A Vietnam Podcast in 2019 Niall now produces podcasts worldwide and is currently on a break from creating A Vietnam Podcast (it will return!)In the meantime he shares episodes from the Vietnam Is Awesome podcast that he produces and hosts with the Vietnam Is Awesome team.

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Host Niall Mackay takes listeners on a journey through the vibrant and diverse culture of Vietnam. In the first 9 seasons Niall focused on personal stories and experiences, with 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.Since starting A Vietnam Podcast in 2019 Niall now produces podcasts worldwide and is currently on a break from creating A Vietnam Podcast (it will return!)In the meantime he shares episodes from the Vietnam Is Awesome podcast that he produces and hosts with the Vietnam Is Awesome team.

    Discover The Wonder & Beauty of Phong Nha With Ben Mitchell

    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 Visit
    Phong 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


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    • 52 min
    Discover The Secrets of Ha Long Bay With Quan Le | PodSwap Vietnam Is Awesome

    Discover The Secrets of Ha Long Bay With Quan Le | PodSwap Vietnam Is Awesome

    Exploring the Beauty of Vietnam's Halong Bay: A Conversation with Local Guide, Quan

    In this episode host Niall Mackay invites special guest Quan, a local tour guide from Ha Long Bay, who shares his wealth of knowledge and experience regarding this UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

    The conversation covers various aspects of the Halong Bay experience from the types of tours available to historical significance and environmental concerns. 

    A thorough understanding of why Halong Bay cruises, including the traditional 'junk' boats and luxury boats, are a must-visit is presented. 

    Additional highlights include a brief foray into the changes brought about by COVID-19, efforts towards environmental conservation, and fascinating insights into life on a Halong Bay cruise.

    00:11 Introduction and Host Background
    00:44 Guest Introduction: Local Tour Guide
    01:04 Guest's Journey to Becoming a Tour Guide
    02:14 Understanding Junk Boats
    05:01 UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay
    06:56 Tour Options in Halong Bay
    07:59 Experience of Overnight Tours
    08:58 Recommendations for Tour Duration
    10:04 Exploring Caves in Halong Bay
    22:43 Impact of COVID-19 on Tourism
    25:25 Environmental Protection in Halong Bay
    28:29 Final Thoughts and Recommendations
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    • 40 min
    Exploring the Insane Traffic and Developments of Ho Chi Minh City With The Travelling Clatt

    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. 
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    • 38 min
    Discover Thao Dien As A Tourist With Vince Nguyen | PodSwap Vietnam Is Awesome

    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 visit
    Cocktails and cool vibe
    BrixClay86 ProofZumwhereLe Cafe des StagiairesRacha RoomDramPizza/Pasta
    PendolascoPasta FrescaCraft Beer
    Pasteur Street Brewing Co.BiaCraftBelgoSports Bar
    The AvenueGreat Food
    Okra HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDUt UtBep VoTintoCraft Chocolate
    MarouNightclub
    IndigoActivities
    Ice Skating at Vincom Mega MallYoga PodSkating at OutcastRock Climbing at OutcastFestivals at OutcastSend me a message, niall@sevenmillionbikes.com!Or book a free consultation if you want to start your own podcast or need help with an existing one.
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    • 42 min
    Discover The Best Boutique Hotels In Vietnam With Lauren Pienaar | PodSwap Vietnam Is Awesome

    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 Quoc
    Mango BayFusion ResortsPremier VillageSaigon
    MystAn Lam RetreatMia ResortVilla SongMui Ne

    Clown CarMinh On HotelCargo RemoteThe CliffJoe’s CafeBo KheMini GolfDa Lat
    Twin Lam Lake (sicLavender ValleyMo StayLang Biang PeakPhong Nha
    Victory VillasPhong Nha HomestayDa Nang
    La Salle de MerHoi An
    An Bang BeachRoyal Riverside HotelCao LauNemMi QuangSend me a message, niall@sevenmillionbikes.com!Or book a free consultation if you want to start your own podcast or need help with an existing one.
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    • 53 min
    **NEW EPISODE** Elizabeth Nguyen, psychiatrist and author of "Aloha, Vietnam" discusses mental health

    **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.



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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Ani1216 ,

Funny and insightful

I love how the host is bringing fun to the conversations and still bring so much insights from the guests.

Also can we talk about the intro music? 😂 I love the street food vendor w/ beats.

Blueskyvietnam ,

Interested podcast

Listening to different points of view of expats living in Sai Gon is really interesting. I really love the idea and the energy of Seven Millions Bikes podcast. Thanks Niall.

A Saigoneer-to-the-core ,

Cool podcasts about Saigon with great theme tune and awesome content.

Listen to these podcasts if you would like to visit Saigon or even if you’re already here to see how people see Saigon through their eyes and feel Saigon through their hearts.

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