The Vietnam Experience
About the Show
Tired of work and life in Southern California, Tyler Simons sought to change things up. He quit his job, packed up his things, and headed to Hanoi, Vietnam to teach English and travel around Southeast Asia. The Vietnam Experience follows his journey as he discusses everything from the difficulties of living in a new country to all of the great travel opportunities.
Episode 8: A Vietnamese Gym Experience
May 20th, 2016 | 11 mins 40 secs
All gyms, all over the world are the same, right? Think again! Let's talk about some of the unique things that happen at a gym in Vietnam. You may be surprised by some of the differences!
Episode 7: Life as an Expat in Vietnam
April 28th, 2016 | 24 mins 32 secs
In this episode I discuss what daily life is like when living in Vietnam. I talk about some of my daily routines and what I like to do in my free time. I also reveal that not all days are perfect! I know, I know, traveling around the world is a dream come true, but do all days really have to be perfect? Lastly, I wrap it up with some things that make this whole experience awesome!
Episode 6: Why Hoan Kiem Lake Is So Special
March 24th, 2016 | 17 mins 46 secs
Hoan Kiem Lake is a special place. Hidden beneath its emerald green waters are a history and legend that most travelers may miss. A recent passing of an endangered Rafetus turtle has even further complicated its story.
Episode 5: Tet – Lunar New Year in Vietnam
January 28th, 2016 | 42 mins 25 secs
This episode covers everything Tet- the largest holiday in Vietnam. Tet, also known as Lunar New Year, is similar to Chinese New Year in many respects. With the help of guest, Phan, we discuss the traditions, beliefs, stories, and superstitions surrounding this event, and get a sense of its significance in the lives of Vietnamese people.
Episode 4: Point, Hope, and Eat
January 13th, 2016 | 28 mins 33 secs
In this episode, with the help of local food experts Trang and Vincy, I discuss some of the ways I find food, how I order food, as well as some of my favorite foods. Trang and Vincy help me make sense of some mysteries as well as share some of their favorite foods in Vietnam.
Episode 3: Where’s the Welcoming Party?: A Visit to the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi
December 23rd, 2015 | 10 mins 11 secs
On a recent visit to the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi to get a document notarized, our utopian dreams of our country's embassy were quickly shattered. Is this how all U.S. Embassies are? Were we wrong to assume that we’d be graciously welcomed at this small plot of U.S. soil?
Episode 2: The Health Check
December 10th, 2015 | 17 mins 19 secs
In this episode I discuss my experience at a local hospital. I needed to get a general health check from one of 5 Vietnamese hospitals in the area in order to begin the process of obtaining a work permit.