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Saigoneer Podcast: Instagram's Impact on Tourism; the Power of 'Made in Vietnam'

A new Saigoneer Podcast episode is available now! 

This week, we begin (1:32) by discussing the impact social media, and especially Instagram, can have on tourism in light of two headline-grabbing recent events: the abrupt closure of Hanoi's 'train street,' and the social media furor that erupted after pictures of an illegally-built hotel on the Ma Pi Leng Pass in Ha Giang Province appeared on Facebook.

Then (19:28), we break down the perception of the 'Made in Vietnam' label both at home and abroad. We recently learned that Vietnamese products are popular in Russia, but how are they viewed elsewhere? (We're talking about products designed, made and sold by Vietnamese companies, not clothing or electronics manufactured here and sold by foreign corporations.)

As always, we close with Bánh Mì Banter (35:38).

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Here are some links to topics covered in the episode: 

Tourists rail against 'train street' selfie ban in Vietnam (AFP)

The Transformation of Hanoi's 'Train Street' (Zing, link in Vietnamese)

Stuffed With Sockeye Salmon, 'Holly' Wins 'Fat Bear Week' Heavyweight Title (NPR)