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Meeting the man who discovered Son Doong, the world's largest cave

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Meeting the man who discovered Son Doong, the world's largest cave

One of the biggest things to happen in tourism in Vietnam over the past two decades has been the... enlarge

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A peek inside one of Hanoi's grand colonial villas

Hanoi Blog

A peek inside one of Hanoi's grand colonial villas

A French colonial villa on Hanoi’s Chan Cam St has become one of the most photographed colonial ruins in the city. These days it’s occupied by designers, a popular cafe and other... more

Introducing a special new tour by Rusty Compass - Vietnam by the Book

Hanoi Blog

Introducing a special new tour by Rusty Compass - Vietnam by the Book

2018 marks 25 years since I ran my first tour through Vietnam. To mark the anniversary, I’ve created a new 15 day tour - Vietnam by the... more

Angkor has been protected from the worst tourism excesses - someone should be thanked

Siem Reap Blog

Angkor has been protected from the worst tourism excesses - someone should be thanked

I spend more time than I would like lamenting the degradation of the places I visit while covering Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for Rusty... more

Saigon's pavements - yes, they're still getting worse

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Saigon's pavements - yes, they're still getting worse

Saigon’s failed campaign to improve its sidewalks has left them more dangerous than ever. It’s a disaster for locals and visitors and the... more

Vietnam's Quest Festival Goes Plastic Free - a chat with Malcolm Duckett

Hanoi Blog

Vietnam's Quest Festival Goes Plastic Free - a chat with Malcolm Duckett

Quest, Vietnam’s biggest international music festival, is getting serious about single-use plastic waste in 2018. We caught up with... more

Cycling to Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha Video

Cycling to Phong Nha Cave

After a massive afternoon downpour, I took out the bicycle for a short but breathtaking ride along the Son River. Ended up at the mouth of... more

Tet in Saigon - a time to think about arrivals and departures

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Tet in Saigon - a time to think about arrivals and departures

Saigon has been a city of immigrants from its founding in the 17th century. At Tet, as much of the city headed home to villages and towns... more

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Phong Nha

Phong Nha Introduction

Phong Nha

The declaration of Son Doong as the world's biggest cave in 2009 put Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park in the global adventure travel spotlight.... more

Halong Bay full day trip

Halong Bay see and do

Halong Bay full day trip

Day trips are still the most popular way to experience Halong Bay and new highway openings in September 2018 and new cruise options make the day... more

Need to know information about Halong Bay cruises

Halong Bay see and do

Need to know information about Halong Bay cruises

This Halong Bay guide runs through the practical stuff you should know before booking a cruise. It's independent of any of the cruise operators and... more

Pasteur Street Brewing Company, Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City nightlife

Pasteur Street Brewing Company, Saigon

American craft brewing arrived in Saigon in the form of the Pasteur Street Brewing Company back in 2015. And these guys quickly made their presence... more

Mekong Chau Doc

Mekong Chau Doc Introduction

Mekong Chau Doc

Chau Doc, located on Vietnam's Mekong river border with Cambodia, arrived on the tourism map back in 2000 when the border crossing opened to... more

Thien Nam Restaurant, Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City eating

Thien Nam Restaurant, Saigon

Old school Chinese restaurant, dating back to the 1950s. Grand building, quirky interior. A good stop for the nostalgic. Busy at lunchtime. more