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Sydney's new harbour swimming pool - right by The Rocks

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Sydney's new harbour swimming pool - right by The Rocks

There is probably no major city in the world that’s better set up for swimmers than Sydney. We're... enlarge

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Lessons from decades exploring Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Lessons from decades exploring Vietnam

In our latest video (below), I have a think about 30 years of change in Vietnam and some of the travel lessons and wider lessons from my experiences of the country. One message... more

A traveller's guide to Vietnam's Buddhist Crisis of 1963

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

A traveller's guide to Vietnam's Buddhist Crisis of 1963

It's more than 60 years since South Vietnam was engulfed in what became known as the Buddhist crisis. It proved a critical point in the... more

Visiting Saigon's historic rooftop - symbol of the end of the Vietnam War

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Visiting Saigon's historic rooftop - symbol of the end of the Vietnam War

It may be the most iconic image of the end of the Vietnam War. It was taken on 29 April 1975 by photojournalist Hugh van Es, as US... more

In Vietnam, tourists are still learning the lessons of the American War

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

In Vietnam, tourists are still learning the lessons of the American War

For three decades, Saigon’s War Remnants Museum has been the essential museum in the city - the one few visitors miss. It tells the... more

Vietnam loses a storyteller - RIP Nguyen Qui Duc

Hanoi Blog

Vietnam loses a storyteller - RIP Nguyen Qui Duc

Vietnam has lost a storyteller and creative force. Nguyen Qui Duc died in Hanoi on November 22 2023. Monumental upheaval has been such... more

30 years exploring Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

30 years exploring Vietnam

2023 marks 30 years since I led my first tour through Vietnam. It was August 1993. After decades of war and economic hardship, a... more

The bus to Bondi is broken - Sydney's public transport is a shambles

Sydney Blog

The bus to Bondi is broken - Sydney's public transport is a shambles

The 333 service to Bondi Beach is Sydney's busiest bus route. It's especially popular with international tourists. It’s in dismal shape -... more

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Dien Bien Phu

Dien Bien Phu Introduction

Dien Bien Phu

Dien Bien Phu may be one of Vietnam's best kept travel secrets - especially for those with an interest in history. There's more than history too.... more

Hue - the alternative tour

Hue see and do

Hue - the alternative tour

Hue is central to everything in Vietnam's modern history - dynastic history, Buddhism, Catholicism, the coup of 1963 and the bloodiest battle of the... more

Hue

Hue Introduction

Hue

Hue is my favourite Vietnam city these days. Few travellers come away with the same view. It takes some time to settle in to Hue. And to really make... more

War Remnants Museum

Ho Chi Minh City see and do

War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum is Saigon's most visited museum. On our recent visits (March 2024) it's been the most crowded we've ever seen it. It's... more

Hanoi

Hanoi Introduction

Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, can make a strong claim to being one of Asia’s most compelling and beguiling cities. The tangled streets of the old... more

Saigon River walk

Ho Chi Minh City see and do

Saigon River walk

An early morning or late afternoon walk along the Saigon riverfront gives an interesting perspective on the changing city - from the old to the new.... more