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

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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 Book. We’ll take three books and use their... 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

Tet in Saigon - the flower market at Ben Binh Dong

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Tet in Saigon - the flower market at Ben Binh Dong

Each year, traditional Vietnamese boats head to Saigon, packed with flowers and trees that are key to the celebration of Tet - the... more

Travel tech update - From the Apple iPhone to the Oppo F5

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Travel tech update - From the Apple iPhone to the Oppo F5

I’ve switched from one of the most expensive phones on the market - the Apple iPhone - to one of the cheapest -an OPPO F5. And so far, I’m... more

Siem Reap hotels - need to know

Siem Reap hotels

Siem Reap hotels - need to know

Siem Reap is home to some of the best hotels and resorts in South East Asia. There are some horrors too. But the standards are generally... more

Craft Beer - exploring Hanoi's craft beer scene

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Craft Beer - exploring Hanoi's craft beer scene

This is our independent guide to Hanoi’s craft beer scene. Vietnam's capital has been slower to jump on the craft beer bandwagon than... more

Angkor Temples entrance ticket - need to know

Siem Reap see and do

Angkor Temples entrance ticket - need to know

In 2017, the management of the Angkor Archaeological Park changed hands and entrance fees for admission to the Angkor Temples increased.... more

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Saigon's coolest hotels and places to stay

Ho Chi Minh City hotels

Saigon's coolest hotels and places to stay

Saigon seems to add hotels by the week. And while they offer comfortable, well priced accommodation, few of the city's openings break new ground in... more

Recent restaurant and cafe openings in Saigon - our picks

Ho Chi Minh City eating

Recent restaurant and cafe openings in Saigon - our picks

Here are our picks of Saigon's best new restaurants. This has long been a great city for foodies. And it keeps getting better. And the offerings are... more

Hanoi nightlife

Hanoi nightlife

Hanoi nightlife

A new wave of cocktail bars, craft beer tap rooms and clubs are shaking up Hanoi's hard-earned reputation for dullness by night. The capital's drink... more

Pasteur St Brewing Tap Room, Hanoi

Hanoi nightlife

Pasteur St Brewing Tap Room, Hanoi

Vietnam's pioneering craft beer brewer made a big splash in the capital in 2017 - opening an impressive emporium right by St Joseph’s Cathedral in... more

Phong Nha nightlife

Phong Nha nightlife

Phong Nha nightlife

If you want to make the most of your Phong Nha time, you might want to hit the bed early and rise early. But if you’re determined to get some... more

Phong Nha eating

Phong Nha eating

Phong Nha eating

An independent guide to eating in and around Phong Nha - Ke Bang.Phong Nha’s restaurant scene is limited. But if you like the flavours of the... more