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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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Tips for taking photos in Vietnam - people and ideas of beauty

Hanoi Blog

Tips for taking photos in Vietnam - people and ideas of beauty

Taking photos of the local people you encounter as a traveller is complicated anywhere. In Vietnam, the locals have been remarkably amenable to being photographed for as long as... more

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... 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

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