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From the archive: The Last President's Driver

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From the archive: The Last President's Driver

This man, Cu Thach Banh, was the driver for South Vietnam's last President, Duong Van Minh. I met... enlarge

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Is the tide turning against heritage destruction in Vietnam?

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Is the tide turning against heritage destruction in Vietnam?

The past decade has been devastating for Vietnam’s built heritage. Three recent decisions suggest that the tide may be finally turning in favour of the country's rich... more

The other remarkable thing about Pu Luong Vietnam? No piles of plastic

Pu Luong Blog

The other remarkable thing about Pu Luong Vietnam? No piles of plastic

Pu Luong, around four hours south of Hanoi, looks set to become the “next’ destination in Vietnam’s breathtaking mountainous north. And... more

One of Vietnam's most historic churches faces demolition

Hanoi Blog

One of Vietnam's most historic churches faces demolition

Vietnam’s three decades of rapid economic growth have not been so good for the country’s built heritage. The distinctive Bui Chu Cathedral... more

Vietnam in the 1990s - Qantas returns to Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Vietnam in the 1990s - Qantas returns to Saigon

In December 1990, I was aboard the first post-war Qantas flight to operate between Australia and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). It... more

Vietnam's first international tourism campaign - from 1991?

Hue Blog

Vietnam's first international tourism campaign - from 1991?

I’m gonna hazard a guess that this was the first post-war Vietnam tourism promotion in a Western country. It was 1991 and Vietnam was just... 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

It's more than 25 years since I ran my first tour through Vietnam. After a long break from leading tours, I now head back out on the road... more

The drone - a symbol of heavy-handed self-centred tourism

Hoi An Blog

The drone - a symbol of heavy-handed self-centred tourism

The drone has arrived. These high-impact flying machines are coming to a beautiful place near you. The drone has transitioned from... more

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Ho Chi Minh City eating

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Mekong Merchant, Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City eating

Mekong Merchant, Saigon

Probably the oldest surviving expat cafe in Saigon’s D2 - Mekong Merchant predates the current cafe boom by at least a decade - and remains a good... more

The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City eating

The Old Compass Cafe, Saigon

The Old Compass Cafe and Bar is a little sanctuary of local flavours and wine in Saigon's chaotic centre. It’s a great place for an experience of... more

Food Street - Tong Duy Tan St, Hanoi

Hanoi eating

Food Street - Tong Duy Tan St, Hanoi

Tong Duy Tan St, aka. Food Street, is a strip of mainly local eateries that gets especially busy at night. There are some cafes on the strip as well... more

60 Square, Hanoi

Hanoi see and do

60 Square, Hanoi

Hanoi’s 60 Square is an enclave of heritage buildings hosting cafes, boutiques and a developing art scene. It’s a little away from the centre of the... more