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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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2020 - The COVID year in travel

Sydney Blog

2020 - The COVID year in travel

How do you make sense of a year like 2020? There were lockdowns, travel was wiped out globally, there was political chaos. I had a few unexpected personal challenges too. My... more

Parramatta's neglected heritage - the Female Factory

Sydney Blog

Parramatta's neglected heritage - the Female Factory

Parramatta was at the centre of the development of the British penal colony in New South Wales from its beginnings in 1788. It was also at... more

Cao Bang

Cao Bang Introduction

Cao Bang

Vietnam's far northern provinces are the most unique and beautiful in the country. Some of these places receive large numbers of... more

An unexpected Rusty Compass journey - an aortic dissection

Blog

An unexpected Rusty Compass journey - an aortic dissection

2020 has been a crazy year for everyone. For most of us (except Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and other tech titans), it's been a year of... more

Vietnam and the coronavirus - an unreliable travel guide

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Vietnam and the coronavirus - an unreliable travel guide

This is a rolling blog of updates on the coronavirus COVID-19 in Vietnam and how it is impacting travel in the country. As of this update... more

Yen Bai

Yen Bai Introduction

Yen Bai

Many photographers view the rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai, in Yen Bai province, to be the most spectacular in Vietnam. This vast region,... more

My most memorable stay of 2019 - Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge, Vietnam

Yen Bai Blog

My most memorable stay of 2019 - Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge, Vietnam

As 2019 ended, I thought about the dozens of places I stayed during my many months on the road. It struck me that my most memorable stay... more

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Sydney see and do

Sydney see and do

Sydney see and do

The Rusty Compass guide to the best things to see and do in Sydney is under construction. We'll be adding our listings of favourite things - tours,... more

Sydney's best swimming spots

Sydney see and do

Sydney's best swimming spots

From lesser known beaches and ocean pools, to suburban swimming centres, to harbour gems - this is our list of Sydney's best places for a casual... more

Sydney

Sydney Introduction

Sydney

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Australia

Australia Introduction

Australia

Rusty Compass is coming home - to Australia.After three decades of almost non-stop travel, mainly in South East Asia, a global pandemic and a fairly... more

Cao Bang

Cao Bang Introduction

Cao Bang

Vietnam's far northern provinces are the most unique and beautiful in the country. Some of these places receive large numbers of travellers, most... more

Cambodia

Cambodia Introduction

Cambodia

It's hard to think of a country that stretches the emotional repertoire like Cambodia. That's especially true if you've been visiting the country... more