Plastic free travel - a softly spoken woman leads the way

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Plastic free travel - a softly spoken woman leads the way

We’ve been thinking about the problem of single-use plastic waste and travel since we opened The... enlarge

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2017 - our year of travel in video

Hanoi Blog

2017 - our year of travel in video

Another year exploring Vietnam passes. Here are some video favourites from my travels. Plenty of magical moments have been had. But worries about how Vietnam's natural and built... more

Postcard from Hue - in search of Tet 1968

Hue Blog

Postcard from Hue - in search of Tet 1968

We travel to Hue in central Vietnam, 50 years after the Tet Offensive, searching for traces of the Battle of Hue - one of the longest and... 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

Remembering Kim Sinh in Hanoi

Hanoi Blog

Remembering Kim Sinh in Hanoi

One of the first Rusty Compass YouTube videos I shot way back in 2008, featured Vietnamese virtuoso guitar player Kim Sinh, collaborating... more

Vale Vann Molyvann - giant of Cambodian architecture and symbol of an age of optimism

Phnom Penh Blog

Vale Vann Molyvann - giant of Cambodian architecture and symbol of an age of optimism

One of the most rewarding things of decades getting to know Cambodia, has been learning of the work of modernist architect Vann Molyvann.... more

Farewell Jungle Beach - one of Vietnam's original

Nha Trang Blog

Farewell Jungle Beach - one of Vietnam's original "back to nature" resorts closes

Jungle Beach Resort north of Nha Trang on Vietnam’s central coast will soon close its flimsy bamboo doors for the last time. We hope this... more

Two Hanoi Banh Mi stalls - a tale of travel in the age of Tripadvisor

Hanoi Blog

Two Hanoi Banh Mi stalls - a tale of travel in the age of Tripadvisor

Two banh mi stalls in Hanoi’s Old Quarter tell an interesting story of travel in the age of Tripadvisor. Banh Mi 25 in Hanoi’s Old... more

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