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Plastic free dining is coming to Hoi An - one place at a time

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Plastic free dining is coming to Hoi An - one place at a time

One of the fascinating things about my recent travels has been watching the efforts of small cafes... enlarge

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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 professional videography gadget to must-have... more

A new heritage landmark in Hanoi?

Hanoi Blog

A new heritage landmark in Hanoi?

A grand heritage building is being renovated in Hanoi’s picturesque Ba Dinh District. This is the nicest part of the capital - though few... more

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... 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

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Dong Khoi St - Saigon's French colonial architecture

Ho Chi Minh City see and do

Dong Khoi St - Saigon's French colonial architecture

Dong Khoi St has been at the centre of life in Saigon since French colonial times when it was known as Rue Catinat. In the 60s it became Tu Do St... more

Japanese Tombs from the 17th century in the Hoi An countryside

Hoi An see and do

Japanese Tombs from the 17th century in the Hoi An countryside

Three seventeenth century Japanese tombs in the Hoi An countryside are little-known but fascinating emblems of the town’s merchant past. more

An Bang Beach eating guide - Hoi An

Hoi An eating

An Bang Beach eating guide - Hoi An

Our independent guide to the restaurants and local eateries of An Bang Beach around 6kms from Hoi An. An Bang Beach is now Hoi An’s most popular... more

Coffee culture - Hoi An's best coffee

Hoi An eating

Coffee culture - Hoi An's best coffee

You won’t have to look far to find a good cup of coffee in Hoi An. The city's coffee scene has been transformed over the past few years. Here are... more

Samurai Kitchen Japanese Restaurant, Hoi An

Hoi An eating

Samurai Kitchen Japanese Restaurant, Hoi An

Popular home-style Japanese eatery right by Hoi An’s old market. Menu’s concise, food’s great, staff are friendly and the price is right. There are... more

Chez Cesar French restaurant, Hoi An

Hoi An eating

Chez Cesar French restaurant, Hoi An

Authentic French cuisine nearby Cua Dai Beach around 5kms from Hoi An old town. Good food, relaxed feel. Run by two young Frenchmen. more