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Bondi's little-known Indigenous carvings

Photo feature

Bondi's little-known Indigenous carvings

Indigenous heritage sites in Australia continue to face the threat of destruction and vandalism.... enlarge

FEATURES

Travel has changed forever I - risk and reward

Sydney Blog

Travel has changed forever I - risk and reward

When borders began to reopen in Australia and South East Asia at the end of February 2022, I found myself very quickly back out on the road. First stop was Cambodia for a job.... more

Hoi An Postcard 2022 - Vietnam is open

Hoi An Blog

Hoi An Postcard 2022 - Vietnam is open

How is Hoi An, Vietnam's most loved World Heritage travel destination, faring after the reopening of borders in March 2022? Check out the... more

Hoi An Postcard 2022

Hoi An Video

Hoi An Postcard 2022

I've recently visited World Heritage listed Hoi in central Vietnam. It was my first visit back to one of Vietnam's most popular travel... more

Postcard from Hanoi - Vietnam is open

Hanoi Blog

Postcard from Hanoi - Vietnam is open

Finally I was walking the streets of Hanoi again. There were times during the two years of border closures when I wondered whether I'd... more

Temples of Angkor Cambodia - first international travels since the pandemic

Siem Reap Blog

Temples of Angkor Cambodia - first international travels since the pandemic

My first International travels after the pandemic took me to Cambodia and the temples of Angkor. After two years grounded in Australia, I... more

Travel lessons from two pandemic years in Sydney

Sydney Blog

Travel lessons from two pandemic years in Sydney

Two pandemic years have wiped out international travel for much of the world. Those of us who have lived a life of travel for decades have... more

Sydney opens up - a post lockdown travel guide to COVID in Sydney

Sydney Blog

Sydney opens up - a post lockdown travel guide to COVID in Sydney

Sydney has emerged from its four month lockdown and is hoping to reopen to international travellers soon. Australia’s borders are still... more

RECENT REVIEWS

Vietnam

Vietnam Introduction

Vietnam

I've had the privilege of exploring Vietnam for thirty years. I've lived many of those years in the country too - I have to pinch myself when I... more

The Rocks, Sydney

Sydney see and do

The Rocks, Sydney

The Rocks was the first British convict settlement in Australia and the place where the long dispossession of Australia’s First Peoples began. When... more

Sydney

Sydney Introduction

Sydney

Sydney is one of the world's most recognisable and best-loved cities. Its dazzling harbour setting and natural beauty are matched by a thriving... 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

Hoi An eating

Hoi An eating

Hoi An eating

This listing has been provisionally updated in April 2022. Sadly, Hoi An's international restaurants are mostly closed. The upside is that you will... more

Hoi An

Hoi An Introduction

Hoi An

Most travellers will rate Hoi An close to the top of their list of places to visit in Vietnam. It’s a perfect combination of history, architecture,... more