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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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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 one of the many striking things about this... 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

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

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Rosie's Cafe, Hoi An

Hoi An eating

Rosie's Cafe, Hoi An

ROSIE'S RELOCATED IN MAY 2019 TO MAC DINH CHI ST HOI AN - OUTSIDE THE OLD TOWN. WE HAVEN'T VISITED THE NEW LOCATION YET.Lovely little cafe down an... more

Vietnam

Vietnam Introduction

Vietnam

I've had the privilege of exploring Vietnam for almost thirty years. I have to pinch myself when I write that. It’s been a period of extraordinary... more

Hoi An eating

Hoi An eating

Hoi An eating

Hoi An's old streets are jam packed with restaurants. The old merchant town is also the birthplace of one of Vietnam's most delectable local... more

Biker Shield Bistro, Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City eating

Biker Shield Bistro, Saigon

Saigon’s cool cafe scene is pumping and the motorcycle obsessives behind Biker Shield Bistro have raised the bar - a classic motorcycle-themed cafe... more

Vietnam House by Luke Nguyen

Ho Chi Minh City eating

Vietnam House by Luke Nguyen

Australian celebrity chef and restaurateur Luke Nguyen has opened his first restaurant in the land of his birth - bang in the heart of Saigon in a... more

Catholic Churches of Ninh Binh and Nam Dinh

Hanoi see and do

Catholic Churches of Ninh Binh and Nam Dinh

The provinces of Ninh Binh and Nam Dinh around 2 hours by road south of Hanoi, are where Catholicism first took root in Vietnam in the 17th century.... more