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Meeting the man who discovered Son Doong, the world's largest cave

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Meeting the man who discovered Son Doong, the world's largest cave

One of the biggest things to happen in tourism in Vietnam over the past two decades has been the... enlarge

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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 Book. We’ll take three books and use their... 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

Vietnam's Quest Festival Goes Plastic Free - a chat with Malcolm Duckett

Hanoi Blog

Vietnam's Quest Festival Goes Plastic Free - a chat with Malcolm Duckett

Quest, Vietnam’s biggest international music festival, is getting serious about single-use plastic waste in 2018. We caught up with... more

Cycling to Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha Video

Cycling to Phong Nha Cave

After a massive afternoon downpour, I took out the bicycle for a short but breathtaking ride along the Son River. Ended up at the mouth of... more

Tet in Saigon - a time to think about arrivals and departures

Ho Chi Minh City Blog

Tet in Saigon - a time to think about arrivals and departures

Saigon has been a city of immigrants from its founding in the 17th century. At Tet, as much of the city headed home to villages and towns... more

Cycling Hoi An - a video guide

Hoi An Video

Cycling Hoi An - a video guide

A video guide to cycling the beautiful scenes in and around Hoi An in central Vietnam. more

Tet in Saigon - the flower market at Ben Binh Dong

Ho Chi Minh City Video

Tet in Saigon - the flower market at Ben Binh Dong

Each year, traditional Vietnamese boats head to Saigon, packed with flowers and trees that are key to the celebration of Tet - the... more

RECENT REVIEWS

Mekong Chau Doc

Mekong Chau Doc Introduction

Mekong Chau Doc

Chau Doc, located on Vietnam's Mekong river border with Cambodia, arrived on the tourism map back in 2000 when the border crossing opened to... more

Thien Nam Restaurant, Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City eating

Thien Nam Restaurant, Saigon

Old school Chinese restaurant, dating back to the 1950s. Grand building, quirky interior. A good stop for the nostalgic. Busy at lunchtime. more

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City Introduction

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City - still known to locals as Saigon - is Vietnam’s largest city and its economic powerhouse. The population has shot passed 10... more

AO Show Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City see and do

AO Show Saigon

A O show fuses dance, circus and musical forms in a vibrant and light-hearted series of sketches that track Vietnam's transition from rural life to... more

Ho Chi Minh City see and do

Ho Chi Minh City see and do

Ho Chi Minh City see and do

Our handpicked list of things to see and do in Ho Chi Minh City from museums, to walks, to cool cafes, streetfood and craft beer, will be your... more

Danang

Danang Introduction

Danang

Danang is Vietnam’s fifth biggest city and one of the country’s major ports. With fresh air, long, white sand beaches and a more laid back pace than... more