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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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Ho Chi Minh City nightlife

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Hanoi Urban Alley Hotel

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Hanoi Urban Alley Hotel

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Tannin Wine Bar, Hanoi

Hanoi nightlife

Tannin Wine Bar, Hanoi

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Red River Tea Room, West Lake, Hanoi

Hanoi nightlife

Red River Tea Room, West Lake, Hanoi

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Hanoi eating

Coffee Culture Hanoi - Hanoi's best cafes

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Whiskey Mystics and Men Bar, Hanoi

Hanoi nightlife

Whiskey Mystics and Men Bar, Hanoi

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