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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

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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 blog and video for a look. The gentle... 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

Southern Laos - Along the Mekong - 4000 Islands, Champasak

Si Phan Don Video

Southern Laos - Along the Mekong - 4000 Islands, Champasak

More from the travel vault - this time travels to southern Laos in 2016. We visit 4000 Islands, Champasak and explore the Mekong. Southern... more

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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

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

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

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

4P's Pizza, Hanoi

Hanoi eating

4P's Pizza, Hanoi

Saigon’s most popular pizza - Japanese owned 4P’s - moved to Hanoi in 2016. As at early 2022, there are now several across Hanoi. These guys take... more