"Travel with an old compass"
Welcome to Old Compass Travel
We're a new, boutique travel company - but we’re definitely not new to travel. Our founder Mark Bowyer has been exploring Asia since the early 1990s. He publishes the independent travel guide, www.rustycompass.com, and has travelled Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia like few others. Mark shot all the images on this website.
We love to dig deeper and do things differently. We care about history, art, culture, food, architecture, photography and the amazing contemporary life of the places we visit.
If that sounds like you, check us out.
Saigon - Tales of the City, is a half day, walking tour that tells the incredible story of the city through its bustling streets, and its most evocative historical sights. We set off each morning (afternoons in the hottest months) for a unique Saigon experience of history, architecture, food and contemporary life.
Every day 8.30 - 13.00: Maximum 8 travellers Min 1. Includes lunch. 900,000VND (40USD) per person.
Designed by Rusty Compass
We have some old ideas about what makes great travel experiences. We’re interested in history, architecture, art, food – the stories – and the incredible changes sweeping our region. And we’d much rather be on the streets than sitting in a coach.
We’re a boutique company in every sense – offering an in-depth walking tour of Saigon, special interest tours and customised travel advice.
Our tours are designed by our founder, Mark Bowyer. Mark first set foot in Vietnam in 1990 when the country was opening its doors to the world. He’s been hooked ever since. In March 2018, Mark will be leading our “Vietnam by the book” Old Compass Travel Book Club tours.
Mark publishes the travel website www.rustycompass.com. He’s been photographing, filming and writing about travel in Vietnam for decades. He’s fascinated by Vietnam’s incredible history, culture, language, architecture and the country’s economic development. Mark’s love of Vietnam imbues the tours he designs.
Vietnam is a visual feast for travellers. All the photos on this website and on Rusty Compass were shot by Mark.
Read more about Mark in this New York Times profile.
Duong, leads our Saigon – Tales of the City tour and was born in the central province of Nghe An. Nghe An is one of Vietnam’s poorest provinces – but it’s also the proud home of Ho Chi Minh. She moved to Saigon as a child. Duong loves art, design and her country’s incredible history. She has worked in furniture design and production, architecture and in art galleries. Duong loves to share her stories, and the stories of her city. She co-owns Old Compass Travel and The Old Compass Cafe.
Send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or come and visit us in Saigon at
The Old Compass Cafe
3rd Floor, 63/11 Pasteur St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.