Original cultural travel
in Vietnam and Australia.

Hung King Temple, Saigon © Mark Bowyer

Welcome to Old Compass Travel

We run walking tours and cultural experiences in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam and Sydney, Australia. We’re interested in the the known and less-known stories, beautiful places and the contemporary life of the cities we call home. Everything we do is small-scale and unique. Our people are dedicated specialists.

We also operate specialised tours for visiting delegations, universities and schools, expert talks, and unique corporate events mixing education and fun activities. 

Contact us at [email protected]

Travel well!! 

  • Price: 1,350,00VND or $58 US per person
  • Daily: 3.00PM 3 hrs plus dinner (dinner after the walk).
  • Walking tour – approx. 3.5kms
  • Includes delicious dinner, coffee stop, drinks at Old Compass Cafe
  • Price: 2.7 mill VND or $115 US per person
  • Operates Daily: 6.30AM for best experience from downtown location (Pasteur St, District 1).
  • What’s included: Small group experience, comfortable, quality transport, expert guide, drinks, entrance fees, tablet presentation, delicious meal at The Old Compass Cafe.
  • $95AUD incl. GST (adult / child over 12 years)
  • Operates Daily: 3pm – 5.30 – 6pm including breaks and drinks
  • Minimum: 2 people – min. age 12.
  • Drink by the harbour included
  • Ask about family or private walks
  • Email – [email protected]
  • Price: $65AUD pp incl. 10% GST
  • Walking tour – 2.5 hour approx.
  • Operates daily from The Rocks @ 9.30AM
  • Includes: Expert Sydney guide, presentation, coffee stop (coffee or soft drink).
  • Email – [email protected]
  • 16 days from north to south commencing in Hanoi
  • $4490USD per person twin share / $1390USD single traveller supplement
  • Focused on 3 books and including Hanoi, Dien Bien Phu, Phong Nha, DMZ, Hue, Hoi An and Saigon
  • Led by Mark Bowyer our founder – 2 dates per year February / March

Author Nguyen Qui Duc passed away in Hanoi in recently. Vietnam has lost a great advocate for the arts and a creator of cultural spaces. Vale Nguyen Qui Duc.


Sunday 17 September 2023 was a special day in Sydney. We took to the streets with tens of thousands of others in support of the October 14 referendum to recognise our First Peoples and enshrine an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in Australia’s Constitution...more


Send us an email: [email protected]
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.

In Sydney, email us at
[email protected]
or call us on +61426638642