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!! 

A small group heritage walking tour of Saigon led by experts – history, architecture, food and more.

  • Daily: 3.00PM 3 hrs and dinner. Price: 1,350,00VND or $58 US per person – small group walk of history, heritage, architecture, Saigon’s fascinating stories told by professionals (dinner after the walk).
  • Includes – Small group (max 8) walking tour, approx. 3.5km, expert leader, delicious dinner, coffee stop, drinks at Old Compass Cafe
  • Check out our tour combining Tales of the City with Cu Chi Tunnels

An alternative tour of the Viet Cong tunnels at Cu Chi, focused on the history and solemnity of this remarkable battleground. Expert-led small groups (max 8).

  • Price: 2.7 mill VND or $115 US per person
  • Operates Daily: 7.00AM 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.
  • Ask about private tours to Cu Chi, Saigon walking tours and experiences of history, architecture and art

Heritage walking tour of Sydney – small groups, expert leaders, real history, Sydney Harbour, stunning scenes

  • $95AUD incl. GST (adult / child over 12 years)
  • Operates Daily: 2pm –  5pm including breaks and drinks (autumn / winter)
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Call +61426638642
  • Minimum: 2 people – min. age 12.
  • Drink by the harbour and expert guide included
  • Ask about private Sydney walking tours

An alternative walking tour of The Rocks, Sydney, where dispossession and convict history began and a colonial outpost was transformed to a trading powerhouse.

  • 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).
  • Ask about private Sydney walks of the Rocks, history, heritage, architecture and more
  • Call us on +61426638642 or email [email protected]
  • 16 days from north to south commencing in Hanoi
  • $4990USD per person twin share / $1490USD 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

Cultural travel ideas from our travel guides over at Rusty Compass. Our videos feature museums, walks, cycling, architecture and more. Check out our blog on Sydney beyond the harbour.


In this video and blog post, on the back of our recent Vietnam by the Book tour, I think aloud about three decades of change I’ve witnessed in Vietnam, from its opening to the world in 1990, to its current status as a regional economic and geopolitica...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