The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

Magnificent rice terraces

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise


Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise, but personally I prefer Thailand as the best Asian destination for a number of reasons. For me there are too many Australians holidaying in Bali and being an Australian myself I really don’t want to mix with my countrymen when I am on vacation. I first visited this lovely island 40 years ago when it was calm and peaceful, now it is so busy all year round with tourists from all over the world. However as I said initially it is a great location for surfers as opposed to Thailand and many other Asian countries which don’t have large waves crashing on the shore.

Gathering for the sunset

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise


On the beach in front of Ku Da Ta the crowd eagerly awaits the sunset.

Beautiful Balinese sunset

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise


One of the best places in the world to watch the sunset.

Ku De Ta

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise


A famous restaurant where people gather for the sunset.

Here I am with little Ben from London

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This was July 2008.

Ben & Michelle

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We met online while discussing a house swap. I invited them to join me in Bali before coming to Australia to stay in my guest wing.

Traditional dancers

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise


Gorgeous girls in traditional Balinese dress.

Bali has a fascinating culture.

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Total concentration here.

Pura Tanah Lot Bali Indonesia

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise


 Tanah Lot means “Land Sea” in the Balinese language. Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th-century priest Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island’s beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.

Beautiful Balinese Villa.

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise


A beautiful Balinese villa.

Balinese boat on Sanur beach.

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise


A great boat on Sanur beach.

The age old question

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DOES MY BUM LOOK BIG IN THIS? Definitely not. 🙂

 Dining at Ku De Ta in Seminyak.

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One of the best places to dine and watch the fabulous sunsets is Ku De Ta on the beach at Seminyak. The photo above shows me David Herd & my friend Ken Grant, an American who now lives and works in Bali.

Ken’s Villa

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Here is where I stayed, Ken and his family came to my home in Australia for Xmas.

Beautifully decorated

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The whole villa was just beautifully decorated.

Jimbaram Bay

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The most popular beach dining location in Bali.

Samaya Hotel at Seminyak.

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise


There are many 5 star hotels in Bali Indonesia, the Samaya hotel is in a great location right on the beach.    

Beautiful grounds

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

A great place to relax & watch the sunsets.

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise


A kite surfer at Sanur beach.

Farewell from Kuta Beach

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 Thanks for visiting my Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise photo blog.

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That’s all folks

1g Duck


Click on Here is my last trip to Bali Indonesia in 1997.


Please check out my post on Angkor Wat


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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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