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.


HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam

Leaving HCMC

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat VietnamHCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam by mini bus with a one night stopover in Dalat. We travelled through some very interesting countryside stopping often for food and drinks.

Riding to school

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam Young girl wearing the traditional ao dai. The name “ao dai” was originally applied to the outfit worn at the court of the Nguyễn Lords at Huế in the 18th century.

A tip for the boys

HCMC I gave these boys a tip which made them very happy indeed.

Another happy face in Vietnam.

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam

So many happy faces in Vietnam.

Beautiful country heading north

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam

Rice terraces from the highway.

Village on the river

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam

A whole town sits on the water.

What more could you want?

HCMC Nha Trang

Vietnam’s version of waterfront homes.

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam

  HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam Compare the above and below photo and see if you can spot the difference.  

Looks the same doesn’t it?

  HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam Of course you picked it, the mother is rocking the baby. 🙂 🙂 🙂  

Paddling by foot

HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam

That’s a new technique.

Dalat market


Night market in Dalat.

Fresh fish at Dalat

  HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam   Đà Lạt, the capital of Lâm Đồng Province in southern Vietnam’s Central Highlands, is centred around a lake and golf course, and surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls. Known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its distinctive temperate climate, Đà Lạt was developed as a resort by the French in the early 1900s, and many reminders of its colonial heritage remain.

Off to training

  HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam  The kids are looking good in their karate outfits.

Lovely smile in Dalat

  HCMC Nha Trang Dalat Vietnam  So many smiling faces in this great country.

HCMC Nha Trang

David Herd Thailand Thanks for visiting my HCMC Nha Trang post, this is really a worthwhile adventure if you want to see life in the countryside, this was 2003, check out some more recent Vietnam posts below.

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Beckington Trowbridge

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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