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.

Hoi An-French-colonial-buildings
Hoi An-French-colonial-buildings

Hoi-An French colonial buildings

Japanese Covered Bridge

Hoi-An French colonial buildings Hoi-An French colonial buildings and this beautiful Japanese covered bridge which dates back to the 18th century. Probably the most photographed place in Hoi-An.

Crossing the bridge

Hoi An French colonial buildings

I’m not sure what the ladies are selling.

This is my favourite photo.

French baguettes

The culture & heritage is mostly from the Cham people whose kingdom originally stretched from Hue South to Phan Thiet (South of Nha Trang) – the Champa’s most likely originally from Java. The original Cham political capital was Tra Kieu, the commercial capital was Hoi An and the spiritual capital was My Son (Hindu). The Cham people were Hindu, and by the 10th century the influence of Arab traders to Hoi An resulted in some converting to become Muslims.

The second major influence was from the Chinese, firstly from traders but especially the escaping Ming Dynasty armies who after settling in Hoi An for some years moved further south and created Saigon as a major trading port.

Beautiful faces

Hoi-An French colonial buildings

Hoi An is midway between Hanoi & HCMC, you can fly into Danang then take a taxi south, on the way make sure you visit Marble mountain where you can watch beautiful statues being made and perhaps even order one to be shipped home.

Here I am at Marble Mountain just north of Hoi-An.

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Travel Tip. Hoi-An has the reputation as the place to go to have clothes made, I think one of the best strategies is to take some of your favourite items and have them copied at a fraction of the price you would pay at home.

Huge selection at Marble mountain

Marble mountain

A huge variety to choose from.

Marble Mountain

Hoi-An French colonial buildings

Imagine the thousands of hours to create this masterpiece.

Wonderful Lions

Hoi-An French colonial buildings

These are my favourites.

 Hoi-An French colonial buildings

Hoi-An French colonial buildings One of the many Hoi-An French colonial buildings.

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Fu kien restaurant

Hoi-An French colonial buildings

A typical Hoi-Ann street scene.

 Beautiful buildings

Hoi-An French colonial buildings

There are so many wonderful buildings.


Hoi-An French colonial buildings

There is a photo opportunity around every corner.

We asked where he was taking the duck?

Hoi-An French colonial buildings He said I am taking it home to eat it.

Hoi Ann timber delivery

Hoi-An French colonial buildings

Firewood for cooking I imagine.

Hoi Ann market

Hoi-An French colonial buildings

Morning gossip at the market.

Banana anyone?

Hoi-An French colonial buildings

It is a hive of activity on the waterfront.

Happy faces

Hoi-An French colonial buildings

Non la (palm-leaf conical hat) is a traditional symbol of Vietnamese people.

Great looking kids in Hoi Ann.

Hoi-An French colonial buildings

Another couple of great Vietnamese smiles.

China Beach

Hoi-An French colonial buildings During the war the Americans used the name China Beach to refer to the beautiful 30 km sweep of fine white sand that starts at Monkey Mountain and ends near Hoi An. Soldiers would be sent here for some R&R from bases all over the country.

China Beach

Hoi An French colonial buildings

As usual the vendors are relentless.

 David Herd at China beach.

David Herd China beach Thanks for visiting my Hoi-An French colonial buildings photo blog, one of my favourite places in Vietnam, however the image that sticks in my mind most of all are the beautiful faces of the people and their children in this amazing country. Have a look at some of my other Vietnam posts.

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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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