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.

Pattaya coffee shop review

August 18, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Pattaya coffee shop review

Pattaya coffee shop review

Pattaya coffee shop review from my perspective. These are the venues where I choose to spend my time and money. πŸ™‚

The photo above is the Coffee Club at Markland on Beach Rd, this in fact was opening day on 31-8-2018.

Coffee Club Eggs Benedict.

Pattaya coffee shop review Good quality food & coffee but far too expensive. For instance the equivalent of a Starbucks tall latte is B146 or $6.97 AUD, at Starbucks you pay B115 or $5.50 AUD.  Even though they have a branch in my condo building I generally walk 200 meters to the Holiday Inn where I only pay B113.

Smiling faces at Flow in the Holiday Inn.

Pattaya coffee shop review The staff here are very friendly & the food & coffee is excellent. The large coffee is B150 which is what you would expect for a 5 star hotel. However as I’m a member of the Hi Club I get a 25% discount which brings the cost down to B113.

Pattaya coffee shop review, how nice is this?

Pattaya coffee shop review Coffee art at the Holiday Inn. πŸ™‚

Pastry Addiction next door the Hard Rock Hotel.

Pattaya coffee shop review An excellent up market coffee shop on Beach Road. 

Breakfast at Pastry Addiction

Pattaya coffee shop review Good food, coffee & decor.

Bon cafe in Naklua Rd

Pattaya coffee shop review Certainly has one of the best value breakfasts in Pattaya, B185 including excellent coffee.

Bon Cafe coffee machines

Pattaya coffee shop review  Bon Cafe import coffee machines from many countries around the world for including Italy, Switzerland, Spain, the United States of America, and other countries to satisfy their various types of customers.

Starbucks, my favourite coffee shop in Pattaya

Pattaya coffee shop review Around 5 days a week I am at Central Marina or the Bay in Beach Road. The lovely girls put a candle in my croissant for my birthday. πŸ™‚

My Starbucks breakfast of choice

Pattaya coffee shop review Accompanied by a tall latte of course. Starbucks sell 4 BILLION cups annually. Which (divided by 365 days) means that roughly 10,958,904 cups sold daily between ALL Starbucks locations. So we are talking about 388 cups of espresso and/or coffee drinks daily on average per store globally.

This is Boonthavorn

Pattaya coffee shop review Surprisingly they have the best value coffee in Pattaya. They are on Sukhumvit Rd,see the map below.

Just inside the front entrance on the left.

Pattaya coffee shop review Top quality coffee for only B30, or $1.40 AUD.

Location

Pattaya coffee shop review Many thanks for visiting my Pattaya coffee shop review photo blog.

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That’s all folks

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Pretty woman stop awhile

August 12, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Pretty woman stop awhile

This is not a travel blog, it is part of my personal photo history, you may describe it as the melancholy musings of an old man. My answer to that is simple, it’s far better to be a “has been” than a “never was”. πŸ™‚

Pretty woman stop a while

Pretty woman stop awhile, Pretty woman talk awhile, Pretty woman give your smile to me, Pretty woman yeah, yeah, yeah, Pretty woman look my way, Pretty woman say you’ll stay with me, ‘Cause I need you, I’ll treat you right, Come with me baby, be mine tonight. It seems fitting looking back on a random selection of some of the Pretty women I have been lucky enough to know, that Roy Orbison should help me recall some of those wonderful memories.

That’s Karen Smith in 1985, my 3rd & last fiancee, I have never known a nicer girl. 

Carol Aboud in 1978

Pretty woman stop a while This was taken on my birthday which fell on 7-7-77, Carol & I were an item (on & off) for around 4 years. 

Sing it for me Neil. πŸ™‚

Carolyn Clark 1994

Pretty woman stop a while

I still see Carolyn when I’m on the Gold Coast, in fact in July 2019 we made a little promotional video for her boyfriend Andy Sims.

Next we have Glenn Frey sing a beautiful song, ok I know the song is Caroline as opposed to Carolyn, but you get the picture.

Now this definitely is a pretty woman.

Pretty woman stop a while

Kelly Davis hailed from Tasmania, we knocked around together for a few months in 1991.

Kelly was a huge fan of Van Morrison so here is another one of my favourites.

One of the sexiest of all the girls I knew.

Pretty woman stop a while There is something about those Kiwi girls, hot, hot, hot. Karen Greenwood & I had an on & off relationship for over a year in 1991. She stuck around mainly because I lent her a car. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Now here we have a real wild child.

Pretty woman stop a while Allison Schroeder, 18 years of age & gorgeous. Of course I was only 45 at the time. πŸ™‚

As they say in the classics, I was having the time of my life. πŸ™‚

Allison was wild but Tanya was crazy. πŸ™‚

Pretty woman stop a while Great company sober, but give her a couple of drinks too many & she would turn into a nightmare. This was 1989 on the Gold Coast.

Time to feature a triple treat.

Pretty woman stop a while Meet Kitty, Di Parko & Helen Burke,  before you ask the answer is yes. πŸ™‚

They don’t come any hotter than Donna Turner.

Pretty woman stop a while

This was 1996 & she still looks fabulous today in 2019.

Lee Gregory was my 2nd fiancee.

Pretty woman stop a while

Lee was from Adelaide where met, then we reconnected again in Melbourne in 1974. We had a fairly hectic dramatic short time together, travelled to Singapore & Bali & saw Frank Sinatra in concert in Melbourne on my birthday 7-7-74. 

This is one of my all time Sinatra favourites, I can think of no better song to play when I think of Lee.

And they did…..

Pretty woman stop a while Teresa Hamilton-Smith & Helen Burke, we had a lot of fun together in 1982 & 1983.

Barbara Manneli aka the Gypsy. 

Pretty woman stop a while

The classic island romance, we celebrated the millennium on Koh Samui, 3 months later I flew to Italy to re-kindle the affair. Guess what? I didn’t make 1st base. πŸ™‚ 

This one’s for you Gypsy.

Tall & tanned & young & lovely

Pretty woman stop a while This is Mel, we me on Copacabana beach, she had green eyes & was 6′ tall, say no more. πŸ™‚

Bebel Gilberto will sing the song for us.

Someones knocking at the door.

Pretty woman stop a while

Do me a favour open the door & let em in.

This is Emily at the Sheraton Mirage.

Pretty woman stop a while Was a Gold Coast meter maid.

Then there was Jill….

Pretty woman stop a while Cool, sexy & a lot of fun. Last time I saw her was in Sydney in 2102.

Back to the 60s

Pretty woman stop a while Veronica Crocker was my 2nd serious girlfriend, we dated for a couple of years when I was a teenager until the wanderlust took hold of me & at the ripe old age of 20 I sailed to England. 

Dion DiMucci was a huge artist in the 60s, here are two of his songs. Both bring back great memories of my time with Veronica.

Teenager in Love

Take good care of my Baby

The old shipboard romance.

Pretty woman stop a while I needed to get over my long romance with Veronica & Leanne Scott on the ship to England seemed like the perfect solution. πŸ™‚

Sing it for me Bobby……

Wendy Winspear, tall & gorgeous.

Pretty woman stop a while A lovely Dutch girl on the Gold Coast, sadly she passed away far too young around 2017, RIP.

My first fiancee, Melbourne 1970.

Pretty woman stop a while Paula Wills was an Adelaide girl living in Melbourne & working as a an hostess for Ansett. After 3 months living together I think we just ran out of things to say.

Dianne Parkinson in 1975

Pretty woman stop a while To say Parko bought some drams into my life is a gross understatement. Read about some of it on THIS LINK.

The sweetest Diane of them all.

Pretty woman stop a while

Adelaide 1973 Diane Butson was one of my neighbours in a condo block on Anzac Highway. She was a dance instructor at Arthur Murray dance studio. A great girl & absolutely gorgeous.  Follow THIS LINK for more old photos.

Great song from the Bachelors in 1964.

Another beautiful Adelaide girl.

Pretty woman stop a while Jan Seagers was another neighbour, we had some terrific times together. We caught up again in 2015, I had not seen her for 40 years. Check out THIS LINK.

Pretty woman stop awhile

Pretty woman stop a while Helen Burke from Melbourne, we really had some fun, played backgammon all through Hawaii & the California coast in 1982.

Linda Ronstadt will tell you about the coast.

Well by now you are bored silly by the memories & musings of an old man. But make no mistake, Glenn Frey will describe exactly how I feel today.

Pretty woman stop a while So it’s time for me to go, thank you for visiting my Pretty woman stop awhile photo blog. Here is the collection on Flickr.

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Boys must have toys

August 7, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Boys must have toys

Boys must have toys

Boys must have toys, it’s ingrained in our DNA. I have searched through my photos to find nearly all of the cars & boats I have had the pleasure of owning throughout my life.

They don’t come much prettier than my yellow canary shown above, I owned this beautiful Mercedes 350SL for 17 years from 1990 till 2007.

Here’s what you do with a beautiful car

Boys must have toys You fill it up with pretty girls of course. πŸ™‚

When you own a beautiful Mercedes….

Boys must have toys Naturally you need a Porsche to keep it company. πŸ™‚

When you drove a Porsche on the Gold Coast……..

Boys must have toys Good things seemed to happen.

My first Mercedes 350 SL

Boys must have toys I purchased this classic in 1980, it was the ultimate chick magnet. πŸ™‚

When you have a Mercedes & a Porsche…..

Boys must have toys
Naturally you need a boat. πŸ™‚ This is a 22′ Fraser with a 200 HP Yamaha.

Next you need a crash test dummy

Boys must have toys This keeps the birds away when the covers are off. πŸ™‚

My previous boat.

Boys must have toys 19 foot long with a 150 HP Suzuki. 

Life is hard, then you die.

Boys must have toys Joking of course, life is wonderful, when you die you can take a rest. πŸ™‚

26 foot Williams bay cruiser

Boys must have toys

This was my boat when I lived in Newport in Sydney in the 80s.

Also at Newport

Boys must have toys A little runabout to get me around Pittwater & Scotland Island. Do you like the name?

Here is my Bertram 25

Boys must have toysA terrific flybridge cruiser with twin 165 HP Mercury inboards. It was moored outside my Drummoyne apartment in the early 80s & spent most of the time visiting Doyles at Watsons Bay.

When you own a boat…..

Boys must have toys Good things seem to happen. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 

Loading the team on board

Boys must have toys Off to Doyles again.

Gluttony at it’s very best. πŸ™‚

Boys must have toys So many memories of long lazy lunches at Doyles.

A typical Sunday at Doyles

Boys must have toys Huge crowd at Doyles & the Watson’s Bay hotel next door.

Back to the cars

Boys must have toys This was my Mercedes 280 E in 1989.

My beautiful Jaguar XJ 6.

Boys must have toys It came with 2 petrol tanks & 2 gorgeous girls.

My first car

Boys must have toys Sorry about the photo quality most of my photos were damaged when my home in Melbourne was firebombed in September 1977. But that’s another story, it & others are on THIS LINK.

Next car was an iconic FJ Holden.

Boys must have toys I was lucky to survive some of the things I did in this car. Looking back, I was a typical teenager in the 60s who knew no fear.

Then came the Volkswagen

Boys must have toys I can remember floating it on the highway at Ballina in the floods. I just pushed it 50 metres to the dry road.

When you owned a VW in the 60s……

Boys must have toysGood things happened, for example “Veronica Crocker”.

EH Holden station wagon.

Boys must have toysThis was my next car after arriving home in 1965 after 18 months in England & Europe, including a 4 month stint as an officer on the La Maria.

A 1970 MGB, my first new car.

Boys must have toys It set me back just under $3000, worth every cent. Purchased in Melbourne, relocated to Sydney for 2 years then moved to Adelaide in 1972.

A 1971 E Type Jaguar

Boys must have toys Forget the photo quality the car was magnificent. I remember driving from Adelaide to Melbourne in the middle of the night in 5 hours 45 minutes.

When you drove an E type good things happened.

Boys must have toys Meet Jan Seagars & my Doberman Ziggy, this was Lexton Grove Windsor in 1974. Three thoroughbreds together.

My two sports cars

Boys must have toys One was a little faster than the other, but I loved them both. Madison was guarding the fleet.

The work horse

Boys must have toys My Commodore station wagon initially was my 2nd car, in 2003 I took 3 Japanese students on a road trip which started in Surfers Paradise & went through Broken Hill  NSW to Coober Pedy in South Australia. The next leg took us to Uluru aka Ayers Rock. 

Boys must have toys

Boys must have toys You may think this Lexus is a little out of character, I owned it for 3 years prior to moving to Thailand in 2011. Without a doubt it was the best value out of all the vehicles I ever owned. Paid $7,500 in 2008 & sold it for $7,000, it was as smooth as silk.

Well, that’s all folks.

Boys must have toys Many thanks for visiting my Boys must have toys photo blog & indulging me in truck loads of nostalgia. 

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Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

August 4, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia which is officially known as Flagstaff Beach, is the northernmost beach in New South Wales. It’s at the mouth of the Tweed River and the rocky headland Point Danger, which also marks the Queensland-New South Wales border.

Sand transport system

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia The Project is a sand transport system that collects sand from the southern side of the Tweed River entrance at Letitia Spit, and pumps it under the river to outlets on the northern side. From there the sand is transported by waves and  currents to nourish the southern Gold Coast beaches. 

Great view of the beach

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia We are standing on a cliff in QLD looking across Flagstaff Beach to NSW.

Surfers waiting for a wave.

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia There seems to be many personal and indescribable experiences in their lives that keeps them paddling out again & again. Plus the willingness to wait for them often defines a surfer more than his or her individual ability.

Bring it on.

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia The waiting is really worth it.

Everyone loves the beach

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia Not just surfers, kids with their mums & dogs as well. πŸ™‚

My friends from England

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia Joan Baptist & Bill Austin from Wiltshire visited Australia in 2010 & naturally I took them sightseeing along the coast. The following week we drove down to Sydney.

They actually got married in England yesterday August 3 2019 after being together for over 20 years.

Kitesurfer

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia It’s not just the board-riders who love to surf. Kite-boarding is an action sport combining aspects of wake-boarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and sailing into one extreme sport. A kite-boarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water, land, or snow. Wikipedia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia I’m guessing he is heading for a cold beer.

OK, I’ll meet you at the pub. πŸ™‚

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia This is what the Beach Boys call a “surfer girl”.

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Fabulous Australian Seafood

August 2, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Fabulous Australian Seafood

Fabulous Australian Seafood

Fabulous Australian Seafood is probably the thing I miss the most living overseas. Good avocados are a close second.  Writing this article is bringing back so many wonderful seafood feasts in the land down under. πŸ™‚

The photo above & in the header was Xmas lunch 2003, I was happy to spend Xmas day alone with my best friend Ziggy (my Doberman) enjoying my beautiful home that I built in 1990. I ate magnificent seafood and washed it down with my favourite white wine from Margaret River in W.A. a Salitage unwooded Chardonay, life could not get much better than this. πŸ™‚

Avocado & fresh prawns

Fabulous Australian Seafood A perfect combination, add some fresh white bread loaded with Gluten. πŸ™‚ This feast was at Edgewater restaurant on the Isle of Capri in Surfers Paradise Australia.

The famous Australian mudcrab

Fabulous Australian Seafood Absolutely delicious & ideal for a long leisurely lunch with a very cold NZ Sauvignon Blanc.

I have caught & eaten hundreds of them.

Fabulous Australian Seafood For 10 years from 1990 I caught a huge numbers from my jetty at 106 Upton St Bundall until they replaced a bridge in Crombie Avenue destroying their breeding grounds.

Mudcrab prices have gone through the roof.

Fabulous Australian Seafood Especially if you buy them at the seafood shop in the Brickworks centre on Ferry Road. $73 a kilo is way above my budget.

Charis seafood at Labrador.

Fabulous Australian Seafood Much cheaper than the brickworks, but don’t be fooled by the price shown here, it was 2010. πŸ™‚

Fresh seafood from Woolworths

Fabulous Australian Seafood My friend Phil Thomson & I enjoyed this great selection from Woolworth’s at Southport Park shopping mall.

Eagles concert Brisbane 1995

Fabulous Australian Seafood My friend Ross Kennedy & I have a seafood feast in the carpark before the concert.

Fabulous Port Macquarie seafood.

Fabulous Australian Seafood It does not get better than this. These oysters were $15 a dozen & the prawns cost $10, both were as good as anywhere in the world.

Hastings River Port Macquarie

Fabulous Australian Seafood All along the NSW coast there are seafood shops just like this.

Mambo Number 5

Fabulous Australian Seafood A little bit of Monica in my life, A little bit of Erica by my side, A little bit of Rita is all I need, A little bit of Tina is what I see…….
This was a fabulous night at the Freeway Hotel in Artarmon in Sydney, wonderful seafood & an abundance of eye candy. πŸ™‚

Sydney Fish Market

Fabulous Australian SeafoodThis wonderful market has every variety of seafood you will ever need, check out their site here.

Murray Cod & Garfish

Fabulous Australian Seafood So fresh they almost jump onto your plate. πŸ™‚

Pony Dining Eagle Street Pier

Fabulous Australian Seafood I usually prefer raw oysters but sometimes I’ll live dangerously. TripAdvisor rate Pony #168 of 3,868 Restaurants in Brisbane. Personally I think they are way too generous.

Baby Barramundi at the Lazy Lobster in Labrador, July 2019.

Fabulous Australian Seafood

I should have ordered the Lobster. πŸ™‚

Seafood Chowder at Omeros Bros.

Fabulous Australian SeafoodCertainly one of the Gold Coast’s best restaurants.

 Fabulous Australian Seafood

We shot this video at Omeros July 2019.

Best prawns I have ever eaten.

Fabulous Australian Seafood Just buy them fresh from the trawlers on the Spit at the Broadwater.

Here are the trawlers

Fabulous Australian Seafood The medium prawns are about $25 a kilo.

I have saved the best for last.

Fabulous Australian Seafood Chevron Island Seafood is the best value on the Coast, I have been a customer for 30 years.

Sometimes I just have prawns & scallops

Fabulous Australian Seafood Cooked to perfection.

Sometimes oysters natural

Fabulous Australian Seafood That’s my friend Frank lurking in the background. πŸ™‚

Other times I have my special dish

Fabulous Australian Seafood A mixture to die for, thanks Warren.

My photos are being seen

Fabulous Australian Seafood

I will have to remind Frank & Warren about the free publicity I am getting for them, surely I deserve a few dozen free oysters? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 

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Fuji Japanese Restaurant returns

August 1, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Fuji Japanese Restaurant returns

Fuji Japanese Restaurant returns

Fuji Japanese Restaurant returns to Central Marina shopping mall in Pattaya. It has not operated there since before the major renovations took place in 2017.

Super decor

Fuji Japanese Restaurant returns Excellent staff as usual, plus the food is top quality & reasonably priced.

Red hot opening special

Fuji Japanese Restaurant returns Only 240 Baht or $7.80 USD including a miso soup.

The old favourites are still on the menu.

Fuji Japanese Restaurant returns Central Marina is only 5 minutes walk from my apartment, & 2 minutes from the Atlantic Bar, so I dine there 4 or 5 times a week. There are several excellent Japanese restaurants apart from Fuji, in particular I recommend Miyayzaki. 

California Roll

Fuji Japanese Restaurant returns Certainly one of my all time favourites at Fuji.

Fuji Japanese Restaurant returns

Fuji Japanese Restaurant returns Japan is my favourite for travel & food so I consider myself very lucky to have so many choices here in Pattaya for top quality Japanese food.

So glad Fuji is back

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Starbucks Pattaya every morning

July 28, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Starbucks Pattaya every morning

Starbucks Pattaya every morning

Starbucks Pattaya every morning is a perfect start to my day. Not just the excellent coffee, the friendly smiling staff always put me in a positive mood. Above is the branch at The Bay on Beach Road Pattaya between Soi 5 & Soi 6.

The Bay Beach Road

Starbucks Pattaya every morning Let’s go to Starbucks & stare at our phones. πŸ™‚

Opening day at the Bay

Starbucks Pattaya every morning September 22 2015.

My breakfast of choice.

Starbucks Pattaya every morning Ham & cheese croissant with a tall latte. B240 or $7.8 USD

There are two Starbucks at Central Festival

Starbucks Pattaya every morning That makes 4 within 10 minutes walk from my condo.

Inside Central Festival branch

Starbucks Pattaya every morning Quite an attractive fit out.

A birthday candle for me. πŸ™‚

Starbucks Pattaya every morning As I mentioned earlier the smiles on girls are a really nice start for the day.

Sometimes they run out of croissants.

Starbucks Pattaya every morning So I settle for a sandwich. πŸ™‚

Starbucks Pattaya every morning

Starbucks Pattaya every morning Every 12 coffee is free if you have a Starbucks card so I often take one home for later.

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Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

July 24, 2019 by David Herd

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend for Hamish Elton seemed more like a competition based on “survival of the fittest” πŸ™‚ You suddenly realise you are a popular guy when 35 people fly in from overseas to help you celebrate. Thirty three came from Australia & two from America.

Celebrations started on Tuesday

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend People began arriving on Monday July 15 & warm up celebrations began on Tuesday. Many stayed at the Birds & Bees Resort situated on the beach between Pattaya & Jomtien. For an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

The photo above is at the famous restaurant located in the hotel called “Cabbages & Condoms”, rated by TripAdvisor #78 of 1,182 Restaurants in Pattaya.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Dressed in condoms

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Condoms, what condoms, I don’t see any condoms. πŸ™‚

Luxury boat cruise Friday July 19

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend I use the term luxury rather loosely as you can see from the photo, although nobody wants to admit it, I think it was a frustrating event. They finally left 3 hours late before realising they didn’t have a tender, after picking it up from the mooring they found it didn’t have a rope to tow it with so they tied it to the side of the ferry. Add to this there were various problems when trying to tie up at Koh Larn Jetty. 

All I can say is I am so happy I decided not to take the trip.

Transferred to a faster boat

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend What time can we start having fun they ask. πŸ™‚

A rose between 2 thorns

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Tony Teys & Wayne Schmidt wants to know why Hamish is turning 50 yet only looks 40.

Let’s go home.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Rough seas & too much beer can take its toll. πŸ™‚

Back to the Birds & the Bees.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Such a fabulous location right on the beach.

Saturday night dinner

Marathon 50th Birthday WeekendNaturally Cabbages & Condoms was chosen for the feast. From the left we have David  an Australian of no fixed address, Paul Elmslie, Hamish’s partner, Alex & Aiden.

The buffet awaits

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Ninety minutes of pre dinner drinks before the buffet.

The bride & groom

Marathon 50th Birthday WeekendOops! did I speak too soon? πŸ™‚

More happy friends with Hamish

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend From the left we have Alex, Su, Yura, Hamish & Kyle.

Let’s throw some glamour into the mix.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend I’m sure I heard the guys shouting “hello sexy girl”? πŸ™‚

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Food was good & the booze kept flowing.

Every night ended up in Walking St.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Hamish said five nights in a row were a 5 am finish.

Then came Sunday bloody Sunday. πŸ™‚

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend The legend awaits, none other than Harlan Goldstein, a self proclaimed genius who has not got a shy bone in his whole body. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 

The team gathers

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend This is July 21st Hamish’s actual birthday.

They come to praise the Prince.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Prince Hamish of Walking Street, a legend in his own lunch time. πŸ™‚

King of Pratumnack & Prince of Walking St.

Marathon 50th Birthday WeekendThe restaurant-er legend & the Go Go bar legend under the one roof.

Some of the loyal peasants cheer their heroes.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Or perhaps shout for more tequila shots, one of the two. πŸ™‚

Lets talk about selfies

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Here’s the undisputed King & Queen of selfies, nobody comes close to Hamish Elton & Hashtag Sally, we salute you. πŸ™‚

Another legend in his own lunchtime.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Greg Clee in full swing, prefers to be known as Greg “Storming Jack” Dawson.

Who invited Elton John?

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Well, no party is complete without :The Crocodile Rock”. πŸ™‚

The legend goes to work.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend In case any of you have not heard, Harlan Goldstein was a successful chef and Hong Kong celebrity before moving to Pattaya.  In 2012, Gold by Harlan Goldstein received its first Michelin star, his Pattaya restaurant  serves comfort food from all around the world, which is influenced by his 38 years traveling the world as a chef. TripAdvisor rating is #89 of 1,182 Restaurants in Pattaya.

Until next time.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Thanks Hamish & May for organizing a week to remember. Just as an after thought, there was another marathon beside Hamish’s birthday, you guessed it, the actual Pattaya marathon kicked off at 2 am on July 21st, Hamish’s birthday.

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Japan, five popular places to visit

July 23, 2019 by David Herd

Japan, five popular places to visit

Japan, five popular places to visit

Japan, five popular places to visit. Japan is a beautiful country, with one of the most ancient civilizations in the world. There are many Japanese customs that have endured for hundreds of years – you’ll love their commitment to politeness and their incredible hospitality. The depth of Japan’s history is reflected in the many breathtaking tourist attractions waiting to be discovered, both natural and man-made. Here are five of the top ones for you to explore yourself.

1. Mount Fuji

Japan, five popular places to visit

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At 3,776 metres high, Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain. It is an exquisitely-shaped volcano that has long been worshiped as a sacred natural monument and is a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike. It remains active, though its most recent eruption was in 1707, and it can even be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama when visibility is good. You can take the world-famous bullet train to enjoy views of this awe-inspiring landmark, and there are many attractions and resorts near the foot of the mountain to see it up close.

2. Snow monkeys

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You may have heard of the famous snow monkeys of Japan, which are actually Japanese macaques. There are numerous attractions in Jigokudani, Yamanouchi and Nagano based around these majestic animals. The Jigokudani Yaenkoen park is a particular favourite for visitors, where the primates can be observed in their natural habitat. It’s a great diversion if you are staying at one of the ski resorts of the Shiga Kogen region which are renowned for their beauty. Just make sure everyone in your party takes ski safety seriously – a surprising number of people still ski without helmets, for example, with helmet wearing rates in Germany falling as low as 40%!

3. Kyoto Temples

Japan, five popular places to visit

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There are more than 1,600 temples in Kyoto, so it can be quite challenging choosing which ones to visit in the city. To help you out, here are a few recommendations:

 

  • Nanzen-ji Temple – this is a sprawling Zen haven amid luscious green hills.

 

  • Tofuku-ji Temple – reputed to be one of the most beautiful of Kyoto’s temples, Tofuku-ji also has the advantage of not being overly crowded (unless you visit during the autumn).

 

  • Daitoku-ji Temple – more than just a temple, this is a whole world of temples, with some of the most exquisite Zen gardens you’ll find anywhere.   
  • 4, The Japanese Alps 
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  • If you want to soak up some of Japan’s most breathtaking natural beauty, the Japanese Alps are the best place to go. There’s plenty of opportunity for hiking, skiing and enjoying a soak in some of the country’s most scenic locations. There are also some unique attractions to discover, like a ninja theme park and a wasabi farm. A journey around the region could also involve a trip to Matsumoto, Kamikochi, Nagano and Obuse.

5, Himeji Castle

Japan, five popular places to visit

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When it comes to places of historical significance in Japan, Himeji Castle ranks highly. It has an elegant, white appearance and is exquisitely preserved for tourist visits. It is a world heritage site, one of Japan’s 12 original castles, and has stood since the 1400s. As it survives today, the complex is over 400 years old, made up of over 80 buildings connected by various gates and winding paths. The castle almost personifies Japanese culture and is not to be missed.

The magic and wonder of Japan comes from over a thousand years of rich cultural heritage, and there is so much more beyond these five highlights for you to discover. If you are visiting, you will enjoy the absolute privilege of taking in this wonderful culture.

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Top tips for London sightseeing

July 22, 2019 by David Herd

Five top tips for London sightseeing

Top tips for London sightseeing

Top tips for London sightseeing, very few cities offer the history, architecture and culture of London, so it;s understandable if you are eager to nail all the sightseeing spots on your visit. Londoners have many qualities, but they’re not typically known as the friendliest bunch in the world, so take a look at some of our tips to help you in the UK’s capital. After a few days of experiencing busy underground stations, charming pubs and bustling shopping centres, you’ll feel just like a local.

Tip 1, Stand on the right on an escalator.

Top tips for London sightseeing

Nothing annoys Londoners more than tourists blocking their path when they’re running late for a train. It’s an easy mistake to make, especially if no-one’s pre-warned you, but standing on the left on an escalator is an unforgivable sin come rush hour. Just to make things clear: stand on the right, walk down or up on the left – it will make your life a lot easier without the sound of frustrated tutting behind you.

I hope this word of warning hasn’t put you off using the Underground, because it’s the best way to get around Central London.

London Tube map

Top tips for London sightseeing It isn’t too tricky to figure out, just watch out for the destination on the front of the train and you’ll be fine. 

Tip 2, Go on a free walking tour

Top tips for London sightseeing Every city worth visiting hosts a wealth of companies offering free walking tours and London is no exception. They’re by far the best way to see the city: they’re free (though it is always polite to leave a tip for the guide), it gives you a better sense of direction and it provides some exercise in the fresh London air. Why spend Β£20 on an open-top bus tour when you can burn off the fish and chips from the night before, admiring the beauty of Buckingham Palace?

Tip 3, visit the pub.

Top tips for London sightseeing Even if you’re not the biggest drinker, it’s still worthwhile basking in the quintessential English atmosphere that consumes a London pub. If you are into your alcohol, most pubs will pride themselves on their selection of booze, ranging from pale ales to exotic cocktails. For the more sociable visitors that are planning on making friends with the locals on your visit, the pub is your best option. Brits quickly open up once they have a cold pint in their hand.

Tip 4, Make sure to check out the museums and galleries.

Top tips for London sightseeing 

London has so much to offer, yet the free entry into its art galleries and museums may just be the jewel in its crown. The British Museum, The Natural History Museum and The Science Museum are all hugely popular and in very close proximity, making the perfect itinerary for a day of history and culture.

Tate Modern is one of the most popular galleries and is ideally located right in the heart of Southbank, allowing you the chance to take a stroll along the Thames after enjoying some modern art.

Tip 5, Book your accommodation in advance

Top tips for London sightseeing London can be a touch pricey, especially if you’re booking your hotel at the last moment. Make sure you’re prepared well ahead of time – saving money before you go creates some more funds to splash on a fancy dinner in Covent Garden. Don’t worry if you still haven’t found your perfect place to stay, there are plenty of companies designed to give you a helping hand with your search. Think of all the extra souvenirs you’ll be able to bring home.

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