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.

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok

January 22, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Terminal 21 & Centrepoint Hotel

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok is only one station or 10 minutes from where I stay in Soi 11 Nana. Asoke station is adjacent to Terminal 21 one of the many Bangkok shopping malls.

Rajadapisek Road

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok From the corner of Sukhumvit Rd, on the left is Terminal 21 & on the right is the Pullman Hotel. The first street on the right is the famous Soi Cowboy.

Asoke Montri Road

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok

Rajadapisek Road This is the other side of the intersection coming from Rajadapisek Road. The tall building in the centre on the 25th floor is where you can find one of Bangkok’s great sky bars, the Long Table.

Long Table Sky Bar Asoke

 photo long-table4 2.jpg A great spot to watch the sunset. Photo credit AsiaWebDirect.

Location

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok The Asoke station has a direct walkway into Terminal 21.

Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok

The five star Pullman is in a great location, for a discounted room rate just book through THIS LINK.

The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel

 photo Asoke20Weston20Hotel202.jpg Next door to Terminal 21 on Sukhumvit Road, book through THIS LINK for a great room rate.

Terminal 21 Asoke

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok A terrific location for shopping and eating.

 photo Tony Romas 3.jpg          Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok          Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok

Just step off the sky train & walk straight into the mall. Tony Roma’s ribs are famous world wide.

 Asoke comes alive at night

 photo Asoke 7.jpg Lots of action here at night plus traffic gridlock on Sukhumvit Rd around the busy intersection.

Every night on Sukhumvit Rd

 photo Asoke2010.jpg Forget taxis take the sky train. ๐Ÿ™‚

Soi Cowboy 

The crowd is building up. photo SoiCowboy27.jpg Soi Cowboy is only a very short street with about 40 go-go bars, competing with Nana Plaza and Patpong Rd.

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok          Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok          Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok          

Nana Plaza, Patpong Rd and Soi Cowboy are popular “so called” entertainment areas.

 Hemingway’s at Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok Another beloved expat bar and restaurant, Hemingwayโ€™s, shut its doors at the end of October 2016.  The land was purchased by Japanese developers who plan to build a 27-story hotel on the site that sits directly at BTS Asoke at the top of Sukhumvit Soi 14.

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok           photo Hemmingways20Soi201420Asoke2018.jpg          Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok

Unlike in the US, the UK and  Australia, there are no laws in Thailand to protect historic buildings. If there were, this rare and gorgeous specimen would have been protected. Sadly the owners spent one million USD (THB35 million)  renovating the house and opening the restaurant just four years ago.

 Brewski at Radisson Blu Plaza

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok Brewski sky bar on Sukhumvit Road near Soi 25 claim to be the only rooftop craft beer bar in Bangkok. Iโ€™m not into craft beers however an Asahi bottle was reasonably priced at B160, or $4.50 USD.

 You won’t see many white elephants in Asoke

Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok

Thanks for visiting my Exciting Asoke Sukhumvit Line Bangkok photo blog.

          Checkout some more of my terrific blogs on the links below.

             Lisbon                                 New York                       Airole Italy     

Lisbon restaurant            Wall St New York            Airole                         

             Menton                          Pattaya Storms                   Shibuya Tokyo

French Riviera            Pattaya Thailand            Shibuya Tokyo                 

        Hong Kong                        Florianopolos                         Dubrovnik

Kowloon Hong Kong           Joaquina Beach Florianopolis            Dubrovnik

 

                                        Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later. ๐Ÿ™‚
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

 

Thatโ€™s all folks

David Herd Thailand

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

January 14, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Pattaya sunset 

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Happy hour is from 5 to 7 pm offering a range of cocktails for only B330 for two or around $9 usd.

Big crowd

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Three reasons I guess, it’s happy hour, it’h high season in January & i’ts an amazing view of Pattaya.

Hole in the roof to watch the stars.

 photo Hilton sky bar 12.jpg

Once again I’m guessing that’s why they put the hole in the roof. ๐Ÿ™‚

From a different aspect

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar All through the Hilton the design & architecture is fabulous.

Electric blue mini bar

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar What a magnificent colour.

 Looking north

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar The buildings at the top left are at Wongamat Beach.

Beautiful sunset

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar We are so lucky living in Pattaya, we really get the best sunsets, storms as well as magnificent clouds that float across Pattaya Bay.

Looking west

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar A few minutes after sunset the view is breathtaking looking towards Koh Larn island.

Full house

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar It’s certainly a good idea to book a table in the high season.

 Aussies in paradise

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Wayne Croker with the rabbit ears is from Brisbane enjoying a short golfing holiday in Pattaya, & Hamish Elton lives & works from his home office on Pratumnak Hill. Here is the view Hamish has when laying by his pool. ๐Ÿ™‚

All the city lights come on

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar It’s really worthwhile watching the city change from daylight to dark.

Same shot different tone

 photo Hilton sky bar 19.jpg Different camera setting for a warmer shot. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Check out THIS LINK for other places in Pattaya to enjoy dinner or a cocktail, none however have a more spectacular view than the Hilton Sky Bar.

 Looking northwest

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Pattaya has become a big city as you can clearly see.

 Back to where we started.

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar This was 30 minutes before sunset.

Farewell from the Hilton

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Thanks for visiting my Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar photo blog.

For an excellent room rate at the Hilton just book through THIS LINK.

 Please check out these fabulous posts
 
       Gold Coast                              Pattaya                          Cinque Terre
Chinese storm Thailand beach         Walking St Pattaya          Manarola Cinque Terre
   Rio de Janeiro                      Singapore                       Eastern Europe
Carnivale Rio Di Janeiro         Singapore skyline         David Herd Thailand
   Bangkok Bars                          Tokyo                          Cape Town Safari
Soi Cowboy Bangkok          photo ShabuseninGinza4.jpg          Cape Town Safari
             Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                       through these links below.
                              Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

 

Thatโ€™s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

January 13, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Rim Talay

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya, here are four restaurants that are worth visiting. The first one is Rim Talay located at the southern end of Wongamat, this is a great location for a cold beer on a hot day. Fresh prawns come straight out of huge tanks behind the restaurant.

Ice cold Leo at Rim Talay

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

Without a doubt the beach here is much cleaner than Pattaya.

Surf & Turf Pattaya Thailand beach side food wine

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

On the beach at Wongamat & part of the Longbeach Hotel this nice restaurant has a huge menu and reasonable prices. For a great room rate just book using THIS LINK.

                        Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya      Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya      Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

No air conditioning but thankfully plenty of fans.

Xmas Day 2016

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

A great spot for lunch with friends.

Tasty clams at Surf & Turf

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya They have a huge selection on the menu, food prices are good but wine is a little expensive.

 photo Surf amp turf 18.jpg          Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya          Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

You have the choice to sit inside or out. 

Silver Lining

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya This rather spectacular restaurant is located in Zire Condominium right on the beach. At 9 pm the huge section of roof & walls slide out and cover the outdoor section of the restaurant. 

A unique experience

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya Apart from the food it is worth going just to see the roof slide into place. ๐Ÿ™‚

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya           photo Silver Lining Wongamat 7.jpg          Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

My pasta dish was fine however I must return to try some other dishes before I pass judgement on the food.

 Beach Club at the Pullman Hotel

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

If there is a better place in Pattaya to watch the sunset I have not found it, apart from the Hilton of course which is exceptional as well.

Tapas at the Beach Club

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya One of the attractions here is you can swim in the two pools as well as the ocean.

You can also hire these sun lounges.

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya Sun lounges, what sun lounges? I don’t see any sun lounges. ๐Ÿ™‚

For a great room rate at the Pullman hotel just book using THIS LINK.

 Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

As you can see all these restaurants a very near each other, forget the dotted line just walk along the beach. Thanks for visiting my Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya photo blog.             

                 Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Dubrobnik cable car        David Herd Thailand                     

                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Main Square Zagreb       Vung Tau

                Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                           through these links below. Book now & pay later.
                              Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

 

Thatโ€™s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

 

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

January 10, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Pattaya bar districts, Soi 7 & Soi 8

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand are everywhere in the city, many tourists who visit think Walking Street is the only entertainment area, however they couldn’t be more wrong. This post is designed to show you some other areas where you can find some good bars, from back street down & dirty beer bars to up market sky bars.

Soi 7 & Soi 8 run between Beach Rd & 2nd Rd, the photo shows the always busy Lucky Star bar on the Beach Rd corner of Soi 8. Always plenty of action in these two streets, lots of bars, restaurants & hotels.

Location Soi 6 to Soi 8

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Jump on a Baht bus at 2nd Rd for a 5 minute trip, cost B10.

Soi 6 Pattaya’s raunchiest street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Don’t be fooled this is quite a distance from Soi 6, & happens to have perhaps the worst reputation in the city, this alone makes a visit compulsory. ๐Ÿ™‚

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand          Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand          Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

A word of caution to first time visitors, there are quite a few LadyBoys working in this street. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

 
Billabong 2 & Atlantic Bar Corner of Soi 3 & 2nd Rd.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand These two bars just happen to have been my local drinking holes for the last 15 years. Billabong was the Cherry bar until  it was taken over in 2016, I don’t go there much now because of a particularly rude cashier who does not know how to treat regular customers properly. Consequently Atlantic Bar is collecting all my spare cash, the staff are much friendlier as well. 

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand           photo Atlantic.jpg          Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

The Atlantic Bar opens at 6 pm until very late and is opposite Central Marina shopping mall.

Billabong 2 formally the Cherry Bar.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand On the corner of Soi 3 & 2nd Rd, they have a good band that starts playing at 9 pm.

Soi 6 to the Atlantic Bar & Drinking St.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

We are currently focusing on North Pattaya & will check out Walking St & LK Metro later.

Drinking Street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand  There are around 25 bars here & these days in 2017 most of the time they seem fairly quiet. Then again I’m rarely out late at night so things may well kick on around midnight.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand          Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand           Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand         

One very good idea in place here is that all bars play the same music rather than compete with each other as most other Pattaya bars seem to do.

From Drinking St to Soi 29 & 33 Naklua,

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

This area is very lively at night.

Soi 33 Naklua is a very good street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Further north through the Dolphin roundabout & 150 meters along is Soi 33. There are a few good beer bars but the big attraction for me are some excellent restaurants, Leckerle on the right is German, Grottino also on the right and Bella Italia opposite.

24 Beer bars Naklua Rd

 

Wongamat beach-side bars

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

One bar is lay back & casual, & one is upmarket & classy.

 Rim Talay

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand A perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer or two by the beach.

Perhaps you want to go a little more upmarket?

 photo Beach20Club20Pullman20Hotel2014.jpg The Beach Club at the Pullman Hotel is arguably the classiest bar in Pattaya. Happy hour is 5 to 7 pm on a good selection of beer cocktails & wine.

For an excellent room rate at the Pullman just book through THIS LINK.

Western style bars on Beach Road

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Staring in North Pattaya we have Tavern By the Sea which is part of the Amari Hotel. Happy hour every night from 5 to 7 pm.

Holiday Inn

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

The Terrace overlooks the ocean & the adjacent Havana Bar is quite spectacular.

 Western bars on Beach Rd

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Perfect for watching the fabulous Pattaya sunsets.

Lots of beer & babes at Hooters 

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand As you would expect there is cold beer & American food served by sexy girls.

Three Pattaya sky bars starting with the Hilton

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Wonderful view of Pattaya for the roof, happy hour is 5 to 7 pm every day. 

Executive tower Holiday Inn.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand The building on the right is the executive tower with the sky bar on the top floor.

Holiday Inn

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand They also have a 5 pm happy hour however I think it is only for cocktails.

[email protected] corner of 2nd Rd & Soi 2.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand This hotel has a terrific unique decor.

View from [email protected]

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand A stunning view of Pattaya.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Follow the dotted line to find lots of good bars, LK Metro  & Soi Buakhao is where the locals go to drink. They tend to leave Walking St to the tourists. LK Metro is the L shape street where i-Rovers is.

LK Metro is jammed packed with bars.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand One of the busiest bars areas in Pattaya.

Kรฅres Party Bar

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand There is no better happy hour in Pattaya for beer drinkers.

Sportman’s pub Soi 13

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand On of Pattaya’s most popular pubs, food is excellent. This is one of my favourite places for breakfast & Sunday buffet lunch.

Walking Street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Walking St as an attraction compares favourably to many other infamous world red light  areas. Patpong, Nana Plaza & Soi Cowboy in Bangkok, the RLD in Amsterdam, the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Kabukichล in Tokyo, 42 nd St New York,  Vila Mimosa in Rio De Janeiro & Kings Cross in Sydney. Sadly all of these areas I have visited at some stage in my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s the attraction of Walking St?

 photo Image 4.jpg

Oh! I get it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand             Happy hour in Walking St photo WalkingSt009.jpg                Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

There are hundreds of go go bars, beer bars, strip shows & restaurants. However my main purpose for publishing this Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand photo blog is to show you there are many other interesting places to visit in this vibrant city.

Thanks for visiting my Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand photo blog

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Farewell from Walking Street.

The Pattaya song


 
 For an excellent budget hotel in north Pattaya just book through THIS LINK for a great rate.

                 Check out the other Thailand hotspots below.

     Soi Cowboy                  Nana Plaza                           Patpong

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace           Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand                  Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

             
                Here are some more posts to check out
 
           Sydney                            Paris                           Bangkok
Sydney Opera houseParis hotelGrand Palace Bangkok
             Tokyo                    Rio De Janeiro               Budapest
TokyoCarla, what a girl. photo CopacabanabeachNov2003-128.jpgBuda Castle
             London                    Beijing                            Capetown
Kings road ChelseaDavid & the General photo DHandthegeneral.jpgDavid Herd Thailand
             Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                  through these links below.  Book now & pay later. ๐Ÿ™‚
                              Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses

 

 Thatโ€™s all folksThailand Europe Vietnam Japan

Pattaya webcam

This gallery contains 2 photos

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney

January 5, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

This is not a travel blog just my personal photo collection from the 1970s, check it out if you wish.

Arabella St Longueville

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney, it was early 1976 after a dramatic final few months living in Melbourne, I resigned from Sanyo Office Machines, moved to Arabella St Longueville in Sydney & started a new job as NSW sales manager with Wilkins Servis washing machines. I rented a beautiful waterfront home with the view you see above & a garage for my red E-Type Jag.

Little did I realise the next 11 years would be the most successful money making decade of my life, along with an almost non stop party regime and included luxury waterfront apartments, Jaguars & Mercedes plus a Bertram fly bridge cruiser parked outside my condo, & last but not least a red Doberman called Baxter.  

 This was actually 1975

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney However it features my friends & my beloved Jag in Beechworth Victoria, how about the hair & the bell bottom jeans? ๐Ÿ™‚

Looking back the 1970s was probably my most exciting decade.

Carol Aboud 

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney It didn’t take me long to get tied up with Carol who had a hair dressing salon in Double Bay. She also had a husband & 4 children but these minor complications did not stop us from having a lot of fun over the next 4 years.

There is a very funny story involving Carol on another blog, just follow THIS LINK.

My beautiful mother celebrating my birthday on the 7-7-77

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney  What a great date for my birthday to fall on. When friends see these old photos is it any wonder they suggest I looked like a Miami drug dealer? ๐Ÿ™‚

My Dad Arthur & my 2 best friends Wolf Wottke & Ron Walsh.

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney My two buddies surprised me by flying over from Adelaide without prior warning. That was a fabulous birthday present.

Carol’s birthday November 1978.

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney Check out the hair colour & the gold chains. 

New Years Eve 1978

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney Apologies for the fuzzy photo, but you get the picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

French Champagne of course

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney From memory we were at the Castle Cove house of my friend Peter H & the booze was really flowing.

Oh Carol, I am but a fool…..

Peter Luciano RIP

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney Peter & his wife in 1979, he was Carol’s brother and sadly passed away a year or two later.

December 1978

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney We hired a houseboat for a weekend cruise on Hawksbury River. Two Peters, yours truly & Rob Symonds.

Talking about boats

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney This was my Bertram 25 moored right outside my condo at 72 Wrights Rd Drummoyne. I enjoyed six great years here & threw so many parties that I became the most hated person in the building.

St Georges Crescent Drummoyne

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney Just around the corner from my condo I purchased another waterfront apartment, so now I owned 2 condos & a terrace house in Glebe, I was on a roll. Working now as NSW Sales Manager for Remington Typewriters before moving to the word processing division.

After the Jaguar XJ6 I upgraded to a white Mercedes Sports, life was good. 

Farewell Melbourne hello Sydney In my eyes this was one of the prettiest cars ever built.

 View from my condo

 photo Wrights20rd20view.jpg

With my Bertram moored right out front.

Another party at Wrights Rd

 photo Beryls new boobs.jpg This gorgeous redhead called Beryl worked with Carol in the Double Bay salon, she had just had a boob job and I couldn’t help but admire them. ๐Ÿ™‚

While we are on the subject of boobs….

 photo Captain Carol NYE 1979.jpg

You could never accuse Carol of being shy. ๐Ÿ™‚

And the winner is Angie

 photo Angie senational body 1979.jpg

Her name was Angela Savic, she was the girlfriend of my best friend Wolf. Without a doubt she had the best body out of all the girls we knew. Our very own Greek Goddess. ๐Ÿ™‚

The five Herd brothers in 1979

 photo Boys April 1979.jpg Neale, David, Ian, Bryan & Warren, it’s a shame the photo is such poor quality.

 Jenny Dale

 photo JennyDaleJune79.jpg Jenny with the red eyes was another nice girl from the late 70s who wandered into my life occasionally. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s finish the year off properly

 photo Carol amp DH Nov 78.jpg Well 1979 turned out to be a very tumultuous year, Remington gave me the flick and I joined the company who had the agency for Qyx the new word processor taking the world by storm. I did a marketing course with Exxon in Philadelphia and topped the class, there were 25 Americans in the course with me the only foreigner. Back to Australia to launch the product nationally but only lasted a few months before having a blowup with the company directors who showed me the door. I was never good at taking instructions from fools. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

To top off the year finally Carol & I parted company after 4 terrific years painting the town, I suspect I may have been going through a mid life crisis. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Consequently I took 3 months off, spent lots of time on my boat, travelled to Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand & Bali then opened my very own liquor store in March 1980.

Sydenham Cellars

 photo Sydenham Cellars 1983.jpeg Yippee, cheap booze for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

The 1970s were probably the most interesting & dramatic of my life. 1972 saw me return to Sydney after a 2 year stint in Melbourne, only to see me head to Adelaide for two years as State manager for Sanyo, then back to Melbourne for two years with Sanyo before returning to Sydney in 1976. 

Made some money, broke some hearts & had a lot of fun. 

I was very good at my job, Sales & Marketing in the cut throat business equipment industry was a tough gig, but on reflection & being & brutally honest, my arrogant autocratic management style that worked well in the 60s & 70s was out dated in later decades. Consequently recognising my limitations I went back to what I was good at, which was selling. In the mid 80s I had a successful few years at Canon followed by 7 or 8 very good years as a financial planner with a couple of banks in QLD. In 1998 I took a year off work to travel & never really worked again. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s now 2017 and here is Glenn Frey to tell you exactly how I feel today.

Some of my lovely ladies from the 70s.

Paula Wills 1970 photo PaulaWillsampI1970.jpg          Di Butson has her 21st in Adelaide. photo DHampDiButson.jpg          Lee Gregory & Baxter 1974 in Lexton Grove photo 1974LeeampBaxter-1.jpg

Paula 1970                              Dianne 1773                            Lee 1974

Di Parkinson photo DiParkinonJuly75.jpg           photo 1974JanSeagars.jpg           photo BirthdayCarolAboud.jpg

Di Parko 72 & 76                                 Jan 72/74                              Carol 76/79

                   Someone Like You by Van Morrison.

  Here are some more posts to check out                            

          Life 2013                        Family history                   Life 1982

David Herd Thailand        David Herd Sydney          sexy babes                   

         Adelaide 1972          Iron Bar Freddy               Sydney 2006

David Herd Thailand          Big Tim Bristow          babes boobs bums            

 Thailand 2008                Gold Coast Babes               World trip 2003

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan         Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan          Copacabana

                                        Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later. ๐Ÿ™‚
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses

         

Thatโ€™s all folks
Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan

 

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

December 30, 2016 by David Herd | 0 comments

30 minutes before sunset

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road near Soi 25 claim to be the only rooftop craft beer bar in Bangkok. I’m not into craft beers however an Asahi bottle was reasonably prices at B160, or $4.50 USD.

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

 photo Brewskis Raddison 5.jpg To state the obvious when visiting Bangkok Sky Bars itโ€™s always best to arrive before sunset to get the benefit of seeing the city in day light, dusk & night.

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok The crowd was building up, mainly Thai locals.

Abandoned building

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok I’m guessing this abandoned has bees sitting here for at least 10 to 15 years.

 Two Pattaya reprobates

 photo 2f4c430f-89b2-4bb6-9f3d-ac6e79f893e3.jpg Joergen Ulitzka & Pothole aka John Martin were very impressed with the view.

Cielo Sky Bar is another spectacular venue to add to the many  โ€œmust doโ€ places to visit in this city. Located between Sukhumvit 69 & 71 only five minutes walk from Phra Khanong BTS station.

City lights are coming on

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok A beautiful sight watching the city lights come on.

My favourite time of the day

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok There must be at least 25 sky bars in Bangkok, more than any other city I have been to.

Red Sky Bar Central World offers another breathtaking view of this wonderful city. Perched high on the 56th floor at Centara Grand Hotel above Central World shopping Mall.

 Wonderful sunset from Brewski

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok I must confess I’m a sucker for a sunset, check out THIS LINK for some great Pattaya sunsets.

Terminal 21 & Asoke station

 photo Terminal2021.jpg Terminal 21 & Asoke sky train station is only a five minute walk to Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok.  Book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

  The Long Table sky bar is located on the 25th floor of the Colomn serviced apartments in Soi 16 Asoke.

Thanks for visiting my Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok photo blog.

When Iโ€™m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.

David Herd Thailand

The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

 Checkout some more of my terrific blogs on the links below.

             Lisbon                                 New York                       Airole Italy     

Lisbon restaurant            Wall St New York            Airole                         

             Menton                          Pattaya Storms                   Shibuya Tokyo

French Riviera            Pattaya Thailand            Shibuya Tokyo                 

        Hong Kong                        Florianopolos                         Dubrovnik

Kowloon Hong Kong           Joaquina Beach Florianopolis            Dubrovnik

 

                                        Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later. ๐Ÿ™‚
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

 

Thatโ€™s all folks

David Herd Thailand

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

December 20, 2016 by David Herd

A little shade on Pattaya Beach

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand, everybody who visits the beach side city will regularly hear this as they pass the many bars, shops & massage parlours. “Hello welcome” is probably the most repeated phrase in Thailand. ๐Ÿ™‚

There is always something to see on Beach Road Pattaya, I’m so happy to wake up and see the wonderful view every day.  

This post highlights the interesting things I see on Beach Road every day.

And here is my view

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Is that magnificent or what?

Morning exercise on Beach Road

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Most mornings I walk along Beach Road about 8 am, there is always something to photograph. 

 Above we have the healthy, below the not so healthy.

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

I have read many super models smoke to control their body weight, clearly in this case it has not worked. ๐Ÿ™‚

This centuries most popular female entertainment

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand A females favourite pastime, when too many selfies is never enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

Safety first

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Good to see these guys wearing crash helmets, too bad about the pedestrians on the footpath, let’s not forget “this is Thailand”.

My tyres are fatter than yours

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Not too sure what the advantage is have fat tyres on a bicycle, unless you are a fat guy like me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your tyres aren’t fat, these are fat. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Big super blue boom box, block the footpath, no problem this is Thailand.

 Sensible people wear hats on the beach

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Hats! What hats, I don’t see any hats. ๐Ÿ™‚

Look closely, surely you can see the hats

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Is this a trick question? ๐Ÿ™‚

Work begins on the pipeline

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Highly skilled workers commence this 200,000,000 Baht project to the relieve the flooding on Beach Road. 

“OOPS” Houston we have a problem.

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Not only were the operators lacking in the skill department the project that took many months also failed miserably.

So Beach Road still floods.

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand I really don’t think you will ever stop this flooding, there is such a huge volume of water from the tropical storms no drain or gutter can cope.

The bikini babes hit the beach

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand After the rain the sun come out and the bikini babes hit the beach. ๐Ÿ™‚

 Closely followed by hundreds of day trippers

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Chinese tourists flock to the beach every day to go para-sailing & visit Koh Larn island.

Condominium

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Work stopped 18 months ago on this high rise due to a dispute over height and other regulations. Now in December 2016 they have been ordered to remove the top 8 floors and increase the car parking.

Water cannons for sale

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Songkran in April is New Year in Thailand, Pattaya conducts a huge water fight that drags on for over a week.

As the sun sinks in the west….

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Thanks for visiting my  Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand photo blog. 

 For an excellent budget near Big C in North Pattaya just book through THIS LINK for a great rate.

Here is another well known Pattaya phrase

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Probably used 1000 times a day walking past the beers bars, the funny thing is some idiots actually believe it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Many thanks to Mike Baird for another wonderful cartoon.

Please check out some of the most popular below, and thank you for visiting.

         Zagreb Croatia              Rio de Janeiro                  Brisbane River 

Main Square Zagreb          Good Value Brisbane City Hotels         Brisbane Australia

           Koh Samui                          Korea                                  London

Thailand island          Good Value Brisbane City Hotels          St Pauls Cathredal London

         Bangkok                                Osaka                                     Pattaya

Red Sky Bar Bangkok          David Herd Thailand           photo a From my condo.jpg

 
 
                                       Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later. ๐Ÿ™‚
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

Thatโ€™s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

December 16, 2016 by David Herd

Wine Connection Silom

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro chain of restaurants has quickly become one of my favourite places to eat in Thailand. Excellent food and a great selection of wine at reasonable prices.

Beside Sala Daeng Sky Train station

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro Located in the basement of the Silom Complex right below Starbucks.

Garlic Prawns

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro My favourite dish at Wine Connection only B210.

Very reasonable prices

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro Not just the food, the wine prices are also very affordable.

THE GRILL @ CentralWorld

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro Located on the ground floor at CentralWorld, Wine Connection claim The Grill is their most upmarket outlet.

Pasta & Salmon

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Absolutely delicious Serrano Ham & Truffle Oil Fettuccine only B230 or $6.50 USD. 

Lots of fresh pasta

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro By now you probably understand why Wine Connection is such a favourite of mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

South African Red wine 

 photo IMG_4784.jpg

On special at B499 a bottle or $14 USD.

Wine Connection @ Rainhill

 photo IMG_4768.jpg

This is my favourite location, just a short walk from Phrom Phong BTS station.

 Large cheese selection

 photo IMG_4776.jpg A selection of cheese and a nice bottle of red, what more could you want?

Wine cellar

 photo IMG_4780.jpg Wines from all over the world at very reasonable prices.Under construction.

 photo IMG_4789.jpg           photo IMG_4777.jpg           photo IMG_4775.jpg

Every Wednesday from 7 pm to 9 pm there is free flow wine & beer for B499.

Location

 photo Snap 2016-12-17 at 18.09.52.png

Take the Sky Train or a taxi along Sukhumvit. 

Wine Connection at Central Festival Samui

Samui restaurants Chaweng We only spent 4 nights in Koh Samui and chose to eat here twice.

Low cost wine

Samui restaurants Chaweng They offer a wonderful selection of wine from all over the world at liquor store prices. Our red wine from Chile was a bargain B650.

Samui restaurants Chaweng          Samui restaurants Chaweng          Wine Connection Samui

The chain I’m told is owned by a French group, I only wish they would open a branch in Pattaya.

Lamb shank at the Wine Connection.

Wine Connection lamb shank The food choices are extensive, lots of terrines a a big range of pasta.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 photo IMG_4774.jpg Thanks for visiting my Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro photo blog, there are also branches in Phuket & Chiang Mai.

In Koh Samui I like to stay on Chaweng Beach at the Baan Chaweng,  for an excellent room rate just use THIS LINK to book.

In Bangkok I stay a few meters from Nana station in an excellent small hotel tucked away in a lane off Soi 11. If you use this link you will get a room for around B1100 pn.

                         Here are some more posts to check out
 
              Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok
Sydney Opera house        Paris hotel        Grand Palace Bangkok
               Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
Tokyo        Carla, what a girl. photo CopacabanabeachNov2003-128.jpg        Buda Castle
           London                            Beijing                            Capetown
Kings road Chelsea        David & the General photo DHandthegeneral.jpg        David Herd Thailand
               Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                    through these links below. Book now & pay later. ๐Ÿ™‚
                              Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

 

Thatโ€™s all folks

David Herd Thailand

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

December 15, 2016 by David Herd

46th level Sky Walk Condominium

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok is another spectacular venue to add to the many other “must do” places to visit in this great city. Located between Sukhumvit 69 & 71 only
five minutes walk from Phra Khanong BTS station.

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

As usual with Bangkok Sky Bars it’s always best to arrive before sunset to get the benefit of seeing the city in day light, dusk & night.

Who is this guy?

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

He greets you as you arrive at Sky Walk condominium, he could almost be saying “take me to your leader”. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Here we are at the bar

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok If you fancy a cocktail Pina Colada, Mojito or Mai Tais are around 200-250 Baht.

OK, back to the wonderful view

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok The late afternoon traffic is starting to build up. 

Open from 6 pm to 1.30 am.

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok Compared to many of the other Bangkok Sky bars drink and food prices are quiet reasonable starting at B120 for a Singha beer.

The city lights are coming on

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok In my opinion enjoying a cold beer or a Margarita & watching the city lights come on in Bangkok is the perfect way to spend an evening.

Pra Khanong district

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok Pra Khanong district is a middle class residential area rather than a commercial district. 

Only 12 minutes by Sky Train from Nana.

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok I usually stay in Soi 11 Nana and it only takes 12 minutes by Sky Train to get to Pra Khanong station. Then take exit 3 and walk 5 minutes along Sukhumvit to the Sky Walk Condo.

 As you can see the restaurant is stunning

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok A small beautifully designed intimate room with chandeliers to add to the opulence.

Well worth a visit

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok On this occasion I dined elsewhere however I certainly will return to Cielo try out the intimate restaurant.

Casa Teo

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok This restaurant looks very interesting indeed, it’s located at the front of the Sky Walk condo. Check them out on Facebook. 

Lovely colourful fountain.

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok Also located in the forecourt of the Sky Walk condo, thanks for visiting my Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok photo blog.

When Iโ€™m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.

David Herd Thailand

The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

Please check out some of the most popular below, and thank you for visiting.

         Zagreb Croatia              Rio de Janeiro                  Brisbane River 

Main Square Zagreb          Good Value Brisbane City Hotels         Brisbane Australia

           Koh Samui                          Korea                                  London

Thailand island          Good Value Brisbane City Hotels          St Pauls Cathredal London

         Bangkok                                Osaka                                     Pattaya

Red Sky Bar Bangkok          David Herd Thailand           photo a From my condo.jpg

 
 
                                       Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later. ๐Ÿ™‚
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

Thatโ€™s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

December 14, 2016 by David Herd

Extraordinary shopping experience

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

 Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall has a rather sophisticated concept of presenting it’s fabulous products, compared to most other Bangkok shopping malls is quite fabulous & unique. For instance the above photo is at Dean & Deluca which is a chain of upscale grocery stores.

Dean & Deluca

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

  I never thought I would say it but Bangkok now rivals Tokyo with the highest quality shopping experience in the world. It’s certainly not by accident however as the concept in this store was created with the help of a Japanese design company called Nendo, and the result as you will see is quite remarkable.

Feeling lazy?

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

No problem, grab one of these mini Segways & make a nuisence of youself on the sidewalk. ๐Ÿ™‚ They say you can travel up to 20 km on a single charge. Here’s a tip from the FiveStarVagabond, you will buy a lot cheaper on Lazada. ๐Ÿ™‚

Need something to hold onto?

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

 

No problem, this is the one for you. 

Openned in mid 2016

 photo IMG_4870.jpg

Quickly gained the reputation of being the best shopping mall in Bangkok.

Drone shop

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

I’m sure these gadgets are going to cause lots of headaches in the future.

Lots of models to choose from

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall 

They are becoming very affordable.

 Jumbvo shop

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall It’s no secret everybody in Thailand loves elephants.

 The WOW! factor is everywhere

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

Full marks to the staff who have put all this together.

Fabulous displays

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall There is a surprise around every corner.

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall          Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall          Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

The people who put this store together are to be congratulated.

 Bangkok Airways

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall I recently flew on this local airline to Koh Samui, in fact it’s probably the 20th time I have done so since 1998. Follow this link to see one of Thailands best islands.

Habitat store

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall caters for everything you could ever want.

So much to see & such little time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall Everybody knows MBK shopping Mall, Siam Discovery is diagonally opposite.

Perfume for the ladies

 photo IMG_4865.jpg And on it goes, everything you need.

Shoes, shoes & more shoes

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall Another fabulous display.

Mercedes Chocolate Bar

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall A great looking cafe chocolate bar on the ground floor.

Thanks for visiting my Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall photo blog.

When Iโ€™m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.

David Herd Thailand

The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

           Checkout some more of my terrific blogs on the links below.

             Lisbon                                 New York                       Airole Italy     

Lisbon restaurant            Wall St New York            Airole                         

             Menton                          Pattaya Storms                   Shibuya Tokyo

French Riviera            Pattaya Thailand            Shibuya Tokyo                 

        Hong Kong                        Florianopolos                         Dubrovnik

Kowloon Hong Kong           Joaquina Beach Florianopolis            Dubrovnik

 

                                        Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later. ๐Ÿ™‚
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

 

Thatโ€™s all folks

David Herd Thailand

This gallery contains 1 photo.