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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 Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

February 19, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Sunday lunch at The Edge

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant is a wonderful dining experience particularly on Sunday. It is in direct competition with the fabulous Mantra at the Amari hotel. Further on in this review I will endeavour to make comparisons between the two.

Fresh seafood

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Fresh seafood is of course the star of the show, however there are many more special offerings guaranteed to delight you.

An impressive choice of Oysters

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant There are 4 or 5 variety to choose, mainly from France.

 My first course

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Oysters, crab, prawns, caviar & fresh white bread, I always find it difficult to get past the seafood counter. ๐Ÿ™‚

Did I mention caviar?

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Certainly one of my favourite delicacies, salmon Roe.

 Lots of sushi & sashimi

 photo Hilton Sunday buffet B1500 6.jpg As I said before, it’s hard to get past the fresh seafood. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sushi

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Too much sushi is never enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

I travel to Japan every year and the Hilton sushi is certainly high quality.

Outside seating

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Catering for smokers & those who want to get closer to the view.

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant A beautifully designed kitchen & restaurant.

Check out my review of the Hilton Sky Bar. 

BBQ duck & ribs.

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Funnily enough the six baskets contain 6 different variety of Chinese buns, a little bit of overkill I feel. I would much prefer to see some Shumei & prawn dumplings similar to what’s on the menu at the Mantra.

BBQ seafood station

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant You really need a big appetite to cope with this fabulous buffet.

 Hardworking chefs

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant This is one of my favourite photos from Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant.

 Pizza

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant No matter what you fancy it is all here. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Bakery

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

The bread here is excellent.

An excellent cheese selection

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant I was at Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant on Sunday February 19, & sadly I overindulged & could not fit in any cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚

An amazing choice of deserts to finish.

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Put this great buffet on your list, & many thanks for visiting my Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant photo blog.

I have given a lot of thought to which is the best buffet, the Hilton (with the salmon caviar) or the Mantra (with the Alaskan crab), & the verdict is Mantra by a short 1/2 crab claw. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

However I have noticed they now serve the clawless variety of Alaskan crab, please Mantra bring back the claws. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok

February 17, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Grande Centre Point & The Sheraton

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok starting at Terminal which is adjacent to the Grande Centre Point Hotel. You will notice the Sheraton on the left & the Westin in the middle.

Book through THIS LINK for a great discount.

View from the opposite side

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok Taken from the Sofitel Hotel Sky Bar on the 32nd floor.

Looking from Soi 16

 photo Terminal 21 amp Sheraton.jpg The view of Terminal 21 from The Long Table Sky Bar.

Long Table Sky Bar

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The Sky Bar is in the tall building in Soi 16 10 minutes walk from Asoke station.

Down on ground level

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok Efforts are being made to stop motorbikes riding on the footpaths, good luck with that. ๐Ÿ™‚

 El Goucho 8/1-7 Sukhumvit Soi 19 | 02-255-2864

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok You can pick your own Black Angus or USDA Prime โ€“ the prices range from B990-6290.

Location of El Gaucho

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok

Just 2 minutes from Asoke station.

The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok Located right above El Gaucho & adjacent to Asoke Station & Terminal 21. Book through THIS LINK for a great discount on rooms, book now & pay later.

Spiderman on Sukhumvit

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok About 30 floors up without too much protection.

Worth another look

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok I really hope they are being paid well for this job. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hotel Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok

Rooftop Restaurant Bar is on the 32nd floor of the hotel. Lโ€™Appart restaurant at the recently opened Sofitel, a delightful multi-faceted venue occupying the entire 32nd top floor of the hotel tower.

 Passing traffic

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok Glad to see the driver wearing a helmet, helmet! What helmet? I don’t see a helmet. ๐Ÿ™‚

New bar in Soi 11 Nana.

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok Opening night Friday February 10 2017.

The drummers & the Golden Girls.

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok Luckily I was on the VIP list at “8 on Eleven” & enjoyed a couple of hours drinking Moscow Mules, a classy place that should succeed.

The Russian Golden Girls

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok These four girls looked rather spectacular.

Late night snack

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok

I really love this photo, it sums up a typical 5am Bangkok morning. Photo credit Stickboy.

Thanks for visiting my Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke 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.

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The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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

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Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

February 16, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Happy hour happy street

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok was a street I had known about for such a long time but had never ventured there until now. It seemed every Bangkok restaurant review would recommend an establishment in this area & now I can understand why. 

El Guacho

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok I am a great fan of the Wine Connection chain of restaurants & Google told me there was one at 208 Thong Lo 8 Alley so my brother & I caught the Sky train to Thonglo station & walked for 20 minutes or so looking for the restaurant. What we in fact found at the address was El Gaucho, so I’m assuming either Google got it wrong or the information was simply out of date. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is what Googled showed.

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok Wine Connection has morphed into El Gaucho.  

So many restaurants & so little time.

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok I have decided on my next visit to Bangkok I will tear myself away from my beloved Soi 11 & stay in Thonglor. 

Grand Centrepoint Hotel in Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Right in the heart of Thonglor, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Sukhumvit 55 or Soi Thong Lo, is well known for its classy bars, boutique shops, fashionable clubs plus lots of hip restaurants. Itโ€™s also acknowledged as the Siam Square of Bangkokโ€™s East side.

Lots of Japanese restaurants

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok I was amazed by the number of Japanese restaurants in Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok, they were everywhere. 

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok, The Dock

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok I am looking forward to having dinner at The Dock, they specialise in seafood & the menu looks excellent. Being an Aussie I love Sydney Rock Oysters as well as those big juicy ones from Tasmania. Kumamoto featured, I was there last October, & Brittany on the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean, has over 2800 km of coastline, it provides nearly 60,000 tons of oysters each year, almost 50% of the total French oyster production.

 This Soi 55 building caught my eye.

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Prior to moving to Thailand from Australia in 2011 I lived on the Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise. On the beach there is a building called Focus which is the twin of this Soi 55 round building. ๐Ÿ™‚

Focus in Surfers Paradise

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Compare the twins. ๐Ÿ™‚

Follow THIS LINK for more Gold Coast skyscrapers.

Thanks for visiting my Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor 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.

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                                       Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
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Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok

February 14, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Sukhumvit Road Soi 22 Asoke Bangkok

Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok is an interesting area to visit in this great city. The Marriott hotel group have just taken over & renovated a huge new property which is the opposite end of the spectrum when you compare the street food vendors operating just 200 metres up the road from them.

Magnificent Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queenโ€™s Park

Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok For an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK & pay later. (free cancellation as well.)

Marquis Details

37 floors , 1,259 rooms , 101 suites

  • 35 meeting rooms, 69,007 sq ft of total meeting space

JW Marriott 

Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok

I checked out the buffet breakfast at the Marquis, but at B850 or $25 USD it is a little over my budget, so I walked 25 minutes back to JW Marriott & enjoyed eggs Benedict, avocado & crispy bacon with an extra large latte for B350, or $10 USD.

Wine Depot opposite Marriott Marquis

Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok This is on my list to try next time I’m in Bangkok, TripAdvisor rate it 280 out of 9,472 restaurants in Bangkok. Even more amazing is New York Style Steak & Burger upstairs is rated 181 from 9,472.

I must admit I doubt whether either one deserves such a high rating.

Also opposite the Marriott.

Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok Three identical office buildings.

Fresh food

Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok Taking up most of the sidewalk these food stalls are part of Bangkok’s charm & character.

Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok beer bars

Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok I’m sure this little square comes alive at night. ๐Ÿ™‚

Guess who is hogging the fan?

 photo 136362b3-4306-4091-9341-34f4d3580115.jpg Another pampered pet. ๐Ÿ™‚

Indian, Thai or Italian, make your choice.

Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok Another place to eat on Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok.

Sidewalk restaurant on Soi 22

Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke Bangkok The graffiti certainly brightens up the decor. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for visiting my Soi 22 Sukhumvit Road Asoke 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.

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Main Square Zagreb          Good Value Brisbane City Hotels         Brisbane Australia

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                                       Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Thatโ€™s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

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Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok

February 12, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road between Nana & Asoke stations is on the 32nd floor of the hotel. Lโ€™Appart restaurant at the recently opened Sofitel is a delightful multi-faceted venue occupying the entire 32nd top floor of the hotel tower.

Great Asoke View

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok On the left is the Westin Hotel which is next door to Terminal 21, & on the right is the Sheraton.

For a great room rate at The Sheraton just use THIS LINK to book.

The pool at The Westin Hotel.

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok The hotel is only 50 metres from Asoke Station. For a great room rate at The Westin use THIS LINK to book now & pay later.

 Waiting for the lights to come on.

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok Tonight there was quite a bit of haze over the city which effected the sunset & the view.

Thirty minutes later.

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok The Bangkok haze is still around I’m afraid.

Pachara Suites Soi 6 Nana

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok

Looking down on Soi 6 which is a very good location, close to Nana Plaza & Nana station. Use THIS LINK for an excellent room rate at Pachara Suites.

 Bangkok looks great at night

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok Of course Murray Head is famous for the great song about “One Night in Bangkok. “

 

 Lets check out the bar

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok The entire 32nd floor is occupied by the Lโ€™Appart restaurant & the Sky Bar.

Relax on the lounge with a cocktail or two.

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok The whole place is beautifully designed.

Lโ€™Appart kitchen.

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok It certainly is a great looking kitchen. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sit outside &  watch the city lights.

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok There are probably between 25 & 30 Bangkok Sky Bars & this is one of the best. Lโ€™Appart opens daily from 5:00 pm at the Champagne Bar, and dinner is served from 7:00 pm.

 Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok

Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok Many thanks for visiting my Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok photo blog, I hope to see you there soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Location

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Buy one get one free between 5pm to 7pm daily at happy hour.

             

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

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                                  Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
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Thatโ€™s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

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Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

February 8, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Santa Monica Pier

A personal photo collection, not a travel blog.

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles were regular stop off points for me between 1998 & 2005 on my way to Rio di Janeiro. My inspiration to pull out these old (poor quality early digital) photos came from watching Billy Bob Thornton in the series Goliath, which of course was shot in Santa Monica.

My great friend Denise McKay

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles Denise was the main reason to stop in L.A., we met when she was living on the Gold Coast & continued our friendship for a number of years after she moved back to the U.S.A.

Venice Beach

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles Sadly this mural is not there anymore however the photo remains a favourite of mine.

Denise dressed to blend in with the wall. ๐Ÿ™‚

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles She is one of those ladies who always looks terrific,

Lunch at Fisherman’s wharf Marina Del Ray

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles We had the restaurant to ourselves. ๐Ÿ™‚

At least it will wash of in a week or so.

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles The only tattoos I like are the ones that wash off. ๐Ÿ™‚

 Rodeo Drive

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles I can’t remember where I parked my car.

Oh! here is is. ๐Ÿ™‚

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles Yellow matches my Mercedes Sports at home. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wiltshire Boulevard

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles Classy neighbourhood & classy lady. ๐Ÿ™‚

 Back to Santa Monica

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles Outside the New York Deli which was one of my favourite places to eat, sadly I believe it closed in 2010.

The Central Garden at the Getty Center

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles There were more than 500 varieties of plants used in the landscaping of the Central Garden.

Patrezia from Salerno

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles We hooked up with this crazy Italian lady from Salerno, she was a lot ot fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

Denise & Petrezia

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles We had a bit to talk about as it was only a year ago when I was in Salerno.

Farewell from Santa Monica in February 1999.

Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles Had a great time with Denise in Santa Monica now it was time to head to Rio di Janeiro for Carnival. Thanks for visiting my Santa Monica Rodeo Drive Los Angeles photo blog.

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Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Contemplating life beyond 2000

February 6, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Contemplating life beyond 2000

A personal photo collection, not a travel blog.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Contemplating life beyond 2000 after just completing a huge around the world trip with Tony Murphy & John Martin aka Pothole. The fabulous trip began in November 1999 in Los Angeles then on to Miami, Mexico City, Bolivia, San Paulo, Rio di Janeiro, Salavador, Paris, Bangkok & finishing in  Koh Samui. 

Consequently I really expected 2000 to be a bit of a let down, after all how do you recover after a two month trip like that one?

The photo above was in Sydney for Pothole’s 50th birthday on February 1st. That’s our good mate Paul Slaughter with the glasses & the lovely Kathy who was Pothole’s girlfriend at the time. He was punching way above his weight as you can clearly see. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sadly I was as well.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Punching above my weight also with an Italian princess I met & fell for in Koh Samui.

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Her name was Barbara Manelli, however to me she will always be “Gypsy”.

Consequently in March I headed to Florence to see if there was any future pursuing this gorgeous creature. I soon found out that a brief tropical island fling was soon forgotten back in Italy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Italy to Australia via Bangkok

Contemplating life beyond 2000 I figured there was only one way to fix a broken heart & that was a week in Bangkok on the way home. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Pothole & I with Ian Rich

Contemplating life beyond 2000 We took my boat over to Main Beach to see Ian’s new condo.

View of Paradise waters from Ian’s condo the Grand Mariner.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 My apologies for the low quality photos, I was using my 1st 1.2 mega pixel digital camera. ๐Ÿ™‚

Melbas on the Park

Thinking about life beyond 2000 The usual suspects, John Moon, Jim Bell aka “HO HO”, & John “Secrets” Sinclair. 

Secrets at Main Beach.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Here is John with one of the gorgeous Main Beach waitresses.

The dreaded black list.

Contemplating life beyond 2000

Over the years Secrets has always had a black list of people who have been guilty of some indiscretion of which he has not approved of. I have been on & off the list a few times over the years, now in February 2017 I am, with quite a few others, most certainly firmly back on the list. Consequently to commemorate this honour I designed a T shirt & Pothole has arranged to have them printed. ๐Ÿ™‚

Melbas was our favourite bar.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Owned & run by Paul Allen a larger than life Gold Coast character, passed away far to young in 1013.

Celebrated my birthday at the Boardroom in Southport.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Always a few sexy girls at the Boardroom which was owned & run by Malcolm Pearce.

Contemplating life beyond 2000          Contemplating life beyond 2000          Thinking about life beyond 2000

As you can clearly see I was being totally dominated here. ๐Ÿ™‚

 Skye from Launceston

Contemplating life beyond 2000 What a knockout, here we are having lunch at Melbas.

Let’s go back to Italy

Contemplating life beyond 2000 A flashback to March when my pursuit of the beautiful Gypsy crashed & burnt. No that’s not really true, after Samui it never really got off the ground. ๐Ÿ™‚

San Gimignano

Contemplating life beyond 2000 We did all the tourist things then I headed south to Rome to hook up with my friend Paul McNeil & Scooter Boy.

The Spanish Steps in Rome

Contemplating life beyond 2000 I hired a car & the 3 of us had a great road trip through Naples, Sorrento, Positano all the way down to Reggio in Southern Italy, the biggest city and the most populated comune of Calabria.

 Artist at work in Positano.

Contemplating life beyond 2000 We covered a lot of territory including Isle of Capri, this quickly became my favourite part of Italy until 2010 when I discovered the Cinque Terre. ๐Ÿ™‚

Xmas lunch

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Tradition dictated we would gather at Melbas each year for a Xmas lunch, here we have Jim “Ho Ho” Bell, John “Secrets” Sinclair, David Herd & Tony Murphy.

Best ever Melbas barmaid

Contemplating life beyond 2000 Her name is Aurora & we all fell in love with her. ๐Ÿ™‚

Family & friends come to visit

Contemplating life beyond 2000 My brother Warren & his wife Kerry with my cute little niece Laura. On the left is Chris Lockwood & his partner in happier times.

My best friend Ziggy

Contemplating life beyond 2000 We had lots of fun together, plus he was an excellent guard dog.

At the end of the day 2000 certainly was another good year.

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Contemplating life beyond 2000

The Gipsy

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Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017

February 5, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 is another of the “never ending” promotions designed to attract tourists to this popular beach side resort. The city council are to be congratulated for their efforts in providing entertainment all through the year.

Big bright colourful paintings

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 A fun collection painted by Pattaya’s freelance artists.

Beach Babe

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017  The festival theme is โ€œNew Senseโ€, The Sense of Art,  which is the sense beyond our five natural senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.

Happy faces on the beach

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 The beachfront exhibition is more than a kilometre long from North Pattaya to Central Pattaya.

Skateboarding

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 I’m guessing some of these people may have started out as graffiti artists. ๐Ÿ™‚

Beach sculptures

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 Not just paintings some nice sculptures as well.

I rather like this one

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 Part turtle, part dog & pat bug I think. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

This one is nice as well

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 There certainly is some talent here.

 A banana I think

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 Or perhaps a banana bout that takes people screaming around the bay. ๐Ÿ™‚

Introducing Snake Lek, whoever that is?

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017

 

Street artists invited to take part in the festival are Alex face (Thailand), Mue BON (Thailand), Gong (Thailand), A.m.p. (Thailand), Bonus (Thailand), GohM (Thailand), The Yok and Sheryo (Australia), Beejoir (U.K.), The London police (Netherlands), Ben Eine (U.K.), Ox-Alien and Edo Rath (Netherlands), Emmanuel Jarus (U.K.), Jace (France), Dotmasters (U.K.) and Shinny and Himbad and Code (U.K.).

Interesting shapes

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 They really look like American Indian tepees without the canvass. I not too sure what the bales of hay signify.

Baby Boy

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 I’m guessing the painter may have just become a father. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tribute

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 A Tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

An excellent weekend art show & tribute to the late King.

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Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok

January 29, 2017 by David Herd

Char Bar

Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok in 81 Wireless Road is yet another addition to the growing number of rooftop bars in Bangkok. Open at 6 pm in time for the sunset.

Impressive view of the city

Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok Bangkok at night is rather stunning, when the lights come on it’s like a fairy land.

Wireless Road

Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok Just a seven minute walk down Wireless Road from Ploenchit station.

Location

Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok Close to Sukhumvit Road & Ploenchit station & Central Embassy shopping Mall.

 Looking towards Nana.

Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok From the 26th floor Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok.

The bar offers unlimited choices of alcohol.

Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok As you would expect anything your heart desires is here at Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok.

Whisky & Bourbon

Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok

Buy by the glass or by the bottle. At B850 a glass I may give the Johnny Walker Blue a miss. ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to the magnificent skyline

Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok I hope I have convinced you at Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok is worth a visit. 

How are the beer prices?

Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok

Well I’m glad you asked. B160 for an Asahi or Heineken & B150 foe a Singha is quite reasonable for a rooftop bar of this quality.

But my girlfriend drinks cocktails.

Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok

You are breaking my heart, either pay the B280 for a Margarita or find a new girlfriend who drinks beer. ๐Ÿ™‚

 Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok

 photo Hotel20Indigo204.jpg Grab a front stalls seat and order some cocktails & snacks, then just sit back and enjoy the stunning view of the Big Mango at night.

Talking about snacks…

Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok

There are some interesting choices on the menu at fairly reasonable prices.

Antique radios

 photo Hotel20Indigo20Sky20Bar2013.jpg This interesting display is right next to the elevator at Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok.

You gotta love the wall art.

Char Rooftop Bar Hotel Indigo Bangkok

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Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

January 28, 2017 by David Herd

North Pattaya 

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 photo blog covers the first 6 months of this year. No big travel plans except for visiting Australia in March & a couple of weekends in Bangkok.

This beautiful shot of North Pattaya includes the building where I live, just before the Holiday Inn.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from the 1st half of 2017.

Dave Elder & Hamish Elton

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Two friends & I ding at Signature Steak & Seafood, sadly due to the slow down in Pattaya they closed their on January 31st.

Excellent steak at Signature.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 I will be so sad to see this restaurant close.

 Jim’s Hamburgers

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

A great casual restaurant for craft beer & hamburgers. From the left we have Matt, Jonathon, Hamish, Davis & Wayne.

 Say no more, these are the best burgers in Pattaya.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 They come in two sizes. small at B195 or large around B300.

Cloud over Koh Larn

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017  Throughout my life I have lived in many places with a great view, however none come close to Pattaya bay.

And when you talk about sunsets

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 In my opinion the best I have ever seen are those from Markland my Pattaya condo.

Another special treat in Pattaya

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

Four or 5 times a week I enjoy reading my Kindle while having an hour foot massage for B260 including 30% tip.

Two Aussie mates from the Gold Coast.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Nick Partridge rarely smiles in a photo. big Steve Reade always does. ๐Ÿ™‚

We lost a great character & friend on January 23.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Larry Krausz, a friend for around 30 years suffered a major stroke on October 28. After 2 months in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on life support he was transported to Australia by a hospital Leer jet, thanks to his Medibank travel insurance. After a further month his life support was removed & he passed away peacefully.

I wrote the following eulogy & posted it on his Facebook page.

Today we lost Lazzorghini, a one off Austrian designed party machine who thought too much over indulgence was never enough. Originally designed as a concept model it was soon discovered it was for too complex to ever be mass produced. 
 
Powered by a big heart & steered through life’s many hazards by a gentle soul. 
 
A  rather over-engineered unit that needed regular maintenance after many long happy journeys through smoked filled dens of iniquity that continually promoted sex, drugs & rock &roll.
 
Often sat idle for weeks on end during the repair process before exploding back on the group one circuit, where it would function non stop for days, providing of course that adequate lubrication was orally administered.
 
Adored by a huge number of fans, family & friends our special Lazzorghini will be sadly missed.
 
RIP little buddy.

Larry’s friends

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 We gathered at the Atlantic bar to raise a glass & remember out great friend, RIP.

Starbucks

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Here is one of the new Starbucks on Beach Rd near Soi 6, the other one is at Big C. I often have coffee & a ham & cheese croissant for breakfast.

Drinks at the Hilton Sky Bar.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 With friends Wayne Crocker & Hamish Elton.

One of my favourite photos.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Taken on February 10th 2017 from in front of Markland Condo in North Pattaya.

 The Atlantic Bar is my bar of choice.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 My favourite time is early in the evening before the crowd arrives.

My new Skechers

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 You can buy them at the Skechers shop in Central Festival for B4,500, ($128 USD) or do what I do, purchase online from Lazada for B2,100. ($60 USD). ๐Ÿ™‚

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