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.

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya

June 14, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya serves consistently good low cost food & wine. Situated south of Pattaya in Jomtien it’s well worth a visit.

Casual & comfortable

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya There is always a large selection of “specials” on the black board. Put Natan’s on your bucket list, it is in my top 6 restaurants in Pattaya and Jomtien. The food and décor is exceptional and rather inexpensive

Avocado & crab meat entree

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya Quite a small dish but very tasty.

Frogs legs entree

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya My friend Hamish Elton loves this entree.

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya

Excellent Food Pattaya Restaurants

This may well be number one for value for your money. The above dish features 3 kinds of fish and only B450. I have been to restaurants where one portion of the above is served as a main.

Outdoor seating

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya You can choose to sit inside or out.

Beef bourguignon

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya Beef bourguignon or bœuf bourguignon, also called beef Burgundy, and bœuf à la Bourguignonne, is a beef stew braised in red wine, often red Burgundy, and beef stock, generally flavoured with carrots, onions, garlic, and a bouquet garni, and garnished with pearl onions, mushrooms, and bacon. Wikipedia

Crepe Suzette

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya Does Hamish Elton love a Crepe Suzette? Your bet he does.

Do I like red wine?

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya You bet I do. 🙂

Le Cordon Bleu

Natans French Restaurant Pattayacordon bleu or schnitzel cordon bleu is a dish of meat wrapped around cheese (or with cheese filling), then breaded and pan-fried or deep-fried. Veal or pork cordon bleu is made of veal or pork pounded thin and wrapped around a slice of ham and a slice of cheese, breaded, and then pan fried or baked.[1] For chicken cordon bleu chicken breast is used instead of veal. Ham cordon bleu is ham stuffed with mushrooms and cheese.

Menu

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya TripAdvisor rating is #45 of 1,165 Restaurants in Pattaya. However I would be very surprised if there are 44 better restaurants. 🙂

That’s all folks

Natans French Restaurant Pattaya Thanks for visiting my   photo blog. Farewell from me, my brother Warren & Chris Lockwood from Port Macquarie.

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Holiday Inn

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

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Hamish Elton visits Portugal

June 8, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Hamish Elton visits Portugal

Hamish Elton visits Portugal

Hamish Elton visits Portugal on one of his many overseas junkets, he is a member of the worldwide Entrepreneurs Organisation, whose goal is “to provide learning and networking opportunities for its members”. If you would like more information just follow THIS LINK.

Nobody I know travels more than Hamish does, he is a director of a company called HealthCert who train doctors in Australia & overseas on the treatment of skin cancer. Hamish is based in Thailand & travels to Australia several times a year to assist with HealthCert seminars.

Hamish is the selfie king.

Hamish Elton visits Portugal No male in the northern hemisphere takes more selfies than Hamish, if you want proof just follow THIS LINK.

Great photo

Hamish Elton visits Portugal Having a beer with Rodrigo Koxa, world record holder, largest wave ever surfed at the famous Nazare break in Portugal.

Have a look at this wave.

Brazil's Rodrigo Koxa sets record for biggest wave ever surfed

Rodrigo ‘Koxa’ Augusto do Espírito Santo is a Brazilian professional big wave surfer and extreme water-man who broke the world record for largest wave ever surfed at Nazaré, Portugal, in November 8, 2017.

Time to check out some food.

Hamish Elton visits Portugal As well as the selfie king & a world traveller, Hamish certainly is a bon vavant who has the ability to eat huge amounts of food without putting on any weight. 🙂

Fabulous restaurants & delicatessens 

Hamish Elton visits Portugal One of the many mouth watering venues.

Bar Terraco de Santa Luzia

Hamish Elton visits Portugal TripAdvisor rating of #1,798 of 4,476 Restaurants in Lisbon.

Restaurant Row Lisbon

Hamish Elton visits Portugal No shortage of places to eat in this fascinating city.

You gotta love the terracotta roof.

Hamish Elton visits Portugal Roof, what roof? I don’t see any roof. 

OK, now I see them.

Hamish Elton visits Portugal One of the interesting things about Lisbon is the lack of high rise buildings.

Here are Hamish’s comments on Lisbon.

“First impression of Lisbon was the Taxi from the airport to my hotel in the city centre.  The airport is very close the city – it was about a 15 minute drive, and there was no traffic at midday on a Sunday.  First thing you notice is the lack of high rise buildings.  There is still some 10-15 story buildings so it’s not a flat city like Vientiane but nothing much taller.  Certainly not that you would call “high-rise”.

In the old city there is nothing more than about 6 stories tall – and most of those have rooftop bars.

This is the view from the number one rated rooftop bar at the Hotel Mundial.

Make sure you take time to explore the Alfama district which is an old part of the city set on a steep hill leading up from the riverside with a lot of hidden small shops, restaurants and bars.”

Tuk Tuks.

Hamish Elton visits Portugal“The old city is quite compact and you can walk to most places, however there are now many Tuk-Tuks available to run your from place to place – as it is quite hilly.  Don’t worry – the Tuk-tuks are all electrics so there is none of the noise or small you get form the ones in Bangkok.  IT’s a great idea and I think many more cities will start to introduce them – especially where there are narrow streets.  They are also a great resource for finding good local sights or places to eat.”

Time to head to Cascais

Hamish Elton visits Portugal  Cascais is 30km to the west of Lisbon, and is connected to the capital by the “Linha de Cascais” urban railway.

It’s Party time at Arriba by the sea.

Hamish Elton visits Portugal However if you are not wearing white you are not invited. 🙂 Check out this great venue HERE.

Talking about parties

Hamish Elton visits Portugal This is a fantastic venue for a party, the Adega Regional de Colares.

Some of the happy diners

Hamish Elton visits PortugalTwo blondes are always better than one. 🙂 Tonya Lanthier & Sue Hrib.

Here is the room empty

aaaa Looks a little different. 🙂

A very happy gang of entrepreneurs.

Hamish Elton visits Portugal Eat drink & be merry in fabulous Portugal.

Mussels look delicious

Hamish Elton visits Portugal So much food & such little time.

How about this steak at Gulli Mercato?

Hamish Elton visits Portugal Our boy Hamish loves his steak.

Lets not forget the Sangria.

Hamish Elton visits Portugal He also likes his booze. 🙂

What a fabulous room

Hamish Elton visits Portugal Sadly I’m not sure which restaurant it is.

Another unknown venue

Hamish Elton visits Portugal Not to worry, it’s a great photo anyway. 🙂

Hamish Elton visits Portugal

Hamish Elton visits Portugal Am I enjoying Casais? You bet I am. 🙂

Time to visit Sintra.

Hamish Elton visits Portugal Sintra is a delightful Portuguese town that is situated within the hills of the Serra de Sintra.

How about the shirt? 🙂

Hamish Elton visits Portugal Here I am searching for my inner hillbilly.

Meet my friend Elvish

Hamish Elton visits Portugal His job is to scare away the birds from the vines.

Here is proof we did some work. 🙂

Hamish Elton visits Portugal However the truth is we mainly ate good food & drank lots of booze. 

Feeling no pain after a long lunch.

Hamish Elton visits Portugal We have an excuse, we were celebrating a birthday.

Many thanks for visiting my Hamish Elton visits Portugal photo blog.

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Nathong Seafood restaurant

June 2, 2019 by David Herd | 2 Comments

Nathong Seafood restaurant

Drifters Beach Cafe Pattaya

Nathong Seafood restaurant is at Amphoe Sattahip which is about a 30 minute drive from central Pattaya. There are a number of similar places along this particular stretch of beach.

Live seafood tanks

Drifters Beach Cafe Pattaya Live crabs & shrimp ensure the food is as fresh as possible. I think Nathong specializes more in catering for tourist buses rather than the general public. Two busloads of people from China arrived while we were having lunch.

Lots of staff waiting for customers.

Drifters Beach Cafe Pattaya The service was very good as was the view of the ocean & beach.

Beach side dining.

Drifters Beach Cafe PattayaSattahip District It’s always nice to dine overlooking the beach. Along this stretch of the Sattahip District are many similar seafood restaurants.

Looking north to Jomtien & Pattaya.

Drifters Beach Cafe PattayaIt’s only a short drive to Pattaya. Make sure you call into Drifters beach cafe for a cold beer or a cocktail.

Apartments next door.

Drifters Beach Cafe Pattaya A nice stretch of sand here.

Preecha Seafood restaurant

Drifters Beach Cafe Pattaya This popular venue is right next door to Nathong, it was closed the day we visited.

Nathong seafood restaurant

Drifters Beach Cafe Pattaya The food was very good & these dishes were only B150 each, or $4.80 USD.

Looking south.

Drifters Beach Cafe Pattaya I certainly would recommend both Nathong & Preecha for low cost fresh seafood.

Thai fishing boats 

Drifters Beach Cafe Pattaya Two hundred meters from the restaurant these boats are a nice photo opportunity.

Location

Nathong seafood restaurant Thanks for visiting my Nathong seafood restaurant photo blog.

A-One hotel on Beach Road

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Luxury getaway Bali Indonesia

May 31, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Luxury getaway Bali Indonesia

Luxury getaway Bali Indonesia

Luxury getaway Bali Indonesia, is the dream for many, isn’t it? Imagine sunning yourself on a white sandy beach, mocktail in hand, without a care in the world. Bali and its affordability have made it increasingly popular in recent years; with travellers discovering that living a life of luxury on the island doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

Do the research

Luxury getaway Bali Indonesia

Just make sure you do the right research and preparation before you go and you’ll be all set!

Tread across luxurious sandy beaches

Luxury getaway Bali Indonesia The beaches in Bali are numerous, and each have their own little traits that make them oh-so-unique. If you’re staying on the south of the island, the white sand coasts of Kuta, Nusa Dua and Sanur may be exactly the kind of paradise you’ve been looking for. On the other hand, the hidden shores of Uluwatu, Padang Padang and Bingin, buried among cliffs, provide the tranquility that certain holidaymakers crave. If white sandy beaches aren’t your cup of tea, the northern and western shorelines offer black sands – dark and delicious, with their very own coves where you’re sure not to be disturbed. Exploring the gorgeous beaches will leave your friends and family full of envy and your social media profiles looking incredibly ‘goals’ worthy!

Explore culture beyond your wildest dreams

Luxury getaway Bali Indonesia Not everyone wants to laze their days away on the beach – if you’re driven wild by the thrill of exploring a new place, there are more than enough attractions available to give you a real taste of what Bali has to offer. If royalty and history tickle your fancy, then a visit to Ubud Palace is an absolute must – a taste of spirituality mixed with hundreds of years’ worth of history. With thousands of temples on the island you could spend your time hopping from one to the next – each one is fascinating, and different from the one that came before it. If you time your trip right, you might find yourself on the island during one of their major festivals, allowing you to see the island in a whole new light. There are a number of different attractions and monuments you can immerse yourself in, especially if you’re a first time visitor with a craving for everything.

Taste of the local cuisine

Luxury getaway Bali Indonesia Balinese food is renowned across the world – and for good reason. The island has a number of locations that offer cooking classes to give you a true culinary experience. It’s all well and good being able to taste the food, but being able to show off to your relatives upon your return is even better! If you do just want to have a taste, then the options are numerous and the flavours tantalising – indulge in traditional bites such as Babi Guling and Nasi Ayam, if you think your taste buds can handle it.

Luxury getaway Bali Indonesia

Luxury getaway Bali Indonesia If you want to know even more about Bali, check out some of my photos of this wonderful island.

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Drifters Beach Cafe Pattaya

May 24, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

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Drifters Beach Cafe Pattaya, or to be more exact, it’s in the Sattahip District which is a twenty minute drive from Central Pattaya. Actually it’s hard to know if you are in Barbados, Brazil or Thailand. 🙂

The best beach bar in Pattaya

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What a terrific unique establishment, they offer a large selection of food including wood fired pizzas, meat pies & burgers.

Watch the sunset

While drinking an ice cold Heineken.

David Robertson from Australia
Relaxing with a cold beer as he so often does. 🙂
Such a unique beach shack.
Not sure what is upstairs, perhaps the Australian owner lives there.

Drifters Beach Cafe Pattaya

Perfect to sail over to Koh Larn for the day.

Brad Robbins from Townsville.

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Cold beer for Brad & red wine for me. 🙂

Location

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About 20 minutes drive from Central Pattaya.

Thanks for visiting my Drifters Beach Cafe Pattaya photo blog, put this unique beach bar on your bucket list.

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Pattaya life food friends 2019

May 15, 2019 by David Herd

Pattaya life food friends

Pattaya life food friends

Pattaya life food friends 2019 continues to be happy and stress free. Apart of course from the ever changing immigration laws & rules which sometimes gives us the impression we are not appreciated here.

The food above brought over from Australia by friends when they visit certainly is appreciated. 🙂

Sandwich for lunch

Pattaya life food friends A fresh bread roll, avocado from Australia & bacon, delicious.

The best sandwich in Pattaya by far

Pattaya life food friends A salad role from La Boulange French bakery in 3rd Road is simply magnificent.

Three nationalities here.

Pattaya life food friends Clinton from Brisbane Australia, Mark Yagalla from New York & Marcin Lerner from Poland.

A very sad day at the Mantra

Pattaya life food friends I went with a group of friends for the final feast at out favourite restaurant. After around 12 years it is closing, there are so many memories of countless Sunday brunches at the wonderful location.

Mantra seafood & sushi

Pattaya life food friends My mouth is watering just thinking about the Mantra seafood.

Walking Street Pattaya

Pattaya life food friends There is no place on Earth as wild as Walking St.

Walking St lounge bar

Pattaya life food friends A great place to sit and watch the world go by.

Sukiya at Central Marina

Pattaya life food friends The soft serve ice cream is only B10, or .31 usd.

Pothole & Yogurt aka John Martin & Joergen Ulitzka

Pattaya life food friends Pothole lives in my building & is a very good source of entertainment for all of us, Joerg is living back in Melbourne after spending 18 months in a Hong Kong prison.

Lamb Shank at Patrick’s

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya This Aussie lamb shank is the Tuesday special.

The usual suspects

Pattaya life food friends Patrick’s Belgium Steakhouse is one of our favourite restaurants.

Looking south from the Hilton

Pattaya life food friends Horizon’s is an excellent sky bar on the top floor of the Pattaya Hilton.

Storm damage at Pattaya beach

Pattaya life food friends The newly restored received a setback. 

The girls from Oz

Pattaya life food friends Georgie, Nikki & Aileen.

Team Murphy in Bangkok

Food friends Big Mango Nikki’s father Bob is on the right & her sister Georgie is on the left. After a couple of days in Bangkok her husband Tony & I spent 4 days in Vientiane in Laos.

 

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Patrick discovers El Mercado

April 24, 2019 by David Herd

Patrick discovers El Mercado

Patrick discovers El Mercado

Patrick discovers El Mercado restaurant in Bangkok and he and his lovely wife Khun Rinny were very impressed with this unique establishment. Patrick should know a little about restaurants being the owner of Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse in Pattaya, one of my favourite places to eat. TripAdvisor rating for Patrick’s is #16 of 1,149 Restaurants in Pattaya.

Dining in the courtyard.

Patrick discovers El Mercado There are 3 separate areas to dine, the courtyard, the wine room or the delicatessen area.

Patrick took all these excellent photos on his Samsung Quad camera.

Patrick & Rinny are very happy here.

Patrick discovers El Mercado They are sitting in the delicatessen area right next to the fresh seafood room.

Did someone mention seafood?

Patrick discovers El Mercado 

Life doesn’t get any better than this. 🙂

Oysters from Cancale in France.

Patrick discovers El Mercado  There are around 10 different varieties on offer, starting from B420 for a dozen which is tremendous value. The range is from B35 to B115 each.

You can order a set for B795.

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This fabulous set is only $25 USD.

Patrick’s platter

Patrick discovers El Mercado This is a great way to eat, there is a huge variety cold meats, terrines and pate’s to choose from.

Rinny had the seafood.

Patrick discovers El Mercado On one of my visits I actually had the seafood set + a dozen oysters. 🙂

Anyone for cheese?

Patrick discovers El MercadoA huge choice, why not sample a few? Also El Mercado have a delivery service if you live in Bangkok, check out THIS LINK for more information.

In fact there are free samples.

Patrick discovers El Mercado All along the counter there are samples of cheese, meats etc for you to try before you buy. 🙂

Pièce de résistance

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Say no more, wink wink, nudge nudge. 🙂

Patrick discovers El Mercado

Patrick discovers El Mercado

Here is what Patrick had to say about El Mercado; “Didn’t know where to eat tonight in Bangkok so I asked my good friend David Herd who is an expert in Bangkok restaurants. He suggested El Mercado. Wow, what a surprise. Never saw anything like that in Thailand. All those choices of cheeses, cold cuts, seafood and fish. Many wines as well, but a bit on the expensive side. I enjoyed a mixed platter with cheeses and cold cuts, my wife went for the oysters and seafood dish. All in all a success and very enjoyable. Book in advance, packed all the time. Worth a visit when in Bangkok😉😎

Location

Patrick discovers El Mercado Car parking is available behind the restaurant.

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Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok

April 21, 2019 by David Herd

Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok

Eleven thousand restaurantsHass avocado Bistro Bangkok is rather unique, their avocados are shipped from New Zealand and are served in every imaginable form and flavor. The hamburger is rather unique, the buns are replaced with avocado, what a great idea. The breakfast of poached eggs & avocado is perfect.

 1/6 Soi Sukhumvit 49 

Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok Just 50 metres from Sukhumvit Rd. Opens daily at 8am, since it intends to serve early-birds who come in for breakfast, & closes at 9 pm.

Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok

Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok Quite a small restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere.

The Juice bar

Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok On the left as you walk in the door, lots of varieties other than avocado. 🙂

In fact I ordered a mango smoothie.

Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok I was was in heaven, 2 of my favourite things, Mango & avocado.

Breakfast is served.

Food friends Big Mango Poached eggs & avocado, perfect.

The Avo burger

Eleven thousand restaurants This has got to be a totally unique dish, I have never seen one like it before. Plus it was fabulous. 🙂

Thanks for visiting my Hass avocado Bistro Bangkok photo blog, put this excellent restaurant on your bucket list.

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Food friends Big Mango

April 19, 2019 by David Herd

Food friends Big Mango

Food friends Big Mango

Food friends Big Mango, otherwise known as Bangkok. There are 11,562 restaurants in this great city, this photo blog features a few of them.

Three of my favourite things about living in Thailand are, Mango smoothies, Mango & sticky rice & foot massages.

Two more reasons for living here.

Food friends Big Mango Am I asking too much? 🙂

Team Murphy

Food friends Big Mango Here are my Australian friends, the team leader was Nikki Murphy, the gorgeous brunette in the centre. To the right is husband Tony & father Bob. Far left is sister Georgie & her bubbly friend Aileen.

My bedroom at Soi 34 Sukhumvit

Food friends Big Mango Nikki had booked a 6 floor apartment walking distance to Thong Lo station, it was rather exceptional as you can see from the photo. The only problem was there was no elevator, lucky for me I was on the 3rd floor so only had to cope with 30 stairs. 🙂

Food friends Big Mango & only 4 minutes walk to the Hass Bistro

Food friends Big Mango One of my favourite Bangkok restaurants in Klang Alley off Sukhumvit. A terrific breakfast of poached eggs & avocado.

Talking about favourite restaurants

Food friends Big Mango El Mercado is my number one, even though TripAdvisor only rate it #360 of 11,562 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Murphy was blown away.

Food friends Big Mango I think it has quickly Tony’s favourite as well. 🙂

Oysters from Cancale in France.

Food friends Big Mango The full description is Fine De Cancale No. 4.

A selection of Tapas.

Food friends Big Mango Smoked salmon, Prosciutto & pumpkin soup shots.

Pièce de résistance at El Mercado.

Food friends Big Mango Wonderful blueberry tart for Murphy.

Apple tart for me.

Food friends Big Mango WOW! These deserts were perfect. 🙂

Dinner at The Roast at The Commons.

Food friends Big Mango Nikki had the Salmon which looked absolutely perfect.

Murphy had a hamburger, & I stole some of his fries. 🙂

Food friends Big Mango It was interesting they only had Lao beer, terribly overpriced like many things there, but an excellent taste. Tony & I were flying to Laos the following day & enjoyed many more Lao beers in Vientiane.

The price of BeerLao in Laos was very low indeed.

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Vientiane excellent coffee shops

April 18, 2019 by David Herd

Vientiane excellent coffee shops

Good restaurants Vientiane Laos

Vientiane excellent coffee shops were right around the corner from our hotel. They were every bit as good or better than I expected. The shot above is the cafe next door to Le Trio, I believe it is either part of the same business, or simply a shop who they sell their coffee to.

LE TRIO COFFEE

Vientiane excellent coffee shops The first ’boutique roaster’ in Vientiane, they source ethical beans from local Lao producers and use only Robusta and Arabica beans, using a magnificent German roasting machine to make their coffee.

There are only 2 stools to sit at here.

Vientiane excellent coffee shops I guess that’s why they send you next door. 🙂

Vientiane excellent coffee shops

Vientiane excellent coffee shops Coffee does not get any better than this.

Many other coffee shops in Laos buy coffee beans from Le Trio to make their own coffee, showing just how powerful their blend is.

JOMA BAKERY CAFÉ

Vientiane excellent coffee shops Joma is very popular among expats and travellers & has two locations in Vientiane. As well as their drinks, they serve great sandwiches, pastries, quiche, muesli, bagels and fruit shakes. It’s an excellent place to go to if you seek the taste of Western food. The mango pudding in the photo was absolutely magnificent.

Joma

Vientiane excellent coffee shops Joma was founded by Canadians in Laos and now has 12 stores in three countries, including Cambodia and Vietnam. I must say it was very similar to a Starbucks.

We stayed at the Bloom Boutique Hotel.

Bloom Boutique Hotel Vientiane These great coffee shops were only about 50 metres from our hotel. I would certainly recommend the Bloom Boutique Hotel, excellent rooms, friendly staff & a great breakfast. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good discount.

Sinouk Coffee Night Market

Vientiane excellent coffee shops Small restaurant/bar at the corner of the street, you can watch the crowds pass by at night on the way to the night market.

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