The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

May 8, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

So much seafood & such little time.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 was a noisy affair as usual. There is a bandstand on the beach which blasts very ordinary music until the early hours of the morning. My condo is on the 20th floor 400 meters away & the sound hits me full blast even with the door closed. 🙂

Beach Road Pattaya

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 One of the bigger kitchens along Beach Road.

Prawns, crab & shell fish

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018A good variety & freshly cooked.

 Big variety of meat including crocodile. 🙂

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018I’m surprised there is no snake or buffalo. 🙂

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

One of the many stalls lined along Beach Road.

Here is my favourite shot

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018A typical spontaneous Thai smile, no wonder we love living here.

Time for a mango shake

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018Another huge benefit of living in Thailand, the mangoes are wonderful.

OK, I’m confused…..

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018I have no idea what these bamboo tubes are for.

Busy ladies here on Beach Road

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018The festival runs for 5 nights and really draws the crowds.

I dined at the same place last year.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018In 2017 the food here was great so I decided to give it another whirl.

 Small but tasty

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 I chose 2 dishes from their signature menu, the one above was fine at B159 or $5 USD.

 This one not so good.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018The calamari was as tough as an old boot & the filling was very average indeed. I would have been better off at one of the smaller stalls.

Thanks for visiting my Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 photo blog.

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Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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Happy Trails Volume Two

April 29, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

As Satchmo would say, what a wonderful world.

Happy Trails Volume Two

Happy Trails Volume Two

Happy Trails Volume Two is a photo records of some wonderful locations I have been fortunate enough to visit. Producing these photos blogs allows me to re-live many great experiences that I have enjoyed during my long happy life.

The first photo in Volume one was taken in New York so as it’s my favourite city I start again with the Big Apple.

North Coast of Brazil

Happy Trails Volume TwoYou have probably never heard of Canoa Quebrada, it’s 164 kilometers from Fortaleza. We travelled along the beautiful long beaches and wandered through the amazing coloured sands.

Balneário Camboriú 

Been There Done That   Balneário Camboriú is a major beach resort in the Brazilian southern state of Santa Catarina.

Where are those places?

Happy Trails Volume Two

Here is a map to show you where they are. 🙂

Tiananmen Square Beijing

Been There Done ThatBeijing is a fascinating city full of history and wonderful breathtaking palaces, parks and buildings, and the food, well the food, Peking or should I say Beijing duck is to die for. Not to mention all of the other wonderful cuisines available, even though half the time you don’t know what you are eating. Having said that I must admit the best Peking duck I have ever eaten was the previous week in Shanghai, but that’s another story.

Happy Trails Volume Two include Sofitel Hotel Bangkok

Loved Every Minute  L’Appart restaurant at the recently opened Sofitel is a delightful multi-faceted venue occupying the entire 32nd top floor of the hotel tower.

 Nha Trang in Vietnam

Loved Every Minute

All the fishing boats are painted blue, they really look terrific, then again I really like boats. I even found some boat yards where they were repairing and refurbishing some older boats. Constructed from solid timber and designed to handle the rough seas in the monsoon season. 

Café A Brasileira in Lisbon

Been There Done That The A Brasileira was opened by Adriano Telles on 19 November 1905 at No.122 (an old shirt shop), to sell “genuine Brazilian coffee” from the State of Minas Gerais, a product generally unappreciated in homes of Lisboetas of that period.

Now I wonder where this is? 🙂

Been There Done ThatThe Tower Bridge is certainly one of the most recognizable structures in the world.

Happy Trails Volume Two includes the girl from Ipanema

Been There Done ThatI’m at the Garrota de Ipanema restaurant where the song was written. It was inspired by Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (now known as Helô Pinheiro), a seventeen-year-old girl living on Montenegro Street in Ipanema. Daily, she would stroll past the Veloso bar-café, not just to the beach (“each day when she walks to the sea”), but in the everyday course of her life. She would sometimes enter the bar to buy cigarettes for her mother and leave to the sound of wolf-whistles. In the winter of 1962, the composers saw the girl pass by the bar. 

Here she is.

Happy Trails Volume Two 

The song became so popular, she  became a celebrity.

Iguazu Falls Brazil

Been There Done ThatI’m on the Brazilian side, a walkway along the canyon has an extension to the lower base of Devil’s Throat. 

Big crowd at Harajuku Tokyo

Happy Trails Volume TwoIt’s Sunday morning & the crowds are huge, Harajuku is renowned for its colorful street art and fashion scene, with quirky vintage clothing stores and cosplay shops along Takeshita Street,

Many come to see the Harajuku girls.

Happy Trails Volume TwoHarajuku girls the term used to describe Japanese youth culture who cos-play or ‘costume play’ on Sundays in the district of Harajuku. Seen as rebels to conformity, Harajuku is a popular place for them to show off their own creations and usually pose for others. Styles include Gothic, Lolita, anime/manga based or futuristic. 

 Small creek leading to the Mekong River in Vietnam.

Loved Every MinuteYou are probably wondering why I don’t wear the rather stylish hat more often, I tend to save it till I’m on Safari. 🙂

Somewhere in the Simpson desert in Australia.

Loved Every MinuteIt can get lonely out here, luckily I was with 3 delightful Japanese girls who I took on an epic road trip.

Istanbul Turkey

Loved Every MinuteGreat fish meal beside the mighty Bosphorus river.

Thanks for visiting my Happy Trails Volume Two photo blog. Check out volume one on THIS LINK.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

April 28, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Life is very good in Thailand

 Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018, this is a photo record of the first six months of the year. You will see a lot of food photos here, visiting restaurants is a huge part of my life, which results in 114 kilos when I step on the scales. 🙂

That’s Pothole aka John Martin, with his 2 squabblers Tiger & Tyrone, on the right is my brother Warren.

 The fruit lady

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Her stall is right beside my condo & the fresh fruit is terrific.

Fresh Mango

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018B60 or $3.00 AUD.

Low tide at Pattaya beach.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018From April on the tides are very low for a few months.

 Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 The beach restoration project started early February and work goes on 12 hours or more each day. The photo was taken on April 3.

High fashion

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Generally when you think of state of the art fashion, Paris & Milan come to mind, however Pattaya is now throwing down a challenge, particularly in cutting edge beach haute couture as you can clearly see. For more exciting examples just follow THIS LINK.

 Salmon caviar

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 My regular choice when I dine at Genki in Soi 4.

My new webcam

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Hosted by EarthCam in New Jersey, in the first 30 days they received 150,000 visits. Check out Pattaya Beach 24/7 through THIS LINK.

Aussies & Germans meet in Bangkok

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018My brother Warren & his family met up with Bjorn’s family in Thailand. Bjorn passed away after a long battle with cancer, he was the partner of my nephew Michael.

Warren & Elyssa in Bangkok

Dinner with Warren & Elyssa (3) - CopyWe had drinks & dinner at Wine Connection at CentralWorld.

 Nana Plaza Bangkok

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Big Changes at Nana Plaza are taking place right now in March 2018. A huge roof is being built over the Plaza & the bars in the centre are being built again.

New roof at Nana Plaza

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018The downside may be no breeze on hot Bangkok evenings. Photo credit Daniel Freedman.

 So many restaurants in Bangkok.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Whales Belly is an interesting place to try next time you visit the Big Mango.

Terminal 21 in Pattaya

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Completion is scheduled for October 2018, the high rise section is Centre Point Hotel.

Making progress on April 26

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Such an exciting addition to North Pattaya, only 10 minutes walk from where I live.

Stefan from Atlantic Bar

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018With his gorgeous gran-daughter Mimi. 

Thai food in Soi 3 diagonally opposite Seven 11. 

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Very good value here, only B60 or $3.00 AUD. A typical night out for me is 2 or 3 red wines B100 ($4.00 AUD) each at Atlantic Bar followed by the above dish then a one hour foot massage on the way home for B250 or $12.00 AUD.

 Another hotel in Soi 1

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Building never stops in Pattaya.

 Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018We want some busses but they all must be yellow.

Big storm at Holiday Inn

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

I was trapped there for 20 minutes before making a dash for it.

Here is the result 🙂

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

A little bit life a drowned rat. 🙂

 One of my favourite sights

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018A tropical storm rolling in over Pattaya Bay on April 27.

Another favourite sight

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Pattaya sunsets are as good as anywhere else in the world.

Happy faces

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 These kids are going to the Teddy Bear museum.

Maurice Parfitt from Canberra

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Drinks at the Atlantic Bar.

Healthy lunch at the Bistro in Soi 13/1

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018This may well be my favourite restaurant.

Seafood buffet at the Holiday Inn.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Plenty of fresh seafood on offer for B899.

Shakariki

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Certainly one of Pattaya’s best Japanese restaurants.

Sky bar perhaps?

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Terminal 21 on May 15 2018, looks like a sky bar to me.

A perfect Pattaya morning

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018On my morning walk at 8 am.

I love mango smoothies. 🙂

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Fabulous mangoes in Thailand.

Beach restoration is full steam ahead.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 This was May 17, they are working like beavers.

Thanks for visiting my Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 photo blog.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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Been There Done That, Loved Every Minute.

April 18, 2018 by David Herd

What a Wonderful World

Loved Every Minute, starting with “The Big Apple”.

Loved Every Minute

Loved Every Minute photo blog simply shows some of the many wonderful places I have been fortunate enough to visit. Most travellers have their own bucket list & I’m pleased to say I have ticked 98% of my long list.

Last time I was there it was freezing.

Loved Every MinuteIt was mid February & I had arrived from Rio de Janeiro where the temperature was in the high 30s.

Talking about Rio…..

Loved Every MinuteHere I am on Sugarloaf mountain with Copacabana in the background.

 In case you were wondering about the featured Photo

Loved Every MinuteWell, it’s Madonna di Campiglio 8,500 feet high in The Dolomites in Northern Italy.

 This needs no explanation. 🙂

Loved Every Minute The Great Wall of China is an ancient series of walls and fortifications, totaling more than 13000 miles in length, located in northern China. Construction began in the third century B.C. as a means of preventing nomadic barbarians from invading the Chinese Empire. 

Majestic Table Mountain

Loved Every MinuteCape Town is certainly one of the most stunning location on Earth.

Loved Every Minute of the Italian Riviera

Loved Every MinuteCamogli is a fishing village and tourist resort located on the west side of the peninsula of Portofino.

Loved Every Minute of Budapest on the River Danube

Loved Every MinuteThe Hungarian Parliament Building, also known as the Parliament of Budapest a notable landmark of Hungary.

Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Loved Every MinuteWhat a surprise packet, Mostar is a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, straddling the Neretva River. It’s known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge.

Ankor Wat Cambodia

Loved Every MinuteAn amazing experience.

You gotta love the Ginza.

Loved Every MinuteTokyo, what an incredible city in an amazing country.

Dubrovnik

Loved Every MinuteThe best advice I can give you when you visit this amazing city is to go in the quiet season otherwise it will be like an ant’s nest.

On the ferry to Koh Chang.

Loved Every MinuteThailand’s 2nd largest island after Phuket.

Rice paddies near Ubud

Loved Every MinuteBali is a wonderful tropical island, just a pity so many out of control Aussie pests travel there.

The Great Ocean Road on the south coast of Australia

Loved Every MinuteBehind me is “London Bridge”, The span closer to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on 15 January 1990 leaving two tourists (Kelli Harrison and David Darrington) stranded on the outer span before being rescued by police helicopter.

Trafalgar Square London

Been There Done ThatI have lost count of the number of times I have visited this great city.

Ha Long Bay Vietnam

Loved Every MinuteNortheast Vietnam, it’s famous for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rain-forests. 

Behind me is the most expensive building in the world.

Been There Done ThatUS$ 5.7 billion, including the cost of the prime land. Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore is in a class of it’s own, click on THIS LINK for a closer look.

Thanks for visiting my Loved Every Minute photo blog. Here is Volume 2. 🙂

A-One hotel on Beach Road

Seven deadly Songkran days

For a great room rate at the A-One hotel opposite the beach just book through THIS LINK.               

 

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Heartbreak Sadness Songkran Road Toll

April 16, 2018 by David Herd

The sadness of Songkran

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran Road Toll, the Thai new year celebration is forever tarnished by hundreds of road deaths throughout the country which has the 2nd worst road toll in the world. Only war torn Libya is worse than Thailand.

The accumulated death toll from the first five of the so-called seven dangerous days of Songkran has risen to 323, with 3,140 people hospitalized in over 3,000 road accidents across the country, the Road Safety Centre announced on Monday. On Sunday alone, sixty-nine people were killed and 589 hospitalized in 552 road accidents nationwide.

Credit to Bangkok Post.

Songkran is supposed to be fun.

Heartbreak Sadness SongkranChildren having fun & adults acting like children while the road carnage is totally out of control.

Road toll after 5 days

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Worse than last year despite government calls to take care on the roads.

The carnage continues

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Commonly known in Thailand as the seven deadly days.

Here is my post from 2016.

Two people burned to death.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

What a terrible way to die.

Not much left of the vehicle

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

This really shows the Heartbreak Sadness Songkran brings to thousands of families.

No chance on a bike.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

I believe about 75% of deaths are young motorbike riders.

Tree versus truck

Songkran Madness Thailand

Tree wins every time.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran day 6.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

According to the Bangkok Post police have impounded a total of 13,964 vehicles (10,139 motorcycles and 3,825 cars) from April 11 to 16 for violating the alcohol ban. Police have taken legal action against 147,971 motorcyclists and 86,674 drivers of private vehicles and public transport.

The sad figures.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

A total of 176,415 traffic offenders were arrested at 2,013 road checkpoints. Of that number, 49,866 people were not wearing crash helmets and 46,067 people were not carrying a driving licence.  Credit BKK Post.

Were they playing chicken?

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

My guess is someone either went to sleep or was checking his phone.

Two killed 3 injured.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Most of these photos show motor vehicles however 78% of deaths come from motorbikes.

The final count

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

As horrific as it is sadly it will be repeated same time next year.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand

March 30, 2018 by David Herd

These will make you look twice. 🙂

Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand

Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand that will certainly make you look twice. So for those who have a sense of humour, check into the Golden Crab in Soi 13 then enjoy a massage at Lucky Finger before have a beer or 2 at the Dogs Bollocks bar in Soi 13/1.

Lucky Finger Massage

Funny Signs Pattaya ThailandLocated in 2nd Road opposite Mike shopping mall.

One of life’s great pleasures

Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand

I indulge 4 or 5 times a week, one of the great advantages of living in Thailand.

 Dog’s Bollocks Bar

Funny Signs Pattaya ThailandA very popular English bar in Soi 13/1. There are many hundreds perhaps thousands of bars in Pattaya, follow THIS LINK for guide on where to find them.

Well known restaurant

Funny Signs Pattaya ThailandThis branch is in Pattaya which is rated by TripAdvisor #79 of 1,026 Restaurants in Pattaya, & there is also one in Bangkok where they claim to be one of the finest Thai restaurants in the city.

A very interesting sign

Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand

Located in an Aussie bar in Walking St, you would never get away with this in all the political correct countries in the west.

One of the more risque signs

Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand

This bar can be found in busy Soi LK Metro which is one of the most popular bar areas in Pattaya. Follow THIS LINK for guide on where to find some other districts.

Soi Lenki hosts the Nooky Bar.

Funny Signs Pattaya ThailandA catchy name for a bar in this busy Street. 

Another interesting massage parlor.

Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand

Let your imagination run riot here. 🙂

Many thanks for visiting my Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand photo blog. I will certainly add more amusing signs in the future.

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Exotic Seafood Including Japanese Sake

March 28, 2018 by David Herd

Mantra restaurant Pattaya

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese Sake

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese Sake Exotic Seafood Including Japanese Sake at the Mantra in Pattaya, still without a doubt the best buffet I have ever had the pleasure of devouring. 🙂

Too much sake is never enough.

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese Sake

Not only is the food rather amazing but the cold sake is included in the buffet price of B1,999 or $64 USD. I usually polish off between 10 & 12 shots. 

Magnificent sushi

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese SakeThere are nine different kitchens offering food from around the world but I often seem to get stuck in an orbit around the seafood & sushi stations.

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese Sake

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese SakeA nice preview for when I visit Japan again in May.

Oyster selection

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese SakeMy preference is usually the beautiful Oysters from France.

My first attack

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese SakeNow you may understand why I get stuck at the seafood station. 🙂 

Delicious lamb chops

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese SakeImported from NZ & cooked perfectly.

 The happy group

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese SakeThree Aussies & three Europeans all thoroughly enjoyed the magic Mantra.

Dim Sum Station

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese SakeAnother of my favourite cuisines, featuring the Peking duck rolls.

 What about desert you ask?

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese SakeMany fabulous choices at the desert station

Two Aussies

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese SakeBoth these guys Paul & Richard hail from Sydney & love Pattaya. Paul used to run a couple of photo labs on the Gold Coast, I have used some of his photos hear & the quality & style shines through.

Anyone for strawberries?

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese SakeAnother one of Paul’s shots.

Cheese selection

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese SakeTripAdvisor rate Mantra #26 of 975 Restaurants in Pattaya, I really think it should at least be in the top 10.

My foray into the desert selection

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese SakeThis was my final dish at another magnificent lunch at the Mantra.

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese Sake

Exotic Seafood Including Japanese SakeThanks for visiting my Exotic Seafood Including Japanese Sake photo blog, & thanks to Paul Mooney for some of his excellent photos.

Pattaya Hilton

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Thailand Beach Cam Pattaya

March 21, 2018 by David Herd

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Thailand Beach Cam Pattaya is the number one webcam in South East Asia, perhaps even the Universe. 🙂

You can zoom, record, take a photo & e-mail it etc, I hope you enjoy the view.

Pattaya is a city in Thailand, a beach resort popular with tourists and expatriates. It is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 100 kilometers (62 mi) southeast of Bangkok. Back in the 60s it was a sleepy fishing village before it was discovered by the U.S. military personal on leave from the Vietnam war. Then through out the 1970s it really took off when Europeans, Australians & Americans started pouring in for their annual holidays.

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Bangkok Weekend Fun Food Family

March 20, 2018 by David Herd

You gotta love the BIG Mango

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food Family

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food Family Bangkok Weekend Fun Food Family was on our menu in March 2018. There is so much to do in this great city it’s hard to know where to start. Then again why not start with breakfast at the JW Marriot on Sukhumvit in Nana?

25% discount card.

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food Family

25% off all food, drinks & accommodation, priceless. 🙂

Earwan shrine

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food FamilyDay & night the people gather at this famous shrine. 

Part of Bangkok’s ever changing skyline.

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food FamilyBangkok’s building frenzy continues.

Hugh skyscraper next to Terminal 21 at Asoke.

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food Family

The road and intersection here is always so busy 24/7.

Elyssa tackles a Pina Colada

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food Family

My lovely niece from Sydney enjoying a pre dinner drink.

Then dinner at The Grill

Wine Connection Central World BangkokPart of the Wine Connection chain of restaurants.

 Bangkok Weekend Fun Food Family

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

     Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

Mexican garlic prawns & eggplant, both delicious.

Of course a visit to Nana Plaza is a must. 🙂

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food FamilyLucky Lukes is always popular.

The new roof cometh

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food Family

It may stop the rain & will probably stop the breeze as well. 🙂 

Via Vai in Soi 8 Sukhumvit

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food Family Very good Italian food, the lunch special is exceptional value.

Directly opposite is Monsoon

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food FamilyOne of my favourite Bangkok restaurants. 

A bunch of Herds

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food FamilyMy brother Warren & niece Elyssa. Warren lives in Port Macquarie & Elyssa lives in Sydney.

Whale’s Belly restaurant

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food FamilyTerrific food & decor, put it on your bucket list.

 Bangkok Weekend Fun Food Family

Bangkok Weekend Fun Food Family

      Bangkok Weekend Fun Food Family

Foie Gras & a fabulous pancake.

Bangkok shapes & colours

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Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

March 19, 2018 by David Herd

It certainly has the WOW! factor.

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant is rated #630 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok by TripAdvisor. I went there for the Saturday brunch which was good value at B1,150 or $37 USD.

The decor is exceptional

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantLocated at 39 Boulevard Tower, 2 floor, Soi Sukhumvit 39 ( Soi Phrom Chit), BTS phromphong, Bangkok 10110.

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

I hope you can read a map. 🙂

 Different room options

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThere are 4 or 5 different room options depending on your mood which is a nice touch.

I chose this room.

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantIt was lunch time & very hot outside so sitting away from the windows was a very good option.

Another small section

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

So many choices & such little time. 🙂

What about the food you ask?

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThe range was very good to excellent, starting with an interesting plate of black bread.

An ice cold Asahi beer

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantMost certainly my beer of choice.

Followed by a Lobster bisque

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantRather small but very tasty indeed, I gave it 9 out of 10.

 The Foie Gras was 10 out of 10

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThis was a fabulous taste sensation, certainly 10 out of 10.

Main course

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant Lamb shoulder was very tasty but a little too stringy for me, I gave it 7.5 out of 10.

Another 10 out of 10 here

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThis pancake was to die for, a great finish to an excellent lunch. 

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

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