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.


AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens

Beautiful tropical garden in the heart of Pattaya.

AVANI Pattaya Resort

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens and pool area has a wonderful relaxing atmosphere. I remember staying at this hotel way back in 1998 whit was call the Royal Garden Resort. More recently it was the Marriott.

The main entrance from 2nd Rd.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardensThe property runs all the way to Beach Road & is adjacent to the Royal Garden Plaza shopping mall.

Entrance to Royal Garden Plaza is next door to Avani Resort.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens Lots of interesting shops & a very good food court.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens reception 

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens Has not changed much in 20 years. 🙂

Lounge bar off the foyer however the pool area is the main attraction.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens This lovely hotel is in a perfect location, TripAdvisor rate it number 10 out of 497 hotels in Pattaya. If you would like a very good discounted room rate with free cancellation & a pay later option, just book through THIS LINK.

The entrance from Beach Road

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens Wander through this arch & enter the beautiful gardens.

Now we start seeing Thai architecture.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens Plants & trees grow at a very rapid rate in Thailand as you can imagine.

A beautiful inviting pool

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens It has a pool bar as you cane see where you can sip a cocktail or a cold beer while you cool off. 🙂

It really feels like you are on a tropical island.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens You are surrounded by a fabulous tropical environment. 

My question is “where are the macaws”?

AVANI Pattaya Resort I took this photo in November 2012 when the property was run by the Marriott, they had 2 of these fabulous birds living in a cage in the gardens, however most of the time they were on a perch outside the cage. I wonder where they have gone?

All I could find were swans. 🙂

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens Nowhere near as beautiful as the Macaws. 🙂

Lots of places to sit here.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens They serve Thai food in the garden at a very reasonable price for a five star hotel.

Table tennis & sun lounges

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens Lots to do & a terrific shopping mall next door.

The rooms are excellent as you would expect.

AVANI Pattaya Resort Please remember what I said earlier, if you would like a very good discounted room rate with free cancellation & a pay later option, just book through THIS LINK.

At the Beach Rd entrance there is a Benihana sake bar.

AVANI Pattaya Resort gardens A few shots of sake will get you in the mood to party. 🙂 

New Wine Connection

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya Turn left when you exit at Beach Road & 30 meters along is one of my favourite restaurants, the Wine Connection. It just opened on November 28 2018. See their fabulous on THIS LINK.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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