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.


Bangkok City Wide Building Boom

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River City

 photo Chao Phraya 5.jpg Bangkok City Wide Building Boom never ceases to amaze me, each time I visit there are new skyscrapers reaching for the clouds. Above is River City shopping mall beside the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel on the Chao Phraya River.

Sathorn Nakorn Tower

Sathorn Nakorn Tower A modern Salom office building located at 100 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Rd., Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500.

Check out my photo blog for some iconic buildings along the river.

State Tower

Bangkok building boom

Built in 2001, it is the largest building in South-east Asia, on the roof is Sirocco, one of the best roof top bars in the world. I often stay close by at Centre Point hotel, in fact I took this photo from my hotel window. Use this link for an excellent room rate. However if you prefer to stay in this magnificent tower book into the upmarket Lebua hotel through this link.

Sirocco at the top of the State Tower


In my opinion this is the World’s best sky bar.

Centre Point Hotel & Robinson shopping mall

Bangkok City Wide Building Boom

The hotel is connected to the shopping mall and only a 5 minute walk to the sky train and river ferries. Use this link for an excellent room rate.

From Nana station

Bangkok City Wide Building Boom A new tower is under construction on the left and the vacant block is screaming out for development.

Beside Nana station

Nana BTS station As in many countries buildings beside the railways stations tend to bring the highest rent for obvious reasons.

Beside Ploenchit station

Bangkok City Wide Building Boom Not sure of this buildings name however I will find out on my next visit.

Beside Ploenchit station Bangkok building boom continues

Bangkok City Wide Building Boom The Bangkok building boom continues.

Terminal 21 Asoke

Bangkok building boom Located next to the BTS Skytrain and MRT underground rail networks.

 Marriott Marquis Queens Park Hotel

Bangkok City Wide Building Boom This well known hotel in Soi 22 has 2000 rooms and is being totally renovated. It opened in 2017 as an addition to the Marriott chain.


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Baiyoke Tower

Bangkok City Wide Building Boom


The Baiyoke tower is 85 stories and is the tallest building in Bangkok, it includes the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia and the seventh-tallest all-hotel structure in the world.

Game changer

 Bangkok building boom

MahaNakhon is a luxury mixed-use skyscraper currently under construction in the Silom/Sathon central business area of Bangkok. Designed to fit into the Thai landscape with a unique pixelated facade, it will have the unconventional appearance of a glass curtain walled square tower with a cuboid-surfaced spiral cut into the side of the building. Upon its estimated completion in 2015, it will become the tallest building in Bangkok at 314 metres (1,030 ft), with 77 floors. Featuring hotel, retail and residences, 200 units of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok inside the building are priced between around US$1,100,000 to US$17,000,000, making it one of the most expensive condominiums in Bangkok. From Wikipedia.

South Sathorn Road

Bangkok City Wide Building Boom Just opposite the Australian Embassy in Sathorn Road.

From Cloud 47 in Sathorn

Cloud 47 sky bar A great view of the city from Cloud 47.

Bangkok’s tallest buildings

Bangkok tallest buildings

 Great design the Park Hyatt

Sukumvit Road Ploenchit Another wonderful design the hotel is expected to open late 2016. Central Embassy will be hoping they will bring potential customers as their traffic since opening has been disappointing.

The River condominium.

Bangkok City Wide Building Boom

The south tower is the tall building and is right opposite the Shangri-La hotel.

Hotel Peninsula

Bangkok City Wide Building Boom

Hotel Peninsula on the right and the River Condos on the left. Use this link for a great room rate.

Under construction

Bangkok building boom There are some amazing buildings under construction as of June 2016, check out THIS LINK.

Resting after a busy shopping day

Bangkok City Wide Building Boom Thanks for visiting my Bangkok City Wide Building Boom post, I have highlighted about 2% of Bangkok’s fabulous skyline. Use this link to get a terrific room rate at the Dynasty Grand in Nana.

Since writing this blog I have found a lower price hotel option. Now when I’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.

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That’s all folks

David Herd Thailand

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.


  1. Hi David,
    Great website.
    The photos and videos are great. I am looking forward to reading your stories from the past and future.

    Kind regards and safe travels
    Steve Hatz

    • Hi Steve, I’m glad you are enjoying the posts, I started my blog 2.5 years ago and it has turned into a full time hobby, or perhaps even an obsession. 🙂

  2. Hi David,
    Great website.
    The photos and videos are great. I am looking forward to reading your stories from the past and future.

    Kind regards and safe travels
    Steve H