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 Hotels

Centre Point Silom Hotel

Centre Point Silom HotelBangkok Hotels, there are thousands of them, however I stayed at Centre Point  just last week and was very happy with the whole package.  My room was huge with a great city view and a full kitchen including a washing machine. In fact it was more like an apartment.

Another bonus is you can enter Robinson Shopping mall direct from the hotel.

Bangkok Hotels

 Four minutes walk to the Saphan Taksin Skytrain, 5 minutes to the main ferry wharf at Sathorn (Central Pier).



Centre Point Silom Hotel

Centre-Point Hotel SilomThe view at night was spectacular, however I’m sure the opposite side overlooking the river is better still.


 Full kitchen at Centre Point.

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As you can see everything you need is here. 🙂

lebua at State Tower.

lebua hotel State Tower State Tower contains condominiums, serviced apartments, offices and retail units. It is also home to a five-star hotel called Lebua. There is a forty-story high atrium inside, and on the 64th floor is Sirocco, the world’s highest open-air restaurant with a panoramic view of Bangkok. Staying at Lebua gives you the advantage of having Sirocco on the top floor and Breeze on the 53rd floor.

Sunset at Sirocco

"<brlebua at State Tower is an all-suite hotel where every one of our 357 suites are designed to offer you breathtaking vistas of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river. Ranging between 66-266 sqm in area, each suite is reputed to be the most spacious in its category in the city.

View from Sirocco above Lebua hotel.

Chao Phraya River Bangkok

Take a ferry ride on the Chao Phraya river

Shangri-La Hotel on the Chao Phraya river

Shangri-La HotelThis hotel has it all, if you can afford it. Right on the river with several terrific restaurants and only a short walk to the Sky train.

Hotel staff sing on the Kings birthday December 5th.


Shangri-La Hotel BangkokCheck my post on dining out in Bangkok for more details on the Shangri-La. Please click on Google + to help my page ranking.

Great shopping at MBK.

MBK BangkokIf you are in Bangkok to shop, and who isn’t? Then MBK should be high on your list. There are two hotels to consider which are very close to the shops. Pathumwan Princess Hotel actually forms part of MBK so you leave your room & enter the shopping center. The other hotel across the road is the Ibis or Mercure, a little less expensive than Pathumwan Princess, but it will take you 5 minutes longer to get to the shops.  😆

Bangkok Hotels on Sukhumvit.

Near MBK BangkokYou simply walk across the footbridge at the National Stadium Sky train station and you are in MBK.

Without a doubt AGODA is the best online Hotel booking site.

Lets go down market at the Dynasty.

Bangkok HotelsThe Dynasty Inn is in Sukhumvit  Soi 4 Nana, a few meters from the infamous Nana Plaza. I can highly recommend this 2.5 star hotel because I have stayed there probably 50 times in the last 20 years. For lots of information regarding Nana Plaza check out my blog. Phone +66 2 656 8010 and ask for Miss Lee, tell her David Herd sent you and I’m sure you will be looked after. Room costs are between 1,500 & 2,000 Baht.

Dynasty Grande

Bangkok HotelsJust around the corner at 21 Soi Sukhumvit 6, Sukhumvit Rd is the more upmarket Dynasty Grande, very good large rooms, I would rate it 3 to 3.5 stars. Rooms are around 3,000 Baht per night or $100. Bear in mind that is the same rate at Centre Point in Silom which is a much better hotel. The Dynasty however is a good choice for those who can’t resist the lure of Nana Plaza. 

View of Soi 11 from Mulligans

Soi 11 Mulligans Citadines hotel is a great location in Soi 11 Sukhumvit to stay in Bangkok, right in the middle of the action. Mulligans 24 hour Irish pub is on the ground floor.


Citadines Soi 11The rooms are compact and nicely laid out including a kitchen if you like to prepare some food.

As you would expect the rooms at the Marriot are fabulous

JW MarriotIf you use this link to book you are guaranteed a great room rate. 

The foyer

JW Marriott hotel BangkokLooking down on the huge foyer with comfortable lounges for you to relax before heading for the shops. My two favourite shopping centres are Siam Paragon & Siam Centre which are next door to each other, and the amazing EmQuartier, put them on your list of paces to go.

I-Check Inn Soi 11

Bangkok budget hotelsJust a few meters from Nana station is this excellent small hotel tucked away is a lane off Soi 11. If you use this link you will get a room for around B1100.

                            Here are some more posts to check out
            Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok
Sydney Opera house        Paris hotel        Grand Palace Bangkok
            Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
Tokyo        Carla, what a girl. photo CopacabanabeachNov2003-128.jpg        Buda Castle
               London                            Beijing                            Capetown
Kings road Chelsea        David & the General photo DHandthegeneral.jpg        David Herd Thailand
Pattaya webcam


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.

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