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.

Koh Samui-Bangkok-Pattaya
Koh Samui-Bangkok-Pattaya

Bangkok Pattaya Samui 2001

The usual suspects + one

Bangkok PattayaBangkok Pattaya Samui 2001 combined with an around the world trip including Cuba, Spain, Venezuela, Los Angeles & finally one trip to Sydney. From the left we have Tony Murphy, Mike Dowd, John Sinclair, Rung and yours truly.

Nana Plaza

Bangkok PattayaHer name is Phung but to me she will always be Cleopatra, after meeting in 2001 I would hook up with her each time I came to Bangkok over the next 6 or 7 years.

Phung aka Cleopatra

Bangkok Pattaya

I believe she now lives with a guy in Switzerland, one of the best Thai ladies I ever knew.

Nana Plaza

Nana Plaza Bangkok

Not much has changed in Nana Plaza over the years, except now in 2016 there are a lot more LadyBoys which does not suit me at all. 🙂


Nana Plaza

Nana Plaza babesJohn Sinclair aka Secrets & John Martin at Nana Plaza, these days Martin is called Pothole he is such a pest he needs to be avoided at all costs. 🙂

Lovely Thai smile, Bangkok Pattaya which is best?

Pattaya Bangkok

Her name is Beer, you gotta love that. 🙂

Girl from the Busstop Soi 4 Nana

Bangkok Pattaya babe

Come to bed eyes, so I did. 🙂

Beautiful Thai smile Koh Samui ThailandDecember in Koh Samui, what a pretty lady.

Koh Samui bungalows

Bangkok Pattaya

I have fond memories of these bungalows.

Relaxing at Koh Samui

Bangkok Pattaya

A very sweet lady with Pothole in the background.

Chaweng beach Koh Samui

Koh Samui Chaweng beachAs you can see the photo quality is not so good in the early days of digital cameras. See the difference in the photo below which was scanned from a print.

Dining on Chaweng beach Koh Samui

Chaweng beachOne of the great pleasures of staying on Chaweng beach is having dinner on the beach and watching the sunset.

Nice butt in Koh Samui

David Herd Koh Samui

Jump forward to 2016 and see how Samui has changed.


New Years Eve in Pattaya

Bangkok Pattaya NYEWe left Koh Samui & headed to Pattaya for some New Years Eve action, here I am with Pothole the village idiot. 🙂 Bangkok Pattaya continued to be a regular destination for me right up until October 2011 when I finally left Australia & retired in Thailand.

                             Here are some more posts to check out
              Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok
Sydney Opera houseParis hotelGrand Palace Bangkok
               Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
TokyoCarla, what a girl. photo CopacabanabeachNov2003-128.jpgBuda Castle
           London                            Beijing                            Capetown
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                  through these links below.  Book now & pay later. ?
                              Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses


Pattaya webcam


That’s all folks

David Herd Thailand

Check out Koh Chang which is the 2nd largest Thai island after Phuket.

You may like to see my post on Krabi as well.

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. Your a lucky guy david ive been to thailand 5 times and would love to live there but dont no what to do for a living i have some money to last a couple of years but need to think of something to do for income in thailand david do you have any ideas that would help me ?? I would appreciate any advice you could give to me .
    Thank You Peter

    • My advice is don’t move to Thailand until you have enough money put aside to live here without working. Unless of course you can generate income online.