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.

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

June 14, 2017 by David Herd

Lunch by the Bay

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

 Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant is on the waterfront in Naklua. At low tide the view is not very attractive & the restaurant itself resembles a large barn. Put all that aside & just enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood & quick efficient service.

A big tin shed

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

The customers who regularly eat here would be 95% Thai, mainly because tourists would never walk past or hear about it.

Location

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

 

Either catch a Baht bus from the Dolphin roundabout or just hire a taxi. Believe me it’s worth the effort. 

What about the food you ask?

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Fresh, reasonably priced & lots to choose from.

Clams with lots of garlic

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Delicious, in Australia we call them pippies.

Prawns cooked to perfection

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Fresh & cooked to perfection.

Why are they are so fresh?

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Shortly before they arrive at your table they are happily swimming around without a care in the world. 🙂

Salted fish, a Thai specialty.

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Thai’s have mastered salted fish, one of their many terrific dishes.

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Being an amateur camera enthusiast I’m more than happy with the low tide mudflats of Naklua, it provides so many more photo opportunities.

Can you imagine the “for sale” sign?

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Needs a little work. 🙂

 Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

That’s my late great friend Larry Krausz who sadly passed away in January 2017 after suffering a major stroke. We were friends for nearly 30 years & I think of him often.

Pineapples & Melons

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

So it doesn’t just sell seafood. 🙂

Fresh crabs

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

 

Always a battle to eat but well worth the fight. 🙂

 Not attractive at low tide

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

However the food is so good you won’t even notice the mud flats.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

 

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

 

Just use THIS LINK for a terrific rate at the Wave Hotel.

 Thanks for visiting my  Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant photo blog.

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Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

January 13, 2017 by David Herd

Rim Talay

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya, here are four restaurants that are worth visiting. The first one is Rim Talay located at the southern end of Wongamat, this is a great location for a cold beer on a hot day. Fresh prawns come straight out of huge tanks behind the restaurant.

Ice cold Leo at Rim Talay

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

 

Without a doubt the beach here is much cleaner than Pattaya.

Surf & Turf Pattaya Thailand beach side food wine

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

 

On the beach at Wongamat & part of the Longbeach Hotel this nice restaurant has a huge menu and reasonable prices. For a great room rate just book using THIS LINK.

      Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya      

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

No air conditioning but thankfully plenty of fans.

Xmas Day 2016

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

 

A great spot for lunch with friends.

Tasty clams at Surf & Turf

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

They have a huge selection on the menu, food prices are good but wine is a little expensive.

Silver Lining

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

This rather spectacular restaurant is located in Zire Condominium right on the beach. At 9 pm the huge section of roof & walls slide out and cover the outdoor section of the restaurant. 

Spectacular Pattaya restaurant

A unique experience

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

Apart from the food it is worth going just to see the roof slide into place. 🙂

Dinner with friends

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya Everyone agreed the food was excellent.

My pasta dish was fine however I must return to try some other dishes before I pass judgement on the food.

 Beach Club at the Pullman Hotel

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

If there is a better place in Pattaya to watch the sunset I have not found it, apart from the Hilton of course which is exceptional as well.

Tapas at the Beach Club

Pattaya Thailand beach side food wine

One of the attractions here is you can swim in the two pools as well as the ocean.

You can also hire these sun lounges.

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

Luxury. 🙂

For a great room rate at the Pullman hotel just book using THIS LINK.

 Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

 

As you can see all these restaurants a very near each other, forget the dotted line just walk along the beach. Thanks for visiting my Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya photo blog.             

         

Holiday Inn

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

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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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Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

January 10, 2017 by David Herd

Pattaya bar districts, Soi 7 & Soi 8

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

 Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand are everywhere in the city, many tourists who visit think Walking Street is the only entertainment area, however they couldn’t be more wrong. This post is designed to show you some other areas where you can find some good bars, from back street down & dirty beer bars to up market sky bars.

Soi 7 & Soi 8 run parallel between Beach Rd & 2nd Rd, the photo shows Soi 8 near the Beach Rd corner. Always plenty of action in these two streets, lots of bars, restaurants & hotels mainly in Soi 8. 

Location Soi 6 to Soi 8

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Jump on a Baht bus at 2nd Rd for a 5 minute trip, cost B10.

Soi 6 Pattaya’s raunchiest street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Don’t be fooled this is quite a distance from Soi 6, & happens to have perhaps the worst reputation in the city, this alone makes a visit compulsory. 🙂

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A word of caution to first time visitors, there are quite a few LadyBoys working in this street. 🙂  

Billabong 2 & Atlantic Bar Corner of Soi 3 & 2nd Rd.

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These two bars just happen to have been my local drinking holes for the last 15 years. Billabong was the Cherry bar until  it was taken over in 2016, I don’t go there much now because of a particularly rude cashier who does not know how to treat regular customers properly. Consequently Atlantic Bar is collecting all my spare cash, the staff are much friendlier as well. 

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The Atlantic Bar opens at 6 pm until very late and is opposite Central Marina shopping mall.

Billabong 2 formally the Cherry Bar.

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On the corner of Soi 3 & 2nd Rd, they have a good band that starts playing at 9 pm.

Soi 6 to the Atlantic Bar & Drinking St.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

We are currently focusing on North Pattaya & will check out Walking St & LK Metro later.

Drinking Street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

 There are around 25 bars here & these days in 2017 most of the time they seem fairly quiet. Then again I’m rarely out late at night so things may well kick on around midnight.

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One very good idea in place here is that all bars play the same music rather than compete with each other as most other Pattaya bars seem to do.

From Drinking St to Soi 29 & 33 Naklua,

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

This area is very lively at night.

Soi 33 Naklua is a very good street

 

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Further north through the Dolphin roundabout & 150 meters along is Soi 33. There are a few good beer bars but the big attraction for me are some excellent restaurants, Leckerle on the right is German, Grottino also on the right and Bella Italia opposite.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

24 new beer bars in Naklua Rd Pattaya

Wongamat beach-side bars

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

One bar is lay back & casual, & one is upmarket & classy.

 Rim Talay

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

A perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer or two by the beach.

Perhaps you want to go a little more upmarket?

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The Beach Club at the Pullman Hotel is arguably the classiest bar in Pattaya. Happy hour is 5 to 7 pm on a good selection of beer cocktails & wine.

For an excellent room rate at the Pullman just book through THIS LINK.

Western style bars on Beach Road NOW CLOSED FOR RE-DEVELOPEMENT.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Staring in North Pattaya we have Tavern By the Sea which is part of the Amari Hotel. Happy hour every night from 5 to 7 pm. NOW CLOSED FOR RE-DEVELOPEMENT.

Holiday Inn

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

The Terrace overlooks the ocean & the adjacent Havana Bar is quite spectacular.

Havana bar at Pattaya Holiday Inn

 Western bars on Beach Rd

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Perfect for watching the fabulous Pattaya sunsets.

Lots of beer & babes at Hooters 

Hooters Pattaya opening night

As you would expect there is cold beer & American food served by sexy girls.

Three Pattaya sky bars starting with the Hilton

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Wonderful view of Pattaya for the roof, happy hour is 5 to 7 pm every day. 

Executive tower Holiday Inn.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

The building on the right is the executive tower with the sky bar on the top floor.

Holiday Inn

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

They also have a 5 pm happy hour however I think it is only for cocktails.

[email protected] corner of 2nd Rd & Soi 2.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

This hotel has a terrific unique decor.

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Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

A stunning view of Pattaya.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Follow the dotted line to find lots of good bars, LK Metro  & Soi Buakhao is where the locals go to drink. They tend to leave Walking St to the tourists. LK Metro is the L shape street where i-Rovers is.

LK Metro is jammed packed with bars.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

One of the busiest bars areas in Pattaya.

Kåres Party Bar

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

There is no better happy hour in Pattaya for beer drinkers.

Sportman’s pub Soi 13

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

On of Pattaya’s most popular pubs, food is excellent. This is one of my favourite places for breakfast & Sunday buffet lunch.

Walking Street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Walking St as an attraction compares favourably to many other infamous world red light  areas. Patpong, Nana Plaza & Soi Cowboy in Bangkok, the RLD in Amsterdam, the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Kabukichō in Tokyo, 42 nd St New York,  Vila Mimosa in Rio De Janeiro & Kings Cross in Sydney. Sadly all of these areas I have visited at some stage in my life. ?

What’s the attraction of Walking St?

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Oh! I get it. 🙂                             

There are hundreds of go go bars, beer bars, strip shows & restaurants. However my main purpose for publishing this Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand photo blog is to show you there are many other interesting places to visit in this vibrant city.

Thanks for visiting my Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand photo blog

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Farewell from Walking Street.

Drifters Cafe

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

This little gem is just a couple of kms north of the Glasshouse, I had an Aussie pie at this quaint little lay-back beach bar at Na Jomtien. The pie & the red wine was Ok, the beer was cold, perhaps the service left a bit to be desired, but totally in keeping with the casual atmosphere, certainly no complaints from anyone in our group.

As well as Aussie pies they specialise in wood fired pizzas plus many other interesting dishes.          

Location at Na Jomtien

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Just use THIS LINK for a terrific rate at the Wave Hotel.

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The Pattaya song

Pattaya Pattaya Song with Lyrics Love Pattaya Nightlife Thai Girls

 
 For an excellent budget hotel in north Pattaya just book through THIS LINK for a great rate.

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Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

December 30, 2016 by David Herd

30 minutes before sunset

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

 Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road near Soi 25 claim to be the only rooftop craft beer bar in Bangkok. I’m not into craft beers however an Asahi bottle was reasonably prices at B160, or $4.50 USD.

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

 To state the obvious when visiting Bangkok Sky Bars it’s always best to arrive before sunset to get the benefit of seeing the city in day light, dusk & night.

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

The crowd was building up, mainly Thai locals.

Abandoned building

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

I’m guessing this abandoned has bees sitting here for at least 10 to 15 years.

 Two Pattaya reprobates

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

Joergen Ulitzka & Pothole aka John Martin were very impressed with the view.

Cielo Sky Bar is another spectacular venue to add to the many  “must do” places to visit in this city. Located between Sukhumvit 69 & 71 only five minutes walk from Phra Khanong BTS station.

City lights are coming on

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

A beautiful sight watching the city lights come on.

My favourite time of the day

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

There must be at least 25 sky bars in Bangkok, more than any other city I have been to.

Red Sky Bar Central World offers another breathtaking view of this wonderful city. Perched high on the 56th floor at Centara Grand Hotel above Central World shopping Mall.

 Wonderful sunset from Brewski

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

I must confess I’m a sucker for a sunset, check out THIS LINK for some great Pattaya sunsets.

Terminal 21 & Asoke station

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

Terminal 21 & Asoke sky train station is only a five minute walk to Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok.  Book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

  The Long Table sky bar is located on the 25th floor of the Colomn serviced apartments in Soi 16 Asoke.

Thanks for visiting my Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok photo blog.

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.

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

 

The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

December 20, 2016 by David Herd

A little shade on Pattaya Beach

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand, everybody who visits the beach side city will regularly hear this as they pass the many bars, shops & massage parlours. “Hello welcome” is probably the most repeated phrase in Thailand. 🙂

There is always something to see on Beach Road Pattaya, I’m so happy to wake up and see the wonderful view every day.  

This post highlights the interesting things I see on Beach Road every day.

And here is my view

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Is that magnificent or what?

Morning exercise on Beach Road

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Most mornings I walk along Beach Road about 8 am, there is always something to photograph. 

 Above we have the healthy, below the not so healthy.

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

 

I have read many super models smoke to control their body weight, clearly in this case it has not worked. 🙂

This centuries most popular female entertainment

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

 A females favourite pastime, when too many selfies is never enough. ?

My favourite selfie 

 

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Taken March 24 2017.

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It doesn’t get much better than this. 🙂

Safety first

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Good to see these guys wearing crash helmets, too bad about the pedestrians on the footpath, let’s not forget “this is Thailand”.

My tyres are fatter than yours

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Not too sure what the advantage is have fat tyres on a bicycle, unless you are a fat guy like me. 🙂

Your tyres aren’t fat, these are fat. 🙂

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Big super blue boom box, block the footpath, no problem this is Thailand.

 Sensible people wear hats on the beach

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Hats! What hats, I don’t see any hats. 🙂

Look closely, surely you can see the hats

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Is this a trick question? 🙂

Work begins on the pipeline

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Highly skilled workers commence this 200,000,000 Baht project to the relieve the flooding on Beach Road. 

“OOPS” Houston we have a problem.

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Not only were the operators lacking in the skill department the project that took many months also failed miserably.

So Beach Road still floods.

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

I really don’t think you will ever stop this flooding, there is such a huge volume of water from the tropical storms no drain or gutter can cope.

The bikini babes hit the beach

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

After the rain the sun come out and the bikini babes hit the beach. 🙂

March 11 2018

Pattaya beachWidening the beach which is good news, but will they complete the job? 🙂

Very low tide

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand April 22 2018.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

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Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

 Closely followed by hundreds of day trippers

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Chinese tourists flock to the beach every day to go para-sailing & visit Koh Larn island.

Condominium

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Work stopped 18 months ago on this high rise due to a dispute over height and other regulations. Now in December 2016 they have been ordered to remove the top 8 floors and increase the car parking.

Water cannons for sale

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Songkran in April is New Year in Thailand, Pattaya conducts a huge water fight that drags on for over a week.

Lowest tide I have ever see in Pattaya.

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand This was June 6th 2012.

Beach restoration.

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand July 2018 & they are working like beavers on restoring the beach.

As the sun sinks in the west….

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Thanks for visiting my  Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand photo blog. 

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 For an excellent budget hotel near Big C in North Pattaya just book through THIS LINK for a great rate.

For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Just use THIS LINK for a terrific rate at the Wave Hotel.

Here is another well known Pattaya phrase

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Probably used 1000 times a day walking past the beers bars, the funny thing is some idiots actually believe it. 🙂

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Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

December 16, 2016 by David Herd

Wine Connection Silom

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro chain of restaurants has quickly become one of my favourite places to eat in Thailand. Excellent food and a great selection of wine at reasonable prices.

Beside Sala Daeng Sky Train station

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Located in the basement of the Silom Complex right below Starbucks.

Garlic Prawns

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

My favourite dish at Wine Connection only B210.

Very reasonable prices

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Not just the food, the wine prices are also very affordable.

THE GRILL @ CentralWorld

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 Located on the ground floor at CentralWorld, Wine Connection claim The Grill is their most upmarket outlet.

Pasta & Salmon

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

Absolutely delicious Serrano Ham & Truffle Oil Fettuccine only B230 or $6.50 USD. 

Lots of fresh pasta

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

By now you probably understand why Wine Connection is such a favourite of mine. 🙂

South African Red wine 

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

On special at B499 a bottle or $14 USD.

Wine Connection @ Rainhill

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

This is my favourite location, just a short walk from Phrom Phong BTS station.

 Large cheese selection

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

A selection of cheese and a nice bottle of red, what more could you want?

Wine cellar

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Wines from all over the world at very reasonable prices.

Great value food & wine

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Every Wednesday from 7 pm to 9 pm there is free flow wine & beer for B499.

Location

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Take the Sky Train or a taxi along Sukhumvit. 

Wine Connection at Central Festival Samui

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 We only spent 4 nights in Koh Samui and chose to eat here twice.

Low cost wine

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

They offer a wonderful selection of wine from all over the world at liquor store prices. Our red wine from Chile was a bargain B650.

The chain I’m told is owned by a French group, I only wish they would open a branch in Pattaya.

Lamb shank at the Wine Connection.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

The food choices are extensive, lots of terrines a a big range of pasta.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Thanks for visiting my Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro photo blog, there are also branches in Phuket & Chiang Mai.

In Koh Samui I like to stay on Chaweng Beach at the Baan Chaweng,  for an excellent room rate just use THIS LINK to book.

iCheck Inn Soi 11

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

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  around B1100 pn.

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Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

December 15, 2016 by David Herd

46th level Sky Walk Condominium

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

 Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok is another spectacular venue to add to the many other “must do” places to visit in this great city. Located between Sukhumvit 69 & 71 only
five minutes walk from Phra Khanong BTS station.

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

 

As usual with Bangkok Sky Bars it’s always best to arrive before sunset to get the benefit of seeing the city in day light, dusk & night.

Who is this guy?

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

 

He greets you as you arrive at Sky Walk condominium, he could almost be saying “take me to your leader”. 🙂 

Here we are at the bar

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

If you fancy a cocktail Pina Colada, Mojito or Mai Tais are around 200-250 Baht.

OK, back to the wonderful view

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

The late afternoon traffic is starting to build up. 

Open from 6 pm to 1.30 am.

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

Compared to many of the other Bangkok Sky bars drink and food prices are quiet reasonable starting at B120 for a Singha beer.

The city lights are coming on

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

In my opinion enjoying a cold beer or a Margarita & watching the city lights come on in Bangkok is the perfect way to spend an evening.

Pra Khanong district

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

 Pra Khanong district is a middle class residential area rather than a commercial district. 

Only 12 minutes by Sky Train from Nana.

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

 

I usually stay in Soi 11 Nana and it only takes 12 minutes by Sky Train to get to Pra Khanong station. Then take exit 3 and walk 5 minutes along Sukhumvit to the Sky Walk Condo.

 As you can see the restaurant is stunning

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

A small beautifully designed intimate room with chandeliers to add to the opulence.

Well worth a visit

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

On this occasion I dined elsewhere however I certainly will return to Cielo try out the intimate restaurant.

Casa Teo

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

This restaurant looks very interesting indeed, it’s located at the front of the Sky Walk condo. Check them out on Facebook. 

Lovely colourful fountain.

Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok

Also located in the forecourt of the Sky Walk condo, thanks for visiting my Cielo Sky Bar Restaurant Bangkok photo blog.

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.

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

 

The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

December 14, 2016 by David Herd

Extraordinary shopping experience

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

 Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall has a rather sophisticated concept of presenting it’s fabulous products, compared to most other Bangkok shopping malls it is quite interesting & unique. For instance the above photo is at Dean & Deluca which is a chain of upscale grocery stores.

Dean & Deluca

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

  I never thought I would say it but Bangkok now rivals Tokyo with the highest quality shopping experience in the world. It’s certainly not by accident however as the concept in this store was created with the help of a Japanese design company called Nendo, and the result as you will see is quite remarkable.

Feeling lazy?

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

No problem, grab one of these mini Segways & make a nuisance of yourself on the sidewalk. 🙂 They say you can travel up to 20 km on a single charge. Here’s a tip from the FiveStarVagabond, you will buy a lot cheaper on Lazada. 🙂

Need something to hold onto?

 

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

No problem, this is the one for you. 

Opened in mid 2016

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

Quickly gained the reputation of being the best shopping mall in Bangkok.

Drone shop

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

I’m sure these gadgets are going to cause lots of headaches in the future.

Lots of models to choose from

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall 

They are becoming very affordable.

 Jumbvo shop

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

It’s no secret everybody in Thailand loves elephants.

 The WOW! factor is everywhere

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

Full marks to the staff who have put all this together.

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall fabulous displays

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

There is a surprise around every corner. The people who put this store together are to be congratulated.

 Bangkok Airways

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

I recently flew on this local airline to Koh Samui, in fact it’s probably the 20th time I have done so since 1998. Follow this link to see one of Thailands best islands.

Habitat store

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall caters for everything you could ever want.

So much to see & such little time. 🙂

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

Everybody knows MBK shopping Mall, Siam Discovery is diagonally opposite.

Perfume for the ladies

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

And on it goes, everything you need.

Shoes, shoes & more shoes

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

Another fabulous display.

Mercedes Chocolate Bar

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A great looking cafe chocolate bar on the ground floor.

Thanks for visiting my Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall photo blog.

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Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

December 12, 2016 by David Herd

Bangkok’s number 1 attraction

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

 Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho is rated number 1 out of 517 things to do in Bangkok by TripAdvisor. Not sure how they come to this decision, however it certainly is very impressive, as is The Grand Palace & Wat Arun. Above is a couple of tourists posing with a Thai Guardian Statue. 

 Chinese stone sculpture

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

There are many different statues & sculpture at Wat Pho including these imposing Chinese stone sculptures.

 Symbolic offereings to Buddha

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

Candles, lowers & incense are some of the items used to honour Buddha.

Beautiful buildings

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

The blue sky enhances the beauty of the buildings.

Ashes of the Royal family

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

According to Wikipedia many of these structures contain the ashes of the Royal family in years gone by.

Location

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

As you can see it’s an 18 minute taxi ride from MBK or Siam Center, will only cost about B80 in a taxi.

Too many Buddhas are never enough

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

 Wonderful ornate Golden Buddhas. 

 Open from 8.00 to 17.00

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

Entrance fee B100 which is far better value than B500 at the Grand Palace.

The wonderful reclining Buddha

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

At forty six meters long and 15 meters high it is one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand.

 Beautiful from any angle

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

In 2013 I visited the Reclining Buddha in Yangon, it is in fact larger than Wat Pho, 66 meters long & 17 meters high.

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

 Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

In my opinion however this one at Wat Pho is the most beautiful.

The Bell Tower

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

Installed to call the monks to prayer.

 Lots of tourists

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

Is it any wonder with such a beautiful blue sky to enhance our photos. 🙂

 Another wonderful statue

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

Around every corner awaits another surprise.

 Ancient golden statues

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

There are multi lingual guides you can hire to explain the meaning of all the statues, paintings & symbols.

More symbols

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

Here is an INTERESTING LINK to explain some of the statues & paintings etc.

 A new coat of paint

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

I’m guessing the maintenance here never stops.

Farewell from Wat Pho

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

Thanks for visiting my Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho photo blog.  A whopping 8.15 million people per year visit Wat Pho.

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Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

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Shinkansen Japan’s high speed bullet trains

December 11, 2016 by David Herd

Explore Japan in comfort

Shinkansen Japan’s high speed bullet trains

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

 Shinkansen Japan’s high speed bullet trains are the perfect way to see this wonderful country. Rather than arrive at an airport 2 hours before your flight simply travel to the centre of one city to centre of the next.

Tokyo was the start of my trip

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

My good friend Kayo came to Tokyo Station to help me sort of all the tickets for my trip to six cities I had never seen before.

Currently a Japanese rail pass can only be purchased outside the country however from March 8th 2017 selected Japanese stations will sell them at a more expensive price.

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

As of January 2017 $100 usd = 11,695 Yen.

Tokyo to Kanazawa 4 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

One thing to keep in mind, I stay in budget hotels which are usually near the station. In many cities you can’t check in until 3 or 4 pm. Often I would just leave my luggage and head off to the nearest attraction.

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

How about the edible gold leaf?

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

Kanazawa’s history with gold leaf began 400 years ago. Kyoto and Edo (modern-day Tokyo) used to make gold leaf, Kanazawa now is the only remaining production hub of the coveted craft. 

Kanazawa to Hiroshima about 5 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

 Hiroshima was an emotional experience that I’ll never forget. Seventy one years ago at 8.15 am on August 6th 1945 U.S. pilots dropped an atomic bomb which instantly killed 140,000 people. 

As if that was not shocking enough 3 days later they killed 70,000 in Nagasaki.

For a super room rate in a great location with free WiFi just book through THIS LINK.

Cenotaph & park

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

A memorial is held here every year on August 6th.

 Hiroshima to Kumamoto 2 hours 40 minutes

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

I was on my my to Kagoshima so I thought I would stop for one night to see the damage done to the castle by the recent earthquake.

My budget hotel was in an excellent location, good rooms with free WiFi, for a great rate just book using THIS LINK.

Three years to repair wall

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

 The city hopes to repair the main keep within three years, while the rest of the grounds are expected to require about 20 years to be fully repaired.

Kumamoto to Kagoshima 2 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

Well worth a visit, the city lies opposite an active volcano.

Wonderful smiling faces

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

Some things in Japan you can be sure of, happy smiling faces, they love to be in a photograph, & people are just so nice & polite.

 My hotel was only 10 minutes walk to lots of restaurants & the ferry terminal, a great location with free Wi Fi and a great room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

Kagoshima to Nagasaki 2 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

I had heard a lot aout Nagasaki so I was eagerly looking forward to visiting this seaside city, in particular the atom bomb site & Battleship Island.

 My favourite Nagasaki sign

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

It’s on billboards, the side of trains & trams, wonderful Japanese humour. 🙂

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Nagasaki to Fukuoka 2.5 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

The final leg of my Shinkansen rail trip through Japan.

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Craving a change of cuisine

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

As much as I love Japanese food after 2 weeks I was craving a change. The fabulous pizza is a speciality at Gorm’s, part of a Danish restaurant chain, opened 2014 in Nagasaki & shortly after in Fukuoka.

Fukuoka was anther surprise packet, lots of things to see and do. Think about flying into Tokyo & out of Fukuoka as I did, travel by bullet train in between these 2 cities.

On the way to Osaka in October 2015 with my friend Hamish

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

Hamish of course is world famous for the number of selfies he takes. 🙁 Look closely and you can see me in the background. 🙂

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