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.

Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant

February 3, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Excellent food at Genki

Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant

Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant located in Soi 4 North Pattaya is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Pattaya. Lucky for me it’s only a short 5 minute walk from my condo. πŸ™‚

Outdoor seating

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantOutdoor seating plus a private room for around 16 people.

Rarely do you see a Farang here.

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantCustomers are mainly Japanese, rarely do you see a Farang. (Foreigner)

Gyoza comes fried or steamed

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantPriced at B90 or $3.60 AUD.

My Australian friend Viv Kennelly

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantLike myself Viv really enjoys his food.

 Salmon Caviar

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantOne of my favourite dishes at B300 or $12 AUD.

Same dish as above.

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantProbably prepared by a different chef. Both come with the sheets of seaweed to make a delicious sandwich. 

Genki Pattaya Japanese Restaurant

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantThe omelette is so light it melts in your mouth. πŸ™‚

 This guy was the boss.

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantI believe he has gone back to Japan & the standard seems to have dropped slightly.

I’m not to keen on prawn heads in my miso soup.

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantOh well I guess it improves the flavour. πŸ™‚

More Aussie friends

Genki Pattaya Japanese RestaurantHamish & Matt both have pretty good appetites.

Here is a funny story, Matt runs a factory in the motor industry with 60 or 70 staff, naturally he is on a very good wage. The clincher is however, on top of his wage he gets a hardship allowance for living in Pattaya. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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A-One hotel on Beach Road

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Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

February 2, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

A terrific restaurant

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food & service, located in Soi 13/1 it only seats around 16 people so booking for dinner is essential. TripAdvisor rating is #16 of 948 Restaurants in Pattaya, phone 038 710 355.

The sate chicken above is the best I have ever tasted, great value at B160.

Miso soup

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

The soup seems to change daily, this Miso was very good indeed as was the French Onion which I enjoyed on my first visit 6 weeks ago.

Stuffed sausage was soooo good.

Bistro Pattaya Excellent FoodThis is a Swiss restaurant offering both excellent European & Thai food, it has quickly become one of my favourite Pattaya restaurants.

A few outside seats for pre dinner drinks

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

Sit here and watch the world go by. πŸ™‚ Photo credit Evil Penevil 2016.

“Duck was delicous.”

Bistro Pattaya Excellent FoodThere are so many choices on the menu, it’s hard to know where to start. πŸ™‚

Large selection of cheese

Bistro Pattaya Excellent FoodI rarely have room for cheese after 2 courses of excellent food.

Pasta with Gruyere cheese

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

Here is a tip for you, like many restaurants in Thailand they have a problem with serving the main course too quickly after the entre. One evening I asked twice to not serve my pasta until 15 minutes after my soup. The problem was they simply left it under the lamp to keep it warm. Naturally when it was served the pasta on top was burnt and hard. I did eat the tender part underneath & mentioned it too the chef. Quick as a flash he removed it from the bill which I thought was very professional. (Not the dish shown above).

This has happened on 2 occasions so in future I won’t order the 2nd course until I finish the 1st, which I do at most other restaurants.

 French Onion Soup

Bistro Pattaya Excellent FoodI can describe it in one word, “perfect”. πŸ™‚

Very good lunch

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

I have not eaten brawn for years, my late father used to love it. πŸ™‚

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

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The Bistro is now one of my favourite spots for lunch as it is never crowded like the evenings are.

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

Bistro Pattaya Excellent FoodTwo Aussie friends, Hamish Elton on the left & George Hoult. George did enjoy the food he just always looks unhappy. πŸ™‚

Location

Bistro Pattaya Excellent Food

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Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

January 12, 2018 by David Herd

The end to another great year

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect place to live for a guy like me. Good friends & great restaurants, what more could I want? Plus a reasonably short plane ride to many outstanding locations. Above is the incredible view from my Markland apartment on the 20th floor.

Birthday July 7

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectWhere else but the magic Mantra?

My brother Warren & Greg Clee on the left.

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David Rose & Ray Ebzery on the right.

Birthday at the Atlantic bar

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectGeorge Hoult with Sharyn & Frank, all Aussies.

One of the many reasons we like the Atlantic Bar

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Many middle eastern types who don’t spend money & aggravate the girls & customers are turned away, try that in Australia. πŸ™‚ 

Two more Aussies agree with the sign.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectFred & Bill think its a great idea & so do I.

Are you ready for this?

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectBest sunsets in the world.

 Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

There something special about a silhouette.

Mark Yagala & Anne at Horizons.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectMark of course is the guy who knocked off $50,000,000 on Wall St a few years ago, apart from that he is a very nice fellow. πŸ™‚

The sign said “boat for sale”.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThe fine print said “needs a little work”. πŸ™‚

I’m sure Mark Yagala could sell it. πŸ™‚

One of my breakfast haunts.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThis is the branch at Central Marina shopping mall, I’m also a regular at The Bay on Beach Rd,

Celebrating my birthday

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect The girls stuck a candle in my croissant. πŸ™‚

Huge renovation at the Amari Hotel.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThis work will go on for a couple of years, it’s only 2 blocks from my condo.

From the Amari to the Dusit Thani

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Dim Sum is usually at the Peak restaurant but was relocated to the Bay restaurant for a few weeks.  

Probably the best dim sum in Pattaya

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Follow THIS LINK for some other good restaurants.

Shakariki 432

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

An excellent authentic Japanese restaurant in 2nd Rd opposite Mike Hotel. 

Beach Road empty???

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectA rare sight in Pattaya, traffic was stopped for a parade.

Dinner at Leckerle (again)

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectJohn Hunjadi with cousin Greg & his wife.

Of course I had the pancake. πŸ™‚

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectLately when I have dinner here I take away six servings of their pea soup.

Sometimes we wonder why we have problems with our internet at Markland

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

These highly trained 3BB technicians are quite fastidious as you can see.

Bacco Beach Italian restaurant

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectLocated beside the Glasshouse at Na Jomtien, very good food & right on the beach.

Wood fired Pizzas

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThe pizza was excellent but I think the Holiday Inn on Beach Rd is better.

Justin & Steve Bates & Patrick Taylor

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectWe went to Chiang Mai for 4 days which was excellent then 8 days in Cambodia which was not so good. Reason being we all caught a dose of the flu which really took the shine off our holiday.

Surf & Turf at Wongamat

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectA terrific beach side restaurant with very good food.

Surf & Turf hamburger

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectGuaranteed to fix your appetite.

Geriatrics are us. πŸ™‚

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectI think the combined ages were 272 years, from the right we have David Herd, Richard (Stingy) Blair, John Hunjadi & David Robertson who is even more Stingy than Stingy. πŸ™‚

Bali Hai wharf.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThis was supposed to be completed by October 2017, however given the fact that this is Thailand it will more likely be Xmas 2018.

And so this is Xmas….

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectLight show at the A-One hotel.

One last Mantra dinner on December 28

Dec 28 Dinner (1) Hamish & I had a 20% discount voucher. πŸ™‚

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Fabulous food as usual.

Finally on the subject of food which is very dear to my hear.

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Fresh prawns & Aussie lamb chops & cutlets from Big C.

Now you can understand why I make the following claim “Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect.”

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Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand

November 27, 2017 by David Herd

Fascinating Thai history

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand

Ayutthaya Historical Park ThailandAyutthaya Historical Park Thailand is about 80 kms north of Bangkok, however we were travelling from Pattaya so it was a 2.5 hour drive. The first thing we saw was this little dancing elephant.

I don’t like to see them trained like this.

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand They are treated cruelly in the training process which is very sad.

Enjoying the ride

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand This activity is fine, but I wish they would stop the cruel training.

These ruins are all over the city.

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand It seems 90% were destroyed by people from Myanmar.  It was capital of the Kingdom of Siam, and a prosperous international trading port, from 1350 until razed by the Burmese in 1767.

 My travelling companions

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand

The 3 Amigos, Bill, Paul & Ron.

The local transport

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand These little Tuk Tuks are very cute.

 Hotel ext door to Temple

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand For an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Very impressive

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand I was surprised to see how many ruined temples there were.

Quite spectacular

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand Certainly exceeded my expectations. 

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand We struck a beautiful day with a light breeze.

Very popular with tourists

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand

Buddhist temple in Ayutthaya Lots of tourists everywhere.

Lots of cameras here. πŸ™‚

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand I prefer my Canon Ixus however I also use my pone or some.

There is a lot to enjoy here.

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand

We were too lazy to go up the stairs.

Too may Buddhas are never enough. πŸ™‚

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand I do like the yellow scarves. πŸ™‚

Here we are at  Wat Phra Sri Sanphet 

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand Wat Phra Si Sanphet was the holiest temple on the site of the old Royal Palace in Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya until the city was completely destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. Wikipedia

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand Not may tourists here.

Why did the elephant cross the road?

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand Because anything the chicken can do he can do better. πŸ™‚

Finally lunch then back home.

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand Col One Love Restaurant was a bit of a tourist trap, we didn’t do our research & took our drivers advice. (kickbacks would apply here) Food was ok but not good value.

Thanks for visiting my Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand photo blog.

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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.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

Pattaya Hilton

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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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Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

October 29, 2017 by David Herd

Ideal spot to chill out

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

Sokha Beach Resort SihanoukvilleSokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville has a great pool & a beautiful private sandy beach. Exceptional food & very good rooms, what more could you possibly want? πŸ™‚

Pool bar

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Cocktails or a cold beers at the pool bar.

There are two room sections, we stayed at the cheaper option, the Sokha Express. You still have full use of all the facilities, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

If you prefer the Sokha Beach Resort use THIS LINK for a discount.

It doesn’t get much better than this. πŸ™‚

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Rarely were there many pople in the pool which made it absolutely ideal.

But wait, there’s more……

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville The beautiful beach has pure white sand and warm tropical water.

The beach goes on forever, where are the people???

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Generally Asian people like to stay out of the sun so us foreigners have the place to ourselves. πŸ™‚

 The main building

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Breakfast is served here & it’s as good as it gets a you can imagine.

The property is huge

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville The deck is around 500 meters from the main building & pool. It’s worth the walk however, you have the choice of two excellent restaurants, Lemongrass & the Lotus.

Why do they call it “The Deck”?

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Well it’s pretty bloody obvious if you ask me. πŸ™‚

Lemongrass Restaurant

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Food was very good & the place almost deserted.

Soup to die for.

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

I really do love my soup.

Serendipity Beach

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville This is where most people dine at night, it’s the net beach & all the action is here. Only a 10 minute Tuk Tuk ride.

Tuk Tuk

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville The ten minute ride to Serendipity is only $2 or $3 USD.

Lovely ladies

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville They were working at a wedding that was in the hotel grounds.

This is supposed to be happy hour. πŸ™‚

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Nobody looks happy. πŸ™‚

Drinks are 2 for one at happy hour between 5 & 7 pm.

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Pizzas & burgers are reasonably priced as well.

The Beach Bar

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Sadly is closes around 7.30 pm.

I guess they want you at their casino.

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Part of the hotel & when we went there there were more staff than customers.

Sadly this lovely coastal village is never going to be the same, just read THIS STORY.

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Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

October 29, 2017 by David Herd

Family trawling on the Mekong

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia is the world’s 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km (2,703 mi).It starts from the Tibetan Plateau & runs through China’s Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

 Riverside restaurant

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

A perfect place to relax & watch life on the Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia. A huge storm hit while we were there & the noise on the ancient tin roof was deafenning. πŸ™‚

Seeing Phnom Penh by Tuk Tuk

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia An inexpensive way to get around the city, short rides are only $2 or $3 USD.

Many temples similar to Thailand

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia We didn’t inspect any of the Cambodian temples, we had our quota in Chiang Mai the previous week. πŸ™‚

From the old to the new

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

There is a building explosion happening in Phnom Penh mainly due to enormous funds flowing in from China.

Modern buildings are multiplying

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia In a few short years you won’t recognise Phnom Penh.

Very little activity

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia The first thing we noticed around these modern buildings was very few people around. I’m guessing it’s out of the locals price range.

The “old” Cambodia is far more appealing

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Which do you prefer? In my book the “old” wins hands down. πŸ™‚

Plantation Urban Resort and Spa

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia An excellent hotel in a good location, for a very good room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Be warned however

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Not very good for single guys who are hoping to bring a lady back to their room.

 Bistrot Langka

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia TripAdvisor rank it #2 of 962 Restaurants in Phnom Penh.

Delicious soup

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Food & service was excellent.

Beside the Bistrot Lanka entrance

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia It looks like an ordinary Coke machine.

In fact it’s a door to their Speakeasy. πŸ™‚

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia What a great surprise, full marks to the French owners for their unique idea.

Metro Hassakan restaurant

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Located in the main street opposite the river, nice atmosphere & good food.

Farewell to the Mekong River

Mekong River Phnom Penh CambodiaMekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia & Sihanoukville are certainly changing rapidly, not necessarily for the good I’m afraid. However there are still many wonderful experiences to enjoy in this fascinating country.

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Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

October 26, 2017 by David Herd

Pub St Sihanoukville

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville is home to Pub St & lots of restaurants & bars along the beach where you can eat & drink at bargain basement prices.

Not much action through the day

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville At night however this stretch of beach comes to life.

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Lots of tourists working on their suntan through the day.

DAO of LIFE Restaurant bar

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Located adjacent to the ferry terminal they serve good food & cold beer, Ranked #4 of 353 Restaurants in Sihanoukville.

My Kebab was excellent

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville This is mainly a vegetarian restaurant which would normally be off limits for me. πŸ™‚

Lovely spot beside ferry terminal

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville From memory a local beer was only about 70 US cents.

We took the fast boat to Koh Rong for $22 USD return, certainly a worthwhile trip.

DAO from the beach

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Put it on your Sihanoukville bucket list. πŸ™‚

The beach lights up at night

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville A great atmosphere for drinking & dining

Food cooked to perfection

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville These charcoal fires generate enormous heat.

The fish was absolutely delicious.

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Price around $8 USD.

Pasta & Ribs 

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville      Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

These were our entrees.

There are two room sections at our hotel at the next beach, it was a terrific place to stay, we booked at the cheaper option, the Sokha Express. You still have full use of all the facilities, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

If you prefer the Sokha Beach Resort use THIS LINK for a discount.

One of the many beach restaurants

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville In some ways this stretch of restaurants reminds me of Jimbaram bay in Bali, however I do prefer Sihanoukville. πŸ™‚

Porky’s bar restaurant

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville The name didn’t really attract me. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Bamboo Bar at Pub Street

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville This is the 2nd vegetarian restaurant I found myself at in the last 2 days.

An excellent sandwich, I love avocado.

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville TripAdvisor rank it #18 of 275 Restaurants in Sihanoukville.

Aristocrat Hotel

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Only 100 meters from the ferry terminal & the beach, use THIS LINK to book & get a discounted room rate.

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Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia

October 26, 2017 by David Herd

40 minutes by fast boat.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia is only 40 minutes by fast boat. It seems  a little like Koh Samui 25 years ago, lots of backpackers & hippies.

Leaving Plantation Beach

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia The fare each way to Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia is $13 USD.

500 Horsepower

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia A very fast smooth ride.

Pommie backpackers

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia There were 4 or 5 English backpackers shrieking to each other over the engine noise, as you can see Steve is not too impressed. πŸ™‚

 Our frst glimpse of the island.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia It was like travelling back in time. πŸ™‚

Vagabonds

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Vagabonds cafe I’m sure has seen it’s share of vagabonds, however this is the first visit by the famous FiveStarVagabond. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

The Rising Sun

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia We settled here for a couple of cold beers and a Phad Thai, the place is run by 3 friendly Italians from Milano.

And here they are…..

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Living the dream on Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia.

Hard at work

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Well somebody has to do the heavy lifting. πŸ™‚

Crystal clear water here.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia As you would expect for a tropical island.

The essence of Koh Rong

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia This shot captures the essence of Koh Rong for me,  a lazy tropical island full of backpackers & hippies.

Talking about backpackers…..

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Here is a perfect example, sadly I arrived 30 years too late. πŸ™‚

Guess I’ll go fishing instead. πŸ™‚

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Crystal clear water & lots of fish big & small.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia A nice way to explore the island would be to hire a log tail boat.

Life is very very casual here.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia You can rent a room overlooking the beach for around $10 USD per night.

Use THIS LINK to book & get an excellent discount.

Back to Sihanoukville

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia We had a bigger boat which took 5 minutes longer.

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Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

October 24, 2017 by David Herd

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site, this temple is often referred to as “Doi Suthep” although this is actually the name of the mountain where it’s located. Perched on top of the mountain 15 kms from the city. 

You have a choice

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Climb the 300 steps to the top or take the tram. I compromised by taking the tram up & walking down. πŸ™‚

At peace among the trees

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site Our driver told us there were 2,200 temples in Chiang Mai province. 

Lots of gold here.

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site Featuring a photo of the new King.

Lots of Thai people paying respect.

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site As well as Thai there seemed to be a lot of Chinese tourists.

 Lots of steps

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Lots of steps & it was a very hot day, like most days in Thailand. πŸ™‚

A view of Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site The view from the Temple.

Posing with the bell.

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site My friend Steven Bates & I taking a photo opportunity at the Chiang Mai Province Sacred site.

Naga decoration

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site 

Background on Thailand: A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US ally following the conflict. 

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site Steve has found a new friend.

More elephants

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Magnificent animals, magnificent statues. πŸ™‚

Shame about the advertising.

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site The signs do seem out of place here.

It’s a long way down.

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site As I said earlier I took the steps. πŸ™‚

I really like this shot. πŸ™‚

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site The children look great in their traditional clothes.

Coffee time before heading to our hotel.

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure The coffee here is quite famous, sadly I prefer Starbucks. πŸ™‚

Asia’s best coffee

Chiang Mai Province Sacred site

Is the claim, this nice lady ran the coffee shop.

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Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand

October 22, 2017 by David Herd

Here are some excellent restaurants

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand, even though we were only here 4 days we found some very good restaurants. I hope his photo blog takes away the guesswork for you. πŸ™‚

Aiku 

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand

Aiku was right beside our hotel above Starbucks, good Japanese food at a reasonable price.  Our hotel the Dusit Princess was a terrific hotel in the very best location in Chiang Mai, book through THIS LINK for a discounted room rate.

Out of 108 Japanese restaurants in Chiang Mai TripAdvisor rate Aiku number 5.

Whole Earth restaurant

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand Nestled in a beautiful garden setting this turned out to be a nice surprise, food & service were excellent.

Mushroom soup was delicious

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand Very filling & a great start to our meal. 

A large menu & you can sit inside or out.

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand      Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand

The staff were very obliging, the chicken above was very good indeed. Rated 51 out of 1,744 restaurants by TripAdvisor.

The long & the short

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure My friend Patrick is around 200 cms tall, we just had to get a photo with this tiny waitress at Whole Earth restaurant. πŸ™‚

Rabieng Na Maerim

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand This delightful restaurant is halfway between the city & Wat Ban Den which is the most spectacular Thai Buddhist Temple I have ever seen .

Fresh spring roles to die for. πŸ™‚

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand My only criticism was the serving was so big. πŸ™‚

Chicken sate & a Thai Omelette. 

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Both excellent.

Beautiful country view from the restaurant.

      Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand

Here comes the storm. πŸ™‚

Rock Me Burgers & Bar

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand Watch the passing parade while enjoying the burgers , hot dogs & beer. Rated 38 out of 1,744 by TripAdvisor. 

I settled for a hotdog

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand The best I have had in years. πŸ™‚

Fabulous green pea soup

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand TripAdvisor rate David’s Kitchen the number one Chiang Mai restaurant. I’m not going to argue as the food was very good and the staff excellent.

Lamb shank

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand Two of us ordered the lamb shank & were surprised when the bill showed a B200 price difference. It turned out there were 2 versions o the menu, my advice to David the very attentive owner is to ensure staff point this out rather have have an argument at the end of an excellent meal.

Talking about he owner

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand      Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand

He makes an effort to interact with his customers & explained that his wife come in of a morning to make he deserts. Here are two fabulous old photos of them in their younger days. David looks like is stepped out of the role as the artful dodger in Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. πŸ™‚

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand

Interesting Food Chiang Mai Thailand The staff singing happy birthday to some happy customers.

Dusit Princess good rooms & great location

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand 

A terrific hotel in the very best location in Chiang Mai, book through THIS LINK for a discounted room rate.

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