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.

Four Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure

October 18, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Our Hotel was in a great location

Four Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure

Four Aussies Chiang Mai AdventureFour Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure, our hotel the Dusit Princess is the white building on the left. Without a doubt this is the very best location in Chiang Mai.

 Across the road from our hotel

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure Burger King & Hard Rock Cafe are there if you don’t want to eat Thai food. πŸ™‚

Of course sometimes it rains.

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure When it rains in Thailand it really rains. πŸ™‚

 Opposite the Dusit Princess.

Five Aussies Chiang Mai Adventure Only 50 meters up the road is the famous night market.

 

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Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

October 18, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

You gotta love a pink elephant. πŸ™‚

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Wat Ban Den is the most impressive I have ever seen. It was totally renovated in 1998 after the new Abbott Kru Ba Tuang raised huge amounts of money from people all over the country.

Work is still in progress

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

 As you can see from the first 2 photos work is still in progress. πŸ™‚

Incredible works of art

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand The detail and the beauty really takes your breath away.

They could be twins. πŸ™‚

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Patrick Taylor is an Aussie living in Singapore, he loves having his photo taken & is fully certified selfie expert. πŸ™‚

The Tigers are here.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Everywhere you look there is another fabulous statue.

Totally spectacular

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand As I said before Wat Ban Den is the most impressive Thai Temple I have ever seen. 

Absolutely brand new.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand It’s a huge credit to Abbott Kru Ba Tuang & all the generous Buddhists who donated money to completely renovate the original structures as well as adding new.

Magnificent dragon

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand This would be a great location for an Asian version of “Game of Thrones.” πŸ™‚

Renovated in 1804 & 1998.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand In  1804, Kruba Thueang Natsilo, a former abbot, also had the temple renovated. It became far more exquisite with Lanna-style architecture. The abbot intended to turn it into a beautiful place of worship with religious teachings. He hoped this would attract more people to the temple so that they would have a chance to learn about the religion. 

Ring the bell folks. πŸ™‚

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand The temple stands prominently on top of a small hill and can be easily seen from afar.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand As you can clearly see this Temple is a photographer’s dream.

Attention to detail…

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Perfection is everywhere you look.

My favorite shot

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand I think I captured a special moment here.

Reach for the sky

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Surely this has to inspire you? πŸ™‚

Patrick & I enjoying Wat Van Den

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand As you can see Pat is a very tall happy character.

I have found a new friend.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Many thanks for visiting my Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand photo blog.

The Dusit Princess

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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Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

August 28, 2017 by David Herd

House sitting August 2017 

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 gave me a welcome break from the relentless heat in Thailand. I offered to house sit & look after Sam the dog for my friends Tony & Nikki Murphy.

Melbas is still my favorite bar

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Drinks with Geoff Robinson who traveled from Gosford on business.

Rebel without a cause

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Grant Thompson taking his Harley for a spin to Mt Tambourine.

Fresh prawns from the trawler

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017The best in the world without a doubt.

Here is where you buy them.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, he’s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.

Friends from the 80’s

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 At La Rustica with George Hoult & Steve Bates who are friends from Sydney in the 80’s. 

George & his lovely Thai lady.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 George was on his way to spend a week sailing around the Whitsundays. La Rustica has been around forever & still serves very good food at the right price.

Flashback 30 years to November 1987

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017Here I am at La Rustica with Winnie & Allison in 1987, how time flies when you are having fun. I was lucky enough to have a fling with both of these ladies,  Allison was only 18 at the time so I promised her the world & bought her an atlas. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

The best fish & chip shop on the Gold Coast.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Chevron Island seafood run by two switched on guys Frank & Warren.

Wazza makes me lunch

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

The first place I head for when I arrive on the coast. Ranked #66 of 392 Restaurants in Surfers Paradise.

Omeros Bros

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017From one end of the scale to the other, Omeros Bros is rated number one from 49 restaurants in Main beach & deserves it’s rating.

Here are two of my favorite dishes 

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017  Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Seafood chowder & Curried prawns. 

Check out my photo blog of the Broadwater.

Lets check breakfast at Greendays.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Greendays get a fairly good review from TripAdvisor. #396 of 2,051 Restaurants in Gold Coast

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017  & breakfast at Goodies

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Goodies is in the Harvey Norman car park, it’s a regular breakfast haunt of mine.

The mob at Melbas. 

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Old friends Wayne Jones, Bryan Dart & Phil Thomson.

A gorgeous Brazilian girl at Melbas.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Not sure what I enjoyed the most, the red wine or watching her pour it. πŸ™‚

Check out my Melbas photo blog.

Another gorgeous lady

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 This is jazz from the Island Cafe at Bundall, she certainly lights up a room, and adores Sam, lucky fellow. πŸ™‚

 A morning in Kingscliff.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 My brother Ian & I drove across the border to NSW & enjoyed a terrific breakfast at Kingscliff.

Check out my Kingscliff photo blog fro March 2017.

A great breakfast at Kettles in Kingscliff.

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Ian polished off the one on the left, amazing. πŸ™‚ Kettles On Cafe ranks  #5 of 45 Restaurants in Kingscliff.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 A flat surf at Surfers Paradise beach.

Meet Bill & Fred.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 These two guys build the most fantastic “Tiny Homes”, they are mobile & can be parked in anybodies yard without council approval.

Check out my YouTube video.

It may suit me perfectly when I eventually return to live in Australia.

 Fred is a biker as well as a builder.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

An Aussie who lives in Bali Fred returns to Australia every 3 months to help Bill build a new Tiny Home.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

Lunch at “Edgewater” on Isle of Capri with Jack Delanty & Ross “The Boss” Kennedy aka Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Sanctuary Cove

01dcb82b-a2fa-4862-8ca8-789aceee0cdc Spent a couple of nights at the home of Stephen Bates before flying back to Thailand.

Steves home

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Always lots happening on the river out front.

Sanctuary Cove tavern

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 There’s not too much to do on this island at night however you do see some funny sights Friday night at the tavern.

Ioesco Italian restaurant

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017  Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 TripAdvisor rank it  #1 of 38 Restaurants in Hope Island.

Frankly I was a little disappointed, however it may just have been due to ordering the wrong dish. Steve’s lamb shanks were fine but my funghi fell a little short.

Lamb shanks from Aldi

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Pre cooked NZ shanks are fantastic, put them on your bucket list. πŸ™‚

 Flashback to 1985

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Gary Swalling & I worked together at Canon in Sydney in the mid 80s, it was great catching up again 30 years later.

Peking Duck at Broadbeach.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 Gary & I demolished a Peking Duck washed down with a couple of VBs.

Yum Cha Cuisine Pacific Fair

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Too much Chinese food is never enough.

 Yum Cha

7bbd11d6-35cc-487e-ba60-8f1147774808 90% of customers were Chinese which is always a good sign.

 A blast from the past.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Steve Rado & I were flatmates in Adelaide in 1973 in my penthouse on Anzac Highway. 

Check out my 1973 photo blog for some great memories.

Golfer extroadanaire

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

I had not swung a club for 2.5 years & was surprised I scored a credible 30 stableford points, only one less tan Steve I may add. πŸ™‚ 

The back pain started by the 14th hole & tuck around for about a week. That’s it, no more golf for me. πŸ™‚

My lovely Niece Shelly

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 And her better half Justin Smith & Jedi the dog.

Their fabulous Talai home

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017

 Perched on the edge of their very own rain forest, it’s a very special home.

At the other end of the scale.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 My Nephew (Shelly’s brother) Shane, his wife Alica & newly arrive Steven have a fabulous 2.5 acre property at Kingscliff, it really needs to be called the Ponderosa. πŸ™‚

Finally one last photo of Sam.

Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 Well it was supposed to be a photo of Sam but for some strange reason I was distracted by Jazz. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Thanks for visiting my Friends Food Fun Gold Coast 2017 photo blog, & thanks to all my wonderful old friends for spending some time with me.

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Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

August 22, 2017 by David Herd

Spectacular Gold Coast View

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater all add up to a breathtaking view of Surfers Paradise which is located 800 kilometers north of Sydney & 80 kilometers south of Brisbane.

We are looking east to Marina Mirage on the right & the Vercace Hotel o the left.

Broadwater entrance

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Beside those rocks is the entrance channel to the Broadwater, or the exit depending on which way you are going. πŸ™‚

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Here is a closer look at the rock wall on the southern side of the seaway entrance.

Hundreds of boats use the seaway every day.

 Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Everything from jet skis to huge luxury cruisers, all hoping to enjoy Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater & maybe a bag full of fish.

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Some get into trouble when the sea is rough.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater The rescue boat is always there to lend a hand.

My friend’s catamaran. 

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 A nice way to escape the rat race of Surfers Paradise. πŸ™‚

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 A great day out on the Broadwater.

Some guys prefer to fish.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Boats, who needs boats? We are here to catch a big one.

And I’m here for a sun tan.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 So no matter what you are interested in you will find it n the Broadwater.

Did I mention the seafood?

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater You have two great choices, pull into Charis seafood at Labrador & pick up your lunch. Those of you with a sharp eye will notice the mud crabs are $36.90 a kilo, well tat was 2010, sadly in 2017 they have doubled in price.

Direct from the trawler.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater This is my preference, they are located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, he’s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.

Best prawns in the world.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater These medium size king prawns are around $25 aud a kilo.

Decisions, decisions.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Take the at out or……..

Order lunch at one of the many restaurants?

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 So many decisions & such little time. πŸ™‚

Back to  Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater What a fabulous part of the world.

Houston, we have lift off.

The kite surfer is having a ball.

An amazing view.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater From my friends apartment, it does not get better than this. By the way it’s for sale3 for a lazy $1.5 million AUD.

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Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District

July 21, 2017 by David Herd

The Wall St Inn Patpong

Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District was where we chose to spend 4 nights at the Wall St Inn, a hotel I last stayed at 24 years ago in 1993.

The Wall St Inn is a great value budget hotel, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent rate.

Silom 4 Alley

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Lots of good beer bars & restaurants around Patpong.

Opposite the Balcony bar in Silom 4 Alley.

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Not many people around this area at 6pm.

Except for these 3 idiots. πŸ™‚

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Did I say idiots? I meant geniuses. 

Inside The Balcony Bar

166c6c7a-5521-4d30-b0dc-84443df12818 Nice atmosphere inside or sit outside if you wish.

Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District 

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District

The night is young in Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District & the bars are setting up.

 Many good bars to choose from

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Obviously they get busy later on in the evening.

Molly Malone Irish Pub

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District This good Irish pub is located at 6 Convent Road, Khwaeng Silom, and is rated by TripAdvisor #770 of 9,990 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Wine of the month

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District 

Not a bad price for a NZ white at Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District.

 Many good restaurants in Silom.

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District

I really enjoyed the food & wine at Uminoya but there is a funny story, the skewers were around B250 & the eel B180, or so I thought until the bill came. It was B2100 or $84 aud including 2 large glasses of red, I had made a small error, the eel was B1189 ++, when I ordered it I thought it seemed too cheap. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Patpong 2 Alley in daylight.

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District This is the next street to where they set up the famous night market.

Here is my other Patpong photo blog from January 2016.

The Pink Panther

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Another well known Patpong Bar.

Super Pussy

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District 

From panthers to Super Pussies, I may come back later to check them out. πŸ™‚

We got out of Patpong for a while.

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Lunch & shopping at Central World, these are buildings across the road from Central at Chitlom. Follow THIS LINK for some other Bangkok sights.

Thaniya Plaza Silom

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District This is a golfer’s paradise, everything brand you can imagine.

Balls, balls & more balls. πŸ™‚

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District The entrance is right beside Sala Daeng railway station.

A great way to see the city.

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Either take a dinner cruise on the Chao Praya river or for a great night out catch the free ferry to Asiatique night market. 

The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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Close to Nana BTS.

Farewell from Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District 

Many thanks for visiting my Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District photo blog.

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Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

July 19, 2017 by David Herd

Typical Bangkok street kitchen

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy over a 4 day period in July 2017. There are so many terrific places to eat in Bangkok, from 5 star hotels to street food & everything in between. The 3 of us guys were wondering if any Thai people actually eat a home. πŸ™‚

Au Bon Pain for breakfast

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy We start our day at Au Bon Pain in Silom or one of the many Starbucks in and around Silom Rd near Sala Daeng BTS station. The coffee & croissants are excellent, my favorite is the ham & cheese at Starbucks.

Here it is

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

 A perfect start to the day, add a tall latte for a cost of B230 or $7 usd.

However if you are on a budget

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Foodland (open 24/7) has a breakfast “happy hour”, if you eat before 9.am an American breakfast including coffee & juice will only cost you B62 or $1.80 usd, priceless. πŸ™‚

Le Bouchen in Patpong

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

TripAdvisor rates Le Bouchen #176 of 9,969 restaurants in Bangkok. I think this is a gross exaggeration, don’t get me wrong, the couple of entrees we had were very good, however it’s an old world French restaurant that doesn’t deserve such a high rating. Dishes were Lasagna with lobster sauce & a Lobster bisque in pastry which was quite excellent.

 These were excellent

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy    Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy    

Lasagna with lobster sauce & a Lobster bisque in pastry.

Uminoya Izakaya

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

I really enjoyed the food & wine at Uminoya.

Two excellent dishes

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

Funny story of the day, the skewers were around B250 & the eel B180, or so I thought until the bill came. It was B2100 or $84 aud including 2 large glasses of red, I had made a small error, the eel was B1189 ++, when I ordered it I thought it seemed too cheap. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 China White 3rd floor Central World

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Really good low cost Chinese food.

I will definitely visit China White again.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy They served the best BBQ pork I have had for a long time.

Roast at The Commons

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

My brother Warren & I both agree the lunch β€œspecial” at β€œRoast” on the top floor is the best value we have ever had in Thailand, & in most other countries as well. There is a choice on entree, main course & desert for only B340 or $10 usd.

The busy kitchen at β€œRoast”.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

We were both so impressed not just with the food, but the presentation, service & cleanliness of this reasonably hard to find top floor restaurant.

 Fresh vegetables in Patpong

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Thai people has taken street to an art form. Follow THIS LINK for more Thai street food.

Capri pizzas at Asiatique

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy This is definitely one of my favorite photos.

 Chicken skewers look good here.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy The Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy continues, there is temptation around every corner.

The Wine Connection

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy There are about 6 branches in Bangkok, this one is in Silom. Choose your wine from their well stocked cellar.

My favorite dish at Wine Connection

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

 Garlic prawns cooked exactly like I used to have them in Australia 40 years ago. πŸ™‚

Ice cream shop at Central World

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy We used our willpower & resisted the temptation until we got to Swensen’s at Siam Paragon. πŸ™‚ Can you believe TripAdvisor rate Swensen’s  #166 of 10,489 Places to Eat in Bangkok.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

The frenzy continued in Pattaya, here is Ray overwhelmed by the size of the schnitzel at Lekerle.

Well that’s all for now folks, farewell from EmQuartier

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Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok

July 18, 2017 by David Herd

ASIATIQUE The Riverfront

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok located in the heart of the city on a 30 acre plot. Lots to keep you busy here, there are 1,500 shops & 40 restaurants.

Free shuttle

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Just catch the BTS (Skytrain) to Saphan Taksin station and board the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes about ten minutes & the boat runs every 30 minutes between 4.00 – 11.30 pm. 

 A word of warning

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok 

Please be careful if you want to take a taxi from Asiatique, the Bangkok taxi Mafia are in full control of the taxi rank at the center. They will charge you B400 ($12 usd) for a fare that in our case for a 6 km trip should have been B70 or $2.50 usd. It is such a shame that TAT the Thai tourist Authority allows these gangsters to tarnish the image of this great city.

How much does a taxi cost in Bangkok?These fares are estimates; the exact fare will depend on traffic and any other surcharges noted below.

  • A journey of 5km = 55 Baht
  • A journey of 10km = 80 Baht
  • From Terminal 21 shopping mall (Asoke Skytrain station) to Grand Palace = 90 Baht
  • From Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport to MBK shopping centre (National Stadium Skytrain station) = 260 Baht meter fare + 70 Baht express-way tolls + 50 Baht airport pick-up surcharge.
Good vale at Capri

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok 

As soon as you step off the ferry head for Capri which is right in front of you, they have an extended “happy hour” with 2 for one drinks. We ordered 2 ice cold Chang draught beers for B24o & got the next 2 free.

Wood fired pizza oven at Capri

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok This is my favorite photo from our night at Asiatique.

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 The finished product arrives. πŸ™‚

Inside Capri

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok 

Sit inside or out whatever suits you. πŸ™‚

Jack lives here.

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok 

Of course he does.

As the sun goes down

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok The cruise boats glide up the mighty Chao Phraya river. Follow THIS LINK for boats & buildings on the river.

Great time of the day for photos

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok Twilight offers a unique lighting scenario, within which ambient light (sunlight) gradually fades, creating a sparse but magical effect that is almost impossible to create artificially. It fades into the artificial light being emitted by street lights. Houses and offices and can sometimes create an ‘un-real’ feel as the shortage of light diminishes the eye’s perception of distance.

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok This is a must for your Bangkok bucket list.

 Ferris wheel

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok Looks magic at night.

Time for some food?

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok These roast chickens look terrific at Fine & Dine.

 Chinese food in Market St

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok Decisions, decisions, where to eat?

Finally we chose “Why 97”

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok

Lucky for us they were offering a 30% discount for dining before 8pm. 

Why 97 was good value.

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok Food was good & the wine a little expensive.

 Flesh eating fish

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok Always a popular pastime in Thailand.

One of 1,500 shops

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok Shop till you drop, but be prepared for things to be a little more expensive than some other night markets.

There is the taxi queue

Asiatique Market Restaurants Shops Bangkok Please remember what I said earlier about the taxi rip off.

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The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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Close to Nana BTS.

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Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

July 17, 2017 by David Herd

Up the lazy river

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok are one of the many interesting sights in this great city. Take the Sky Train to Saphan Taksin station or grab a taxi. The river ferries leave from just below the station.

Above is the free shuttle to Asiatique an excellent night market 10 minutes away. Lots of terrific restaurants, be careful if you want to take a taxi home from there, they will quote B400 for an B80 ride, the Bangkok taxi Mafia is in full operation here.

Sathorn Unique Tower

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok 

Planned as a high-rise condominium complex, construction of the building was halted during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, when it was about 80 percent complete. It’s now the most prominent of Bangkok’s many derelict buildings, and has become a destination for urban explorers.

One of the many skyscrapers.

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok Bangkok is really going through a building boom, particularly along the mighty Chao Praya river.

One of the very tall buildings.

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Sunset on the river

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok There are many ferries large & small taking people on a cruise along the mighty Chao Phraya river, follow THIS LINK for another of my photo blogs.

The golden dome

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok Sirocco Sky Bar is the world’s highest open-air bar on the 64th floor of the State Tower located on Silom Road, Bang Rak business district, Bangkok, Thailand, the second tallest building in Thailand. 

Centre Point Hotel Silom

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok 

Centre Point Hotel Silom is the white building close to the State Tower, excellent 45 M2 rooms, for a discounted room rate just book through THIS LINK. 

All shapes & sizes

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok  So many interesting boats on the river.

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

How would you ever find a life-jacket if there was a problem with the ferry?

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Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct

July 15, 2017 by David Herd

The Commons Soi 55 Thonglor

Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct is off Soi 55 Sukhumvit in Thonglor. A wonder collection of eateries in an interesting “factory like” building.

Interesting name

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct One of the many terrific food outlets on the ground floor market area.

Fresh bread fro the bakery

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct We enjoyed some of this bread with lunch at “Roast”.

Soul food anyone?

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct There are some fabulous choices of interesting cuisines at this fabulous Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct.

Here is the best tip I can pass on to you.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

Both my brother Warren & I both agree the lunch “special” at “Roast” on the top floor is the best value we have ever had in Thailand, & in most other countries as well. There is a choice on entree, main course & desert for only B340 or $10 usd.

The set lunch Menu

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

The quality of the food & presentation is exceptional.

Smoked salmon & avocado

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Warren chose this for his main course after his mixed leaf Caesar to begin.

Wonderful pasta.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

After my entree of potato chowder I had what may be one of the best pastas I have ever eaten.

We both had the Millefeuille for desert.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct And yes, it tasted just as goo as it looks. πŸ™‚

The busy kitchen at “Roast”.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct We were both so impressed not just with the food, but the presentation, service & cleanliness of this reasonably hard to find top floor restaurant.

The “Roast” bar

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

Do yourself a favor & put the Roast on your Bangkok bucket list. I’m not exaggerating how good this place is, TripAdvisor rates it #107 of 9,975 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Craft beer

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Craft beer bars are a little bit like the “selfie stick”, they are everywhere. I’m not really a fan of paying double the price for a beer & not knowing if I’m going to like it or not.

 The Plant House

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct The Commons is 90% food with a couple of exceptions like the Plant house, there is also a large children’s play room.

The Lobster Lab

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct This was my first choice for lunch before my brother found the “Roast”, however I will return. πŸ™‚

Source is the resident grocer.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Just another one of the fabulous food outlets.

Meat & Bones

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct What a great name, Split logs piled in the open kitchen hint at the way in which food is prepared, although due to sizing constraints all meat is roasted off-site, at a house on Sukhumvit Soi 105.

I love this mural.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct There is a lot to like about Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct.

Liquor outlet at The Commons

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct They have covered most of the bases here. πŸ™‚

 Location

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

Thonglor is quite an upmarket area of Bangkok. Follow THIS LINK for more on this area.

One One Hotel is 5 minutes walk  from the Commons.

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Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

July 1, 2017 by David Herd

Surf & Turf

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

 Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant offers good food in a great seaside location on Wongamat beach. There’s a huge menu & my only complaint is the wine cost, like many other Pattaya restaurants they do not offer a glass of house wine for between B120 & B150. This oversight certainly costs them customers.

What a fabulous view

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

I prefer lunch over dinner for two reasons, the fabulous view & I find the wine far too expensive at night.

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

As you can see the beer prices are fine.

Let’s take a look at the food

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

My seafood pasta was very good indeed.

Scallop Mornay was excellent.

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

Just looking at this photo makes my mouth water. πŸ™‚

Succulent Oysters

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

As you can see, the food is beautifully presented.

Spanish Paella

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

One of the many interesting dishes on the extensive menu.

 Chicken, onion rings, sweet corn , YUM!

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

 By now you probably realize why this is a favorite Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant.

Spinach soup, what a great color.

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

Often a soup & a selection of entrees suits me better than a large main meal.

TripAdvisor rating

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

TripAdvisor rate Surf & Turf 111 out of 870 restaurants in Pattaya. I’m a little surprised there are only 870, I really thought there were more. On another subject I have never been a fan of food served on wooden plates, I just wonder whether are are as hygienic as normal plates?

Two visitors from Australia

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant Ross Kennedy & Bryce Mathews enjoying their first visit to Pattaya.

Looking south

Excellent Beachside Pattaya Restaurant

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