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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

December 16, 2016 by David Herd

Wine Connection Silom

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 

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On special at B499 a bottle or $14 USD.

Wine Connection @ Rainhill

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

 Large cheese selection

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Wine cellar

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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

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

Low cost wine

Samui restaurants Chaweng 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.

Samui restaurants Chaweng          Samui restaurants Chaweng          Wine Connection Samui

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.

Wine Connection lamb shank The food choices are extensive, lots of terrines a a big range of pasta.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 photo IMG_4774.jpg 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

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok

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.

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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 has a rather sophisticated concept of presenting it’s fabulous products, compared to most other Bangkok shopping malls is quite fabulous & 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 nuisence of youself 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. 

Openned in mid 2016

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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.

Fabulous displays

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall There is a surprise around every corner.

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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

 photo IMG_4865.jpg And on it goes, everything you need.

Shoes, shoes & more shoes

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall Another fabulous display.

Mercedes Chocolate Bar

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall A great looking cafe chocolate bar on the ground floor.

Thanks for visiting my Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall 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.

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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 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 & insence 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 is 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 linguel 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 maintanence here never stops.

Farewell from Wat Pho

Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho

Thanks for visiting my Bangkok Reclining Buddha Wat Pho 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.

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Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

September 8, 2016 by David Herd

Turn the clock back to 1997

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace is an iconic South East Asian red light district. My first visit was 1997 which was the start of a long and happy connection, not necessarily because of the Thai girls who are there basically to relieve you of your hard earned cash, more because of the great times I have enjoyed with friends from all over the world. This photo blog showcases them and many of the gorgeous babes we got tangled up with over these two great decades of decadence. 🙂

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

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In the middle photo is Doug Ritchies from Adelaide, he was responsible for introducing me to Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace in 1997. For the last 25 years or more he has lived near Kingscliff just south of the QLD border. I have some great memories from Adelaide in the 70s when Doug & I were on the rampage. 🙂

Sadly four friends featured throughout this photo blog are no longer with us, RIP.

August 1999

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace I’ll throw in some old shots & videos of the plaza however this photo blog is more about the terrific people who will forever be in my memories.

More from 1999

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The thing I notice most comparing the 90s to 2016 is the LadyBoy population in Nana Plaza has increased buy a huge amount, which really does not suit me at all.

Lovely Jane

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace August 1999 & yes I was another punter finding a gorgeous young girl who was happy to accompany me to Pattaya & Koh Samui.

Soi 4 Nana

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace Those great years in the 90s saw elephants wandering down Soi 4 looking for bananas. Here is my good friend Paul McNeil from San Diego contributing to their appetite.

More from the 90s

 photo Nana plaza 3.jpg There has never been a shortage of pretty faces in Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace.

Let’s jump to 2016

 photo Nana Plaza suckers 2.jpg For me this is the quintessential shot of Nana Plaza because I can assure you I have met some suckers there over the last 20 years. I’m talking about those delusional types who actually believe the girls who call them “handsome man” & tell them how much they love them. 🙂

Now believe me I’m not knocking the ladies who are there to make a living, I just find it strange so many Farangs can be sucked in by their stories. All these girls either have a Thai boyfriend or husband in the background who gladly accept a fair % of the girls earnings.

December 2014

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December 2014 On the right is my friend Roland, a barrister from Sydney, beside him is Matt originally from Adelaide, now running a factory for SMR Automotive in Rayong producing accessories for the motor industry. Here is a funny story, Matt actually receives a hardship allowance from his employer for living in Pattaya, priceless. 🙂 Bow is Matt’s live in girlfriend, a wild child who is a lot of fun after a few drinks.

Straps on the 1st floor.

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I’ll let your imagination run wild about what goes on inside. According to “Stickboy” this LadyBoy bar had to close for a couple of days in March 2016 for some minor infringements.


Jane February 2003.

 photo Jane old friend.jpg You may remember my friend Jane who I took to Samui in 1999, here she is back at Nana in 2003 after a stint working in Switzerland.

2001 at the Voodoo bar

 photo DH at Nana Plaza.jpg This is where I met Phung who very quickly became my favourite Nana Plaza girl for the next 6 or 7 years. I preferred to call her Cleopatra which I think suited her better. 🙂

Here she is in

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The last I heard of Cleo she was living with a punter in Switzerland. I really thank her for the great times we spent together.

The usual suspects

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace From the left is Greg Clee who for some strange likes to call himself Jack Dawson, John aka Secrets, originally from Adelaide who has been living in Thailand for about 15 years & Sean Fenton from North Queensland. Greg lives in Pattaya and owns “Heaven Above” in Soi Diamond off Walking St. John lives in Soi 4 Nana and is a regular at the Plaza. Sean married a Thai girl from Kanchanaburi and has produced 2 or 3 kids with her.

Oh! I forgot to mention John aka “Secrets” has a habit of placing people on his black list, I have recently been put back on after a couple of years of being in favour, Greg is a long time resident on the list & I think Sean is on shaky ground.

The Black List

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

I thought this could be our club shirt. 🙂

John aka Secrets

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace There is the man himself sitting in his favourite spot.

The entrance now

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace The next photo will show the original entrance.

The original

By BeenToBangkok - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47823587 photo Nana_Plaza_Shopping_Center.jpg

Back when Nana Plaza was a shopping centre. Photo credit BeenToBangkok.

Here is the action at the Nana Plaza entrance

This is Beer

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace This photo was from around 2000, however Beer (a great girl) has been well know in the Plaza for quite a few years.

John Martin aka Pothole & Apple 2003

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 John David Martin aka Pothole Bin Ladin, the Mouse of Markland. He took “Apple Pie” to Australia a couple of times before discovering he was simply one of 5 different punters from around the world she was collecting money from. A few years later she married one of the guys, a retired English police officer, produced a child then accompanied him to Buckingham Palace when he was awarded an MBE. Not bad for a bar girl from Nana Plaza.

Pothole in 2014

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

He lives in the same building as I do in Pattaya and actually has this photo as the wallpaper on his phone. He really should be managing one of the Nana Plaza LadyBoy bars. 🙂

Nothing stays the same

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace Not so long ago Suckers was Lollipop and Bangkok Bunnies was Spellbound.

Before it was big Lollipop

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace It was small Lollipop, plus of course Spankys is no more. Trying to keep abreast of the changing names at Nana Plaza will just give you a headache.

They used to let motorbikes park inside

 photo IMG_8903.jpg Thankfully this is no longer allowed which makes us all feel a lot more secure in this crazy world in 2016.

My fabulous family in January 2011 (my favourite Nana Plaza photo)

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace What a great holiday we all had, starting at Nana Plaza in Bangkok then heading down the road to “Sin City” Pattaya. The little guy at the back with the glasses is my brother Warren, the 3 at the front are his beautiful daughters (my nieces) Laura & Elyssa & son Michael. The dark good looking German lad is Bjorn Luders, Michaels partner who sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer early in 2016. RIP Bjorn, we miss you buddy.

On that same 2011 trip

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace On the left is my friend Bill Austin from Trowbridge in Wiltshire & the far right one of my oldest friends Tony Murphy from the Gold Coast. Next to Tony is Don Wenham who like Bjorn sadly lost his long battle with cancer this year also.

This was at the Pretty Lady bar

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

Of course this is another bar that has long since disappeared. However you have to admit she sure was pretty. 🙂

Pretty Lady Bar

 photo IMG_2307.jpg Was one of the bars located where Suckers & Bangkok Bunnies are now.

2009 at the Pretty Lady Bar

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace One of my best friends Phil Thomson from the Gold Coast bought his 21 yo son Michael to Thailand in 2009 to gain some experience with the fairer sex. Michael took to the task like a duck takes to water. 🙂

Landmark Hotel

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

Virtually next door to Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace is the five star Landmark hotel.

For a great hotel rate in Bangkok just book through this link.

As we have said already, nothing stays the same

 photo Nana Plaza 10_1.jpg It used to be Spellbound, now Bangkok Bunnies.

Bangkok Bunnies

 photo Nana Plaza 2_2.jpg The more things change the more they stay the same. It is a never ending cycle at Nana Plaza, one business goes bust and another steps in. Bangkok Bunnies is one of the largest clubs in the complex. The photo was taken February 20 2016 as was the following YouTube video.

With friends at the Plaza in 2008

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace Good friends Nick & Sharon from the Gold Coast in Australia, and ex Sydney policeman Rod Perrin from the NSW central coast, he used to live in Pattaya. Sadly a couple of years after this photo was taken Rod passed away, RIP old buddy.

Here is a quick video from 2008.

December 2015

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace My friend Hamish Elton & I kick off the night at Big Dogs in Nana Plaza.

2004 at Nana Plaza

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace Two Aussies from Sydney, Mr Stingy & Kenny cockroach with their new found brides in 2004. A couple of years later Stingy took two freelancers from the Nana Hotel car-park back to his room at the Dynasty Hotel for some fun & games. He awoke many hours later after being drugged to find the room safe had been cleaned out including his precious gold chains.

March 1999, gorgeous girl from one of the Rainbow bars.

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace If my memory serves me correctly she was from from one of the Rainbow bars. Below are more from around 2001.

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2008, we lose anther friend.

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace On the left is Greg Clee from Pattaya & Ron Collier from Byron Bay in Australia. Sadly 3 years later Ron passed away.

Rainbow 4 November 2007

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace We travelled in a large group from Australia because Etihad airlines were offering 2 seats for the price of one to promote their airline. On the left is Simon Markby & the guy in the middle is Robbie Sheriff. 

Braces can look rather sexy

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palacex On the right is my friend “Ice” I was seeing her regularly over the next 2 or 3 years. I would love to know where she is now.

Simon Markby RIP

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace

Simon passed away on the Gold Coast on July 9th 2012. He is the 4th friend of mine in this photo blog who is not with us anymore, it is certainly a reminder to enjoy life as much as you can while you can.

At Rainbow 4 with Ice November 2011.

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace She was such a nice girl, as I said before I would love to know where she is now.

That’s all for now

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace Here I am in 2015 with my crazy friend Pothole, (one of the most unique personalities I have ever come across) I hope you enjoyed my 20 years of memories from Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace.

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. Only 5 minutes walk to Nana Plaza.

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Amazing Bangkok busses

July 14, 2016 by David Herd

Amazing Bangkok busses

Amazing Bangkok busses  Amazing Bangkok busses transporting tourists all over Thailand, many are decorated in bizarre colours often featuring Japanese cartoon & Disney characters. Eagles, serpents you name it they have got it. I have never seen anything like it anywhere in the world, take a bow Thailand for giving us so many great photo opportunities.

Bright & exciting colours

Amazing Bangkok busses I have no idea how they produce these amazing creations, I’m guessing it’s all created on computer then automatically painted on the production line, then again how would I know? 🙂

There was a comment on Facebook that explained to process, it is a vinyl wrap, using the same machines that produce outdoor posters, then they just wrap them round the bus.

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I see Johnny Walker at the front

Amazing Bangkok busses I’m also guessing they didn’t get permission to use the Johnny Walker logo. 🙂

Back view

Amazing Bangkok busses

Six exhausts and speakers for sound.

This beast is one of my favourites

Amazing Bangkok busses It was parked a few meters from where I live in Soi 1 Pattaya so I was able to have a close look.

Eight lethal exhaust pipes

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Imagine if a motorbike crashed into the back of this bus, the exhaust pipes were on a 45 degree angle with sharp edges pointing upwards. Perfectly positioned to impale a human being. You gotta love Thailand.

 Beach Road Pattaya

Amazing Bangkok busses Every morning hundreds of busses converge on Beach Road Pattaya bringing thousands Chinese tourists who board the boats to go para-sailing and visit Koh Larn island.

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This yellow one will get noticed.

Amazing Bangkok busses There are so many amazing styles, this one looks like a huge yellow monster. 🙂

The Eagle has landed.

Amazing Bangkok busses And the beat goes on, it must be a prestige thing the way some of these guys push it to the limit.

 You light up my life

Amazing Bangkok busses

 

Or so the song goes, I really want to ask a question, do you think this guy is trying just a little too hard?

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Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

May 23, 2016 by David Herd

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok opened about 10 years ago in 2006, I remember how impressed I was with this amazing new shopping mall with it’s wide aisles and fabulous food court and supermarket.

Now of course there are many new super malls in Bangkok to compete with including Central Embassy and EmQuartier.

Shops on the 1st floor

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

Here is a guide to some of the shops.

Siam Paragon, Hanging fences

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok Another photo taken way back in 2006 of the Siam Paragon, Hanging fences, I’m not sure if they are still there or not.

 The Main floor

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

Strangely the level that is linked to the skywalk is called the Main Floor, despite it being one above the ground, and the floors above that are then the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, up to the 5th, which is taken up by the Cineplex and its 15 large size theatres. There is direct access to the centre from Siam BTS Skytrain station.

Siam Paragon is opposite MBK

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

Only 5 minutes walk on an elevated path from the well know MBK centre.

BTS Skytrain

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok As I mentioned for Siam Paragon get of at Siam station, MBK is actually one stop further at National Stadium station.

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Met up with an old friend

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

Could this be my 15 minutes of fame? 🙂

Food food & more food.

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok One thing is for certain the Thai people love their food and there are plenty of options at Siam Paragon to keep them happy.

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Decisions decisions

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok The hard part is trying to decide where to eat, they all look so inviting.

 Siam Center

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok Right next door to Siam Paragon is Siam Center another wonderful mall, check it out on THIS LINK.

Shopping for a car perhaps?

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Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok Food court

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok There is really no type of food you can’t buy at the fabulous mall.

Keeping the kids amused

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok What a great idea to keep the kids amused while you are dining at the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall.


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Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi Rd

May 21, 2016 by David Herd

Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam

Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi.

Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi

 Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi Rd are surrounded by some of the best shopping in this great city. Everybody knows about Pratunam markets where you can buy clothes and accessories at rock bottom prices, now however there is much more competition at places like Palladium World and Platinum Fashion Mall which offer air conditioned comfort which you certainly don’t get at Pratunam markets.

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Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi Right opposite Pantip Plaza the well known Bangkok I.T. centre. Book through THIS LINK for a discounted room rate.

Pantip Plaza

Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi Several floors of hardware and software, I have been shopping here for 20 years.

 Pantip Plaza

Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi

Computer and camera shops are located on the 3rd floor, as well as hardware, RAM etc for sale. Some shops specialize in building computers to your specifications. The fourth floor has more computer and repair shops.

Platinum Fashion Mall

Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi Platinum is a 5 billion Baht shopping mall in Petchaburi Rd Pratunam, almost next door to Pantip Plaza, which specializes in fashion clothes and accessories both retail and wholesale.

Baiyoke Sky Hotel

Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi Baiyoke Sky Hotel was built in 1997 and is the 2nd highest building in Bangkok. For an excellent room rate book through THIS LINK.

I took this photo from the Red Sky bar above Central, on the right is the Novotel and Palladium World Shopping mall.

Amari Watergate Hotel

Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi

The Amari Watergate hotel is a reasonably priced hotel in the middle of this shopping district, book through THIS LINK and you will get a discounted room for around $88 + tax.

Palladium World Shopping mall.

Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi

Located on the corner of Phetchaburi Road and Ratchaprarop with the 3 gold domes, I believe it’s bigger and cheaper than Platinum Fashion Mall and has a bazaar type layout featuring long alleyways of tightly packed stalls.

Palladium World from street level

Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi

It certainly does not look as spectacular as it does from the Red Sky Bar.

Foot massage at Palladium World

Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi

After a couple of hours walking there is nothing like a foot massage. 🙂

A 25 minute walk to MBK.

Bangkok Hotels Petchaburi Or 5 mimutes in a taxi for around B40.

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Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom

May 20, 2016 by David Herd

Bangkok building boom

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom is in full swing. Chock-a-block full of high rise office buildings, up-market condos, lots of embassies, luxury hotels & very expensive shopping malls. I love the area which is close to where I stay in Soi 11 Nana.

Weird & wonderful

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Most of these modern buildings can be seen from the sky train which is by far the best way to move around Bangkok.

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Is another huge building site which will add another sky scraper to the Ploenchit skyline.

One of my favourite buildings on Sukhumvit Road Ploenchit

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Park Ventures recently achieved the highest office rental in Bangkok of B900 per M2 per month. The building is 35 stories high and has an elevated walkway leading to the station and various shopping malls including Central World which is directly opposite. The section jutting out is the infinity at the Okura Hotel.

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Rated 9.1 by Agoda

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom As you can see it is rather special and in a great location. Using THIS LINK will get you a room for under $200.

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Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Park Hyatt Bangkok, opening on May 12th 2017, has its sights set on being the capital’s leading icon of luxury and hotels in Bangkok. Presenting internationally inspired architecture and interior design; exceptional accommodation. Central Embassy will be hoping they will bring potential customers as their traffic since opening has been disappointing.

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These great walkways take you off the street

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Linking hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and offices these modern walkways are quite fantastic. You can walk from Ploenchit to Chidlom and Central Embassy and Central world.

Deutsche Bank Sukhumvit Road Ploenchit

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Prestige companies, condos, hotels etc really love the Ploenchit Chidlom area of Bangkok.

Now if it’s good food you want…..

Pirate Chambre

Pirate Chambre Bangkok          Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom          Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom

Right beside Chidlom station is terrific Bangkok restaurant, the Pirate Chambre. A little hard to find but worth the effort, there is a walkway from the station. The fabulous lamb shank was only B480.

JW Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit Road Ploenchit

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom

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Sky train

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom By far the best way to get around Bangkok, as I said earlier many of the stations including Ploenchit, Chidlom & Siam have direct access walk ways to the major shopping malls.

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Weekend Bangkok May 2016

May 18, 2016 by David Herd

Via Vai Soi 8 Sukhumvit

Weekend Bangkok May 2016 Weekend Bangkok May 2016 included visiting new restaurants, sky bars & shopping malls. It’s nice to have a break from Pattaya which is where I live 2 hours south of Bangkok.

Dinner at Via Vai

Weekend Bangkok May 2016 My friend Hamish Elton and I in Soi 8 eating Italian food which was ok without making you want to rush back.

Weekend Bangkok May 2016          Weekend Bangkok May 2016          Weekend Bangkok May 2016

Via Vai is opposite Monsoon which is one of my favourite Bangkok restaurants.

The Game sports bar

Weekend Bangkok May 2016 On Sukhumvit beside Nana station this bar has lots of screens showing all the sports. A separate smoking area overlooks the footpath which spares the drinkers inside the bar. The header to this post is a favourite shot of mine that was taken at “The Game”, I call it Minnesota Fats racking them up. 🙂

Beef stew at THE GAME.

Weekend Bangkok May 2016

At best it was barely average, next time I’ll try something different.

Now if it’s good food you want…..

Pirate Chambre

Pirate Chambre Bangkok          Weekend Bangkok May 2016          Weekend Bangkok May 2016

A terrific new Bangkok restaurant, the Pirate Chambre at Chidlom. Hard to find but worth the effort. The fabulous lamb shank was only B480.

Enjoying a red wine at Pirate Chambre

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Put this excellent restaurant on your bucket list.

 Signing the waiver

Weekend Bangkok May 2016 Sign before you ride, the guy didn’t last to long in the saddle, they just pump up the speed and it’s all over rover.

When the Hooter’s girls saddle up it’s a much gentler ride.

Here is my hotel in Soi 11 Weekend Bangkok May 2016

Weekend Bangkok May 2016 Next door to the tailor is i-check inn, great value if you use this link to book.

Ribs at Tony Romas during Weekend Bangkok May 2016

Weekend Bangkok May 2016

Terminal 21 is where you will find Tony Roma and his ribs.

 The Sheraton on Sukhumvit and Terminal 21.

Long Table sky bar Bangkok

From Asoke station a walkways takes you straight into Terminal 21.

Bangkok at night

Asoke intersection

Weekend Bangkok May 2016A very busy intersection, you can see the building where the Long Table sky bar Bangkok is located on the 25th floor of the Colomn serviced apartments in Soi 16 Asoke.

JW Marriott

Weekend Bangkok May 2016

A very good breakfast and the coffee is excellent. Thanks to my friends John Secrets I have a 20% discount card.

John gets preferential treatment

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I showing the staff this photo next time I’m there and asking for the same serving of avocado. 🙂

I started with this shot and I’m going to finish with it.

Weekend Bangkok May 2016 Every now and then I take a photo I really like, this is one of those. It was taken at “The Game”, sports bar in Nana and I call it “Minnesota Fats racking them up.” 🙂

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The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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