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.

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

July 30, 2016 by David Herd

Great location & a beautiful pool

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

 Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand is across the road from the beach on the gulf of Thailand, two hours from Bangkok airport. Only 90 minutes east of Pattaya, B1200 by taxi and B1800 in a mini bus. For an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Adjacent to the pool you will find a fully equipped gym and a Thai massage service. The gym is free and it’s B300 for an hour for a Thai massage or foot massage.

 My Australian friends

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Nikki & Tony Murphy with my brother Warren in the middle.

Even nice in the rain

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

If it rains just head for the gym. 🙂

Another Aussie friend, Chris Lockwood aka Dr Evil.

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Chris and my brother Warren travel often together, follow THIS LINK for his south American adventure.

Room 201 in the main building

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

This room was a little bigger than many of the others.

Good aircon & internet

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

On the same level as the swimming pool.

The view from my balcony

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Naturally 301 on the next floor would have an even better view. 🙂

The hotel from the beach

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

You can clearly see the great location of Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand.

There are many good restaurants close by overlooking the beach

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

 This vermicelli & prawn dish was at Xing Xing restaurant. For more information on food in Mae Pim just follow THIS LINK.

Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Only 150 meters down the road is our favourite bar restaurant Tequila Sunrise. There is an international team there, a Swiss owner, Peter the German chef, Gary an Australian manager & some very nice Thai staff who run this popular establishment. On our recent trip we had lunch there 3 times, dinner once and cocktails every evening.

Location

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

As I said earlier Mae Pim is two hours from Bangkok airport & only 90 minutes east of Pattaya. Thanks for visiting my Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand photo blog. Use this link for a discounted rate at THE MAE PIM RESORT.

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Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

July 29, 2016 by David Herd

Mae Pim fishing boat

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

 Mae Pim beach boats sunsets a beautiful onshore wind & peace and quiet. Only 90 minutes from Pattaya and 2 hours from Bangkok airport. The peace & quiet only applies between February and October, the 3 months over Xmas is a different story when the crowds converge on this delightful beach side resort.

Fishing traps

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Here are the traps being loaded onto the boat.

Setting off for a nights fishing

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

The traps are on board and there is a long night ahead, Mae Pim beach boats sunsets it’s all here.:)

 Roadside stalls

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

The fresh produce is sold at roadside stalls beside the beach.

Beautiful Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Plenty of deck chairs through the high season however they don’t seem to waste their time offering them in the low season.

Looking west the beach goes on forever

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

This is the perfect place for long beach walks with the onshore wind blowing in your face.

Sunset at Mae Pim

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

A beautiful time of the day to enjoy a stroll along the beach.

The sun setting in the west

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

  Mae Pim is on the gulf of Thailand only ninety minutes by car east of Pattaya, and 2 hours south of Bangkok. Beautiful white sand and clean water, it’s so quiet and peaceful after the noise & Madness of Pattaya.

However it’s not all a wilderness

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

There are many restaurants offering live seafood, the photo above is my brother Warren & I at Tequila Sunrise.

Tequila Sunrise at dusk

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

 Tequila Sunrise is our favourite Mae Pim bar restaurant. Lots of good food in Mae Pim, just follow THIS LINK.

Just after sunset at Mae Pim

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

All the seafood stalls are closed due to the low season and lack of customers.

 Main road Mae Pim

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

So quiet in the low season between February and October.

Mae Pim Resort Hotel

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Here is where we like to stay in Mae Pim, for an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Location

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Thanks for visiting my Mae Pim beach boats sunsets photo blog.

                   

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Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

July 28, 2016 by David Herd

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food was high on our list when my brother & I took some Australian friends to this quiet little seaside village 90 minutes east of Pattaya. The 3 days & 4 nights had the feel of an eating odyssey centred mainly around the Tequila Sunrise bar & restaurant. There is an international team, a Swiss owner, Peter the German chef, Gary an Australian manager & some very nice Thai staff who run this popular establishment. We had lunch there 3 times, dinner once and cocktails every evening. Above is Swedish Skagen at Tequila Sunrise

Skagen is one of my favourite dishes, here is Jamie Oliver’s recipe.

Swedish smoked salmon

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

My good friend Tony Murphy rated this beautiful salmon 10/10 at Tequila Sunrise.

Tony Murphy strikes a pose

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Here is Murph doing his best to imitate a rather dour Swede as a salute to this fabulous salmon dish. 

                          Jag älskar verkligen att äta rök lax
 Bratwurst at Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Naturally with a German chef you would expect bratwurst to be on the menu. 🙂 However let’s not forget the mash potato which was excellent.

Chris Lockwood aka Dr Evil

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Dr Evil & Nikki Murphy fell in love with the Pina Coladas at Tequila Sunrise. Chris has just completed a terrific South American trip, read his hilarious blog, just follow THIS LINK.

Here is a Pina Colada recipe.

A bunch of Aussies

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

From the left we have Chris Lockwood, Warren Herd, Nikki Murphy and Tony Murphy.

Nikki snaps the Sea Bass.

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

This was certainly worth a photo, another excellent dish at Tequila Sunrise.

Peter the talented chef at Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Peter was a chef at the Hard Rock Hotel in Pattaya until he saw the light and moved to Mae Pim. Now nothing short of an atomic bomb will get him to move anywhere else. Originally from Hamburg in Germany, he returned home for 2 weeks in May 2016, after 33 years this was his only visit. After speaking with him I’m guessing it may be his last trip home. 🙂

Up to now it seems like Tequila Sunrise is the only place we ate at, however there were a couple of other places. Here is my Tequila Sunrise photo blog from February.

Thailand beach resort fabulous food at Xing Xing

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

One of the many Mae Pim seafood restaurants, lots of live product on offer at very reasonable prices. Above is their Prawn & Vermicelli which was absolutely delicious.

Rock Lobster at Xing Xing

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

 Rock Lobster at Xing Xing certainly lived up to the Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food category.

Seafood tanks at Xing Xing

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Lots of fresh seafood to choose here.

Lots of varieties

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

I’m not even sure what this little beast is. 🙂

Curry crab & spring rolls Thailand beach resort fabulous food

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

The crab was very good (B600) and the spring rolls were fantastic.

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 Next door to Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Sadly I didn’t get the restaurant name, however it was right next door to Tequila Sunrise, food was very good as was the beautiful breeze coming off the gulf of Thailand. My brother Warren enjoyed his fried squid in yellow curry with fried rice.

Chris also enjoyed his spicy Tom Yum seafood soup

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

All the dishes here were good and the price very reasonable.

A short video on Mae Pim beach

 Wednesday special

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

The Wednesday special at Tequila Sunrise is the enormous double schnitzel for only B159 which is a bargain. Here is my friend Larry Krausz who was born in Australia so I guess he was raised on schnitzels. 🙂

Larry & I were here in February 2016 and I couldn’t wait to return.

Larry Krausz wasa friend for around 30 years, sadly he suffered a major stroke on October 28 2016. After 2 months in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on life support he was transported to Australia by a hospital Leer jet, thanks to his Medibank travel insurance. After a further month his life support was removed & he passed away peacefully.

I rest my case

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

What a monster, comes with French fries or mash potato.

Peter is the chef at Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

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Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

February 25, 2016 by David Herd

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

 Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim on the gulf of Thailand is only ninety minutes by car east of Pattaya, and 2 hours south of Bangkok. Beautiful white sand and clean water, and so quiet and peaceful after the noise & Madness of Pattaya.

The main road in Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Reminds me of the Eagles song “Long Road out of Eden”, so little traffic midweek compared to Pattaya.

Fresh seafood caught by these boats.

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

There are about 15 seafood restaurants offering all varieties of fish and shell fish.

One of the many seafood restaurants

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

There are about 16 live seafood restaurants.

Xing Xing at Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

After much discussion this id the one we chose and it proved to be an excellent choice.

Curry crab & spring rolls

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

The crab was very good (B600) however the spring rolls were absolutely fantastic.

Sinsiam Resort

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Our hotel was rather old fashioned but the rooms were very good and the pool was enormous.

Olympic size pool

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

The water was a perfect temperature for guys like us who are allergic to the cold. 🙂

Larry Krausz, Warren and David Herd

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Here we are the three amigos having lunch at Tequila Sunrise.

This was double schnitzel day

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

The meal was huge, however the Swedish meat balls were the pick.

Step down to the beach

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Grab a little sun and sand before lunch at Tequila Sunrise.

Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

A busy bar with a great selection of food, however B175 for Jack Daniels is way over the top.

Back to the beach

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Tequila Sunset restaurant overlooked the sandy beach where the gentle waves brushed against the shore, we marvelled at the beautiful onshore breeze blowing from the west, and thoroughly enjoyed the solitude of Mae Pim compared to the madness of Pattaya.

Mae Pin street vendor

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

All the usual souvenirs and floats for kids.

Bike for hire

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

These multi passenger bikes are for hire, the roads are very quiet so I’m sure they are reasonably safe.

Mae Pim Resort

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

 This is certainly the hotel I will stay next time I visit, nice facilities with a good pool and across the road from the beach.

Mae Pim Resort pool

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Nice setting on the 1st floor of the hotel. Book through this link for an excellent room rate.

Rabik Coffee

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

You realise you are in a Thai village when the local coffee shop does not show any English. 🙂

Bus to Ban Phe or Rayong

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

The cheap way to get to Pattaya is take a 30 minute songthaew ride to Ban Phe then hook up with a mini bus.

20 minutes past Rayong

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Mae Pim is two hours from Bangkok airport & only 90 minutes east of Pattaya. Thanks for visiting my Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim photo blog. Use this link for a discounted rate at THE MAE PIM RESORT.

Farewell from the Herd brothers

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Many thanks for visiting my Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim photo blog.

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Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

February 25, 2016 by David Herd

Mae Pim restaurant

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand is an example of multiculturalism on the gulf of Thailand. The restaurant Tequila Sunrise is named after my favourite cocktail, we happily sip our drinks while  overlooking the sandy beach where gentle waves brush against the shore, we marvel at the beautiful onshore breeze blowing from the west, and we enjoy the solitude of Mae Pin compared to the madness of Pattaya.

A Swiss owner, a German chef, an Australian manager & Thai staff run this popular establishment, where the Wednesday lunch special is a doubly schnitzel for the princely sum of B159 or  $6 aud. My brother Warren chose the Swedish meatballs with mashed potato which actually outshone the huge schnitzel.

Larry chooses lunch

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Born in Austria 66 years ago and moved to Australia around the age of two, moved to Thailand in November 2015, Larry Krausz would walk a mile for a Weiner Shnitzel.

Larry Krausz was a friend for around 30 years, sadly he suffered a major stroke on October 28 2016. After 2 months in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on life support he was transported to Australia by a hospital Leer jet, thanks to his Medibank travel insurance. After a further month his life support was removed & he passed away peacefully. RIP little buddy.

Here’s the proof

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

I struggled to eat 75% of this monster schnitzel for lunch, in the evening the restaurant was full as it is most Wednesdays when the locals converge on the double schnitzel special.

Mai Pin fishing boat

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Fishermen preparing their boat for another night on the gulf.

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

We returned to Tequila Sunrise for after dinner drinks, naturally I had two Margaritas.

Margarita night cap

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

A great way to end a delightful day in Mae Pim.

Manager at Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

 Gary is the Australian manager at tequila Sunrise, grew up Guildford in Sydney before moving to Maroochydore in Queensland.

Step down to the beach

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Grab some sun or have a swim then come up for a cold beer.

Swedish Skagen at Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

This is certainly one of my favourite dishes, absolutely fantastic.

Sea Bass at Tequila Sunrise.

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

My friend Nikki from Australia capturing the moment on camera.

Peter is the chef

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Peter is the German chef who provides all the wonderful meals at Tequila Sunrise. Previously he was the chef at the Hard Rock Hotel in Pattaya. For a great room rate in Pattaya or elsewhere just book through THIS LINK.

Mae Pim resort

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Across the road is a nice hotel where you can get a great room rate if you use this link.

Farewell from the Herd brothers

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Many thanks for visiting my Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand photo blog.

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