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Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

February 19, 2017 by David Herd

Sunday lunch at The Edge

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant is a wonderful dining experience particularly on Sunday. It is in direct competition with the fabulous Mantra at the Amari hotel. Further on in this review I will endeavour to make comparisons between the two.

Fresh seafood

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Fresh seafood is of course the star of the show, however there are many more special offerings guaranteed to delight you.

An impressive choice of Oysters

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant There are 4 or 5 variety to choose, mainly from France.

 My first course

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Oysters, crab, prawns, caviar & fresh white bread, I always find it difficult to get past the seafood counter. 🙂

Did I mention caviar?

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Certainly one of my favourite delicacies, salmon Roe.

 Lots of sushi & sashimi

 photo Hilton Sunday buffet B1500 6.jpg As I said before, it’s hard to get past the fresh seafood. 🙂

Sushi

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Too much sushi is never enough. 🙂

I travel to Japan every year and the Hilton sushi is certainly high quality.

Outside seating

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Catering for smokers & those who want to get closer to the view.

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant A beautifully designed kitchen & restaurant.

Check out my review of the Hilton Sky Bar. 

BBQ duck & ribs.

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Funnily enough the six baskets contain 6 different variety of Chinese buns, a little bit of overkill I feel. I would much prefer to see some Shumei & prawn dumplings similar to what’s on the menu at the Mantra.

BBQ seafood station

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant You really need a big appetite to cope with this fabulous buffet.

 Hardworking chefs

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant This is one of my favourite photos from Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant.

 Pizza

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant No matter what you fancy it is all here. 🙂

The Bakery

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

The bread here is excellent.

An excellent cheese selection

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant I was at Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant on Sunday February 19, & sadly I overindulged & could not fit in any cheese. 🙂

An amazing choice of deserts to finish.

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant Put this great buffet on your list, & many thanks for visiting my Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant photo blog.

I have given a lot of thought to which is the best buffet, the Hilton (with the salmon caviar) or the Mantra (with the Alaskan crab), & the verdict is Mantra by a short 1/2 crab claw. 🙂 

However I have noticed they now serve the clawless variety of Alaskan crab, please Mantra bring back the claws. 🙂

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Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017

February 5, 2017 by David Herd

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 is another of the “never ending” promotions designed to attract tourists to this popular beach side resort. The city council are to be congratulated for their efforts in providing entertainment all through the year.

Big bright colourful paintings

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 A fun collection painted by Pattaya’s freelance artists.

Beach Babe

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017  The festival theme is “New Sense”, The Sense of Art,  which is the sense beyond our five natural senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.

Happy faces on the beach

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 The beachfront exhibition is more than a kilometre long from North Pattaya to Central Pattaya.

Skateboarding

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 I’m guessing some of these people may have started out as graffiti artists. 🙂

Beach sculptures

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 Not just paintings some nice sculptures as well.

I rather like this one

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 Part turtle, part dog & pat bug I think. 🙂 

This one is nice as well

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 There certainly is some talent here.

 A banana I think

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 Or perhaps a banana bout that takes people screaming around the bay. 🙂

Introducing Snake Lek, whoever that is?

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017

 

Street artists invited to take part in the festival are Alex face (Thailand), Mue BON (Thailand), Gong (Thailand), A.m.p. (Thailand), Bonus (Thailand), GohM (Thailand), The Yok and Sheryo (Australia), Beejoir (U.K.), The London police (Netherlands), Ben Eine (U.K.), Ox-Alien and Edo Rath (Netherlands), Emmanuel Jarus (U.K.), Jace (France), Dotmasters (U.K.) and Shinny and Himbad and Code (U.K.).

Interesting shapes

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 They really look like American Indian tepees without the canvass. I not too sure what the bales of hay signify.

Baby Boy

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 I’m guessing the painter may have just become a father. 🙂

Tribute

Pattaya Arts Festival Beach Rd 2017 A Tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

An excellent weekend art show & tribute to the late King.

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Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

January 14, 2017 by David Herd

Pattaya sunset 

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Happy hour is from 5 to 7 pm offering a range of cocktails for only B330 for two or around $9 usd.

Big crowd

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Three reasons I guess, it’s happy hour, it’h high season in January & i’ts an amazing view of Pattaya.

Hole in the roof to watch the stars.

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Once again I’m guessing that’s why they put the hole in the roof. 🙂

From a different aspect

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar All through the Hilton the design & architecture is fabulous.

Electric blue mini bar

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar What a magnificent colour.

 Looking north

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar The buildings at the top left are at Wongamat Beach.

Beautiful sunset

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar We are so lucky living in Pattaya, we really get the best sunsets, storms as well as magnificent clouds that float across Pattaya Bay.

Looking west

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar A few minutes after sunset the view is breathtaking looking towards Koh Larn island.

Full house

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar It’s certainly a good idea to book a table in the high season.

 Aussies in paradise

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Wayne Croker with the rabbit ears is from Brisbane enjoying a short golfing holiday in Pattaya, & Hamish Elton lives & works from his home office on Pratumnak Hill. Here is the view Hamish has when laying by his pool. 🙂

All the city lights come on

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar It’s really worthwhile watching the city change from daylight to dark.

Same shot different tone

 photo Hilton sky bar 19.jpg Different camera setting for a warmer shot. 🙂

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Check out THIS LINK for other places in Pattaya to enjoy dinner or a cocktail, none however have a more spectacular view than the Hilton Sky Bar.

 Looking northwest

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar Pattaya has become a big city as you can clearly see.

 Back to where we started.

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar This was 30 minutes before sunset.

Farewell from the Hilton

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Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

January 13, 2017 by David Herd

Rim Talay

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

Ice cold Leo at Rim Talay

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

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

Surf & Turf Pattaya Thailand beach side food wine

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

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

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No air conditioning but thankfully plenty of fans.

Xmas Day 2016

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

A great spot for lunch with friends.

Tasty clams at Surf & Turf

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

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You have the choice to sit inside or out. 

Silver Lining

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

A unique experience

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

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya           photo Silver Lining Wongamat 7.jpg          Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

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

 Beach Club at the Pullman Hotel

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

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

Tapas at the Beach Club

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya One of the attractions here is you can swim in the two pools as well as the ocean.

You can also hire these sun lounges.

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya Sun lounges, what sun lounges? I don’t see any sun lounges. 🙂

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 Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

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Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

January 10, 2017 by David Herd

Pattaya bar districts, Soi 7 & Soi 8

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

Soi 7 & Soi 8 run between Beach Rd & 2nd Rd, the photo shows the always busy Lucky Star bar on the Beach Rd corner of Soi 8. Always plenty of action in these two streets, lots of bars, restaurants & hotels.

Location Soi 6 to Soi 8

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

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

Soi 6 Pattaya’s raunchiest street

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

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand          Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand          Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

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

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

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

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand           photo Atlantic.jpg          Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

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

Billabong 2 formally the Cherry Bar.

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

Soi 6 to the Atlantic Bar & Drinking St.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

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

Drinking Street

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

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

From Drinking St to Soi 29 & 33 Naklua,

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

This area is very lively at night.

Soi 33 Naklua is a very good street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

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

24 Beer bars Naklua Rd

 

Wongamat beach-side bars

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

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

 Rim Talay

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand A perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer or two by the beach.

Perhaps you want to go a little more upmarket?

 photo Beach20Club20Pullman20Hotel2014.jpg The Beach Club at the Pullman Hotel is arguably the classiest bar in Pattaya. Happy hour is 5 to 7 pm on a good selection of beer cocktails & wine.

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Western style bars on Beach Road

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Staring in North Pattaya we have Tavern By the Sea which is part of the Amari Hotel. Happy hour every night from 5 to 7 pm.

Holiday Inn

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

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

 Western bars on Beach Rd

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Perfect for watching the fabulous Pattaya sunsets.

Lots of beer & babes at Hooters 

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand As you would expect there is cold beer & American food served by sexy girls.

Three Pattaya sky bars starting with the Hilton

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

Executive tower Holiday Inn.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand The building on the right is the executive tower with the sky bar on the top floor.

Holiday Inn

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand They also have a 5 pm happy hour however I think it is only for cocktails.

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Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand This hotel has a terrific unique decor.

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Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand A stunning view of Pattaya.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

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

LK Metro is jammed packed with bars.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand One of the busiest bars areas in Pattaya.

Kåres Party Bar

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand There is no better happy hour in Pattaya for beer drinkers.

Sportman’s pub Soi 13

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

Walking Street

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

What’s the attraction of Walking St?

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Oh! I get it. 🙂

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand             Happy hour in Walking St photo WalkingSt009.jpg                Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

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

Thanks for visiting my Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand photo blog

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Farewell from Walking Street.

The Pattaya song


 
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Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

December 20, 2016 by David Herd

A little shade on Pattaya Beach

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

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

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

And here is my view

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Is that magnificent or what?

Morning exercise on Beach Road

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Most mornings I walk along Beach Road about 8 am, there is always something to photograph. 

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

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

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

This centuries most popular female entertainment

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand A females favourite pastime, when too many selfies is never enough. 🙂

My favourite selfie 

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Taken March 24 2017.

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It doesn’t get much better than this. 🙂

Safety first

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

My tyres are fatter than yours

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Not too sure what the advantage is have fat tyres on a bicycle, unless you are a fat guy like me. 🙂

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

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Big super blue boom box, block the footpath, no problem this is Thailand.

 Sensible people wear hats on the beach

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Hats! What hats, I don’t see any hats. 🙂

Look closely, surely you can see the hats

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Is this a trick question? 🙂

Work begins on the pipeline

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Highly skilled workers commence this 200,000,000 Baht project to the relieve the flooding on Beach Road. 

“OOPS” Houston we have a problem.

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Not only were the operators lacking in the skill department the project that took many months also failed miserably.

So Beach Road still floods.

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

The bikini babes hit the beach

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand After the rain the sun come out and the bikini babes hit the beach. 🙂

 Closely followed by hundreds of day trippers

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Chinese tourists flock to the beach every day to go para-sailing & visit Koh Larn island.

Condominium

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

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

Water cannons for sale

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

As the sun sinks in the west….

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Here is another well known Pattaya phrase

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Probably used 1000 times a day walking past the beers bars, the funny thing is some idiots actually believe it. 🙂

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Pattaya Parasailing every day

October 2, 2016 by David Herd

Every morning

Pattaya Parasailing every day  Pattaya Parasailing every day except for the few occasions the weather is so bad they have to cancel. Most of these tourists are from China, they pay for their holiday before leaving so a fair bit of the money never makes it to Thailand.

Organised chaos

Pattaya Parasailing every day

They buzz around like mosquitoes, personally I would not do this because I just don’t trust the Thai boat drivers.

 Coming in to land

Pattaya Parasailing every day There are 4 or 5 of these barges located on the bay,  non-parasailers can also come out to the pontoon to watch the fun for a small cost.

One of the overpowered speed boats.

Pattaya Parasailing every day About 750 HP is a ridiculous waste of money, I’m guessing they are just showing off to their competitors. When I lived in Australia I had one Yamaha 200 HP powering my boat, that used to cost me about $25 aud per hour in fuel. So these guys are obviously making plenty to be able to justify these three huge engines.

Stuck on the sand.

Every which way but loose

Pattaya Parasailing every day

This was the name of the 1978 Clint Eastwood movie, the phrase reminds me of the speed boats in this photo, it seems to be total chaos. 🙂

Check out the crowd on the barge

Pattaya Parasailing every day All waiting for their turn to fly.

Chaotic & crazy Parasailing in Pattaya


 A storm is looming

Pattaya Parasailing every day The black cards are coming across the bay but the tourists don’t seem to care.

Here it comes

Pattaya Parasailing every day There is no better sight than watching a storm roll in over Pattaya bay.

A beautiful rainbow over the bay

Pattaya Parasailing every day

After the rain in Pattaya there a beautiful day always follows.

Low tide

Pattaya Parasailing every day Quite a walk for the tourists to get to the boats when the tide is out.

Finally another busy day on the bay

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Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay

September 21, 2016 by David Herd

Pattaya Beach 1980

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay, lets start with the old clunkers, funnily enough some of these boats from 1980 are still being used today.

Here is a perfect example in 2016

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay I guarantee this classic has been working in the bay for 60  or more years. I would definitely recommend a life jacket. 🙂

Protection from the burning sun?

Many wonderful boats Pattaya BayNo way José , just sit there & fry.

At least the captain has shade in this one.

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay Forget the passengers the captain is ok. 🙂

This old bucket has just had a paint job.

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay Looks pretty good with the new paint job.

One extreme to another

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay Here is one of the hundreds of speed boats that take tourists, mainly Chinese, to Koh Larn & Para-sailing. This one is grossly overpowered with almost 700 HP to push it along.

Even all that power doesn’t always do the job.

These Thai drivers are not very skillful I’m afraid.

Every morning in Pattaya

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay The boats start gathering on Pattaya beach from 6.30 every morning.

Here come the Chinese tourists

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay Every day thousands flock to Pattaya to board the boats.


And now for something different

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay A nice catamaran pulls into the beach.

 Koh Larn ferry

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay The 40 minute ferry ride to Koh Larn will set you back B30, or 86 U.S. cents.

Needs a little work

 photo Boatrepairs.jpg One owner, & open to all reasonable offers.

Here is one being done up

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay Still a little work to be done but starting to look good.

There are some luxury boats here as well.

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay Just wander around some of the marinas along the coast and you will finds some very nice boats. However please don’t expect the “French Riviera”. 🙂

Ocean Marina yacht club

 photo Ocean20Marina203.jpg I could happily live aboard this baby. 🙂 If you would like to enjoy a little luxury for around $50 usd per night just book through THIS LINK.

Yacht club

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay Not too bad at all. 🙂

One of these would do me

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay This would be a great little runabout.

Here is a classic

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay Don’t know if it’s a yacht, a ketch, a sloop or none of these, but it is a beautiful boat. 🙂

High & dry in Pattaya

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay Low tide as I’m sure you have already guessed. 🙂

For sale?

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay One owner, needs a little work. 🙂


Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay

Here is a guy hoping to catch some fish.

Dive boat

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay

Dive boat loaded & ready to go.

Fishing boat near Koh Larn

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay I wonder how many years & how many fish this old clunker has seen. 🙂

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay Check out BIG DADDY with 750 HP waiting to suck fuel like 50 thirsty camels at an oasis in the Sahara desert. 🙂

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Boat show 2016

Pattaya boat show I can’t imagine how much this one would cost. 🙂

Pattaya City

Many wonderful boats Pattaya Bay

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Loving Pattaya life 2016 (B)

August 3, 2016 by David Herd

This is not a travel blog just my personal photo collection from the 2nd half of 2016.

Another birthday rolls around July 7.

Loving Pattaya life 2016 Loving Pattaya life 2016 has seen me spend all year here, the quietest travel year I have had this century. I over spent in the last 2 or 3 years so I thought I should pull my horns in. 🙂

I spent 5 days in Koh Samui in June, 2 weeks in Australia in August and a great trip to Japan in October.

Some of the usual suspects

Loving Pattaya life 2016 Greg, Hamish & John helped me celebrate at the Mantra.

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A year living in Pattaya seems like about 6 months, time just seems to fly.

Great beach shot August 4th at 7am

Loving Pattaya life 2016

All the boats are waiting for the hordes of Chinese tourists.

And here they come in their thousands

Loving Pattaya life 2016 The busses roll into Beach Road of a morning and the tourists flock to the boats.

Tony & Nikki Murphy at Signature Steak & Seafood.

Loving Pattaya life 2016
The Murphy’s spent a week in Pattaya then 3 nights in Mae Pim before flying back to Australia.

Visitors from San Diego

Paul & crew @ BJs breakfast It was great to catch up with Paul, Eileen, Parker & Elle in Pattaya as part of their 9 week Asian holiday with included Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Koh Samet & Danang.

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I have decided to meet them in Las Vegas next June before staying for a week or so at their home in San Diego. I have also promised myself a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon plus a few days in Central America, maybe Belize or Panama depending on my research? Finally a few days in Tokyo on the way home.

Seagulls in Pattaya?

Loving Pattaya life 2016

Here is a sculpture on Beach Rd showing a flock of seagulls, yet to this day I have never seen a seagull in Pattaya. 🙂

Here comes the rain

Loving Pattaya life 2016 I love seeing the black clouds roll in over Pattaya.

The “odd couple” Larry Krausz & Steven Reade

Loving Pattaya life 2016 Steve is a great mate of Larry’s from the Gold Coast. Terrific news for movie goers which vastly overshadows the recent Brangelina bullshit, the “odd couple” Larry Krausz & Steven Reade have been signed by BangBros, the largest porn studio in the world, to star in a remake of the 1988 movie Twins, which stared Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. See if you can pick who will play DeVito. 🙂

The more thigs change the more they stay the same

Loving Pattaya life 2016 After many years the Cherry bar on Soi 3 & 2nd Rd has been sold and is now Billabong 2.

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And the beat goes on.

When can we have some fun?

Loving Pattaya life 2016 Every night you go out in Pattaya the fun starts.

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Starbucks

Loving Pattaya life 2016 Opened in September at the “Bay” which is between Soi 5 & 6 on Beach Rd.

Good coffee & happy staff

Loving Pattaya life 2016 They are the first to open at the Bay, next will be McDonalds.

Stunning November sunset

Loving Pattaya life 2016

So many great sunsets from myy balcony.  

My new home

Loving Pattaya life 2016 On November 1st after 4.5 years I moved from the 17th floor in Markland to the 20th, does that mean I coming up in the world?

The usual suspects

Loving Pattaya life 2016 Jim’s Burgers is a great place for a casul dinner with friends, I’m with Hamish, Jonathon & Matt.

Delicious

Loving Pattaya life 2016 Lots of varieties & you can order small or large.

One of my massage girls

Loving Pattaya life 2016 Used to be a waitress in Chamiko in Soi 3, now she works at a massage parlour in Soi 3 & sometines gives me a reasonable foot massage.

Spectacular clouds over Koh Larn

Loving Pattaya life 2016 These days I seem to be obbsessed with taking photos of clouds & sunsets. 🙂

October in Japan

Loving Pattaya life 2016 I m with my friend Kayo in a Spanish restaurant in Tokyo. I purchased a two week ticket on the Shinkansen or bullet train, then after 3 nights in Tokyo I travelled to 6 interesting Japanese cities, includung Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Nagasaki & Fukuoka

I arrived back in Pattaya on Ocober 28th & the following day my good friend Larry Krausz was rushed to Bangkok Pattaya hospital after suffering a major stroke, now 5 weeks later on December 5th he is still in a serious condition in the intensive care ward.

Ross & Bryce arrive from Australia

Loving Pattaya life 2016 The boys came over for a few days to visit Larry. 

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Centara Grand

Loving Pattaya life 2016

After a couple of cold beers at Centara Grand a Pattaya cop working security wanted to throw us out. I lay the blame 100% on Pothole aka John David Martin who was dressed like a local bum & showing off his silly tatoos After a couple of cold beers at Centara Grand and a Pattaya cop working security wanted to throw us out. I lay the blame 100% on Pothole aka John David Martin who was dressed like a local bum & showing off his silly tatoos. 🙂

Pothole & sons + Kayo.

Loving Pattaya life 2016 Tate is Pothole’s eldest son, he arrived in Thailand from Australia to celebrate Xmas & to meet his 2 half brothers Tyrone & Tiger. Notice for some strange reason known only to Pothole, all his children including daughter Tamara have to have a first name starting with the letter T. Just another one of his many offbeat strange quirks. 🙂 The lovely Japanese girl in the photo is my friend Kayo from Tokyo.

Shopping for a dress in Soi 6

Loving Pattaya life 2016 Even though Soi 6 is one of the wildest streets in Pattaya there is still time for some quiet shopping. 🙂 

Soi Diana redhead.

Loving Pattaya life 2016

A very sweet girl from Area 51, no wonder I’m Loving Pattaya life 2016′

On the subject of Soi 6

Loving Pattaya life 2016 Here is Geoff from Australia, a fanatical Soi 6 supporter. We are at Leckerle in Soi 33 Naklua with his fiance Nana for a terrific meal & lots of wine.

Xmas Day with Geoff & Nana

Loving Pattaya life 2016 We started with a bottle of French Champagne on my balcony.

Lunch at Surf & Turf  & Loving Pattaya life 2016

Loving Pattaya life 2016 A great location on the beach at Wongamat. Kayo flew from Tokyo to spend 10 days in Thailand before heading to Australia.

Two nights in Bangkok

Loving Pattaya life 2016

December 29th took Pothole & Yogurt to Cheap Charles before checking out Brewski a new sky bar at the Radisson Blu.

New Years Eve in Pattaya

Loving Pattaya life 2016 Steve “Jumbo” Reade having a ball at the Atlantic Bar & Loving Pattaya life 2016.

 Atlantic girls

Loving Pattaya life 2016 They all looked terrific, dressed to kill. 🙂

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It’s now 2017 and here is Glenn Frey to tell you exactly how I feel today.

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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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