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David Herd Thailand 2014

December 29, 2014 by David Herd

Looking north at Pattaya beach

David Herd Thailand 2014

David Herd Thailand 2014

David Herd Thailand 2014 was another eventful year. Starting with a wonderful trip to Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cape Town & Sydney. I have called this 5 week adventure my seven super cities trip.

I flew to Adelaide in October then drove to Philip Island along the Great Ocean Road before staying with friends at the winery in Dromana.  A couple of days wandering around Melbourne I flew to the Gold Coast for a week to catch up with friends.

This is not part of my travel blog, just lots of photos from 2014 featuring friends, family & trips.

Drinks at Cherry bar

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My brother Warren and his good friend Lenny at the Cherry bar. 

Sadly we lost Lenny early 2016 after losing a battle with cancer, RIP.

Here is my webcam



Para sailing

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They buzz around like little mosquitoes. 

My condo building is 3rd from the left

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This photo was taken from the Dusit Tani.

Golf at Kabinburi

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This was my only game of golf in 2014 at Kabinburi, I just find it too hot to play regularly in Thailand.

Lunch with Macca and Herbie

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John MacDonald hails from Melbourne and Herb Pastor come from Las Vegas.

Friends at Gullivers

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Brad Robbins, Roland Bonicci and Por.

Mata Hari with Irina and Roland

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Another terrific night at Mata Hari.

My friend from Ukraine Irina.

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Here we are enjoying a cold beer on Koh Larn in November.

Koh Larn ferry with Irina

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The ferry takes 40 minutes and costs B30.

Foot massage

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One of the joys of living in Thailand, I probably average five each week, one hour just under $10.

Margaritas at the Beach Club

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This great song by Glen Frey sums up where I am right now.

Pumps to clear storm water

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Beach road pumps really did not make any difference trying to clear the storm water.

Friends drop in

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Gordon Shanks from New York and Jonathan Whiting from Brisbane.

David Herd Thailand 2014  having morning coffee

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Au Bon Pain at the Avenue with Gordon Shanks from New York.

Doug & Geoff from Australia

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These guys really push the envelope when they hit Pattaya several times a year. Their favourite street is Soi 6. 🙂

Talking about Soi 6, here we are

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A great bunch of guys, and can they drink.

David Herd Thailand, face under repair

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Using Efudix to repair damage from skin cancer.

Crane mishap in Soi 3

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I took this photo from the roof of Markland where I live.

Photo shoot in Soi 6

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I can spot at least 2 LadyBoys here.

David Herd and Hamish Elton

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Here we are in Soi 6 on Xmas day after lunch at the Mantra.

Xmas day at the Mantra with Benjamina

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Another great Xmas lunch with Benjamina our beautiful hostess.

Relaxing at Koh Larn

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I have to tell you, life is very good in Thailand.

Drinks with Barrie Comfort

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A nice Pommie guy who also lives in Markland. I have given him the nickname “Butterfly Dundee”, because he is always photographing butterflies. 🙂

Kayo flew over from Tokyo for a visit.

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I have known kayo for around 10 years, we met in Australia when she and I were living on the Gold Coast. I caught up with her in Tokyo in February and she flew to Thailand for a few days in August.

Welcome Inn Soi 3 North Pattaya

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One of my favourite places to eat in Pattaya, close to where I live and the food is terrific and very cheap. Sadly it was demolished June 2015.

Greg’s Kitchen

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My brother Warren and Lenny Schorsy at Gregs Kitchen. Sadly we lost Lenny in April 2016 to a brief illness, RIP.

Mike Beard the cartoon man.

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Mike has lived in Pattaya for 20 years and produces some of my favourite cartoons.

Siam @ Siam with Oy

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A gorgeous girl who used to work at the Cherry bar.

Phad Thai at Siam @ Siam

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Very good food at this unique hotel.

Bill Edge, Wayne Dent and Greg Clee

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Three happy guys who love Pattaya.

The new Holiday Inn

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A world class hotel opposite Pattaya beach.

Roland Bonicci and I at Drinking St

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Roland is a very happy Sydney barrister who often visits Thailand for business reasons.

Ooa a gorgeous girl at Drinking St

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Sadly this gorgeous babe went back home to the country about a month later.

David Herd Thailand 2014 at Drinking St

David Herd Thailand 2014

A week or two after this photo was taken sadly this beautiful young girl decided to leave Pattaya and go back to her home in the country.

I just ordered a double Jack Daniels.

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I leave a bottle or two at the Cherry bar then pour my own at my leisure. The charge s only $10 and the girls provide me with ice & soda. Life is good for David Herd Thailand. 🙂

 Roasting pigs in Soi 3

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Street cooking in Thailand is legendary, this guy charges 100 Baht for roast pork and crackling.

 David Herd and Brad Robins.

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Brad is a Townsville solicitor who loves Thailand, in 2016 he bought on of the best condos in Markland.

Looking north to Wongamat

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North Pattaya and Wongamat.

Young girl at Cherry bar

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Just under 17 and learning the ropes at the Cherry Bar.

Big storm coming

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 I love too see the storms roll in over Pattaya bay.

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

                       Check out these posts if you have time.


Holiday Inn


Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya


The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

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

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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Some nice views in Pattaya


Soi 6 is famous in Pattaya


Holiday Inn is in a great location


Terrific shopping mall in Bangkok


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