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.

My wonderful Pattaya life 2016 (A)

April 5, 2016 by David Herd

Markland Condo

Pattaya life 2016

Pattaya life 2016

Pattaya life 2016, this is my 5 year in this city by the beach. Why is it the older you get the faster time seems to go? The photo above is the coffee shop at the front of my condo where I go for a daily caffeine hit and sometimes a blueberry cheesecake to go with it. I have decided to slow down on my travel this year due to over spending in 2015. I have some smaller trips planned and another Japan visit in October.

In fact 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

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from the 1st half of 2016. Part 2 will commence July 1st.

Larry Krausz and Hamish Elton

Pattaya life 2016

I invited two of my friends over for dinner, roasted Australian lamb shanks with baked vegetables. Washed down with Australian red wine which I buy here for B300 ($12) for a 2 litre bottle.

Larry Krausz, a friend for around 30 years suffered a major stroke on October 28 2017. 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.

 Pattaya life 2016

Pattaya life 2016

This part of Pattaya always remains the same, an endless choice of girlie bars providing anything an ageing playboy could ever ask for.

The neon lights of Walking Street

Pattaya life 2016

Still the main Pattaya tourist attraction, however I would only visit 2 or 3 times a year, mainly when friends come from overseas.

Here are two Walking St addicts

Pattaya life 2016

Don’t take it the wrong way, Gordon Shanks from New York and Jonathan Whiting from Brisbane are only addicted to the bright lights, gorgeous girls and exotic locations all over the world.

Australian visitors

Pattaya life 2016

David Robertson on the right has been a friend for over 30 years, originally from Melbourne he moved to the Gold Coast about 40 years ago. His son Chris on the left is an Emirates pilot who lives in Dubai.

 Beach Road floods

More water on Beach Rd Pattaya than Songkran

A very common sight in Pattaya, this was February 16 after a short storm.

Mum Aroi at Naklua

Pattaya life 2016

A very popular Naklua restaurant specialising in live seafood. Very busy on weekends so try to visit during the week.

                   Pattaya life 2016      Pattaya life 2016

Because of the turnover  and the live product you can guarantee everything is fresh here.

Valentines day in Pattaya

Pattaya life 2016

The local council always find a reason to decorate the footpath on Beach Road.

I’m not sure these beach babes do much to decorate the area.

Pattaya life 2016

I actually have a photo blog dedicated to Babushkas in bikinis, just follow this link.

Holiday Inn

Pattaya life 2016

My brother Warren, John “Pothole” Martin and Larry Krausz enjoying pizza and red wine at the fabulous Holiday Inn on Beach Road. Use this link for a great room rate.

 At Mae Pim

Pattaya life 2016

  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.

Looks like a bomb site

Pattaya life 2016

A huge new shopping mall and hotel is being built opposite the Dolphin roundabout in North Pattaya. It will be the same brand as Terminal 21 at Asoke in Bangkok.

Dolphin roundabout Pattaya

Hooters comes to Pattaya

Pattaya life 2016

 Hooters Pattaya opening night was on New Years Eve 2015 so we decided to make it our first stop when seeing off the old and welcoming the new year.  It’s a great addition to Beach Road and naturally has many beautiful sexy babes on the staff. Both Thai & Russian as you can clearly see.

Hooters always seem to be promoting charity events etc to publicise their great venue, check out the charity bike wash here.

Bow and her Bonds

Pattaya life 2016

The gorgeous girlfriend of my friend Matt Harkness, an Adelaide guy who is living the dream in Pattaya. A local website held a contest to find “Miss Love Pattaya Thailand”, heats were held at “Planet Earth Beach Club” in Jomtien. Check out my photo blogs for lots of great Thai and Russian babes competing for the B100,000 first prize.

From my balcony

Pattaya life 2016

From my balcony June 19 and another perfect Pattaya day.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya


Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

Cold beers, hot night

Pattaya life 2016

After dinner drinks with Todd & Hamish in Naklua Road.

Fraser’s at Jomtien

Pattaya life 2016

Quite a good sports bar on the left as you go down the hill into Jomtien, very good hamburgers.

Talking about Jomtien

Pattaya life 2016

In recent years it has improved out of sight, no longer is it a lazy beach side suburb of Pattaya. There are many new restaurants and hotels generally cheaper and quieter than Pattaya.

Natan’s at Jomtien

Pattaya life 2016

Put Naten’s on your bucket list, it is in my top 6 restaurants in Pattaya and Jomtien.               

Long Table Bangkok

Pattaya life 2016

I went to Bangkok 3 times in this first six months not just for a break from Pattaya but to check out lots of great places I have never been to. I was there in January, February and May.

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.


The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

Pattaya life 2016

Pattaya life 2016

Pattaya life 2016, I have about 4 sometimes 5 foot massages every week, one of the great benefits of living in Thailand.

Cherry Bar Soi 3 & 2nd Road

Pattaya life 2016

Still my local watering hole, 7 minutes walk from my condo and down hill all the way home.

My drink of choice

Pattaya life 2016

I leave a bottle of JD at the Cherry Bar and pay B300 for the convenience of pouring my own.

New Thai restaurant in Soi 3

Pattaya life 2016

A small Thai restaurant has opened near the Cherry, very handy for me. The two dishes here cost B130 or $5 Australian dollars.

Geoff is back

Pattaya life 2016

Geoff Robinson from the Central Coast in NSW absolutely loves Thailand, here we are at the Cherry bar with his ex fiancée Nana.

Stocking up on vino

Pattaya life 2016

John Martin aka Pothole & I bought 7 cases of Australian wine. Each case holds 6 two litre bottles and the cost per bottle is only B350 or $10 usd.

From Pratumnak Hill

Pattaya life 2016

Notice the unfinished high-rise building, worked stopped nearly 2 years ago through some planning approval disputes.

Pattaya view point.


Big C being renovated

Pattaya life 2016

The shopping Mall closed down on May 1st for extensive renovations and will re-open around Xmas.

Soaked in the storm

Pattaya life 2016

Here I am at breakfast after being caught in the rain.

Four days in Koh Samui

Pattaya life 2016

John Martin aka Pothole & I had a quick trip to Koh Samui on June 20th. It has been 9 long years since my last visit.

Pothole & I at Koh Samui

Pattaya life 2016

There are so many more bars & restaurants now, BARS, BEACH, ROAD TRIP, RESTAURANTS, SHOPS.

Roland returns

Pattaya life 2016

Roland Bonnici my barrister friend from Sydney & I had a great dinner at Signature.

thanks for checking out my Pattaya life 2016 photo blog.                           

                 Here are some more posts to check out 

         Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok           
 497d0b6e-c0bd-4ba2-86be-c02100f050a8        65470622-d17a-4b90-bf97-2574df4c412d        1a2160c1-41f7-465a-954c-631e083eb229
          Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
f59e958e-8eaf-48b4-8e96-c291a0c13d1a        f044491e-69aa-4082-b49b-1ff33557d7d4        a6a948cd-f30a-49ea-a905-82be4d202cc9
           London                            Beijing                            Capetown
2246c6cf-5fa6-4fbe-ac30-b569253ad2a6        f65d714b-f44c-4b2e-9505-3511ebecbb80        4e82052a-24d0-41e1-ab84-10e8f27634d1
            Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you            
 book through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .
                                               Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                            d0c59ff5-7f2b-41b5-9312-4556d4a62037            01a75360-9573-473f-acba-3a187f779b7f

Slide show here.

That’s all folks

1g Duck

This gallery contains 4 photos