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Exciting life Pattaya David Herd 2013

January 1, 2014 by David Herd

Cherry Bar with Jack Daniel’s

Exciting life Pattaya David Herd

Exciting life Pattaya David Herd

Exciting life Pattaya David Herd 2013 was a total pleasure. January started with a bang when I spent NYE in Sydney, then mid January four English guys came to sample the delights of life in Thailand so naturally I played tour guide for them.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from 2013.

The boys from England

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The guys all came from around Wiltshire and naturally loved Pattaya.

Travel highlights for 2013

The year started with a bang, literally. I spent NYE 2012 at my old condo block in Wrights Rd Drummoyne which is a perfect spot to watch the fireworks. It reminded me of my great escape on NYE 1981.  Another nostalgic moment was a visit to Crescent ave Newport to visit the home of the late Tim Bristow where his long time partner Sue Ellis still lives, I of course also lived in Newport for 3 years from 1984 before moving to the Gold Coast.

January 1st I drove to Port Macquarie via Ettalong (where my family spent their annual holidays when I was young), to spend a few days with my brother Warren then on to the Gold Coast to catch up with friends.

In June I flew to England to visit my friend Alan who is a guest of Her Majesty, then his brother Bill Austin, Dave Catchpole & I took a road trip to Bruges & Versailles before winding up in Brighton on the south coast of England.

Life on Pattaya Beach

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Every morning I walk along the & my camera is always with me, and I am always on the lookout for interesting shots, this is one of my favourites.

We lost a friend in January.

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Here is my brother Warren & his friend Chris from Port Macquarie on the NSW coast with Dennis  Freemongrel, Dennis & I were friends for 30 years before he turned nasty on me. 🙂 The lovely lady is Om who sadly passed away far too young, I miss her smiling face & often think about her.

Pattaya beach from my Condo.

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 One of the main reasons I love living here in Pattaya is the wonderful view from my Condo.  Check out my webcam here.

Sunset from the Beach Club.

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  Great sunsets from the Beach Club, happy hour drinks every day at 5 pm.  

Some other  things to see at the Beach Club.  😎

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Always a couple of lovely Russian girls at the Beach Club.  

Mike the cartoon man.

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Mike Baird is a well know character in Pattaya, he creates cartoons about Pattaya life for the local press. 

Exciting life Pattaya David Herd in a great photo at the Beach Club

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Friends from Australia visit Pattaya, this is one of my favourite photos. The big guy is Nathan Corbett a Muay Thai world champion many times over.

Another birthday at the Mantra.

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Here I am with PR girl Amy at the fabulous Mantra for another birthday on 7-7-2013.

Without a doubt AGODA is the best online Hotel booking site.  

Extra lane on Beach rd Pattaya

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    Lots of disruption this year with major roadworks on Beach Road.  

Girls dressed for Loi Krathong in Pattaya

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Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November. Loi means ‘to float’, while krathong refers to the (usually) lotus-shaped container which floats on the water. Krathonghas no other meaning in Thai besides decorative floats, so Loi Krathong is very hard to translate, requiring a word describing what a Krathong looks like such as Floating CrownFloating BoatFloating Decoration. The traditional krathong are made from a slice of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant.

Desert at Froggy’s with Daryl Evans.

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  Froggy’s was one of our favourite restaurants in Pattaya, sadly it is now closed.  

Robbie & Hamish at the Gentlemen’s club

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  A good club in Soi Diamond off Walking St run by two Aussie guys Robbie & Hamish, NEWS FLASH 30 September 2014, they just sold the club to some Russians.  

World famous Walking St Pattaya.

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My exciting life in Pattaya includes a visit to Walking St every couple of months whether I want to or not.  😈 To receive my latest posts please follow me on Twitter  

Pattaya boat people.

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  Every day they line up in the thousands to take a boat ride to the islands.  

On the ferry to Koh Chang.

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  Koh Chang is Thailand’s 2nd largest island, about a 3 hour drive from Pattaya.  

Motorbike ride in Koh Chang.

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It was about to rain so I offered this nice lady 100 baht to take me 500 meters to the hotel, small price to pay to stay dry.

Koh Larn

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  Koh Larn is only a 30 minute ferry ride from Pattaya.  

BBQ seafood on Koh Larn

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Fantastic fresh seafood.

Nana Paza in Bangkok

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Bangkok Go-Go Bars can be found in three areas, Patpong, Soi Cowboy & Nana Plaza. Patpong is where it all started many years ago. It has even been filmed in in a James Bond chase-sequence. Patpong has long since lost it’s title of number one for sexy shows  Go-Go bars. Soi Cowboy &  Nana Plaza now reign supreme.

John Martin aka Pothole & David Herd at Nana Plaza. 

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I have known John for 15 years, without a doubt he provides me with an enormous amount of entertainment, he would have to be the most dysfunctional person I have ever known.  😆

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Bob & Greg from Australia

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 My exciting life in 2013 has been full of action, travel & fun, in January I was in Australia catching up with family & friends. In June I travelled to Bruges, Versailles, Brighton & London, rather than duplicate photos from those trips just click on the links to see my posts.

Happy times at the Cherry Bar.

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The Cherry bar is my local haunt on the corner of 2nd road & Soi 3, you will find me there 3about 4 times a week from 6.30 pm. The photo shows 3 guys from Australia, Lenny, Mervyn & my brother Warren, the lovely Thai lady is Merv’s new wife.

Sadly Merv & Lenny both passed away in early 2016.

Cherry bar girls

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Plenty of trouble here.

Cherry Bar

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Pothole & I with our Jack Daniel’s at the Cherry Bar, we pay $10 to have our own bottle behind the bar, what a life.  😎

My exciting life in Pattaya

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This is Aoy, a Beautiful young Thai Lady who  used to work at the Cherry bar, she used to occasionally drop in to visit me, however she has now found herself a sponsor.  😎

Xmas at the Mantra

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Enjoying Xmas lunch at the Mantra with a big group of friends.

Xmas calories

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For a discounted hotel rate in Pattaya just book through THIS LINK

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

Thanks for visiting my Exciting life Pattaya David Herd photo blog.

Here is a video I made from January with friends from England. To me it captures the essence of life in Pattaya.

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Here is a slide show from 2013.

                    Check out the other Thailand hotspots below.


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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Bangkok floating market


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