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Thai beer bars & flesh eating fish

August 10, 2014 by David Herd

Three visits to Thailand 2010 in another busy year of travel including Cambodia, Singapore, French Riviera, Cinque Terre Italy, Switzerland & Austria.

Sunday lunch at The Mantra

Warren & David HerdThai beer bars & flesh eating fish seemed to be the focus on my two visits to Thailand in 2010, the first trip was mid January to meet Bill Austin & Joan Baptiste, my friends from England who were on their way to Australia for the first time.

Joan & Bill in the Baht Bus

Thai beer barsEnjoying their first trip to Thailand.

Here we are at the Cherry Bar

Cherry Bar PattayaThe Cherry Bar has been my favorite Thai beer bars since 2003.

Beer bars LK Metro.

Thai beer barsOne of the good Thai beer bars in busy LK Metro in Pattaya. Greg Johnstone (2nd from left) has been a friend of mine for 25 years, we both lived on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Cheers dears

Thai beer barsGreg does enjoy a drink with the girls, just being a good boss I guess. 🙂

Ah! life in Pattaya, someone has to do it. 🙂

Billabong in 2010As you can see, I really love living in Pattaya. LK Metro has many good bars & restaurants. Across the road from Billabong is i-Rovers another good sports bar. Billabong also has good cheap hotel rooms if you want to be in the middle of all the action. Book through AGODA for excellent rates. Low cost rooms are also available at i-rovers.

LK Metro webcam

That cam is looking at Billabong one of the Thai beer bars in LK Metro.

A rose between two thorns

Atlantic bar Thailand 2010While on the subject of fun in Patttaya, here I am squeezed between two lovely ladies at the Atlantic one of the best Thai beer bars in 2nd rd.

When can I start having fun?

Soi 3 Thai beer barsOut of control at the Jasmine beer bar in Soi 3.

Alan Kendall & a hot babe.

beer bar Pattaya

Alan is an Aussie who seems to fit right in to the Pattaya scene.

The golfers like the Atlantic Bar

golfers at Atlantic BarBack in 2010 the golfers used to gather at the Atlantic bar Friday nights to drink beer and exaggerate about their amazing shots on the course that day. A very nice bunch of guys from all over the world, sadly they have now found a new venue for their after golf drinks.

Enjoying a beer at Gulliver’s with Alan Kendall

Thai beer bars

Gulliver’s is an excellent sports bar about 100 meters from y condo.

Tony Murphy feeding the fish.


flesh eating fish 2010 Thailand

Apart from the Thai beer bars the latest fad in Pattaya and other parts of the world is “Flesh-Eating Fish Performing ‘Pedicures’“, here is my friend Tony trying it out. I notice in the U.S. the process costs $45, in Pattaya it’s only $7.

Dinner is served

Pedicures thailand 2010

David Herd & Trevor Loresch at the Cherry Bar.

Thai beer barsI drink Jack Daniels at the Cherry Bar & big Trevor from Western Australia prefers beer. He now lives in “The Cove” a luxury condo in Wongamat.

Wongamat beach

Wongamat beach PattayaWongamat used to be a hangout for all the German expats, these days in 2014 the Russians have taken over.

Markland Condo on the left of the A1 hotel.

Markland PattayaWhen I was in Thailand 2010 little did I realize I would be living on the 17th floor of Markland Condo from October 2011 until now in April 2016.

Soi 4 foot massage

Pattaya foot massageOne of the great benefits of visiting or living in Thailand are the fabulous foot massages. The lady with the lovely smile is still working in this same parlour now in 2014.

The magnificent Mantra

The Mantra PattayaMy favourite restaurant in the whole world. The Sunday brunch is the best buffet I have ever had, everything from Alaskan crab, French oysters, NZ lamb, Japanese sushiu, etc etc. There are seven different kitchens to choose from.

Nana Plaza in Bangkok

Nana Plaza Thai beer barsI have been visiting the Thai beer bars & go go clubs at the infamous Nana Plaza since 1996 and have seen many changes. Back then there was about 10% LadyBoys, in 2010 that had risen to 25% now in 2014 there seems to be 50%.

The Beergarden near Walking St Pattaya

Beergarden Walking StA very good venue for low cost food with a million dollar view. Lots of TV screens that seem to play music videos from the 80s.

Ice on the left with her friend Na.

Sabai resort Thailand 2010I met Ice a couple of years ago when she was dancing at Nana Plaza, a very sweet lady indeed.

This is Pang (number 59) from the Honey Pot.

Honey Pot PattayaAnother sweet lady who worked at the Honey Pot in Soi 2. Sadly both her and the Honey Pot have disappeared.

My brother Warren at the Cherry Bar.

Soi 3 beer Bars

My brother visits Pattaya every year, in February we discovered a new beach side village near Rayong called Mae Pim, check out my photo blog here.

 Sunday brunch at the Mantra.

Sunday brunch MantraAnother great lunch at the Mantra with a bunch of friends is September 2010.

Beautiful girl in Soi 3.

Beautiful girl in Soi 3

Now in 2016 there does not seem to be as many attractive girls in the bars around North Pattaya as there used to be.

Gorgeous girl in Jasmine bar Soi 3.

Gorgeous girl beer bar

Half the bars in Soi 3 have closed and now A1 hotel is building across the road so in the next year or so I think most will be closed.


Gang of four

Pattaya ThailandTrevor Loersch, Phil Avalon, David Herd & Alan Kendall.

Warren, the boys & the Muslim girls

Sabai Resort Pattaya

Now in March 2016 I am sad to say our great friend Lenny is very ill battling cancer. Keep up the good fight Lenny.

Dinner in Soi 6, Ray, Lenny Warren & David

Soi 6 Pattaya

The Queen Victoria hotel in Soi 6 serves very good food at a reasonable price.

Atlantic bar

Atlantic bar

Atlantic is another bar I have been visiting for many years.

Phil Avalon & Alan Kendall in Walking St.

Phil Avalon & Alan Kendall

One of the many seafood restaurants in Walking St.

Walking Street

Walking St Pattaya Thanks for visiting Thai beer bars & flesh eating fish  I’m guessing there must be 2000 Thai beer bars in Pattaya catering for your every desire. 🙂

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