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.

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

July 2, 2017 by David Herd

Famous Restaurant district

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore is one of the cities best districts for food. Very popular after work meeting place for office workers, in fact this quaint little waterfront area is dwarfed by high rise office buildings.

Original buildings preserved

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

Boat Quay is the name of the road along the quay, which has been converted into a pedestrian mall. As early as 1822, Sir Stamford Raffles had already designated the area south of the river to be developed as a Chinese settlement. Boat Quay was completed in 1842 and the Chinese, mostly traders and laborers, settled there in large numbers. Conditions were squalid but Boat Quay flourished, rapidly exceeding in volume the trade on the north bank where the Europeans had their offices, houses and government buildings. WIKIPEDIA.

Established in the 19th century

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 Boat Quay is one of the early roads established in the 19th century when the Singapore River was the main port area of the colonial city. 

Expats meeting after golf.

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

A very popular meeting place for expats, here is a group of friends dining at an Italian restaurant at Boat Quay.

Chili crab is my favorite

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

These monster mud crabs are imported from Sri Lanka are are delicious.  Rather expensive of course like most things in Singapore, however you can haggle over the price at Boat Quay.

Alive & kicking

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

You certainly can’t get any fresher than this. 🙂

Victorian London Pub

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 

Victorian London Pub is one of the very popular pubs in Boat Quay where you can meet friends for pre dinner drinks.

A very colorful character

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 

This guys certainly brightens up the place. 🙂

Great view across the river

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

As the sun sets the city lights up.

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore location

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 

Certainly should go on your bucket list if you are visiting this great city.

Fullarton Hotel

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

One of Singapore’s many five star hotels opposite B oat Quay.

Farewell from Boat Quay.

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

Thanks for visiting my Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore photo blog.

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Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

June 6, 2017 by David Herd

Bruges is really worth a visit.

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets, in fact I knew very little of this great place until I saw the 2008 movie called “In Bruges” with Colin Farrell, then I knew I just had to visit, I had the same feeling about Versailles after seeing the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris,” so actually this European trip was planned around both those fascinating destinations. I was not disappointed the city is quite special, expensive but really special.  😆

Bruges waterfront homes.

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

Definitely a city that should be on your bucket list.

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

Belgium Chocolates, yum!

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

Now we all know how famous Belgium is for its chocolates however I am willing to bet you don’t always get a warm smile from a lady when you give her some of these.

Coffee in the sunshine

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

Here are my two English friends Bill Austin & Dave Catchpole not looking too happy, maybe it was something they ate.  🙄

In fact they were grumpy most of the trip which caused us to split up once we got back to Brighton on the south coast of England.

Outdoor Cafe in Bruges beautiful Belgium city

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

I have no hesitation in recommending this beautiful place for you to visit,  remember to book your hotel before arriving. Check the weather forecast as well, it is so much nicer walking around the village taking photos with a beautiful blue sky.

Thai Festival

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

What a coincidence, I’m living in Thailand & here when I visit Bruge there is a Thai festival happening. 🙂

Bruge Plaza

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

Interesting sculptures and fountains.

Waterside dining

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

A beautiful sky & French food by the water, what more could you want?

Nice restaurant

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

So many restaurants & such little time. 🙂

Wonderful terrine

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

Always on my list in Belgium or France.

Cruise the canals

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

One of the popular canal tours.

Or take a horse & buggy if you prefer

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

Personally I prefer to walk the city.

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

Lots of shops & restaurants to keep you busy.

The Park hotel is in a perfect location across the road from the above square.

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

There are many good restaurants and bars to choose from, however if I visit again it will be during the week as the weekends are so busy in summer most of the hotels are full. We paid 200 Euros for room at the Park Hotel with 4 single beds. For a good discount on rooms just book through THIS LINK.

Waterfront restaurant.

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

An interesting restaurant beside this wonderful tree.

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Catch fish from your window.

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

Picture postcard perfect in Bruges beautiful Belgium city.

Red wine & desert.

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

As you would expect there are many nice restaurants in Bruges.

Bruges beautiful Belgium city

Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets

Bruge was a wonderful experience.

Thanks for visiting my Bruges Medieval Buildings Cobblestone Streets photo blog.

                         

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Seven deadly Songkran days

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Thanks for visiting my blog on Bruges, and thanks to the movie “In Bruges” for inspiring me to visit this wonderful city. Please send the link to your friends http://fivestarvagabond.com/

 

Click here for my St Tropez post.

 
 

My fabulous world in 2014

 
 

Some Red light action in Bangkok

 
 

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Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6

May 12, 2017 by David Herd

Welcome to Sin City

Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6

Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6
Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6, it’s all here & only a short walk from my Condo, surprisingly I rarely go there. I find it too noisy & too many LadyBoys are there plying their trade. Sometimes however it is a lot of fun watching the madness with good friends and cold beer.

Pattaya beer music LadyBoys

Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6

I suppose there my be many people who would think this is a girl, but to any one living here it is obviously a man.

Soho bar Soi 6 

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The girls are waiting for a hansum man. 🙂


Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6

Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6

Reasonably quite during the daylight hours this famous street comes to life after dark.

Soi 6 is not known for top shelf babes

Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6

In fact in my opinion the majority are rather average. However this no way detracts from the fun & the non stop action in Pattaya’s most notorious Soi.

Three Aussies & one Norwegian

Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6

I can’t keep up with these wild lads.

  Soi 6 waiting for a handsome man.

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There will be one along soon. 🙂

Food vendors bringing lunch.

Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6

The street vendors looking to make a buck or two.

 Lovely elf on Soi 6

Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6

This is Nana from Bangkok the fiancée of one of my Aussie friends.

Photo shoot

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I can spot at least two LadyBoys here.

Very glamorous

Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6 

Dressed to kill. 🙂

Hamish & I watching the parade

Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6

Not many streets in Thailand as interesting as Soi 6.

Pattaya beer music in Soi 6

Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6

Probably Pattaya’s 2nd most famous Street after Walking St.

Pattaya Pattaya Song with Lyrics Love Pattaya Nightlife Thai Girls

 Thanks for visiting my Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6, it’s all here & only a short walk from my Condo, surprisingly I rarely go there. I find it too noisy & too many LadyBoys are there plying their trade. photo blog. For an excellent budget not far from Soi 6 just book through THIS LINK for a great rate.

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Here is a TripAdvisor review on one of the well known Soi 6 bars;

5 of 5 starsReviewed 9 October 2014
I have been here loads of times over the years , what impresses me the most is the owners desire to look after his guests , regardless of whether or not you are a regular here or it’s your first visit he does look after his guests . There i was drinking away , minding my own business and a huge platter of sandwiches were being passed around , on another occasion i was off on a trip to ban chang and before we left chris ( the owner ) passed a carrier bag with beers in it !!!!! . There are thousands of bars in Pattaya , but there are only a handful of bar owners who have grasped the concept of looking after your guests , you will visit once and then you will realise what i am saying is true ……. even better , he ‘s a good lad ……. cos he is from Yorkshire ……. well what are you waiting for …….. off ya pop !! . By the way you are wasting your time talking about football with him , he knows bugger all about it ……… he is a Leeds Utd fan
Visited March 2014
 

  Here is Soi Cowboy in Bangkok for more bright lights

 

Cheap places to eat in Pattaya

 

Check out Pattaya beach Road

 

Here is the famous LadyBoy show

 

Meanwhile just a few streets away,

 

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English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

June 16, 2016 by David Herd

Uttoxeter in Staffordshire

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais from England to France was our starting point for our road trip to Brugge and Versailles, which finished in Brighton on the south coast of England. I was travelling with two English friends Bill Austin & Dave Catchpole, & the reason our trip started in Uttoxeter was to visit my good friend Alan Austin (Bill’s brother) who was a guest of Her Majesty for a rather major indiscretion involving transportation of a certain white powder from Spain to England.

Overnight at Maidstone

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

We stayed in the Townhouse Hotel in Maidstone which was excellent and left early for Dover, little did I realise at the time that quite a bit of tension would build up between the 3 of us over the coming days. Bill & I had been on successful road trips in the past which went as smooth as silk, however adding Dave to this trip seemed to effect the dynamics resulting in an unfortunate parting of the ways in Brighton.

First glimpse of the white cliffs

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

We really didn’t explore Dover, instead we went straight to the ferry terminal.

Waiting in the queue

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

There were certainly a lot of vehicles making the crossing.

Lots of trucks carrying freight

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

The trucks go on the ferry first then the private vehicles.

Ferries are quite large.

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

Which is comforting given the weather conditions can be rather rough in the channel.

A little chilly on deck

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

Bill and I looking forward to leaving Dover.

Incoming Dover Calais Ferry

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

They seem to be rather frequent travelling both ways.

Farewell to the white cliffs.

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

I guess any time old guys like me talk about the white cliffs of Dover a particular song comes to mind.

Let’s hear it Vera.

The magnificent white cliffs

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

The cliffs look quite fantastic, only 22 miles to Calais.

For an excellent hotel room rate in Dover just use THIS LINK.

Dover Calais Ferry, about 2 hours.

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

Where are all the people?

Arriving in Calais

English Channel Ferry Dover Calais

With nobody to meet us but the seagulls, many thanks for visiting my English Channel Ferry Dover Calais photo blog.

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Holiday Inn

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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.

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

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New Years Eve Sydney 2012

June 4, 2016 by David Herd

January 1st 2013, please note, this is not part of my Travel Blog. It’s my personal history, check it out if you wish.

New Years Eve Sydney 2012 at Drummoyne

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

 New Years Eve Sydney 2012 from 72 Wrights Road Drummoyne where I lived for six years from 1979 to 1984. This is late afternoon and everybody is getting ready for the fireworks, there are two spectacular shows, one at 9 pm for the children (and me) and one of course at midnight.

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

The apartments you see are in St Georges Crescent where I also owned another 3 bedroom waterfront apartment at Brackley Gardens, this was for investment & rental purposes I never lived there. It is interesting to look at prices way back in the 70s, I purchased Brackley Gardens for $48,000 in 1977 then sold 5 years later for $98,000.

I sold Wrights road for a profit of $100,000 in 1986, I rate this in the top 3 mistakes I have ever made in my life.

Warwick Robinson

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

 I have known Warwick for about 35 years, a nice fellow with a great sense of humour. He and his lovely wife Ady have lived in Cherrybrook for many years. I like standing beside him, he makes me look thin. 🙂

Peter Hesky

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

I have known Peter for a similar amount of time as Warwick, we enjoyed many great time together in the 70s & 80s. He is a great host and organized some terrific dinners at his Freeway Hotel in Artarmon.

Peter & I both love Mud Crabs and have polished off many back in the days I lived at Drummoyne, I must say however the best I have ever had have been in Singapore, follow THIS LINK to see what I mean.

In fact here is an example

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

 These monsters are certainly not cheap, from memory this one set me back about $120. It’s from Sri Lanka and at 3.3 kilo the biggest I have ever eaten.

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

The 9 pm fireworks show at New Years Eve Sydney 2012 gets under way. I must confess I have seen so many fireworks displays over the years they have lost a little of their appeal for me. Certainly the best I have ever seen was in the 80s when I would anchor my boat in the Harbour beside the opera House and be in the middle of the action. Equally as exciting and maybe more so was Rio de Janeiro on NYE 2007 when 2 million people converged on Copacabana beach, just follow THIS LINK to see what I mean.

And the beat goes on

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

I have another confession I was in bed trying to get to sleep at 11 pm. 🙂

I was more impressed by the food

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

Our hosts Peter Hobbs and his lovely Thai girlfriend Pring put on a great spread.

And here she is 🙂

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

All I can say is Peter is punching way above his weight. 🙂

Peter & I the next morning on New Years Day.

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

 Wrights Road in these apartments was my home for 6 years from 1979, some of the best years of my life. In fact check out my 1982 photo blog and see for yourself.

72 Wrights Rd

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

The smaller block in the middle was my home, I was in unit 12 on the top floor, Peter is on the ground floor on the left. Talking about property values again, I purchased in 1979 for $65,000 then sold in 1985 for $165,000. I believe now in 2016 they sell for over a million.

Flashback to 1982

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

One of the greatest eras in my life was living in Drummoyne in the 80s, looking back it was a mistake to move to Newport with my new fiancée thinking I was ready to settle down. How wrong can a man be?

 Not too attractive from the street

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

However it was a great location to live with my white Mercedes Sports in the garage and my Bertram 25 moored right outside.

Robbie Bonnet

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

Robbie live here when I did in the 80s and he is still here now 35 years later. He owns a  Bob Jane T-Marts in Drummoyne however I believe it recently closed and he is moving to a new location.

Farewell to Wrights Road

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

The memories certainly came flooding back after spending New Years Eve Sydney 2012 at my old home in Drummoyne. It was great to catch up with lots of old friends, who say nostalgia is a thing of the past?

Talking about old friends

New Years Eve Sydney 2012

When I left Drummoyne on the morning of January 1st to drive to Port Macquarie I stopped in Dee Why for a coffee with another old friend Paul Slaughter.

Thanks for visiting my New Years Eve Sydney 2012 photo blog.

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Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

May 24, 2016 by David Herd

Lake St Moritz

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland was the first stop on my road trip from Pejo in the Italian alps Salzburg. This was certainly my best ever European trip which started in Lake Como then on to the French Riviera, a few days in the Cinque Terre  before heading for Milan,  Verona and Lake Garda.

I spent 10 days in a beautiful little French village north of Menton called Breil Sur Roya is known for trout fishing.

St Moritz Switzerland

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

A perfect summer day in St Moritz, check out some great hotel deals HERE.

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

 Any hotel name with Palace in it you can bet you will need your black Amex. 🙂 Just use THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

St Moritz

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

The streets were very quiet.

St Moritz in summer.

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

The whole city has an expensive feel about it.

St Moritz

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

Those mountains would be an amazing sight in the winter.

Here comes the snow

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

That’s the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel  with snow on the roof.

Fast asleep in St Moritz

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

Get a suntan on a beautiful summers day in St Moritz.

St Moritz

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

A family picnic by Lake St Moritz.

Picnic at Saint Moritz

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

Every January or early February, Polo matches are held on the lake.

Beautiful St Moritz

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

If you book a hotel using THIS LINK you will receive an excellent discounted rate.

I bet that water is cold

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

Even though it’s summer I’m sure that water would be freezing. 🙂

Breathtaking

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

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Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland, I must say farewell.

Beautiful St Moritz Switzerland

After a pleasant couple of hours in St Moritz I’m back on the road again heading for Germany.

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Sydney Gold Coast 2013

May 12, 2016 by David Herd

January 1st 2013, please note, Sydney Gold Coast 2013 is not part of my Travel Blog. It’s my personal history, check it out if you wish.

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Sydney Gold Coast 2013 was a trip I did starting from 72 Wrights Road Drummoyne on January 1st after spending a couple of weeks at my cousin’s home in Balgowlah. I spent News Years Eve with Peter Hobbs & friends, left early the next day to meet friends for coffee at Dee Why before calling in to see Sue at Newport. From there I drove to my brothers home in Port Macquarie and finally onto the Gold Coast before flying back home to Thailand.

Over a period of 3 or 4 years I was lucky enough to stay at Deb’s lovely home for which I’m forever grateful. Sadly in the end she kicked me out because I left the house unlocked for an hour when I went for coffee. Us aging geriatrics do become forgetful. 🙂

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With Peter Hobbs

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Wrights Road in these apartments was my home for 6 years from 1979, some of the best years of my life. In fact check out my 1982 photo blog and see for yourself.

Middle building, top floor, right side.

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Unit 12 was my home for six very happy years.

Home sweet home 1979 to 1985.

 Coffee at Dee Why, Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Old friend Paul Slaughter and I enjoying coffee before heading to Newport to see Sue Ellis.

Sue’s home in Crescent Ave Newport

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Tim Bristow’s lovely home in Newport, Tim passed away aged 72 about 10 years ago.  His long time (& long suffering) partner Sue still lives here.

I played tennis here many times in the 80s.

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Sue Ellis was and still is a terrific tennis player, we played many times and to my dismay I never won a single set. Sue just turned 60 this year and is ranked number 7 in the over 60 Tennis Seniors Australia Rankings in Womens Singles.

January 1st 2013

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

After many years I was happy to visit Sue, the home is still as picture perfect as when Big Tim used fuss around keeping everything neat & tidy.

Next stop Port Macquarie

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Breakfast with Chris Lockwood & my brother Warren.

Kerry, Lynn and Bryan

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Kerry, Lynn & Bryan, another one of the Herd brothers having dinner at the Great Wall of China restaurant in Port Macquarie.

Chris Lockwood aka Dr Evil.

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Chris is a close friend of my brother Warren, they regularly travel the world together.

 The Gold Coast

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Here I am with three good friends in Surfers Paradise. Craig Sulzberger aka Sudzi, Ross Kennedy & Greg “Noodles” Craig.

 Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Bob Martin & I have been friends for over 40 years. We had some great times together in Sydney in the 70s with our other great mate Peter Lewis. Here we are having coffee on Chevron Island.

Last but not least in Sydney Gold Coast 2013

Sydney Gold Coast 2013

My great mate Phil Thomson from Runaway Bay. Phil was to blame for getting me hooked on Japan, he and his wife Junko showed me the ropes in Tokyo in 2007.

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Marina Bay Sands Singapore

April 23, 2016 by David Herd

World’s most expensive building

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Singapore is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is the world’s most expensive building, at US$ 5.7 billion, including the cost of the prime land.

View from the Ritz Carlton

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands dominates much of the Singapore skyline, this view is from the front door of the Ritz Carlton.

Towards the end of construction

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

One of the world’s most amazing developments in Singapore Asia’s Lion City.

Wonderful photo of Marina Bay

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

My friend Hamish Elton took this from the 70th floor at Equinox restaurant in April 2016. Equinox is rated 48th out of 7,819 by TripAdvisor.

Spectacular at night

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

It’s difficult to decide what is more spectacular, night or day. The Equinox is on the 70th floor of the Swissotell The Stamford. Use this link to book a room and get a huge discount, you will probably pay around $215 usd.

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

The magnificent building is absolutely breathtaking.

Marina Bay Sands rooftop infinity pool, Singapore.

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Marina Bay Sands Singapore

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Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

March 4, 2016 by David Herd

This is not a travel blog just my personal photo collection

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia 

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

 Sydney 2011 farewell Australia is about my life changing event when on October 18 I left my home, friends, relatives and country to live in Thailand. I had two trips to Sydney in September & October and stayed with my cousin Debbie at her home in Balgowlah before jumping on a plane to Bangkok on October 18.

Dinner at Manly

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

I had many friends to farewell including Paul Slaughter and his lady Clode who was a flight attendant for Air Canada.

Richard aka 003 1/4

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

Richard & I have been friends since 1976 and had many great times together over the years. Obsessed with luxury cars and women on a scale far higher than I.

Richard’s latest jigger

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

From memory he also had a beautiful restored red E-Type jag at his Gold Coast home and a 911 turbo Porsche at his Sydney apartment. The Porsche he has owned since new in about 1977, it was fitted with some unusual modifications similar to some sort of secret agent. 🙂

1999

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

My home in 1999 and our two toys, Rick’s E-Type and my Mercedes Sports.

My brother Bryan

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

Lunch at Mosman with Bryan & Rick a couple of days before flying to Bangkok.

Old friend Peter Hesky

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

Another friend from 1976, (WOW! 40 bloody years) Sadly I don’t hear from Peter anymore, from what I’m told he has turned into quite a recluse and rarely ventures out of his home in Castle Cove.

Some well built lads here

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

Holly, Bolt & Al and not sure of the ladies name. We are at a very good Japanese restaurant opposite the Oaks Hotel.

Talking about the Oaks, here it is.

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

One of Australia’s great pubs, was my local for many years from 1977 to 1987.

My gorgeous niece’s

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

Drinks at my favourite pub with my favourite two girls, Elyssa & Laura.

Sydney Swans V Brisbane Lions.

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

Australian football aka AFL at the Sydney Cricket Ground, watching the game from Peter Hesky’s private box. 

Dinner with friends

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

Fortuna Court Chinese restaurant in Crows Nest has been a favourite restaurant for over 30 years, & I must say it has not changed one bit in that time. The guy I’m about to put to the sword is Warwick Robinson who I have known for over 30 years. He never did pay the ransom to me for not taking his life. 🙂

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

Leaving Australia was a huge decision, two major factors came into play when making the decision. First was purely financial, I had not worked since 1997 instead I travelled the world like a man possessed. Consequently I spent a huge amount of money in the process and I always knew it had to come to an end. My only regret was the timing of the Global Financial Crisis in 2007/8 which coincided with me needing to sell my home to pay off the huge mortgage created by my travels. My home took me 3 years to sell, had I have sold in 2006 I would have realized around $250K more than I finally got in 2011. Oh well them’s the breaks and I have no regrets because those years of travel were wonderful and irreplaceable.

The second reason for my decision to move to Thailand was triggered by the first. I found myself in a position where I could no longer live at the same level in Australia that I was accustomed to. However I could live to that level in Thailand which was only around 1/3 the cost of living in Australia.

It is now 2017 my 6th year living in Thailand and the move has turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. I plan to stay another 5 years before moving back to Australia to live out my final days. At the moment that’s the plan but plans can change. 🙂

Here is my view in Pattaya

Sydney 2011 farewell Australia

 

There are many people around the world who regularly criticize Pattaya, my message to them is simple, stay where you are because we don’t want you here.  Our stress free Pattaya life has no time to waste on the knockers and whiners, having said that thanks for visiting my Sydney 2011 farewell Australia photo blog.:)

           I’ll leave it to the late great Glenn Frey to explain how I feel right now.

     

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Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

January 27, 2016 by David Herd

On everybody’s bucket list

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok is known as the cities original red light district. These days it is more popular as a night market, however many pole dancing & beer bars are still there. These days Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy are more popular so called entertainment areas.

Shop to you drop at Patpong Road Bangkok

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

I notice many of the items here are so much cheaper if you shop at Chinatown.

Patpong Road Bangkok

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

It was a Tuesday night and very quiet, perhaps it was a little early for the crowds at Patpong Road Bangkok.

Nice corner bar

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

Most of the bars are in the next street which runs parallel to this one.

Larry finds some company

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

Sadly I felt I had to point out his companion was actually a LadyBoy.

 Say no more

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

I’m guessing this is not a pet shop where you can buy a kitten, but then again what would I know?

No photos please.

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

I think she may be a little shy. 🙂

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

Happy hours and happy endings are always available in Patpong Road.

Happy hour in Patpong 1993

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

Travelling from Europe to Australia in 1993 naturally I had to stopover in Bangkok for some R & R.


The Inn Saladaeng

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

A very nice little hotel a short walk to Patpong. You will get a very good rate if you book through this link.

The hotel is only a 10 minute walk to Cloud 47 one of Bangkok’s fabulous Sky Bars.

Bangkok burger company

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

Right next door to the hotel is this very good burger restaurant, good food and cold beer, but for some reason they don’t serve wine.

Wine Connection is the better option

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

A short train ride to Patpong and to will find the Wine Connection, an excellent restaurant.

Choose your wine

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

A very busy restaurant with a great selection of food and wine.

Street food stalls

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

Fresh vegetables Bangkok style.

Bangkok breakfast

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

There is no doubt Thai people have taken street food to an art form.

Sala Daeng skytrain station is about 200 meters from the main Patpong area. If you are travelling from Nana or Asoke on Sukhumvit you need to change trains at Siam station.

Fabulous street food

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

You can eat well here for around B50.

Lucky his friend is holding him

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

I guess he just finished a hard days work so it’s time for a little nap.

Goodbye from Cloud 47

Patpong Road red light district Bangkok

 

Thanks folks for visiting my Patpong Road red light district Bangkok photo blog.

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