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.

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Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River

State Tower at Silom

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River is a great way to explore this magnificent city. There are many different boats to take you to all the interesting places. Large & small ferries, long-tail boats and dinner cruises. The photo above shows one of the many wharves where you can board the boats.

Long-tail boat

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The long-tail boat, known as Ruea Hang Yao is a type of watercraft native to Southeast Asia, which uses a common automotive engine as a readily available and maintainable power-plant. A craft designed to carry passengers on a river may include a lightweight long canoe hull, up to 30 meters, and a canopy. There is much variation among these boats, some have evolved from traditional craft types, while others have a more improvised look—the sole defining characteristic is a secondhand car or truck engine.

Huge truck engine

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Advantages to the inboard engine with a long drive-shaft include keeping the engine relatively dry. Following the basic design pattern allows a variety of engines to be attached to a variety of different kinds of hulls. This flexibility simplifies construction and maintenance while sacrificing the efficiency and comfort that might be expected of a typical mass-produced product.

Cooling to the engine is provided by a shaped metal pipe strewn underneath the rear running board which is used as a rudimentary heat-exchanger. This is then coupled to the engine using rubber or plastic hoses. Clean water is then used as the coolant.

Control is achieved by moving the engine with a lever stick attached to the inboard side. Ignition and throttle controls provide simple means to control this simple craft. Larger boats may include more than one “tail,” with several operators piloting in tandem.

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River

How would you ever find a life-jacket if there was a problem with the ferry?

Here is another photo blog on the Chao Phraya river.


River City shopping mall on the Chao Phraya river

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When it was completed in 1984 the complex was awarded the Gold Medal for the “Best Commercial Complex” by the Association of Siamese Architects under the Royal Patronage of Thailand. The complex is an art and antique center that showcases Thai art and culture. On the third and fourth floors are over 100 art and antique shops with antiques such as Buddha images, gold ornaments, large blue and white vases, porcelains, silver boxes and betel nut sets, art deco clocks and sculptures, intricate wood carvings and other artwork also from China, Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Monthly auctions held at the River City auditorium on the fourth floor every first Saturday of each month are organised by the Riverside Auction House Ltd.

The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River

    The Sheraton joins river city with an elevated walkway.  

Long-tail boat at the Sheraton Pier.

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

 Not all buildings on Chao Phraya Bangkok’s major river are modern.

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River

    One of the many dilapidated buildings on the Chao Phraya river.   Here is my live webcam from my balcony overlooking Pattaya beach in Thailand.  

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River waterfront living

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River

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  Magnificent C.A.T. Telecom Building.

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CAT Telecom Tower, Bangruk, this building holds Largest Thailand’s Internet Exchange. The C.A.T. Communications building. Bangkok features some beautiful modern architecture, and the government budgets are usually high enough to afford it. CAT is the state-owned communications company, their real company name is CAT Telecom Public Company Limited. Why the name CAT? Because it used to be known as the Communications Authority of Thailand.

Centre Point Hotel

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River

Centre Point Hotel Silom is the white building, excellent 45 M2 rooms, for a discounted room rate just book through THIS LINK. 

State Tower

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River

  Sirocco Sky Bar is the world’s highest open-air bar on the 64th floor of the State Tower located on Silom Road, Bang Rak business district, Bangkok, Thailand, the second tallest building in Thailand. 

Centre Point Hotel Silom

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River 

Centre Point Hotel Silom is the white building close to the State Tower, excellent 45 M2 rooms, for a discounted room rate just book through THIS LINK. 

Wat Arun.

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River

Wat Arun, “Temple of Dawn” is a Buddhist temple  in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok.  

What could possibly go wrong?

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Who said you need to pay attention on the 

Waiting for the lock to fill.

Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River

Here I am in a long-tail boat with two English friends. Thanks for checking out my blog Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River, if you need to book a hotel in Bangkok there is no better site than AGODA.  Four English friends came to Bangkok January 2013 and had a wonderful holiday.

Not everybody is happy on the river

 Chao Phraya Iconic Bangkok River

A Vietnamese cargo ship ploughed into riverside houses along the Chao Phraya River in Phra Pradaeng district yesterday April 5t 2017, damaging three homes.

Residents fled to the streets in panic as the cargo ship loomed over them. Three houses were damaged, one badly, but nobody was injured.

iCheck Inn Soi 11

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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.


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Pattaya live webcam
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Pattaya Hilton a great location


Wonderful Bangkok shopping mall



Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets.

I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington.

Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for “long term relationships” so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand.

What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :)

I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit.

Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ????

Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia.

Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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