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.


Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

Town Hall Sydney

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst may not be as well known as other Sydney icons, however it’s the area where I like to stay when I visit Sydney. In fact this is not in any of those districts mentioned in the title, it is right in the city centre, Chinatown is 3 blocks further down George St.

Relax among the skyscrapers around Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

Walking from Town Hall to Chinatown nestled among the tall buildings are many places where people can relax & eat lunch.

China Republic World Square Sydney

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

  Upmarket Chinese restaurant in the World Square.  

View from the Laughing Buddha bar.

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

  I would sit in this bar at happy hour and watch the passing parade before wandering down to Chinatown for dinner.  

The Laughing Buddha.

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

  Friendly little bar next to Chinatown on the corner of Liverpool & George St Sydney.  

Corner Campbell & George St Sydney.

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

Capital Square Hotel is in this building and is very good value, rooms are quite good and there is a Starbucks downstairs where you can access free wifi. The hotel charges an outrageous amount for their wifi.

Pensione hotel in George St.

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

Pensione is another good value hotel with free wifi and a good bar on the ground floor. Rooms are rather small but the location is terrific, you walk out the back door and you are in Chinatown.

Railway Square in Sydney.

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

  George St beside Central Station.  

ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

The ANZAC War Memorial, completed in 1934, is the main commemorative military monument of Sydney, Australia. It was designed by C. Bruce Dellit, with the exterior adorned with monumental figural reliefs and sculptures by Rayner Hoff.   

Anzac War Memorial in Hyde Park

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

The memorial is located at the southern extremity of Hyde Park on the eastern edge of Sydney’s central business district, and it is the focus of commemoration ceremonies on Anzac Day, Armistice Day and other important occasions.  

Hyde Park Sydney

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

It certainly is a nice oasis in the heart of the city.

Hyde Park Sydney

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst 

 A beautiful park to relax an eat lunch in the middle of the city.

Stanley St Darlinghurst.

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

  There are many great little restaurants & pubs in Stanley St, and in fact all around Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst.

Bar Reggio Stanley St Darlinghurst.

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

This trendy bar restaurant has been a popular Sydney meeting place for many years.

Bar Reggio cnr Crown & Stanley St Darlinghurst.

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

  Bar Reggio is very popular and usually packed for lunch on Fridays.  

My friends at Bar Reggio

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

  Ken Shelly & Justine and on the right is Richard, aka Mr Stingy. Sydney was my last stop on my seven super cities tour in March 2014.  

The Herd clan at Dixon st Chinatown

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst

Sadly on January 5th 2016 we lost Michaels partner, our great Björn Lüders, we will miss him.

Chinatown duck

Chinatown Hyde Park Darlinghurst 

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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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