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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Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Sunday brunch with friends, I have so many memories of great moments in the last 12 years at this wonderful restaurant. This photo blog features many of the long lunches dating back to 2007.

We are going to miss the fabulous food.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Alaskan crab & oysters from France have always been my favourite at the Mantra Sunday brunch. Having said that I must admit the quality has been going down slightly in the last 2 or 3 years. I apologize for this criticism just their standards were always so high I guess they were hard to maintain.

The seafood section.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya I would always ask to be seated near the seafood & sushi. 🙂

Final feast Mantra Pattaya, lets not forget the cold Sake. 🙂

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Included in the price of the buffet, so I would always take full advantage of this special. 

My friend from Sydney Roland Bonnici.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Roland loves dining out & the Mantra was his favourite Pattaya restaurant. This visit was a week before it closed on February 10 2019.

From the Chinese kitchen.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Pork Belly, roast pork & duck, delicious.

A favourite dish

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

From the Chinese wok the beef & onion creation just melts in your mouth.

Wonderful decor

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

The Mantra featured 7 different kitchens. 

Lets look at previous years, 2007 Trevor & Nui.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Trevor hails from Western Australia & spends lots of time in Pattaya.

This was 2008.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Nick Partridge from the Gold Coast & his lovely lady Sharron have been Mantra fans since the beginning.

 Big group in 2010

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

At the back is Trevor & his son Cameron + xxx, then myself, my brother Warren, Nok & Phil Avalon, & at the front we have Greg Johnston & Herbie Pastor.

Big birthday with lots of friends.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

No better place to celebrate than the Mantra.

Beautiful Benjamas Sitthi

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Ben now works at the Avani Hotel adjacent to Royal Gardens.

Before Ben there was Amy

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Amy really knew how to make you feel welcome. 

Another birthday in 2009.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

I remember this one very well, my great Phil Thomson from Australia bought his 21 yo son Michael to Pattaya as part of his introduction to life in the fast lane. 🙂

March 2012.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya  Another super Sunday.

February 2010

Final feast Mantra Pattaya On the left is my brother Warren & Bill Austin & Joan Baptiste from Wiltshire in England.

Xmas with Yaowaluck Bumrungthum aka Kartoon

Final feast Mantra Pattaya For Xmas day lunch the Mantra was always our choice.

How could we forget Pothole aka John Martin.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya We call him Pothole Bin Ladin the mouse of Markland. A flashback to Potholes birthday, aka John David Martin, at the Mantra in 2013 when love was sweet.

Allan & Vicki Chiswick from Sydney.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Laem Chabang Their cruise ship spent 24 hours at Laem Chabang so they hightailed to the Mantra. 🙂

Putting on the Ritz

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Finally here are some of the glamorous Mantra girls putting on the Ritz. 

Check out three previous Mantra photo blogs here. Number one,  

& link number 2, 

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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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