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.


Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

Nana Plaza

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok


Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok is where I have been staying for 20 years. Lots of hotels bars & restaurants & close to the sky train. Plus of course the infamous Nana Plaza.

Quintessential Nana Plaza

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

To anybody who has been to Nana Plaza this photo captures the irony of the situation. 🙂

There is more than just the plaza

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

Right beside Nana station are some skyscrapers including the Landmark hotel.

Nana Skyline

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

The small brown building in the centre is the Dynasty Grande a hotel where I often stay.

This hotel is very good except for 2 things, no Australian TV channel which they used to have in previous years. Secondly I thought the food was very average indeed, especially the bread in my club sandwich was terrible. The rooms and facilities are excellent as are the staff, but the 2 things I mentioned let the hotel down.


Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

The rooms are compact and nicely laid out including a kitchen if you like to prepare some food. This is now my hotel of choice, plus Soi 11 is a great street for bars and restaurants.

Excellent pool & Gym at the Dynasty Grande

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok



Monsoon restaurant

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

    Located near the Dynasty in Soi 8 is one of my favourite restaurants, put it on your list.  

Great food

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

  Great food and wine at a reasonable price at Monsoon in Soi 8.  

Next to Nana station

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

  Another huge building going up beside Nana station.

Progress February 21

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

The 2 br condos are advertised starting at B26 million or just over $1 million AUD.

Mayhem in 2003

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

The photo above shows the exact spot where a group of criminals totally wrecked what was then called Clinton Plaza, dozens of vendors were put out of business because somebody decided they wanted to develop the site.  Now in 2015 the people responsible still have not been convicted.  

Breakfast at the Marriott

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

  Excellent Breakfast at the JW Marriott hotel on Sukhumvit.  

David Herd and Tony Murphy

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

  Enjoying another great breakfast at the Marriott.  

Terminal 21 Asoke

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

This shopping mall is located next door to Asoke station which is one stop away from Nana. There are lots of restaurants and bars in this area, in particular the famous Soi Cowboy.

Soi Cowboy

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

  The lights are much brighter and more interesting here than Nana Plaza, more expensive as well.  


A great tasting meal.

Oxtail stew Bus Stop Soi4 The bus stop in Soi 4 Nana serves one of my favourite meals, I have been eating their Oxtail stew for over 15 years.

February 2016. I had an unhappy experience at the Bust Stop in Soi 4 Nana in Bangkok 2 weeks ago. For many years I have been ordering the oxtail stew which is fantastic, lunch on the Thursday was excellent, then I returned for dinner on Friday night and they only served 2 pieces of oxtail instead of the normal 3. I complained as the price of B350 remained the same, well the chef was quite rude and unhelpful and refused to make it right, so I paid for my wine and left. After around 16 years of enjoying this great dish I guess it is time for a break, just saying………

Check out this link for more Bangkok restaurants.

Modern buildings & messy wiring

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

  Quintessential Bangkok, one one hand you have beautiful modern buildings and on the other hand 3rd world electricity wiring. 🙂  

Hooters has arrived

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

Opened in Soi 4 Nana on December 23rd 2015, sadly I believe it is destined to fail, wrong location, local “Cheap Charlies” will never pay extra for their drinks. They will sit opposite where the drinks are cheaper and the bar girls are available for extra activities.

I-Check Inn Soi 11

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok

Just a few meters from Nana station is this excellent small hotel tucked away is a lane off Soi 11. If you use this link you will get a room for around B1100.

The entrance to Nana Plaza, Hooters and the Hillary bar.

A lot of bull happening here

Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok


Thanks for visiting my Nana Sukhumvit area Bangkok post.

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Holiday Inn


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.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya


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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Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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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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