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.

Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time

November 2, 2018 by David Herd

Three days dining October 2018

Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time

Eleven thousand restaurants

Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time, dining in Bangkok can be rather confusing, because there are just so many good places to eat. Having said that, I must point out that even after living in Thailand for seven years 90% of my diet is western style food.

The Hass Bistro

Eleven thousand restaurants Avocados are one of my favourite things to eat & drink in a smoothie. This simple little cafe is in Klang Avenue which runs off Sukhumvit midway between Thong lo & Phrom Phong BTS stations.

Lets take a closer look.

Eleven thousand restaurants Chicken, cheese & tomato between 2 halves of avocado.

Yuna Japanese Restaurant and Bar

Eleven thousand restaurants  Located near the Grand Swiss hotel in soi 11/1 Nana. Food & service are good with  a rather authentic Japanese atmosphere.

Eleven thousand restaurants such little time but I’m really trying. 🙂

Eleven thousand restaurants The food above + a glass of house wine was total of B920 or $38 Aud or $28 USD. I’m still on my avocado push, notice the tasty serve above with creme cheese. 🙂

Oh no! Not more avocado. 🙂

Eleven thousand restaurants

Of course there is always more when you are addicted to this wonderful fruit. Follow THIS LINK for the many benefits of avocado.

Want a closer look at this great breakfast?

Eleven thousand restaurants Presented by the Bangkok Baking Company at the JW Marriot on Sukhumvit.

Here is a YouTube video on the many benefits of avocado. Just follow THIS LINK.

El Mercado is El Magnifico.

Eleven thousand restaurants Much more than a grocery store & delicatessen. My photo blog for lots more information can be found on THIS LINK.

This is what I chose for lunch.

Eleven thousand restaurants Cultivated in Cancale, in the beautiful Bay of Mont St Michel, Brittany region of France, The Special de Cancale this a slightly acidic oyster loved for its taste of iodine, its firm flesh, light nutty flavor.

Book your Bangkok hotel through THIS LINK for a great discount, plus you can pay later & cancel free of charge if you wish.

For over 20 years I have been enjoying Oxtail stew at the Busstop in Soi 4 Nana.

Eleven thousand restaurants We used to get double the size for 1/2 the price, oh well I guess that’s just inflation. 🙂

This was the size in 2016.

Soi 4 Bus Stop (3) As you can clearly see the size is shrinking.

Pirate Chambre 

Eleven thousand restaurants It’s a little hard to find the restaurant’s entrance located on the 3rd floor of the Maneeya Centre building, which directly links to BTS Chit Lom at the Siam end.  The slow cooked lamb shank is absolutely delicious, more photos on THIS LINK.

Lets not forget Wine Connection.

Eleven thousand restaurants Spanish style Gambas is my favourite dish at Wine Connection only B210.

Finally farewell from Starbucks at EmQuartier 

Eleven thousand restaurants I’m at one of their outlets nearly every day. Thanks for visiting my Eleven thousand restaurants photo blog.

 Istanbul                                 Budapest                        London

Fascinating Istanbul Asia Meets Europe  Hungarian Parliament Building (2)  The Walkie Talkie (5)   

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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Ho Chi Minh City South Vietnam  Main Square (3)  Vung Tau statue (6) 

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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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Bangkok Hustle Nana Seven slash one

November 1, 2018 by David Herd

Small alley beside Nana station

Bangkok Hustle Nana Seven slash one

Bangkok Hustle Nana Bangkok Hustle Nana Seven slash one may sound a little confusing, however let me explain this title. Soi 7/1 is a small alley off Sukhumvit Road adjacent to Nana station. I sometimes stay at a very good budget hotel called iCheck Inn Nana, which is at the end of the street about 200 meters from Sukhumvit Road.

Walking that 200 meters is where the hustle comes into play, you have to pass quite a few massage parlours where the girls & ladyboys are quite relentless in their efforts to lure you inside with the promise of all sorts of graphic exotic experiences. I’ll leave the description of these promises up to your imagination. 🙂

The corner of Soi 7/1 & Sukhumvit Road

Bangkok Hustle Nana That’s Nana station on the upper left of the photo.

One of the popular Thai restaurants in this Soi.

Bangkok Hustle Nana There are 3 or 4 restaurants plus a few small hotels & 6 0r 7 massage parlours.

They call themselves the Bangkok Beer Cafe. 🙂

Bangkok Hustle Nana Just across the road from my hotel, the iCheck Inn Nana.

The pickled Liver traditional British Pub

Bangkok Hustle Nana Located at the end of the Soi on the right hand side.

iCheck Inn Nana

Bangkok Hustle Nana A very good budget hotel with nice rooms & fast internet. Book through THIS LINK for a discounted room rate.

Looking at Soi 11 from my hotel room, see more on this link.

Bangkok Hustle Nana Looking at the Ambassador Hotel in Soi 11. The block of land in the foreground was where Cheap Charlies & several shops & restaurants were located before being demolished in 2017. Once again book through THIS LINK for a discounted room rate with free cancellation & a pay later option. 

Anyone fancy a game of pool?

Bangkok Hustle Nana A nice looking bar next to my hotel. Thanks for visiting my Bangkok Hustle Nana Seven slash one photo blog. There are hundreds of secret little Sois in the Sukhumvit area, this has been the story of one of them. 🙂

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Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant

October 31, 2018 by David Herd

El Mercado El Maginifico

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant all rolled into one fabulous venue. El Mercardo as well as being an excellent restaurant pride themselves by including in their charming complex a premium fresh supermarket offering reasonable prices which is most certainly dedicated to food enthusiasts.

This courtyard is usually crowded.

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant I decided on a late lunch to miss the crowd, I’m told it is always better to book to avoid disappointment. Just phone 09 9078 3444.

The fabulous delicatessen

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant An amazing range of cold cuts, cheese etc at El Mercado.

I prefer to sit inside & gaze at the wonderful array of exotic products. 🙂

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant From now on every time I visit Bangkok this will be number one on my list of “must do” restaurants.

And on my left was the refrigerated  seafood section….

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant No wonder the TripAdvisor rating is #394 of 11,116 Restaurants in Bangkok. I find it hard to believe there are 393 better restaurants. 🙂

Seafood section

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant Being such a busy restaurant always means the food is fresh at this Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant . 🙂

Selection of cold cuts

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant On my list for next time, I was too busy today with the seafood.

Did I mention the seafood?

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant

The oysters from France were magnificent. 

This was one of the daily specials, I chose the number 4.

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant

Cultivated in Cancale, in the beautiful Bay of Mont St Michel, Brittany region of France, The Special de Cancale this a slightly acidic oyster loved for its taste of iodine, its firm flesh, light nutty flavor.

Lets not forget the desert. 🙂

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant I must admit I’m a sucker for Creme Brûlée. 

The wine room

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant Ideal for functions etc, however probably my only disappointment lining in Thailand are the wine prices. 

Lots of choices here

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant Perfect for a wine & cheese night.

Back to my favourite section.

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant A wonderful venue as you can clearly see.

The front entrance on the right & grocery shop on the left.

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant Thanks for visiting my Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant photo blog, put El Mercado on the very top of your bucket list. 

Delivery is faster than a speeding bullet. 🙂

Bangkok Market Grocery Restaurant Well maybe not quite that fast. 🙂

   Istanbul                                 Budapest                        London

Fascinating Istanbul Asia Meets EuropeHungarian Parliament Building (2)The Walkie Talkie (5)   

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Ho Chi Minh City South VietnamMain Square (3)Vung Tau statue (6)

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1g Duck

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.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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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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Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel

October 27, 2018 by David Herd

Family friendly hotel

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel is in an excellent location right behind the Holiday Inn halfway between Beach Road and 2nd Road. The onsite water park makes it perfect to entertain children, plus it’s only 300 metres to the beach.

A nice infinity pool on the 5th floor.

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel I’m guessing it would be rater peaceful here as all the children will be down below at the water park. 🙂

Only 5 minutes to Terminal 21 & Grande Centre Point Pattaya

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel This is a fabulous new shopping mall that opened October 19 2018. Follow THIS LINK for lots of photos of the mall.

Imagine how much the children would enjoy playing here.

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel A lot more fun than being at the beach. 🙂

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel The unique water park at Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel.

Restaurant on the 5th floor.

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel Located adjacent to the infinity pool, there is also a gym on this floor.

Seafood promotion.

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel Only 399 Baht or $12 USD, I found the mussels & crab a little dry for my taste, perhaps because it was BBQ’d. The squid, prawns & corn was excellent.

There was a climbing wall there in 2014.

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel Not to sure if it is still there or not?

This was taken in 2014 when it was being built.

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel Notice above the building is where Terminal 21 & Grande Centre Point Pattaya now sits.

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel is spectacular at night

Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Hotel Thanks for visiting my   photo blog. To get an excellent discounted room rate including a free cancellation option just book through THIS LINK.

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Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand

October 26, 2018 by David Herd

Amazing all wood religious structure.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand was initiated by a Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphant in 1981, and is scheduled to be completed in 2050. The sanctuary is an all-wood building filled with sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. Credit to Wikipedia.

The actual name is Sanctuary of Truth, however search engines such as Google etc don’t like “stop words” such as of or the, these have an adverse effect on how they rate a blog.

Buy a ticket at the gate for B500 or $16 USD.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Probably a little overpriced however it’s the only building of it’s type in the world s I guess we should pay a premium. 🙂

Steep stairs take you down to the Sanctuary.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Going down is fine though I was a little out of breath climbing back to the top. Then again it was a piece of cake when you compare it to the 811 steps I faced in Vung Tao South Vietnam a couple of years ago visiting the statue of Christ. Follow THIS LINK for the full story.

It’s a fair hike to get to the Sanctuary,

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Lots of friendly staff on the way down to make sure you don’t wander off in the wrong direction.

Elephant rides are available here.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Certainly one of my pet hates seeing these magnificent animals chained up in captivity to entertain humans.

And here we are……

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand The closer you get the more amazing it is. 

The northern wing

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Remember folks it is totally made of wood.

Lets take a closer look at the carvings.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Absolutely fascinating.

The front entrance

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand This is actually used for the exit, to enter the building you must go around to the back.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand which is really called the Sanctuary of Truth.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Imagine the thousands of hours it must take just to complete a small section.

A surprise around every corner.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand This is really a photographers paradise.

Lets go inside

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Inside is just as spectacular as the outside of the building.

Lots of nice images of the late King

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand There really is so much to take in, you need to take your time soaking up the atmosphere.

King Bhumibol the Great was the ninth monarch of Thailand 

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand died at the age of 88 on 13 October 2016, after a long illness. 

Part of the roof in the main section of the building

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand No matter where you look there is something to photograph.

The old & the new

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Modern condo buildings are close by.

The God of Earth

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand How many carved wooden figures would there be in this one small section.

There are workmen everywhere.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand There must be close to 100 people working on this project, in fact all visitors must wear a helmet to protect against accidents.

Here are some pretty ladies.

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Notice they all look rather similar.

Look out any window & there is a photo opportunity.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Rated by TripAdvisor #2 of 89 things to do in Pattaya.

A section of the roof

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya ThailandClearly you can see this is a must do attraction when visiting Pattaya.

Lets take a ride.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Looks a little like the wild west. 🙂

Here is something a little different.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand A gorgeous golden statue nestled in the garden.

There is also a small zoo to visit.

Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand Many thanks for visiting my Truth Sanctuary Pattaya Thailand  photo blog.

A-One hotel on Beach Road

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Bars Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Thailand

October 25, 2018 by David Herd

Pattaya’s last frontier

Bars Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Thailand

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Bars Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Thailand, you will find them all in Soi 6 Pattaya, which runs 400 meters from Beach Road to 2nd Road.

Soho bar Soi 6 

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

The girls are waiting for a hansum man. 🙂


Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

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

Soi 6 is not known for top shelf babes

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

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.

Photo shoot

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I can spot at least two LadyBoys here.

Very glamorous

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Dressed to kill. 🙂

Hamish & I watching the parade

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

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.

Anyone for a fruit smoothie?

Soi 6 Pattaya

As you can see Soi 6 is not all about booze & babes. 🙂

Kelaya 66 is a new bar.

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand It’s October 2018 & I’m not sure what Kelaya is like but I’ll let you know after I visit.

Sandman is owned by an Aussie guy, Larry Peebles..

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

A nice friendly bar that shows both AFL & NRL. They also have good food including the terrific Aussie burger for B250 or $10.80 AUD.

Aussie Burger was delicious.

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand Sandman also have good food including this terrific Aussie burger for B250 or $10.80 AUD.

It is what it is…..

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Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand Soi 6 leaves nothing to the imagination. 🙂

Scooters bar opened 2016

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

A very good addition to Soi 6, a little more upmarket than many others.

Shopping for a new dress

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

Only 100 Baht each.

The dude in Soi 6

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

Is that cool hand Luke?

Saigon girl

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand 

Another pretty face in Soi 6.

 Todd, Matt,David and Hamish

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

Watching Wimbledon on one screen and the cricket on another.

Queen Victoria Inn

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

Good pub food at reasonable prices. Get a good room discount through THIS LINK.

Breakfast at the Queen Vic.

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

A very good English breakfast.

Standard message

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

I no work bar, I wait for you in village.  

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Beer Babes LadyBoys Pattaya Soi 6

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

Just use THIS LINK for a terrific rate at the Wave Hotel.

In case you want to do a pub crawl.

Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand

This map may help. 🙂

Pattaya Pattaya Song with Lyrics Love Pattaya Nightlife Thai Girls

 Thanks for visiting my Last Wild Frontier Pattaya Thailand, 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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Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya

October 22, 2018 by David Herd

Put iO on your list.

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya can be found at IO Italian Osteria, take the long escalator from gate 2 to the top & the restaurant is on the right hand side towards the other end of the building.

Sit inside or out, your choice.

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya My choice is inside but many people prefer to watch the passing parade.

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya Very interesting decor.

Mushroom Bruschetta

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya This dish was absolutely delicious, I can’t wait to go back and have more. 🙂

Garganelli, a braised lamb ragout

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya Very nice but not as good as the Bruschetta. 🙂

Nice open Kitchen

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya You can sit on the high stools, and I mean really high and watch watch the guys do their thing.

Be careful leaving the restaurant….

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall You may run into this dangerous looking warrior. 🙂

My friend Mark.

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya By shear coincidence my friend Mark Yagalla was dining in the outside area. Like myself he is thrilled with the whole concept of Terminal 21. Living at Naklua means it’s a very short distance for him to travel. 

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya

Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya Other branches are n Bangkok & Singapore. TripAdvisor rate the Bangkok branch #65 of 11,114 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Many thanks for visiting my Italian Food Terminal 21 Pattaya photo blog. To see how this fabulous mall was created from the start just follow THIS LINK.

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Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

October 20, 2018 by David Herd

A shop with the lot.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya is open 24 hours a day, & this branch is head & shoulders above all the others I have visited both here & Bangkok.

Smoked salmon, bring it on.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 PattayaSlap it on a bagel with cream cheese and sprinkle over some chopped chives.

You gotta love the deli. 🙂

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya I will definitely be buying lots of leg ham here.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya A huge selection of goods as you can clearly see.

A very good selection at a reasonable price.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Best supermarket across the road is going to feel the effect of Foodland.

The bakery

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Cakes, donuts, bread, croissants you name it.

Lets not forget our friendly butcher.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya As I said previously this branch is head & shoulders above all the others I have visited both here & Bangkok.

Not too sure what his job is.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Just entertaining the kids I guess. 🙂

Here is some bad news

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Very bad news, the cost of wine in Thailand is shocking, these 2 litre offerings are $30 AUD. Now in Australia you can buy an equivalent 4 litre cask for $12. That’s $3 a litre as opposed to $15 in Thailand. 

Perhaps I should buy some grapes & make my own wine.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Wait a minute I don’t have a bath tub where I can crush them.

This is a fair question. 🙂

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

I guess I’ll have to grin & bear it at $15 a litre.

Here is the Foodland restaurant.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya I’m a regular customer for breakfast at the branch at Royal Gardens, it’s a steel at 65 Baht or $2.80 AUD.

Open 24 hours a day

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya A huge advantage for me is the adjacent Starbucks, I have tea with my breakfast then move to Starbucks for my coffee. 🙂

Excellent quality & value.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya B65 is so cheap & the eggs are perfect. 🙂

OK, I have got to ly, my plane is waiting.

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Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall

October 19, 2018 by David Herd

There’s a new kid in town.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall opened its doors on October 19 2018. They welcomed a huge crowd which reminded me of the New Years day sales we used to have in Australia, but much noisier. 🙂 

They were waiting in line for several hours before the doors opened hoping to receive some prizes.

Gate 2 & the super long escalator.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall I can’t recall seeing a longer escalator than this one anywhere. Perhaps Kyoto train station & the London underground comes close.

It’s a long way to the top If you wanna rock ‘n’ roll.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall Thank you AC/DC. 🙂

Looks like we have arrived in Tokyo.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall Which just happens to be my favourite city.

Shakariki 432 is part of a large chain of restaurants in Thailand.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall There is another branch in 2nd Road Pattaya.

Is this a dancing ninja?

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall No, just a statue to brighten up our day.

So many restaurants & such little time. 🙂

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall

The choice is staggering at Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall.

Every floor is crowded & it’s only 11.30 am.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall Today is Friday October 19, I’m sure the weekend will be busier.

Time to sit down & watch the passing parade.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall This is one of many fascinating little nooks to take a break from the madness.

A great view of Wongamat from Terminal 21.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall Wongamat beach is much cleaner & quieter than Pattaya & there are some very good restaurants there. Surf & Turf is one of my favourites, find out more on THIS LINK. If you want a nice hotel THIS LINK will get you an excellent discount + you can pay later or use the free cancellation option.

Next stop is Italy

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall The famous leaning tower of Pisa. Here is Rosemary, George Clooney’s fabulous Auntie, singing a great Italian song. 🙂

Let’s take a closer look at the tower.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall

I have visited the leaning tower in Italy a couple of times over the years, it’s only a 9 Euro train ride from Florence, one of my favourite European cities . 

Lets visit Venice

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall Floating down the Grand Canal in Venice is an experience to remember.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall presents Italian osteria.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall The Bangkok branch is rated by TripAdvisor #60 of 11,104 Restaurants in BangkokI must say the food here was very good indeed, especially the mushroom bruschetta. Meanwhile Billy Joel can describe things better than I can. 🙂

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall where you can shop till you drop. 🙂

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping MallSo many great specialty shops here.

Lets not forget London

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall I love this city, I lived there for almost a year way back when I was just a lad. 🙂 Follow THIS LINK to see one of the most famous pubs in London.

Perhaps a trip to the movies.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall There is an credible amount of things to entertain you at Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall.

Mangos are my favourite fruit.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall A fresh mango or a mango smoothie, decisions decisions. 🙂

Baskin-Robbins is a great ice cream.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall This is my 2nd choice after Swensen’s. 🙂

For the sophisticated fashion trend setters.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall In Australia we call them thongs or flip-flops, in New Zealand they call them Jandals. Very popular in Pattaya which is fast becoming the cutting edge fashion center for beach haute couture as you can clearly see on THIS LINK.

Restaurants everywhere……

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall There are almost 90 food outlets here at Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall.

Amporn Seafood Buffet

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall They have a highly rated seafood buffet on 3rd Rd which TripAdvisor  Rank #285 of 1,239 Restaurants in Pattaya.

WOW! Here is a very healthy option.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall What a great display & lots of staff to look after you.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall certainly has a touch of Hollywood about it.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall In fact the whole experience here is quite mind blowing. 🙂

This one is certainly on my list.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall The trouble it is a very long list. 🙂

Long legs & a loud voice.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall The girls on the microphones look fabulous but sadly they tend to shriek far too loudly as soon as somebody gives them a mike. 🙂 🙂 You will also notice the shot is out of focus due to my shaking hand when I’m close to a gorgeous girl.

Surfers Paradise

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall As many people know Surfers Paradise was my home for 25 years, I’m pleased to see this shop open in Pattaya. 

How could I forget Paris?

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall I was there way back in 2005 as shown on THIS LINK.

The perfect way to get around the city.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall I think they stepped right out of the 50s. Check out this great song from Édith Piaf.

Foodland is fabulous.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall This is an amazing supermarket, there is so much to see, check it all out on THIS LINK.

Balloons for the children.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall Foodland made sure the kids each got their own balloon. 🙂

This little Miss reminds me of the Harajuku girls in Tokyo.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall I love her outfit, sorry it’s a little out of focus. 🙂 If you don’t know about the Harajuku girls just follow THIS LINK.

I could go on forever about this wonderful new shopping mall but enough of a good thing is enough.

Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall Thanks for visiting my Terminal 21 Pattaya Shopping Mall photo blog, time now for me to take off, lets hear it from the greatest singer of all time Frank Sinatra.

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Skechers American Performance Footwear

October 15, 2018 by David Herd

Most comfortable shoes I have ever worn.

Skechers American Performance Footwear 

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Skechers American Performance Footwear have been my number one choice since April 2015, since then I have purchased nine pairs and totally destroyed 3 of them. The outlet above opened at Central Marina in October 2018.

My first 3 pairs of Skechers.

Skechers Air (5) Within a matter of weeks I purchased another black pair simply because they were on special at a 50% discount, 2000 Baht or $60 AUD.

January 2017 & they now have exciting colours.

Skeckers (7) I love the colours & the different sole gives an improved cushion effect which really suits me.

The softer sole 

Skeckers (3) Not sure if it will last as long as my original models. 🙂

New compared to worn out soles.

Skeckers (2) You can see how different the old are to the new.

Worn out soles

Skechers American Performance Footwear I walk around 1,700 km per year, here is what happens to the soles. 🙂

October 2018

IMG_1430 I guess buying 3 pair may be a little over the top but the price was just too good to resist. 3,750 Baht or $160 AUD, this is normally the price of one pair.

Skechers American Performance Footwear 

IMG_1433 The top row are my new purchases & the bottom row my existing shoes.

And these are my favourite pair.

Skeckers (1) That’s why I was happy to buy another green pair that can stay in the box until these wear out. 🙂

The Central World Bangkok outlet.

Central World (8)There are many shops where you can buy Skechers American Performance Footwear.

My friend Hamish Elton.

Central World (6) Hamish quickly became a fan after trying on the shoes in Bangkok.

Skechers American Performance Footwear 

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