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.


Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet

Morning exercise

Pattaya Beach Road morning BalletPattaya Beach Road morning Ballet may be a slight exaggeration, however there is enough material along this stretch for a director to produce 10 ballets. Every morning I walk along Pattaya beach and marvel at the unusual sights, it surely is a page out of life’s rich tapestry.

I walk every day along the beach and take in the sights, have breakfast, read the Bangkok Post then walk back home.

 My condo Markland on Pattaya Beach Rd.

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet I live on the 17th floor of this condo on Pattaya Beach Rd with an incredible sea view. Bookmark my webcam link and check out Pattaya beach 24/7.

Babushkas at the beach

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet Sometimes you come across some glamorous beach babes, sadly these two don’t qualify in that category.

Does smoking keep your weight down?

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet Super models sometimes smoke to control their weight, clearly in this case it has not worked.

Some Russian eye candy

bikini Pattaya Beach Ok, that’s more like it. 🙂

Seagull sculpture on Beach Rd.

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet Strangely enough I have never seen a seagull on Pattaya Beach Rd, lots of pigeons but no seagulls.

Some shade at the beach

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet

April & May are the two hottest months in Thailand, it is also the time when tides are very low so the beach looks so much better with more sand showing.

Every morning they head for Koh Larn.

Pattaya Beach Many hundreds of tourists take the boats out to Koh Larn for a day at the beach, most of them return very sunburnt.

Three Amigos part of Pattaya Beach Road Ballet

  Three Amigos How cool are these guys?  

Balloon above Beach Rd

  Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet  Most morning I tale a 25 minute walk to see the latest Pattaya Beach Road Ballet.

Wot! No chairs or umbrellas?

  Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet   At last there are some sections of the beach without umbrellas, chairs or greedy unfriendly vendors. Not all of them are unfriendly but many are. There are still lots of umbrellas those people like me who don’t want to sit in the direct sun.  

Beach repairs after the storms  

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It’s a never ending job repairing the beach in the wet season.

Para sailing

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet Personally I would not do this because I don’t trust the Thai boat drivers, there are always a few people killed each year due to their incompetence.

Hi ho, hi ho, its off to work we go.

  Beach Rd Pattaya It really doesn’t matter they are travelling the wrong way in a one way street, after all this is Pattaya Beach Rd.

New shopping centre between Soi 5 & 6. 

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet It’s called the Bay & after many months only 2 tenants have moves in. Starbucks & McDonalds.

Magnificent tree

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet In front of The Bay shopping centre, photo taken February 2 2017.

  Make sure you check out the Beach Club at the Pulman Hotel

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet

One of the reasons I like the Beach club is………..

Pattaya is certainly a unique part of the world.

  Hats for Sale

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet


Every morning they sell to the Chinese tourists.

Morning exersise

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet

Stretching on Beach Road north Pattaya.

Traffic jam at 8 am August 22 2015

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet The busses are bringing Chinese tourists to the beach where they crawl aboard the waiting boats to go para-sailing & visit Koh Larn. Since the August 17 bombing in Bangkok and the Shanghai share-market plunge, now in September 2015 it seems the tourists numbers from China have fallen by up to 50%.   However now in 2016 they are back in force.

Boats to Koh Larn

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet

Every day of the year thousands of Chinese tourists head for the boats.

Selfie on Pattaya Beach

Pattaya Beach Road morning Ballet

A females favourite pastime, when too many selfies is never enough. 🙂

More exercise on Beach Rd

David Herd Thailand Good to see the lad and his father wearing crash helmets, riding on the footpath can be quite dangerous when selfish pedestrians think they have “right of way”. 🙂

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Pattaya low cost budget hotels

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $30 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

Jet Ski scammers

Jet ski scammers Along the Beach Road in Pattaya, often between Soi 10 and Soi 13/4 (entrance to Walking Street), Thai Jet Ski touts will approach the tourist. Most likely time to witness the scam unfolding would be between 5pm – 5:30pm as it is getting dark. Particularly outside Mike Shopping Mall, Royal Garden Plaza, and Soi 13/2 to Soi 13/4. The tourist is required to sign a contract with the Jet Ski operators before they board the Jet Ski and have their fun. Cost is around 700 baht ($20) for thirty minutes. When the tourist returns to the beach the Thai Jet Ski operator will board the Jet Ski and bring it up on to the beach. Here is where the scam starts, as they (theatrically and dramatically) point out the damage and demand that the tourist pay for it, typically ranging anywhere from 30,000 baht ($950) to 70,000 baht ($2,200), but it can be 100,000 baht ($3,180) and up. Of course this damage (deep scrapes on the underside of the Jet Ski, scratches to the paintwork, or a broken plastic bumper) has been there all the time. Often, if not most times, it is a group of tourists that are scammed. More people, more money.

If they use the version of the scam where the tourist boards the Jet Ski when it is already submerged in the water, thus hiding the damage that is already on the underside, the scammers don’t need to cover the damaged areas. The damage is revealed once they bring it on to the shore after the tourist has rented it. More government warnings etc here.  

Be careful, you have been warned.


Bangkok Post September 9th 2015

At the emergency meeting in August 2015, Pol. Maj. Piyapong was reported in local media saying that his office received numerous complaints from scam victims that first went to the Pattaya police station only to be ignored. The same press reports also showed that, as far back as 2011, Pattaya mayor Itthiphol Kunpleum said Pattaya’s police were part of the jet ski problem, with corrupt officers assisting scammers… I hope you can now understand what I mean when I call it Pattaya Beach Rd ballet. 🙂

Click here to see some of the funny sights in Pattaya.

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Here is Pattaya’s most famous street


Nice little back street beer bar


Don’t miss the lady-boy show in Pattaya


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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