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 Life Friends Family 2018

Life is very good in Thailand

 Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018, this is a photo record of the first six months of the year. You will see a lot of food photos here, visiting restaurants is a huge part of my life, which results in 114 kilos when I step on the scales. 🙂

That’s Pothole aka John Martin, with his 2 squabblers Tiger & Tyrone, on the right is my brother Warren.

 The fruit lady

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Her stall is right beside my condo & the fresh fruit is terrific.

Fresh Mango

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018B60 or $3.00 AUD.

Low tide at Pattaya beach.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018From April on the tides are very low for a few months.

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Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 The beach restoration project started early February and work goes on 12 hours or more each day. The photo was taken on April 3.

High fashion

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Generally when you think of state of the art fashion, Paris & Milan come to mind, however Pattaya is now throwing down a challenge, particularly in cutting edge beach haute couture as you can clearly see. For more exciting examples just follow THIS LINK.

 Salmon caviar

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 My regular choice when I dine at Genki in Soi 4.

My new webcam

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Hosted by EarthCam in New Jersey, in the first 30 days they received 150,000 visits. Check out Pattaya Beach 24/7 through THIS LINK.

After 90 days there have been over 500,000 visits which is a great result for Pattaya tourism.

Aussies & Germans meet in Bangkok

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018My brother Warren & his family met up with Bjorn’s family in Thailand. Bjorn passed away after a long battle with cancer, he was the partner of my nephew Michael.

Warren & Elyssa in Bangkok

Dinner with Warren & Elyssa (3) - CopyWe had drinks & dinner at Wine Connection at CentralWorld.

 Nana Plaza Bangkok

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Big Changes at Nana Plaza are taking place right now in March 2018. A huge roof is being built over the Plaza & the bars in the centre are being built again.

New roof at Nana Plaza

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018The downside may be no breeze on hot Bangkok evenings. Photo credit Daniel Freedman.

 So many restaurants in Bangkok.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Whales Belly is an interesting place to try next time you visit the Big Mango.

Terminal 21 in Pattaya

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Completion is scheduled for October 2018, the high rise section is Centre Point Hotel.

Making progress on April 26

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Such an exciting addition to North Pattaya, only 10 minutes walk from where I live.

Stefan from Atlantic Bar

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018With his gorgeous gran-daughter Mimi. 

Thai food in Soi 3 diagonally opposite Seven 11. 

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Very good value here, only B60 or $3.00 AUD. A typical night out for me is 2 or 3 red wines B100 ($4.00 AUD) each at Atlantic Bar followed by the above dish then a one hour foot massage on the way home for B250 or $12.00 AUD.

 Another hotel in Soi 1

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Building never stops in Pattaya.

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Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018We want some busses but they all must be yellow.

Big storm at Holiday Inn

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

I was trapped there for 20 minutes before making a dash for it.

Here is the result 🙂

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

A little bit life a drowned rat. 🙂

 One of my favourite sights

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018A tropical storm rolling in over Pattaya Bay on April 27.

Another favourite sight

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Pattaya sunsets are as good as anywhere else in the world.

Happy faces

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 These kids are going to the Teddy Bear museum.

Maurice Parfitt from Canberra

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Drinks at the Atlantic Bar.

Healthy lunch at the Bistro in Soi 13/1

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018This may well be my favourite restaurant.

Seafood buffet at the Holiday Inn.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Plenty of fresh seafood on offer for B899.


Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Certainly one of Pattaya’s best Japanese restaurants.

Sky bar perhaps?

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Terminal 21 on May 15 2018, looks like a sky bar to me.

A perfect Pattaya morning

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018On my morning walk at 8 am.

I love mango smoothies. 🙂

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Fabulous mangoes in Thailand.

Beach restoration is full steam ahead.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 This was May 17, they are working like beavers.

Amari, Holiday In & Markland.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 I have lived in Markland since I arrived in Thailand October 20th 2011.

I often enjoy a fresh prawn sandwich.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Sadly the prawns are not quite as good as those in Australia.\

The boys from Oz.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Or more likely the geriatrics from “down under”, we are watching Australia play France in the soccer world cup.  El Wappo, my brother Warren, Dr Evil, Chris Lockwood & the Sister, Ray Ebzery.

The boys are dining at Soho Town.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Both are well known “Cheap Charlies” & they love the value at Soho Town in 2nd Rd.

Don’t be mistaken, it’s not Pattaya’s new airport……..

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 It’s the magnificent Terminal 21 shopping mall & Centrepoint Hotel.

Patrick’s Steakhouse

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 With Hamish & Warren enjoying dinner at the new Patrick’s which has just had a major renovation.

Lamb shank to die for.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Cooked French style & as good as we have ever tasted.

Coffee & cake at the Holiday Inn

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 June 26 with Warren & Chris.

Japan trip May 18 to June 7.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Dining at Sushizanmai with my friend Clai. I visited Tokyo, Sendai, Sapporo, Nagoya, Kyoto, & Hikone.

Thanks for visiting my Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 photo blog.

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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