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 storm water pipe

In comes the storm

Pattaya storm water pipe

 Pattaya storm water pipe is planned to be the solution to Beach Road flooding after every storm. The problem is they need to replicate what they are building opposite Soi 6 in at least 4 other locations.

So the problem begins as you see above when the storm rolls in.

Beach Road floods

Pattaya storm water pipe

When the storm hits within a matter of minutes Beach Road disappears.

The footpath disappears as well

Pattaya storm water pipe


The volume of water is too much for any drain of gutter to handle.

 The solution stage one

Pattaya storm water pipe

This was how it all started by digging up the footpath opposite Soi 6. Naturally at this stage we had no idea what was happening.

The channel

Pattaya storm water pipe

We still were not sure what the plan was.


Pattaya storm water pipe

The work was progressing 4/7.

Lots of equipment in play

Pattaya storm water pipe

It must be costing a fortune with all this equipment in play.

Opposite Soi 6

 Pattaya storm water pipe

Those buildings you can see are on the corner of Soi 6.

To add to their problems

Pattaya storm water pipe

 A storm arrived and wrecked part of the footpath and work site.

Sandbags to keep the water out

Pattaya storm water pipe

On the right you can see the damaged footpath, meanwhile lets hope the sandbags are effective.

The pump station

Pattaya storm water pipe

I’m guessing this will be where the pump will be located.

Pattaya storm water pipe

Pattaya storm water pipe

As you can clearly see it is a frenzy of activity.


Pattaya storm water pipe

Not everything goes to plan here in Thailand.

Houston we have a problem

Pattaya storm water pipe


I have a feeling the boss is not going to be happy.

 It’s not a pipedream

Pattaya storm water pipe

After 4 months of continuous work the first length of pipe is installed.

Then  mid November a large barge arrives

Pattaya storm water pipe

Getting ready for the 2nd length of pipe.

 Here comes the pipe.

Pattaya storm water pipe


Three pipes of this length were joined together.

Para-sailors in the background.

Pattaya storm water pipe

Life goes on as usual in Pattaya, the para-sailors are here every day.

A short video

Thanks for visiting my Pattaya storm water pipe photo blog, I will post more as it happens.

Here is a quote from The Pattaya Mail. a local newspaper on June 17 2016. “In the past year, Pattaya spent 170 million baht to install three huge drainage pipes at the Dusit Curve, Soi 6, and near Walking Street. But even short rainstorms since their completion have shown the pricey pipes are unable to solve Beach Road’s chronic flooding problem.”

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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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