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.


Playboy photo shoot 1998

Life in 1998 was very good

Playboy photo shoot Playboy photo shoot 1998 at my home in Upton St was just one of the highlights of another great year. This was the start of my love affair with Thailand, I started making multiple trips to this fascinating country. I had decided to take a year off work to focus on travel, little did I realise I would never go back to full time work ever again.

Please note, this is not part of my Travel Blog. It’s part of my personal history, check it out if you wish, also note this post contains nudity, so if you are bothered by naked humans please leave now.

Fishing for mud crabs

QLD mud crab One of Australia’s true delicacies are QLD mud crabs, here are two monsters I caught in a trap from my jetty at home.

My wonderful view

Playboy photo shoot I built my beautiful 330 square metre waterfront home in 1990, then in 2004 I foolishly added a 2nd story to increase the size to 502 M2.

Kelly and my yellow canary

Playboy photo shoot

My yellow Mercedes Sports was certainly a chick magnet as you can clearly see. 🙂

Beauty and the Beast

Playboy photo shoot My German fleet, ageing playboys like myself need all the toys to attract the fairer sex.

Sonia was attracted

Playboy photo shoot Sadly however she was attracted to the Porsche not me. 🙂


To borrow a phrase from George Bush

David Herd friends What a bunch of “evil doers”. John Hunjadi, Larry Krausz and Ross Kennedy.

Larry Krausz, Jack Delanty and Jim Bell aka Ho Ho.

Playboy photo shoot

These lads really loved a drink or 3. 🙂

Cathy was a waitress at Saks

Playboy photo shoot

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What a knockout she was, blonde and beautiful.

Claudia at Saks

Playboy photo shoot Claudia also worked at Saks which was our main drinking spot in 1998. I would travel there in my boat and park right outside the restaurant.

McIntosh Park Main Beach

Playboy photo shoot

Main Beach was a great location for restaurants and bars, now in 2016 I hear it has become a ghost town.

Felix at Main Beach.

Playboy photo shoot With Larry Krausz and Jim Bell, note my packet of cigarettes on the bar. Felix was one of the trendy bars owned by our friend Ross Kennedy. This location is now Shuck restaurant and bar, still trendy and rather expensive.

Susan and Yola with Tony Murphy

Playboy photo shoot Two nice Filipino girls with my old friend Tony Murphy.

Playboy photo shoot

Playboy photo shoot

A photographer I knew was looking for a location to take some glamour shots for Australian Playboy. Naturally I offered my beautiful waterfront home on the understanding I could hang around (with my camera) and watch action. The model was a gorgeous friendly blonde from Brisbane, I wish I could remember her name. 🙂

This is my favourite

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 This really is one of my all time favourite photos.

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Finally, here is Kathy from Main Beach

     Playboy photo shoot

Kathy never appeared in Playboy but she was often in the Gold Coast Bulletin “personal” column. 🙂

Kathy from the other side

One more  look

Both front and back is terrific.

Thanks for visiting my  1998 album

Playboy photo shoot

I’ll let Glenn Frey leave you with my message to all my friends.

                 Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok
Sydney Opera houseParis hotelGrand Palace Bangkok
             Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
TokyoCarla, what a girl. photo CopacabanabeachNov2003-128.jpgBuda Castle
             London                            Beijing                            Capetown
Kings road ChelseaDavid & the General photo DHandthegeneral.jpgDavid Herd Thailand
                                 Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
Pattaya webcam

  That’s all folks

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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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