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.

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Sexy-Soi Cowboy-Bangkok

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Soi Cowboy Bangkok

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground is in my opinion the best of the red light areas in this great city. Nana Plaza come in 2nd place with Patpong Rd a distance third. Located near Sukhumvit Road, between Sukhumvit Soi 21 (also called Soi Asoke) and Soi 23, within walking distance from the BTS Skytrain’s Asoke Station and the Bangkok Metro’s Sukhumvit Station. The Pullman Grand Sukhumvit Hotel is nearby.

The go-go bars follow the pattern common in Thailand, lots of alcohol is served hundreds of women in bikinis dance on a stage topless or even nude.

Country Road

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

The soi was given its name by longtime nightlife columnist Bernard Trink, after the late T. G. “Cowboy” Edwards, a retired American airman who opened one of the first bars there in 1977. A tall African-American, Edwards got his nickname because he often wore a cowboy hat.

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground Spice Girls

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground 

When Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was elected in 2001, his government instituted a “social order” campaign. As part of this, all bars, nightclubs and restaurants had to close by 2am, later changed to 1am for all areas not officially designated as “entertainment zones”. (Unlike Patpong, Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza were not so designated). A mandatory midnight closing time was even discussed.

Over the years this policy has eased, and as of 2012, some Soi Cowboy bars stay open as late as 2:30am.

And here are the Spice girls

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Soi Cowboy Bangkok is more expensive than Nana Plaza, it is also more spectacular, a Jack soda is 180 Baht, when you buy a girl a drink it costs 220 baht. These clubs love to rob you, so Roland & I tipped the girls 100 Baht cash instead of giving it to the club. Out of the 220 Baht for a ladies drink the girls get 50 Baht and the club keeps 170.

David Herd and Roland Bonnici

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Here I am with my friend Roland who is a Sydney Barrister specializing in criminal law. He has more energy and staying power than I do so I now call in the Bangkok Energiser Bunny. 🙂

Lovely face at Soi Cowboy

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

A sweet girl who Roland bought a few drinks for, he charges $300 an hour to represent the Sydney criminals so $8 a lady drink is small change. 🙂 She of course spun him the usual line saying ” I have only been here for one month after leaving my home in the country. Roland being such a nice guy believed her, naturally I got into his ear to quickly explain that 80% of the girls use this tried & true  line of B…sh…t. 🙂

Move baby move

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

She could really move, should have taken a movie.

More Spice girls

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

The girls are patiently waiting for customers.

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Soi Cowboy Bangkok is really a lot of fun, some of the bars have rock bands playing far too loud for my liking, however most geriatrics like myself usually prefer the volume to be low enough to be able to communicate this those around you.

Hellooooo baby, where you go?

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

You will probably hear this question 30 times a night if not more. 🙂

Back to Country Road

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Bright lights & gorgeous girls.

John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads (with lyrics)

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

But looking at them just gives me the blues. I can handle this bright noisy scene about two times a year, usually when friends come to town and want to see the sights.

It really is deja vu for me

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

I guess I have just been hitting the night spots in too many cities for too many years. These days I enjoy myself more in a good restaurant with nice people and soft music in the background. One thing is certain in Bangkok there is no shortage of terrific restaurants, and anything else you want for that matter.

Here is a link to some Bangkok restaurants

Another link to the surrounding area


Roland loved Soi Cowboy
Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Just check out the look on his face to see how much he loves this wild Soi Cowboy Bangkok scene.  

When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.


The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.


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That’s all folks

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A flashback to 2005 when I was visiting Thailand every chance I had.


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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.


  1. Nice post David! I agree with everything you wrote about that part of town, e.g., a bit too noisy for me too, girls are wonderful, and the drinks are “highway robbery.”

    By the by, say hi to Roland for me . . . Laying low this evening, as I spent yesterday sight seeing at the Grand Palace and Jim Thompson’s house/museum (nice cool weather, especially for Farangs. Ha!) . . . Take care, Steve 🙂

  2. Hi David
    Fantastic photos of my favourite soi in BKK, glad you enjoy it!