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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Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Happy hour happy street

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

 Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok was a street I had known about for such a long time but had never ventured there until now. It seemed every Bangkok restaurant review would recommend an establishment in this area & now I can understand why. 

El Guacho

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

I am a great fan of the Wine Connection chain of restaurants & Google told me there was one at 208 Thong Lo 8 Alley so my brother & I caught the Sky train to Thonglo station & walked for 20 minutes or so looking for the restaurant. What we in fact found at the address was El Gaucho, so I’m assuming either Google got it wrong or the information was simply out of date. 🙂

Here is what Googled showed.

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Wine Connection has morphed into El Gaucho.  

So many restaurants & so little time.

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

I have decided on my next visit to Bangkok I will tear myself away from my beloved Soi 11 & stay in Thonglor. 

Grand Centrepoint Hotel in Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Right in the heart of Thonglor, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Sukhumvit 55 or Soi Thong Lo, is well known for its classy bars, boutique shops, fashionable clubs plus lots of hip restaurants. Its also acknowledged as the Siam Square of Bangkoks East side.

Absolute luxury

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

These beautiful rooms are 40 M2.

Lots of Japanese restaurants

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

I was amazed by the number of Japanese restaurants in Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok, they were everywhere. 

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok, The Dock

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

I am looking forward to having dinner at The Dock, they specialise in seafood & the menu looks excellent. Being an Aussie I love Sydney Rock Oysters as well as those big juicy ones from Tasmania. Kumamoto featured, I was there last October, & Brittany on the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean, has over 2800 km of coastline, it provides nearly 60,000 tons of oysters each year, almost 50% of the total French oyster production.

 This Soi 55 building caught my eye.

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Prior to moving to Thailand from Australia in 2011 I lived on the Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise. On the beach there is a building called Focus which is the twin of this Soi 55 round building. 🙂

Focus in Surfers Paradise

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Compare the twins. 🙂

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The fabulous Commons at Thonglor

TSukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

 There is a lot to like about Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct.

Liquor outlet at The Commons

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

 They have covered most of the bases here. 🙂


 Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

The Commons is the jewel in the crown in this upmarket area of Bangkok.

One One Hotel Soi 55

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Another good hotel on Soi 55, about B1600 pn if you book trough THIS LINK.

Thanks for visiting my Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok photo blog.

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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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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