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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.

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

February 16, 2017 by David Herd

Happy hour happy street

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we in fact found at the address was El Gaucho, so I’m assuming either Google got it wrong or the information was simply out of date.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.

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok 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.

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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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.

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Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

January 28, 2017 by David Herd

North Pattaya 

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 photo blog covers the first 6 months of this year. No big travel plans except for visiting Australia in March & a couple of weekends in Bangkok.

This beautiful shot of North Pattaya includes the building where I live, just before the Holiday Inn.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from the 1st half of 2017.

Dave Elder & Hamish Elton

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Two friends & I ding at Signature Steak & Seafood, sadly due to the slow down in Pattaya they closed their on January 31st.

Excellent steak at Signature.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 I will be so sad to see this restaurant close.

 Jim’s Hamburgers

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

A great casual restaurant for craft beer & hamburgers. From the left we have Matt, Jonathon, Hamish, Davis & Wayne.

 Say no more, these are the best burgers in Pattaya.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 They come in two sizes. small at B195 or large around B300.

Cloud over Koh Larn

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017  Throughout my life I have lived in many places with a great view, however none come close to Pattaya bay.

And when you talk about sunsets

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 In my opinion the best I have ever seen are those from Markland my Pattaya condo.

Another special treat in Pattaya

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

Four or 5 times a week I enjoy reading my Kindle while having an hour foot massage for B260 including 30% tip.

Two Aussie mates from the Gold Coast.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Nick Partridge rarely smiles in a photo. big Steve Reade always does. 🙂

We lost a great character & friend on January 23.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Larry Krausz, a friend for around 30 years suffered a major stroke on October 28. After 2 months in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on life support he was transported to Australia by a hospital Leer jet, thanks to his Medibank travel insurance. After a further month his life support was removed & he passed away peacefully.

I wrote the following eulogy & posted it on his Facebook page.

Today we lost Lazzorghini, a one off Austrian designed party machine who thought too much over indulgence was never enough. Originally designed as a concept model it was soon discovered it was for too complex to ever be mass produced. 
 
Powered by a big heart & steered through life’s many hazards by a gentle soul. 
 
A  rather over-engineered unit that needed regular maintenance after many long happy journeys through smoked filled dens of iniquity that continually promoted sex, drugs & rock &roll.
 
Often sat idle for weeks on end during the repair process before exploding back on the group one circuit, where it would function non stop for days, providing of course that adequate lubrication was orally administered.
 
Adored by a huge number of fans, family & friends our special Lazzorghini will be sadly missed.
 
RIP little buddy.

Larry’s friends

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 We gathered at the Atlantic bar to raise a glass & remember out great friend, RIP.

Starbucks

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Here is one of the new Starbucks on Beach Rd near Soi 6, the other one is at Big C. I often have coffee & a ham & cheese croissant for breakfast.

Drinks at the Hilton Sky Bar.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 With friends Wayne Crocker & Hamish Elton.

One of my favourite photos.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Taken on February 10th 2017 from in front of Markland Condo in North Pattaya.

 The Atlantic Bar is my bar of choice.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 My favourite time is early in the evening before the crowd arrives.

My new Skechers

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 You can buy them at the Skechers shop in Central Festival for B4,500, ($128 USD) or do what I do, purchase online from Lazada for B2,100. ($60 USD). 🙂 

My favourite selfie 

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

An overcast Friday morning in Pattaya did not stop this princess from going to the beach to take 100 selfies.

Taken March 24 2017.

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It doesn’t get much better than this. 🙂

The other exciting event in March apart from the above was my 2 week trip to Australia which included a road trip from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

Big Viv Kennelly & team

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand I took them to Leckerle in Naklua Soi 33 & they loved it. 🙂

Next visitor was Paul Mooney

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Paul was on his way to Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh and Seoul.

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Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

January 10, 2017 by David Herd

Pattaya bar districts, Soi 7 & Soi 8

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand are everywhere in the city, many tourists who visit think Walking Street is the only entertainment area, however they couldn’t be more wrong. This post is designed to show you some other areas where you can find some good bars, from back street down & dirty beer bars to up market sky bars.

Soi 7 & Soi 8 run between Beach Rd & 2nd Rd, the photo shows the always busy Lucky Star bar on the Beach Rd corner of Soi 8. Always plenty of action in these two streets, lots of bars, restaurants & hotels.

Location Soi 6 to Soi 8

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Jump on a Baht bus at 2nd Rd for a 5 minute trip, cost B10.

Soi 6 Pattaya’s raunchiest street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Don’t be fooled this is quite a distance from Soi 6, & happens to have perhaps the worst reputation in the city, this alone makes a visit compulsory. 🙂

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A word of caution to first time visitors, there are quite a few LadyBoys working in this street. 🙂 

 
Billabong 2 & Atlantic Bar Corner of Soi 3 & 2nd Rd.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand These two bars just happen to have been my local drinking holes for the last 15 years. Billabong was the Cherry bar until  it was taken over in 2016, I don’t go there much now because of a particularly rude cashier who does not know how to treat regular customers properly. Consequently Atlantic Bar is collecting all my spare cash, the staff are much friendlier as well. 

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The Atlantic Bar opens at 6 pm until very late and is opposite Central Marina shopping mall.

Billabong 2 formally the Cherry Bar.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand On the corner of Soi 3 & 2nd Rd, they have a good band that starts playing at 9 pm.

Soi 6 to the Atlantic Bar & Drinking St.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

We are currently focusing on North Pattaya & will check out Walking St & LK Metro later.

Drinking Street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand  There are around 25 bars here & these days in 2017 most of the time they seem fairly quiet. Then again I’m rarely out late at night so things may well kick on around midnight.

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One very good idea in place here is that all bars play the same music rather than compete with each other as most other Pattaya bars seem to do.

From Drinking St to Soi 29 & 33 Naklua,

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

This area is very lively at night.

Soi 33 Naklua is a very good street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Further north through the Dolphin roundabout & 150 meters along is Soi 33. There are a few good beer bars but the big attraction for me are some excellent restaurants, Leckerle on the right is German, Grottino also on the right and Bella Italia opposite.

24 Beer bars Naklua Rd

 

Wongamat beach-side bars

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

One bar is lay back & casual, & one is upmarket & classy.

 Rim Talay

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand A perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer or two by the beach.

Perhaps you want to go a little more upmarket?

 photo Beach20Club20Pullman20Hotel2014.jpg The Beach Club at the Pullman Hotel is arguably the classiest bar in Pattaya. Happy hour is 5 to 7 pm on a good selection of beer cocktails & wine.

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Western style bars on Beach Road

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Staring in North Pattaya we have Tavern By the Sea which is part of the Amari Hotel. Happy hour every night from 5 to 7 pm.

Holiday Inn

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

The Terrace overlooks the ocean & the adjacent Havana Bar is quite spectacular.

 Western bars on Beach Rd

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Perfect for watching the fabulous Pattaya sunsets.

Lots of beer & babes at Hooters 

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand As you would expect there is cold beer & American food served by sexy girls.

Three Pattaya sky bars starting with the Hilton

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Wonderful view of Pattaya for the roof, happy hour is 5 to 7 pm every day. 

Executive tower Holiday Inn.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand The building on the right is the executive tower with the sky bar on the top floor.

Holiday Inn

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand They also have a 5 pm happy hour however I think it is only for cocktails.

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Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand This hotel has a terrific unique decor.

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Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand A stunning view of Pattaya.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Follow the dotted line to find lots of good bars, LK Metro  & Soi Buakhao is where the locals go to drink. They tend to leave Walking St to the tourists. LK Metro is the L shape street where i-Rovers is.

LK Metro is jammed packed with bars.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand One of the busiest bars areas in Pattaya.

Kåres Party Bar

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand There is no better happy hour in Pattaya for beer drinkers.

Sportman’s pub Soi 13

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand On of Pattaya’s most popular pubs, food is excellent. This is one of my favourite places for breakfast & Sunday buffet lunch.

Walking Street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Walking St as an attraction compares favourably to many other infamous world red light  areas. Patpong, Nana Plaza & Soi Cowboy in Bangkok, the RLD in Amsterdam, the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Kabukichō in Tokyo, 42 nd St New York,  Vila Mimosa in Rio De Janeiro & Kings Cross in Sydney. Sadly all of these areas I have visited at some stage in my life. 🙂

What’s the attraction of Walking St?

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Oh! I get it. 🙂

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There are hundreds of go go bars, beer bars, strip shows & restaurants. However my main purpose for publishing this Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand photo blog is to show you there are many other interesting places to visit in this vibrant city.

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Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Farewell from Walking Street.

The Pattaya song


 
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Koh Samui sports bars

June 26, 2016 by David Herd

Henry’s Africa

Koh Samui sports bars Koh Samui sports bars have increased quite a bit since I was there in 2007. Most of the beer bars etc have numerous screens showing sport from all over the world. The header for this post show my friend John Martin aka Pothole & I on our first night in Chaweng at Henry’s Africa which seems to be the best bar in town.

Koh Samui sports bars

Koh Samui sports bars

 Henry’s Africa is a huge bar with lot’s of girls, some pool tables and TV screens. As you can see Pothole is enjoying himself. 🙂

Henry’s Africa

Koh Samui sports bars

Early in the evening they offer Chang beer at B79.

Best racks in town

Koh Samui sports bars

Or so they claim.

Opposite Henry’s

Henrys Africa Samui There are a couple of small bars struggling to attract customers because of the low number of tourists in June 2016.

Green Mango

Green Mango Samui

This iconic bar nightclub is a little further along the street, it is arguably Chaweng’s most popular nightspot. It boasts of one of the largest dance floors on the  island, Green Mango is large, loud, & very busy from around 11 pm.

Green Mango

Koh Samui sports bars A great effect with the green and orange decorations.

Happy Bar

Koh Samui sports bars A little further around the corner from the Green Mango there are quite a few smaller bars.

Pothole finds another friend.

Koh Samui sports bars Of course I’ll buy you a drink my dear. 🙂

Interesting bar

Koh Samui sports bars It was a little early and there were no customers, most of the young tourists in Samui don’t go out until around 11 pm. Geriatrics like us are living in a different time zone. 🙂

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe Samui Keep walking back to the main street and you will find the Hard Rock.

 Bondi Aussie Bar & Grill

Koh Samui sports bars Another sports bar where the Aussies gather for obvious reasons. I was rather put off by the B210 price for a Jack Daniels. So I went to the bar next door to watch the State of Origin played on June 22nd, which QLD won.

The bar next door.

Koh Samui sports bars A glass or red here was only B80.

The Islander

Koh Samui sports bars

200 meters down the road from the Aussie bar is the Islander where I watched the AFL, next door is Legends, another well known sports bar.

Tropical Murphy’s Irish Pub

Koh Samui sports bars Quite a way up the road past Central Festival is Tropical Murphy’s another popular sports bar.

Tropical Murphy’s

Koh Samui sports bars A fairly normal layout, however a funny thing happened as I took this photo, initially the Thai barman was standing towards the front of the bar, but as soon as I raised my camera he ran like a rabbit to get out of the shot. I’m guessing he is hiding from somebody. 🙂

 VW sidewalk bar

Koh Samui sports bars There are lots of these great mobile bars where I live in Pattaya.

Bye from the Koh Samui sports bars

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Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

September 24, 2015 by David Herd

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants, people lights, it’s all there. This street in Seoul looks very ordinary through the day but it comes alive when night falls. It is the best bar restaurant area I have ever seen anywhere in the world.

Fat Albert’s

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants There are many small lanes branching off the main street that are worth exploring. There are several red light districts in Seoul, some with the classic red lit windows that have become so famous in Amsterdam. These areas are mainly for locals, so it is best to have a guide if you plan on finding them. Itaewon however is home to a foreigner friendly red light district which welcomes all. The main area in Itaewon to find escorts is called Hooker Hill. This street is lined with bars with sexy girls standing outside, tempting gentlemen to come in and “buy them a drink”.

Many varieties of food

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Itaewon used to be considered the trashy part of town, however recently it has been developing with upmarket restaurants, bars & designer stores.

Bee

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Another nice spot to sit and watch the passing parade in Seoul.

Just before dusk

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Sunset in Seoul and soon the crowd will arrive at Itaewon bars restaurants.

Lots of choices

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

The street is about 600 metres long.

Maple Tree Korean BBQ

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

The difficult part is deciding where to eat. 🙂

Thousand of bottles

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Maple Tree Korean BBQ is the restaurant featured in the header of this post.

 

Prost pub and grill

  Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurantsA nice pub where you can watch the passing parade, the later it gets the busier it gets. 🙂  

Opposite Prost

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Many thanks to these guys for posing for my photo.

Le Comptoir

  Itaewon bars restaurants   Nice French restaurant in Itaewon.

 Le Comptoir

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I originally wanted to eat at an Italian restaurant close by but it was so crowded with people waiting in a queue to get in I decided on French at Le Comptoir. Avocado & prawn to start then steak tartare.  

Above Le Comptoir

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Away from the maddening crowd in Itaewon.
Oreno Italian restaurant

  Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants This was the night before I wanted to go there, when I arrived the following evening the place was packed as you can see from the photo below.  

Oreno was booked out, I should have gone last night. 🙂

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Borie’s cafe

  Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants A good spot to watch the passing parade while drinking cold German beer.  

And here it is. 🙂

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Beer from Munich, it does not get much better than this.

Fabulous Itaewon

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 Itaewon really is one of the world’s great restaurant precincts. 

 

But I hardly know you

  Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants A classic photo of boy meets girl, if I return in an hour they will be sitting much closer. 🙂  

The master chefs

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Hard at work in Itaewon.

This is a magic street

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

So much to see and so little time.

Lavo Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Too many choices, you really need to spend a month here.

Lavo pub & lounge

  Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants   The biggest problem in Itaewon is deciding which restaurant and bar to visit.

Lavo one of Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Koreans certainly enjoy the night-life.

Restaurant Bee

 

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

This is another favourite photo of life at Itaewon.  

Dillinger’s

  Itaewon bars restaurants Not a bad bar situated on the opposite side of the road to where all the action is, Jack Daniels 6,000 or a double 9,000 so you can guess what my choice was. 🙂  

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Dillinger’s shots

  Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants 

Shooters at Dillinger’s. 

Mexican Grill

Itaewon Seoul good bars restaurants

Mexican, French, Italian, Korean it’s all here.

Rose & Crown

Itaewon bars restaurants English, Mexican, Spanish, French, Italian, you name it they are all in Itaewon.

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Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

March 7, 2015 by David Herd

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurantsZagreb Croatia bars restaurants are everywhere, what really surprised me however is the amount of outdoor seating with large heaters to keep you warm. I arrived March 6th and it was freezing.

Check out the temperature

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

Everyone is wearing coats

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

The cold days don’t seem to bother the locals in the outdoor bars.

Rugged up for evening drinks

 photo IMG_7128.jpgThe overhead heaters are very warm indeed, the problem is my back was freezing. Another problem for me is they smoke inside the restaurants as well.

Main Square

Main Square ZagrebFrom my hotel window is Main Square or Ban Jelačić Square.

Josip Jelačić

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Josip Jelačić was the Ban of Croatia between 23 March 1848 and 19 May 1859. He was a member of the House of Jelačić and a noted army general, remembered for his military campaigns during the Revolutions of 1848 and for his abolition of serfdom in Croatia.

Buskers in Zagreb

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

Three buskers doing their best to earn some money in Zagreb.

Here is a sample of their haunting music

Hotel Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik hotel ZagrebThe hotel is in a perfect location overlooking the Main Square. Nice rooms with free internet, I got a great rate by booking through Agoda.


Zagreb Cathedral

   photo Zagreb Cathredral 4.jpg   The Zagreb Cathedral on Kaptol is a Roman Catholic institution and the tallest building in Croatia.  

Leonardo Restaurant

  Zagreb Croatia bars restaurantsGood food and wine at a very reasonable price. Pasta and 2 glasses of Merlot for $18 aud.  

Leonardo Restaurant

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

A narrow lane in Zagreb.

Statue of Petrica Kerempuh

   photo IMG_7152.jpgStanding in a small square filled with flower stalls is a mischievous looking statue of Petrica Kerempuh, the work of sculptor Vanja Radauš. A much-loved character from Croatian literature, Petrica Kerempuh is a plebeian prophet, rascal and cynical commentator on contemporary events, a sort of predecessor of modern standup comedians. His most notable incarnation can be found in “The Ballads of Petrica Kerempuh” (1936), written by Croatia’s leading 20th-century writer Miroslav Krleža.  

Statue of August Šenoa

 

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

I’m not sure what this simple sculpture represents. 

Statue of August Šenoa

 

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Perhaps he is waiting for a bus. 🙂

The Corner Bar

Corner Bar Zagreb     A very nice cafe with good coffee, service  and nice decor.  

Late night drinks at the Corner Bar

 

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This friendly bar quickly became my favourite spot in Zagreb

Bulldog Bar & restaurant

 photo Bulldog Zagreb 4.jpgA very nice upmarket bar with one major problem, 70% of the customers are smoking which for me spoils the whole atmosphere. 

Bulldog Bar

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The smoke nearly killed me, but is was so cold outside I had to grin and bear it.

Boban restaurant

 photo boban restaurant 1.jpgA very good low price restaurant located about 200 meters from the Main square.

Cannelloni at Boban

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Very nice food here, put it on your bucket list.

Dolac Market

  Zagreb Croatia bars restaurantsDolac is a farmers’ market and is the most visited and the best known farmer’s market in Zagreb.  

Main Square from my hotel

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

Fabulous view of the main square from my hotel window.

Many restaurants

Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants

There were many restaurants only 10 minutes walk from my hotel.

Agava rated 3rd from 394 on tripAdviser

 photo IMG_7170.jpgFor me however I was not to impressed with the food. I have a feeling they cater for tourists and I guess they are the people who do the reviews on TripAdviser.

Marija Jurić Zagorka

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In a 2005 poll compiled by Vjesnik, a Zagreb daily newspaper, Zagorka came second in the list of most popular Croatian writers of all time.  

Vinodol at Ulica Nikole Tesle 10

  Vinodol restaurant ZagrebA very popular restaurant with good food and service. A short walk from the Main Square.  

Super hero in Main Square

  Zagreb Croatia bars restaurants  There was always something happening in main square.

Time to catch a train to Split

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I actually had a terrible train trip to Budapest, I should have taken the bus. There were so many delays the journey took about 4 hours longer than it should have.

Hari krishna in Zagreb  

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Thai beer bars & flesh eating fish

August 10, 2014 by David Herd

Three visits to Thailand 2010 in another busy year of travel including Cambodia, Singapore, French Riviera, Cinque Terre Italy, Switzerland & Austria.

Sunday lunch at The Mantra

Warren & David HerdThai beer bars & flesh eating fish seemed to be the focus on my two visits to Thailand in 2010, the first trip was mid January to meet Bill Austin & Joan Baptiste, my friends from England who were on their way to Australia for the first time.

Joan & Bill in the Baht Bus

Thai beer barsEnjoying their first trip to Thailand.

Here we are at the Cherry Bar

Cherry Bar PattayaThe Cherry Bar has been my favorite Thai beer bars since 2003.

Beer bars LK Metro.

Thai beer barsOne of the good Thai beer bars in busy LK Metro in Pattaya. Greg Johnstone (2nd from left) has been a friend of mine for 25 years, we both lived on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Cheers dears

Thai beer barsGreg does enjoy a drink with the girls, just being a good boss I guess. 🙂

Ah! life in Pattaya, someone has to do it. 🙂

Billabong in 2010As you can see, I really love living in Pattaya. LK Metro has many good bars & restaurants. Across the road from Billabong is i-Rovers another good sports bar. Billabong also has good cheap hotel rooms if you want to be in the middle of all the action. Book through AGODA for excellent rates. Low cost rooms are also available at i-rovers.

LK Metro webcam

That cam is looking at Billabong one of the Thai beer bars in LK Metro.

A rose between two thorns

Atlantic bar Thailand 2010While on the subject of fun in Patttaya, here I am squeezed between two lovely ladies at the Atlantic one of the best Thai beer bars in 2nd rd.

When can I start having fun?

Soi 3 Thai beer barsOut of control at the Jasmine beer bar in Soi 3.


Alan Kendall & a hot babe.

beer bar Pattaya

Alan is an Aussie who seems to fit right in to the Pattaya scene.

The golfers like the Atlantic Bar

golfers at Atlantic BarBack in 2010 the golfers used to gather at the Atlantic bar Friday nights to drink beer and exaggerate about their amazing shots on the course that day. A very nice bunch of guys from all over the world, sadly they have now found a new venue for their after golf drinks.

Enjoying a beer at Gulliver’s with Alan Kendall

Thai beer bars

Gulliver’s is an excellent sports bar about 100 meters from y condo.

Tony Murphy feeding the fish.

 

flesh eating fish 2010 Thailand

Apart from the Thai beer bars the latest fad in Pattaya and other parts of the world is “Flesh-Eating Fish Performing ‘Pedicures’“, here is my friend Tony trying it out. I notice in the U.S. the process costs $45, in Pattaya it’s only $7.

Dinner is served

Pedicures thailand 2010

David Herd & Trevor Loresch at the Cherry Bar.

Thai beer barsI drink Jack Daniels at the Cherry Bar & big Trevor from Western Australia prefers beer. He now lives in “The Cove” a luxury condo in Wongamat.

Wongamat beach

Wongamat beach PattayaWongamat used to be a hangout for all the German expats, these days in 2014 the Russians have taken over.

Markland Condo on the left of the A1 hotel.

Markland PattayaWhen I was in Thailand 2010 little did I realize I would be living on the 17th floor of Markland Condo from October 2011 until now in April 2016.

Soi 4 foot massage

Pattaya foot massageOne of the great benefits of visiting or living in Thailand are the fabulous foot massages. The lady with the lovely smile is still working in this same parlour now in 2014.

The magnificent Mantra

The Mantra PattayaMy favourite restaurant in the whole world. The Sunday brunch is the best buffet I have ever had, everything from Alaskan crab, French oysters, NZ lamb, Japanese sushiu, etc etc. There are seven different kitchens to choose from.

Nana Plaza in Bangkok

Nana Plaza Thai beer barsI have been visiting the Thai beer bars & go go clubs at the infamous Nana Plaza since 1996 and have seen many changes. Back then there was about 10% LadyBoys, in 2010 that had risen to 25% now in 2014 there seems to be 50%.

The Beergarden near Walking St Pattaya

Beergarden Walking StA very good venue for low cost food with a million dollar view. Lots of TV screens that seem to play music videos from the 80s.

Ice on the left with her friend Na.

Sabai resort Thailand 2010I met Ice a couple of years ago when she was dancing at Nana Plaza, a very sweet lady indeed.

This is Pang (number 59) from the Honey Pot.

Honey Pot PattayaAnother sweet lady who worked at the Honey Pot in Soi 2. Sadly both her and the Honey Pot have disappeared.

My brother Warren at the Cherry Bar.

Soi 3 beer Bars

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 Sunday brunch at the Mantra.

Sunday brunch MantraAnother great lunch at the Mantra with a bunch of friends is September 2010.

Beautiful girl in Soi 3.

Beautiful girl in Soi 3

Now in 2016 there does not seem to be as many attractive girls in the bars around North Pattaya as there used to be.

Gorgeous girl in Jasmine bar Soi 3.

Gorgeous girl beer bar

Half the bars in Soi 3 have closed and now A1 hotel is building across the road so in the next year or so I think most will be closed.

 

Gang of four

Pattaya ThailandTrevor Loersch, Phil Avalon, David Herd & Alan Kendall.

Warren, the boys & the Muslim girls

Sabai Resort Pattaya

Now in March 2016 I am sad to say our great friend Lenny is very ill battling cancer. Keep up the good fight Lenny.

Dinner in Soi 6, Ray, Lenny Warren & David

Soi 6 Pattaya

The Queen Victoria hotel in Soi 6 serves very good food at a reasonable price.

Atlantic bar

Atlantic bar

Atlantic is another bar I have been visiting for many years.

Phil Avalon & Alan Kendall in Walking St.

Phil Avalon & Alan Kendall

One of the many seafood restaurants in Walking St.

Walking Street

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Bangkok famous sexy go-go bars

December 10, 2013 by David Herd

Nana Plaza

Nana Plaza Soi 4 SukhumvitBangkok famous sexy go-go bars can be found in three areas, Patpong, Soi Cowboy & Nana Plaza. Patpong is where it all started many years ago. It has even been filmed in in a James Bond chase-sequence. Patpong has long since lost it’s title of number one for sexy shows  Go-Go bars. Soi Cowboy now reigns supreme with Nana Plaza in 2nd place.

UPDATE: Since writing the above comments in December 2013 Soi Cowboy has now slipped somewhat in popularity in February 2017. Mainly because during the last couple of years the drink prices, and in particular the lady drink prices have risen too high. In many cases you will now pay over B200 the buy a lady a drink.

Say no more…….

Bangkok famous sexy go-go bars

As you can see Lollipop is now Suckers.

Here is a YouTube video taken February 21 2016.

Beer Bars & Go-Go bars in Nana Plaza

Nana Plaza Bangkok

Greeting you when you pass beneath the  Nana Entertainment Plaza entrance sign is a mass of glowing neon signs, yelling at you from all directions. Shouting even louder than the neon is the intriguing cast of upfront characters , lady-Boys and girls who will try and accost you,  it’s all light-hearted and non threatening.

On the ground floor are mostly open-air beer bars to choose from. Girls will try to tempt you in for a drink or a game of Jenga but not much really happens here, however it is where I prefer to drink and watch the passing parade.  The shows and the A Go Go Bars with naughty names like Lollipop,Pretty Lady and Red Lips are located on the first floor.  Girls here will step into your path and will try to drag you in for a look.

Here we are at Nana Plaza

Bangkok famous sexy go-go barsI’m with my friend John Martin aka “Pothole” at the first bar on the right as you walk into Nana Plaza, it’s the best place to watch all the girls & Lady-Boys walk past on there way to work. I have been visiting the Plaza for 20 years and have seen many changes in that time. Back then it was 10% Lady-Boys, now it seems more like 50% which does not suit me at all.  😥 On the other hand it does suit Pothole as he has been known the cross that dreaded line fairly often.

Nana Plaza with Landmark hotel in the background.

Bangkok famous sexy go-go bars

The five star Landmark hotel backs onto Nana Plaza.

For many years this great song has conjured up all sorts of Bangkok memories for me.

Nana Plaza as it was.

Nana Plaza SukhumvitNana Plaza has been cleaned up quite a bit recently, there are no more cars & motorbikes allowed to park there anymore, you can see in this photo how it used to be.

Bars in the centre of Nana Plaza have been rebuilt.

Bangkok famous sexy go-go bars

Two hotels close by are very popular with expats, the Nana Hotel & the Dynasty Inn, personally I prefer the Dynasty.  If you want to go upmarket choose the JW Marriot or the Landmark.

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Nana Plaza exit

Bangkok famous sexy go-go barsThe bar you see on the left is where I like to sit & observe, straight opposite is the Nana Hotel car park.

Nana Plaza in daylight

Bangkok go-go bars The Dynasty Grand is a good hotel close to the action  

Lots of Bangkok famous sexy go-go bars in Soi 4 Nana

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Here is a short video of Nana Plaza.        

Terminal 21 near Soi Cowboy

Bangkok famous sexy go-go barsSoi Cowboy was named after the cowboy hat-wearing African-American who opened the first bar here in the early 1970s, this red-light district has a more laid-back, carnival-like feel to it than Patpong or Nana Plaza Soi Cowboy is just next to Terminal 21, this very popular new shopping mall, so just cross the street and see it for yourself,  or use Terminal 21 as an excuse to have some fun! Remember, you may not see this again anywhere else in the world!

 Soi Cowboy

Bangkok go-go bars

No wonder they call it a red light area. 🙂

Pretty face in Soi Cowboy

Bangkok famous sexy go-go bars

Soi Cowboy Bangkok is in my opinion the best of the red light areas in this great city. Nana Plaza comes 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 Asok Station and the Bangkok Metro’s Sukhumvit Station. The Grand Millennium Hotel is nearby.

The go-go bars follow the pattern common in Thailand: alcoholic drinks are served and women in bikinis dance on a stage. Topless or even nude dancing.

David Herd and Roland Bonnici in Soi Cowboy

Bangkok famous sexy go-go bars

Here I am with my friend Roland who is a Sydney Barrister specialising in criminal law. He has more energy and staying power than I do so I now call in the Bangkok Energiser Bunny. :)
 
Bangkok famous sexy go-go bars
Bangkok go-go bars
 As you can clearly see there is always something to look at in Soi Cowboy.

Country Road Soi Cowboy

Bangkok famous sexy go-go bars

Cowboy is a great “people watching” venue.

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Nana Plaza, Hooters & Hillary bar.

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Patpong Road Bangkok

I think she may be a little shy. :)

Happy hour at Patpong

Bangkok famous sexy go-go bars

Happy hours and happy endings are always available in Patpong Road.

Happy hour in Patpong 1993

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Travelling from Europe to Australia in 1993 naturally I had to stopover in Bangkok for some R & R.

 
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HOW NOT TO GET RIPPED OFF IN PATPONG!

Go-Go bars located on ground level along the two streets of Patpong are free to get in as long as you order a drink, which costs around 120 baht… but be aware that there are tricky places that will cost you a lot more without actually delivering anything better – and they may even be worse.

How to recognize the trick:

  1. Someone will approach you with a nice list of fun entertaining features such as a ‘ping pong show’ and other well-known activities with ‘colorful’ names. So far, nothing really unusual.
  2. He will say “It’s free to see for five minutes”… which means it won’t be free after the five minutes are up  and as the guy seems trustworthy and speaks really fast, you somehow forget this fact.
  3. The place not even be on Patpong itself but if the bar is upstairs and the bar has no sign and no name, get ready to be ripped off (nicely but effectively).
  4. Once you are in, the show will have only one act and you will be asked for a tip, and another tip, and another… Basically you will have to tip for each ‘trick’ performed. And believe me, these girls have mastered the art of making you feel really cheap if you don’t tip them.
  5. The girls will ask you for a lady drink, whether she sits next to you or even stands across the room… each drink costs at least 200 baht.
  6. You will not see the bill until the last minute. In most normal Bangkok Go-Go Bars or beer bars, your bill is placed in a small box in front of you, which allows you to check the damage as you drink and let you decide if you want to offer another round or not. Usually a drink is around 100 to 120 baht. In the dodgy ones the bill never comes until the last moment
  7. If you ask a girl how much her drink will cost you, she only knows once answer: ‘same as yours’, so naturally you think 100 to 120 baht… wrong, it’s 200 to 300 baht.
  8. When the bill comes, it’ll be about 1,000 baht and don’t even waste your time arguing; you won’t win… just pay up and smile, realising you’ve got a nice story to tell your friends – just like I’m telling you now!

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