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 Seafood Festival 2018

May 8, 2018 by David Herd

So much seafood & such little time.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 was a noisy affair as usual. There is a bandstand on the beach which blasts very ordinary music until the early hours of the morning. My condo is on the 20th floor 400 meters away & the sound hits me full blast even with the door closed. 🙂

Beach Road Pattaya

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 One of the bigger kitchens along Beach Road.

Prawns, crab & shell fish

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018A good variety & freshly cooked.

 Big variety of meat including crocodile. 🙂

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018I’m surprised there is no snake or buffalo. 🙂

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

One of the many stalls lined along Beach Road.

Here is my favourite shot

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018A typical spontaneous Thai smile, no wonder we love living here.

Time for a mango shake

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018Another huge benefit of living in Thailand, the mangoes are wonderful.

OK, I’m confused…..

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018I have no idea what these bamboo tubes are for.

Busy ladies here on Beach Road

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018The festival runs for 5 nights and really draws the crowds.

I dined at the same place last year.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018In 2017 the food here was great so I decided to give it another whirl.

 Small but tasty

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 I chose 2 dishes from their signature menu, the one above was fine at B159 or $5 USD.

 This one not so good.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018The calamari was as tough as an old boot & the filling was very average indeed. I would have been better off at one of the smaller stalls.

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Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

February 5, 2018 by David Herd

Thailand or Osaka, where am I?

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants which are so authentic you will think you are in Osaka. There are several branches in Bangkok & one in Pattaya, the Asoke branch is ranked by TripAdvisor # 866 of 10,352 restaurants in Bangkok.

Pattaya branch

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

I prefer to sit upstairs.

Location

ShakarikiOpposite the Mike Hotel in 2nd road, +66 33 036 369.

Now for the food

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurantsOn my first visit in 2017 I ordered two of my favourite dishes, salmon caviar & Unagi or Japanese eel.

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurantsHard to fault the food at this noisy authentic Japanese restaurant.

How good is this?

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurantsIs it any wonder this is now one of my favourite restaurants along with Genki in Soi 4 North Pattaya.

Is there a better beer than Asahi?

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

I don’t think so, the Belgium beers are great but my pick is Asahi. 🙂

Fabulous colour combination

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurantsAnd what a taste, perfect.

Salmon Caviar washed down with Asahi.

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

As good as it gets. Plus they have a special on liquor, all you can drink in 90 minutes for B299.

Home delivery is a great idea.

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

The restaurant is two floors, upstairs is better.

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurantsDinner with friends February 21 2018. Hamish, Jonathon & Anne.

Have I convinced you?

Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants

Just trust me & try out this great little hole in the wall & you will feel like you have been transported to Osaka. In fact follow THE LINK for one of my Osaka photo blogs.

Meanwhile thanks for visiting my Shakariki 432 great Japanese restaurants photo blog. I will be back in Japan in May 2018, here is my agenda.

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Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket

February 1, 2018 by David Herd

Villa Market is here

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket & a cinema complex are just some of the facilities at the 2nd Rd shopping complex.  The Robin Hood tavern which is part of the Retox group run by Simon Peatfield is also here on the 2nd floor.

 Villa Market

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants SupermarketAn excellent supermarket with lots of imported products including Australian beef. I do however prefer to shop at Big C Extra in Pattaya Klang for my meat.

Villa Market butcher

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants SupermarketHaving said that, there is certainly a great choice of quality meat products here.

Rib Eye grass fed Aussie beef 

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket

A very good price at B306 or $12 AUD, very good flavour but a little tough, overall good value for the price.

Coffee shop inside Villa Market.

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants SupermarketEnjoy a coffee while you shop, quite a good liquor section here as well. 

Wine Connection

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants SupermarketExcellent liquor store however I noticed today it was not open till 5 pm.

Very good range from around the world

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants SupermarketI’m a great fan of their restaurants in Bangkok & Samui, sadly they seem reluctant to come to Pattaya.

 24 hour fitness

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket Not to sure who is going to turn up at 4 am. 🙂

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket There certainly are many Starbucks in Pattaya which suits me fine.

The latest restaurant to open,

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket Recently opened & on my list to try soon.

Beerfest

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket Right next d0or to Firepork, it used to be located on 2nd Rd near Big C,

Pork Knuckle

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket Here is Nathan Corbert doing battle with the knuckle. Before he retired in 2013 Nathan was 11 times the Muay Thai world champion in 3 different weight divisions.

The Avenue is worth a visit

Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket There are lots more shops including banks & real estate offices.

Thanks for visiting my Avenue Pattaya Restaurants Supermarket photo blog.

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Pattaya Beach Road fast food

January 26, 2018 by David Herd

Building the Bay beside Soi 6

Pattaya Beach Road fast food

Pattaya Beach Road fast food

Pattaya Beach Road fast food at the newly developed Bay shopping complex. Popular at night for live music & cold beer. Starbucks is one of my regular beach haunts.

From my condo.

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodTaken from my condo at Markland in Soi 1, just a short walk to the Bay.

Right opposite the beach.

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodSo glad they preserved this magnificent tree in front of the shops.

It’s finally finished. 

Pattaya Beach Road fast food

The finished product sits between Soi 5 & Soi 6, you can clearly see the North Shore condo building in Soi 5.

Of course Soi 6 is the wildest street in Pattaya, at night it really goes mad. To see what I mean just follow THIS LINK.

First tennants

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodStarbucks & McDonald’s were the first, who would have guessed. 🙂 Now Boots chemist are there & soon a large Korean shop will open.

I’m a regular at Starbucks for breakfast, here you can see the lovely Starbucks girls presenting me with a croissant & candle on my birthday.

Beergarden 

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodNothings happens here through the day however it fires up when the sun goes down.

Here they come.

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodCustomers start to arrive, plenty of cold beer here to keep everybody happy.

Pattaya Beach Road fast food

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodReminds me a little of the “pop up” Yatai restaurants in Fukuoka.

This post highlights the interesting things I see on Beach Road every day, just follow THIS LINK.

Solo artist.

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodThis guy was very good so I hung around for while to hear him play. It’s only a five minute walk home for me.

Maccas at the Bay

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodGreat location opposite the beach.

 New restaurant bar.

Pattaya Beach Road fast food

This will be a popular spot to watch the sunsets.

Chill at the Bay

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodLarge outdoor area plus two floors inside.

Lets hope the blonde will be there. 🙂

Pattaya Beach Road fast food

Right now she is heading for Starbucks.

Coming soon

Pattaya Beach Road fast foodNow this will be a very welcome addition.

Thanks for visiting my Pattaya Beach Road fast food photo blog.

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Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

January 12, 2018 by David Herd

The end to another great year

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect place to live for a guy like me. Good friends & great restaurants, what more could I want? Plus a reasonably short plane ride to many outstanding locations. Above is the incredible view from my Markland apartment on the 20th floor.

Birthday July 7

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectWhere else but the magic Mantra?

My brother Warren & Greg Clee on the left.

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect    Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

David Rose & Ray Ebzery on the right.

Birthday at the Atlantic bar

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectGeorge Hoult with Sharyn & Frank, all Aussies.

One of the many reasons we like the Atlantic Bar

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Many middle eastern types who don’t spend money & aggravate the girls & customers are turned away, try that in Australia. 🙂 

Two more Aussies agree with the sign.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectFred & Bill think its a great idea & so do I.

Are you ready for this?

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectBest sunsets in the world.

 Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

There something special about a silhouette.

Mark Yagala & Anne at Horizons.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectMark of course is the guy who knocked off $50,000,000 on Wall St a few years ago, apart from that he is a very nice fellow. 🙂

The sign said “boat for sale”.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThe fine print said “needs a little work”. 🙂

I’m sure Mark Yagala could sell it. 🙂

One of my breakfast haunts.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThis is the branch at Central Marina shopping mall, I’m also a regular at The Bay on Beach Rd,

Celebrating my birthday

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect The girls stuck a candle in my croissant. 🙂

Huge renovation at the Amari Hotel.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThis work will go on for a couple of years, it’s only 2 blocks from my condo.

From the Amari to the Dusit Thani

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Dim Sum is usually at the Peak restaurant but was relocated to the Bay restaurant for a few weeks.  

Probably the best dim sum in Pattaya

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Follow THIS LINK for some other good restaurants.

Shakariki 432

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

An excellent authentic Japanese restaurant in 2nd Rd opposite Mike Hotel. 

Beach Road empty???

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectA rare sight in Pattaya, traffic was stopped for a parade.

Dinner at Leckerle (again)

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectJohn Hunjadi with cousin Greg & his wife.

Of course I had the pancake. 🙂

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectLately when I have dinner here I take away six servings of their pea soup.

Sometimes we wonder why we have problems with our internet at Markland

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect

These highly trained 3BB technicians are quite fastidious as you can see.

Bacco Beach Italian restaurant

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectLocated beside the Glasshouse at Na Jomtien, very good food & right on the beach.

Wood fired Pizzas

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThe pizza was excellent but I think the Holiday Inn on Beach Rd is better.

Justin & Steve Bates & Patrick Taylor

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectWe went to Chiang Mai for 4 days which was excellent then 8 days in Cambodia which was not so good. Reason being we all caught a dose of the flu which really took the shine off our holiday.

Surf & Turf at Wongamat

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectA terrific beach side restaurant with very good food.

Surf & Turf hamburger

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectGuaranteed to fix your appetite.

Geriatrics are us. 🙂

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectI think the combined ages were 272 years, from the right we have David Herd, Richard (Stingy) Blair, John Hunjadi & David Robertson who is even more Stingy than Stingy. 🙂

Bali Hai wharf.

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectThis was supposed to be completed by October 2017, however given the fact that this is Thailand it will more likely be Xmas 2018.

And so this is Xmas….

Pattaya Life Absolutely PerfectLight show at the A-One hotel.

One last Mantra dinner on December 28

Dec 28 Dinner (1) Hamish & I had a 20% discount voucher. 🙂

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Fabulous food as usual.

Finally on the subject of food which is very dear to my hear.

Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect Fresh prawns & Aussie lamb chops & cutlets from Big C.

Now you can understand why I make the following claim “Pattaya Life Absolutely Perfect.”

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A-One hotel on Beach Road

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Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

May 22, 2017 by David Herd

Local Trattoria since 1997

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

 

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant at Chit Lom, a little hard to find the restaurant’s entrance located on the 3rd floor of the Maneeya Centre building, which directly links to BTS Chit Lom at the Siam end.

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Walk down the narrow stairs & through the bar into the beautiful restaurant.

Excellent decor

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

I really like the fact the tables are not too close together which certainly improves the atmosphere.

Book your Bangkok hotel through THIS LINK for a great discount, you can pay later or cancel if you wish.

 Baked seafood entree

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

This tasty dish is prepared and served in a traditional snail serving tray.

This is a superb dish beautiful served

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

  This superb entree featured morsels of French mussels, clams & prawns, flavoured & baked with herb butter, cheddar, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.

If you lean closer to the screen I’m sure you will be able to smell the garlic. 🙂

An important message 

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

 

This really is the best advice I can give you. 🙂

Beef Ribs

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

 Another dish cooked perfectly was the bone-in braised beef short rib in red wine sauce (750 baht),  slow-cooked until the meat became soft and fell off the bone, yet still retained a pleasant chewy texture. Notice the packet of baked garlic which was very tasty indeed.

A choice of vegetables

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Choose the vegetables that you prefer with your ribs.

Here is my favourite main course

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

The slow cooked lamb shank is absolutely delicious. 

Anyone for cake?

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

It would not be a proper Italian restaurant without cake. 🙂

In Bangkok you must visit some of the wonderful sky bars.

Farewell from Pirate Chambre

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Many thanks for visiting my Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant photo blog.

Book your Bangkok hotel through THIS LINK for a great discount, you can pay later or cancel if you wish.

Location

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Hard to find but persevere. 🙂

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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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FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

April 11, 2017 by David Herd

The photos I like the best. 🙂

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

 FiveStarVagabond favourite photos taken over many years by me, David Herd. To many people they will be nothing special, however they are very special indeed to me. Sometimes it’s the image itself that appeals & other times it’s the memory of where I was at the time.

My boulevarde of broken dreams.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

Where else but New York City, it was a cold February night on the corner of 8th & W 48th st, I was about to have dinner in a terrific French Brasserie called Pigalle.

Hoi Ann Vietnam

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

I doubt if there is any photo I have taken that I like better than this one.

 Songkran in Thailand

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

My number one Songkran photo taken in Pattaya. Each year a massive water fight is held to commemorate the new year.  The downside is the hundreds of lives that are lost on the roads during the Seven days of madness. 

Kanazawa Japan

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

This beautiful garden is at Kanazawa Castle. This great Japanese city west of Tokyo  was a real surprise packet.

A typical Sunday on Copacabana Beach

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

What more can you say about Rio De Janeiro that hasn’t already been said? A beautiful exciting city with some of the best beaches in the world.

Verona Italy

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

Coffee time in Verona. 

Sunset &  Silhouettes

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

Opposite my condo in Beach Rd Pattaya. 

Cloud over Pattaya

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

There is something special about clouds & I’m so lucky lving in Pattaya where the clouds & sunsets are spectacular.

Praia da Pipa north east Brazil

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

 Praia da Pipa may well be one of the most idealic spots on planet Earth, I really must return one day.

A quick paint job in Nha Trang Vietnam.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

I really love these timber fishing boats.

Gold Hill Shaftesbury

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

This town in Dorset where the view looking down from the top of the street has been described as “one of the most romantic sights in England.

 Poolside in Koh Samui

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

A beautiful beachside pool on the island of Koh Samui.

The most beautiful skin colour in the world.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

Copababana beach, where else 🙂

The saddest face I have ever seen.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

I was in HCMC aka Saigon when approached by this little girl begging for money. I knew she would give it to her mother waiting nearby, & possibly the mother would have to hand it over to local gangsters. Consequently I filled a plate of food which she devoured rather quickly.

There is nothing quite like a Siam sunset in Pattaya.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

This amazing view is from my Markland Condo in Beach Rd Pattaya.

Last but not least.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

Am I having fun in Paraty, you bet I am. Three hours from Rio & one of my favourite towns in Brazil.

Thanks for visiting my FiveStarVagabond favourite photos blog. Without a doubt there will be a volume two. 🙂

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Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

April 5, 2017 by David Herd

New Pattaya Shopping Mall

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

 Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya started in November 2015 when they started demolishing the shopping complex. That seemed to take the best part of a year before actual building commenced. Now they are really making progress as you will see from this photo blog.

It’s a huge site adjacent to the Dolphin roundabout  as you can see from the above photo.

A popular cafe

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

I used to often have breakfast at this popular little Thai restaurant beside the Dolphin roundabout.

Above you see it, below you don’t. 🙂

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

November 2015 and they start demolishing.

The wrecking ball at work.

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

It’s a huge job pulling down this large building, it is taking months & months.

Slowly everything is coming apart

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Escalators & elevators have already gone.

Here comes the heavy machinery

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Now they are getting serious. 🙂

Workplace health & safety

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Does not really exist in Thailand. 🙂 

Looking like a bomb site December 24 2015

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

You could be mistaken thinking this is a war zone.

Bye bye Hong Club

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Not sure what went on here but it’s all over now folks.

All this has to be removed

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Knocking it down seems like the easy part, now somebody has to remove the rubble.

 OK, we are getting somewhere May 21st 2016

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

In the top left hand corner you can see the Dolphin roundabout.

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

You may recognise 2nd Rd North Pattaya.

Pile drivers are here.

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

 June 28th 2016 8 months after the start.

 

Phoenix rising

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

February 6th 2017 and we see the start of the building.

March 27 2017

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

They are working at a frantic pace, 7 or 8 cranes are in operation.

April 2nd 2017

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

At this rate I think they will finish by mid 2018.

This shows the progress

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Taken from the 26th flor of Markland Condo.

An exciting project.

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

This is only the shopping mall section, the 25 story hotel is going up at the bach of the shops.

July 18 2017

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya The work never stops.

October 21 2017

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya The mall is really taking shape.

November 6 2017

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

These guys work 24/7.

Sky Bar  perhaps

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya Looks like there will be a sky bat at Terminal 21. 

Waiting for take off. 🙂

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya No, it’s not Pattaya’s new airport. 🙂

We have lift off.

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya July 29 and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

An impression of the final product

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Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

January 14, 2017 by David Herd

Pattaya sunset 

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

 Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Happy hour is from 5 to 7 pm offering a range of cocktails for only B330 for two or around $9 usd.

Big crowd

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

Three reasons I guess, it’s happy hour, it’h high season in January & i’ts an amazing view of Pattaya.

Hole in the roof to watch the stars.

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

Once again I’m guessing that’s why they put the hole in the roof. 🙂

From a different aspect

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

All through the Hilton the design & architecture is fabulous.

Electric blue mini bar

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

What a magnificent colour.

 Looking north

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

The buildings at the top left are at Wongamat Beach.

Beautiful sunset

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

We are so lucky living in Pattaya, we really get the best sunsets, storms as well as magnificent clouds that float across Pattaya Bay.

Looking west

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

A few minutes after sunset the view is breathtaking looking towards Koh Larn island.

Full house

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

It’s certainly a good idea to book a table in the high season.

 Aussies in paradise

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

Wayne Croker with the rabbit ears is from Brisbane enjoying a short golfing holiday in Pattaya, & Hamish Elton lives & works from his home office on Pratumnak Hill. Here is the view Hamish has when laying by his pool. 🙂

All the city lights come on

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

It’s really worthwhile watching the city change from daylight to dark.

Same shot different tone

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

Different camera setting for a warmer shot. 🙂

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

Check out THIS LINK for other places in Pattaya to enjoy dinner or a cocktail, none however have a more spectacular view than the Hilton Sky Bar.

 Looking northwest

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

Pattaya has become a big city as you can clearly see.

 Back to where we started.

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

This was 30 minutes before sunset.

Farewell from the Hilton

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

Thanks for visiting my Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar photo blog.

Wait a minute, we’re back

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

March 28 celebration 10 years in Thailand for Hamish. 🙂

While we are here lets throw in some sunsets.

Hilton Pattaya spectacular Sky Bar

Another spectacular sunset on March 28 2017.

It doesn’t get any better than this.

3a3545b0-ab83-482b-aa4f-8c914b9a1d1bFabulous sunset from Horizons.

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Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

Pattaya Hilton

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Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

December 16, 2016 by David Herd

Wine Connection Silom

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro chain of restaurants has quickly become one of my favourite places to eat in Thailand. Excellent food and a great selection of wine at reasonable prices.

Beside Sala Daeng Sky Train station

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Located in the basement of the Silom Complex right below Starbucks.

Garlic Prawns

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

My favourite dish at Wine Connection only B210.

Very reasonable prices

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Not just the food, the wine prices are also very affordable.

THE GRILL @ CentralWorld

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 Located on the ground floor at CentralWorld, Wine Connection claim The Grill is their most upmarket outlet.

Pasta & Salmon

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

Absolutely delicious Serrano Ham & Truffle Oil Fettuccine only B230 or $6.50 USD. 

Lots of fresh pasta

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

By now you probably understand why Wine Connection is such a favourite of mine. 🙂

South African Red wine 

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

On special at B499 a bottle or $14 USD.

Wine Connection @ Rainhill

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

This is my favourite location, just a short walk from Phrom Phong BTS station.

 Large cheese selection

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

A selection of cheese and a nice bottle of red, what more could you want?

Wine cellar

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Wines from all over the world at very reasonable prices.

Great value food & wine

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Every Wednesday from 7 pm to 9 pm there is free flow wine & beer for B499.

Location

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Take the Sky Train or a taxi along Sukhumvit. 

Wine Connection at Central Festival Samui

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 We only spent 4 nights in Koh Samui and chose to eat here twice.

Low cost wine

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

They offer a wonderful selection of wine from all over the world at liquor store prices. Our red wine from Chile was a bargain B650.

The chain I’m told is owned by a French group, I only wish they would open a branch in Pattaya.

Lamb shank at the Wine Connection.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

The food choices are extensive, lots of terrines a a big range of pasta.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Thanks for visiting my Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro photo blog, there are also branches in Phuket & Chiang Mai.

In Koh Samui I like to stay on Chaweng Beach at the Baan Chaweng,  for an excellent room rate just use THIS LINK to book.

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Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

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  around B1100 pn.

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