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Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

April 20, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

The calm before the storm

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Songkran Thai New Year Celebration, her are tourists arriving at Kho San Road where the army are sweeping the street to get it right for the festivities. Photo credit Bangkok Post.

Mobile gun seller

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Naklua Rd Pattaya are gearing up for April 18 2017.

Weapons of mass destruction

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Buy now and practice at home before the battle begins. 🙂

The local amunition dump

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Beach Road Pattaya amunition dump waits for the troops to arrive.

Rule numbe 3, the water must be cold.

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration April is the hottest month in Thailand so these nice people are making sure you will be cool when hit by 1000 water pistols. 🙂

 Beach Rd Big fish

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration All the attraction have been assembled.

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The big day is getting closer, having said that people have been drowning each other already for the last 5 days.

Vendors setting up

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration It’s 8am on April 19 & the vendors are setting up their stalls for the big day.

Sculptured fruit

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration A work of art, the stall lady said come back later we are giving the food away for free.

Loaded up

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Looking for some early morning buyers.

Discussing todays strategy

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Or is Tubby just trying to chat up a Russian babe?

Look out here they come

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration The army arrive to make sure everyone behaves. 🙂

Cops are here as well

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

Along with a water truck & mobile toilets.

This is the nicest part of Songkran

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Seeing the little kids having fun is a great part of Songkran.

Look out here they come

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Ready to do battle. Photo credit Bangkok Post.

 OK, let the games begin

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

This is 2nd Rd opposite Bic C Marina.

You can run but yu can’t hide. 🙂

 photo a1b49e5f-b175-4dd9-befb-96b0f7a48dc2.jpg The battle rages.

 

 

These videos show the madness & mayhen of Songkran.

Marching into battle

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration These guys are very disiplined marching in a straight line, they are part of ab elite SAS team, (shoot & soak). 🙂

A-One Hotel 

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Every year the A-One hotel on Beach Rd host a huge party. For a very good discount on rooms just book through THIS LINK.

You gotta have foam

 photo aaec2792-108d-4d51-9c58-8f3ccf81cfdb.jpg Preparing the foam zone.

Having fun in the pool

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration To me this makes morte sense tham roaming the streets with a water pistol. 🙂

Lets catch the Baht bus she said…….

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration It will be safer than walking she said……

Out of control Farangs

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Sadly may Farangs (is what Thai people call foreigners) tend to make idiots of themselves spoiling the fgun for everyone. This particular mob is no exception, in fact I will name & shame them. Greg, Dave, Gary & Hamish, sometimes I wonder why I call them friends. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Siam sunset

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration A beautiful sunset while the Songkran party rages.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

Just use THIS LINK for a terrific rate at the Wave Hotel.

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The Pattaya song

 
 For an excellent budget hotel in north Pattaya just book through THIS LINK for a great rate.

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Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

April 20, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

The calm before the storm

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Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

March 20, 2017 by David Herd

Breakfast at Kingscliff

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW was my first stop after leaving Surfers Paradise where I had spent a week catching up with friends. My plan was to travel down the coast to Sydney stopping at various coastal towns on the way.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW A fairly typical coastal town with lots of coffee shops, tourists & terrific beaches.

For instance

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Miles & miles of surf & sand & deserted at 9am on Wednesday March 8th 2017.

Short walk from the beach to the shops

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSWKingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW is a tourist destination with a population of a little over 6,000 with beach and estuary access for swimming, surfing, fishing and all types of water sports.

 Kingscliff Northern Rivers NSW

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Kingscliff is only 14 kms from Coolangatta airport.

Location

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW It’s obvious why Kingscliff is so popular given how close it is to the Gold Coast.

A beautiful day

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Kingscliff by the beach.

Kingscliff estuary

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW A nice peaceful picnic area.

 Picnic area beside the estuary.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Grab the morning paper & relax under the trees.

Time to hit the road & head south

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW I got an amazing deal on my hire car from Apex, 6 days hire and drop it off at Sydney airport for only $150, a special relocation deal.

Here we go

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW After an excellent breakfast I’m on the road again.

Hundreds of new townhouses

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW So many new homes, the demand is obviously here.

Other towns heading south.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW All are nice little seaside villages, I may well wind up in this area when I return permanently to Australia in the next few years.

This was Chinderah on the way to Kingscliff.

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW One lazy pelican and Mount Warning in the distance.

The highway to Byron Bay.

 photo Driving to Byron Bay 1.jpg I thought I would bypass Byron Bay and head for Yamba.

Road tunnel

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Cutting through the hills.

Inside the tunnel

Kingscliff Northern Rivers Coast NSW Lucky for me there is very little traffic.

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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.

For an excellent room rate at the Pullman just book through THIS LINK.

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.

[email protected] corner of 2nd Rd & Soi 2.

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

View from [email protected]

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.

Thanks for visiting my Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand photo blog

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Farewell from Walking Street.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Pattaya low cost budget hotels

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Just use THIS LINK for a terrific rate at the Wave Hotel.

The Pattaya song


 
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Pattaya Parasailing every day

October 2, 2016 by David Herd

Every morning

Pattaya Parasailing every day  Pattaya Parasailing every day except for the few occasions the weather is so bad they have to cancel. Most of these tourists are from China, they pay for their holiday before leaving so a fair bit of the money never makes it to Thailand.

Organised chaos

Pattaya Parasailing every day

 

They buzz around like mosquitoes, personally I would not do this because I just don’t trust the Thai boat drivers.

 Coming in to land

Pattaya Parasailing every day

There are 4 or 5 of these barges located on the bay,  non-parasailers can also come out to the pontoon to watch the fun for a small cost.

One of the overpowered speed boats.

Pattaya Parasailing every day About 750 HP is a ridiculous waste of money, I’m guessing they are just showing off to their competitors. When I lived in Australia I had one Yamaha 200 HP powering my boat, that used to cost me about $25 aud per hour in fuel. So these guys are obviously making plenty to be able to justify these three huge engines.

Stuck on the sand.

Every which way but loose

Pattaya Parasailing every day

This was the name of the 1978 Clint Eastwood movie, the phrase reminds me of the speed boats in this photo, it seems to be total chaos. 🙂

Check out the crowd on the barge

Pattaya Parasailing every day All waiting for their turn to fly.

Flying high

Pattaya Parasailing every day The most popular attraction for tourists.

Chaotic & crazy Parasailing in Pattaya

 A storm is looming

Pattaya Parasailing every day The black clouds are coming across the bay but the tourists don’t seem to care.

Here it comes

Pattaya Parasailing every day There is no better sight than watching a storm roll in over Pattaya bay.

A beautiful rainbow over the bay

Pattaya Parasailing every day

After the rain in Pattaya there a beautiful day always follows.

Low tide

Pattaya Parasailing every day Quite a walk for the tourists to get to the boats when the tide is out.

Finally another busy day on the bay

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Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Pattaya low cost budget hotels

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $30 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

Things have changed for the better in 2017, the busses no longer drop off the tourists in Beach Rd so the footpath & beach is clear of a morning.

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Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental

June 9, 2016 by David Herd

Excellent Pattaya dentist

Doctor dentist locksmith Car RentalDoctor dentist locksmith Car Rental Pattaya, there are so many choices it can be difficult to know who is good and who is average. I have a couple of suggestions I can personally recommend. The dentist you see in the header of this post is Dr Tapasat who can be found opposite the Dolphin roundabout. He trained and worked in the U.S.A for 20 years and speaks perfect English. He takes time to talk to you and clearly explains the procedures and alternatives.

Pattaya clinic offers good value services

Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental

I regularly get mail from a major Pattaya international hospital advertising their prices for blood tests etc. This month they were offering a service for B3,999 to cover all the usual areas, Cholesterol, triglyceride, urine analysis, blood pressure and pulse. liver & kidney function, blood sugar, hepatitis, EKG, (electrocardiogram) etc etc.

Then a friend told me about Clinic Lifecare Pattaya located 40 meters off 3rd road not far from Tony’s gym at 247/59 Moo 10, Sai 3 Road. They are offering a special at B999 for the month of December. I added a further test for PSA which added B600.

Tradesmen plus health services

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The clinic was clean and efficient with friendly staff. I arrived at 7.45 am and was the first customer. The results were e-mailed to me at 6pm the same day.

Good value and service.

Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental One tip is to take a urine sample with you, that will save you going through the process in the clinics bathroom.

Location

Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental

247/59 Moo 10, Sai 3 Road.

Dr Somsak 2nd Rd North Pattaya

Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental Open 6 days at 9.30 am.

Location

Tradesmen plus health services

B100 per visit.

Locksmith

Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental

I phoned Pattaya keys and safes at 10 am and the Thai owner said he would replace 2 door locks for me between 2 and 3 pm that same day. At 2.30 he called to say he would arrive in 30 minutes and he did. Within 30 minutes both locks were fitted and spare keys handed over for a cost of B1,800.

Location and details

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Without a doubt the best service I have ever experienced in Pattaya.

Pattaya Rent a Car – 083 077 6928

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Has a reputation as one of the best car rental firms in Pattaya. Call them for a quote.

Location

Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental Easy to find between Pattaya & Jomtien.

Thanks for visiting my Doctor dentist locksmith Pattaya photo blog, I will add more detail when it comes to hand.

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Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Thailand

May 10, 2016 by David Herd

 

View point Pratumnak Hill

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Pattaya Bay Beach Resort is a city two hours south of Bangkok. My first visit was 37 years ago in 1980 and after many trips over the years since then I decided to move here from Australia in October 2011. Without a doubt it was the right decision given how expensive the cost of living in Australia has become. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Australia with a passion, however at my age Thailand offers a better lifestyle at an affordable price.

The following photos and video were taken from the naval base on Pratumnak Hill beside the communication tower you can see in the centre of the above photo.

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort A perfect view of Pattaya Bay stretching all the way to Wongamat which is the next beach to the north.

Waterfront condo

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Construction was halted in 2014 due to alleged anomalies in the building specifications and planning permits.  Nobody seems to have any idea if and when work will re-commence.

In late 2016 it was reported they have to now remove the top 8 floors of the building.

Bali Hai pier

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Just below the view point is Bali Hai pier where for B30 you can take a ferry to Koh Larn where there are some excellent beaches and clean water.

A closer look at the pier.

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort The ferries to Koh Larn run about every 39 minutes from 10 am.

Admiral HRH Prince of Chumphon

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Admiral HRH Prince of Chumphon(also written as ‘Jumborn‘) is the man who is referred to as the ‘Father of the Royal Thai Navy’.

Pattaya city

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort The city behind Pattaya Bay Beach Resort.

View to the south

 photo View point 5.jpg As you can see there is a lot of construction under way in Pratamnak.

A building boom

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Well if it’s not a building boom I’m not sure how you would describe it in May 2016.

Sunset over Pattaya Bay.

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort

The sunsets in Pattaya Bay Beach Resort are as spectacular as anything I have seen in this world, as are the tropical storms.

Tropical storm

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort

During the wet season which is May to November these fierce storms roll in over the bay often causing severe damage to the beach. Follow this link to see the aftermath of Vamco in 2015.

Para-Sailors in Pattaya bay.

Here is a short video.

Pattaya Bay

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort A great view of the city.

Webcam Pattaya Bay Beach Resort

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David Herd ThailandI hope you enjoyed my Pattaya Bay Beach Resort photo blog.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Pattaya low cost budget hotels

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Just use THIS LINK for a terrific rate at the Wave Hotel.

                           What a great year for travel in 2015                  

                 Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Dubrobnik cable car        David Herd Thailand                     

                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vun tau

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Main Square Zagreb       Vung Tau

           

             Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
Plus free cancelation .🙂
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
That’s all folks

Beach Club Pattaya Bay

Pattaya webcam

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Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

February 13, 2016 by David Herd

The more things change the more they stay the same

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand are constantly popping up with many clubs closing and new venues opening. There is still nothing in the world quite like Walking Street Pattaya. Prices have risen and tourists numbers are down in 2016, however that does not deter new clubs from opening. In the last week I have visited two of these new hotspots, Taboo which is owned by some French guys from Paris and Virgins owned by a Russian fellow called Slava.

Taboo Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

An upmarket club with nice décor and friendly girls. I met two of the owners Glenn & Alex from Paris, they opened December 2015.

When you are in Taboo it’s up to you

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand Walking Street is always changing, old clubs closing and new ones opening. Just last week in Soi Diamond Sugarbaby closed it’s doors after 30 years in business. This photo was taking by LovePattayaThailand, check out some of the articles I write for them here.

                          The first thing I saw in Taboo

           photo-3sexy-babe

Right away I knew I was going to like this place. 🙂

Hello baby
Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand Half Thai and half Japanese, a great combination.

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand          Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand          Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

 Virgins

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand Now I’m quite sure you will find it very difficult to find a virgin working on Walking St. In fact the catchy name actually means the girls at Virgins have never worked in a Pattaya bar before. 🙂

Glass elevator

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Too lazy to climb the stairs? Well, there is a glass elevator to whisk you up to this dark sexy Go Go bar.

Rooftop Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand Here is something quite unique in Walking Street, a rooftop bar where you can have a drink and enjoy the view.

Looking down on Walking Street.

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand Views of Walking Street and Pattaya Bay.

Enjoy a spa with a lady

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand Thirty minutes in the spa with the lady of your choice and a bottle of Champagne for B6,500, sadly it’s way above my pay grade.

Eastern European girls

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand They come from Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan & Moldova, just make sure you have plenty of money because this is an expensive club.

Neon lights of Walking St

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand There certainly is no shortage of lights here.

Most people come here to see….

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

You guessed it.

Pothole & I certainly came here to see her.

 photo WalkingSt13.jpg There has been talk for many years about demolishing the buildings on the western side of Walking St as they have been built illegally on public land. Here is how I feel about this subject; 

If 1/2 of Walking St goes Pattaya will survive & thrive, times have changed and this city must change with it. Why should a few wealthy business people with a false sense of entitlement be allowed to build on public land for their own selfish needs?
 
A story in a local paper mentioned some  business people who believe it will negatively impact on tourism in Pattaya, or even the Pattaya condo market. I’m guessing they may be some of the real estate agents who charge over the top commissions. I say give the beach front back to the people.
 
What part of the phrase “public land” don’t they understand?
 
Full marks to the officials that have moved the hundreds of busses from Beach Road to Jomtien, it’s a wonderful improvement. However for some strange reason quite a few still unload passengers around the Hard Rock Hotel area. There are even police in attendance helping the tourists to cross the road. I’m guessing somebody with influence has approved this anomaly. 
 
Pattaya has been trying to clean up it’s image for years but progress is slow. Here is an idea from left field, Thailand was Siam, Myanmar was Burma, Beijing was Peking etc etc. Cities & countries can & do  change their name, I would change Pattaya to “MAGIC CITY”.
 
 For the first 5 years I would just add “MAGIC CITY” to Pattaya, after 5 years I would drop off Pattaya & just use “MAGIC CITY” .
 
As I said before you have to move with the times. 🙂
 
Yours sincerely the FiveStarVagabond, November 8 2016.
Here are the illegal building on Walking St

Walking St I say give the beach front back to the people.

Here I am in 2013 with some friends from Australia

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand My friend on the left is Nathan Corbett an absolute Muay Thai legend. He was world champion eleven times in 3 different weight divisions.

Walking St Pattaya

Walking St Pattaya Well here we are back on the street with a many alternatives new and old to cater for our every need. Walking St is totally unique, it offers many more choices than the three Bangkok red light districts, Soi Cowboy, Patpong & Nana Plaza.  Even Amsterdam’s famous RLD does not come close to Walking St Pattaya.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Pattaya low cost budget hotels

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

Just use THIS LINK for a terrific rate at the Wave Hotel.

The history of Walking St by Bangkok Post. 

Thanks for visiting my Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand photo blog.

Check out the other Thailand hotspots below.

Soi Cowboy                  Nana Plaza                           Patpong

Nana Plaza Bangkok pleasure palace           Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand                  Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

           Checkout some more of my terrific blogs on the links below.

             Lisbon                                 New York                       Airole Italy     

Lisbon restaurant            Wall St New York            Airole                         

             Menton                          Pattaya Storms                   Shibuya Tokyo

French Riviera            Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand            Shibuya Tokyo                 

        Hong Kong                        Florianopolos                         Dubrovnik

Kowloon Hong Kong           Joaquina Beach Florianopolis            Dubrovnik

           

              Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
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                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses

 

Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

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Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach

November 20, 2015 by David Herd

Glenelg

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beachAdelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach is where I decided to stay in October 2014. It is the oldest European settlement on mainland South Australia & was established in 1836.

Tram to the city

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach A pleasant way to travel to the heart of the city without any car parking problems.

Bay discovery centre

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach This building on the left was the town hall until 1997 and is now the Bay discovery centre. The building on the right is the Five Star Stanford Hotel which is the number one spot to stay in Glenelg & perhaps the whole of Adelaide, use this link for a great room rate.

Old Glenelg church

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach  The name Glenelg is noteworthy for being a palindrome.

The Glenelg Marina

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach There a quite a selection of restaurants at the marina and car parking is available in the basement.

Sunset Bar Glenelg         Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach                   Oyster Bar Glenelg Marina

Oyster Bar

Oyster Bar Glenelg Marina Denis Young and I have been friends since I lived in Adelaide in 1973, strangely we have hardly changed at all. 🙂

Grind It

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach A very good place for breakfast, which is rated number 2 restaurant in Glenelg by Tripadvisor.

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach

Adelaide seaside Glenelg beach Parkland between the Marina and town centre.

Here is a reasonable priced motel in a good location, use this link for a discounted room rate.

Cardone’s Seafood and Grill

Cardones Glenelg Rated number one by TripAdvisor out of 135 restaurants in Glenelg, I had dinner there twice and it was excellent.

Stanford Grand Hotel Glenelg

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach This has to be one of Adelaide’s prime locations.

Thanks for visiting my Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach photo blog

Adelaide seaside suburb Glenelg beach From here I drove the Great Ocean Road to Dromana in Victoria, via the car ferry across Port Phillip Bay.

Adelaide holds some wonderful memories for me, the 2 years I lived there in the 70s were as good as any in my life. Now to explain where I’m at and how I feel, I’ll leave it up to Glenn Frey.

                                    Here are some more posts to check out
 
              Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok
Sydney Opera house        Paris hotel        Grand Palace Bangkok
               Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
Tokyo        Carla, what a girl. photo CopacabanabeachNov2003-128.jpg        Buda Castle
           London                            Beijing                            Capetown
Kings road Chelsea        David & the General photo DHandthegeneral.jpg        David Herd Thailand

             Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
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                              Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 

After Dromana I flew to the Gold Coast.

 

In March 2014 I had a terrific world trip.

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Best Pattaya short travel guide

January 9, 2015 by David Herd

Best Pattaya travel guide gives you quick access to a number of my most popular travel blogs to help you enjoy the wonderful seaside city of Pattaya in Thailand.

Food in Pattaya

 

 
 

Pattaya Hotels

Siam @ Siam is one of Pattaya’s most interesting hotels

 

 

 

Pattaya budget hotels

 

 

Click here for a great golf venue.

 

 
 

Click here for the Beach Rd ballet.

 

 

 

Pattaya 24/7 webcam

 

 
 

 

Beaches north & south of Pattaya

 

 

Click here to see some of the funny sights in Pattaya.

April Songkran celebrations

 

 
 
 

 

Click here for some Russian babes in Pattaya.

 

Check out Soi 6 on Xmas day 2014

 

 
 
World famous walking Street

 

 
Pattaya LadyBoy show

Beer bar locations

Dentist, Doctor, Car rental etc.

 
Best Pattaya short travel guide
Best Pattaya short travel guide is probably an exaggeration, however I do hope you can get some good ideas through it.
 

                         Please check out some of the most popular below, and thank you for visiting.

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Best Pattaya short travel guide          Good Value Brisbane City Hotels         Best Pattaya short travel guide

           Koh Samui                          Korea                                  London

Thailand island          Best Pattaya short travel guide          St Pauls Cathredal London

         Bangkok                                Osaka                                     Pattaya

Red Sky Bar Bangkok          David Herd Thailand           photo a From my condo.jpg 

                                   

                                    Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
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                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

That’s all folks

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