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.

MBK food court Bangkok

January 17, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

MBK food court Bangkok

MBK food court Bangkok

MBK food court Bangkok is a popular destination among visitors & locals. The MBK mall is like a giant, air conditioned indoor market. The extensive food court offers street food prices with the luxury of being indoors. Food Island is essentially a large square of vendors, with plenty of seating.

Lobster 30% discount

MBK food court Bangkok

Apart from the busy food court there are many specialty restaurants offering all kinds of cuisines.

Anyone for pepper?

MBK food court Bangkok

The hardest part is deciding where to eat. 🙂

Japanese is always popular.

MBK food court Bangkok

In fact there are 53,000 Japanese people living in Bangkok. 

The Beef Master

MBK food court Bangkok

 Ranked 1,668 from 11,154 restaurants in Bangkok by TripAdvisor.

 Talking about beef

MBK food court Bangkok $76 USD a kilo for the American Tomahawk & $52 USD for the Australian, both are way over my budget. 🙂

Time for a desert?

MBK food court Bangkok It’s always time for a desert. 🙂

Can’t read the language.

MBK food court Bangkok But it sure looks like more sweets to add on the calories.

Here is my choice of desert.

MBK food court Bangkok Mango & sticky rice is an iconic Thailand desert.

Thanks for visiting my MBK food court Bangkok photo blog.

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Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok

January 14, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok is Thailand’s tallest building featuring a glass floor 314 metres above the busy streets of Bangkok. A two-tiered observation tower is part of the complex that also hosts Bangkok’s highest rooftop bar and a 63-square metre glass tray floor. I visited with Brad Robbins, my friend from Townsville Australia, his girlfriend Por & her daughter Pang.

WOW! What an amazing building.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Quite breathtaking as you can clearly see.

Let’s buy our tickets.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok The price is rather high, B850 or $26 USD for adults & B250 or $7.80 USD for children & seniors, & guess what? I’m a senior, YIPPEE!

How about this view?

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok The golden dome is the State tower with the famous Sirocco sky bar.

Across the Chao Phraya river is Iconsiam

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Which is a large shopping mall, which opened to the public on 10 November 2018, as well as hotels and residences. 

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok The terrible haze covering Bangkok really effects the photo quality. I’ll visit again when the sky is blue.

The view is still spectactular

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Imagine what it will be like on a beautiful fine day.

Elevator or the final 3 floors.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Going up was very fast, 74 floors in 50 seconds. Going down King Power set a trap for you, they force you to walk through 4 or 5 floors of shops, to make matters worse the exit on each floor is not clearly marked, so it is very difficult to get out of the building. 

The famous glass floor.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok You must take off your shoes & wear soft covers.

Not for the faint hearted.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok If you suffer from vertigo the glass floor is not for you. 🙂

The highest point.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok Refreshments are available from the shop.

Finally we escape the King Power maze.

Mahanakhon Sky Walk Bangkok You feel like quoting Martin Luther King “Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

That’s all folks

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Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant

November 24, 2018 by David Herd

Great value Japanese food

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant at Central Marina shopping mall serves excellent quality food at a very good price.

Small compact restaurant

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant I dine regularly at MK right next door to Miyazaki & have walked past dozens of times since the mall was rebuilt in 2017. However the food was such good value I won’t be walking past in the future. 🙂

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant I ordered the special set of NZ beef, vegetables, miso soup & rice at a low price of B280 or $11.70 AUD.

Loved the vegetables & the Miso soup

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant There is no doubt I will be a regular here. Although in Pattaya we do have many very good Japanese restaurants.

NZ beef was fabulous

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant Rare, juicy & tender, cooked to perfection. 🙂

My compliments to the chef. 🙂

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant I can’t believe how lucky we are living in Pattaya with so many great places to eat, every possible cuisine & price range, from five star hotels to street food. Since Terminal 21 opened on October 19 2018 Central Marina has lost half it’s customers, I do feel sorry for their loss of business, on the other had it’s much quieter & more peaceful. 

Friday night at 8 pm.

Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant Only 2 other customers apart from myself. Many thanks for visiting my Miyazaki Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant photo blog.

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Holiday Inn

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

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.

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Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

March 19, 2018 by David Herd

It certainly has the WOW! factor.

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant is rated #630 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok by TripAdvisor. I went there for the Saturday brunch which was good value at B1,150 or $37 USD.

The decor is exceptional

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantLocated at 39 Boulevard Tower, 2 floor, Soi Sukhumvit 39 ( Soi Phrom Chit), BTS phromphong, Bangkok 10110.

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

I hope you can read a map. 🙂

 Different room options

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThere are 4 or 5 different room options depending on your mood which is a nice touch.

I chose this room.

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantIt was lunch time & very hot outside so sitting away from the windows was a very good option.

Another small section

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

So many choices & such little time. 🙂

What about the food you ask?

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThe range was very good to excellent, starting with an interesting plate of black bread.

An ice cold Asahi beer

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantMost certainly my beer of choice.

Followed by a Lobster bisque

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantRather small but very tasty indeed, I gave it 9 out of 10.

 The Foie Gras was 10 out of 10

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThis was a fabulous taste sensation, certainly 10 out of 10.

Main course

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant Lamb shoulder was very tasty but a little too stringy for me, I gave it 7.5 out of 10.

Another 10 out of 10 here

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThis pancake was to die for, a great finish to an excellent lunch. 

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant Thanks for visiting my Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant photo blog.  Follow THIS LINK to see many great restaurants nearby.

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Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

March 19, 2018 by David Herd

So many restaurants & such little time

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok, was where I walked from the Whale’s Belly restaurant to Sukhumvit Road. I was amazed by the number of restaurants along this trail, so I decided to show you some of them & give you the TripAdvisor ratings to help you decide where you want to eat. 

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Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokTripAdvisor rating is #165 of 10,435 Restaurants in BangkokThis is top of my list the next time I visit the city. Located at 26 Soi Phrom Chit, Sukhumvit 31.

Peppina Sukhumvit 33

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokRated #341 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok by TripAdvisor.

Harvest in Sukhumvit Soi 31.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokTripAdvisor rate it #273 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok. Another high ranking establishment, it’s amazing how many good restaurants you see when you take a walk through the Big Mango. 🙂

Bella Napoli

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

3/1 Sukhumvit soi 31Bangkok, Thailand, rated #490 of 11,298 Restaurants in Bangkok.
T-Pochana Branch SuKhumvit

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokAnother very highly rated restaurant according to TripAdvisor #333 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

 Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok, Azuma

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokThis is the first one in the area with a higher rating of #1,153 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

We are now on Sukhumvit Road

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokBack to the high TripAdvisor rating of #574 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

El Toro House of Meat

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokThis Brazilian & Argentinian restaurant is located at 519, Sukhumvit Road not far from Asoke BTS.

You are not going to believe this rating for Indulge Fusion & cocktail bar.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokAn amazing Tripadvisor rating of #41 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

After reading the reviews I can’t wait to go there.

Last but not least The Penalty Spot.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

A very nice looking sports bar close to Asoke station.

Beautiful decor but some poor reviews.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokNot a bad rating for a sports bar, #1,897 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Some comments here from unhappy customers.

Here is where I walked.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokAll the above restaurants were along this route.

Many thanks for visiting my Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok photo blog, I will certainly be visiting some of these hidden gems soon.

The Hass Bistro

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokThis new restaurant is not on the above route however I am including as avocados are one of my all time favourite things to eat any time anywhere. 

Looking forward to going here on my next Bangkok trip

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

Their Hass avocados are shipped from New Zealand and are served in every imaginable form and flavor. In the crunchy avocado (B240), breaded wedges of avocado are deep-fried for creamy, crispy mouthfuls with a side of sriracha aioli dip. The Avo Burger (prawn B395, chicken B335), meanwhile, really isn’t a burger at all, substituting bread for avocado halves and beef for chicken or prawn, with layers of lettuce, cheese and red onions. On the Thai-fusion end, there’s a tom yam pasta (B395) served with grilled prawns, cherry tomatoes and, somewhat superfluous here, slices of avocado. Avocados are also available for purchase for B89 a piece. 

 

The Hass Bistro, 1/6 Sukhumvit Soi 49, Bangkok, Thailand, 099-192-9626
   
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Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4

March 18, 2018 by David Herd

Improvements to Nana in Bangkok

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4 Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4 are taking place right now in March 2018. A huge roof is being built over the Plaza & the bars in the centre are being built again.

Lucky Lukes is still the same

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4First bar on the right as you enter.

 VW bar at the back

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4 Quite a nice addition to the plaza, apparently it has been here 3 years yet I rarely venture to the back of Nana.

Playschool is an old favourite revamped

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4You gotta love the pink. 🙂

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4Lollipop makes a comeback. It was Suckers & before that Lollipop again.

Here it is in 2017.

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4

This to me is the quintessential Nana Plaza photo, sums up many of the customers. 🙂

 Re-building the bars, again.

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4This is at least the 3rd time the bars in the centre courtyard have been re-built, I have a feeling the current owners will do it right this time.

Last re-build was 2013, check this link.

Turn the clock back to 1997

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My first visit was 1997 which was the start of a long and happy connection, not necessarily because of the Thai girls who are there basically to relieve you of your hard earned cash, more because of the great times I have enjoyed with friends from all over the world. Check out this photo blog which showcases them and many of the gorgeous babes we got tangled up with over these decades of decadence. 🙂

Another longtime Nana Plaza bar.

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4Rainbow 1 has been at Nana Plaza for as long as I can remember.

Let’s wander down Soi 4

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4This is one of about 4 Hillary bars.

New kid on the block

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4Just a short stroll down Soi 4 on the opposite side of the road.

Located in front of  the old Rajah hotel.

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4The bars offer a nice alternative to the rowdy Nana Plaza.

Semi open beer garden

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4At the front of Broadway in Soi 4.

Opposite Broadway is the Red Zone

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4Apart from the new bars there are a couple of high rise buildings under construction, hotels or condos, not sure which.

Used to be Bangkok & before that Spellbound

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4 The more things change the more they stay the same. I first came to Nana Plaza in 1996, & here I am again in October 2018 drinking ice cold Tiger beer & listening to the Eagles sing Hotel California, the perfect song for this incredible venue. “You can check out anytime you want but you can never leave.”

Big Dogs has also changed a little.

Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4 Still a great spot to watch the arrivals.

Thanks for visiting my Big Changes Nana Plaza Plus Soi 4 photo blog.

Click on bottom right hand corner for full screen.

A-One hotel on Beach Road

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For a great room rate at the A-One hotel opposite the beach just book through THIS LINK.               

 

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Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

March 18, 2018 by David Herd

The Grill at The Grove

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok Wine Connection Central World Bangkok is called the Grill at the Groove, & is ideally located in the best location in Ratchaprasong district, this central business district is easily accessible via three different Skywalk links between BTS Siam station and BTS Chitlom Station.

Each Wine Connection restaurant has a liquor store where you can purchase wines from all over the world at very reasonable prices.

 Stunning decor

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

Great atmosphere, good service & excellent food.

Busy open kitchen

Wine Connection Central World BangkokThese guys really earn their money.

My brother Warren & Elyssa his daughter

Wine Connection Central World BangkokThey both love the food at Wine Connection.

 Elyssa loved the eggplant

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

The eggplant & the cold cuts with cheese are Elyssa’s favourites.

Spanish prawns

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok My favourite dish at  Wine Connection Central World Bangkok.

Good value Australian red wine

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

Priced at only B450 if you take it home or B500 if you drink it there.

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

Wine Connection Central World BangkokThe bar area is rather spectacular as you can clearly see.

A very good pasta selection

Wine Connection Central World Bangkok

The extensive menu has a great variety of pasta & pizzas.

Finally…..

Wine Connection Central World BangkokThe terrific slow cooked lamb shank.

You can probably now understand why Wine Connection is my favourite Bangkok restaurant chain.

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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.

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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.

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Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

July 19, 2017 by David Herd

Typical Bangkok street kitchen

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy over a 4 day period in July 2017. There are so many terrific places to eat in Bangkok, from 5 star hotels to street food & everything in between. The 3 of us guys were wondering if any Thai people actually eat a home. 🙂

Au Bon Pain for breakfast

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy We start our day at Au Bon Pain in Silom or one of the many Starbucks in and around Silom Rd near Sala Daeng BTS station. The coffee & croissants are excellent, my favorite is the ham & cheese at Starbucks.

Here it is

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

 A perfect start to the day, add a tall latte for a cost of B230 or $7 usd.

However if you are on a budget

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Foodland (open 24/7) has a breakfast “happy hour”, if you eat before 9.am an American breakfast including coffee & juice will only cost you B62 or $1.80 usd, priceless. 🙂

Le Bouchen in Patpong

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

TripAdvisor rates Le Bouchen #176 of 9,969 restaurants in Bangkok. I think this is a gross exaggeration, don’t get me wrong, the couple of entrees we had were very good, however it’s an old world French restaurant that doesn’t deserve such a high rating. Dishes were Lasagna with lobster sauce & a Lobster bisque in pastry which was quite excellent.

 These were excellent

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Lasagna with lobster sauce & a Lobster bisque in pastry.

Uminoya Izakaya

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

I really enjoyed the food & wine at Uminoya.

Two excellent dishes

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

Funny story of the day, the skewers were around B250 & the eel B180, or so I thought until the bill came. It was B2100 or $84 aud including 2 large glasses of red, I had made a small error, the eel was B1189 ++, when I ordered it I thought it seemed too cheap. 🙂 🙂 🙂

 China White 3rd floor Central World

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Really good low cost Chinese food.

I will definitely visit China White again.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy They served the best BBQ pork I have had for a long time.

Roast at The Commons

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

My brother Warren & I both agree the lunch “special” at “Roast” on the top floor is the best value we have ever had in Thailand, & in most other countries as well. There is a choice on entree, main course & desert for only B340 or $10 usd.

The busy kitchen at “Roast”.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

We were both so impressed not just with the food, but the presentation, service & cleanliness of this reasonably hard to find top floor restaurant.

 Fresh vegetables in Patpong

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Thai people has taken street to an art form. Follow THIS LINK for more Thai street food.

Capri pizzas at Asiatique

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy This is definitely one of my favorite photos.

 Chicken skewers look good here.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy The Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy continues, there is temptation around every corner.

The Wine Connection

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy There are about 6 branches in Bangkok, this one is in Silom. Choose your wine from their well stocked cellar.

My favorite dish at Wine Connection

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

Spanish Style Gambas, cooked exactly like I used to have them in Australia 40 years ago. 🙂 Check out the new Pattaya branch on THIS LINK.

Ice cream shop at Central World

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy We used our willpower & resisted the temptation until we got to Swensen’s at Siam Paragon. 🙂 Can you believe TripAdvisor rate Swensen’s  #166 of 10,489 Places to Eat in Bangkok.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

The frenzy continued in Pattaya, here is Ray overwhelmed by the size of the schnitzel at Lekerle.

Well that’s all for now folks, farewell from EmQuartier

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Many thanks for visiting my Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy photo blog.

All the Bangkok photos are here.

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The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

July 17, 2017 by David Herd

Up the lazy river

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok are one of the many interesting sights in this great city. Take the Sky Train to Saphan Taksin station or grab a taxi. The river ferries leave from just below the station.

Above is the free shuttle to Asiatique an excellent night market 10 minutes away. Lots of terrific restaurants, be careful if you want to take a taxi home from there, they will quote B400 for an B80 ride, the Bangkok taxi Mafia is in full operation here.

Sathorn Unique Tower

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok 

Planned as a high-rise condominium complex, construction of the building was halted during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, when it was about 80 percent complete. It’s now the most prominent of Bangkok’s many derelict buildings, and has become a destination for urban explorers.

One of the many skyscrapers.

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok Bangkok is really going through a building boom, particularly along the mighty Chao Praya river.

One of the very tall buildings.

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Sunset on the river

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok There are many ferries large & small taking people on a cruise along the mighty Chao Phraya river, follow THIS LINK for another of my photo blogs.

The golden dome

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Centre Point Hotel Silom

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok 

Centre Point Hotel Silom is the white building close to the State Tower, excellent 45 M2 rooms, for a discounted room rate just book through THIS LINK. 

All shapes & sizes

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok  So many interesting boats on the river.

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

How would you ever find a life-jacket if there was a problem with the ferry?

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