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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

November 15, 2016 by David Herd

Nagasaki Station

Nagasaki city harbour street drummersNagasaki city harbour street drummers, arriving at the station by Shinkansen from Kagoshima, I was eagerly anticipating the history and subsequent recovery of this fascinating city on the west coast of Kyushu Island.

Trams

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers A great way to get around the city in Nagasaki, my hotel was only 200 meters from the station where all the trams stopped as well. 

 My favourite Nagasaki sign

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers It’s on billboards, the side of trains & trams, wonderful Japanese humour. 🙂

Kankō Maru

Nagasaki nature culture history Kankō Maru was Japan’s first steam-powered warship, originally a Dutch warship named Soembing it was presented to Japan in 1854 and renamed Kankō Maru. 

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Kankō Maru 

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers She was based at Tsukiji until she was sent to the scrapyard in 1876. This exact replica was built in the Netherlands in 1987, it has a crew of 14 and can carry up to 300 passengers.

 Waterfront restaurants

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers A number of restaurants overlook the harbour, I enjoyed many ice cold beers with two Sydney guys I met on a tour to Battleship Island.

Nagasaki nature culture history

img_5967Here I am with Doug & Waz, not much culture but lots of tradition, we solved many of the world’s problems before finally having dinner at Gorm’s, a very nice Italian restaurant.

Hills overlooking Nagasaki

Nagasaki nature culture history One one side of the city is the bay & the other side hills overlooking the city.

 Let there be drums

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers On two occasions I was so lucky to see street performances by some amazing artists. 

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

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Just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

Nagasaki ferry terminal

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers I bought a ticket to Battleship Island.

Ferry terminal

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers The terminal itself looks like a ship with a huge funnel. 🙂

In front of the station

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers The tram stop was in front of Nagasaki station and my hotel was just around the corner.

Orion Hotel

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers Perfect location only a three minute walk to the station. Rated highly by AGODA, book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate with free WiFi.

 That’s all for now.

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers Thanks for visiting my Nagasaki city harbour street drummers photo blog, if you have time please check out the Peace Park, Battleship Island & Nagasaki food.

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Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

November 5, 2016 by David Herd

On the shores on Kinko Bay

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city on Kyushu Island, is the capital of Kagoshima Prefecture. It’s well known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. Once set on an isolated island, the volcano became connected to the Osumi Peninsula after an eruption in 1914.

A very interesting city

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city Lots to see & do, sadly the weather was not kind to me so I didn’t get to see as much as I would have liked.

Some very cute cars

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city Japan is a great country for producing interesting vehicles, here is a very cute example. It reminded me of the great little “drive yourself” cars I saw in Yokohama last year. 

Helpful Docomo staff

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city I had some trouble with my sim card that I purchased in Tokyo, these lovely people at Docomo shop in Tenmonkan really went to a lot of trouble to help me out. 

Did I mention the wonderful food?

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city I was so impressed by the great food in Kagoshima, this restaurant was called Unagi no Sueyoshi & specialised in eel.

Covered arcades

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city Hundreds of shops & restaurants in the Tenmonkan shopping arcade which has a roof to provide shade from the sun and also protection from the volcanic ash from Mount Sakurajima. There are retail stores, boutiques, & restaurants selling traditional Kagoshima food.

 Ferry to Mount Sakurajima

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city Just a short inexpensive boat across Kinko Bay.

Hotel Sunflex

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city My hotel was only 10 minutes walk to lots of restaurants & the ferry terminal, a great location and a great room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

Japanese hotels have everything you need

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city The only thing to keep in mind is most of the budget hotels won’t let you check in until 3 or 4pm. So best to time your arrival around then.

Of course you can buy cold beer 24/7

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Unlike the nanny states in Australia you can buy alcohol from vending machines in your hotel. 🙂

 Shinkansen

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city Or Bullet train as it is called in the west transports you from city to city at speeds up to 320 km per hour.

Here is a short video of the Bullet train.

The train is arriving at Hiroshima. 

Looks like Sydney Opera House

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay has a similar look to the Sydney Opera House. Not nearly as spectacular of course but certainly well worth a visit.

This guy is giving me the stare.

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city They are so sleek and sinister.

Mount Sakurajima

Kagoshima Japanese seaside cityThe active volcano dominates the skyline just a 4 kilometres across Kinko Bay.

Plumes of smoke, cracks of lighting and a flow of lava came bellowing out of Japan’s Mount Sakruajima in July 2016. Located in a scenic bay on the southern island of Kyushu, this 1,117 meter high volcano has been a sleeping giant for the past three years prior to this fiery spectacle. The incident took place at 12:02 am on Tuesday at the mountain’s Showa crater, which resulted in a 5,000 meter high column of ash – but officials say no fatalities have been reported. Credit to STACY LIBERATORE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM  Read about it here.

Experts have voiced concerns about the volcanic activity on the Pacific Island, primarily that it could be completely wiped by one massive eruption in the next century – killing all of its some 127 million inhabitants.

Dolphin Port

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city Only 5 minutes walk from my hotel Kagoshima’s newest spot “Dolphin Port” opened along the Kinko Bay in April, 2005. Dolphin Port consists of restaurants and shops.

Mekkemon, Dolphin Port

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city Rated number 5 by TripAdvisor from 2921 restaurants in Kagoshima, this really was the best sushi train restaurant I have ever been to.

Kagomma Furusato Yataimura

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city There are 25 restaurants in this little village near the station, each one offers a variety of delicious dishes with ingredients from different areas of Kagoshima.

Overcast & raining

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Except for my first day it was overcast & raining for the rest of my stay.

Umbrellas everywhere

 photo IMG_5702.jpg In the 3 weeks I was away there was only 3 or 4 days of rain.

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Kagoshima Japanese seaside city

Plenty of lights at night.

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Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

October 22, 2016 by David Herd

Looks like Sydney Opera House

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko BayKagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay has a similar look to the Sydney Opera House. Not nearly as spectacular of course but certainly well worth a visit.

Whale shark

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay The whale shark is the largest of the fish species. The biggest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 meters and a weight of around 21.5 ton.

Here is a video of the Whale Shark & others.

I’t’s so peaceful & relaxing watching these amazing fish swim lazily in circles around the huge pool.

Another big guy

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay I can’t remember how many years it has been since I was at an aquarium, it was a total pleasure visiting the aquarium at Kagoshima. Entry was 1500 Yen or $14 USD.

Another huge tank with a great variety of fish

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay The women in the photo gives you an idea of the size of the tank & the fish.

Jelly fish

 photo IMG_20161021_152237.jpg Jellyfish are the most efficient swimmers in the oceans. They use less energy to cover a given distance than any other ocean creature. Follow THIS LINK for some great information.

Big body, small head.

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay The huge variety of marine life is quite amazing.

Hiding among the reeds

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay This little guy was only about 6 inches long.

Here are some starfish in the background

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The starfish is not a fish. It’s an echinoderm, closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars.

There are some 2,000 species of sea star living in all the world’s oceans, from tropical habitats to the cold seafloor. The five-arm varieties are the most common, hence their name, but species with 10, 20, and even 40 arms exist.

They have bony, calcified skin, which protects them from most predators, and many wear striking colors that camouflage them or scare off potential attackers. Purely marine animals, there are no freshwater sea stars, and only a few live in brackish water.

Beyond their distinctive shape, sea stars are famous for their ability to regenerate limbs, and in some cases, entire bodies. They accomplish this by housing most or all of their vital organs in their arms. Some require the central body to be intact to regenerate, but a few species can grow an entirely new sea star just from a portion of a severed limb.

Most sea stars also have the remarkable ability to consume prey outside their bodies. Using tiny, suction-cupped tube feet, they pry open clams or oysters, and their sack-like cardiac stomach emerges from their mouth and oozes inside the shell. The stomach then envelops the prey to digest it, and finally withdraws back into the body. Credit National Geographic.

Here is another video, great shots of sharks swimming.

These sharks are absolutely fascinating creatures, so streamlined & graceful.

Great location & excellent hotel

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay My hotel is only 10 minutes walk to the aquarium, a great location and a great room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

Now for some more sashimi 🙂

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay Another beautiful looking creature.

Deep sea worms

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay  Despite being an inland bay, Kinko Bay reaches depths of more than 200 meters, making it home to deep see marine life as well. Additionally, a new species of tube worm, or Lamellibrachia Satsuma, can be found on the sea floor at depths of around 90 meters in the upper bay. Research has shown that this unique population is supported by underwater volcanic vents from Mt. Sakurajima that spew hydrogen sulfide from the sea floor.

A few small fish among the coral

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay The coral itself makes a beautiful display.

You have seen the worms, now how about a sea snake?

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay Snakes are one of the things I have always been afraid of. Gowing up in Australia which has nine of the ten most venemous snakes in the world, is it any wonder we are scared of them? 🙂

Beautiful colours

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay You really can spend hours watching these wonderful creatures.

Stonefish, most venemous fish in the world.

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay  Stonefish are venomous, dangerous, and even fatal to humans. It is one of the most venomous fish known. They are found in the coastal regions of the Indo-Pacific.

Video of the Stonefish in full camouflage

Very hard to see this guy, looks just like the surrounding rocks.

This guy is giving me the stare. 🙂

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay They are so sleek and sinister.

Imagine swimming in the sea & seeing this guy coming toward you.

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

I think I would die of a heart attack before he got to me. 🙂

Watching the seals being fed

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay Always popular with the crowd is feeding time.

Video of the dolphins

Personally I don’t like to see these wonderful intelligent animals in captivity, they need to be free in the ocean, not imprisoned in a small pool.

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay

Kagoshima City Aquarium Kinko Bay Just 10 minutes walk from my great hotel.

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Brisbane City River South Bank

August 29, 2016 by David Herd

Brisbane City Hall

Brisbane City River South Bank Brisbane City River South Bank was a pleasant surprise for me, it had been many years since I last visited and the changes were many. Way back in the 90s when I worked for Metway Bank and the NRMA I would travel there regularly for the endless tedious meetings banks & insurance companies were famous for. This trip was purely for pleasure after spending 10 days on the Gold Coast.

Uniting Church Albert St

Brisbane City River South Bank Across the road from City Hall stands this delightful old church which was originally built in 1888.

From the old to the new

Brisbane City River South Bank Infinity tower is the magnificent tall building (81 floors) on the left and the monster on the far right is 1 William Street which will house only government departments. The photo was taken from the William Jolly Bridge.

The William Jolly Bridge

Brisbane City River South Bank The art deco design bride was built during the depression and opened in March 1932.

 Sunday Suitcase sale August 21st 2016

Brisbane City River South Bank The majority seemed to be backpackers selling their old clothes.

Treasury Casino

Brisbane City River South Bank  Treasury Casino was formerly the Lands Administration Building until it became a casino in 1995.

Many cranes on the skyline

Brisbane City River South Bank There is no doubt Brisbane is in the middle of a building boom, just count the cranes on this small part of the city.

CityHopper is free

Brisbane City River South Bank

The CityHopper lets you travel the Brisbane river for free, the ferries run every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. Follow the link below for all the information.

Simply hop on and hop off and enjoy all the Brisbane River and city sights.

City Cat

Brisbane City River South Bank Another great way to see Brisbane’s city and suburbs. Check out THIS LINK for my photo blog.

A sunny Sunday afternoon at South Bank.

Brisbane City River South Bank Lots of people cross the river to visit South Bank with its many attractions.

South Bank tranquil garden

Brisbane City River South Bank The garden has a genuine rain forest feel.

A beautiful pagoda.

Brisbane City River South Bank This Nepalese Pagoda was originally brought to Brisbane for Expo 88, in fact I actually remember seeing it back then. Incredibly this is one of only three Nepalese peace pagodas in the world to be located outside of Nepal.

As you can see from my Brisbane City River South Bank photo blog there is so much to see in this great city.

The Wheel of Brisbane

Brisbane City River South Bank Nowhere near as large as London or Tokyo but it certainly looks very nice at night. 🙂

 Approaching Equilibrium

Brisbane City River South Bank This sculpture in front of the Queensland Art Gallery is named “Approaching Equilibrium”, I guess people with more understanding of art than I possess will appreciate it. In my opinion a better name would be “Big Black Mosquito”. 🙂

The heart of Brisbane

 photo IMG_4353.jpg The Queen Street Mall is certainly the heart of Brisbane, no traffic, lots of shops & restaurants.

Relax in the Mall

Brisbane City River South Bank A great “people watching” place where you can enjoy dinner & a glass of wine.

Lots of colour, lots of shops

 photo IMG_4447.jpg Day or night the mall is a hive of activity.

Eagle Street pier

Brisbane City River South Bank Eagle Street is Brisbane’s business hub, jump on a City Cat and cruise along the river past many of the cities landmarks.

Huge towers beside Eagle Street wharf.

Brisbane City River South Bank Lots of offices and lots of good bars & restaurants to capture the workers for lunch and dinner.

Cruise past the wheel on a City Cat.

Brisbane City River South Bank Cruise past the wheel on your way to lunch at The Regatta Hotel, you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

The Regatta Hotel

Brisbane City River South Bank

The perfect spot for lunch or dinner, great steaks and good service. Check out my photo blog here.

Regatta Hotel

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Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

August 28, 2016 by David Herd

Abby On Roma

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels Good Value Brisbane City Hotels starting with Abby On Roma which is directly opposite Roma St railway station. The coffee shop you see on the ground floor does an excellent breakfast. Use THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

The header on this post shows two of the hotels I will mention later, The Park Regis and Meriton serviced apartments. For excellent room rates just book through the highlighted links.

 Ibis Styles

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels Located at 40 Elizabeth Street in the heart of the city. Nice rooms and friendly staff, good shopping arcade next door where you will fine Coles supermarket & Target. Book through THIS LINK for a very good room rate.

Park Regis North Quay

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels Very nice rooms with an incredible view. About an 8 minute walk to Queen St Mall. My only complaint was the very poor internet service, they give you a miserly 250 meg per day. Book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

View from Park Regis one of the Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels One of the best river & city views from my room on the 7th floor.

Park Regis pool & Infinity Tower incorporating  Meriton hotel & serviced apartments.

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As you can see the Meriton Infinity tower is a spectacular building.

Riverside Hotel Southbank

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels Just across the road from South Bank and the convention centre. Book through THIS LINK for a discounted rate.

Meriton hotel & serviced apartments aka Infinity Tower

Good Value Brisbane City Hotels

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Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations

August 27, 2016 by David Herd

Harajuku Gyoza

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations I visited in August 2016 included Harajuku Gyoza at 141 Queen St. The service was good and the Gyoza excellent. There are two other branches, one in South Bank the other in Fortitude Valley.

Busy chef at work

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations

The Gyoza was as good as I have experienced in Japan.

Little Singapore is adjacent to Harajuku Gyoza

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations

TripAdvisor rating is 502 out of 3,180 Brisbane restaurants.

Vapiano 191 Albert St Queen Street Mall

Brisbane city Restaurants Also opposite Harajuku Gyoza and I could not believe the queue waiting for a table. I didn’t eat there myself but if the queue is any indication the food must be good. 🙂

Comuna Cantina

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations Mexican restaurant in the same complex as the above at 175 Albert St.

Comuna

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations Latin, Mexican & South American dishes , dine in or takeaway.

Chez Nous opposite Roma St station

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations Very busy for breakfast, good coffee and quick service. For an excellent room rate at Abby o Roma just book through THIS LINK.

Pony Dining Eagle Street Pier

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations

Great location and some good reviews, however I thought the food was over rated & expensive.

Pony Dining

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations Ambience & service was fine but I’m guessing I ordered the wrong dishes.

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I’m positive I won’t return, there are too many other choices in the area that I need to try.

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations As you can see there are many restaurant choices on Brisbane Riverside, follow THIS LINK for more suggestions.

 Jimmy’s on the Mall

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations One of Brisbane’s most popular restaurant bars & probably the best “people watching” spot in the city.

 Lots of choices in Queen St Mall

 photo IMG_4448.jpg Sidewalk cafes & restaurants offering all types of food are everywhere on Queen St Mall.

 Pig & Whistle

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations There are six of these popular drinking spots in Brisbane. Based on a British Pub with live sports screens, follow THIS LINK for the locations.

Finally make sure you visit the Regatta Hotel

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations The Boathouse at the Regatta is an excellent restaurant with very good aged beef & an interesting wine list.

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Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

August 26, 2016 by David Herd

South Bank Wharf

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

 Brisbane City Cat River Cruise started for me at the South Bank Wharf and took me on a 45 minute cruise almost to the Gateway Bridge and back. This post will highlight many of the wonderful Brisbane buildings along the river.

 Treasury Casino

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise Overlooking the river is the Treasury Casino where they will be very happy to relieve you of your hard earned cash. 🙂

What a monster

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise I believe this huge skyscraper will house most government offices when completed. That’s the Victoria Bridge in the foreground.

South Bank Ferris wheel

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise Not as large as London or Tokyo but it does look nice at night. 🙂

Another look at the Monster

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise Called the Government’s new Executive Building it towers over Brisbane river.

Riverside buildings

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise This is the heart of the Brisbane business centre.

Huge towers dominate the skyline

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

The city cat stops right here for the workers to commute from home.

City Cat arriving

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise What a great way to get around Brisbane, my 1.5 hour trip only cost me around $3.

The famous Story Bridge

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise The Story Bridge first opened in 1940, & is named after prominent public servant, John Douglas Story.

Beautiful old paddle steamer

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise Kookaburra Queen paddle wheelers are famous for their dinner cruises.

 Luxury living

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise What more could you want than a waterfront penthouse and this fabulous ship tied up in front?

Beautiful old ferry wharf

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise So nice to see these beautiful old structures preserved.

Bretts Wharf

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise Hundreds of modern (and expensive) condos are sprouting adjacent to the ferry stops, what a great way to commute to the city rather than fighting the road traffic.

Bretts Wharf up close

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise The city cats are smooth, comfortable and fast.

City Cat

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise You can also sit outside at the bow and the stern.

Enjoy the fresh air and the wind in your face

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise The perfect spot to take photos of this wonderful city.

The Gateway Bridge

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise Construction on the Gateway Bridge commenced on 5 June 1980. It was officially opened on 11 January 1986.

Brisbane River

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise As you can see the river meanders through the suburbs and almost circles the city.

CityHopper is free

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

The CityHopper lets you travel the Brisbane river for free, the ferries run every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. The ferry travels along the Brisbane River, to North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals.

Simply hop on and hop off and enjoy all the Brisbane River and city sights.

 I leave the City Cat after a terrific 90 minute cruise.

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise You can take the City Cat in both directions from the city, a nice idea would be to head in the direction of Toowong and disembark at the fabulous Regatta Hotel, a great place for lunch, dinner or a few drinks. Follow THIS LINK to see this iconic hotel.

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise

Brisbane City Cat River Cruise This city is just getting better & better, it’s now August 2016 and the number of cranes on the skyline indicate a building boom.

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Bangkok Silom Sky Bar Cloud 47

January 24, 2016 by David Herd

Bangkok before & after sunset

Bangkok Silom Sky Bar Cloud 47

 Bangkok Sky Bar Cloud 47 in Sathorn Rd is one of the many wonderful Sky bars in this great city. Much more casual and affordable than the others with an amazing city view.

Looking toward Baiyoke Tower

Bangkok Silom Sky Bar Cloud 47 About 45 minutes before sunset  in this city of 8 million people.

A closer look at Baiyoke Tower

Bangkok Silom Sky Bar Cloud 47

The building directly in front of the Baiyoke Sky hotel is Centara Grand at CentralWorld. On the top floor is the magnificent Red Sky Bar.

Chang draught beer special

Bangkok Silom Sky Bar Cloud 47 Pay only B299 or $12 AUD for unlimited Chang draught between 5 and 7 pm. A great deal for beer drinkers.

 Thai Wah Tower II aka Banyan Tree Hotel

Bangkok Sky Bar Cloud 47 The tall building in the centre is the Banyan Tree Hotel which has another famous Sky bar and restaurant called Vertigo on the 61st floor.

Bangkok’s tallest buildings

Bangkok tallest buildings

 Stunning outlook

Bangkok Sky Bar Cloud 47 This is from a small bar area on the 2nd floor which would be a great spot for a private party.

A slightly different angle

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Maybe you prefer a tent

Bangkok Sky Bar Cloud 47 Bangkok Sky Bar Cloud 47 really is one of the cities great location. 47th Floor, United Center Building, Silom, Bangkok. Tel: +66 91 889 9600. For you Thai speakers suay mak mak.

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 Just before sunset

Bangkok Silom Sky Bar Cloud 47 We are eagerly waiting for the lights of the city to come on.

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Bangkok’s tallest building

 MahaNakhon is a luxury mixed-use skyscraper currently under construction in the Silom/Sathon central business area of Bangkok. Designed to fit into the Thai landscape with a unique pixelated facade, it will have the unconventional appearance of a glass curtain walled square tower with a cuboid-surfaced spiral cut into the side of the building. Upon its estimated completion in 2015, it will become the tallest building in Bangkok at 314 metres (1,030 ft), with 77 floors. Featuring hotel, retail and residences, 200 units of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok inside the building are priced between around US$1,100,000 to US$17,000,000, making it one of the most expensive condominiums in Bangkok. From Wikipedia.

My favourite time of the day

Bangkok Sky Bar Cloud 47 Such an exciting sight to see the lights of the “Big Mango” start to come to life.

 Bangkok traffic

Bangkok Silom Sky Bar Cloud 47

 

Peak hour is a good time to avoid the Bangkok traffic, take the Sky train instead.

Larry is quenching his thirst

Bangkok Silom Sky Bar Cloud 47 My friend Larry Krausz has recently moved to Thailand from Australia, we have known each other for quite a while, in fact in 1999 we travelled around the world including Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Absolutely breathtaking

Bangkok Silom Sky Bar Cloud 47 City views don’t get much better than this.

Bangkok Sky Bar Cloud 47

Bangkok Sky Bar Cloud 47 By now we were on our 6th beer and feeling no pain at all.

A great night

Bangkok Silom Sky Bar Cloud 47 This certainly was a night to remember, Cloud 47 will become one of my regular Bangkok haunts. For those of you who like to boogie the band starts at 9 pm.


Remember the name

Bangkok Silom Sky Bar Cloud 47

Put Cloud 47 on your bucket list, especially if you are a beer drinker.

Goodnight folks & thanks for visiting.

David Herd Thailand My Bangkok Silom Sky Bar Cloud 47 post simply proves once again what a fabulous city this is.

           

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Times Square New York City

November 18, 2015 by David Herd

Times Square

Times Square New York City Times Square New York City is one of the world’s most iconic locations. When I last visited in February 2008 I stayed at the Hotel Edison only 100 meters from Broadway.

For an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

The fabulous Broadway shows

Times Square New York City In seven days I saw five Broadway shows. My favourite was A Bronx Tale by Charles Palminteri, closely followed by August Osage County.

A Bronx Tale

A Bronx Tale

A small theatre with one man on stage talking about his life, it was fantastic.


Times Square New York City

Times Square New York City At night Times Square comes alive.

The song said it all

New York City They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway…….

M & M

David Herd Thailand Great colours and lots to see around Times Square.

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Gallagher’s Steakhouse at 228 W 52nd St

Gallagher's Steakhouse

Not quite Times Square but only a short walk away. Gallagher’s lived up to it’s reputation as being on of New York’s best steakhouses, in fact my Surf & Turf could have fed two people easily. I believe the restaurant was refurbished in 2014.

 Times Square New York City

Times Square New York City There are enough bars, restaurants and shows within a couple of blocks of Times Square to keep you occupied for weeks.

You gotta love New York

Times Square New York City What a city, I often say to friends, if the cities of the world could be likened to a horse race, New York would win by 10 lengths over the next bunch of cities which would include Paris, London, Sydney, Bangkok, Tokyo, Rome, Rio De Janeiro & Cape Town, not necessarily in that order.

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Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok

November 2, 2015 by David Herd

 Sunset cocktails Octave Rooftop Lounge

Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok is where I decided to watch the sunset on Halloween night at Octave, which is the roof top bar at the Hotel on 2 Soi Sukhumvit 57.  I actually started the day with breakfast at the JW Marriott at Soi 2 Sukhumvit just near Ploenchit station.

Panoramic view

Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok If you want a front row seat you better arrive early.

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Sunset at the Marriott

Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok Of course everyone is waiting for sunset when the city lights come on turning the skyline into a fairyland.

Happy hour cocktails

David Herd Pattaya The drinks are quite expensive at most roof top bars however  here you get two for one cocktails at happy hour before 6pm.

On come the lights

Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok There is nothing nicer than sipping a cocktail while watching the lights come on in this remarkable city of angels.

Sky turning bright blue

Marriott hotel Bangkok This time of the evening is a great time for photos, just turn off your flash and capture the moment. They call it “the blue hour” and the results are often spectacular.

 Sukhumvit Road

Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok Sukhumvit is one of Bangkok’s busiest roads so catch the sky train to Thong Lo station and walk 5 minutes.

It’s Halloween at Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok

Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok Time to go up to the 48th floor for the Haloween party.

 First a stop at 47.

Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok Another great bar to relax with a cocktail or three.

 Could this be the stairway to heaven?

Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok

Stairway to heaven?

What a great bar

Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit The party hadn’t quite started when I arrived so I was able to take some nice photos before the crowd arrived.

Changing colours

Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok The fabulous kept changing colours.

Let the games begin at Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok

David Herd Thailand Setting up the decorations before the crowd arrives.

Time to check out my 2 minute movie.

Ok, so I’m no Steven Spielberg but not a bad job for an amateur. 🙂

Marriott foyer

Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok Marriott hotel Bangkok is quite luxurious as you would expect from this well known world wide chain. They have purchased the Queens Park hotel in Soi 22 and are renovating the 2000 room hotel from top to bottom. They expect to open in 2017 which will certainly add to this chains Bangkok footprint.

For an excellent room rate here just use this link to book and you will be very happy with the result.

Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok

Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok

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