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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.

Pretty woman stop awhile

August 12, 2019 by David Herd

Pretty woman stop awhile

This is not a travel blog, it is part of my personal photo history, you may describe it as the melancholy musings of an old man. My answer to that is simple, it’s far better to be a “has been” than a “never was”. πŸ™‚

Pretty woman stop a while

Pretty woman stop awhile, Pretty woman talk awhile, Pretty woman give your smile to me, Pretty woman yeah, yeah, yeah, Pretty woman look my way, Pretty woman say you’ll stay with me, ‘Cause I need you, I’ll treat you right, Come with me baby, be mine tonight. It seems fitting looking back on a random selection of some of the Pretty women I have been lucky enough to know, that Roy Orbison should help me recall some of those wonderful memories.

That’s Karen Smith in 1985, my 3rd & last fiancee, I have never known a nicer girl. 

Carol Aboud in 1978

Pretty woman stop a while This was taken on my birthday which fell on 7-7-77, Carol & I were an item (on & off) for around 4 years. 

Sing it for me Neil. πŸ™‚

Carolyn Clark 1994

Pretty woman stop a while

I still see Carolyn when I’m on the Gold Coast, in fact in July 2019 we made a little promotional video for her boyfriend Andy Sims.

Next we have Glenn Frey sing a beautiful song, ok I know the song is Caroline as opposed to Carolyn, but you get the picture.

Now this definitely is a pretty woman.

Pretty woman stop a while

Kelly Davis hailed from Tasmania, we knocked around together for a few months in 1991.

Kelly was a huge fan of Van Morrison so here is another one of my favourites.

One of the sexiest of all the girls I knew.

Pretty woman stop a while There is something about those Kiwi girls, hot, hot, hot. Karen Greenwood & I had an on & off relationship for over a year in 1991. She stuck around mainly because I lent her a car. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Now here we have a real wild child.

Pretty woman stop a while Allison Schroeder, 18 years of age & gorgeous. Of course I was only 45 at the time. πŸ™‚

As they say in the classics, I was having the time of my life. πŸ™‚

Allison was wild but Tanya was crazy. πŸ™‚

Pretty woman stop a while Great company sober, but give her a couple of drinks too many & she would turn into a nightmare. This was 1989 on the Gold Coast.

Time to feature a triple treat.

Pretty woman stop a while Meet Kitty, Di Parko & Helen Burke,  before you ask the answer is yes. πŸ™‚

They don’t come any hotter than Donna Turner.

Pretty woman stop a while

This was 1996 & she still looks fabulous today in 2019.

Lee Gregory was my 2nd fiancee.

Pretty woman stop a while

Lee was from Adelaide where met, then we reconnected again in Melbourne in 1974. We had a fairly hectic dramatic short time together, travelled to Singapore & Bali & saw Frank Sinatra in concert in Melbourne on my birthday 7-7-74. 

This is one of my all time Sinatra favourites, I can think of no better song to play when I think of Lee.

And they did…..

Pretty woman stop a while Teresa Hamilton-Smith & Helen Burke, we had a lot of fun together in 1982 & 1983.

Barbara Manneli aka the Gypsy. 

Pretty woman stop a while

The classic island romance, we celebrated the millennium on Koh Samui, 3 months later I flew to Italy to re-kindle the affair. Guess what? I didn’t make 1st base. πŸ™‚ 

This one’s for you Gypsy.

Tall & tanned & young & lovely

Pretty woman stop a while This is Mel, we me on Copacabana beach, she had green eyes & was 6′ tall, say no more. πŸ™‚

Bebel Gilberto will sing the song for us.

Someones knocking at the door.

Pretty woman stop a while

Do me a favour open the door & let em in.

This is Emily at the Sheraton Mirage.

Pretty woman stop a while Was a Gold Coast meter maid.

Then there was Jill….

Pretty woman stop a while Cool, sexy & a lot of fun. Last time I saw her was in Sydney in 2102.

Back to the 60s

Pretty woman stop a while Veronica Crocker was my 2nd serious girlfriend, we dated for a couple of years when I was a teenager until the wanderlust took hold of me & at the ripe old age of 20 I sailed to England. 

Dion DiMucci was a huge artist in the 60s, here are two of his songs. Both bring back great memories of my time with Veronica.

Teenager in Love

Take good care of my Baby

The old shipboard romance.

Pretty woman stop a while I needed to get over my long romance with Veronica & Leanne Scott on the ship to England seemed like the perfect solution. πŸ™‚

Sing it for me Bobby……

Wendy Winspear, tall & gorgeous.

Pretty woman stop a while A lovely Dutch girl on the Gold Coast, sadly she passed away far too young around 2017, RIP.

My first fiancee, Melbourne 1970.

Pretty woman stop a while Paula Wills was an Adelaide girl living in Melbourne & working as a an hostess for Ansett. After 3 months living together I think we just ran out of things to say.

Dianne Parkinson in 1975

Pretty woman stop a while To say Parko bought some drams into my life is a gross understatement. Read about some of it on THIS LINK.

The sweetest Diane of them all.

Pretty woman stop a while

Adelaide 1973 Diane Butson was one of my neighbours in a condo block on Anzac Highway. She was a dance instructor at Arthur Murray dance studio. A great girl & absolutely gorgeous.  Follow THIS LINK for more old photos.

Great song from the Bachelors in 1964.

Another beautiful Adelaide girl.

Pretty woman stop a while Jan Seagers was another neighbour, we had some terrific times together. We caught up again in 2015, I had not seen her for 40 years. Check out THIS LINK.

Pretty woman stop awhile

Pretty woman stop a while Helen Burke from Melbourne, we really had some fun, played backgammon all through Hawaii & the California coast in 1982.

Linda Ronstadt will tell you about the coast.

Well by now you are bored silly by the memories & musings of an old man. But make no mistake, Glenn Frey will describe exactly how I feel today.

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Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

August 4, 2019 by David Herd

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia which is officially known as Flagstaff Beach, is the northernmost beach in New South Wales. It’s at the mouth of the Tweed River and the rocky headland Point Danger, which also marks the Queensland-New South Wales border.

Sand transport system

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia The Project is a sand transport system that collects sand from the southern side of the Tweed River entrance at Letitia Spit, and pumps it under the river to outlets on the northern side. From there the sand is transported by waves and  currents to nourish the southern Gold Coast beaches. 

Great view of the beach

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia We are standing on a cliff in QLD looking across Flagstaff Beach to NSW.

Surfers waiting for a wave.

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia There seems to be many personal and indescribable experiences in their lives that keeps them paddling out again & again. Plus the willingness to wait for them often defines a surfer more than his or her individual ability.

Bring it on.

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia The waiting is really worth it.

Everyone loves the beach

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia Not just surfers, kids with their mums & dogs as well. πŸ™‚

My friends from England

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia Joan Baptist & Bill Austin from Wiltshire visited Australia in 2010 & naturally I took them sightseeing along the coast. The following week we drove down to Sydney.

They actually got married in England yesterday August 3 2019 after being together for over 20 years.

Kitesurfer

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia It’s not just the board-riders who love to surf. Kite-boarding is an action sport combining aspects of wake-boarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and sailing into one extreme sport. A kite-boarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water, land, or snow. Wikipedia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia I’m guessing he is heading for a cold beer.

OK, I’ll meet you at the pub. πŸ™‚

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia This is what the Beach Boys call a “surfer girl”.

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Two weeks Gold Coast 2019

July 15, 2019 by David Herd

Two weeks Gold Coast

Two weeks Gold Coast

Two weeks Gold Coast 2019 provided a welcome relief from months of hot weather in Thailand. Caught up with some old friends & celebrated another birthday at Melbas on the park. Most days were overcast with scattered showers which suited me just fine. Above is Marine Parade Labrador.

Talking about Labrador…

Two weeks Gold Coast There is a nice restaurant next door to the Aqua building called The Lazy Lobster.

Lunch with an old friend.

Two weeks Gold Coast I have known Shane for around 30 years, he took me to lunch for my birthday.

I chose the baby Barramundi

Two weeks Gold Coast The dish was very nice however I must admit my favourite place for seafood is on Chevron Island.

Chevron Island Seafood

Two weeks Gold Coast Always fresh & the price is right. If you go make sure you say hi to Frank & Wozza.

Malcolm Kennedy

Two weeks Gold Coast Coffee on Chevron Island with Mal, another guy I have known for 30 years. Mal originally owned the Typsy Prawn restaurant on the corner of Upton St & Ashmore Road. He moved to Phuket around 2001 & opened a restaurant on the beach with the same name. Then after a few years he moved to Jomtiem & bought a venue called Simon’s Fish & Chips, he now resides on Chevron.

Melbas 38th birthday

Two weeks Gold Coast Beside me is Dave Allen, Adrian, Greg Craig & Graham La Roche.

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 Now you can throw away your glasses. πŸ™‚

Breakfast at the Island Cafe.

Two weeks Gold Coast Excellent food & coffee here.

Australian lamb price is at all time record levels.

Two weeks Gold Coast To be fair this is at the Brickworks in Ferry Rd Southport, both the seafood & butcher shop are known for their over the top prices.

Meet Sam Murphy

Two weeks Gold Coast I stayed with Tony & Nikki Murphy at their lovely home in Sorrento, Sam however is totally in charge of the house. πŸ™‚

Burleigh Heads Surf Club

Burleigh Heads breakfast A very good breakfast here, more photos of Burleigh on THIS LINK.

Avanti St Mermaid Waters

Two weeks Gold Coast My brother Ian & his wife Sandra just demolished their home & built duplexes. They sold one & live in the other. 50% of the homes in this street are now duplexes. Incredibly there is one a few doors down from Ian that just sold for $1.8 million.

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Burleigh Heads breakfast

July 14, 2019 by David Herd

Burleigh Heads breakfast

Burleigh Heads breakfast

Burleigh Heads breakfast with my brother Ian, a winters morning on the 8th of July 2019. I was enjoying the cool weather after months of extreme heat in Thailand.

Justins Park

Burleigh Heads breakfast Justins Park overlooks the world-famous, Burleigh Beach. The spectacular view overlooks Burleigh Headland rocks & all the way to Surfers Paradise, making this one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

Looking north towards Surfers Paradise.

Burleigh Heads breakfast The Ocean-way through Justins Park is a hub of activity. Stretching from Burleigh to North Burleigh.

Huge waves have washed away tons of sand.

Burleigh Heads breakfast A common problem all along the coast when rough seas wash away most of the beach.

Burleigh Heads Surf Club.

Burleigh Heads breakfast Here is our breakfast venue, the famous Burleigh Heads Surf Club.

Looking southeast

Burleigh Heads breakfast You choose whether you want to sit inside the club or out on the verandah.

Side view of the surf club

Burleigh Heads breakfast Parking is free in the park next door.

Upmarket restaurants

Burleigh Heads breakfast Plus a roof top bar called Justin Lane Establishment, which has been drawing a lot of noise complaints recently.

Time for some breakfast

Burleigh Heads breakfast Eggs, bacon, avocado on Turkish, delicious.

Burleigh Heads breakfast

Burleigh Heads breakfast Ian chose the omelette which was also delicious.

Finally some blue sky

Burleigh Heads breakfast A perfect winters day on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Let’s go find a wave.

Burleigh Heads breakfast Burleigh is one of the most popular surfing beaches on the coast.

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Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant

September 20, 2018 by David Herd

Very good restaurant in a great location.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant has been a favourite of mine for around 30 years from back when it was known as the Paragon. A fabulous on the Broadwater looking towards Southport.

I usually sit inside with the air conditioning. πŸ™‚

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant However if I’m dining with a noisy mob outside is better. πŸ™‚

Lunch with friends

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Ross & Mariana Kennedy are legends in their own lunchtime. They now live 5 minutes away at Paradise Waters.

A couple of drinks at the bar first is a good idea.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Perhaps a New Zealand Cloudy Bay  Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant,  inside is a little more formal.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Ok, I guess it’s time to show you some food. πŸ™‚

Seafood Chowder

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Absolutely delicious.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Curried Prawns

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant This is an entre size however a main course size is available if you are hungry. I’m a creature of habit & usually have the above 2 dishes after my oysters natural. πŸ™‚

Manager Robert Rank.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Robert has been there more years than I can remember. πŸ™‚

Southport high-rise buildings

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Directly opposite Omeros Bros.

Flashback to 1992 with one of my favourite photos.

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant On the left is Henry Geller from California sitting beside Kelly Davis who was my girlfriend at the time. My old mate Harley Bradstreet is on the right sitting beside Tony Seures from Minas Gerais in Brazil. Tony’s Brazilian girlfriend has her arm around the neck of my late great friend Andre Buzek, RIP old buddy. 

A final photo….

Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant Ross the boss Kennedy & his lovely wife Mariana & myself say farewell from my Omeros Bros Gold Coast Seafood Restaurant photo blog.

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Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

July 4, 2018 by David Herd

Lots of bacon, eggs & Turkish toast

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 was a short and sweet weekend of overindulgence. I stayed with an old friend at 21 Daimler Avenue in Bundall which was only 300 meters from my old home in Upton St where I lived for 21 years until 2011. The photo above is my old friend Tony Murphy & I having coffee on the Isle of Capri.

Great breakfast

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 I really miss Turkish toast & quality avocados in Thailand so my breakfast at Manolas Brothers Delicatessen on the Gold Coast is a real treat, but much more expensive than Pattaya.

New skyscraper overlooking the beach.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Lots of new buildings going up on the Gold Coast.

Costa Dora in Orchard Avenue.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018Has been serving good Italian for around 40 years.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Great lunch at Omeros Brothers seafood restaurant, chowder & baby octopus. TripAdvisor rating is #2 of 47 Restaurants in Main Beach.

My brother Ian in his new home.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Building his dream home in Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast.

It’s July 2018.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 They are planning to moving in by Xmas.

Wonderful view

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Perfect to see the magic Gold Coast sunsets.

While on the subject of new houses….

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 This one does not impress me at all, located in the northern end of Upton St about 4 houses along from my home where I lived until 2011.

Lets get back to some Gold Coast food.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 A fabulous steak at Tribeca NYC on Chevron Island.

One of my favourite restaurants.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 Rated by TripAdvisor #7 of 291 Restaurants in Surfers Paradise.

Coffin Bay oysters from South Australia at Chevron seafood.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

This was the 3rd dozen I devoured in 4 days, absolutely delicious.

The Curry Muncher on Chevron Island.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018

A good little BYO on Chevron Isle, TripAdvisor rating is #128 of 291 Restaurants in Surfers Paradise.

The Shiraz was from the Liquor Market Southport next to the Ferry Road Tavern.  It’s the best liquor store in the area, this Shiraz was only $6.

Here is where I was staying.

Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 With my old friend Ari in Daimler Drive. Thanks for visiting my Gold Coast Australia Visit June 2018 photo blog.

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Surfers Paradise Party Animals 1992

January 15, 2018 by David Herd

This is not a travel blog, it is part of my personal photo history. It seemed like Groundhog day. πŸ™‚

Surfers Paradise Party Animals

Surfers Paradise Party Animals

Surfers Paradise Party Animals, 1992 was just another year of fun & games on the beautiful Gold Coast. I was certainly among the main party hosts, I had a great home for entertaining & I loved have lots of beautiful girls around. 

Some of the usual suspects.

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Naturally when there were pretty girls around the competition between the guys was fierce. πŸ™‚

A rose between two thorns, I don’t think so. πŸ™‚

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsI guess there is no need to say I was enjoying life to the max.

Occasionally some of the girls would relax in the spa.

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsNaturally I always had my camera ready.

These girls loved nature

Surfers Paradise Party Animals And Dr Evil was always there with the camera. πŸ™‚

Roslyn & Jill looking good

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsI remember spending some “quality time” with both these lovely ladies.

 Jill & Sharon

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsAnother “daily double” I’m happy to say, (that just means I bonked them both. πŸ™‚ )we saw a show that night at Jupiters casino, I think it was Barry Humphries.

Andre Buzek dentist extraordinaire, (I don’t think so)

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsSadly my great mate lost his life soon after in a car crash in Cuba.

Girl of the year Kelly Davis

Surfers Paradise Party Animals I was lucky enough to spend a few months on & off with this lovely lady.

Here we are on New Years Eve

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Naturally Harley is locked & loaded once again. πŸ™‚

Big Steve Bristow (son of Tim) & Greg Johnston.

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsNow in 2018 Greg lives in Pattaya & runs a bar on the dark side, & Steve still lives on the Gold Coast.

 Birthday drinks at Melbas 7-7-92

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Our local drinking hole was Melbas on the Park.

Mister Melbas himself.

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The late great Paul Allen, a Surfers Paradise icon.

Talking about icons…………

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Daryl Beattie is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, those bikes however all belonged to  Mick Doohan the living legend who won five consecutive 500 cc World Championships. The guy in the middle is a legend in his own lunch time, my good mate Ross Kennedy aka “Shoeless Joe”.

 Talking about legends…

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsHere I am giving my boat a good wash. πŸ™‚

A good looking bunch of babes

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsIt was Xmas day 1992 and we all had a great lunch at my home in 106 Upton St Bundall.  My main squeeze at the time was Kelly 2nd from the right, & my occasional squeeze was Jill standing beside her. πŸ™‚

Another night another dinner at Upton St

Surfers Paradise Party Animals Harley & his gay flatmate naturally came dressed in their army outfits. πŸ™‚ Tat’s Kandice on the left & Nicola on the right.

That night produced one of my favourite photos

Surfers Paradise lifeThis is a true classic.

Another classic from 1992

Surfers Paradise Party AnimalsLyn Goss & Roslyn provided the glamour & Tony Murphy & I contributed with a truck load of style. πŸ™‚

Can’t remember the other guys name.

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Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

October 29, 2017 by David Herd

Ideal spot to chill out

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

Sokha Beach Resort SihanoukvilleSokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville has a great pool & a beautiful private sandy beach. Exceptional food & very good rooms, what more could you possibly want? πŸ™‚

Pool bar

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Cocktails or a cold beers at the pool bar.

There are two room sections, we stayed at the cheaper option, the Sokha Express. You still have full use of all the facilities, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

If you prefer the Sokha Beach Resort use THIS LINK for a discount.

It doesn’t get much better than this. πŸ™‚

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Rarely were there many pople in the pool which made it absolutely ideal.

But wait, there’s more……

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville The beautiful beach has pure white sand and warm tropical water.

The beach goes on forever, where are the people???

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Generally Asian people like to stay out of the sun so us foreigners have the place to ourselves. πŸ™‚

 The main building

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Breakfast is served here & it’s as good as it gets a you can imagine.

The property is huge

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville The deck is around 500 meters from the main building & pool. It’s worth the walk however, you have the choice of two excellent restaurants, Lemongrass & the Lotus.

Why do they call it “The Deck”?

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Well it’s pretty bloody obvious if you ask me. πŸ™‚

Lemongrass Restaurant

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Food was very good & the place almost deserted.

Soup to die for.

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

I really do love my soup.

Serendipity Beach

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville This is where most people dine at night, it’s the net beach & all the action is here. Only a 10 minute Tuk Tuk ride.

Tuk Tuk

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville The ten minute ride to Serendipity is only $2 or $3 USD.

Lovely ladies

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville They were working at a wedding that was in the hotel grounds.

This is supposed to be happy hour. πŸ™‚

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Nobody looks happy, & in fact there certainly were not. πŸ™‚

Drinks are 2 for one at happy hour between 5 & 7 pm.

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Pizzas & burgers are reasonably priced as well.

The Beach Bar

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Sadly is closes around 7.30 pm.

I guess they want you at their casino.

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Part of the hotel & when we went there there were more staff than customers.

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Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

October 29, 2017 by David Herd

Family trawling on the Mekong

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia is the world’s 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km (2,703 mi).It starts from the Tibetan Plateau & runs through China’s Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

 Riverside restaurant

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

A perfect place to relax & watch life on the Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia. A huge storm hit while we were there & the noise on the ancient tin roof was deafenning. πŸ™‚

Seeing Phnom Penh by Tuk Tuk

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia An inexpensive way to get around the city, short rides are only $2 or $3 USD.

Many temples similar to Thailand

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia We didn’t inspect any of the Cambodian temples, we had our quota in Chiang Mai the previous week. πŸ™‚

From the old to the new

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

There is a building explosion happening in Phnom Penh mainly due to enormous funds flowing in from China.

Modern buildings are multiplying

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia In a few short years you won’t recognise Phnom Penh.

Very little activity

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia The first thing we noticed around these modern buildings was very few people around. I’m guessing it’s out of the locals price range.

The “old” Cambodia is far more appealing

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Which do you prefer? In my book the “old” wins hands down. πŸ™‚

Plantation Urban Resort and Spa

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia An excellent hotel in a good location, for a very good room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Be warned however

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Not very good for single guys who are hoping to bring a lady back to their room.

 Bistrot Langka

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia TripAdvisor rank it #2 of 962 Restaurants in Phnom Penh.

Delicious soup

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Food & service was excellent.

Beside the Bistrot Lanka entrance

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia It looks like an ordinary Coke machine.

In fact it’s a door to their Speakeasy. πŸ™‚

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia What a great surprise, full marks to the French owners for their unique idea.

Metro Hassakan restaurant

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Located in the main street opposite the river, nice atmosphere & good food.

Farewell to the Mekong River

Mekong River Phnom Penh CambodiaMekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia & Sihanoukville are certainly changing rapidly, not necessarily for the good I’m afraid. However there are still many wonderful experiences to enjoy in this fascinating country.

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Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

October 26, 2017 by David Herd

Pub St Sihanoukville

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville is home to Pub St & lots of restaurants & bars along the beach where you can eat & drink at bargain basement prices.

Not much action through the day

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville At night however this stretch of beach comes to life.

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Lots of tourists working on their suntan through the day.

DAO of LIFE Restaurant bar

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Located adjacent to the ferry terminal they serve good food & cold beer, Ranked #4 of 353 Restaurants in Sihanoukville.

My Kebab was excellent

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville This is mainly a vegetarian restaurant which would normally be off limits for me. πŸ™‚

Lovely spot beside ferry terminal

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville From memory a local beer was only about 70 US cents.

We took the fast boat to Koh Rong for $22 USD return, certainly a worthwhile trip.

DAO from the beach

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Put it on your Sihanoukville bucket list. πŸ™‚

The beach lights up at night

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville A great atmosphere for drinking & dining

Food cooked to perfection

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville These charcoal fires generate enormous heat.

The fish was absolutely delicious.

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Price around $8 USD.

Pasta & Ribs 

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These were our entrees.

There are two room sections at our hotel at the next beach, it was a terrific place to stay, we booked at the cheaper option, the Sokha Express. You still have full use of all the facilities, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

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One of the many beach restaurants

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville In some ways this stretch of restaurants reminds me of Jimbaram bay in Bali, however I do prefer Sihanoukville. πŸ™‚

Porky’s bar restaurant

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville The name didn’t really attract me. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Bamboo Bar at Pub Street

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville This is the 2nd vegetarian restaurant I found myself at in the last 2 days.

An excellent sandwich, I love avocado.

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville TripAdvisor rank it #18 of 275 Restaurants in Sihanoukville.

Aristocrat Hotel

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Only 100 meters from the ferry terminal & the beach, use THIS LINK to book & get a discounted room rate.

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