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.

Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District

July 21, 2017 by David Herd

The Wall St Inn Patpong

Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District was where we chose to spend 4 nights at the Wall St Inn, a hotel I last stayed at 24 years ago in 1993.

The Wall St Inn is a great value budget hotel, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent rate.

Silom 4 Alley

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Lots of good beer bars & restaurants around Patpong.

Opposite the Balcony bar in Silom 4 Alley.

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Not many people around this area at 6pm.

Except for these 3 idiots. 🙂

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Did I say idiots? I meant geniuses. 

Inside The Balcony Bar

166c6c7a-5521-4d30-b0dc-84443df12818 Nice atmosphere inside or sit outside if you wish.

Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District 

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District

The night is young in Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District & the bars are setting up.

 Many good bars to choose from

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Obviously they get busy later on in the evening.

Molly Malone Irish Pub

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District This good Irish pub is located at 6 Convent Road, Khwaeng Silom, and is rated by TripAdvisor #770 of 9,990 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Wine of the month

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District 

Not a bad price for a NZ white at Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District.

 Many good restaurants in Silom.

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District

I really enjoyed the food & wine at Uminoya but there is a funny story, 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. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Patpong 2 Alley in daylight.

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District This is the next street to where they set up the famous night market.

Here is my other Patpong photo blog from January 2016.

The Pink Panther

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Another well known Patpong Bar.

Super Pussy

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District 

From panthers to Super Pussies, I may come back later to check them out. 🙂

We got out of Patpong for a while.

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Lunch & shopping at Central World, these are buildings across the road from Central at Chitlom. Follow THIS LINK for some other Bangkok sights.

Thaniya Plaza Silom

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District This is a golfer’s paradise, everything brand you can imagine.

Balls, balls & more balls. 🙂

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District The entrance is right beside Sala Daeng railway station.

A great way to see the city.

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District Either take a dinner cruise on the Chao Praya river or for a great night out catch the free ferry to Asiatique night market. 

The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

35981767253_ba59cec0f9_b

Close to Nana BTS.

Farewell from Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District

Patpong Bangkok's Famous Red Light District 

Many thanks for visiting my Patpong Bangkok’s Famous Red Light District photo blog.

Lots of photos here.

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

         Sydney                               Paris                                   Bangkok           
 497d0b6e-c0bd-4ba2-86be-c02100f050a8        65470622-d17a-4b90-bf97-2574df4c412d        1a2160c1-41f7-465a-954c-631e083eb229
          Tokyo                        Rio De Janeiro                        Budapest
f59e958e-8eaf-48b4-8e96-c291a0c13d1a        f044491e-69aa-4082-b49b-1ff33557d7d4        a6a948cd-f30a-49ea-a905-82be4d202cc9
           London                            Beijing                            Capetown
2246c6cf-5fa6-4fbe-ac30-b569253ad2a6        f65d714b-f44c-4b2e-9505-3511ebecbb80        4e82052a-24d0-41e1-ab84-10e8f27634d1
 
            Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you            
 book through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .
                                               Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                            d0c59ff5-7f2b-41b5-9312-4556d4a62037            01a75360-9573-473f-acba-3a187f779b7f
 

Slide show here.

Pattaya live webcam
 
9a1fec74-4461-46cd-8663-97f5893c8f6e (1)

That’s all folks

1g Duck

Here are the Asiatique photos.

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

November 26, 2016 by David Herd

Near Higashi Chaya District

Japanese drummers Geisha District KanazawaJapanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa is located along the Asanogawa river only five minutes walk from the larger more popular Higashi Chaya District. Geishas are the traditional, female Japanese entertainers who regularly perform in these areas.

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa The district overlooks the Asanogawa river & seems rather quiet & peacful.

That was until I heard the sound of drums

The noise seemed to be somewhere up on the hill so I took some narrow winding steps up to the top. I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time, I was walking through Kazue-machi, the old geisha district located along the river between Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge and Naka-no Hashi Bridge, when I heard these fabulous drums.  

 Five minutes they added a flute

I was so happy to be able to see these wonderful street performers in action. About ten days later I had some more good fortune in Nagasaki when I saw some more fabulous drummers doing their thin. Check out my photo blog through THIS LINK.

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa  Chaya houses have a beautiful lattice called “kimusuko” on the walls of the ground floor.

Tiny streets

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa As you can see many of the streets are just tiny narrow alleys in Kazue Machi Chaya District Kanazawa.

Tea House

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa The historical rows in this teahouse town have been designated as Japan’s cultural assets since 2008.

Lattice is called “kimusuko”

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa A typical Chaya house which is noe a tea house or restaurant.

 Many interesting buildings

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa So many photo oppotunities in Japan which is one of the many reasons I love travelling here.

Torii Gate

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa Torii gates usually mark the entrance to Shinto shrines, however they seem to be used in many other areas as well.

Another example

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa This large Torii gate is quite different to the previous one.

Toyoko Inn

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa 

My hotel was great value in a perfect location, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Make sure you are in the downtown one, it’s more convenient than the one near the station.

You can take a bus but I prefer to walk

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

The Busses leave from the front of Toyoko Inn. Turn left just before you cross the river to get to Kazue Machi Chaya District Kanazawa.

Thanks for visiting my Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa photo blog.

                           More posts for you to see

English restaurants               City of Bath                 Lands End

Bridge tea room      Beckington Trowbridge      David Herd Lands End hotel

                      Please check out these fabulous posts
 
      Gold Coast                              Pattaya                          Cinque Terre
 photo IMG_0913.jpg         Walking St Pattaya          Manarola Cinque Terre
    Rio de Janeiro                      Singapore                       Eastern Europe
Carnivale Rio Di Janeiro         Singapore skyline         David Herd Thailand
    Bangkok Bars                          Tokyo                          Cape Town Safari
Soi Cowboy Bangkok          photo ShabuseninGinza4.jpg          Cape Town Safari
      Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .?
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses

 

Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa

November 25, 2016 by David Herd

Two-story Chaya houses

Old Japanese Geisha Town KanazawaOld Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa, Higashi Chaya is one of three similar districts in Kanazawa. The cities tourism department holds a Geisha show in these Chaya districts every Saturday. Another district is Kazue-machi which is featured in another post.

Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa  A chaya house has a beautiful lattice called “kimusuko” on the walls of the ground floor.

A close look at the lattice

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa Hopefully the rather large body of the well fed FiveStarVagabond does not stop you getting an idea of the  “kimusuko”.

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa I’m guessing this is probably where the Geisha girls perform every Saturday.

A couple of locals sharing a happy moment.

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa 

The chaya houses used to be in central Kanazawa but were moved into four districts away from the city centre in 1820.

Photo opportunity

Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa We all love photos to help us remember these wonderful places.

Hello boys

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa I’m sure the big guy on the right had an Australian accent.

Smile please

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa

TripAdvisor rate the Higashi Chaya District 3rd out of 167 things to do in Kanazawa so naturally the tourists (including myself) flock here with their cameras.

Magnificent blue sky

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa How lucky was I to have this beautiful sky?

My hotel was great value in a perfect location, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Time to relax with an icecream

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa A rather unique tradition in Kanazawa is to sprinkle edible gold leaf on top of ice cream and other food. Check out my Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa photo blog for other examples.

 Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa This whole area along with Kazue-machi which is close by, and Gion in Kyoto have been designated as Japan’s cultural assets.

Just across the bridge is Kazue-machi

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa Kazue-machi overlooks the Asanogawa river.

sound of drums

The noise seemed to be somewhere up on the hill so I took some narrow winding steps up to the top. I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time, I was walking through Kazue-machi, the old geisha district located along the river between Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge and Naka-no Hashi Bridge, when I heard these fabulous drums.  

More great homes

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa really has quite a wonderful unique style.

If you are feeling lazy

Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa These guys are at your service. 🙂

But first lets negotiate the price. 🙂

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa It seems like a very friendly negotiation.

Lovely shop

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa Lots of nice shops & tea houses in Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa.

Toyoko Inn

 photo Shinkansen to Kanazawa 12.jpg My hotel was great value in a perfect location, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Make sure you are in the downtown one, it’s more convenient than the one near the station.

You can take a bus but I prefer to walk

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

Thanks for visiting my Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa photo blog.

          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            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
                                       through these links below.
                              Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses

 

Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

David Herd Thailand

This gallery contains 1 photo.