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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.

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.

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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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Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

November 11, 2015 by David Herd

 On display at the Foreign Correspondents Club.

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh & in fact throughout Cambodia, is everywhere you look. There is a huge gap between rich & poor. Apart from this I found the people to be some of the nicest I have met anywhere in Asia.

My recent journey in May 2010 from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville was delayed because I was enjoying myself so much in the city I found it hard to leave.

The Foreign Correspondents Club

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

I was so surprised by the number of quality restaurants and bars, excellent food, good service and nice decor. On the other side of the coin is the poverty, Cambodia is certainly a third world country struggling to drag itself into the 21st century. Like most poor countries the gap between rich and poor is immense.

The foreign correspondents club.

foreign correspondents club

Relaxing most days in the Foreign Correspondents Club overlooking the Mekong River is like being transported 60 years back in time. Sipping a gin & tonic in the big comfortable leather chairs makes you feel like you are in an Oliver Stone movie covering the Vietnam war.

Shutters on the windows

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Letting in the breeze.

Enjoying the shade

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

Here is a lovely family playing cards under a tree on a public footpath seemingly without a care in the world.

Happy face selling sunglasses

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

A lasting memory for me is how nice the people are, sure many of them will try to sell you something, however they do it with a smile on their face and without the persistence and aggression of their counterparts in Vietnam and Indonesia.

Taxi

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

A huge bonus in Phnom Penh which is out of character with every other Asian city I have ever visited, is how slow the Motorcycle taxis travel, there is no stress or haste, you sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, plus as you can see the seats are very comfortable.

Monkeys

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

This photo was opposite our hotel, notice the wire grill on one of the upstairs homes. A simple explanation, it is there to stop the dozens of noisy monkeys from entering the home. Every day they scamper along the rooftops and balconies making one hell of a racket, quite funny really.

Malis Restaurant at 136 Norodom Boulevard, Phnom Penh

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

The Mali restaurant was an excellent example of the high quality restaurants in Phnom Penh, great food and fabulous decor. There is another bonus you can buy bags of Cambodian pepper to take home with you, many people, myself included, believe Cambodian pepper is the best in the world.

Malis Restaurant

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

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Le Grand Palais Phnom Penh

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Good low cost hotel. The Pickled Parrot is a budget hotel run by an Australian, rooms are fine and there is a good bar & restaurant on the ground floor, the location is excellent. The best hotel booking site is Agoda, you have a choice whether to pay now or later when you check out of your hotel.

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Long tail boat

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh The mighty Mekong river.

A terrible cruel sight, dying in the heat.

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh Heartbreaking to see these poor birds suffer in 35 degree heat.

Hot truck probably owned by a government official.

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh Many expats in Cambodia tell me a lot of government officials spend foreign aid money on expensive cars etc for their own benefit, while continuing poverty Phnom Penh prevails.

Pickled Parrot

Pickled Parrot Phnom PenhA bunch of Aussies, next to me is Roger Gaffney who now lives in Saigon, then old mate Tony Murphy with his camera locked and loaded. Can’t remember the other 2 guys.

A great way to relax in the heat of the day.

Extreme poverty Phnom Penh

Life generally is fairly lay-back in Cambodia.                         

Home on the mighty Mekong river

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                  I have been lucky enough to visit some of the worlds great rivers as well as the Mekong, the Nile, the Amazon, the Mississippi and the Yangtze. And of course in Australia the Murry and the Darling.      

Pretty face at the market

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Riverside restaurant

 photo 38.jpg A great place to sit & watch the mighty Mekong roll by.

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NYC New York world’s best city

August 22, 2013 by David Herd

My favourite photo in my favourite city.

“my boulevard of broken dreams”

NYC New York world's best city

NYC New York world’s best city, & I like to call the photo above “my boulevard of broken dreams”, it was a cold February night on the corner of 8th & W 48th st, I was about to have dinner in a terrific French Brasserie called Pigalle. As I said before New York is my favorite city, I like to 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.

Midtown New York.

New York world's best city

Theater, food & fascinating people is what New York is to me, on my last trip I saw 5 Broadway shows in 7 days, my favorite two were August Osage County & A Bronx Tale by Charles Palminteri, which was a fabulous one man show. Ceila was also very good, a musical based on the life and songs of Cuban singer Celia Cruz.  Mama Mia was a lot of fun for Abba fans like myself, and last but not least I saw Spamalot, which was a gem for us Monty Python tragics.

You can feel the energy

NYC New York world's best city This city really grabs you. 🙂

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Theey say the neon lights are bright on Broadway.

Gallagher’s Steakhouse at 228 W 52nd St

NYC New York world's best city

Certainly 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. Another absolute favorite on mine is Todai, a Japanese buffet at 6 E. 32nd St. The choice of food was amazing, in fact the restaurant is so large you can enter from 32nd St and exit from 33rd St, one whole city block. It was the best value I found in New York for $29.95, priceless.

Gallagher’s will not be the same

NYC New York world's best city I believe Gallagher’s is being renovated in September 2013 so it will obviously change somewhat. I’m sure however the food will still be excellent.

Aged beef at Gallagher’s

Gallagher's Steakhouse

Naturally all their meat is aged and on display as you enter the restaurant.

David Herd on Wall St.

NYC New York world's best city Without a doubt I was the quintessential wide-eyed traveller wandering around the streets of this great city, jumping on and off trains, busses & ferries and silently complaining that there were not enough hours in the day to do the city justice.

I’ll have a double decaf skinny latte to go please.

NYC New York world's best city

If I was the quintessential traveller then the guys above were the quintessential New Yorkers, everyone in the city seems to walk around wearing denim & black & gripping a take away coffee, Starbucks must make a fortune.

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  I wonder if they allow dogs here?

NYC New York world's best city

The outfit and the dogs seem to go together. 🙂

New York Deli

NYC New York world's best city A typical NYC deli, you can usually get a great sandwiche.

Cnr Bleecker and Macdougal Streets, now closed.

NYC New York world's best city

There are so many places you remember from various movies,

Snowing in Harlem in NYC New York world’s best city

New York world's best city

Yes, it was bloody cold.

Rockefeller Center

NYC New York world's best city Ice skaters enjoing the winter.

Phil barkin and Gordon Shanks

NYC New York world's best city I originally met these guys in Rio de Janeiro, now in 2015 I live in Thailand and both of them are regular visitors to Pattaya.

Todai Sushi

NYC New York world's best city Was at 6 E 32nd St where the great buffet was only $29, sadly the restaurant is no closed.

Empire State building

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Probably the most iconic building in this great city.

View from Battery Park.

NYC New York world's best city

Every single area in Manhattan is worth visiting.

The Brooklyn Bridge in NYC New York world’s best city

NYC New York world's best city

You certainly can’t visit New York without seeing the Brooklyn bridge. The Bridge is is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River.

Freezing in New York in February.

NYC New York world's best city Of course I had just arrived from Brazil where temperatures were around 35 degrees.

Staten Island Ferry

NYC New York world's best city The ferry operates 24/7 & runs 5.2 miles between Manhattan and Staten Island. In October 2002 a Staten Island ferry slammed into a pier as it was docking killing at least 10 people, tearing off some victims’ limbs and reducing the front of the huge vessel to a shattered mass of wood, glass and steel. At least 34 people were injured.

Cross dressing tour guide

NYC New York world's best city Nothing surprises you in NYC, this is our cross dressing tour guide on the tour bus.

Brooklyn home

NYC New York world's best city The open top buses are a great way to view New York, I took one that included Brooklyn and as you know, you can hop on & off any time you want.

The Peking Clipper

NYC New York world's best city The masts and rigging of the South Street Seaport Museum’s clipper ship, Peking, tower over Pier 16. No visitor to the Seaport could miss seeing this titan that stretches almost the full length of the pier. But it has been years since members of the public have been able to climb aboard. On Saturdays through Oct. 19 2013, the Peking is open to visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Peking was built in Hamburg, Germany 102 years ago to transport nitrate from the west coast of South America to Europe. Even at that time, sailing ships had mostly been replaced by steamships except for long trips with heavy cargo, where the cost of fuel would have been prohibitive.

The Edison hotel

Edisson hotel W47th st The Edison hotel at  228 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036, is fairly old, built in 1931 in fact, however the location is perfect. In the heart of the theatre district just off Times Square. I spent some pleasant evenings listening to the jazz band. OK, there are 101 great photos in this slideshow to show you why New York is my favorite city, you only have to ask yourself one question, “do you have the time punk”?  😆

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Times Square 1908 New York world’s best city

NYC New York world's best city What an amazing photo in New York world’s best city.

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

NYC New York world's best city Certainly one of the best ways to see this wonderful city.

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Sihanoukville Cambodia Coast.

August 7, 2013 by David Herd

Sihanoukville on the Cambodian coast

sihanoukville

Sihanoukville Cambodia Coast is about 3 hours by bus from Phnom Penh. We were sad to leave the city however with the high May temperature we were looking forward to relaxing on the beach while sipping on a few cold beers.

Nice sand & lots of activity

Sihanoukville Cambodia Coast

The beaches were more crowded than usual due to a public holiday. Never the less it was great to enjoy the casual atmosphere and sea breeze.

Busy beach

SihanoukVille Public holiday to celebrate the Kings birthday.


One of the many beach bars.

beach bars SihanoukVille Lots of casual bars along the beach where you can get a nice cold beer.

Old boat in Sihanoukville

Boat cruise SihanoukVilleSihanoukville was the place of the last official battle of the United States Army in the Vietnam War, although the incident took place outside Vietnam. The Mayaguez incident of 12–15 May 1975 involved US forces and the Khmer Rouge. Currently, divers at Koh Tang, one of the Sihanoukville islands where the major battle to free the USS Mayaguez took place, can see two shipwrecks on the sea floor 40 metres (130 ft) down.

Sihanoukville Cambodia Coast

Sihanoukville Cambodia Coast

Reminds me of Pattaya 30 years ago.

Nice beach with fine white sand.

Sihanoukville Cambodia Coast

I need to visit again soon, maybe late 2017.

Sokha Beach Resort

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Sokha Beach Resort

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Lovely grounds and right on the beach.

The bride at the Sokha Hotel

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Ah! The blushing bride. 🙂

Lunchtime at Sihanoukville Cambodia Coast

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These little guys are always hungry.

The navy arrives

Sihanoukville Cambodia Coast

I’m fairly sure is was the U.S. Navy.

David Herd & Tony Murphy with Ziggy.


David Herd sihanoukville Ziggy was running a small hotel in Sihanoukville in the town center, next time I return I will stay on the beach.

My main impression of Sihanoukville is don’t expect too much in the way of luxury unless you check into an upmarket hotel, just enjoy the casual atmosphere and super low prices compared with other Asian countries.

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Angkor Wat Cambodia spectacular sad

August 6, 2013 by David Herd

Angkor Wat Cambodia 7th wonder of the world.

Angkor Wat Cambodia

Angkor Wat Cambodia one of the 7 Wonders of the World was built in the first half of the 12th century, situated in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap, it is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. It extends over approximately 400 square kilometres and consists of scores of temples, hydraulic structures (basins, dykes, reservoirs, canals) as well as communication routes. For several centuries Angkor, was the center of the Khmer Kingdom. I was quite overwhelmed by this amazing ancient kingdom, to me it is far more impressive than Egypt’s Pyramids. I feel Cambodia is many things, friendly, spectacular and sad all at the one time. In Ankor Wat you are very close to the  Khmer Rouge “Killing Fields” which surely must rate as one of the most atrocious barbaric  periods in human history. I really don’t wish to write about the details of this crime against humanity, which disregarded human life and produced repression & massacres on a massive scale. If you want to find out more please let Google give you the answers.

Angkor Wat Cambodia

Angkor Wat Cambodia Stretching over some 400 square kilometres, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire of the 9th to the 15th centuries, including the largest pre-industrial city in the world. The most famous are the Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.  

Amazing ancient ruins Angkor Wat Cambodia

Angkor Wat Cambodia

My lasting impressions are of the breathtaking ruins, beautiful children & Cambodia’s unbelievable history.

Beautiful faces in the ruins.

Angkor Wat Cambodia

Sadly, poverty is everywhere in Angkor Wat Cambodia, and I can’t help wondering what % of the billions of dollars in aid ever gets to the people who really need it? Particularly when you see so many government officials driving around in luxury motor vehicles. Oh well, apart from that it is a fascinating country, hopefully at the end of this post I can provide you with a few travel tips for you to consider. One of the many lasting memories for me are the beautiful smiles on the faces of the children who have so little, when it comes to material possessions, yet so much true happiness in their hearts.

Another beautiful face among the ruins

Angkor Wat Cambodia

The children always have a smile for you.

Below a “not so” beautiful face among the ruins.

Angkor Wat Cambodia

Everywhere you turn there is a magical sight to see.

Looks like a giant claw

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Fascinating carvings

Angkor Wat Cambodia

Angkor Wat Cambodia northern province of Siem Reap, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. It extends over approximately 400 square kilometres and consists of scores of temples, hydraulic structures (basins, dykes, reservoirs, canals) as well as communication routes. For several centuries Angkor, was the centre of the Khmer Kingdom.

Magic scene at Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat Cambodia

Located six kilometre north of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat Cambodia is one of the largest of Khmer monuments. Built around the first half of 12th century by King Suryavarman II, the temple’s balance, composition and beauty make it one of the finest monuments in the world.

Though ‘Wat’ is the Khmer (Cambodian) word for temple, the westward orientation of the structure is atypical of temples. Scholars believe that the architecture and sculptures are that of a temple where Lord Vishnu was worshipped but it was also built as a mausoleum for the king after his death.

Lots of strange things to eat here.

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I would be a little wary of shopping here. 🙂

Eat it at your peril. 🙂

Angkor Wat Cambodia

Find me a Burger King quickly please. 🙂

Hungry Kids

Street kids Siem Reap

I prefer giving to kids food rather than money.

The Red Piano

Siem Reap Red Piano

A good place for a cool drink.

Long road at Angkor Wat Cambodia

Angkor Wat

That’s my friend Jock chatting to a girl.

David Herd & Jock Granger.

David Herd Thailand Here is my Sydney friend Jock Granger, he is about to retire after many years as a Qantas steward.

Beautiful bride at Angkor Wat.

David Herd Angkor Wat

We were lucky to be here when the wedding was in progress.

The wedding party arrives.

Angkor Wat

They look wonderful all dressed up.

The temples are a popular wedding location

Angkor Wat Cambodia

Travel tip. Take a boat down the mighty Mekong river to Phnom Penh.

Regency Angkor Hotel

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That’s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

 

Here is a slide show with some terrific photos of Angkor Wat.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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