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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.

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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.

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Brighton Beach famous English resort

May 6, 2017 by David Herd

The Eye Brighton beach

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Brighton Beach famous English resort, what a pleasant surprise. If you can overlook the pebbles on the beach instead of sand there are so many great pubs and restaurants to choose from. The photo above was taken from my hotel, the New Madeira, only 40 Quid per night.

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Brighton Beach famous English resort

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Brighton is a great city with lots of things to do and see.

The opposite view

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Two major attractions, the Eye & the Pier. 

La Chateaux Du Vin

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Above is AgnesPaulo and Nikki at my favourite restaurant, La Chateaux Du Vin, open for lunch as well as dinner, if you go there please pass on my regards.  😀

Delicious smoked salmon

Brighton Beach famous English resort 

Above is Smoked salon on Matzo which  is an unleavened bread traditionally eaten by Jews during the week-long Passover holiday.

Delicious seafood pasta at La Chateaux

Brighton Beach famous English resort

The restaurant quickly became my favourite place to eat in Brighton.

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More delicious meals at La Chateaux.

David Herd on the Brighton Eye.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

You get a great view of the city and Brighton beach, the ride is well worth the few Quid.

Girls night out in Brighton.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

These Brighton babes are ready for a big night out.

Great view from the eye.

 Brighton Beach famous English resort

Only an hour by train to London, if you like lots of pubs & restaurants then put it on your list.  

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 Brighton Beach famous English resort

An awesome from the eye.

Brighton Beach restaurant

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Lots of places to dine along the foreshore.

No bikinis here

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Laying fully clothed on pebbles is not my idea of a day at the beach.

The Fishbowl

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Another quaint little English pub where to can eat fish & chips with a cold beer.

Cafe Rouge

Brighton Beach famous English resort

This chain of restaurants have lots of branches in London as well, good low cost French food.

The Victory Inn

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

So Brighton Beach has many great little pubs in this wonderful seaside city. 

The Royal Pavilion

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

The Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence. It was built in three stages, beginning in 1787, as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, who became the Prince Regent in 1811.

 Great Ham & salad sandwich at the Bath Arms hotel.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

The leg ham was perfect.

I had some great food in this terrific town.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

A great seafood lunch beside the beach.

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On Brighton Pier.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Brighton Beach is a lot fun with lots of great pubs & restaurants.

Holiday Inn Brighton

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Great location overlooking the beach, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

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The New Madeira hotel is in a great location across the road from the Brighton Pier, only 40 Quid per night for a single room, the walls are a little thin so the rooms can be a little noisy, but the price is right as is the location. If you want something more upmarket choose the Holiday Inn.

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Jim Thompson House Bangkok Museum

December 13, 2013 by David Herd

Jim Thompson House Bangkok Museum

Jim Thompson House Bangkok Museum

Jim Thompson House Bangkok Museum showing traditional Thai architecture combined with Western influences.   In 1967, Jim Thompson went on holiday with friends to the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. There he set out for a walk in the surrounding jungle but never returned. Thus began the Jim Thompson legend.  

Jim Thompson House is a museum in Bangkok. It is a complex of various old Thai structures that the American businessman Jim Thompson collected in from all parts of Thailand in the 1950s and 60s.

Popular Thailand tourist destination.

Jim Thompson Bangkok Museum

Jim Thompson, an American businessman was perhaps ‘the best known foreigner in Bangkok, and possibly in Southeast Asia’. “In the twenty years before his ill-fated holiday in Malaysia, he had accomplished more than most men in a full life. He had built a major industry in a remote and little known country whose language he could not speak; he had become an authority on an art that, previously, he scarcely knew existed and had assembled a collection that attracted scholars from all over the world; he had built a home that was a work of art in itself and one of the landmarks of Bangkok; and, in the process of doing all this, he had become a sort of landmark himself, a personality so widely known in his adopted homeland that a letter addressed simply ‘Jim Thompson, Bangkok’ found its way to him in a city of three and a half million people.”

Living Room

Jim Thompson House Bangkok Museum

In 1958 this American businessman began what was to be the pinnacle of his architectural achievement, a new home to showcase his art collection. Formed from parts of six antique Thai houses, his home (completed in 1959) sits on a klong (canal) across from Bangkrua, where his weavers were then located. Most of the 19th-century houses were dismantled and moved from Ayutthaya, but the largest – a weaver’s house (now the living room) – came from Bangkuar.

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Silk Loom at Jim Thompson House.

Thailand tourist destinationWith his natural flair for design and colour, and driven by his single-minded dedication to reviving the craft, Thompson soon gained worldwide recognition for his success in rebuilding the silk industry in Thailand, for generating international demand for Thai silk and for contributing to the growth of the silk industry.

Spooling silk at Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson House Bangkok Museum

Jim Thompson Bangkok Museum is only about 15 minutes walk from the MBK centre.

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Elevated rooms.

Jim Thompson Bangkok Museum In the hot and humid tropical climate, the airy, open quality of a Thai house and the broad overhangs of its roof protect the interior from both sun and rain. Elevated houses facilitate the circulation of air and offered a more comfortable living space. It was cooler to live in and protected the home from the risk of floods in the monsoon season. It also offered protection from hostile wildlife. The open space beneath the house was versatile. It was used as a living area in the hot season, as storage for the season’s harvest, and as a place to keep livestock.

All visitors have a guide.

Jim Thompson House Bangkok MuseumIt’s such a popular Thailand tourist destination you are not allowed to walk around the property by yourself, you must wait for a guide to take you in groups.

Rice storage.

Jim Thompson House Bangkok MuseumThis separate room was where they stored the rice. It is such a unique property in the heart of Bangkok, you can see why it’s such a popular Thailand tourist destination.

Entertainers at Jim Thompson Bangkok Museum

Jim Thompson House Bangkok Museum

These lads looked terrific in their traditional costumes.

Thai welcome at Jim Thompson House.

 

Here is a slide show.

 

Jim Thompson in 1962

Jim Thompson 1962 BKK

A rare old photo of Jim Thompson.

 
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Tropical storm floods Pattaya, I love to see the storm clouds roaring across Pattaya bay from my condo. http://fivestarvagabond.com/tropical-storm-floods-pattaya/

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On the Burma railway the dead POWs included 6,904 British personnel, 2,802 Australians, 2,782 Dutch, & 133 Americans.

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Monte Carlo Crowded Charismatic Wealthy

November 3, 2013 by David Herd

Monte Carlo casino

Monte Carlo Crowded Charismatic Wealthy

Monte Carlo Crowded Charismatic Wealthy

 

Monte Carlo Crowded Charismatic Wealthy, they are squeezed into this tiny principality like sardines. In fact Monaco is the most densely populated piece of dirt on Earth.

Mind blowing wealth is everywhere.

Monte Carlo Crowded Charismatic Wealthy

 

The Genoese built a fortress on the site of present day Monaco in 1215. The current ruling Grimaldi family first seized temporary control in 1297, and again in 1331, but were not able to permanently secure their holding until 1419.

An amazing city

Monte Carlo Crowded Charismatic Wealthy

 

Monaco, bordering France on the Mediterranean coast, is a popular resort, attracting tourists to its casino and pleasant climate. The principality also is a banking center and has successfully sought to diversify into services and small, high-value-added, nonpolluting industries. The state has no income tax and low business taxes and thrives as a tax haven both for individuals who have established residence and for foreign companies that have set up businesses and offices. Monaco, however, is not a tax-free shelter; it charges nearly 20% value-added tax, collects stamp duties, and companies face a 33% tax on profits unless they can show that three-quarters of profits are generated within the principality. Monaco’s reliance on tourism and banking for its economic growth has left it vulnerable to a downturn in France and other European economies which are the principality’s main trade partners.


I could happily live aboard this awesome ship

Monte Carlo Crowded Charismatic Wealthy

Lady Moura is a private luxury yacht. She was the ninth largest private yacht when she was launched in 1990, but has moved down the list in 2011 to number 24. She is owned by Saudi Arabian businessman, Nasser Al-Rashid.

Lady Moura in Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo Crowded Charismatic Wealthy

Both the hull and the superstructure are made of steel. The propulsion plant consists of two KHD-MWM diesel engines, each with a power of 5050 kW (over 6700 bhp), and controllable pitch propellers producing a speed of over 20 knots. A crafty hydraulically operated system of shell ports, doors, flaps, roofs, bath platforms, gangways and cranes provide the most possible ease of operation and comfort. Even the boats, anchors, life-rafts and navigation lanterns are hidden behind covers and do not disturb the aesthetics of the yacht. Both the name and the escutcheon that can be seen at port, starboard and at Stern are carved in 24 carat gold.

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I would be happy with the gold one.

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We were staying in a small French village Breil Sur Roya about 45 minutes drive from Monte Carlo, a great location to explore surrounding French and Italian historic villages.

Perhaps a Mercedes as well.

Monte Carlo Crowded Charismatic Wealthy

That is one beautiful motor vehicle.

Magnificent Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo Crowded Charismatic Wealthy

 

The castle dominates and overlooks the city.

 Reclaiming the Mediterranean

Monte Carlo Crowded Charismatic Wealthy

 

Obviously there is no more land so they are building out into the sea. I believe there is another similar project about to start, it is expected to take 10 years to complete.

My Australian friends in Monte Carlo.

Monte Carlo Crowded Charismatic Wealthy

 

Jodie O’Neill & Deborah Holliday from Australia’s Gold Coast.

Café de Paris Monte-Carlo

Monte Carlo Crowded Charismatic Wealthy

Café de Paris Monte-Carlo is the place to watch the passing parade in Monte Carlo, right next door to the casino and rather expensive, as you would expect.

 A brief 17 second video of the harbour.

 

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Not far east along the coast is Cinque Terre

 

Vernazza is a good place to stay in Cinque Terre

 

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