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.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

April 11, 2017 by David Herd

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos FiveStarVagabond favourite photos taken over many years by me, David Herd. To many people they will be nothing special, however they are very special indeed to me. Sometimes it’s the image itself that appeals & other times it’s the memory of where I was at the time.

My boulevarde of broken dreams.

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Where else but New York City, 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.

Hoi Ann Vietnam

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos I doubt if there is any photo I have taken that I like better than this one.

 Songkran in Thailand

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos My number one Songkran photo taken in Pattaya. Each year a massive water fight is held to commemorate the new year.  The downside is the hundreds of lives that are lost on the roads during the Seven days of madness.


Kanazawa Japan

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos This beautiful garden is at Kanazawa Castle. This great Japanese city west of Tokyo  was a real surprise packet.

A typical Sunday on Copacabana Beach

 photo 6e2af713-0bd5-4d9c-8195-d79c3cd05fae.jpg What more can you say about Rio De Janeiro that hasn’t already been said? A beautiful exciting city with some of the best beaches in the world.

Verona Italy

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos Coffee time in Verona. 

Sunset &  Silhouettes

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos Opposite my condo in Beach Rd Pattaya. 

Cloud over Pattaya

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There is something special about clouds & I’m so lucky lving in Pattaya where the clouds & sunsets are spectacular.

Praia da Pipa north east Brazil

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos Praia da Pipa may well be one of the most idealic spots on planet Earth, I really must return one day.

A quick paint job in Nha Trang Vietnam.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos I really love these timber fishing boats.

Gold Hill Shaftesbury

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos This town in Dorset where the view looking down from the top of the street has been described as “one of the most romantic sights in England.

 Poolside in Koh Samui

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos A beautiful beachside pool on the island of Koh Samui.

The most beautiful skin colour in the world.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos Copababana beach, where else 🙂

The saddest face I have ever seen.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos I was in HCMC aka Saigon when approached by this little girl begging for money. I knew she would give it to her mother waiting nearby, & possibly the mother would have to hand it over to local gangsters. Consequently I filled a plate of food which she devoured rather quickly.

There is nothing quite like a Siam sunset in Pattaya.

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This amazing view is from my Markland Condo in Beach Rd Pattaya.

Last but not least.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos Am I having fun in Paraty, you bet I am. Three hours from Rio & one of my favourite towns in Brazil.

Thanks for visiting my FiveStarVagabond favourite photos blog. Without a doubt there will be a volume two. 🙂

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Favourite Pattaya restaurants

September 6, 2015 by David Herd

Big Fish, Siam @ Siam

 photo Siam Siam 1.jpg Favourite Pattaya restaurants in no particular order, these are just the places I regularly visit for food, comfort, ambiance and value for money. Above is a Massaman curry lamb shank at Siam @ Siam hotel, absolutely delicious.

Patrick’s Belgium restaurant

Patrick's Belgium restaurant photo Patricks Belgium Steakhouse 1.jpg  Patricks has a terrific menu and great food. I really love their Oxtail soup.  Very good Australian steaks with waffles & ice cream to finish. This really is one of the best Pattaya restaurants

Birthday at Patrick’s Favourite Pattaya restaurants

 photo Hamish birthday Patricks 1.jpg Hamish turns 46 on July 21st 2015 and we celebrate at Patrick’s with Greg Clee.

 The Mantra one of my Favourite Pattaya restaurants

 photo Mantra food 4.jpg Sunday lunch here at The Mantra is one of the world’s great dining experiences. Alaskan crab, oysters from France Australian beef etc etc, just go there. There is food from seven different kitchens and the service and décor is 2nd to none. Certainly one of my Favourite Pattaya restaurants.

All washed down with cold Japanese sake.

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I could eat a plate like this every day. 🙂

Siamese Cuisine

North Pattaya restaurantsExcellent Australian steak at reasonable prices. Out of all the North Pattaya restaurants this is probably my favourite. The lobster soup is a must, the two other places who also do a great lobster bisque are the upmarket Mata Hari and the budget restaurant at the Avenue called Pizza Pizza.

Lovely Benjamina

North Pattaya restaurantsThis night we had excellent Thai food at Siamese Cuisine, I guess it helps when a local orders.


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Au Bon Pain

 photo Au Bon Pain 1.jpg Four or five times a week I have a bacon & egg croissant and coffee at this cafe in the Avenue. The happy staff always help to make it a great way to start the day.

Holiday Inn pizza

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Special price on Tuesday night only 279 Baht or $7.75 usd. Order wine before 7 pm and get 2 for 1.

 Boscaiola at Bella Italia in 2nd Rd near Alcazar.

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Mata Hari another  of my Favourite Pattaya restaurants

best Pattaya restaurantsMata Hari is a very stylish upmarket restaurant serving excellent European & Thai cuisine. A very popular spot for the locals, impeccable service, great food & upmarket décor, yet reasonably priced all things considered. I would certainly rate it in the top 6 restaurants in Pattaya. Louis is your friendly host & his wife Jacky the terrific chef, check out the website here. Mata Hari certainly is one of the best Pattaya restaurants.

Hachiban Ramen

Cheap Pattaya restaurantsHachiban Ramen, the Gyoza & Teriyaki chicken is to die for, only 153 Baht for the two, priceless.

There is another branch on the ground floor of Tukcom at the rear.

Signature Steak & Seafood

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

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 Signature steak & seafood has only been open since December 2015 and is a little hard to find. Look for the Tiffany show in 2nd Rd and walk a few meters to Burger King on 2nd Rd, and it’s just behind among lots of Korean restaurants. The first thing that strikes you is the fabulous décor, straight out of Hollywood where the owner Dang has spent the last 30 years.

The food is excellent and reasonably priced, both the lobster bisque & the clam chowder are first rate. Last night I shared a rock lobster salad after the lobster bisque, then finished with their home made ice cream which was absolutely delicious.

Wine by the glass is only B120 which is far lower than most upmarket restaurants.

The staff are quite exceptional and friendly, this lovely restaurant has after two visits jumped straight on to my list of favourites.

I hope you give it a try & if you do please tell Dang that David Herd sent you & I wouldn’t be surprised if you get a 10% discount.

Leckerle in Soi 33 Naklua

Cheap Pattaya restaurantsLocated about 200 meters from the Dolphin roundabout. Very good low cost German food, always busy.

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Pea soup is excellent (B90) as are the meatballs & potato salad. (B150).

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