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

The photos I like the best. 🙂

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.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

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

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

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

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

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.

FiveStarVagabond favourite photos

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

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

 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

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

  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

Favourite Pattaya restaurants for a birthday at Patrick’s 

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

Hamish turns 46 on July 21st 2015 and we celebrate at Patrick’s with Greg Clee.

 The Mantra one of my Favourite Pattaya restaurants

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

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.

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

I could eat a plate like this every day. 🙂

Siamese Cuisine

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

Excellent 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

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

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

Holiday Inn pizza

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

 

Special price on Tuesday night only 279 Baht or $8.50 usd. Order wine before 7 pm and get 2 for 1.

 Boscaiola at Bella Italia in 2nd Rd near Alcazar.

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

Very good food & great value.

 Another of my Favourite Pattaya restaurants is Mata Hari.

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

Mata 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

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

Hachiban 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.

Leckerle in Soi 33 Naklua

Favourite Pattaya restaurants

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

The food here is terrific.

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

Hilton Sunday Buffet B1,500

Favourite Pattaya restaurants An exceptional feast.

A favourite photo of one of the Hilton Chefs.

Favourite Pattaya restaurants Make sure you book as it’s very popular.

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Holiday Inn

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Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

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