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.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

December 16, 2016 by David Herd

Wine Connection Silom

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro chain of restaurants has quickly become one of my favourite places to eat in Thailand. Excellent food and a great selection of wine at reasonable prices.

Beside Sala Daeng Sky Train station

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Located in the basement of the Silom Complex right below Starbucks.

Garlic Prawns

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

My favourite dish at Wine Connection only B210.

Very reasonable prices

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Not just the food, the wine prices are also very affordable.

THE GRILL @ CentralWorld

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 Located on the ground floor at CentralWorld, Wine Connection claim The Grill is their most upmarket outlet.

Pasta & Salmon

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

Absolutely delicious Serrano Ham & Truffle Oil Fettuccine only B230 or $6.50 USD. 

Lots of fresh pasta

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

By now you probably understand why Wine Connection is such a favourite of mine. 🙂

South African Red wine 

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

On special at B499 a bottle or $14 USD.

Wine Connection @ Rainhill

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

This is my favourite location, just a short walk from Phrom Phong BTS station.

 Large cheese selection

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

A selection of cheese and a nice bottle of red, what more could you want?

Wine cellar

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Wines from all over the world at very reasonable prices.

Great value food & wine

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Every Wednesday from 7 pm to 9 pm there is free flow wine & beer for B499.

Location

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Take the Sky Train or a taxi along Sukhumvit. 

Wine Connection at Central Festival Samui

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 We only spent 4 nights in Koh Samui and chose to eat here twice.

Low cost wine

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

They offer a wonderful selection of wine from all over the world at liquor store prices. Our red wine from Chile was a bargain B650.

The chain I’m told is owned by a French group, I only wish they would open a branch in Pattaya.

Lamb shank at the Wine Connection.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

The food choices are extensive, lots of terrines a a big range of pasta.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Thanks for visiting my Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro photo blog, there are also branches in Phuket & Chiang Mai.

In Koh Samui I like to stay on Chaweng Beach at the Baan Chaweng,  for an excellent room rate just use THIS LINK to book.

iCheck Inn Soi 11

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD  around B1100 pn.

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Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

July 30, 2016 by David Herd

Great location & a beautiful pool

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

 Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand is across the road from the beach on the gulf of Thailand, two hours from Bangkok airport. Only 90 minutes east of Pattaya, B1200 by taxi and B1800 in a mini bus. For an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Adjacent to the pool you will find a fully equipped gym and a Thai massage service. The gym is free and it’s B300 for an hour for a Thai massage or foot massage.

 My Australian friends

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Nikki & Tony Murphy with my brother Warren in the middle.

Even nice in the rain

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

If it rains just head for the gym. 🙂

Another Aussie friend, Chris Lockwood aka Dr Evil.

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Chris and my brother Warren travel often together, follow THIS LINK for his south American adventure.

Room 201 in the main building

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

This room was a little bigger than many of the others.

Good aircon & internet

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

On the same level as the swimming pool.

The view from my balcony

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Naturally 301 on the next floor would have an even better view. 🙂

The hotel from the beach

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

You can clearly see the great location of Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand.

There are many good restaurants close by overlooking the beach

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

 This vermicelli & prawn dish was at Xing Xing restaurant. For more information on food in Mae Pim just follow THIS LINK.

Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Only 150 meters down the road is our favourite bar restaurant Tequila Sunrise. There is an international team there, a Swiss owner, Peter the German chef, Gary an Australian manager & some very nice Thai staff who run this popular establishment. On our recent trip we had lunch there 3 times, dinner once and cocktails every evening.

Location

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

As I said earlier Mae Pim is two hours from Bangkok airport & only 90 minutes east of Pattaya. Thanks for visiting my Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand photo blog. Use this link for a discounted rate at THE MAE PIM RESORT.

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Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

July 29, 2016 by David Herd

Mae Pim fishing boat

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

 Mae Pim beach boats sunsets a beautiful onshore wind & peace and quiet. Only 90 minutes from Pattaya and 2 hours from Bangkok airport. The peace & quiet only applies between February and October, the 3 months over Xmas is a different story when the crowds converge on this delightful beach side resort.

Fishing traps

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Here are the traps being loaded onto the boat.

Setting off for a nights fishing

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

The traps are on board and there is a long night ahead, Mae Pim beach boats sunsets it’s all here.:)

 Roadside stalls

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

The fresh produce is sold at roadside stalls beside the beach.

Beautiful Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Plenty of deck chairs through the high season however they don’t seem to waste their time offering them in the low season.

Looking west the beach goes on forever

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

This is the perfect place for long beach walks with the onshore wind blowing in your face.

Sunset at Mae Pim

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

A beautiful time of the day to enjoy a stroll along the beach.

The sun setting in the west

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

  Mae Pim is on the gulf of Thailand only ninety minutes by car east of Pattaya, and 2 hours south of Bangkok. Beautiful white sand and clean water, it’s so quiet and peaceful after the noise & Madness of Pattaya.

However it’s not all a wilderness

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

There are many restaurants offering live seafood, the photo above is my brother Warren & I at Tequila Sunrise.

Tequila Sunrise at dusk

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

 Tequila Sunrise is our favourite Mae Pim bar restaurant. Lots of good food in Mae Pim, just follow THIS LINK.

Just after sunset at Mae Pim

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

All the seafood stalls are closed due to the low season and lack of customers.

 Main road Mae Pim

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

So quiet in the low season between February and October.

Mae Pim Resort Hotel

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Here is where we like to stay in Mae Pim, for an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

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Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Thanks for visiting my Mae Pim beach boats sunsets photo blog.

                   

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Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

July 28, 2016 by David Herd

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food was high on our list when my brother & I took some Australian friends to this quiet little seaside village 90 minutes east of Pattaya. The 3 days & 4 nights had the feel of an eating odyssey centred mainly around the Tequila Sunrise bar & restaurant. There is an international team, a Swiss owner, Peter the German chef, Gary an Australian manager & some very nice Thai staff who run this popular establishment. We had lunch there 3 times, dinner once and cocktails every evening. Above is Swedish Skagen at Tequila Sunrise

Skagen is one of my favourite dishes, here is Jamie Oliver’s recipe.

Swedish smoked salmon

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

My good friend Tony Murphy rated this beautiful salmon 10/10 at Tequila Sunrise.

Tony Murphy strikes a pose

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Here is Murph doing his best to imitate a rather dour Swede as a salute to this fabulous salmon dish. 

                          Jag älskar verkligen att äta rök lax
 Bratwurst at Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Naturally with a German chef you would expect bratwurst to be on the menu. 🙂 However let’s not forget the mash potato which was excellent.

Chris Lockwood aka Dr Evil

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Dr Evil & Nikki Murphy fell in love with the Pina Coladas at Tequila Sunrise. Chris has just completed a terrific South American trip, read his hilarious blog, just follow THIS LINK.

Here is a Pina Colada recipe.

A bunch of Aussies

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

From the left we have Chris Lockwood, Warren Herd, Nikki Murphy and Tony Murphy.

Nikki snaps the Sea Bass.

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

This was certainly worth a photo, another excellent dish at Tequila Sunrise.

Peter the talented chef at Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Peter was a chef at the Hard Rock Hotel in Pattaya until he saw the light and moved to Mae Pim. Now nothing short of an atomic bomb will get him to move anywhere else. Originally from Hamburg in Germany, he returned home for 2 weeks in May 2016, after 33 years this was his only visit. After speaking with him I’m guessing it may be his last trip home. 🙂

Up to now it seems like Tequila Sunrise is the only place we ate at, however there were a couple of other places. Here is my Tequila Sunrise photo blog from February.

Thailand beach resort fabulous food at Xing Xing

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

One of the many Mae Pim seafood restaurants, lots of live product on offer at very reasonable prices. Above is their Prawn & Vermicelli which was absolutely delicious.

Rock Lobster at Xing Xing

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

 Rock Lobster at Xing Xing certainly lived up to the Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food category.

Seafood tanks at Xing Xing

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Lots of fresh seafood to choose here.

Lots of varieties

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

I’m not even sure what this little beast is. 🙂

Curry crab & spring rolls Thailand beach resort fabulous food

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

The crab was very good (B600) and the spring rolls were fantastic.

Book through THIS LINK for a great Pattaya hotel room rate.

 Next door to Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Sadly I didn’t get the restaurant name, however it was right next door to Tequila Sunrise, food was very good as was the beautiful breeze coming off the gulf of Thailand. My brother Warren enjoyed his fried squid in yellow curry with fried rice.

Chris also enjoyed his spicy Tom Yum seafood soup

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

All the dishes here were good and the price very reasonable.

A short video on Mae Pim beach

 Wednesday special

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

The Wednesday special at Tequila Sunrise is the enormous double schnitzel for only B159 which is a bargain. Here is my friend Larry Krausz who was born in Australia so I guess he was raised on schnitzels. 🙂

Larry & I were here in February 2016 and I couldn’t wait to return.

Larry Krausz wasa friend for around 30 years, sadly he suffered a major stroke on October 28 2016. After 2 months in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on life support he was transported to Australia by a hospital Leer jet, thanks to his Medibank travel insurance. After a further month his life support was removed & he passed away peacefully.

I rest my case

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

What a monster, comes with French fries or mash potato.

Peter is the chef at Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Thanks for visiting my Thailand beach resort fabulous food photo blog, for an excellent hotel use this link for a discounted rate at THE MAE PIM RESORT.

 

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Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

February 25, 2016 by David Herd

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

 Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim on the gulf of Thailand is only ninety minutes by car east of Pattaya, and 2 hours south of Bangkok. Beautiful white sand and clean water, and so quiet and peaceful after the noise & Madness of Pattaya.

The main road in Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Reminds me of the Eagles song “Long Road out of Eden”, so little traffic midweek compared to Pattaya.

Fresh seafood caught by these boats.

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

There are about 15 seafood restaurants offering all varieties of fish and shell fish.

One of the many seafood restaurants

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

There are about 16 live seafood restaurants.

Xing Xing at Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

After much discussion this id the one we chose and it proved to be an excellent choice.

Curry crab & spring rolls

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

The crab was very good (B600) however the spring rolls were absolutely fantastic.

Sinsiam Resort

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Our hotel was rather old fashioned but the rooms were very good and the pool was enormous.

Olympic size pool

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

The water was a perfect temperature for guys like us who are allergic to the cold. 🙂

Larry Krausz, Warren and David Herd

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Here we are the three amigos having lunch at Tequila Sunrise.

This was double schnitzel day

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

The meal was huge, however the Swedish meat balls were the pick.

Step down to the beach

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Grab a little sun and sand before lunch at Tequila Sunrise.

Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

A busy bar with a great selection of food, however B175 for Jack Daniels is way over the top.

Back to the beach

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Tequila Sunset restaurant overlooked the sandy beach where the gentle waves brushed against the shore, we marvelled at the beautiful onshore breeze blowing from the west, and thoroughly enjoyed the solitude of Mae Pim compared to the madness of Pattaya.

Mae Pin street vendor

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

All the usual souvenirs and floats for kids.

Bike for hire

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

These multi passenger bikes are for hire, the roads are very quiet so I’m sure they are reasonably safe.

Mae Pim Resort

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

 This is certainly the hotel I will stay next time I visit, nice facilities with a good pool and across the road from the beach.

Mae Pim Resort pool

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Nice setting on the 1st floor of the hotel. Book through this link for an excellent room rate.

Rabik Coffee

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

You realise you are in a Thai village when the local coffee shop does not show any English. 🙂

Bus to Ban Phe or Rayong

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

The cheap way to get to Pattaya is take a 30 minute songthaew ride to Ban Phe then hook up with a mini bus.

20 minutes past Rayong

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Mae Pim is two hours from Bangkok airport & only 90 minutes east of Pattaya. Thanks for visiting my Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim photo blog. Use this link for a discounted rate at THE MAE PIM RESORT.

Farewell from the Herd brothers

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Many thanks for visiting my Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim photo blog.

                        Check out my Tequila Sunrise photo blog here.

                     

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Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

February 25, 2016 by David Herd

Mae Pim restaurant

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand is an example of multiculturalism on the gulf of Thailand. The restaurant Tequila Sunrise is named after my favourite cocktail, we happily sip our drinks while  overlooking the sandy beach where gentle waves brush against the shore, we marvel at the beautiful onshore breeze blowing from the west, and we enjoy the solitude of Mae Pin compared to the madness of Pattaya.

A Swiss owner, a German chef, an Australian manager & Thai staff run this popular establishment, where the Wednesday lunch special is a doubly schnitzel for the princely sum of B159 or  $6 aud. My brother Warren chose the Swedish meatballs with mashed potato which actually outshone the huge schnitzel.

Larry chooses lunch

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Born in Austria 66 years ago and moved to Australia around the age of two, moved to Thailand in November 2015, Larry Krausz would walk a mile for a Weiner Shnitzel.

Larry Krausz was a friend for around 30 years, sadly he suffered a major stroke on October 28 2016. After 2 months in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on life support he was transported to Australia by a hospital Leer jet, thanks to his Medibank travel insurance. After a further month his life support was removed & he passed away peacefully. RIP little buddy.

Here’s the proof

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

I struggled to eat 75% of this monster schnitzel for lunch, in the evening the restaurant was full as it is most Wednesdays when the locals converge on the double schnitzel special.

Mai Pin fishing boat

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Fishermen preparing their boat for another night on the gulf.

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

We returned to Tequila Sunrise for after dinner drinks, naturally I had two Margaritas.

Margarita night cap

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

A great way to end a delightful day in Mae Pim.

Manager at Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

 Gary is the Australian manager at tequila Sunrise, grew up Guildford in Sydney before moving to Maroochydore in Queensland.

Step down to the beach

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Grab some sun or have a swim then come up for a cold beer.

Swedish Skagen at Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

This is certainly one of my favourite dishes, absolutely fantastic.

Sea Bass at Tequila Sunrise.

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

My friend Nikki from Australia capturing the moment on camera.

Peter is the chef

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Peter is the German chef who provides all the wonderful meals at Tequila Sunrise. Previously he was the chef at the Hard Rock Hotel in Pattaya. For a great room rate in Pattaya or elsewhere just book through THIS LINK.

Mae Pim resort

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Across the road is a nice hotel where you can get a great room rate if you use this link.

Farewell from the Herd brothers

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Many thanks for visiting my Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand photo blog.

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Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

July 3, 2015 by David Herd

McLaren 12C coupe

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

 Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars will take your breath away, it seems very unusual to see all these magnificent vehicles in a city shopping mall. Which would you buy if you had a black Amex?

Aston Martin Vanquish

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

 When it comes to sheer automotive glamour there are few – if any – car manufacturers that have the goods to go head-to-head with the century-old British sports car manufacturer, Aston Martin. That’s especially true of the all-new Aston Martin Vanquish.

The new flagship Vanquish may well be one of the most beautiful cars in the world, but if you believe the brand’s design director, Marek Reichman, the Vanquish is also “the best Aston Martin thus far”.

Reach for your Black Amex, it will only set you back $472,840 in Australia.

Perhaps you prefer a red one?

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

 

Any colour would be fine with me.

 

Rolls Royce, say no more…..

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

 Rolls-Royce Limited is a renowned English car-manufacturing and, later, aero-engine manufacturing company founded by Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce on 15 March 1906 as the result of a partnership formed in 1904.

BMW 8 is another of the Siam Paragon Super Cars

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

 The BMW i8 is ready to revolutionise its vehicle class. As the first sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car. The strength of the plug-in hybrid lies, among other factors, in the perfect synchronisation of electric motor and combustion engine, which makes itself apparent in maximum efficiency and dynamics on the road. The first sports car that even accelerates the zeitgeist.

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

 

A super looking machine from any angle.

Mini Cooper S

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

 

John Cooper, owner of the Cooper Car Company and designer and builder of Formula One and rally cars, saw the potential of the Mini for competition. Issigonis was initially reluctant to see the Mini in the role of a performance car, but after John Cooper appealed to BMC management, the two men collaborated to create the Mini Cooper. The Austin Mini Cooper and Morris Mini Cooper debuted in 1961.

 

Classic Jaguar

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

I do have a soft spot for the Jaguar, I owned a beautiful red E-Type in the 70s and also a silver XJ6.

Lamborghini Gallardo

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

This photo is from February 2007 the year after Siam Paragon opened.

 Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars the   Ferrari F430

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

 The Ferrari F430 is a sports car that was produced by the Italian car manufacturer Ferrari from 2004 to 2009. A successor to the Ferrari 360.

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Legends Golf Club Malaysia

June 5, 2015 by David Herd

Singapore Malaysia border.

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

 Legends Golf Club Malaysia is a 90 minute drive from Singapore. In 2007 my friends and I (all legends) decided it was time to tame this course.

Is that Casey Stoner ?

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

This colour coordinated guy shot past us like a guided missile. 🙂

This is more our speed

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

As you can imagine it is far too hot to walk the course.

Unless we meet one of these guys

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

Then we go faster, much faster. 🙂

Here we are Legends in our own lunch time

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

Duncan Paul, David Herd, Steven Bates and our sweet caddies.

Mitch Grosky goes straight up the middle

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

Mitch made it look easy.

Mitch Grotsky

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

The course was magnificent.

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

Designed by Jack Nicklaus, The Legends is one of the toughest tests of golf in South-East Asia. Legends can be best described as dramatic and can always be found in excellent condition.

The original concept of this resort included three championship courses: one designed by Jack Nicklaus, one by Arnold Palmer, and one by Gary Player. Only the Nicklaus course and nine holes of the Palmer course have been finished, though. The Gary Player course remains in the planning phase.

The par-72, 18-hole Jack Nicklaus course opened to golfers in 1997. This 6,710-metre (7,338-yard) course features views of the neighboring palm oil plantation. Don’t be surprised if monkeys stop to check out your game on the back nine too.

Lovely par 3

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

 Legends Golf Club Malaysia is a beautiful course, if you are a golfer put it on your bucket list.

We almost had the course to ourselves

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

A guy called John Hallisey said “My worst day on the golf course still beats my best day in the office.”

Where else would you rather be?

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

We almost had the course to ourselves.

My lovely caddy

Legends Golf Club Malaysia

With two hole to go the storm came in and blew us off the course as so often happens in South East Asia.

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Siam Center Bangkok food court

December 15, 2014 by David Herd

Siam Center Bangkok

Siam Center Bangkok food court

Siam Centre Bangkok food court offers a huge choice of restaurants in a nice air conditioned environment. Next door to Siam Paragon and opposite MBK, you can spend days eating and shopping here. The choice of restaurants in Bangkok is amazing, everything from spectacular rooftop venues to the best street food in the world.

Charcoal Grill

Siam Center Bangkok food court

Siam Center Bangkok was built in 1973 and was one of Bangkok’s first shopping malls. It has undergone renovation several times, including after a fire in 1995. In January 11, 2013, Siam Center established the new phase and re-branding itself as Siam Center The Ideaopolis.


 

 

Food Republic Siam Center Bangkok

Siam Center Bangkok food court

Siam Center Bangkok food court – or Food Republic, to use its proper name – is a welcome addition to Bangkok’s already plentiful supply. This stylish, gun-metal grey collection of food and beverage stalls has one of the best spreads of world cuisine of any in the capital and a modern décor that blurs the line between food court and restaurant. It’s cool, clean and bustling with a varied clientèle of locals and tourists.

So many attractive food options

Siam Center Bangkok food court

 

Like most of the Bangkok shopping malls the food choices are endless.

Siam Center Bangkok

Siam Center Bangkok food court

 

A side benefit apart from all the shops is being able to escape the Bangkok heat.

Hong Kong Roast

Siam Center Bangkok food court

Hong Kong Roast duck is one of my favourite meals, that’s the beauty of Bangkok every cuisine in the world is available. Earlier this year I visited seven super cities all famous for food and I can honestly say Bangkok is as good as any of them.

Mr Jones Orphanage

Siam Center Bangkok food court

Mr Jones Orphanage is a very unusual name for a restaurant, it gets good reviews on TripAdvisor.

  Siam Center Bangkok

Siam Center Bangkok food court

Siam Center Bangkok is right next door to the Siam Paragon.

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Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

December 14, 2014 by David Herd

Soi Cowboy Bangkok

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground is in my opinion the best of the red light areas in this great city. Nana Plaza come in 2nd place with Patpong Rd a distance third. Located near Sukhumvit Road, between Sukhumvit Soi 21 (also called Soi Asoke) and Soi 23, within walking distance from the BTS Skytrain’s Asoke Station and the Bangkok Metro’s Sukhumvit Station. The Pullman Grand Sukhumvit Hotel is nearby.

The go-go bars follow the pattern common in Thailand, lots of alcohol is served hundreds of women in bikinis dance on a stage topless or even nude.

Country Road

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

The soi was given its name by longtime nightlife columnist Bernard Trink, after the late T. G. “Cowboy” Edwards, a retired American airman who opened one of the first bars there in 1977. A tall African-American, Edwards got his nickname because he often wore a cowboy hat.

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground Spice Girls

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground 

When Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was elected in 2001, his government instituted a “social order” campaign. As part of this, all bars, nightclubs and restaurants had to close by 2am, later changed to 1am for all areas not officially designated as “entertainment zones”. (Unlike Patpong, Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza were not so designated). A mandatory midnight closing time was even discussed.

Over the years this policy has eased, and as of 2012, some Soi Cowboy bars stay open as late as 2:30am.

And here are the Spice girls

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Soi Cowboy Bangkok is more expensive than Nana Plaza, it is also more spectacular, a Jack soda is 180 Baht, when you buy a girl a drink it costs 220 baht. These clubs love to rob you, so Roland & I tipped the girls 100 Baht cash instead of giving it to the club. Out of the 220 Baht for a ladies drink the girls get 50 Baht and the club keeps 170.

David Herd and Roland Bonnici

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Here I am with my friend Roland who is a Sydney Barrister specializing in criminal law. He has more energy and staying power than I do so I now call in the Bangkok Energiser Bunny. 🙂

Lovely face at Soi Cowboy

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

A sweet girl who Roland bought a few drinks for, he charges $300 an hour to represent the Sydney criminals so $8 a lady drink is small change. 🙂 She of course spun him the usual line saying ” I have only been here for one month after leaving my home in the country. Roland being such a nice guy believed her, naturally I got into his ear to quickly explain that 80% of the girls use this tried & true  line of B…sh…t. 🙂


Move baby move

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

She could really move, should have taken a movie.

More Spice girls

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

The girls are patiently waiting for customers.

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Soi Cowboy Bangkok is really a lot of fun, some of the bars have rock bands playing far too loud for my liking, however most geriatrics like myself usually prefer the volume to be low enough to be able to communicate this those around you.

Hellooooo baby, where you go?

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

You will probably hear this question 30 times a night if not more. 🙂

Back to Country Road

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Bright lights & gorgeous girls.

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

But looking at them just gives me the blues. I can handle this bright noisy scene about two times a year, usually when friends come to town and want to see the sights.

It really is deja vu for me

Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

I guess I have just been hitting the night spots in too many cities for too many years. These days I enjoy myself more in a good restaurant with nice people and soft music in the background. One thing is certain in Bangkok there is no shortage of terrific restaurants, and anything else you want for that matter.

Here is a link to some Bangkok restaurants

Another link to the surrounding area

 

Roland loved Soi Cowboy
Sexy Soi Cowboy Bangkok playground

Just check out the look on his face to see how much he loves this wild Soi Cowboy Bangkok scene.  

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