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.

Tough times Thailand 2019

September 10, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Tough times Thailand

Tough times Thailand

Tough times Thailand 2019 on two fronts, first we have Thai immigration making it more difficult for expats to live in this wonderful country, secondly the exchange rate for Thai Baht to the Aussie dollar (and other currencies) is hitting rock bottom. 

The following 2 charts will highlight the situation.

This is not a travel blog, it is part of my personal photo history.

This photo blog covers from July 1st to December 31, for the first 6 months of 2019 please go to THIS LINK.

Australian $ to Thai Baht

Tough times Thailand In 2012 there was 33 Baht to the dollar, today it’s 21.

Australian term deposit rates

Tough times Thailand In 2012 they were over 5%, today it’s a miserable 1.5%.

Having said all that life is still very good in Thailand

Tough times Thailand Just ask my good friend Hamish, he hasn’t a care in the world. 🙂

Coffee at the Holiday Inn

Tough times Thailand Most afternoons I tear myself away from the computer & enjoy an afternoon coffee.

A small tip for a little lady

Tough times Thailand I often give this nice lady a B20 tip when I see her of a morning sweeping the road at Terminal 21, it’s just under $1 AUD. She gets so excited you would think it’s 200.  I’m guessing they don’t get paid too much.

Love watching the storms roll in

Tough times Thailand So exciting when the storms roll in over Pattaya Bay.

There’s nothing like a September sunset.

Tough times Thailand I was sipping a red wine at the Holiday Inn watching this magnificent sunset.

Soi 1 demolish a small hotel.

Tough times Thailand Right next to Markland condo where I live.

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Beachfront restaurant Pattaya

August 24, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya

Beachside pattaya restaurant

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya is aptly named Surf & Turf & is rated number 100 out of 1187 restaurants in Pattaya. For far better food photographs than in this post just check out THIS LINK for my previous Surf & Turf photo blog.

Location

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya On the beach next door to the Long Beach Garden Hotel.

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya A fairly ordinary front entrance.

Air conditioned inside section

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya It’s much nicer inside which you can clearly see.

Catering for the smokers

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya The further away from me the better. 🙂

Inside in the aircon.

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya Especially during the day the front area beside the beach is the most popular part of the restaurant.

Another outdoor area

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya There is quite a number of different sections in this popular Beachfront restaurant Pattaya.

This is the beachside section

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya No aircon but they have plenty of fans & there is usually a beautiful breeze coming off the ocean.

An unusual dish

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya My friend ordered snapper, as you can see the portion was rather small & there was a skewer of beef with it.

Here is the seared tuna

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya Rather delicious.

Chicken Satay

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya The peanut sauce was excellent.

Oysters from France

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya Delicious, rather expensive here, around B500 or $24 AUD for 6, double what I pay at El Mercado in Bangkok.

My 2 Australian friends

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya Ian Fraser-Smith & David Robertson from the Gold Coast in Australia are regular visitors to Pattaya. They were both impressed with the food at the Surf & Turf.

For far better food photographs than in this post please check out THIS LINK for my previous Surf & Turf photo blog.

Thanks for visiting my Beachfront restaurant Pattaya photo blog, Surf & Turf has good food in a great seaside location.

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Pattaya coffee shop review

August 18, 2019 by David Herd

Pattaya coffee shop review

Pattaya coffee shop review

Pattaya coffee shop review from my perspective. These are the venues where I choose to spend my time and money. 🙂

The photo above is the Coffee Club at Markland on Beach Rd, this in fact was opening day on 31-8-2018.

Coffee Club Eggs Benedict.

Pattaya coffee shop review Good quality food & coffee but far too expensive. For instance the equivalent of a Starbucks tall latte is B146 or $6.97 AUD, at Starbucks you pay B115 or $5.50 AUD.  Even though they have a branch in my condo building I generally walk 200 meters to the Holiday Inn where I only pay B113.

Smiling faces at Flow in the Holiday Inn.

Pattaya coffee shop review The staff here are very friendly & the food & coffee is excellent. The large coffee is B150 which is what you would expect for a 5 star hotel. However as I’m a member of the Hi Club I get a 25% discount which brings the cost down to B113.

Pattaya coffee shop review, how nice is this?

Pattaya coffee shop review Coffee art at the Holiday Inn. 🙂

Pastry Addiction next door the Hard Rock Hotel.

Pattaya coffee shop review An excellent up market coffee shop on Beach Road. 

Breakfast at Pastry Addiction

Pattaya coffee shop review Good food, coffee & decor.

Bon cafe in Naklua Rd

Pattaya coffee shop review Certainly has one of the best value breakfasts in Pattaya, B185 including excellent coffee.

Bon Cafe coffee machines

Pattaya coffee shop review  Bon Cafe import coffee machines from many countries around the world for including Italy, Switzerland, Spain, the United States of America, and other countries to satisfy their various types of customers.

Starbucks, my favourite coffee shop in Pattaya

Pattaya coffee shop review Around 5 days a week I am at Central Marina or the Bay in Beach Road. The lovely girls put a candle in my croissant for my birthday. 🙂

My Starbucks breakfast of choice

Pattaya coffee shop review Accompanied by a tall latte of course. Starbucks sell 4 BILLION cups annually. Which (divided by 365 days) means that roughly 10,958,904 cups sold daily between ALL Starbucks locations. So we are talking about 388 cups of espresso and/or coffee drinks daily on average per store globally.

This is Boonthavorn

Pattaya coffee shop review Surprisingly they have the best value coffee in Pattaya. They are on Sukhumvit Rd,see the map below.

Just inside the front entrance on the left.

Pattaya coffee shop review Top quality coffee for only B30, or $1.40 AUD.

Location

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Starbucks Pattaya every morning

July 28, 2019 by David Herd

Starbucks Pattaya every morning

Starbucks Pattaya every morning

Starbucks Pattaya every morning is a perfect start to my day. Not just the excellent coffee, the friendly smiling staff always put me in a positive mood. Above is the branch at The Bay on Beach Road Pattaya between Soi 5 & Soi 6.

The Bay Beach Road

Starbucks Pattaya every morning Let’s go to Starbucks & stare at our phones. 🙂

Opening day at the Bay

Starbucks Pattaya every morning September 22 2015.

My breakfast of choice.

Starbucks Pattaya every morning Ham & cheese croissant with a tall latte. B240 or $7.8 USD

There are two Starbucks at Central Festival

Starbucks Pattaya every morning That makes 4 within 10 minutes walk from my condo.

Inside Central Festival branch

Starbucks Pattaya every morning Quite an attractive fit out.

A birthday candle for me. 🙂

Starbucks Pattaya every morning As I mentioned earlier the smiles on girls are a really nice start for the day.

Sometimes they run out of croissants.

Starbucks Pattaya every morning So I settle for a sandwich. 🙂

Starbucks Pattaya every morning

Starbucks Pattaya every morning Every 12 coffee is free if you have a Starbucks card so I often take one home for later.

Thanks for visiting my Starbucks Pattaya every morning photo blog.

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Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

July 24, 2019 by David Herd

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend for Hamish Elton seemed more like a competition based on “survival of the fittest” 🙂 You suddenly realise you are a popular guy when 35 people fly in from overseas to help you celebrate. Thirty three came from Australia & two from America.

Celebrations started on Tuesday

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend People began arriving on Monday July 15 & warm up celebrations began on Tuesday. Many stayed at the Birds & Bees Resort situated on the beach between Pattaya & Jomtien. For an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

The photo above is at the famous restaurant located in the hotel called “Cabbages & Condoms”, rated by TripAdvisor #78 of 1,182 Restaurants in Pattaya.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Dressed in condoms

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Condoms, what condoms, I don’t see any condoms. 🙂

Luxury boat cruise Friday July 19

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend I use the term luxury rather loosely as you can see from the photo, although nobody wants to admit it, I think it was a frustrating event. They finally left 3 hours late before realising they didn’t have a tender, after picking it up from the mooring they found it didn’t have a rope to tow it with so they tied it to the side of the ferry. Add to this there were various problems when trying to tie up at Koh Larn Jetty. 

All I can say is I am so happy I decided not to take the trip.

Transferred to a faster boat

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend What time can we start having fun they ask. 🙂

A rose between 2 thorns

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Tony Teys & Wayne Schmidt wants to know why Hamish is turning 50 yet only looks 40.

Let’s go home.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Rough seas & too much beer can take its toll. 🙂

Back to the Birds & the Bees.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Such a fabulous location right on the beach.

Saturday night dinner

Marathon 50th Birthday WeekendNaturally Cabbages & Condoms was chosen for the feast. From the left we have David  an Australian of no fixed address, Paul Elmslie, Hamish’s partner, Alex & Aiden.

The buffet awaits

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Ninety minutes of pre dinner drinks before the buffet.

The bride & groom

Marathon 50th Birthday WeekendOops! did I speak too soon? 🙂

More happy friends with Hamish

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend From the left we have Alex, Su, Yura, Hamish & Kyle.

Let’s throw some glamour into the mix.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend I’m sure I heard the guys shouting “hello sexy girl”? 🙂

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Food was good & the booze kept flowing.

Every night ended up in Walking St.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Hamish said five nights in a row were a 5 am finish.

Then came Sunday bloody Sunday. 🙂

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend The legend awaits, none other than Harlan Goldstein, a self proclaimed genius who has not got a shy bone in his whole body. 🙂 🙂 🙂 

The team gathers

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend This is July 21st Hamish’s actual birthday.

They come to praise the Prince.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Prince Hamish of Walking Street, a legend in his own lunch time. 🙂

King of Pratumnack & Prince of Walking St.

Marathon 50th Birthday WeekendThe restaurant-er legend & the Go Go bar legend under the one roof.

Some of the loyal peasants cheer their heroes.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Or perhaps shout for more tequila shots, one of the two. 🙂

Lets talk about selfies

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Here’s the undisputed King & Queen of selfies, nobody comes close to Hamish Elton & Hashtag Sally, we salute you. 🙂

Another legend in his own lunchtime.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Greg Clee in full swing, prefers to be known as Greg “Storming Jack” Dawson.

Who invited Elton John?

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Well, no party is complete without :The Crocodile Rock”. 🙂

The legend goes to work.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend In case any of you have not heard, Harlan Goldstein was a successful chef and Hong Kong celebrity before moving to Pattaya.  In 2012, Gold by Harlan Goldstein received its first Michelin star, his Pattaya restaurant  serves comfort food from all around the world, which is influenced by his 38 years traveling the world as a chef. TripAdvisor rating is #89 of 1,182 Restaurants in Pattaya.

Until next time.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Thanks Hamish & May for organizing a week to remember. Just as an after thought, there was another marathon beside Hamish’s birthday, you guessed it, the actual Pattaya marathon kicked off at 2 am on July 21st, Hamish’s birthday.

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MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand

March 6, 2019 by David Herd

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand is part of the A-One hotel group & is located in Soi 3. I watched the whole construction process from my condo in Markland one street away in Soi 1.

Spectacular entrance

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand As you can clearly see it’s a stunning foyer.

The view from my condo

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand I’m on the 20th floor of Markland in Soi one & the MYTT is in Soi two.

Here is the building site.

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand It was quite a radical change to Soi 2.

The Kitch restaurant

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand Many people may find the name is a rather poor choice, here is the meaning courtesy of Google; “Kitsch is art that’s garish, nostalgic, and very low-brow. Some people who love the aesthetics of souvenir culture think kitsch is really cool, while others think it’s in very poor taste. Kitsch is a German word that’s been adopted into English, meaning“worthless, trashy art,” or the quality of that art.”

Swish may have been a better name.

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand Kitch may be short for kitchen, but it’s pronounced the same as kitsch. Swish means impressively smart and fashionable, which the restaurant certainly is. 🙂

Live lobsters

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand The following is from their website; Seafood Buffet Dinner Promotion • 2,500 THB per person includes unlimited Lobster(serve half of the Lobster at once). Not include a beverage. • 3,000 THB per person includes unlimited Lobster (serve half of the Lobster at once) and also beverage (Alcohol included) Special discount for you to add Line @:MYTTHOTEL or check on Facebook. Please kindly contact MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand directly to get the special discount.

Sky Bar on the 19th floor

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand A nice atmosphere with a great view, far too expensive for my budget however. A Singha beer is B220 or $9.80 AUD. Most of the beer bars in Pattaya sell it between B65 & B85.

At last they have a “special”.

Pippa

They invite you to join them every Friday for 99 Be Mine – where 99 Baht gets you a glass of wine, a pint of beer or 3 in 1 Tapas.

Small intimate bar

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand Two DJs were playing fairly loud music, as they do in Thailand. 🙂

Looking over Pattaya

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand The view at night is rather stunning.

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand

MYTT Hotel Pattaya ThailandLooking south from the 2nd floor of the Sky bar.

Looking north

MYTT Hotel Pattaya Thailand Towards Terminal 21 & the Holiday Inn.

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Final feast Mantra Pattaya

February 18, 2019 by David Herd

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Sunday brunch with friends, I have so many memories of great moments in the last 12 years at this wonderful restaurant. This photo blog features many of the long lunches dating back to 2007.

We are going to miss the fabulous food.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Alaskan crab & oysters from France have always been my favourite at the Mantra Sunday brunch. Having said that I must admit the quality has been going down slightly in the last 2 or 3 years. I apologize for this criticism just their standards were always so high I guess they were hard to maintain.

The seafood section.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya I would always ask to be seated near the seafood & sushi. 🙂

Final feast Mantra Pattaya, lets not forget the cold Sake. 🙂

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Included in the price of the buffet, so I would always take full advantage of this special. 

My friend from Sydney Roland Bonnici.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Roland loves dining out & the Mantra was his favourite Pattaya restaurant. This visit was a week before it closed on February 10 2019.

From the Chinese kitchen.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Pork Belly, roast pork & duck, delicious.

A favourite dish

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

From the Chinese wok the beef & onion creation just melts in your mouth.

Wonderful decor

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

The Mantra featured 7 different kitchens. 

Lets look at previous years, 2007 Trevor & Nui.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Trevor hails from Western Australia & spends lots of time in Pattaya.

This was 2008.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Nick Partridge from the Gold Coast & his lovely lady Sharron have been Mantra fans since the beginning.

 Big group in 2010

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

At the back is Trevor & his son Cameron + xxx, then myself, my brother Warren, Nok & Phil Avalon, & at the front we have Greg Johnston & Herbie Pastor.

Big birthday with lots of friends.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

No better place to celebrate than the Mantra.

Beautiful Benjamas Sitthi

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Ben now works at the Avani Hotel adjacent to Royal Gardens.

Before Ben there was Amy

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Amy really knew how to make you feel welcome. 

Another birthday in 2009.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

I remember this one very well, my great Phil Thomson from Australia bought his 21 yo son Michael to Pattaya as part of his introduction to life in the fast lane. 🙂

March 2012.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya  Another super Sunday.

February 2010

Final feast Mantra Pattaya On the left is my brother Warren & Bill Austin & Joan Baptiste from Wiltshire in England.

Xmas with Yaowaluck Bumrungthum aka Kartoon

Final feast Mantra Pattaya For Xmas day lunch the Mantra was always our choice.

How could we forget Pothole aka John Martin.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya We call him Pothole Bin Ladin the mouse of Markland. A flashback to Potholes birthday, aka John David Martin, at the Mantra in 2013 when love was sweet.

Allan & Vicki Chiswick from Sydney.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Laem Chabang Their cruise ship spent 24 hours at Laem Chabang so they hightailed to the Mantra. 🙂

Putting on the Ritz

Final feast Mantra Pattaya Finally here are some of the glamorous Mantra girls putting on the Ritz. 

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Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

January 19, 2019 by David Herd

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya at Trattoria Pizzeria Toscana is a delightful experience. TripAdvisor obviously agree with a rating of 45 out of 1,111 Restaurants in Pattaya. Owner & chef Luca Marchetti is originally from Pracchiola, a tiny village in the mountains to the north of Tuscany.

Flashback to 2006

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

The original restaurant was on the block where the Holiday Inn is now situated.

Here’s to old times in 2006

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

The restaurant was much smaller & more intimate, in fact I preferred the atmosphere to the current location which seats over 700 people.

Pizza with parma ham.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Definitely one of my favourites.

Fettuccine is absolutely delicious.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Of course they serve every kind of pasta & pizza imaginable.

Memories of 2012

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Dinner & red wine with Irina from Ukraine.

Take your pick

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya It all looks so good, Toscana’s menu is huge.

There are several sections of the restaurant

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya This is my preferred area to dine.

What a fearsome sight this is.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya The big fellow Luca with a knife in his hand should be avoided at all cost. 🙂

Lots of stock in the cold room.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Luca operates his own organic and sustainable farm not far from Pattaya where he grows his own vegetables,  rears free-range chickens, rabbits, ducks, pigeons, guinea fowl, wild boar, goats, sheep, pigs and cows. No processed food, no growth hormones, no chemicals, no problem. 🙂

Another pizza

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Notice the anchovies on the side, delicious.

The boys from Oz in 2014

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Lenny, yours truly & my brother Warren. Sadly we lost Lenny early 2016 after losing a battle with cancer, RIP.

Seafood anyone?

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Toscana has recently opened a new seafood section in the front garden.

Lots of wine, mainly ITALIAN.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Quite a few wines available y the glass.

A very friendly waitress in 2014.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya As you can see I’m not a person who misses a photo opportunity. 🙂

Dinner with friends January 2019

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya From the left we have May, Alex, Hamish & Gary.

Hamish’s favourite

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Beef carpaccio tasted as good as it looked.

May chose the Baby Clams aka Pippies.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya This is the same dish she had on New Years Eve.

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Good Indian Food Pattaya 2nd Rd

August 23, 2018 by David Herd

Highly rated Indian restaurant

Good Indian Food Pattaya

Good Indian Food Pattaya

Good Indian Food Pattaya located in 2nd Rd just opposite the Royal Gardens shopping mall. I don’t often patronize Indian restaurants however the food at Zaika was very good so in future I will make an effort to visit other similar places.

Fairly mundane decor

Good Indian Food Pattaya In fact the upholstery on the booths looks like it needs a good shampoo. Otherwise it’s comfortable & compact.

Lets check out the food.

Good Indian Food Pattaya

I ordered a chicken curry not too spicy. 

Good Indian Food Pattaya

Good Indian Food Pattaya Lets take a closer look at the Good Indian Food Pattaya. The curry was excellent and the long grain rice exceptional.

 Chicken Biryani

Good Indian Food Pattaya These  two photos I borrowed from TripAdvisor to let you see a couple more food samples.

Fish Tikka with Jasmine rice

Good Indian Food Pattaya

TripAdvisor rating is #27 of 1,091 Places to Eat in Pattaya  which seems a rather high rating, hard for me to judge after only one visit.

Located on 2nd Rd

Good Indian Food Pattaya Right opposite the Royal Gardens shopping mall. Their phone number is 038  488 958.

These prices are very low indeed.

Good Indian Food Pattaya They have a very busy home delivery service.

A huge selection

Good Indian Food Pattaya I certainly will be using the home delivery service.

Thanks for visiting my Good Indian Food Pattaya photo blog.

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Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

May 8, 2018 by David Herd

So much seafood & such little time.

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Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 was a noisy affair as usual. There is a bandstand on the beach which blasts very ordinary music until the early hours of the morning. My condo is on the 20th floor 400 meters away & the sound hits me full blast even with the door closed. 🙂

Beach Road Pattaya

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 One of the bigger kitchens along Beach Road.

Prawns, crab & shell fish

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018A good variety & freshly cooked.

 Big variety of meat including crocodile. 🙂

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018I’m surprised there is no snake or buffalo. 🙂

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

One of the many stalls lined along Beach Road.

Here is my favourite shot

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018A typical spontaneous Thai smile, no wonder we love living here.

Time for a mango shake

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018Another huge benefit of living in Thailand, the mangoes are wonderful.

OK, I’m confused…..

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018I have no idea what these bamboo tubes are for.

Busy ladies here on Beach Road

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018The festival runs for 5 nights and really draws the crowds.

I dined at the same place last year.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018In 2017 the food here was great so I decided to give it another whirl.

 Small but tasty

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 I chose 2 dishes from their signature menu, the one above was fine at B159 or $5 USD.

 This one not so good.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018The calamari was as tough as an old boot & the filling was very average indeed. I would have been better off at one of the smaller stalls.

Thanks for visiting my Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 photo blog.

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