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.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

August 22, 2017 by David Herd

Spectacular Gold Coast View

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater all add up to a breathtaking view of Surfers Paradise which is located 800 kilometers north of Sydney & 80 kilometers south of Brisbane.

We are looking east to Marina Mirage on the right & the Vercace Hotel o the left.

Broadwater entrance

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Beside those rocks is the entrance channel to the Broadwater, or the exit depending on which way you are going. 🙂

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Here is a closer look at the rock wall on the southern side of the seaway entrance.

Hundreds of boats use the seaway every day.

 Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Everything from jet skis to huge luxury cruisers, all hoping to enjoy Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater & maybe a bag full of fish.

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Some get into trouble when the sea is rough.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater The rescue boat is always there to lend a hand.

My friend’s catamaran. 

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 A nice way to escape the rat race of Surfers Paradise. 🙂

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 A great day out on the Broadwater.

Some guys prefer to fish.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Boats, who needs boats? We are here to catch a big one.

And I’m here for a sun tan.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 So no matter what you are interested in you will find it n the Broadwater.

Did I mention the seafood?

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater You have two great choices, pull into Charis seafood at Labrador & pick up your lunch. Those of you with a sharp eye will notice the mud crabs are $36.90 a kilo, well tat was 2010, sadly in 2017 they have doubled in price.

Direct from the trawler.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater This is my preference, they are located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, he’s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.

Best prawns in the world.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater These medium size king prawns are around $25 aud a kilo.

Decisions, decisions.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Take the at out or……..

Order lunch at one of the many restaurants?

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 So many decisions & such little time. 🙂

Back to  Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater What a fabulous part of the world.

Houston, we have lift off.

The kite surfer is having a ball.

An amazing view.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater From my friends apartment, it does not get better than this. By the way it’s for sale3 for a lazy $1.5 million AUD.

For a great hotel room rate on the Gold Coast just book through THIS LINK.

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Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

June 8, 2017 by David Herd

Renovated Shopping Mall

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

 Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall is only five minutes from where I live so I am often there enjoying Starbucks or the many good restaurants.

Sichuan Restaurant

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

This is one of the many exotic restaurants at Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall.

Delicious food

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Reasonably priced & a little bit spicy as you can imagine. 🙂

Central bar surrounded by restaurants

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

The biggest problem is deciding where to eat, there are just so many choices.

I really like the hamburgers here.

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Lots of choices between Thai or imported beef & totally delicious. 🙂

Thai cheeseburger

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

The cheeseburger is usually my choice, I really need to try some of the other varieties.

Strike up the band

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Most nights this band seems to be entertaining the customers.

Mango & sticky rice

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Always after a hamburger I must have this magnificent Thai delicacy. 

Fancy food trucks

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Mobile pop up restaurants add some colour & movement to the Marina forecourt.

Welcome sign is like a lighthouse.

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

I often wonder why they call the mall Central Marina as it’s 500 meters from Pattaya Bay. 🙂

MK Restaurant

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Without a doubt MK is one of best Pattaya restaurants for value with a great selection of food. 

Dim Sum

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

The dim sum is my favorite closely followed by their roast duck & BBQ pork. My bill is usually under B400 or $15 aud. Take a look at their menu here.

Huge chandelier

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Quite spectacular hanging from the high ceiling in the front section of the mall.

Sushi Hina

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

 

One of the many Japanese restaurants at the Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall, along with Korean & Chinese.

There is even a Playboy Cafe

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

One of the first in a chain being opened in Thailand.

If you are a Playboy…

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

This is the place for you.

 Low cost food everywhere.

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Lots of low cost food at Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall.

Another Japanese restaurant.

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Japanese is certainly the dominant cuisine at Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall.

Just one year ago

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Here is how the centre looked.

The renovation took about 8 months.

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

They worked 24/7 to finish the project.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

 

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

 

Just use THIS LINK for a terrific rate at the Wave Hotel.

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Singapore safe exciting city.

July 11, 2013 by David Herd

Singapore, home of the Chili Crab.

Singapore safe exciting city

 

Singapore safe exciting city, and one of the cleanest cities on the planet, and the food is to die for. The monster chili crab above weighs 3.5 kilo and comes from Sri Lanka. I used to catch these delicacies from my jetty on the Gold Coast in Australia, and the biggest I ever caught was just under 2 kilo, no comparison to these monsters. If you are looking for an exciting safe city with great food and a fantastic skyline Singapore is the place for you.

Live seafood, it can’t get any fresher than this.

Singapore safe exciting city

 

Live seafood in Singapore, it can’t get any fresher than this. Here is my friend Steve Bates examining the catch.

Boat Quay Singapore

Singapore safe exciting city

 

Super travel tip. Ask the taxi driver to take you to Boat Quay, there are 30 to 40 restaurants beside the river, don’t be afraid to bargain a little on the price of the crab and the wine.


View from Boat Quay

Singapore safe exciting city

 

Sitting here at sunset sipping a cold beer, life does not get much better than this.

Boat Quay, best Chilli crab in the world.

Singapore safe exciting city

 

There must be 50 restaurants here offering live seafood, don’t forget to haggle over the price.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Singapore safe exciting city

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is a waterside building located on six hectares of waterfront land alongside Marina Bay near the mouth of the Singapore River, purpose-built to be the centre for performing arts for Singapore. Apart from the shows, Singaporeans usually visit the Esplanade for its scenic outdoor view. It overlooks the Singapore river and is in between the Singapore Flyer and Merlion park, making for a good stroll around the vicinity. River ferries stops have been added recently, enhancing its accessibility.

Newton Circus.

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The food centre was promoted by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) as a tourist attraction for sampling Singaporean cuisine. It was first opened in 1971 and it closed down in 2005 as the government wanted to revamp the food centre. The food centre then went through a major renovation before reopening on 1 July 2006.  

 Parkview Square wine angel.

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The “wine angel” at Parkview Square is lifted 6 meters into the air to retrieve your wine selection. A nice quiet bar to enjoy a drink in this well known office block.

Your wine sir.  😛

Singapore safe exciting city

 

Not to sure whether Duncan is checking out the wine or the angel. 🙂

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One of the safest, cleanest cities in the world.

Singapore safe exciting city

 

Singapore is the world’s fourth-leading financial centre, and its port is one of the five busiest ports in the world. Over five million people live in Singapore, of which 2.91 million were born locally. The population is highly diverse; the majority are Chinese with almost 75% of the total population, while Malays and Indians forming significant minorities. Reflecting this diversity, the country has four official languages: English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil.

The Singapore lion closeup.

Singapore safe exciting city

 

One of Singapore’s many iconic landmarks.

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Singapore safe exciting city

 

This is the fabulous infinity pool at Ku Da Ta, the restaurant on top of Marina Bay Sands Resort,  the hotel is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is the world’s most expensive standalone Casino property at $8 billion, including cost of the prime land.

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Singapore safe exciting city

 

The magnificent building is absolutely breathtaking.

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Singapore safe exciting city

 This view is from The Fullerton Bay Hotel.  Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is the world’s most expensive building, at US$ 5.7 billion, including the cost of the prime land.


 

Inside Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore safe exciting city

Singapore safe exciting city

 

Everything about Marina Bay Resort is on a grand scale.

View from Marina Bay Sands Resort

Singapore safe exciting city

 

The view from the roof of Marina Bay Resort.

 From Marina Bay Sands Resort.

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Singapore’s ever changing skyline.


Skyline in 1980

Singapore safe exciting city

  Things have changed a little since 1980.  

Singapore street 1980

Singapore safe exciting city

 

Things have certainly changed here in the last 38 years.

Beautiful green Lamborghini

Singapore safe exciting city

 

Luxury cars everywhere in this great city.

Private Ferrari collection.

Singapore safe exciting city

 

Many Singaporeans like to show off their wealth, I guess if you have got it, flaunt it.  😆

Many thanks for visiting my Singapore safe exciting city photo blog.

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