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Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

April 20, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

The calm before the storm

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Songkran Thai New Year Celebration, her are tourists arriving at Kho San Road where the army are sweeping the street to get it right for the festivities. Photo credit Bangkok Post.

Mobile gun seller

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Naklua Rd Pattaya are gearing up for April 18 2017.

Weapons of mass destruction

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Buy now and practice at home before the battle begins. 🙂

The local amunition dump

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Beach Road Pattaya amunition dump waits for the troops to arrive.

Rule numbe 3, the water must be cold.

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration April is the hottest month in Thailand so these nice people are making sure you will be cool when hit by 1000 water pistols. 🙂

 Beach Rd Big fish

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration All the attraction have been assembled.

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The big day is getting closer, having said that people have been drowning each other already for the last 5 days.

Vendors setting up

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration It’s 8am on April 19 & the vendors are setting up their stalls for the big day.

Sculptured fruit

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration A work of art, the stall lady said come back later we are giving the food away for free.

Loaded up

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Looking for some early morning buyers.

Discussing todays strategy

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Or is Tubby just trying to chat up a Russian babe?

Look out here they come

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration The army arrive to make sure everyone behaves. 🙂

Cops are here as well

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

Along with a water truck & mobile toilets.

This is the nicest part of Songkran

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Seeing the little kids having fun is a great part of Songkran.

Look out here they come

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Ready to do battle. Photo credit Bangkok Post.

 OK, let the games begin

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

This is 2nd Rd opposite Bic C Marina.

You can run but yu can’t hide. 🙂

 photo a1b49e5f-b175-4dd9-befb-96b0f7a48dc2.jpg The battle rages.

 

 

These videos show the madness & mayhen of Songkran.

Marching into battle

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration These guys are very disiplined marching in a straight line, they are part of ab elite SAS team, (shoot & soak). 🙂

A-One Hotel 

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Every year the A-One hotel on Beach Rd host a huge party. For a very good discount on rooms just book through THIS LINK.

You gotta have foam

 photo aaec2792-108d-4d51-9c58-8f3ccf81cfdb.jpg Preparing the foam zone.

Having fun in the pool

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration To me this makes morte sense tham roaming the streets with a water pistol. 🙂

Lets catch the Baht bus she said…….

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration It will be safer than walking she said……

Out of control Farangs

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Sadly may Farangs (is what Thai people call foreigners) tend to make idiots of themselves spoiling the fgun for everyone. This particular mob is no exception, in fact I will name & shame them. Greg, Dave, Gary & Hamish, sometimes I wonder why I call them friends. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Siam sunset

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration A beautiful sunset while the Songkran party rages.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, 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

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

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

Thanks for visiting my Songkran Thai New Year Celebration photo blog.

The Pattaya song

 
 For an excellent budget hotel in north Pattaya just book through THIS LINK for a great rate.

                         What a great year for travel in 2015                  

                 Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vun tau

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Main Square Zagreb       Vung Tau

           

             Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
Plus free cancelation .🙂
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
That’s all folks

Beach Club Pattaya Bay

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Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

April 20, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

The calm before the storm

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Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

March 26, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

 Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney where on a sunny weekend thousands of people head for the pubs & restaurants as well as the famous beach. 

Beach or the pool

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Decisions decisions, the answer is whatever you prefer. 🙂

The pool & surf club are an iconic landmark

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney What a fabulous setting, absolutely breathtaking. Located right beside the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.

The main attraction is the beautiful beach.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney This is around 5pm so most of the crowd have gome home or to the pub.

Rock pool at northern end of Coogee Beach.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Late afternoon as the sun sinks in the west. 

Copacabana or Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Seeing the beach volley ball always reminds me of Copacabana where I have been lucky enough to visit 8 times between 1999 & 2010.

This is what brings the crowds

 photo b30bc5ef-4740-408b-8740-b4fc2117f03c.jpg Magnificent Coogee Beach.

Wonderful views from these homes.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Can you imagine how much it would cost to live here?

The average Coogee home price is $2,627,000 for a house & $1,o39,500 for a condo. However these overlooking the ocean & beach would be double that.

 Here are serviced apartments for rent.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Amazing location overlooking the beach, ideal for a long stay. Use THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

Would you prefer to stay in a Dive?

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Don’t be fooled by the name, the location is fantastic overlooking Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney. Book the Dive Hotel through THIS LINK.

Picnic in the park

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Check out the seagulls waiting for some scraps. 🙂

Or have a BBQ

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Cooking facilities are available here.

 Coogee Bay Road

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Lots of restaurants, cafes & flash cars.

Lots of sidewalk cafes

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Plenty of places to eat in Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney.

Coogee Bay Road

 photo 26a9af44-ad4f-459c-ab95-78d6af6f61e5.jpg Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

As you can see the traffic is bumper to bumper & finding a car park is like winning the lottery.

 Coogee Bay Hotel

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney One of the most famous hotels in Sydney and possibly the busiest.

Sunday afternoon session

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Noisy and busy at the Coogee Bay Hotel.

Coogee Pavilion

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney  Coogee Pavilion is a multi-storey dining destination created by Sydney hotel baron Justin Hemmes.

 Surf club entrance at southern end of the beach

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney What a perfect day for taking photos.

Southern end of Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Grand Pacific accommodation & the Barzura Cafe.

Coogee Crown Plaza

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Sunday session at the Crown Plaza.

Crown Plaza is a great location 

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Great views over the beach from this excellent hotel, Use THIS LINK for a terrific discount on a room with a view.

The older side of Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Many parts of Coogee are quite ancient as you can see, probably worth several million as a devlopement site here in Arden Street.

This one is certainly worth preserving.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Not sure if it will be kept as a private recidence or a guest house.

Overlooking Coogee Bay

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney As you can see Coogee is quite hilly.

Important safety message

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney When on the beach in Australia make sure you always use sun blockout, wear a hat & swim between the flags.

In recent years I have had many skin cancers removed, doctors tell me the damge was done many years ago before I turned 16 years of age. In those days we NEVER wore hats or used sun protection.

Thanks for visiting my Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney photo blog, before you leave please check out Maroubra Beach which is a few kms south of Coogee.

 

              Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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       Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .🙂
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
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That’s all folks

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Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

March 25, 2017 by David Herd

Sunday in Maroubra

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb located 10 klms south of the city was so busy on this beautiful sunny Sunday. Just finding a place to park the car was a major frustrating excercise. 

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Some of the expensive apartments overlooking the beach. In fact the average price of an apartment in Maroubra is around $850,000, however those in the photo would be more than double that. The average house price in the suburb is $1,840,000. 

Here is what makes Maroubra famous

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Without a doubt Sydney’s beaches are among the best in the world. In my opinion the only country that can compare is Brazil, especially Florianopolis.

One of Sydney’s best surfing beaches. 

 photo 78c4c95e-9690-4c20-8bb0-43ea127655cb.jpg Everyone is waiting for a wave to ride.

The blue building is the surf club.

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb You can clearly see the lookout tower where the lifesavers keep a close eye on the swimmers.

A favourite photo

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb You have the camera man, the babe doing excercises, the Bra Boy heading for the surf & a couple just watching the action.  Bra Boys are a notorious surf gang, at their home beach Maroubra.

In December 2005 riots broke out between Muslum gangs from Sydneys Western suburbs & Eastern suburbs surfers. Follow THIS LINK for details. Contrary to popular opinion I personally was proud of the Aussie surfers that day.

That’s a huge zoom lens

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb No doubt tis guy is a serious photographer. 🙂 

 Important safety message

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb When on the beach in Australia make sure you always use sun blockout, wear a hat & swim between the flags.

In recent years I have had many skin cancers removed, doctors tell me the damge was done many years ago before I turned 16 years of age. In those days we NEVER use sun protection.

A great family enviroment

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb What a place to grow up & to have fun on a magificent beach like Maroubra.

 Sidewalk cafes

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Similar to every other Sydney beachside suburb sidewalk cafes abound.

Dive Hotel

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb A great view from this boutique hotel overlooking Coogee Beach, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Location

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

As you can see Maroubra lies south of other fanous beaches such as Bondi & Coogee. 

Thanks for visiting my Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb photo blog. For a great discount at Crowne Plaza hotel or other properties in Coogee just book through THIS LINK.

                What a great year for travel in 2015                  

                 Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Main Square Zagreb       Vung Tau

         

       Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .🙂
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

David Herd Thailand

 

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Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

January 13, 2017 by David Herd

Rim Talay

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya, here are four restaurants that are worth visiting. The first one is Rim Talay located at the southern end of Wongamat, this is a great location for a cold beer on a hot day. Fresh prawns come straight out of huge tanks behind the restaurant.

Ice cold Leo at Rim Talay

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

Without a doubt the beach here is much cleaner than Pattaya.

Surf & Turf Pattaya Thailand beach side food wine

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

On the beach at Wongamat & part of the Longbeach Hotel this nice restaurant has a huge menu and reasonable prices. For a great room rate just book using THIS LINK.

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No air conditioning but thankfully plenty of fans.

Xmas Day 2016

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

A great spot for lunch with friends.

Tasty clams at Surf & Turf

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya They have a huge selection on the menu, food prices are good but wine is a little expensive.

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You have the choice to sit inside or out. 

Silver Lining

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya This rather spectacular restaurant is located in Zire Condominium right on the beach. At 9 pm the huge section of roof & walls slide out and cover the outdoor section of the restaurant. 

A unique experience

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya Apart from the food it is worth going just to see the roof slide into place. 🙂

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My pasta dish was fine however I must return to try some other dishes before I pass judgement on the food.

 Beach Club at the Pullman Hotel

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

If there is a better place in Pattaya to watch the sunset I have not found it, apart from the Hilton of course which is exceptional as well.

Tapas at the Beach Club

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya One of the attractions here is you can swim in the two pools as well as the ocean.

You can also hire these sun lounges.

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya Sun lounges, what sun lounges? I don’t see any sun lounges. 🙂

For a great room rate at the Pullman hotel just book using THIS LINK.

 Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya

As you can see all these restaurants a very near each other, forget the dotted line just walk along the beach. Thanks for visiting my Good food Wongamat Beach Pattaya photo blog.             

                 Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Main Square Zagreb       Vung Tau

             

 
            Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .🙂
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
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That’s all folks

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Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

January 10, 2017 by David Herd

Pattaya bar districts, Soi 7 & Soi 8

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand are everywhere in the city, many tourists who visit think Walking Street is the only entertainment area, however they couldn’t be more wrong. This post is designed to show you some other areas where you can find some good bars, from back street down & dirty beer bars to up market sky bars.

Soi 7 & Soi 8 run between Beach Rd & 2nd Rd, the photo shows the always busy Lucky Star bar on the Beach Rd corner of Soi 8. Always plenty of action in these two streets, lots of bars, restaurants & hotels.

Location Soi 6 to Soi 8

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Jump on a Baht bus at 2nd Rd for a 5 minute trip, cost B10.

Soi 6 Pattaya’s raunchiest street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Don’t be fooled this is quite a distance from Soi 6, & happens to have perhaps the worst reputation in the city, this alone makes a visit compulsory. 🙂

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A word of caution to first time visitors, there are quite a few LadyBoys working in this street. 🙂 

 
Billabong 2 & Atlantic Bar Corner of Soi 3 & 2nd Rd.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand These two bars just happen to have been my local drinking holes for the last 15 years. Billabong was the Cherry bar until  it was taken over in 2016, I don’t go there much now because of a particularly rude cashier who does not know how to treat regular customers properly. Consequently Atlantic Bar is collecting all my spare cash, the staff are much friendlier as well. 

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The Atlantic Bar opens at 6 pm until very late and is opposite Central Marina shopping mall.

Billabong 2 formally the Cherry Bar.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand On the corner of Soi 3 & 2nd Rd, they have a good band that starts playing at 9 pm.

Soi 6 to the Atlantic Bar & Drinking St.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

We are currently focusing on North Pattaya & will check out Walking St & LK Metro later.

Drinking Street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand  There are around 25 bars here & these days in 2017 most of the time they seem fairly quiet. Then again I’m rarely out late at night so things may well kick on around midnight.

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One very good idea in place here is that all bars play the same music rather than compete with each other as most other Pattaya bars seem to do.

From Drinking St to Soi 29 & 33 Naklua,

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

This area is very lively at night.

Soi 33 Naklua is a very good street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Further north through the Dolphin roundabout & 150 meters along is Soi 33. There are a few good beer bars but the big attraction for me are some excellent restaurants, Leckerle on the right is German, Grottino also on the right and Bella Italia opposite.

24 Beer bars Naklua Rd

 

Wongamat beach-side bars

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

One bar is lay back & casual, & one is upmarket & classy.

 Rim Talay

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand A perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer or two by the beach.

Perhaps you want to go a little more upmarket?

 photo Beach20Club20Pullman20Hotel2014.jpg The Beach Club at the Pullman Hotel is arguably the classiest bar in Pattaya. Happy hour is 5 to 7 pm on a good selection of beer cocktails & wine.

For an excellent room rate at the Pullman just book through THIS LINK.

Western style bars on Beach Road

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Staring in North Pattaya we have Tavern By the Sea which is part of the Amari Hotel. Happy hour every night from 5 to 7 pm.

Holiday Inn

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

The Terrace overlooks the ocean & the adjacent Havana Bar is quite spectacular.

 Western bars on Beach Rd

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Perfect for watching the fabulous Pattaya sunsets.

Lots of beer & babes at Hooters 

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand As you would expect there is cold beer & American food served by sexy girls.

Three Pattaya sky bars starting with the Hilton

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Wonderful view of Pattaya for the roof, happy hour is 5 to 7 pm every day. 

Executive tower Holiday Inn.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand The building on the right is the executive tower with the sky bar on the top floor.

Holiday Inn

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand They also have a 5 pm happy hour however I think it is only for cocktails.

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Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand This hotel has a terrific unique decor.

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Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand A stunning view of Pattaya.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Follow the dotted line to find lots of good bars, LK Metro  & Soi Buakhao is where the locals go to drink. They tend to leave Walking St to the tourists. LK Metro is the L shape street where i-Rovers is.

LK Metro is jammed packed with bars.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand One of the busiest bars areas in Pattaya.

Kåres Party Bar

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand There is no better happy hour in Pattaya for beer drinkers.

Sportman’s pub Soi 13

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand On of Pattaya’s most popular pubs, food is excellent. This is one of my favourite places for breakfast & Sunday buffet lunch.

Walking Street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Walking St as an attraction compares favourably to many other infamous world red light  areas. Patpong, Nana Plaza & Soi Cowboy in Bangkok, the RLD in Amsterdam, the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Kabukichō in Tokyo, 42 nd St New York,  Vila Mimosa in Rio De Janeiro & Kings Cross in Sydney. Sadly all of these areas I have visited at some stage in my life. 🙂

What’s the attraction of Walking St?

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Oh! I get it. 🙂

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There are hundreds of go go bars, beer bars, strip shows & restaurants. However my main purpose for publishing this Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand photo blog is to show you there are many other interesting places to visit in this vibrant city.

Thanks for visiting my Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand photo blog

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Farewell from Walking Street.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Pattaya low cost budget hotels

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, 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

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Just use THIS LINK for a terrific rate at the Wave Hotel.

The Pattaya song


 
 For an excellent budget hotel in north Pattaya just book through THIS LINK for a great rate.

                 Check out the other Thailand hotspots below.

     Soi Cowboy                  Nana Plaza                           Patpong

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Pattaya Parasailing every day

October 2, 2016 by David Herd

Every morning

Pattaya Parasailing every day  Pattaya Parasailing every day except for the few occasions the weather is so bad they have to cancel. Most of these tourists are from China, they pay for their holiday before leaving so a fair bit of the money never makes it to Thailand.

Organised chaos

Pattaya Parasailing every day

 

They buzz around like mosquitoes, personally I would not do this because I just don’t trust the Thai boat drivers.

 Coming in to land

Pattaya Parasailing every day

There are 4 or 5 of these barges located on the bay,  non-parasailers can also come out to the pontoon to watch the fun for a small cost.

One of the overpowered speed boats.

Pattaya Parasailing every day About 750 HP is a ridiculous waste of money, I’m guessing they are just showing off to their competitors. When I lived in Australia I had one Yamaha 200 HP powering my boat, that used to cost me about $25 aud per hour in fuel. So these guys are obviously making plenty to be able to justify these three huge engines.

Stuck on the sand.

Every which way but loose

Pattaya Parasailing every day

This was the name of the 1978 Clint Eastwood movie, the phrase reminds me of the speed boats in this photo, it seems to be total chaos. 🙂

Check out the crowd on the barge

Pattaya Parasailing every day All waiting for their turn to fly.

Flying high

Pattaya Parasailing every day The most popular attraction for tourists.

Chaotic & crazy Parasailing in Pattaya

 A storm is looming

Pattaya Parasailing every day The black clouds are coming across the bay but the tourists don’t seem to care.

Here it comes

Pattaya Parasailing every day There is no better sight than watching a storm roll in over Pattaya bay.

A beautiful rainbow over the bay

Pattaya Parasailing every day

After the rain in Pattaya there a beautiful day always follows.

Low tide

Pattaya Parasailing every day Quite a walk for the tourists to get to the boats when the tide is out.

Finally another busy day on the bay

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Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Pattaya low cost budget hotels

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $30 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

Things have changed for the better in 2017, the busses no longer drop off the tourists in Beach Rd so the footpath & beach is clear of a morning.

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Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand

June 25, 2016 by David Herd

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand.

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand have improved out of sight since I was last there in 2007. There are so many great choices now, here are a few I have no hesitation in recommending. We hit the jackpot on our first evening when we dined at Il Duomo which is rated 3 out of 154 by TripAdvisor.

Pothole & I at Duomo

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand The food prices were very reasonable, a bottle of red from Sanama Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile B1100. My Aussie friends can buy it at Petersham Liquor Mart for $10.

Sanama

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand

Very smooth, a bit like myself. 🙂

Tell them my dear.

The owner comes from Milano.

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand A very interesting guy who enjoyed having a chat. There was one very nice touch, we ordered a main course each and asked for extra plates as we wanted to share the meals. We were pleasantly surprised when they actually served us both half portions separately, we didn’t need to do it ourselves, very classy indeed. Apart from that the food was exceptional.

Prego Italian Restaurant

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand Located at the Amari hotel TripAdvisor only rate it 13 out of 154 restaurants in Chaweng. Al I can say if there are 12 better restaurants then Samui dining is in great shape. Lovely decor, great food and excellent service. Once again the price was reasonable and they also had a red wine from Chile on special.

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My ravioli was superb as was Pothole’s pizza.

Ravioli was superb

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand  Put Prego on you list of must do restaurants in Samui. The Amari has been totally renovated and rates very highly among Samui hotels, for a very good room rate just book through THIS LINK.

 Wine Connection

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand My favourite, they also have several in Bangkok although the Silom branch is the only one I have been to. The best garlic prawns I have had in 20 years, I have had them both at Samui & Bangkok & they are perfect.

Wine Connection at Central Festival Samui

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

Low cost wine

Samui restaurants Chaweng 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.

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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.

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand The food choices are extensive, lots of terrines a a big range of pasta.

Coffee club

 photo Coffee Club.jpg I saw two Coffee club restaurants, one in Central Festival and one in the main street opposite the Ark Bar.  Very good eggs Benedict and coffee.

Eggs Benedict

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand Absolutely delicious.

Bar Baguette

Samui restaurants Chaweng Located at Bophut beach this was really a good little cafe for lunch, the avocado & bacon baguette was perfect and the staff were really friendly.

Lots of choices on the main street.

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand There are many restaurants offering fresh seafood and lots of sports bars offering good pub food. Sadly we only had four days to sample the Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand, however I guarantee I shall return.

Lots of fresh seafood

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand In the nine years since I was in Samui I can’t believe the incredible improvement in the restaurant scene, the choices are endless.

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Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental

June 9, 2016 by David Herd

Excellent Pattaya dentist

Doctor dentist locksmith Car RentalDoctor dentist locksmith Car Rental Pattaya, there are so many choices it can be difficult to know who is good and who is average. I have a couple of suggestions I can personally recommend. The dentist you see in the header of this post is Dr Tapasat who can be found opposite the Dolphin roundabout. He trained and worked in the U.S.A for 20 years and speaks perfect English. He takes time to talk to you and clearly explains the procedures and alternatives.

Pattaya clinic offers good value services

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I regularly get mail from a major Pattaya international hospital advertising their prices for blood tests etc. This month they were offering a service for B3,999 to cover all the usual areas, Cholesterol, triglyceride, urine analysis, blood pressure and pulse. liver & kidney function, blood sugar, hepatitis, EKG, (electrocardiogram) etc etc.

Then a friend told me about Clinic Lifecare Pattaya located 40 meters off 3rd road not far from Tony’s gym at 247/59 Moo 10, Sai 3 Road. They are offering a special at B999 for the month of December. I added a further test for PSA which added B600.

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The clinic was clean and efficient with friendly staff. I arrived at 7.45 am and was the first customer. The results were e-mailed to me at 6pm the same day.

Good value and service.

Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental One tip is to take a urine sample with you, that will save you going through the process in the clinics bathroom.

Location

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247/59 Moo 10, Sai 3 Road.

Dr Somsak 2nd Rd North Pattaya

Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental Open 6 days at 9.30 am.

Location

Tradesmen plus health services

B100 per visit.

Locksmith

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I phoned Pattaya keys and safes at 10 am and the Thai owner said he would replace 2 door locks for me between 2 and 3 pm that same day. At 2.30 he called to say he would arrive in 30 minutes and he did. Within 30 minutes both locks were fitted and spare keys handed over for a cost of B1,800.

Location and details

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Without a doubt the best service I have ever experienced in Pattaya.

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Has a reputation as one of the best car rental firms in Pattaya. Call them for a quote.

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Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental Easy to find between Pattaya & Jomtien.

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Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Thailand

May 10, 2016 by David Herd

 

View point Pratumnak Hill

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Pattaya Bay Beach Resort is a city two hours south of Bangkok. My first visit was 37 years ago in 1980 and after many trips over the years since then I decided to move here from Australia in October 2011. Without a doubt it was the right decision given how expensive the cost of living in Australia has become. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Australia with a passion, however at my age Thailand offers a better lifestyle at an affordable price.

The following photos and video were taken from the naval base on Pratumnak Hill beside the communication tower you can see in the centre of the above photo.

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort A perfect view of Pattaya Bay stretching all the way to Wongamat which is the next beach to the north.

Waterfront condo

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Construction was halted in 2014 due to alleged anomalies in the building specifications and planning permits.  Nobody seems to have any idea if and when work will re-commence.

In late 2016 it was reported they have to now remove the top 8 floors of the building.

Bali Hai pier

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Just below the view point is Bali Hai pier where for B30 you can take a ferry to Koh Larn where there are some excellent beaches and clean water.

A closer look at the pier.

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort The ferries to Koh Larn run about every 39 minutes from 10 am.

Admiral HRH Prince of Chumphon

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Admiral HRH Prince of Chumphon(also written as ‘Jumborn‘) is the man who is referred to as the ‘Father of the Royal Thai Navy’.

Pattaya city

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort The city behind Pattaya Bay Beach Resort.

View to the south

 photo View point 5.jpg As you can see there is a lot of construction under way in Pratamnak.

A building boom

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Well if it’s not a building boom I’m not sure how you would describe it in May 2016.

Sunset over Pattaya Bay.

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort

The sunsets in Pattaya Bay Beach Resort are as spectacular as anything I have seen in this world, as are the tropical storms.

Tropical storm

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort

During the wet season which is May to November these fierce storms roll in over the bay often causing severe damage to the beach. Follow this link to see the aftermath of Vamco in 2015.

Para-Sailors in Pattaya bay.

Here is a short video.

Pattaya Bay

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort A great view of the city.

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Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

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