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.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

May 8, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

So much seafood & such little time.

Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018 Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

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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Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

 Soi Cowboy                  Nana Plaza                    Patpong

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Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

April 28, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Life is very good in Thailand

 Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018, this is a photo record of the first six months of the year. You will see a lot of food photos here, visiting restaurants is a huge part of my life, which results in 114 kilos when I step on the scales. 🙂

That’s Pothole aka John Martin, with his 2 squabblers Tiger & Tyrone, on the right is my brother Warren.

 The fruit lady

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Her stall is right beside my condo & the fresh fruit is terrific.

Fresh Mango

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018B60 or $3.00 AUD.

Low tide at Pattaya beach.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018From April on the tides are very low for a few months.

 Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 The beach restoration project started early February and work goes on 12 hours or more each day. The photo was taken on April 3.

High fashion

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Generally when you think of state of the art fashion, Paris & Milan come to mind, however Pattaya is now throwing down a challenge, particularly in cutting edge beach haute couture as you can clearly see. For more exciting examples just follow THIS LINK.

 Salmon caviar

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 My regular choice when I dine at Genki in Soi 4.

My new webcam

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Aussies & Germans meet in Bangkok

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018My brother Warren & his family met up with Bjorn’s family in Thailand. Bjorn passed away after a long battle with cancer, he was the partner of my nephew Michael.

Warren & Elyssa in Bangkok

Dinner with Warren & Elyssa (3) - CopyWe had drinks & dinner at Wine Connection at CentralWorld.

 Nana Plaza Bangkok

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Big Changes at Nana Plaza are taking place right now in March 2018. A huge roof is being built over the Plaza & the bars in the centre are being built again.

New roof at Nana Plaza

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018The downside may be no breeze on hot Bangkok evenings. Photo credit Daniel Freedman.

 So many restaurants in Bangkok.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Whales Belly is an interesting place to try next time you visit the Big Mango.

Terminal 21 in Pattaya

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Completion is scheduled for October 2018, the high rise section is Centre Point Hotel.

Making progress on April 26

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Such an exciting addition to North Pattaya, only 10 minutes walk from where I live.

Stefan from Atlantic Bar

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018With his gorgeous gran-daughter Mimi. 

Thai food in Soi 3 diagonally opposite Seven 11. 

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Very good value here, only B60 or $3.00 AUD. A typical night out for me is 2 or 3 red wines B100 ($4.00 AUD) each at Atlantic Bar followed by the above dish then a one hour foot massage on the way home for B250 or $12.00 AUD.

 Another hotel in Soi 1

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Building never stops in Pattaya.

 Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018We want some busses but they all must be yellow.

Big storm at Holiday Inn

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

I was trapped there for 20 minutes before making a dash for it.

Here is the result 🙂

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

A little bit life a drowned rat. 🙂

 One of my favourite sights

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018A tropical storm rolling in over Pattaya Bay on April 27.

Another favourite sight

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Pattaya sunsets are as good as anywhere else in the world.

Happy faces

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 These kids are going to the Teddy Bear museum.

Maurice Parfitt from Canberra

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Drinks at the Atlantic Bar.

Healthy lunch at the Bistro in Soi 13/1

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018This may well be my favourite restaurant.

Seafood buffet at the Holiday Inn.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Plenty of fresh seafood on offer for B899.

Shakariki

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018Certainly one of Pattaya’s best Japanese restaurants.

Sky bar perhaps?

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018

Terminal 21 on May 15 2018, looks like a sky bar to me.

A perfect Pattaya morning

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018On my morning walk at 8 am.

I love mango smoothies. 🙂

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 Fabulous mangoes in Thailand.

Beach restoration is full steam ahead.

Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 This was May 17, they are working like beavers.

Thanks for visiting my Pattaya Life Friends Family 2018 photo blog.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

 Soi Cowboy                  Nana Plaza                    Patpong

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Heartbreak Sadness Songkran Road Toll

April 16, 2018 by David Herd

The sadness of Songkran

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran Road Toll, the Thai new year celebration is forever tarnished by hundreds of road deaths throughout the country which has the 2nd worst road toll in the world. Only war torn Libya is worse than Thailand.

The accumulated death toll from the first five of the so-called seven dangerous days of Songkran has risen to 323, with 3,140 people hospitalized in over 3,000 road accidents across the country, the Road Safety Centre announced on Monday. On Sunday alone, sixty-nine people were killed and 589 hospitalized in 552 road accidents nationwide.

Credit to Bangkok Post.

Songkran is supposed to be fun.

Heartbreak Sadness SongkranChildren having fun & adults acting like children while the road carnage is totally out of control.

Road toll after 5 days

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Worse than last year despite government calls to take care on the roads.

The carnage continues

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Commonly known in Thailand as the seven deadly days.

Here is my post from 2016.

Two people burned to death.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

What a terrible way to die.

Not much left of the vehicle

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

This really shows the Heartbreak Sadness Songkran brings to thousands of families.

No chance on a bike.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

I believe about 75% of deaths are young motorbike riders.

Tree versus truck

Songkran Madness Thailand

Tree wins every time.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran day 6.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

According to the Bangkok Post police have impounded a total of 13,964 vehicles (10,139 motorcycles and 3,825 cars) from April 11 to 16 for violating the alcohol ban. Police have taken legal action against 147,971 motorcyclists and 86,674 drivers of private vehicles and public transport.

The sad figures.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

A total of 176,415 traffic offenders were arrested at 2,013 road checkpoints. Of that number, 49,866 people were not wearing crash helmets and 46,067 people were not carrying a driving licence.  Credit BKK Post.

Were they playing chicken?

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

My guess is someone either went to sleep or was checking his phone.

Two killed 3 injured.

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

Most of these photos show motor vehicles however 78% of deaths come from motorbikes.

The final count

Heartbreak Sadness Songkran

As horrific as it is sadly it will be repeated same time next year.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

 Soi Cowboy                  Nana Plaza                    Patpong

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Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand

March 30, 2018 by David Herd

These will make you look twice. 🙂

Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand

Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand that will certainly make you look twice. So for those who have a sense of humour, check into the Golden Crab in Soi 13 then enjoy a massage at Lucky Finger before have a beer or 2 at the Dogs Bollocks bar in Soi 13/1.

Lucky Finger Massage

Funny Signs Pattaya ThailandLocated in 2nd Road opposite Mike shopping mall.

One of life’s great pleasures

Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand

I indulge 4 or 5 times a week, one of the great advantages of living in Thailand.

 Dog’s Bollocks Bar

Funny Signs Pattaya ThailandA very popular English bar in Soi 13/1. There are many hundreds perhaps thousands of bars in Pattaya, follow THIS LINK for guide on where to find them.

Well known restaurant

Funny Signs Pattaya ThailandThis branch is in Pattaya which is rated by TripAdvisor #79 of 1,026 Restaurants in Pattaya, & there is also one in Bangkok where they claim to be one of the finest Thai restaurants in the city.

A very interesting sign

Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand

Located in an Aussie bar in Walking St, you would never get away with this in all the political correct countries in the west.

One of the more risque signs

Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand

This bar can be found in busy Soi LK Metro which is one of the most popular bar areas in Pattaya. Follow THIS LINK for guide on where to find some other districts.

Soi Lenki hosts the Nooky Bar.

Funny Signs Pattaya ThailandA catchy name for a bar in this busy Street. 

Another interesting massage parlor.

Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand

Let your imagination run riot here. 🙂

Many thanks for visiting my Funny Signs Pattaya Thailand photo blog. I will certainly add more amusing signs in the future.

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A-One hotel on Beach Road

Seven deadly Songkran days

For a great room rate at the A-One hotel opposite the beach just book through THIS LINK.               

 

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Thailand Beach Cam Pattaya

March 21, 2018 by David Herd

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Thailand Beach Cam Pattaya is the number one webcam in South East Asia, perhaps even the Universe. 🙂

You can zoom, record, take a photo & e-mail it etc, I hope you enjoy the view.

Pattaya is a city in Thailand, a beach resort popular with tourists and expatriates. It is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 100 kilometers (62 mi) southeast of Bangkok. Back in the 60s it was a sleepy fishing village before it was discovered by the U.S. military personal on leave from the Vietnam war. Then through out the 1970s it really took off when Europeans, Australians & Americans started pouring in for their annual holidays.

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Thanks for visiting my Five Star Vagabond Thailand Beach Cam Pattaya site, please come back soon.

A-One hotel on Beach Road

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For a great room rate at the A-One hotel opposite the beach just book through THIS LINK.     

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

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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

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

 

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Dining Solo Worldwide Volume 2

March 11, 2018 by David Herd

Eat to live or live to eat? I choose the latter. 🙂

Dining Solo Worldwide Volume 2 starting with a typical British pub in Brighton on the south coast of England.

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit Dining Solo Worldwide Volume 2 not surprisingly follows volume one which can be found on THIS LINK. 

I explained in the 1st photo blog that twenty years ago I decided there were far less problems & annoyances travelling the world solo, and yes, it probably is a selfish point of view, but so be it. At the end of the day “whatever floats your boat” is the way to go. 🙂 

 Leg ham open sandwich

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon AppetitThis was  excellent for lunch at the Bath Arms. TripAdvisor rating is #75 of 890 Restaurants in Brighton.

 New York Cafe Budapest

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit TripAdvisor’s rating for this spectacular venue is #191 of 3,035 Places to Eat in Budapest.

Put this cafe on your bucket list.

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Very busy with quality food & good service. A piano man belts out some tunes in the background.

 The Piano man at the New York Cafe in Budapest.

Dining Solo Worldwide Volume 2

A very classy establishment.

Happy chefs in Osaka Japan

Dining Solo Worldwide Volume 2Japanese is my favourite cuisine & Osaka is a wonderful city for food.

BBQ beef & baked avocado

Dining Solo Worldwide Volume 2 

    Dining Solo Worldwide Volume 2

The avocado doesn’t look to appetizing however it was absolutely magnificent.

 Salzburg in Austria.

Dining Solo Worldwide Volume 2

 A poor quality photo of a very good looking fellow. 🙂

 A schnitzel to die for + an amazing pancake.

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Washed down with lots of red wine.

Azur in Dubrovnik Croatia.

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit Off season is certainly the best time to visit Dubrovnik, far too many tourists in the high season. 

Empty restaurant in Dubrovnik.

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Perfect for dining solo. 🙂

Soup with meatballs at Azur

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Rated by TripAdvisor #22 of 341 Restaurants in Dubrovnik.

Pirate Chambre in Bangkok

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon AppetitOne of my favourite Bangkok restaurants right next door to Chidlom station.

A lamb shank to die for.

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon AppetitTripAdvisor rating is #646 of 10,429 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Start spreading the news
You’re leaving today 
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York
Your vagabond shoes, they are longing to stray
And steps around the heart of it, New York, New York

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I wanna wake up in a city, that doesn’t sleep
And find your king of the hill, top of the heap.

Gallager’s Steakhouse.

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon AppetitHow good is this? And how good is TripAdvisor’s rating, #46 of 9,578 Restaurants in New York City

 Finally Saint Tropez on the French Riviera.

Dining Solo Worldwide Volume 2A delightful little restaurant tucked away from the bright lights, rated #17 of 243 Restaurants in Saint-Tropez.

Excellent food.

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It’s very hard to beat good French food.

Many thanks for visiting my Dining Solo Worldwide Volume 2 photo blog. Don’t forget to check out volume one.

A-One hotel on Beach Road

Seven deadly Songkran days

For a great room rate at the A-One hotel opposite the beach just book through THIS LINK.               

 
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Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit

March 10, 2018 by David Herd

Around the world I’ve dined with you.

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit

Amazing Chateau de Versailles Palace Paris Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit, twenty years ago I decided there were far less problems & annoyances travelling the world solo. The sheer luxury of not having to consider anybody but yourself resulted in wonderful stress free travel, & unlike some people I do enjoy my own company. 🙂

OK, I will concede it is probably a selfish point of view, so be it. At the end of the day “whatever floats your boat” is the way to go. 🙂 

Above is a delicious lamb shank at Bistrot du Boucher à Versailles in 2013.

Bistrot du Boucher à Versailles

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit French cuisine is my 2nd favourite after Japanese, TripAdvisor rating is #93 of 382 Restaurants in Versailles.

Kuala Lumpar Malaysia

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit A huge German pork knuckle.

Hello from Enoteca da Luca London

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit

  A very good Italian restaurant in the heart of London.

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  Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit

I sat in the corner at the bar & enjoyed a fabulous lunch. TripAdvisor rating is #6,679 of 18,329 Restaurants in London.

Here I am at Dveri in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit The food was so good I ate there 2 nights in a row.

Dveri in Sarajevo

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Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit

The soup was delicious as was the stroganoff. TripAdvisor is #7 of 324 Restaurants in Sarajevo.

The best Cevapcici I have ever had

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit Was in Bosnia with Croatia a close second.

 Mostar in Bosnia

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit Quaint little restaurant beside the old bridge.

The other side of the world in Sydney.

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit A very impressive TripAdvisor rating of  #21 of 4,930 Restaurants in Sydney

Mr Wong in Bridge St Sydney

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit Very upmarket & expensive but an excellent dining experience offering duck to die for. 🙂

Oyo in Cape Town

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit Located at the V & A Waterfront, serving absolutely terrific food & wine. Situated so close to the harbor’s edge that you can dangle your foot in the water, the OYO restaurant provides breathtaking views, outdoor spaciousness and delightful food. 

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The lunch and dinner dishes are fairly expensive. However, they are worth the price and you will be served only the finest products such as my Prawn and avocado tian with sesame wonton crisp’s and a touch of “caviar” for around $9, & dozen succulent fresh oysters were only $22.

The Ginza in Tokyo

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit You can’t beat Shabusen for amazing Kobe beef, try the lunch time special, you won’t regret it. TripAdvisor rate it #109 of 7,859 Restaurants in Chuo.

I’ll say farewell from Tokyo as I pour another sake.

Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit

 Thanks for visiting my Dining Solo Worldwide Bon Appetit photo blog, here is volume two .

Pattaya Hilton

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Pattaya Beach Restoration Project

February 24, 2018 by David Herd

Shifting whispering sands of Pattaya

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectPattaya Beach Restoration Project has restarted again after many delays. The photo above shows low tide at the beach in 2013. The Dusit Thani hotel is on the point.

2013 beside the Dusit

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectThere was a pathway leading to Wongamat around the rock wall, it collapsed over the next couple of years.

Not a very successful solution

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectThe experts decided to add sandbags in 2014, as you can clearly see it was not a good idea.

The beach is quite narrow at high tide.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectNot much beach at all at the northern end.

Beginning of February 2018

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectWork begins at last after 2 or 3 years of promises.

Sand is pumped through this pipe.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectThe dredge offshore will pump sand through this pipe to begin the process of widening the beach.

More sandbags

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectI have no idea what use these sandbags are when they are pumping sand from the middle of the bay.

February 17 2018

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectThe beach is definitely is definitely expanding.

February 20 shows some real progress

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectThings are really starting to happen, soon we may have a nice wide beach. 🙂

March 5th, slow progress.

http://fivestarvagabond.com/pattaya-beach-restoration-project/Last week work stopped for 2 or 3 days, thankfully it has started again.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project February 24th 

It’s all happening here in Pattaya folks.

March 14, two diggers on the job.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project Not too sure why they build sand hills & dig lagoons however they are making progress as you can see.

March 28

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project

Big changes at Dusit rock wall.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project March 28.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project We are starting to see some real progress.

The mystery has been revealed.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectFor weeks I have wondered why they were digging lagoons now I know. They are laying sand bags before covering with sand. The bags of course will provide a solid base that the tide can’t move.

Working like beavers on April 5th.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectAs you can see they are really moving a lot of sand.

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project April 11

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectFour machines still moving sand.

April 12 & work almost stops for Songkran.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectMost of the workers head home to the country for Songkran celebrations.

Sandbags on the Beach April 21

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectWork is in full swing again after Songkran.

The Dusit Thani Hotel May 2nd

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Pattaya Beach Restoration Project started in front of the Dusit Thani hotel.

May 5th & it’s full steam ahead.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectA local newspaper reported this week that the project would be completed by August 2018, personally I think it will be more like 2019. 🙂

Pumping sand

Pattaya Beach Restoration Project In comes the sand from the offshore dredge.

May 16 & the focus has moved to the north end.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectI wish I could understand the reason behind the sandcastles. 🙂

Very low tide on May 17

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectNotice how far offshore they are laying sand bags.

A mystery…….

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectWhere do all the bags come from, are they filled by the excavators of trucked in?

You can see how low the tide is.

Pattaya Beach Restoration ProjectA great view of Pattaya Beach frem the Dusit Hotel.

Work in progress, more to follow.

Pattaya Hilton

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Chamiko Japanese Food Pattaya

February 22, 2018 by David Herd

Home style restaurant

Chamiko Japanese Food Pattaya

Chamiko Japanese Food Pattaya Chamiko Japanese Food Pattaya is a cosy little home style restaurant in Soi 3 North Pattaya. Food is good but the place can be quite noisy at times when the Japanese golfers arrive from playing golf.

Noisy customers

Chamiko Japanese Food PattayaCertanly it’s not just the Japanese who drink too much and get rowdy, the Aussie on the right John Martin aka “Pothole Bin Ladin” is a disturbing influence no matter where he dines. 🙂

Chamiko Japanese Food Pattaya

Chamiko Japanese Food Pattaya To put things in perspective, overall the food is good without being exceptional, I dine there more from convenience as it’s on my way home from my local drinking hole. Plus there are many massage places nearby where I can enjoy an hours relaxation after dinner.

Genki in Soi 4 is a far better option & there is a very good selection of Japanese restaurants at Central Marina shopping mall just up the road. If you want to experience an authentic noisy Japanese dining experience head for Shakariki in 2nd Road South Pattaya.

Delicious California roll

Chamiko Japanese Food PattayaAs you can see they serve some excellent dishes.

Salmon Sashimi

Chamiko Japanese Food PattayaOne of my all time favourites.

My great friend Larry Krausz.

Chamiko Japanese Food PattayaLarry loved his food and always enjoyed dinner at Chimaki, sadly on October 28 2016 he suffered a major stroke and never recovered, he passed away 3 months later when they took him off life support, RIP old buddy.

Japanese hamburger

Chamiko Japanese Food PattayaVery tasty indeed.

I could eat this every night. 🙂

Chamiko Japanese Food Pattaya

In fact I will in May when I visit Japan again for another 2 week Bullet Train adventure.

Some of the friendly staff.

Chamiko Japanese Food PattayaThanks for visiting my Chamiko Japanese Food Pattaya photo blog, this cosy little restaurant is certainly worth a visit.

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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

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Pattaya Leisure Wear Fashion Capital

February 20, 2018 by David Herd

Handsome men dressed to kill. 🙂

Pattaya Leisure Wear Fashion Capital

Pattaya Leisure Wear Fashion CapitalPattaya Leisure Wear Fashion Capital, generally when you think of state of the art fashion, Paris & Milan come to mind, however Pattaya is now throwing down a challenge, particularly in cutting edge beach haute couture as you can clearly see.

Be impressed, be very impressed.

Pattaya Leisure Wear Fashion CapitalQuite possibly a male model recently arrived from the catwalks of New York or London. Hoping to fly under the radar in Pattaya. 

A fashion breakthrough

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Here’s proof the shorter man can still dazzle with the latest in sporting wear.

One of our local chick magnets

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John Martin aka Pothole Bin Ladin is well known throughout Pattaya for dressing in this famous Jaffa outfit. Pictured here with club owner “Storming” Greg Clee who often uses Pothole as a “chick magnet” to attract top shelf ladies to work in his “go go” bar in Walking Street.

Storming likes to be called “Jack” after the beautiful Jacaranda tree that grew in a paddock near his home in South Australia,  under which he lost his virginity at 19 years of age to a buxom country girl who wouldn’t take no for an answer. 🙂

Pattaya Leasure Wear Fashion Capital presenting one last shot of Pothole 

Pattaya Leaiure Wear Fashion CapitalCasual yet in some ways formal, he is considering another tattoo, saying my name is Baht, but you can call me Plenty. 🙂

Some people say….

Pattaya Leisure Wear Fashion CapitalTo hell with Pattaya Leasure Wear Fashion Capital, I’m just going to drive the babes crazy.

How much more proof do you need?

Pattaya Leisure Wear Fashion CapitalMagnificent colour coordination.

Walmart or Calvin Klein?

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Difficult to decide, this spectacular outfit simply underscores Pattaya’s claim to be the men’s fashion capital of the world. Not too sure if the blue chapeau with the jaffa shoes is the right choice. 🙂

Le chapeau really highlights this sophisticated outfit.

Pattaya Leisure Wear Fashion CapitalPattaya Leasure Wear Fashion Capital is rather obvious from this suave sophisticated ensemble.

Clever color coordination

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A stroke of genius to add the backpack & blue Crocs to blend in delightfully with this casual travel outfit.

Style?

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In fact he has more style than a rat with a gold tooth.

The orange ensemble or the yellow.

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A shoppers nightmare, both outfits are fabulous, only real solution is to buy both.

The return of the Do Rag

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This suntanning Adonis cleverly matches his do rag to his towel, and along with his mankini he manages to show off his magnificent physique to it’s best advantage.

While on the subject of Do Rags

Pattaya Leisure Wear Fashion CapitalThis mature chick magnet has dressed a little more upmarket than some of the previous male models featured in my Pattaya Leisure Wear Fashion Capital photo blog.

To be continued

Pattaya Leisure Wear Fashion CapitalThanks for visiting my Pattaya Leisure Wear Fashion Capital photo blog, more great shots will be added in the near future.

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