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.

Fresh seafood Naklua market

December 7, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Fresh seafood Naklua market

Fresh seafood Naklua market

Fresh seafood Naklua market, it’s been 4 years since I published my blog on this lively venue, so I thought it was time to re-visit & see what changes have taken place.

The variety is amazing.

Fresh seafood Naklua market So is the crowd, better to visit mid week if you can.

Price is per kilo

Fresh seafood Naklua market I’m guessing you would get around 3 for a kilo.

Many varieties of fish

Fresh seafood Naklua market Including live fish that they will clean for you on the spot.

Fresh seafood Naklua market

Fresh seafood Naklua market Lots of fresh vegetables also on sale.

Scallops look very good.

Fresh seafood Naklua market There are so many choices, how do you make a decision on what to have for lunch? 🙂

First I’m going to try an oyster.

Fresh seafood Naklua market These are B50 each or $1.60 USD, there are also some for B40, or $1.30 USD. I can buy imported oysters from France at El Mercado in Bangkok for the same price.

Quite large as you can see

Fresh seafood Naklua market I was pleasantly surprised, very tasty even without lemon, lime or sauce.

OK, now for some fresh prawns

Fresh seafood Naklua market B270 or $9 USD a kilo, what a bargain.

Now here is the clincher…

Fresh seafood Naklua market This guy will cook your prawns or other seafood for B30 a kilo, how easy is that?

He will even supply a chair. 🙂

Fresh seafood Naklua market So you can eat the freshly cooked seafood right here. We had our prawns boiled rather than barbecued, so we decided to eat them at home after they cooled down.

Here is the result

Fresh seafood Naklua market Delicious on a fresh bread roll from Central Marina.

Fresh seafood Naklua market

Fresh seafood Naklua market They will cook fish for you as well.

So many varieties of shellfish

Fresh seafood Naklua market I’m not sure what some of these are.

I guessing this is an unusual type of prawn or shrimp.

Fresh seafood Naklua market They are quite a strange looking creature selling at B1500 a kilo, or a whopping $72 AUD.

More crab 

Fresh seafood Naklua market As they say in the classics, too much crab is never enough. 🙂

Mussels

Fresh seafood Naklua market Not one of my favourites for some reason. 

This is a super prawn. 🙂

Fresh seafood Naklua market Great shot, this & the next one were taken by Mike McNamee from the group Pattaya 24/7. Fairly expensive at B1300 a kilo, or $62 AUD.

Only B280 a kilo

Fresh seafood Naklua market That’s more in my price range. 🙂

That’s all for now folks.

Fresh seafood Naklua market I hope you enjoyed my Fresh seafood Naklua market photo blog.

Follow THIS LINK for my 2015 fish market blog.

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Bangkok river buildings

December 3, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Bangkok river buildings

Bangkok river buildings

Bangkok river buildings photographed from the Iconsiam free ferry shuttle on the Chao Phraya River. Everything from tall modern skyscrapers to ancient waterfront homes. The photo above is the State Tower which was built in 2001, it is the largest building in Southeast Asia, with 300,000 m² floor area. The building on the right is the Shangri-La hotel.

Shangri-La hotel

Bangkok river buildings One of the best locations in Bangkok, 5 minutes walk to the sky train. On the right is Centre Point hotel. For a discount at the Shangri-la just use THIS LINK. The rooms in Center Point are excellent, for a discounted room rate just use THIS LINK. 

Long-tail boat looking for customers.

Bangkok river buildings These boats are very good for exploring the Bangkok canals. See more on THIS LINK. 

The old & the new.

Bangkok river buildings What a contrast we see along the Chao Phraya river, modern skyscrapers & wonderful old buildings.

The ghost building.

Bangkok river buildingsOften referred to as the Ghost Tower, the Sathorn Unique is an abandoned Bangkok skyscraper. Not only is it illegal to enter but it’s also in a state of dangerous disrepair. Where there’s a will there’s often a way, however, and many daring souls have slipped a “tip” to the security guards and made their way through the debris to experience an exhilarating adventure with glorious views over Sathorn’s towering buildings. 

CAT Telecom Tower

Bangkok river buildings This impressive office building is owned and operated by the Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT). Consisting of 30 floors.

View from Iconsiam shopping mall

Bangkok river buildings Great view of the CAT building with the State Tower featuring Sirocco restaurant on the far right with the gold dome.

Bangkok River Park condominium

Bangkok river buildings Bangkok River Park is  located at Trok Saphan Yao, Chakkrawat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100. Construction was completed in 1994. The condominium comprises of a single building, having 36 floors and includes 97 units.

Old waterfront homes 

Bangkok river buildings Such a contrast compared to the the modern high-rise buildings along this great river.

River City Bangkok shopping complex

Bangkok river buildings River City opened in l984 and was the first riverside shopping complex of its kind in Bangkok. With over 47,000 sqm of space and a couple hundred retail spaces, the mall offers a wide selection of shopping choices. Its main focus is on Thai cultural articles and antiques. It does offer standard retail shopping as well. The mall also hosts a number of exhibitions, events, festivals and auctions throughout the year.

To the right is the Royal Orchard Sheraton, for an excellent room discount just book through THIS LINK.

Bangkok river buildings

Bangkok river buildings Icon Siam Mall is called the “Mother of All Malls”, with 500 shops and 100 restaurants from more than 30 different countries. Developed by the same tycoons behind Siam Paragon and EmQuartier, Icon Siam offers high-end brands, an indoor floating market, an art gallery, exhibition space, and a beautiful riverside location with views of downtown Bangkok.

Thanks for visiting my Bangkok river buildings photo blog, this great city is forever changing, put it on your bucket list.

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Iconsiam Bangkok great food

December 1, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Iconsiam Bangkok great food

Iconsiam Bangkok great food

Iconsiam Bangkok great food, however there is a problem, there are so many great places to eat it is difficult to make a decision. There is a selection of over a hundred famous restaurants from all over the world in seven different zones, each of them catering to diverse culinary tastes. The incredible choice of dishes available come from venues ranging from Michelin starred restaurants to famous Thai street food stalls.

Excellent Japanese food

Iconsiam Bangkok great food Very authentic, it’s as good as you get in Tokyo. 🙂

California role, Unagi & Miso soup

Iconsiam Bangkok great food Only B420 or $14 USD. Siam Takashimaya offers three zones of Japanese food venues, the ground floor features a food court and more Japanese restaurants, while cafés and bakeries from across Japan on UG floor are divided into three smaller zones named after the Japanese prefectures of Kyoto, Hokkaido and Nara.

This restaurant specializes in seafood from Hokkaido.

Iconsiam Bangkok great food In fact I travelled to Sapporo in July 2018.

You gotta love food on a stick.

Iconsiam Bangkok great food Lots of varieties here to choose from.

Are you taking my photo?

Iconsiam Bangkok great food Yes, I certainly am, everything looks so good. 🙂

Casual dining

Iconsiam Bangkok great food Another interesting casual venue.

Check out the seven dining zones.

Iconsiam Bangkok great food

Iconsiam Bangkok great food So many restaurants & such little time.

Not sure what they are cooking here.

Iconsiam Bangkok great food Lots of heat under that big bowel.

Something a little more formal here

Iconsiam Bangkok great food As you can clearly see there are so many choices at Iconsiam, please put it one your bucket list, you will not be disappointed. 

The view from the ferry

Iconsiam Bangkok great food Just catch the free shuttle ferry from Sathon pier, they run every 10 minutes or so.

Thanks for visiting my Iconsiam Bangkok great food photo blog. 

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Iconsiam shopping Mall Bangkok

November 30, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Iconsiam shopping mall Bangkok

Iconsiam shopping mall Bangkok

Iconsiam shopping mall Bangkok on the Chao Phraya River is yet another wonderful Bangkok shopping venue. I certainly believe Bangkok now rivals Tokyo with the best shopping malls in the world.

The forecourt

Iconsiam shopping mall Bangkok This is where you arrive on the free ferry shuttle from Sathon wharf. The River Park is a riverside community space covering a 10,000-sq. m. area in front of ICONLUXE. Open daily, it welcomes all visitors to enjoy an enchanting view of the Chao Phraya River amid lush, green auspicious trees.

Entrance to the mall.

Iconsiam shopping mall Bangkok

Stairway to heaven. 🙂

Iconsiam shopping mall Bangkok You will need several hours to explore this wonderful shopping precinct. In fact there are over a hundred famous restaurants from all over the world available in seven spacious zones, each of them catering to diverse culinary tastes. Check out THIS LINK for details.

One section of the ground floor as you enter.

Iconsiam shopping mall Bangkok For a list of the hundreds of shops just follow THIS LINK.

Iconsiam shopping mall Bangkok

Iconsiam shopping mall Bangkok There is a surprise around every corner.

Hello pussycat

Iconsiam shopping mall Bangkok Now is your chance to grab a tiger by the tail. 🙂

Fabulous food at Iconsiam

Iconsiam shopping mall Bangkok Over 100 restaurants, check out THIS LINK.

Here is a very big guy

Iconsiam shopping mall Bangkok Estimates are that there are about 3,500 domesticated elephants in Thailand. Roughly 3,340 wild elephants live in 69 wildlife sanctuaries and national parks across the country. Thailand’s population of wild elephants has been rising.

However, it’s a far cry from a century ago when at least 100,00 elephants roamed the heavily forested Kingdom. Loss of habitat and poaching helped lead to the steep decline in the elephant population.

While on the subject of animals

Iconsiam shopping mall Bangkok This bull is a real cool dude. 🙂

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Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya

November 3, 2019 by David Herd

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya is a very popular for seafood Chinese cuisine, open 24 hours and located in Pattaya Klang near the corner of Soi Buakhao.

Fairly basic decor

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya There is an air conditioned section in the far left hand corner of the restaurant.

Nothing flash except the prices

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya The food is very good but in my opinion it’s a little expensive, only by 20% or so. I ordered a duck with gravy & a small fried rice with crab meat for B300 or $14.40 AUD, I think B240 would be a fairer price.

Fried rice with crab meat

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya A rather small serve without much crab. 🙂

Their famous duck

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya Very tasty indeed.

Daffy doesn’t approve. 🙂

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya That’s despicable.

Food quality is very good

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya Better to go with a group & share more dishes.

Friends from Australia & 2 litres of wine.

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya Rossco & Bryce came to visit our friend Larry in hospital in 2016, RIP Larry.

The building is not too flash

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya Much nicer inside than out. 🙂

Sorry about the reflection

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya However, you get the idea.

This is not a bomb site. 🙂

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya Six of us ordered a little too much  food in 2013.

Friends from the Gold Coast in Australia

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya It was 2013 & everyone really enjoyed Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya. From the left is Nathan, Nick, David (me), a pretty Chang girl, Bob & Greg. Nathan Corbett was 11 times world champion in Muay Thai, he retired around 2014.

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya Similar to many restaurants in Pattaya the is a lot of staff, who like to chat among themselves. 🙂

Location

Leng Kee Restaurant Pattaya TripAdvisor rating is #149 of 1,214 Restaurants in Pattaya, I think they are being a little generous.

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Hamish Elton Oyster Man

October 24, 2019 by David Herd

Hamish Elton Oyster Man

Hamish Elton Oyster ManHamish Elton Oyster Man has earned this nickname for obvious reasons, he loves eating oysters from all over the world. Luckily for him he is in a company that regularly sends him to far away places, where he regularly indulges himself by dining on various families of salt-water bivalve molluscs, that live in marine or brackish habitats. 🙂

Cafe des Amis

Hamish Elton Oyster Man Oysters are good in Australia, but all you get in restaurants is Australian Oysters … Sydney Rock, Tasmanian, Coffin Bay. In Thailand since there are local oysters but certainly not the quality as what you are seeing here. Although we are lucky here in Thailand as they get flown in from all over the world. A shipment just arrived from the US and Ireland at Cafe Des Amis, one of my favourite restaurants. So I had to test drive four of the five on offer!! Including the very large Market size (8-10cm) from Calm Cove in Washington State US. My favourite still the Majestic from Ireland (in the middle of the plate and shown next to the big one in the first photo).

Baron Point Oysters from Washington State

Hamish Elton Oyster Man Dinner at Comfort by Harlan. Barron Point Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster from one of the South Puget Sound oyster appellations in Washington State. They are an inter-tidal beach cultivated oyster raised by the bag to beach method which combines two different oyster farming techniques. For many examples of oyster farming please check THIS LINK.

Kilpatrick at the Story Bridge Hotel Brisbane

Hamish Elton Oyster Man A change of pace from the fresh oysters natural.

Followed by oysters shooters

Hamish Elton Oyster Man Absolutely delicious.

Persone restaurant Brisbane

Hamish Elton Oyster Man Gambaros new restaurant in the W Hotel.

Port Office hotel Brisbane

Hamish Elton Oyster Man As “oyster man” often says, “too many oysters are never enough:. 🙂

Port Office hotel Brisbane

Hamish Elton Oyster Man Oysters here are $36.90 a dozen which is a middle of the road price.

Hamish Elton Oyster Man

Hamish Elton Oyster Man What gave away the location? 🙂

OK folks we are going out there.

Hamish Elton Oyster Man In fact we are going to sit in the water & eat dozens of wonderful oysters.

OK, lets shuck till we drop. 🙂

Hamish Elton Oyster Man We are talking fresh here folks.

Now where talking….

Hamish Elton Oyster Man Is it any wonder they call me oyster man? Some more South Australian restaurants here.

A change of pace for dinner.

Hamish Elton Oyster Man Magnificent South Australian seafood.

Union Oyster House Boston October 2016

Hamish Elton Oyster Man Opened in 1826, & is among the oldest operating restaurants in the United States of America, and the oldest that has been continuously operating since being opened. It is located at 41–43 Union Street, Boston, Massachusetts. The building was listed as a National Historic Landmark on May 27, 2003.

Hamish Elton Oyster Man is in Boston.

Hamish Elton Oyster Man At Union Oyster House rated by TripAdvisor #128 of 2,443 Restaurants in Boston.

December 5th 2016

Hamish Elton Oyster Man What better food could you ask for while sailing around Sydney harbour on a summers day?

November 2019 at Cafe des Amis

Hamish Elton Oyster Man TripAdvisor rating is #2 of 1,216 Restaurants in Pattaya.

Surf & Turf beachside restaurant

Hamish Elton Oyster Man The Tsarkaya Oysters have been the food of royalty since the dawn of time, including for Roman emperors, French Kings and even Russian Tsars. This fully fleshed oyster is exclusively ripened and produced in the bay of Mont Saint Michel.

Tsarkaya Oysters

Hamish Elton Oyster Man Quite large and deep and plenty of flavour. 

Very popular in Thailand are Fine de Claire oysters that are the smallest and perhaps saltiest from France. These famous oysters are from the Marenne-Oleron region on the French Atlantic coastline, the largest oyster-producing region in the world with a history dating back to Roman times. Immersing the oysters in shallow salt marshes and allowing time to do its job has provided these French oysters with their international reputation.  

Dining at Comfort by Harlan

Hamish Elton Oyster Man  Left side are Barron Point Oyster from the East coast of the US. On the right are my reigning favourites, Majestic from Ireland. 3 rounds each to pick a winner ….

Judge’s decision. Both are fantastic – dead heat … So Majestic retain the Harlan Cup.

Start of the Oyster Man collection.

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Taking a shell of each home to start my collection!!

Comfort by Harlan

Hamish Elton Oyster Man My favourite restaurant. 

I wonder if the FiveStarVagabond can match this oyster blog with his Shuck more oysters please. 

I expect David & Patrick will want you to check out El Mercado in Bangkok.

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Japan fabulous photos part two

October 8, 2019 by David Herd

Japan fabulous photos

Favourite photos Japan

Japan fabulous photos part two, I have travelled the length & breadth of this great country & taken thousands of photos. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

The sushi Seafood Market in Kanazawa, Omicho was a delight to visit, the noise, the atmosphere & the food. I enjoyed a terrific lunch with edible gold leaf sprinkled on my sashimi.

Deer wander the streets in Nara

Favourite photos Japan Nara is around 50 minutes by train from Osaka, there are around 1200 deer in the park & around the nearby streets. 

The drummers of Nagasaki

Favourite photos Japan

These high energy performers really put on a show.

More drummers in Kanazawa

Fabulous Japanese drummers

I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time, I was walking through Kazue-machi, the old geisha district located along the river between Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge and Naka-no Hashi Bridge, when I heard these fabulous drums.  

My friend Kayo at the market.

Favourite photos Japan The Tsujiki fish market has now moved to another area.

Buying lunch at the market.

Favourite photos Japan The old marker was fabulous, I wonder how the new market will compare?

Intercontinental hotel

Favourite photos Japan Yokohama, much of the city was destroyed on September 1, 1923 by the Great Kantō earthquake. The Yokohama police reported casualties at 30,771 dead and 47,908 injured. Follow THIS LINK for more photos.

Beautiful Tokyo wedding

Favourite photos Japan Very stylish indeed, as many things are in Japan.

Remembering the horror of Hiroshima

Favourite photos JapanThe mass murder of thousands of innocent children in Hiroshima Nagasaki is for me the saddest part of this horrific event which we can only hope will never be repeated.

Everybody loves their photo being taken.

Favourite photos Japan This happy crowd was in Nagasaki. 

Fabulous oysters in Sendai.

Favourite photos Japan A nice city on the coast 2 hours by train north of Tokyo.

Osaka castle

Favourite photos Japan Every city seems to have a magnificent castle.

How gorgeous is this little princess?

Favourite photos Japan Certainly one of my favourite Japanese photos from Kanazawa.

Traditional dress in Kyoto

Favourite photos JapanThere are many shops all over Kyoto when you can hire the traditional dress.

The Golden Pavillion

Favourite photos Japan Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting many visitors annually.

Omotesando Tokyo The Cellar Grill

Favourite photos Japan A TripAdvisor rating of #5 of 85 Restaurants in Kitaaoyama.

At the Cellar Grill in 2015.

Favourite photos JapanAnother excellent dinner with my friend Hamish Elton.

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Tough times Thailand 2019

September 10, 2019 by David Herd

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%.

Rising costs for food etc

Tough times Thailand 2019 Five years ago in 2014 this selection cost $72 AUD, today it would be $98 Aud, one of the reasons Thailand has become less attractive for expats.

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.

Aussie guys at Atlantic bar

Tough times Thailand Doug Burrows, Bill Perry, David Herd, Brian Rawnsley & Shane Andrews. Shane is here for some major dental work which is around 1/3 of the cost in Australia.

Fusillo Italian restaurant

Tough times Thailand A nice evening with Matt Harkness & is girlfriend Bow.

Spaghetti seafood

Tough times Thailand Fusillo is in Naklua Rd, what a great looking dish.

Pattaya sunset

Tough times Thailand From floor 22 in Markland. For more magnificent sunsets follow THIS LINK.

A super cloud

Tough times Thailand This was 8 am on the morning of October 13, the previous shot was 6.15 pm the same day.

Halloween

Tough times Thailand 2019 Lola, Nina & Lucky playing trick or treat. I anticipated the visit & stocked up on lollies etc.

The boys from Oz

Tough times Thailand 2019 Shane Andrews, Bill Perry & Greg Caldwell were here for some major dental work. According to Greg he paid 55,000 Baht or $2650 AUD for 1 x Implant – 1 x Root canal – 2 x removals and a complete clean which took 2 hours’ in the chair.

Holly’s coffee at Terminal 21.

Tough times Thailand helping me maintain my 112 kilos.

Tough times Thailand with high levels of pollution in Pattaya

Tough times Thailand The unhealthy haze from farmers burning their crops in Thailand & neighboring countries.

Thailand is the least miserable country

Pattaya life food friends Australia comes in at 54th. 🙂

Let’s talk about convenience, I often wonder what it would be like living in Australia again. I ask my friends on the Gold Coast to imagine if they could walk from their home to Robina Town Centre, Southport Park & Pacific Fair in less than 12 minutes? How convenient would that be?

Well folks, that’s what I can do in Pattaya, add to that the 6 five star hotels also within 12 minutes of where I live. All with terrific restaurants & coffee shops. 

Plus I have a 24 hour supermarket, chemist & The Coffee Club on the ground floor of the condo where I live on the 20th floor with a view to die for. I probably should mention the 200+ restaurants & food courts also within 10 minutes walk.

Convenience folks, are you getting the picture? 🙂 

The burning question is, could I be happy living in Australia again? 

Cruise ship visits Pattaya

Tough times Thailand December 7 & a cruise liner anchors in Pattaya Bay.

Lets’s do the crocodile rock. 🙂

Tough times Thailand Crocodile on the spit at Central Marina.

The Peak at the Dusit Thani

Tough times Thailand I’m with my brother Warren enjoying the best Dim Sum in Pattaya, sadly the Peak is closing on December 8.

 
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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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Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

August 4, 2019 by David Herd

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia which is officially known as Flagstaff Beach, is the northernmost beach in New South Wales. It’s at the mouth of the Tweed River and the rocky headland Point Danger, which also marks the Queensland-New South Wales border.

Sand transport system

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia The Project is a sand transport system that collects sand from the southern side of the Tweed River entrance at Letitia Spit, and pumps it under the river to outlets on the northern side. From there the sand is transported by waves and  currents to nourish the southern Gold Coast beaches. 

Great view of the beach

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia We are standing on a cliff in QLD looking across Flagstaff Beach to NSW.

Surfers waiting for a wave.

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia There seems to be many personal and indescribable experiences in their lives that keeps them paddling out again & again. Plus the willingness to wait for them often defines a surfer more than his or her individual ability.

Bring it on.

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia The waiting is really worth it.

Everyone loves the beach

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia Not just surfers, kids with their mums & dogs as well. 🙂

My friends from England

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia Joan Baptist & Bill Austin from Wiltshire visited Australia in 2010 & naturally I took them sightseeing along the coast. The following week we drove down to Sydney.

They actually got married in England yesterday August 3 2019 after being together for over 20 years.

Kitesurfer

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia It’s not just the board-riders who love to surf. Kite-boarding is an action sport combining aspects of wake-boarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and sailing into one extreme sport. A kite-boarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water, land, or snow. Wikipedia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia I’m guessing he is heading for a cold beer.

OK, I’ll meet you at the pub. 🙂

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia This is what the Beach Boys call a “surfer girl”.

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