The Five Star Vagabond

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Tough times Thailand 2019

September 10, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Tough times Thailand

Tough times Thailand

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

The following 2 charts will highlight the situation.

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

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

Australian $ to Thai Baht

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

Australian term deposit rates

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

Having said all that life is still very good in Thailand

Tough times Thailand Just ask my good friend Hamish, he hasn’t a care in the world. ๐Ÿ™‚

Coffee at the Holiday Inn

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

A small tip for a little lady

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

Love watching the storms roll in

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

There’s nothing like a September sunset.

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

Soi 1 demolish a small hotel.

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

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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Starbucks Pattaya every morning

July 28, 2019 by David Herd

Starbucks Pattaya every morning

Starbucks Pattaya every morning

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

The Bay Beach Road

Starbucks Pattaya every morning Let’s go to Starbucks & stare at our phones. ๐Ÿ™‚

Opening day at the Bay

Starbucks Pattaya every morning September 22 2015.

My breakfast of choice.

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

There are two Starbucks at Central Festival

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

Inside Central Festival branch

Starbucks Pattaya every morning Quite an attractive fit out.

A birthday candle for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Sometimes they run out of croissants.

Starbucks Pattaya every morning So I settle for a sandwich. ๐Ÿ™‚

Starbucks Pattaya every morning

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

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Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

July 24, 2019 by David Herd

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend for Hamish Elton seemed more like a competition based on “survival of the fittest” ๐Ÿ™‚ You suddenly realise you are a popular guy when 35 people fly in from overseas to help you celebrate. Thirty three came from Australia & two from America.

Celebrations started on Tuesday

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

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

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Dressed in condoms

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend

Condoms, what condoms, I don’t see any condoms. ๐Ÿ™‚

Luxury boat cruise Friday July 19

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

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

Transferred to a faster boat

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend What time can we start having fun they ask. ๐Ÿ™‚

A rose between 2 thorns

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

Let’s go home.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Rough seas & too much beer can take its toll. ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to the Birds & the Bees.

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

Saturday night dinner

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

The buffet awaits

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

The bride & groom

Marathon 50th Birthday WeekendOops! did I speak too soon? ๐Ÿ™‚

More happy friends with Hamish

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

Let’s throw some glamour into the mix.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend I’m sure I heard the guys shouting “hello sexy girl”? ๐Ÿ™‚

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend.

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

Every night ended up in Walking St.

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

Then came Sunday bloody Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend The legend awaits, none other than Harlan Goldstein, a self proclaimed genius who has not got a shy bone in his whole body. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ 

The team gathers

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

They come to praise the Prince.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Prince Hamish of Walking Street, a legend in his own lunch time. ๐Ÿ™‚

King of Pratumnack & Prince of Walking St.

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

Some of the loyal peasants cheer their heroes.

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Or perhaps shout for more tequila shots, one of the two. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lets talk about selfies

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Here’s the undisputed King & Queen of selfies, nobody comes close to Hamish Elton & Hashtag Sally, we salute you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Another legend in his own lunchtime.

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

Who invited Elton John?

Marathon 50th Birthday Weekend Well, no party is complete without :The Crocodile Rock”. ๐Ÿ™‚

The legend goes to work.

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

Until next time.

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

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Food friends Big Mango

April 19, 2019 by David Herd

Food friends Big Mango

Food friends Big Mango

Food friends Big Mango, otherwise known as Bangkok. There are 11,562 restaurants in this great city, this photo blog features a few of them.

Three of my favourite things about living in Thailand are, Mango smoothies, Mango & sticky rice & foot massages.

Two more reasons for living here.

Food friends Big Mango Am I asking too much? ๐Ÿ™‚

Team Murphy

Food friends Big Mango Here are my Australian friends, the team leader was Nikki Murphy, the gorgeous brunette in the centre. To the right is husband Tony & father Bob. Far left is sister Georgie & her bubbly friend Aileen.

My bedroom at Soi 34 Sukhumvit

Food friends Big Mango Nikki had booked a 6 floor apartment walking distance to Thong Lo station, it was rather exceptional as you can see from the photo. The only problem was there was no elevator, lucky for me I was on the 3rd floor so only had to cope with 30 stairs. ๐Ÿ™‚

Food friends Big Mango & only 4 minutes walk to the Hass Bistro

Food friends Big Mango One of my favourite Bangkok restaurants in Klang Alley off Sukhumvit. A terrific breakfast of poached eggs & avocado.

Talking about favourite restaurants

Food friends Big Mango El Mercado is my number one, even though TripAdvisor only rate it #360 of 11,562 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Murphy was blown away.

Food friends Big Mango I think it has quickly Tony’s favourite as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oysters from Cancale in France.

Food friends Big Mango The full description is Fine De Cancale No. 4.

A selection of Tapas.

Food friends Big Mango Smoked salmon, Prosciutto & pumpkin soup shots.

Piรจce de rรฉsistance at El Mercado.

Food friends Big Mango Wonderful blueberry tart for Murphy.

Apple tart for me.

Food friends Big Mango WOW! These deserts were perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dinner at The Roast at The Commons.

Food friends Big Mango Nikki had the Salmon which looked absolutely perfect.

Murphy had a hamburger, & I stole some of his fries. ๐Ÿ™‚

Food friends Big Mango It was interesting they only had Lao beer, terribly overpriced like many things there, but an excellent taste. Tony & I were flying to Laos the following day & enjoyed many more Lao beers in Vientiane.

The price of BeerLao in Laos was very low indeed.

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Final feast Mantra Pattaya

February 18, 2019 by David Herd

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

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

We are going to miss the fabulous food.

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

The seafood section.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya I would always ask to be seated near the seafood & sushi. ๐Ÿ™‚

Final feast Mantra Pattaya, lets not forget the cold Sake. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

My friend from Sydney Roland Bonnici.

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

From the Chinese kitchen.

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

A favourite dish

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

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

Wonderful decor

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

The Mantra featured 7 different kitchens. 

Lets look at previous years, 2007 Trevor & Nui.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

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

This was 2008.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

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

 Big group in 2010

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

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

Big birthday with lots of friends.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

No better place to celebrate than the Mantra.

Beautiful Benjamas Sitthi

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

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

Before Ben there was Amy

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Amy really knew how to make you feel welcome. 

Another birthday in 2009.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

I remember this one very well, my great Phil Thomson from Australia bought his 21 yo son Michael to Pattaya as part of his introduction to life in the fast lane. ๐Ÿ™‚

March 2012.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya  Another super Sunday.

February 2010

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

Xmas with Yaowaluck Bumrungthum aka Kartoon

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

How could we forget Pothole aka John Martin.

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

Allan & Vicki Chiswick from Sydney.

Final feast Mantra Pattaya

Laem Chabang Their cruise ship spent 24 hours at Laem Chabang so they hightailed to the Mantra. ๐Ÿ™‚

Putting on the Ritz

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

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& link number 2, 

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LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

January 20, 2019 by David Herd

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok seem to be increasing in numbers each year. In Thailand a Kathoey or katoey is a transgender woman or an effeminate gay male. Many Thai people perceive that a kathoey actually belongs to a third gender.

Sit near the entrance at 6 pm.

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

They usually start to arrive from 6 pm on, it’s rather entertaining seeing them arrive with an exaggerated walk & almost always stroking their hair.

Would you know the difference?

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

 LadyBoys often look and act more ladylike than the ladies! Everything is exaggerated, particularly walking, where they look like they are on a constant catwalk. There is a more pronounced swaying of the hips, more elegant posture (particularly when seated), excessively flicking and fidgeting with their hair and over-applied make-up.

This was actually in Phuket.

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

However he is a well known face around Nana Plaza, let’s just call him “Secrets”. ๐Ÿ™‚

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

Most LadyBoys are much taller than the girls & after living in Thailand for many years they are easy to spot. Ladyboys do not just exaggerate their femininity; they exaggerate everything! Every word and action is excessively flamboyant. This makes them stand out from the crowd because Thai culture is such that women (even those working in beer bars and go-gos) are usually quite reserved.

Definitely NOT LadyBoys.

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok

Gary & Brad are from Townsville & I’m in the middle & have lived in Pattaya for 7 years. However my first visit to Nana Plaza was 23 years ago in 1996.

 What a knockout..

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok By far the best looking LadyBoy I have ever seen was in Pattaya. My two Aussie friends Dennis & Nick were absolutely stunned. ๐Ÿ™‚

All the action is here in Nana Plaza.

LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok Without a doubt this is the best adult entertainment precinct in Bangkok.

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LadyBoys Nana Plaza Bangkok Wow! what nice group of lads. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

January 19, 2019 by David Herd

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

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

Flashback to 2006

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

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

Here’s to old times in 2006

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya

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

Pizza with parma ham.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Definitely one of my favourites.

Fettuccine is absolutely delicious.

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

Memories of 2012

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

Take your pick

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

There are several sections of the restaurant

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

What a fearsome sight this is.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya The big fellow Luca with a knife in his hand should be avoided at all cost. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lots of stock in the cold room.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya Luca operates his own organic and sustainable farm not far from Pattaya where he grows his own vegetables,  rears free-range chickens, rabbits, ducks, pigeons, guinea fowl, wild boar, goats, sheep, pigs and cows. No processed food, no growth hormones, no chemicals, no problem. ๐Ÿ™‚

Another pizza

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

The boys from Oz in 2014

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

Seafood anyone?

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

Lots of wine, mainly ITALIAN.

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

A very friendly waitress in 2014.

Italian food Beach Rd Pattaya As you can see I’m not a person who misses a photo opportunity. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dinner with friends January 2019

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

Hamish’s favourite

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

May chose the Baby Clams aka Pippies.

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

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Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

January 17, 2019 by David Herd

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok, The first store of DEAN & DELUCA was launched in 1977 in New Yorkโ€™s Soho district, USA, serving gourmet food, gourmet coffee, a wide range of beverages, and specialty items, which included premium-imported wines, delicacies, and kitchen utensils.

Lots of delicious pastries

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

This & the previous photo is from EmQuartier. 

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

 Dean & Deluca also offer a  fast food delivery to your home or office. This photo is from the EmQuartier  shopping mall.

Delicious clam chowder

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

TripAdvisor rating is #1,067 of 1,154 Restaurants in Bangkok.

MahaNakhon CUBE

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

This branch of Dean & Deluca is inside the cube & connects to the Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain & is adjacent to the Mahanakhon Tower.

TripAdvisor rating is #688 of 11,154 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Attractive decor at the Cube.

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok

The coffee here is excellent.

 Central Embassy branch

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok Not quite as spectacular than some of the other branches.

The blue look at Siam Discovery

Gourmet food coffee Bangkok Rather spectacular wouldn’t you agree?

Totally unique as many of the shops at Discovery are.

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