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.

Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time

November 2, 2018 by David Herd | 0 comments

Three days dining October 2018

Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time

Eleven thousand restaurants

Eleven thousand restaurants & such little time, dining in Bangkok can be rather confusing, because there are just so many good places to eat. Having said that, I must point out that even after living in Thailand for seven years 90% of my diet is western style food.

The Hass Bistro

Eleven thousand restaurants Avocados are one of my favourite things to eat & drink in a smoothie. This simple little cafe is in Klang Avenue which runs off Sukhumvit midway between Thong lo & Phrom Phong BTS stations.

Lets take a closer look.

Eleven thousand restaurants Chicken, cheese & tomato between 2 halves of avocado.

Yuna Japanese Restaurant and Bar

Eleven thousand restaurants  Located near the Grand Swiss hotel in soi 11/1 Nana. Food & service are good with  a rather authentic Japanese atmosphere.

Eleven thousand restaurants such little time but I’m really trying. 🙂

Eleven thousand restaurants The food above + a glass of house wine was total of B920 or $38 Aud or $28 USD. I’m still on my avocado push, notice the tasty serve above with creme cheese. 🙂

Oh no! Not more avocado. 🙂

Eleven thousand restaurants

Of course there is always more when you are addicted to this wonderful fruit. Follow THIS LINK for the many benefits of avocado.

Want a closer look at this great breakfast?

Eleven thousand restaurants Presented by the Bangkok Baking Company at the JW Marriot on Sukhumvit.

Here is a YouTube video on the many benefits of avocado. Just follow THIS LINK.

El Mercado is El Magnifico.

Eleven thousand restaurants Much more than a grocery store & delicatessen. My photo blog for lots more information can be found on THIS LINK.

This is what I chose for lunch.

Eleven thousand restaurants Cultivated in Cancale, in the beautiful Bay of Mont St Michel, Brittany region of France, The Special de Cancale this a slightly acidic oyster loved for its taste of iodine, its firm flesh, light nutty flavor.

Book your Bangkok hotel through THIS LINK for a great discount, plus you can pay later & cancel free of charge if you wish.

For over 20 years I have been enjoying Oxtail stew at the Busstop in Soi 4 Nana.

Eleven thousand restaurants We used to get double the size for 1/2 the price, oh well I guess that’s just inflation. 🙂

This was the size in 2016.

Soi 4 Bus Stop (3) As you can clearly see the size is shrinking.

Pirate Chambre 

Eleven thousand restaurants It’s a little hard to find the restaurant’s entrance located on the 3rd floor of the Maneeya Centre building, which directly links to BTS Chit Lom at the Siam end.  The slow cooked lamb shank is absolutely delicious, more photos on THIS LINK.

Lets not forget Wine Connection.

Eleven thousand restaurants Spanish style Gambas is my favourite dish at Wine Connection only B210.

Finally farewell from Starbucks at EmQuartier 

Eleven thousand restaurants I’m at one of their outlets nearly every day. Thanks for visiting my Eleven thousand restaurants photo blog.

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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.

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Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

October 20, 2018 by David Herd

A shop with the lot.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya is open 24 hours a day, & this branch is head & shoulders above all the others I have visited both here & Bangkok.

Smoked salmon, bring it on.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 PattayaSlap it on a bagel with cream cheese and sprinkle over some chopped chives.

You gotta love the deli. 🙂

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya I will definitely be buying lots of leg ham here.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya A huge selection of goods as you can clearly see.

A very good selection at a reasonable price.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Best supermarket across the road is going to feel the effect of Foodland.

The bakery

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Cakes, donuts, bread, croissants you name it.

Lets not forget our friendly butcher.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya As I said previously this branch is head & shoulders above all the others I have visited both here & Bangkok.

Not too sure what his job is.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Just entertaining the kids I guess. 🙂

Here is some bad news

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Very bad news, the cost of wine in Thailand is shocking, these 2 litre offerings are $30 AUD. Now in Australia you can buy an equivalent 4 litre cask for $12. That’s $3 a litre as opposed to $15 in Thailand. 

Perhaps I should buy some grapes & make my own wine.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Wait a minute I don’t have a bath tub where I can crush them.

This is a fair question. 🙂

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya

I guess I’ll have to grin & bear it at $15 a litre.

Here is the Foodland restaurant.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya I’m a regular customer for breakfast at the branch at Royal Gardens, it’s a steel at 65 Baht or $2.80 AUD.

Open 24 hours a day

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya A huge advantage for me is the adjacent Starbucks, I have tea with my breakfast then move to Starbucks for my coffee. 🙂

Excellent quality & value.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya B65 is so cheap & the eggs are perfect. 🙂

OK, I have got to ly, my plane is waiting.

Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya Thanks for visiting my Fabulous Foodland Terminal 21 Pattaya  photo blog, follow THIS LINK for an overview of the whole magnificent center. To see how this fabulous mall was created from the start just follow THIS LINK.

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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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Bophut Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand

October 7, 2018 by David Herd

Koh Samui Island Paradise

Bophut Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand

Bophut Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand

Bophut Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand on the north coast close to the airport. Much quieter & more peaceful than the madness of Chaweng, my advice is if you are with a lady go to Bohput but if you are with the guys head straight to Chaweng. 🙂

Close to everywhere you want to go.

Bohput Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand

Many Samui taxis are a rip off however If you want a  a very nice lady driver, her name in Ying and her mobile is 09 1128 3867.     

What a great setting on the beach.

Bophut Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand

Coco Tam’s X Peppina rated by TripAdvisor #130 of 451 Restaurants in Bophut.

Bophut Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand, who needs Chaweng?

Bophut Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand
This photo of Coco Tam’s X Peppina is courtesy of TripAdvisor. 🙂

Nice looking over Bohput beach 

Bohput Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand TripAdvisor also rate it for night life #7 of 29 Nightlife in Bophut.

Opposite direction

Bohput Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand Not a soul on the beach in October, obviously low season.

Bar Baguette

Bohput Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand This was really a good little cafe for lunch, the avocado & bacon baguette was perfect and the staff were really friendly.

Art of Life Oyster & Seafood’s House

Bohput Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand What a great looking restaurant, TripAdvisor rating is #113 of 451 Restaurants in Bophut.

I really love oysters

Bohput Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand A great start to any meal however 3 is never enough. 🙂

Bophut Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand, we are at Art of Life.

Bohput Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand Many of my friends know I’m a sucker for a lamb shank.

Of course sometimes it rains in Koh Samui

Bohput Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand Oh well, just order another glass of wine & discuss how you can solve some of the world’s problems.

So you know where to find these great little restaurants.

Bohput Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand Thanks for visiting my Bophut Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand photo blog. Follow THIS LINK for some good restaurants in Chaweng. Plus check out THE BEACH.

While you are here take a trip around the island.

Bohput Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand

Just follow THIS LINK for some suggestions.

Can’t resist  a flashback to December 1999 on Chaweng beach.

Bophut Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand 

Had a short fling with this beautiful Italian girl from Florence. Her name was Barbara Manelli, I called her “The Gypsy”🙂

Credit for some of these photos must go to my great friend Hamish Elton.

Bohput Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand Here he is with his lovely girlfriend May at one of the Bophut Restaurants Koh Samui Thailand.

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Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya

September 22, 2018 by David Herd

Lots of action in Soi 3 North Pattaya 

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya, this lively Soi has a lot to offer tourists & locals alike. Living in Soi 1 as I do means I’m a regular in Soi 3. At the end is Honey 2 massage, 2nd Road & Central Marina.

Lots of Thai street food.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Lots of these interesting little shops have recently opened in 2018.

Melodies Bar & guesthouse

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Quite popular with a few Aussies who live in my condo building, Markland in Soi 1.

Diagonally opposite is a very good low price restaurant called 3 Zab.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya I regularly eat here on my way home from the Atlantic Bar.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Noodles & chicken or pork at 3 Zab for B60 or $2.50 AUD.

Soi 3 from my balcony at Markland

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya [email protected] is the tall hotel on the left & on the right is MyTT Beach Hotel, a very nice hotel that opened early 2018 & is part of the A-One group of hotels.

Another A-One hotel next door to MyTT.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Sadly the A-One hotels have no regard for their neighbours, they often play music far too loud into the early hours of the morning, plus allow their staff to park 30 or 40 motorbikes on the footpath forcing people to walk on the road. Total arrogance.

Most streets in Pattaya have at least one 7 Eleven. 🙂

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya There are massage parlours next door & opposite.

The biggest of them all is Honey 2.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya

One of the many body to body massage palaces in North Pattaya.

A word of caution, 90% of customers are from India. 🙂

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping MallThat’s why I always recommend my friends go to the one opposite the Atlantic bar.

Sabai body massage

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping MallNext door to the Sabai Resort in 2nd Rd & opposite the Atlantic Bar.

Looking from the Atlantic Bar.

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

This is the view I get from my seat in the bar where I am a regular.

Opposite Soi 3 & Honey 2 is Central Marina.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya

An excellent shopping mall that will suffer a downturn when Terminal 21 opens on October 19th. Thanks for visiting my Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya photo blog.

Karaoke Bar

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Always lots of babes inviting you in for a drink, however for me karaoke is similar to water torture. 🙂

Soi 3 beer bars

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya This is 2010, big Steve Reade from Surfers Paradise with a cute 18 yo babe celebrating her birthday. Of the left in the silly outfit is Pothole Bin Ladin aka John Martin.

Flashback to 2010

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya Here I am out of control at Jasmine’s bar, This is 2010 & the bars were jumping. Now in late 2018 many have closed down.

A happy farewell from the motorbike taxi boys.

Bars Massage Babes Hotels North Pattaya A great way to get around Pattaya for 50 or 60 Baht, only problem is they are not always sober. 🙂

Here is a little video I took in Soi 3 in 2015.

Pattaya hotel & condo building boom.

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Holiday Inn

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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.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

 

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Good Indian Food Pattaya 2nd Rd

August 23, 2018 by David Herd

Highly rated Indian restaurant

Good Indian Food Pattaya

Good Indian Food Pattaya

Good Indian Food Pattaya located in 2nd Rd just opposite the Royal Gardens shopping mall. I don’t often patronize Indian restaurants however the food at Zaika was very good so in future I will make an effort to visit other similar places.

Fairly mundane decor

Good Indian Food Pattaya In fact the upholstery on the booths looks like it needs a good shampoo. Otherwise it’s comfortable & compact.

Lets check out the food.

Good Indian Food Pattaya

I ordered a chicken curry not too spicy. 

Good Indian Food Pattaya

Good Indian Food Pattaya Lets take a closer look at the Good Indian Food Pattaya. The curry was excellent and the long grain rice exceptional.

 Chicken Biryani

Good Indian Food Pattaya These  two photos I borrowed from TripAdvisor to let you see a couple more food samples.

Fish Tikka with Jasmine rice

Good Indian Food Pattaya

TripAdvisor rating is #27 of 1,091 Places to Eat in Pattaya  which seems a rather high rating, hard for me to judge after only one visit.

Located on 2nd Rd

Good Indian Food Pattaya Right opposite the Royal Gardens shopping mall. Their phone number is 038  488 958.

These prices are very low indeed.

Good Indian Food Pattaya They have a very busy home delivery service.

A huge selection

Good Indian Food Pattaya I certainly will be using the home delivery service.

Thanks for visiting my Good Indian Food Pattaya photo blog.

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Holiday Inn

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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.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

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Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

 

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Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

July 18, 2018 by David Herd

Renovated May 2018

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya is certainly one of my favourite restaurants. TripAdvisor rating is #22 of 1,025 Restaurants in Pattaya, however in my opinion it is in the top 10.

Perhaps a salad to start with.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Lots of choices at Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya.

The photo does not do it justice.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

The Oxtail soup is fantastic, I often drop in and have it for lunch, followed by a waffle of course. 🙂

Of course I sometime have the pancake instead of the waffle. 🙂

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya They are both delicious.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Dining with my friend Hamish & my brother Warren in May 2018 just after the renovation was completed.

The Tuesday night special.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Without a doubt they serve the best lamb shank in Pattaya, perhaps even the northern hemisphere.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya The new decor is attractive & modern. This was at 6.30 pm & I was the only customer. 🙂

In case you were wondering, here’s Patrick.

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He used to be a parachuter, now he is a biker. 🙂

Early May 2018 they gutted the restaurant.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya The finished product is excellent.

Here we are at the old restaurant.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya I’m with Greg Clee & Hamish Elton celebrating Hamish’s birthday in 2015. Notice the old fashioned decor?

Can you believe the size of this Tomahawk? 🙂

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya A whopping 1.5 kilo, I think Hamish could handle it. 🙂

A terrific dinner with friends.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya August 31st 2018, 3 Aussies, a Belgium & a Yankee.

Good food & nice people.

Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya From the left we have Dan Escamilla, Hamish Elton, David Herd, Sally Schmidt & Wayne Schmidt.

Another Tuesday night dinner

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya

Half the table ordered the lamb shank. 🙂 From the right we have David Rose, Brendan Tate, Jessica, Hamish Elton, David Herd, Dan Escamilla & last but not least Possum. 🙂

One final look at the Tuesday special.

Patrick's Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya Lamb shank (French style) & potato au gratin. I only have one criticism of this fine restaurant, the house wine is far too expensive. Everything else is excellent, many thanks for visiting my Patrick’s Belgian Steakhouse Pattaya photo blog.

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Pattaya Seafood Festival 2018

May 8, 2018 by David Herd

So much seafood & such little time.

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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

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Happy Trails Volume Two

April 29, 2018 by David Herd

As Satchmo would say, what a wonderful world.

Happy Trails Volume Two

Happy Trails Volume Two

Happy Trails Volume Two is a photo records of some wonderful locations I have been fortunate enough to visit. Producing these photos blogs allows me to re-live many great experiences that I have enjoyed during my long happy life.

The first photo in Volume one was taken in New York so as it’s my favourite city I start again with the Big Apple.

North Coast of Brazil

Happy Trails Volume TwoYou have probably never heard of Canoa Quebrada, it’s 164 kilometers from Fortaleza. We travelled along the beautiful long beaches and wandered through the amazing coloured sands.

Balneário Camboriú 

Been There Done That   Balneário Camboriú is a major beach resort in the Brazilian southern state of Santa Catarina.

Where are those places?

Happy Trails Volume Two

Here is a map to show you where they are. 🙂

Tiananmen Square Beijing

Been There Done ThatBeijing is a fascinating city full of history and wonderful breathtaking palaces, parks and buildings, and the food, well the food, Peking or should I say Beijing duck is to die for. Not to mention all of the other wonderful cuisines available, even though half the time you don’t know what you are eating. Having said that I must admit the best Peking duck I have ever eaten was the previous week in Shanghai, but that’s another story.

Happy Trails Volume Two include Sofitel Hotel Bangkok

Loved Every Minute  L’Appart restaurant at the recently opened Sofitel is a delightful multi-faceted venue occupying the entire 32nd top floor of the hotel tower.

 Nha Trang in Vietnam

Loved Every Minute

All the fishing boats are painted blue, they really look terrific, then again I really like boats. I even found some boat yards where they were repairing and refurbishing some older boats. Constructed from solid timber and designed to handle the rough seas in the monsoon season. 

Café A Brasileira in Lisbon

Been There Done That The A Brasileira was opened by Adriano Telles on 19 November 1905 at No.122 (an old shirt shop), to sell “genuine Brazilian coffee” from the State of Minas Gerais, a product generally unappreciated in homes of Lisboetas of that period.

Now I wonder where this is? 🙂

Been There Done ThatThe Tower Bridge is certainly one of the most recognizable structures in the world.

Happy Trails Volume Two includes the girl from Ipanema

Been There Done ThatI’m at the Garrota de Ipanema restaurant where the song was written. It was inspired by Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (now known as Helô Pinheiro), a seventeen-year-old girl living on Montenegro Street in Ipanema. Daily, she would stroll past the Veloso bar-café, not just to the beach (“each day when she walks to the sea”), but in the everyday course of her life. She would sometimes enter the bar to buy cigarettes for her mother and leave to the sound of wolf-whistles. In the winter of 1962, the composers saw the girl pass by the bar. 

Here she is.

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The song became so popular, she  became a celebrity.

Iguazu Falls Brazil

Been There Done ThatI’m on the Brazilian side, a walkway along the canyon has an extension to the lower base of Devil’s Throat. 

Big crowd at Harajuku Tokyo

Happy Trails Volume TwoIt’s Sunday morning & the crowds are huge, Harajuku is renowned for its colorful street art and fashion scene, with quirky vintage clothing stores and cosplay shops along Takeshita Street,

Many come to see the Harajuku girls.

Happy Trails Volume TwoHarajuku girls the term used to describe Japanese youth culture who cos-play or ‘costume play’ on Sundays in the district of Harajuku. Seen as rebels to conformity, Harajuku is a popular place for them to show off their own creations and usually pose for others. Styles include Gothic, Lolita, anime/manga based or futuristic. 

 Small creek leading to the Mekong River in Vietnam.

Loved Every MinuteYou are probably wondering why I don’t wear the rather stylish hat more often, I tend to save it till I’m on Safari. 🙂

Somewhere in the Simpson desert in Australia.

Loved Every MinuteIt can get lonely out here, luckily I was with 3 delightful Japanese girls who I took on an epic road trip.

Istanbul Turkey

Loved Every MinuteGreat fish meal beside the mighty Bosphorus river.

Thanks for visiting my Happy Trails Volume Two photo blog. Check out volume one on THIS LINK.

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Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

March 19, 2018 by David Herd

It certainly has the WOW! factor.

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant is rated #630 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok by TripAdvisor. I went there for the Saturday brunch which was good value at B1,150 or $37 USD.

The decor is exceptional

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantLocated at 39 Boulevard Tower, 2 floor, Soi Sukhumvit 39 ( Soi Phrom Chit), BTS phromphong, Bangkok 10110.

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

I hope you can read a map. 🙂

 Different room options

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThere are 4 or 5 different room options depending on your mood which is a nice touch.

I chose this room.

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantIt was lunch time & very hot outside so sitting away from the windows was a very good option.

Another small section

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

So many choices & such little time. 🙂

What about the food you ask?

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThe range was very good to excellent, starting with an interesting plate of black bread.

An ice cold Asahi beer

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantMost certainly my beer of choice.

Followed by a Lobster bisque

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantRather small but very tasty indeed, I gave it 9 out of 10.

 The Foie Gras was 10 out of 10

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThis was a fabulous taste sensation, certainly 10 out of 10.

Main course

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant Lamb shoulder was very tasty but a little too stringy for me, I gave it 7.5 out of 10.

Another 10 out of 10 here

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok RestaurantThis pancake was to die for, a great finish to an excellent lunch. 

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant Thanks for visiting my Whales Belly Excellent Bangkok Restaurant photo blog.  Follow THIS LINK to see many great restaurants nearby.

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Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

March 19, 2018 by David Herd

So many restaurants & such little time

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok, was where I walked from the Whale’s Belly restaurant to Sukhumvit Road. I was amazed by the number of restaurants along this trail, so I decided to show you some of them & give you the TripAdvisor ratings to help you decide where you want to eat. 

Le cochon blanc bangkok

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokTripAdvisor rating is #165 of 10,435 Restaurants in BangkokThis is top of my list the next time I visit the city. Located at 26 Soi Phrom Chit, Sukhumvit 31.

Peppina Sukhumvit 33

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokRated #341 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok by TripAdvisor.

Harvest in Sukhumvit Soi 31.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokTripAdvisor rate it #273 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok. Another high ranking establishment, it’s amazing how many good restaurants you see when you take a walk through the Big Mango. 🙂

Bella Napoli

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

3/1 Sukhumvit soi 31Bangkok, Thailand, rated #490 of 11,298 Restaurants in Bangkok.
T-Pochana Branch SuKhumvit

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokAnother very highly rated restaurant according to TripAdvisor #333 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

 Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok, Azuma

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokThis is the first one in the area with a higher rating of #1,153 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

We are now on Sukhumvit Road

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokBack to the high TripAdvisor rating of #574 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

El Toro House of Meat

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokThis Brazilian & Argentinian restaurant is located at 519, Sukhumvit Road not far from Asoke BTS.

You are not going to believe this rating for Indulge Fusion & cocktail bar.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokAn amazing Tripadvisor rating of #41 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

After reading the reviews I can’t wait to go there.

Last but not least The Penalty Spot.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

A very nice looking sports bar close to Asoke station.

Beautiful decor but some poor reviews.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokNot a bad rating for a sports bar, #1,897 of 10,435 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Some comments here from unhappy customers.

Here is where I walked.

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokAll the above restaurants were along this route.

Many thanks for visiting my Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok photo blog, I will certainly be visiting some of these hidden gems soon.

The Hass Bistro

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley BangkokThis new restaurant is not on the above route however I am including as avocados are one of my all time favourite things to eat any time anywhere. 

Looking forward to going here on my next Bangkok trip

Restaurants Sukhumvit 29 Alley Bangkok

Their Hass avocados are shipped from New Zealand and are served in every imaginable form and flavor. In the crunchy avocado (B240), breaded wedges of avocado are deep-fried for creamy, crispy mouthfuls with a side of sriracha aioli dip. The Avo Burger (prawn B395, chicken B335), meanwhile, really isn’t a burger at all, substituting bread for avocado halves and beef for chicken or prawn, with layers of lettuce, cheese and red onions. On the Thai-fusion end, there’s a tom yam pasta (B395) served with grilled prawns, cherry tomatoes and, somewhat superfluous here, slices of avocado. Avocados are also available for purchase for B89 a piece. 

 

The Hass Bistro, 1/6 Sukhumvit Soi 49, Bangkok, Thailand, 099-192-9626
   
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