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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.

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

February 16, 2017 by David Herd

Happy hour happy street

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok was a street I had known about for such a long time but had never ventured there until now. It seemed every Bangkok restaurant review would recommend an establishment in this area & now I can understand why. 

El Guacho

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok I am a great fan of the Wine Connection chain of restaurants & Google told me there was one at 208 Thong Lo 8 Alley so my brother & I caught the Sky train to Thonglo station & walked for 20 minutes or so looking for the restaurant. What we in fact found at the address was El Gaucho, so I’m assuming either Google got it wrong or the information was simply out of date. 🙂

Here is what Googled showed.

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok Wine Connection has morphed into El Gaucho.  

So many restaurants & so little time.

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok I have decided on my next visit to Bangkok I will tear myself away from my beloved Soi 11 & stay in Thonglor. 

Grand Centrepoint Hotel in Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Right in the heart of Thonglor, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Sukhumvit 55 or Soi Thong Lo, is well known for its classy bars, boutique shops, fashionable clubs plus lots of hip restaurants. Its also acknowledged as the Siam Square of Bangkoks East side.

Lots of Japanese restaurants

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok I was amazed by the number of Japanese restaurants in Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok, they were everywhere. 

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok, The Dock

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok I am looking forward to having dinner at The Dock, they specialise in seafood & the menu looks excellent. Being an Aussie I love Sydney Rock Oysters as well as those big juicy ones from Tasmania. Kumamoto featured, I was there last October, & Brittany on the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean, has over 2800 km of coastline, it provides nearly 60,000 tons of oysters each year, almost 50% of the total French oyster production.

 This Soi 55 building caught my eye.

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Prior to moving to Thailand from Australia in 2011 I lived on the Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise. On the beach there is a building called Focus which is the twin of this Soi 55 round building. 🙂

Focus in Surfers Paradise

Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor Bangkok

Compare the twins. 🙂

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When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.

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The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

January 28, 2017 by David Herd

North Pattaya 

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 photo blog covers the first 6 months of this year. No big travel plans except for visiting Australia in March & a couple of weekends in Bangkok.

This beautiful shot of North Pattaya includes the building where I live, just before the Holiday Inn.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from the 1st half of 2017.

Dave Elder & Hamish Elton

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Two friends & I ding at Signature Steak & Seafood, sadly due to the slow down in Pattaya they closed their on January 31st.

Excellent steak at Signature.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 I will be so sad to see this restaurant close.

 Jim’s Hamburgers

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

A great casual restaurant for craft beer & hamburgers. From the left we have Matt, Jonathon, Hamish, Davis & Wayne.

 Say no more, these are the best burgers in Pattaya.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 They come in two sizes. small at B195 or large around B300.

Cloud over Koh Larn

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017  Throughout my life I have lived in many places with a great view, however none come close to Pattaya bay.

And when you talk about sunsets

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 In my opinion the best I have ever seen are those from Markland my Pattaya condo.

Another special treat in Pattaya

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017

Four or 5 times a week I enjoy reading my Kindle while having an hour foot massage for B260 including 30% tip.

Two Aussie mates from the Gold Coast.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Nick Partridge rarely smiles in a photo. big Steve Reade always does. 🙂

We lost a great character & friend on January 23.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Larry Krausz, a friend for around 30 years suffered a major stroke on October 28. After 2 months in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on life support he was transported to Australia by a hospital Leer jet, thanks to his Medibank travel insurance. After a further month his life support was removed & he passed away peacefully.

I wrote the following eulogy & posted it on his Facebook page.

Today we lost Lazzorghini, a one off Austrian designed party machine who thought too much over indulgence was never enough. Originally designed as a concept model it was soon discovered it was for too complex to ever be mass produced. 
 
Powered by a big heart & steered through life’s many hazards by a gentle soul. 
 
A  rather over-engineered unit that needed regular maintenance after many long happy journeys through smoked filled dens of iniquity that continually promoted sex, drugs & rock &roll.
 
Often sat idle for weeks on end during the repair process before exploding back on the group one circuit, where it would function non stop for days, providing of course that adequate lubrication was orally administered.
 
Adored by a huge number of fans, family & friends our special Lazzorghini will be sadly missed.
 
RIP little buddy.

Larry’s friends

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 We gathered at the Atlantic bar to raise a glass & remember out great friend, RIP.

Starbucks

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Here is one of the new Starbucks on Beach Rd near Soi 6, the other one is at Big C. I often have coffee & a ham & cheese croissant for breakfast.

Drinks at the Hilton Sky Bar.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 With friends Wayne Crocker & Hamish Elton.

One of my favourite photos.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 Taken on February 10th 2017 from in front of Markland Condo in North Pattaya.

 The Atlantic Bar is my bar of choice.

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 My favourite time is early in the evening before the crowd arrives.

My new Skechers

Pattaya life FiveStarVagabond 2017 You can buy them at the Skechers shop in Central Festival for B4,500, ($128 USD) or do what I do, purchase online from Lazada for B2,100. ($60 USD). 🙂 

My favourite selfie 

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

An overcast Friday morning in Pattaya did not stop this princess from going to the beach to take 100 selfies.

Taken March 24 2017.

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It doesn’t get much better than this. 🙂

The other exciting event in March apart from the above was my 2 week trip to Australia which included a road trip from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

Big Viv Kennelly & team

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand I took them to Leckerle in Naklua Soi 33 & they loved it. 🙂

Next visitor was Paul Mooney

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Paul was on his way to Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh and Seoul.

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Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

November 30, 2016 by David Herd

Oyama Shrine

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants kept me very busy for the short time I was in this interesting city. This was my first stop after 3 nights in Tokyo on my 7 city Shinkansen adventure.

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The Oyama Shrine gate originally guarded the entrance of Kanazawa Castle, and was later moved to Oyama Shrine.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants The Oyama Shrine is in the heart of the city only 7 minutes walk from my hotel. First established in 1599 and moved to its present location in 1873.

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I stumbled on a little princess

 Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

You won’t see too many sweeter young Japanese girls as this little princess. I almost had to beg to get this great photo. 🙂

Map of the city

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants An interesting sculpture of Kanazawa city.

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

People having fun in Central park

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants A sunny day without a cloud in the sky, so lets go to the park.

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Central park is between the main city street & the castle, there were some Hawaiian dancers entetaining the crowd.

Tere is a cute little Japanese girl here stealing the limelight from the Hawaiian dancers.

Wedding

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants The Museum of Cultural Exchange is also in Central park, a wedding reception was about to begin in the restaurant.

Gorgeous girls

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants The girls look absolutely gorgeous dressed in Kimonos. 

The bikers come to town

 Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants These fabilous looking machines were parked on the footpath outside my hotel.

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Very expensive looking machines.

Kanazawa parking

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants Making the ost of the available space.

Kanazawa railway station

 photo Kanazawa station.jpg A very modern railway station, almost a work of art.

Department store

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants Most cities I have visited in Japan all seem to have at least one department store at the railway station.

Lunch boxes

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants Naturally I purchases one of thse salmon roe or caviar, whatever you wish to call it, absolutely delicious. I ate it on my way to Hiroshima on the shinkansen.

Yakitori tour of Japan 🙂

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants This should be the name of my holiday, I was always searching for good Yakitori restaurants.

Yakitori no Meimon Akiyoshi was the restaurants name.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

There are 2,969 restaurants in Kanazawa & tripAdvisor rated this one 426th.

Lots of chefs

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants A typical busy noise yakitori restaurant with delicious food.

Toyoko Inn

Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa 

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

My hotel is beside bus stop number 16 & is within walking distance of all the places of interest.

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Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer

November 18, 2016 by David Herd

Fabulous Nagasaki restaurant

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer, I found Char-Grilled Yakitori Torimasa Ebisu through TripAdvisor who rated it 9th out of 1981 restaurants in Nagasaki. It was so good I’m sorry I didn’t have the time to visit the top 8.

My first dish

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer Absolutely superb, I saw the girls who were sitting next to me order this dish, it looked so good I had it also.

 Here are my new friends

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer Everyone in the restaurant was so friendly, both customers and staff.

I was here for the Yakitori

 photo IMG_5888.jpg I was not disappointed it was excellent.

Naturally I washed it down with hot sake.

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer

The third bottle turned out to be my downfall, the following morning I had quite a hangover. 🙂

Yakitori

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer As they say in the classics “I love the smell of Yakitori in the morning”.

Nagasaki Restaurants hot Sake cold Beer

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer The master at work. 

Interesting choices

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer This was as good as any of the Yakitori restaurants I have visited in Japan. Then again there are some wonderful places in Osaka & Tokyo plus every other city I have visited. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Farewell to the guys

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer As I said earlier the chefs & waitresses were super friendly.

Farewell to my new friends

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer The girls could not speak much English, maybe 6 words. Plus with my zeeo Japanese it was a little difficult communicating however we still had a few laughs.

 A row of restaurants

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer Overlooking the harbour there are many restaurants, check out my photo blog.

A good place for a cold beer.

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer We just returned from Battleship Island and had worked up quite a thirst.

Night opposite the harbour

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer They always look more inviting at night.

 50 meters from my hotel

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer

About 10 or more restaurants very close to my hotel.

Orion Hotel

Nagasaki city harbour street drummers

Perfect location only a three minute walk to the station. Rated highly by AGODA, book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate with free WiFi.

Craving a change of cuisine

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer As much as I love Japanese food after 2 weeks I was craving a change. The fabulous pizza is a speciality at Gorm’s, part of a Danish restaurant chain, opened 2014 in Nagasaki & shortly after in Fukuoka.

Gorm’s is very stylish

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer They really have a very good atmosphere to compliment their excellent food.

TullY’s Coffee

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer A very popular chain of shops, they seemed to be all over Kyushi, the coffee is pretty good..

These guys need no introduction

Nagasaki Restaurants hot sake cold beer I must say I do have a week spot for icecream. 🙂

Farewell to Nagasaki, a great city.

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Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants

November 7, 2016 by David Herd

Pop up restaurants

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants are really tiny “pop up” sidewalk restaurants that disappear by the morning.  There are around 150 Yatai all across the city, however most are in and around Tenjin and Nakasu. 

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants Due to these Yatai Fukuoka was recently rated as one of the ten greatest street food cities in Asia by CNN Travel.

The come in all shapes & sizes

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants Yatai began as simple, portable eateries that appeared one after another in the devastated cities throughout Japan at the end of World War II.

There is more Yatai along the river

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants They are a great inexpensive way to eat very good Japanese food plus of course you are going to meet new friends as the whole atmosphere encourages conversation.

There is around 150 Yatai throughout the city.

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants  There are around 150 yatai scattered across Fukuoka, the best place to find them is on the southern end of Nakasu Island. Located in the middle of the city, Nakasu Island has a long row of around 20 yatai that are situated along the water.

Piss Alley Tokyo

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants A very famous Tokyo lane where the eating houses are similar to Yatai in Fukuoka, these are 2 American girls we met while having dinner. Here is my Piss Alley photo blog, just follow THIS LINK.

There are some very strange dishes available on Piss Alley.

  • Frog sashimi
  • Pig testicles
  • Soft-shelled turtle
  • Still-beating frog’s heart
  • Grilled salamander
  • Snake liquor

I was not taking any risks so I stuck to the Yakitori.

Kagomma Furusato Yataimura.

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants Here is another similar place to eat down south of Kyishu island in Kagoshima, for my photo blog please follow THIS LINK.

Back to Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants No other country I have visited offers such a variety of restaurants thsn Japan. For example take a look at some of the great food in Osaka.

My favourite food from Yatai etc

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants Yakitori wins for me, it is a Japanese type of skewered chicken generally barbecued.

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Another great looking Yatai

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants So many different designs.

Here is the final one

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants I could easily show you 100 different designs, I hope you had enjoyed this sample.

Hotel Ascent 

Fukuoka Kyushu Island Japan

Hotel Ascent is in a perfect location for exploring the city, & it is adjacent to Tenjin station. For a very good discount just book through THIS LINK.

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Huge sinkhole Hakata station

Yatai Fukuoka sidewalk restaurants

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Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations

August 27, 2016 by David Herd

Harajuku Gyoza

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations I visited in August 2016 included Harajuku Gyoza at 141 Queen St. The service was good and the Gyoza excellent. There are two other branches, one in South Bank the other in Fortitude Valley.

Busy chef at work

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations

The Gyoza was as good as I have experienced in Japan.

Little Singapore is adjacent to Harajuku Gyoza

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations

TripAdvisor rating is 502 out of 3,180 Brisbane restaurants.

Vapiano 191 Albert St Queen Street Mall

Brisbane city Restaurants Also opposite Harajuku Gyoza and I could not believe the queue waiting for a table. I didn’t eat there myself but if the queue is any indication the food must be good. 🙂

Comuna Cantina

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations Mexican restaurant in the same complex as the above at 175 Albert St.

Comuna

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations Latin, Mexican & South American dishes , dine in or takeaway.

Chez Nous opposite Roma St station

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations Very busy for breakfast, good coffee and quick service. For an excellent room rate at Abby o Roma just book through THIS LINK.

Pony Dining Eagle Street Pier

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations

Great location and some good reviews, however I thought the food was over rated & expensive.

Pony Dining

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations Ambience & service was fine but I’m guessing I ordered the wrong dishes.

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I’m positive I won’t return, there are too many other choices in the area that I need to try.

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations As you can see there are many restaurant choices on Brisbane Riverside, follow THIS LINK for more suggestions.

 Jimmy’s on the Mall

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations One of Brisbane’s most popular restaurant bars & probably the best “people watching” spot in the city.

 Lots of choices in Queen St Mall

 photo IMG_4448.jpg Sidewalk cafes & restaurants offering all types of food are everywhere on Queen St Mall.

 Pig & Whistle

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations There are six of these popular drinking spots in Brisbane. Based on a British Pub with live sports screens, follow THIS LINK for the locations.

Finally make sure you visit the Regatta Hotel

Brisbane city Restaurant recommendations The Boathouse at the Regatta is an excellent restaurant with very good aged beef & an interesting wine list.

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Sydney landmarks harbour bridge

July 3, 2016 by David Herd

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney landmarks Sydney landmarks harbour bridge were on my agenda when I spent a couple of days in Sydney in 2005. This was my first stop on an exciting around the world trip to San Francisco, Miami, Rio de Janeiro for Carnival, north East coast of Brazil, Paris, Bangkok and Pattaya.

Sydney Landmarks

Sydney landmarks The magnificent Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are two of the most recognisable structures in the world.

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ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park

Sydney landmarks Looking down from Centrepoint Tower at the Anzac memorial, lest we forget.

Anzac memorial

Sydney landmarks Located in Hyde Park it was opened on 24 November 1934 to commemorate world war one Australian military personnel who lost their lives.

Centrpoint Tower a great Sydney Landmark

Sydney landmarks harbour bridge The photo looking down on the Anzac Memorial building was taken from the restaurant in Centrepoint Tower.

Manly Ferry

Sydney landmarks harbour bridge

The Manly ferry can certainly also be regarded as a Sydney landmark, South Steyne is now a Floating Restaurant and Function Centre.

Novotel Darling Harbour

Sydney landmarks harbour bridge Great views of the Sydney skyline from the Novotel, for an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Novotel and Grand Mercure Apartments

Sydney landmarks harbour bridge Once again great views of the city, use THIS LINK for good Sydney hotel rates.

MLC Building at 19 Martin Pl, Sydney

Sydney landmarks harbour bridge Another building considered to be in Sydney Landmarks.

After work drinks at the MLC building

Sydney landmarks harbour bridge As you can see a popular meeting place especially on Fridays.

 Circular Quay

Sydney landmarks harbour bridge Circular Quay is a focal point for many Sydney celebrations throughout the year.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney landmarks harbour bridge Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the facility formally opened on 20 October 1973  after a gestation beginning with Utzon’s 1957 selection as winner of an international design competition. The NSW Government, led by Premier Joseph Cahill, authorised work to begin in 1958, with Utzon directing construction. The government’s decision to build Utzon’s design is often overshadowed by circumstances that followed, including cost and scheduling overruns as well as the architect’s ultimate resignation.

View from the front

Sydney landmarks harbour bridge

Though its name suggests a single venue, the project comprises multiple performance venues which together are among the busiest performing arts centres in the world — hosting over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people.

The Rocks overlooking Circular Quay

Sydney landmarks harbour bridge The oldest part of Sydney was founded in 1788 as a penal colony. 

Bill Austin from Wiltshire

Sydney landmarks harbour bridge My friend Bill jumped out of planes 100s of times when he was in the Paras so climbing the bridge was a piece of cake for him. 🙂

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Doyles at Watsons Bay

Sydney landmarks harbour bridge Certainly one of Sydney’s well known landmarks, world famous for the fish & chips.

Anzac Bridge

Sydney landmarks harbour bridge Opened in December 1995, costing $170 million to build, it’s a link between Sydney City and the western suburbs.

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Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand

June 25, 2016 by David Herd

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand.

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

Pothole & I at Duomo

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

Sanama

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand

Very smooth, a bit like myself. 🙂

Tell them my dear.

The owner comes from Milano.

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

Prego Italian Restaurant

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

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My ravioli was superb as was Pothole’s pizza.

Ravioli was superb

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

 Wine Connection

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

Wine Connection at Central Festival Samui

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

Low cost wine

Samui restaurants Chaweng They offer a wonderful selection of wine from all over the world at liquor store prices. Our red wine from Chile was a bargain B650.

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The chain I’m told is owned by a French group, I only wish they would open a branch in Pattaya.

Lamb shank at the Wine Connection.

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

Coffee club

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

Eggs Benedict

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand Absolutely delicious.

Bar Baguette

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

Lots of choices on the main street.

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

Lots of fresh seafood

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

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Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom

May 20, 2016 by David Herd

Bangkok building boom

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom is in full swing. Chock-a-block full of high rise office buildings, up-market condos, lots of embassies, luxury hotels & very expensive shopping malls. I love the area which is close to where I stay in Soi 11 Nana.

Weird & wonderful

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Most of these modern buildings can be seen from the sky train which is by far the best way to move around Bangkok.

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Is another huge building site which will add another sky scraper to the Ploenchit skyline.

One of my favourite buildings on Sukhumvit Road Ploenchit

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Park Ventures recently achieved the highest office rental in Bangkok of B900 per M2 per month. The building is 35 stories high and has an elevated walkway leading to the station and various shopping malls including Central World which is directly opposite. The section jutting out is the infinity at the Okura Hotel.

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Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom As you can see it is rather special and in a great location. Using THIS LINK will get you a room for under $200.

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 Great design the Park Hyatt Sukhumvit Road Ploenchit

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Another wonderful design the hotel is expected to open late 2016. Central Embassy will be hoping they will bring potential customers as their traffic since opening has been disappointing.

These great walkways take you off the street

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Linking hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and offices these modern walkways are quite fantastic. You can walk from Ploenchit to Chidlom and Central Embassy and Central world.

Deutsche Bank Sukhumvit Road Ploenchit

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom Prestige companies, condos, hotels etc really love the Ploenchit Chidlom area of Bangkok.

Now if it’s good food you want…..

Pirate Chambre

Pirate Chambre Bangkok          Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom          Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom

Right beside Chidlom station is terrific Bangkok restaurant, the Pirate Chambre. A little hard to find but worth the effort, there is a walkway from the station. The fabulous lamb shank was only B480.

JW Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit Road Ploenchit

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom

Breakfast at the JW Marriott bakery on Sukhumvit Road Ploenchit is always a pleasure & the coffee is excellent. Just a short walk to Ploenchit station, for an excellent room rate at the fine hotel USE THIS LINK TO BOOK.

Sky train

Sukhumvit Rd Ploenchit building boom By far the best way to get around Bangkok, as I said earlier many of the stations including Ploenchit, Chidlom & Siam have direct access walk ways to the major shopping malls.

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Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok

November 1, 2015 by David Herd

EmQuartier

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok opened in March 2015 & I’m blown away by the amazing food hall at this new shopping mall opposite the Emporium. I never thought I would say it but Bangkok now rivals Tokyo with the highest quality food presentation in the world.

Street Food Fair

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok Everything I saw was simply top quality.

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok food hall

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok There are dozens of restaurants, offices, event halls and a nice atrium garden featuring a waterfall. There’s direct access from Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain and walkway to the original Emporium mall across the road.

au bon pain

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok One of my favourite coffee chains, I often have breakfast at the Pattaya branch, a bacon & egg croissant & a medium latte.

Wonderful liquor store

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok

Way back in the 80s I owned a liquor in Sydney, it looked nothing like this. 🙂

Nice to see my favorite Australian wine here.

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok

Sadly Penfold’s wine is far too expensive in Thailand.

Jones the grocer

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok

Quite a beautifully designed store.

Jones the grocer

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok

So many choices at EmQuartier and so little time.

Harrods at Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok No, we are not in London, we are in Bangkok.

Inside Harrods

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok The choices of restaurants and coffee shops is mind boggling.

Wine I love you

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok What a great name for a restaurant, as well as the indoor area there is a terrace that overlooks downtown Bangkok,  they offer Asian and Western choices for appetisers & mains, catering to a variety of tastes, all at very affordable prices.

I wanted to order the lamb shank but they were sold out, when I remarked “but it’s only 12.15,” the waitress informed me they only get 4 shanks each day and we have been opened since 10 am. When I think about it it probably ensures they always have fresh produce to serve.

Amazing EmQuartier Bangkok

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok Wine I love you at Amazing EmQuartier Bangkok is one of many restaurants with wonderful décor.

 Meerkats on guard

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok Part of the nice garden area where people can relax and kids can play.

Did I mention the guard dog?

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EmQuartier has its very own guard dog.

The garden at Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok

It really is a pleasure exploring this wonderful new mall.

Oysters at Crab and Claw, 7th Floor Helix Building.

EmQuartier lobsters  Lobsters, New England Clam Chowder and a good selection of oysters (Kumamoto, Calm Cove, Royal, etc…) and fresh home-made pasta.  Lots of choices at this popular establishment. The lobster roll is Crab & Claw’s signature dish, however it will set you back around B1000.

They have recently opened at Siam Paragon as well.

Entrée at Crab and Claw

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok An interesting dish featuring a crab with little black hamburger rolls and a crab filling. Although it was a little light on the crab, tasty but I would not order again. A very good selection of (expensive) Oysters from all over the world, average price between B500 & B600 for 3.

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Fabulous supermarket

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok

Food is beautifully displayed in keeping with the entire complex.

Fresh fish

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok

Beautifully presented fresh produce.

Directory

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok

Dean & Deluca

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok Another great looking establishment.

Coffee at Dean & Deluca at Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok

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Here is an even new mall, Siam Discovery.

Amazing EmQuartier shopping mall Bangkok Diagonally opposite MBK.


         

          

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The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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