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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.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

December 16, 2016 by David Herd

Wine Connection Silom

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro chain of restaurants has quickly become one of my favourite places to eat in Thailand. Excellent food and a great selection of wine at reasonable prices.

Beside Sala Daeng Sky Train station

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro Located in the basement of the Silom Complex right below Starbucks.

Garlic Prawns

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro My favourite dish at Wine Connection only B210.

Very reasonable prices

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro Not just the food, the wine prices are also very affordable.

THE GRILL @ CentralWorld

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro Located on the ground floor at CentralWorld, Wine Connection claim The Grill is their most upmarket outlet.

Pasta & Salmon

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Absolutely delicious Serrano Ham & Truffle Oil Fettuccine only B230 or $6.50 USD. 

Lots of fresh pasta

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro By now you probably understand why Wine Connection is such a favourite of mine. 🙂

South African Red wine 

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On special at B499 a bottle or $14 USD.

Wine Connection @ Rainhill

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This is my favourite location, just a short walk from Phrom Phong BTS station.

 Large cheese selection

 photo IMG_4776.jpg A selection of cheese and a nice bottle of red, what more could you want?

Wine cellar

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Every Wednesday from 7 pm to 9 pm there is free flow wine & beer for B499.

Location

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Take the Sky Train or a taxi along Sukhumvit. 

Wine Connection at Central Festival Samui

Samui restaurants Chaweng We only spent 4 nights in Koh 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.

Samui restaurants Chaweng          Samui restaurants Chaweng          Wine Connection Samui

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.

Wine Connection lamb shank The food choices are extensive, lots of terrines a a big range of pasta.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 photo IMG_4774.jpg Thanks for visiting my Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro photo blog, there are also branches in Phuket & Chiang Mai.

In Koh Samui I like to stay on Chaweng Beach at the Baan Chaweng,  for an excellent room rate just use THIS LINK to book.

In Bangkok I stay a few meters from Nana station in an excellent small hotel tucked away in a lane off Soi 11. If you use this link you will get a room for around B1100 pn.

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Koh Samui main street

June 27, 2016 by David Herd

Central Festival

Koh Samui main street Koh Samui main street runs parallel to Chaweng Beach and has hundreds of shops, restaurants & pubs. Central Festival is a huge new shopping mall with all to usual outlets. On the ground floor in this photo is my favourite restaurant The Wine Connection.

Central Festival is in Koh Samui main street

Koh Samui main street The shopping mall covers a huge area from Koh Samui main street to the back road beside the lake.

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There is a food court, Starbucks, lots of restaurants, phone shops and all the fashion houses.

Solo

Koh Samui main street Solo is one of the many popular bars on Koh Samui main street.

Lots of massage parlours.

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A one hour massage is around B300 however you can find them as low as B200 if you look around.

Massage on the beach at Baan Chaweng

 photo IMG_3672.jpg Entrance to all the beach-side hotels is from the Koh Samui main street, here is where I usually stay at the Baan Chaweng. The location is perfect, for an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

LadyBoy show

 photo IMG_3618.jpg Thailand is famous for it’s LadyBoy shows and Samui is no different. If that’s what you want to see then Starz is the place to go.

Lots of fresh seafood

Koh Samui main street There are many restaurants offering fresh seafood all along Koh Samui main street.

Sports pubs are everywhere in Koh Samui main street

Koh Samui main street All these sports pubs have multiple screens showing sport from all over the world.

Samui map

Koh Samui main street

As you can see Chaweng Beach is only 15 minutes from the airport. Be careful when organising transport to & from your hotel, the majority of people will overcharge you. For instance our hotel told us a taxi would cost B200 for one person and B300 for two people, how ridiculous is that?

Navigo Samui is a new company offering a very fair price, B200 for a taxi, you can download their app here.

Samui airport

Koh Samui main street

I think Samui airport is the nicest airport I have ever flown to or from.

We took a 4 hour taxi ride around Koh Samui at a cost of B2000, it was a great way to explore the delights of this wonderful tropical island, we had a very nice lady driver, her name in Ying and her mobile is 09 1128 3867. Check out some of the great things to see, just follow THIS LINK.

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Koh Samui sports bars

June 26, 2016 by David Herd

Henry’s Africa

Koh Samui sports bars Koh Samui sports bars have increased quite a bit since I was there in 2007. Most of the beer bars etc have numerous screens showing sport from all over the world. The header for this post show my friend John Martin aka Pothole & I on our first night in Chaweng at Henry’s Africa which seems to be the best bar in town.

Koh Samui sports bars

Koh Samui sports bars

 Henry’s Africa is a huge bar with lot’s of girls, some pool tables and TV screens. As you can see Pothole is enjoying himself. 🙂

Henry’s Africa

Koh Samui sports bars

Early in the evening they offer Chang beer at B79.

Best racks in town

Koh Samui sports bars

Or so they claim.

Opposite Henry’s

Henrys Africa Samui There are a couple of small bars struggling to attract customers because of the low number of tourists in June 2016.

Green Mango

Green Mango Samui

This iconic bar nightclub is a little further along the street, it is arguably Chaweng’s most popular nightspot. It boasts of one of the largest dance floors on the  island, Green Mango is large, loud, & very busy from around 11 pm.

Green Mango

Koh Samui sports bars A great effect with the green and orange decorations.

Happy Bar

Koh Samui sports bars A little further around the corner from the Green Mango there are quite a few smaller bars.

Pothole finds another friend.

Koh Samui sports bars Of course I’ll buy you a drink my dear. 🙂

Interesting bar

Koh Samui sports bars It was a little early and there were no customers, most of the young tourists in Samui don’t go out until around 11 pm. Geriatrics like us are living in a different time zone. 🙂

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe Samui Keep walking back to the main street and you will find the Hard Rock.

 Bondi Aussie Bar & Grill

Koh Samui sports bars Another sports bar where the Aussies gather for obvious reasons. I was rather put off by the B210 price for a Jack Daniels. So I went to the bar next door to watch the State of Origin played on June 22nd, which QLD won.

The bar next door.

Koh Samui sports bars A glass or red here was only B80.

The Islander

Koh Samui sports bars

200 meters down the road from the Aussie bar is the Islander where I watched the AFL, next door is Legends, another well known sports bar.

Tropical Murphy’s Irish Pub

Koh Samui sports bars Quite a way up the road past Central Festival is Tropical Murphy’s another popular sports bar.

Tropical Murphy’s

Koh Samui sports bars A fairly normal layout, however a funny thing happened as I took this photo, initially the Thai barman was standing towards the front of the bar, but as soon as I raised my camera he ran like a rabbit to get out of the shot. I’m guessing he is hiding from somebody. 🙂

 VW sidewalk bar

Koh Samui sports bars There are lots of these great mobile bars where I live in Pattaya.

Bye from the Koh Samui sports bars

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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.

Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand          Samui restaurants Chaweng          Koh Samui Island restaurants Thailand

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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Taxi ride around Koh Samui

June 24, 2016 by David Herd

Big Buddha

Taxi ride around Koh Samui Taxi ride around Koh Samui starting at the Big Buddha then circling clockwise around the island. It took about 4 hours and the taxi cost was B2000 or $57 usd. Our hotel was on Chaweng beach about 15 minutes drive from the big Buddha. Our very nice lady drivers name is Ying and her mobile is 09 1128 3867.

Beautiful bougainvillea

Taxi ride around Koh Samui This beautiful flower reminds me of my home in Newport Beach Australia where I lived in the 80s, I had many beautiful bougainvilleas on the property.

Big Buddha & slightly smaller Buddha

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My 115 kilos certainly puts me in the Buddha category. 🙂

One of two statues guarding the Big Buddha

Taxi ride around Koh Samui

Located as you enter the square below Big Buddha.

Here is a short video

Looking back towards Chaweng

Taxi ride around Koh Samui We stopped at a popular lookouts to take in the wonderful view.

Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks

Taxi ride around Koh SamuiThe rocks, known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai), look, just like male and female genitalia.

A very popular tourist stop

Taxi ride around Koh Samui Located two kilometres south of central Lamai Beach and about 11 kilometres away from Chaweng Beach.

Lamai Beach

Taxi ride around Koh Samui The next beach around the coast from Chaweng.

Lamai beach bar & restaurant

Taxi ride around Koh Samui Lamai is like a mini version of Chaweng, nice beach and lots of bars and restaurants.

 Next stop Guan Yu Chinese shrine.

Koh Samui It quite a shock when you first see this fantastic huge statue, there are about 12 or more Chinese restaurants in the square. The Guan Yu shrine is the centre of the Chinese community on Samui island.

He looks rather fierce

Guan Yu Chinese shrine

He does not look like a happy camper at all. 🙂

 Elephants on Koh Samui

 photo Elephants Koh Samui 4.jpg What magnificent beasts they are.

Here is a little guy with Mum.

Taxi ride around Koh Samui I must admit I have mixed feelings about these beautiful animals being held captive, however that’s an argument for another day.

Here is a video of a dancing elephant

He certainly was a happy little jumbo.

Some banana for the little dancing jumbo

Taxi ride around Koh Samui They really enjoy bananas, this is my friend John Martin aka Pothole feeding the little guy.

The popular waterfall was just a trickle.

Taxi ride around Koh Samui

Many people visit this location but sadly there was not much water flowing.

Time for a cool drink

Taxi ride around Koh Samui A pleasant place to sit under the shade from the tall trees before continuing our journey.

Nathon pier

Taxi ride around Koh Samui Here is where you catch a ferry to the mainland, take your car if you wish.

Bophut beach

Taxi ride around Koh Samui  Bophut beach  was the last stop in our Taxi ride around Koh Samui road trip. Very close to a large new shopping mall called Fisherman’s village.

 Beach bar

 photo Bophut beach 2.jpg Bophut is is near the Big Buddha & less than 10 minutes from the airport. The Ibis is a nice hotel opposite the beach, for an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK. 

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More peaceful and quieter than Chaweng yet only 15 minutes away from the action.

 Bar Baguette

Taxi ride around Koh Samui This was really a good little cafe for lunch, the avocado & bacon baguette was perfect and the staff were really friendly.

Taxi ride around Koh Samui

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Our taxi ride around Koh Samui was a great way to explore the delights of this wonderful tropical island, we had a very nice lady driver, her name in Ying and her mobile is 09 1128 3867.

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Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

June 24, 2016 by David Herd

Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island is the busiest part of the island. However we were lucky in June 2016 the weather was beautiful and there were very few tourists so it was very peaceful indeed.

Baan Chaweng Hotel

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island I have stayed at this hotel 3 times before, the location is ideal, the rooms are good and the staff is friendly. I have noticed however the prices have certainly risen in the last 10 years. For an excellent rate just use THIS LINK to book.

Hotel pool

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

The hotel grounds are a little like a rain forest.

Massage on Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island In front of the hotel are four massage ladies, B300 for an hour.

Some nice scenery in front of our hotel.

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

A bright green bikini is always going to brighten up my day. 🙂

The Ark Bar

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island The Ark Bar is a huge hotel that’s very popular with the younger crowd, there is a big pool party every Wednesday and Friday. Older dinosaurs like myself are better off 100 meters further on at the quieter Baan Chaweng.

For an excellent room rate at the Ark Bar just book through THIS LINK.

Hillside homes being built

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island What great views they will have overlooking Chaweng beach.

So many hotel choices on Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui The hotel choices are endless, everything from ultra modern to traditional bungalows.

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White sand blue sky what more do you need?

Maybe you need a tattoo?

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

I have to admit I am not a fan of heavily tattooed females, but to each his own I guess.

She looks better here

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island Much better because I can’t see her tattoos. 🙂

Breakfast with a view.

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island What a way to start the day, cornflakes and an omelette.

Here is a short video of Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Peppina  on Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui An unusual building on Chaweng Peppina has a reputation for making great pizzas.

A typical Samui scene

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Chaweng beach is rather special to me, so many memories over the years. My first visit was 1998 followed by many over the following years including New Years Eve 1999.

Here is the beach massage price list

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Price list, what price list? I don’t see a price list. 🙂

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Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes

May 3, 2015 by David Herd

Chaweng beach Samui

Thailand New Years Eve Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes in the year 2000. I spent New Years Eve two years in a row, 1999 in Samui for the millennium & in Pattaya NYE 2000. The millennium was special for me due to a brief romance with the Italian princess pictured above. He name in Barbara Manelli and she was hot, hot, hot. 🙂

This it not part of my travel blog, just part of my personal photo & travel history from 2000.

Thailand New Years Eve

Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes Thailand New Years Eve This is how Chaweng beach looked early New Years Eve 1999, in fact my friends and I had dinner right there on the beach. The photo quality is terrible due to the early days of digital cameras.

New Years Eve 1999

Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes It was a terrific night on the beach even though my whirlwind romance with Barbara aka Gypsy was over by then.

Barbara Manelli aka Gypsy.

Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes

Oh my! She was one of the sexiest most gorgeous ladies I have ever had the pleasure to be with. The affair didn’t last much more than a week but the memories will stay with me forever.

Be patient we will move on shortly. 🙂

sexy girl    sexy babe    sexy Bangkok babe

Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes     Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes    Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes

Even now in 2015 I still occasionally think of her with affection.

The Relax Resort Chaweng Beach Samui

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I stayed at the Relax Bungalows a few times and found them very comfortable on a quiet section of the beach. Still very cheap if you book through Agoda, between $50 and $60 per night.

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Chaweng beach

Sadly that beach hut is no longer there.
 

Bangkok

Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes Dr Evil and his two favourite ladies, Jane & Gypsy. In fact Jane was with me in Koh Samui in August 1999 when I first met Barbara.

My special three pack.

Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes This is a special photo, only 6 or 7 times in my life have I been able to get 3 girlfriends in the one photo, priceless.

Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes

 

Nana plaza Bangkok    Nana plaza Bangkok    Nana plaza Bangkok

So many girls and such little time.

One girl and two boys.

Ladyboy Bangkok That’s Thailand for you, sometimes things can be very confusing.  Of course one of the boys is Pothole aka John Martin, and he doesn’t care which one he winds up with. 🙂  

 Girls from Soi 33 Santana Bar

Nana plaza Bangkok

Soi 33 was one of the best areas for bars and restaurants.

John Secrets loves Bangkok

Nana Plaza Bangkok

My friend John in a familiar pose.

Bangkok girl called Dow.

Nana plaza Bangkok

What a gorgeous face.

 Another Bangkok girl who’s name I forget

Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes

I do remember however that she was a very sweet lady.

Great shape in Bangkok

  Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes  

I am fairly sure she hits the gym. 🙂

Cold beers in Pattaya

  Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes Tony Murphy, Michael Dowd, John Secrets, Rush and David Herd.  

One final shot of Gypsy

Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes

Barbara will always be one of the most exciting ladies I have ever known’ Many thanks for visiting my Bangkok Koh Samui sexy babes photo blog.

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Samui Bangkok Pattaya 2004

April 26, 2015 by David Herd

Samui Bangkok Pattaya

Samui Bangkok Pattaya Samui Bangkok Pattaya, another three trips in 2004. It was a quieter year for travel after my amazing busy year of travel in 2003.

 This it not part of my travel blog, just part of my personal photo & travel history from 2003.

One of my favourite pastimes

David Herd Pattaya

I have to maintain my 110 kilo weight. 🙂

Another favourite pastime.

Samui Bangkok Pattaya Her name is Jan and she soon became my favourite Pattaya princess.

Another Cherry Bar princess

Cherry Bar Pattaya

A beautiful smile & a very sweet lady.

Aussies out of control

Samui Bangkok Pattaya Richard Blair aka Stingy out of control in a Soi 8 beer bar. He only recently discovered Pattaya and was carrying on like most newbies.


Samui Bangkok Pattaya

Ladyboy Pattaya Another two Aussies, John “Pothole” Martin and Ken Shelly have discovered their nirvana.

Pothole & friend

LadyBoy Thailand

Here is Pothole with what seems to be an attractive Thai lady that he had just negotiated a short time liaison in his hotel room. Of course she turned out to be a LadyBoy which made absolutely no difference to him, in fact he happily described the whole event in great detail to the rest of us sitting around the pool. My only comment is “too much information”.

Happy street vendor

David Herd Thailand Thai people have taken street food to an art form, however care should be taken when choosing what to eat.

Gorgeous Thai girl at Sabai Lodge

  Samui Bangkok Pattaya  

As they say in the classics, if you have got it, flaunt it. 🙂

Sabai Lodge Soi 2 was our favoured hotel

  Samui Bangkok Pattaya Pothole from Sydney and hypo-active Dan from Airlie Beach

     

Cold beers in Soi 8

Soi 8 Pattaya Ken and “Stingy” just before we flew to Koh Samui to continue their indoctrination.

Beach Rd bar with Greg Clee.

Heaven Above Pattaya

Greg & I live in Markland on Beach Rd, he is on 17th floor & I’m on 20th.

Koh Samui

 photo IMG_0555.jpg The flight to Samui was very tiring for Stingy, on another note Thailand is the only country in the world he is considered a “handsome man. 🙂

  “Stingy” Blair and Ken.

Samui Bangkok Pattaya It was around this time I gave Richard the nickname Stingy. It came about when he and Ken were on the beach and a Thai lady was reading his palm. She looked at him and said “you are a very wealthy man, but Stingy”. Of course she was spot on, so many times Richard would be drinking with Ken and showing off by buying lots of drinks for the girls behind the bar knowing that Ken would have to pay half the bill, but the girls would think he was the hero. As soon as I heard what the girl on the beach had said I gave him the label “Stingy” which has stuck with him until today in 2015. I also taught Ken to always have separate “bins”, meaning Bills, when drinking with Richard so he couldn’t pull his usual bill splitting stunt.

 

 

Koh Samui sunset

  Chaweng Beach Samui Taken at Chaweng beach from my preferred beachside hotel, the Baan Chaweng hotel.  

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

David Herd Samui There are a number of reasons I prefer Samui to Phuket, first they restrict building to not exceed the height of the palm trees. Secondly there are not as many noisy Australian tourists which suits me fine. Like most places however progress has not been kind, to me Samui was more enjoyably in the late 90s and early 2000s. Many of the older charming buildings in Chaweng have been replaced by gold shops etc, such is life.

Ken Shelly and a BBQ prawn

Samui Bangkok Pattaya

I used to see a lot of Ken in these early days, however in the last couple of years when he comes to Thailand he does his best to avoid me, (he is not alone) c’est la vie. 🙂 

Big Dog at Nana Plaza Bangkok

Samui Bangkok Pattaya Nana Plaza Bangkok sex sin sleaze it’s all there. I have been a frequent visitor for 20 years & have seen the LadyBoy population rise from 10% to around 40% today. This does not suit me at all, give me the sexy young girls any day. :)  

Phung aka Cleopatra

Nana Plaza Bangkok My favourite Bangkok girl, we met in 2001 at Nana Plaza and got together every time I was in town until about 2009 when she left the business. It’s now 2015 and I hear she is living with a guy in Europe.

Cleo with the huge smile

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Without a doubt one of the most terrific Thai ladies I have ever met.

John Secrets and Rod Perrin, RIP.

Samui Bangkok Pattaya Rod was an ex Sydney cop who retired and moved to Forster on the NSW coast. These days he spends most of his time in Thailand. John was originally from Adelaide and after 3 or 4 failed marriages moved to the Gold Coast. He spent around 10 years there before moving to Thailand around 2002.

Gorgeous Eve likes her pepper hot.

Samui Bangkok Pattaya The biggest pepper grinder I have ever seen. Eve has a German sponsor from Airlie Beach, a very odd type of man who regularly travels to Thailand. I am on his black list, then again I am on quite a few blacklists. 🙂

You too can have a body like this if you abuse it.

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One night Bangkok, never enough

April 1, 2015 by David Herd

The boys in Bangkok

One night BangkokOne night Bangkok makes a hard man humble, Not much between despair and ecstasy,One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble, Can’t be too careful with your company, I can feel the devil walking next to me.

We have all heard the song and some of us have been lucky enough to live the dream. 🙂

The photo above is at Nana Plaza with Greg Clee, John Secrets and Sean Fenton, all Aussies who love Thailand.

This it not part of my travel blog, just part of my personal history from 2007.

“One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but their pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you’re lucky, then the god’s a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me”

One night Bangkok

One night Bangkok

Say no more…….

Khaosan Road

One night Bangkok“Khaosan” translates as “milled rice”, a reminder that in former times the street was a major Bangkok rice market. In the last 20 years, however, Khaosan Road has developed into a world famous “backpacker ghetto”. It offers cheap accommodation, ranging from “mattress in a box” style hotels to reasonably priced 3-star hotels. In an essay on the backpacker culture of Khaosan Road,

Khaosan Road cafe

One night Bangkok

There are several pubs and bars where backpackers meet to discuss their travels. The area is internationally known as a centre of dancing, partying, and just prior to the traditional Thai New Year (Songkran festival) of 13-15 April, water splashing that usually turns into a huge water fight. One Thai writer has described Khaosan as “…a short road that has the longest dream in the world”.

 What a beautiful face.

One night BangkokA pedicure in Bangkok is an absolute please when done by such a beautiful girl.


 

Long tail boat

One night BangkokThe craft is designed to carry passengers on a river & may include a lightweight long canoe hull, up to 30 meters long, and a canopy. There is a great variation among these boats, some have evolved from traditional craft types, while others have a more improvised look, the sole defining characteristic is a second-hand car or truck engine.

Ok, lets go yo Pattaya

  One night BangkokAnother beautiful face is Dah who was working at the Honey Pot in Soi 2 when I met her last year.  

Dah in 2006, 15 kilo lighter

  One night Bangkok   Same pretty face however she was 15 kilo lighter when I met her last year.  

 Sabai Resort

One night in BangkokThis is where I stayed for 7 years each time I would visit Pattaya until I moved to Thailand from Australia in October 2011. A great location with a reasonable price, I preferred room number 311.

Sabai Resort

  One night BangkokCate from the Gold Coast with John Secrets at the Sabai Resort.  

Cate showing off her assets

Sabai resort Pattaya

Atlantic Bar 2nd Rd Pattaya

  One night BangkokIan Finlay (RIP March 2009) Ooy, Cate and John Secrets enjoying a good night at the Atlantic bar.  

Sean gets engaged.

One night in BangkokSean Fenton and Ann get engaged, it is now 2015 and they are living happily in Townsville with a number of children. On the left is Brad Robbins also from Townsville and on The right Greg Clee who is my neighbour in Pattaya.

Sean’s bucks party

One night Bangkok Hamish Elton, Greg Clee and Sean winding up for a huge night.  

Attitude

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Tiny girl at the Honey Pot

  One night BangkokRod is a fairly big guy, in fact he used to be a Sydney cop, he towers over the little waitress.  

Honey Pot Soi 2

One night BangkokIt was my favourite bar for 2 or 3 years, sadly the original Honey Pot is now closed. Typical Pattaya, nothing stays the same for too long.

Honey Pot

One night BangkokOne of my favourite Honey Pot girls, I love the sexy glasses, and if you look through the slideshow you will notice one night she was wearing red & white socks, the Sydney Swans colours. 🙂

I’m in heaven One Night Bangkok Savannah in Soi 3

Pretty face at Atlantic Bar

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Not just a pretty face

  One night Bangkok  

U Too bar   One Night Bangkok  

Gold Coast girls

  One night Bangkok

Cate and Tammy.

Koh Samui

One night Bangkok Cate, Tammy and I decided to spend a few days in Koh Samui.

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Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

September 13, 2013 by David Herd

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui, my first visit was in 1998 and I thought I had found Paradise. Over the next 6 years I returned about 10 times and watched the many changes take place. I must admit I preferred the old Koh Samui before the turn of the century, but as they say in the classics, you can’t stop progress. My last visit was 5 years ago so my information may be a little dated. Yesterday I returned from a few days in Koh Chang which in many ways reminds me of Koh Samui in the 90’s.

This is Chaweng in 1999

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

There are many beaches on the island of beautiful Koh Samui, my post focuses on Chaweng beach as this is where most of the action is. Walk out the front of your bungalow on to the sand, walk out the back of your hotel to the shops, restaurants & bars.

The Ark Bar on Chaweng beach

Ark bar Chaweng beach Koh Samui

You won’t get much peace staying here, they party all night.

Beach dining at beautiful Koh Samui.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

For me the greatest buzz on Koh Samui was dining on the beach at night and watching the moon rise over the water. I have forgotten how many times I enjoyed this wonderful experience, including New Years Eve 1999.  For years prior to the millennium I always planned to be somewhere very special for this special event, and Koh Samui was my choice.


New Years Eve 1999

Beautiful Thai Island Koh Samui

Well I made it to the new century and still have a long way to go.

Seafood on the beach.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Bar-B-Q seafood on the beach in the moonlight, does life get any better than this?

Two Aussie friends Tammy & Kate.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui  Did I just ask if life could get any better than this? Well I think you can guess what my answer is. 😆

Lanterns on Chaweng beach.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui At night on the beach hundreds of lanterns are lit then they lift off into the night sky, it is quite a magical sight. Here are my two Aussie friends Tammy & Kate joining in the fun.

Now they are relaxing in the sun.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Aussie babes love the sun.

Breakfast by the beach

 

Beautiful Thai Island Koh SamuiBreakfast by the beach with Ken Shelly & Richard Blair.

 

Chaweng Beach in beautiful Koh Samui

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

 One of the best places in Thailand to chill out.

A favourite photo of mine.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Sunset on Beautiful Koh Samui. 

Here are some magic sunsets from my condo in Pattaya.

Island resort Chaweng.

Island resort Chaweng beach This is the pool at the Island Resort on Chaweng beach. It’s at the quieter northern end of Chaweng beach. However I prefer to stay at the Baan Chaweng resort about midway along the beach.

Island Resort

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Another favourite photo.

Sunrise at Koh Samui

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui My friend Tammy took this great sunrise, I am never awake at that time of the day.  😳

Island Resort Chaweng Beach.

Beautiful Thai Island Koh Samui

The bungalows are private and peaceful.

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The reasonably priced bungalows here offer quite nice 2 star accommodation, with more upmarket rooms around the pool. However my preference is the Baan Chaweng resort which is in the centre of Chaweng beach.

 

Beautiful Koh Samui

Koh Samui Elephants.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

That’s my friend Paul McNeil from San Diego.

August 1999 with Jane

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Here I am with gorgeous Jane who I brought from from Nana Plaza.

At the waterfall

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Jane from Bangkok and Evelyn from the Philippines cooling off at the waterfall.

 Gorgeous dancer.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

 Tell the truth, did you realise the blond is one of the famous Thai Lady-Boys? Or did you think it was a girl? Many of the most attractive girls in Thailand turn out to be boys. :oops:E

Wonderful Koh Tao.

Koh Tao beach

In the 1980’s overseas travellers began to visit Ko Tao and quickly became a popular destination. As a consequence, bigger, faster and safer boats were used to allow easier access to Ko Tao. In the 1990’s the island became known as a diving site.

Historically, Ko Tao was once a detention place for political prisoners similar to Ko Tarutao of Satun Province, but today it is a great place for divers or anybody who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of Ko Samui and want more than the Full Moon Party on Ko Pha Ngan. The island is geared towards diving tourists more than backpackers on a budget. Ko Tao is a great place to learn how to dive. There are hardly any currents and a wide selection of dive sites and dive shops, schools and resorts. Activity options are growing outside of diving and the food and nightlife options are some of the best in the Gulf of Thailand.

Ko Tao is a small island of approximately 21² km and receives over a 100,000 visitors per year. To minimise your impact on the eco-system, notice that there are no garbage disposal facilities, so everything that can’t be burned has to be taken away. Book your hotel before you go.

Memories of my island romance.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

For a very brief moment in time this beautiful Italian princess was my island romance. Her name was Barbara Manelli and she came from Florence, however I preferred to call her Gypsy. Our brief affair took place on Koh Samui in December 1999 and sadly ended there at the end of our holiday, c’est la vie. 😥


Zirco’s Brazilian restaurant.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from at Chaweng, if you like Brazilian food put Zirco’s on your list.

Bananas or bazookas?

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Here I was minding my business on the beach, taking a photo of a guy peeling a banana, and as luck would have it a gorgeous girl in half a bikini wandered into my background. It is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.  😆

Here is Kok Samui in June 2016.

David Herd relaxing in Paradise.

Beautiful Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Sing it for me Glenn.

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