Brighton Beach famous English resort, what a pleasant surprise. If you can overlook the pebbles on the beach instead of sand there are so many great pubs and restaurants to choose from. The photo above was taken from my hotel, the New Madeira, only 40 Quid per night.
The New Madeira hotelis in a great location across the road from the Brighton Pier, only 40 Quid per night for a single room, the walls are a little thin so the rooms can be a little noisy, but the price is right as is the location. If you want something more upmarket choose the Holiday Inn.
If the English winter is too cold for you jump on a plane to Thailand
I first visited this iconic bar on New Years Day 1982, 35 years ago. The reason I am so sure of the date is it was the day after my unforgettable NYE on Sydney harbour with my overloaded boat being showered by sky rockets.
O’Malleys on Cavil Avenue
After Melbas we wandered down to O’Malleys to have a couple more drinks and watch the rugby league.
The view from O’Malleys
Overlooking the famous Surfers Paradise Beach.
Cavill Avenue, what a great poster & a Great week Surfers Paradise Australia
That photo is always going to grab my attention. 🙂
The Avenue in a new location
The Avenue moved across the road to make way for a new property development.
Orchard Avenue Surfers Paradise
Certainly on of the most famous streets in Surfers Paradise.
Costa D’oro restaurant
I can remember eating at this restaurant over 35 years ago.
Corner of Orchard & the Gold Coast Highway
You can clearly see the light rail tracks that stretch from Helensvale to Broadbeach.
Certainly one of the highlights of my trip.
Caught up with Karen Greenwood an old girlfriend from 1991, 26 years ago. As you can see see still looks fantastic. 🙂 So many terrific memories came flooding back, it certainly made it a Great week Surfers Paradise Australia. We are at Franks seafood cafe on Chevron Island.
Here we are 26 years ago.
I could’t resist posting this photo from 1991.
Green Days restaurant on the corner of Bundall Rd & Ashmore Rd offer my favourite breakfast.
Green Days restaurant
It is difficult not to feel totally relaxed here.
Open for lunch every day & dinner Friday & Saturday.
Two of my best friends
Ross Kennedy & Bryan Dart are two very old friends, we met for a few drinks at the Benowa Tavern.
Talking about old friends
Here are two of my oldest friends, both in years I have known them & years they have been on this planet. Tony Murphy aka Murph the surf & David Robertson aka Chocolates.
Back to Rossco and his new home.
Paradise waters is now home for the Kennedy’s.
A wonderful location with beautiful water views.
Last but not least the Legendary Lloyd Ross.
Caught up briefly with Lloyd & hope to see him in Thailand soon.
Thanks for visiting my Great week Surfers Paradise Australia photo blog.
Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant is a wonderful dining experience particularly on Sunday. It is in direct competition with the fabulous Mantra at the Amari hotel. Further on in this review I will endeavour to make comparisons between the two.
Fresh seafood is of course the star of the show, however there are many more special offerings guaranteed to delight you.
An impressive choice of Oysters
There are 4 or 5 variety to choose, mainly from France.
My first course
Oysters, crab, prawns, caviar & fresh white bread, I always find it difficult to get past the seafood counter. 🙂
Did I mention caviar?
Certainly one of my favourite delicacies, salmon Roe.
Lots of sushi & sashimi
As I said before, it’s hard to get past the fresh seafood. 🙂
Too much sushi is never enough. 🙂
I travel to Japan every year and the Hilton sushi is certainly high quality.
Catering for smokers & those who want to get closer to the view.
Funnily enough the six baskets contain 6 different variety of Chinese buns, a little bit of overkill I feel. I would much prefer to see some Shumei & prawn dumplings similar to what’s on the menu at the Mantra.
BBQ seafood station
You really need a big appetite to cope with this fabulous buffet.
This is one of my favourite photos from Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant.
No matter what you fancy it is all here. 🙂
The bread here is excellent.
An excellent cheese selection
Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant I was at Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant on Sunday February 19, & sadly I overindulged & could not fit in any cheese. 🙂
An amazing choice of deserts to finish.
Put this great buffet on your list, & many thanks for visiting my Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant photo blog.
I have given a lot of thought to which is the best buffet, the Hilton (with the salmon caviar) or the Mantra (with the Alaskan crab), & the verdict is Mantra by a short 1/2 crab claw. 🙂
However I have noticed they now serve the clawless variety of Alaskan crab, please Mantra bring back the claws. 🙂
Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya has been my favourite restaurant since it opened about 10 years ago. Sunday brunch is amazing allowing you to sample food from seven different kitchens. My number one dish is Alaskan crab and oysters from France.
Sashimi and Sushi
As I said there are seven kitchens to choose from, however I rarely get past the seafood, sashimi and dim sum. 🙂
Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya October 2012
I’m even stuck on the seafood in this photo blog. 🙂
Dim Sum station
Dim Sum has always been one of my favourite cuisines, the Peking Duck rolls at the mantra are to die for.
Bring on the duck
Not everyone is happy with the duck
Dim Sum washed down with cold sake.
The Mantra is part of the fabulous Amari hotel and the food, service and décor is world class.
This gorgeous lady is the public relations manager at the Mantra, she always makes sure we all have a wonderful dining experience. We always seem to spend Xmas and birthdays at this great restaurant.
From the Chinese kitchen
Beef fillet steak with Cantonese onion sauce just melts in your mouth.
Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya Xmas day 2013
All the usual suspects celebrate Xmas at the Mantra.
Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya Xmas Day 2014
Here we are again celebrating Xmas. I’m with Brendan Daley who is GM at the Mantra, and a Sydney boy as well. Brendan has left the Amari & I have not met the new manager.
Looking towards the sushi & seafood
The décor is simply stunning, is it any wonder so many of my friends think this is the number one restaurant in Pattaya?
The food at the Mantra is presented beautiful, we often take over three hours to enjoy the Sunday brunch.
Wood fired Pizza
They even have a pizza oven. The à la carte servings are smaller at Sunday lunch, the idea is to encourage customers to sample many dishes on the menu. As you can see casual dress is acceptable on Sundays compared to dinner 7 nights per week when you are expected to dress a little more formally.
Mantra Restaurant Pattaya July 7 2015
Another birthday, another Mantra celebration.
A cake and a hat, both birthday gifts from the Mantra.
Like most Thai ladies she has a nickname we can pronounce, Beer.
We have had some big groups at Sunday brunch over the years.
pièce de résistance
It has to be the wonderful seafood which I usually wash down with cold sake. The brunch (B.1,690) opens at 11 a.m. and operates until 3 p.m every Sunday, so take your time, wander through the stations, enjoy a glass of wine (the free flow wine buffet is B.1,490)
Of course those prices were in 2013, now in 2017 brunch is B1,990 & free flow wine is B1750.
Birthday for Hamish
July 21st 2014 and we celebrate Hamish turning 46.
Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.
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
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.
You won’t get much peace staying here, they party all night.
Beach dining at beautiful 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
Well I made it to the new century and still have a long way to go.
Seafood on the beach.
Bar-B-Q seafood on the beach in the moonlight, does life get any better than this?
Two Aussie friends Tammy & Kate.
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.
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.
Aussie babes love the sun.
Breakfast by the beach
Breakfast by the beach with Ken Shelly & Richard Blair.
Here I am with gorgeous Jane who I brought from from Nana Plaza.
At the waterfall
Jane from Bangkok and Evelyn from the Philippines cooling off at the waterfall.
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.
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.
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.
There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from at Chaweng, if you like Brazilian food put Zirco’s on your list.
Bananas or bazookas?
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. 😆