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.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

August 22, 2017 by David Herd

Spectacular Gold Coast View

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater all add up to a breathtaking view of Surfers Paradise which is located 800 kilometers north of Sydney & 80 kilometers south of Brisbane.

We are looking east to Marina Mirage on the right & the Vercace Hotel o the left.

Broadwater entrance

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Beside those rocks is the entrance channel to the Broadwater, or the exit depending on which way you are going. 🙂

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Here is a closer look at the rock wall on the southern side of the seaway entrance.

Hundreds of boats use the seaway every day.

 Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Everything from jet skis to huge luxury cruisers, all hoping to enjoy Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater & maybe a bag full of fish.

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Some get into trouble when the sea is rough.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater The rescue boat is always there to lend a hand.

My friend’s catamaran. 

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 A nice way to escape the rat race of Surfers Paradise. 🙂

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 A great day out on the Broadwater.

Some guys prefer to fish.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Boats, who needs boats? We are here to catch a big one.

And I’m here for a sun tan.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 So no matter what you are interested in you will find it n the Broadwater.

Did I mention the seafood?

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater You have two great choices, pull into Charis seafood at Labrador & pick up your lunch. Those of you with a sharp eye will notice the mud crabs are $36.90 a kilo, well tat was 2010, sadly in 2017 they have doubled in price.

Direct from the trawler.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater This is my preference, they are located just north of Marina Mirage, just call Curly on 0417 668 591, he’s one of the boat owners, he will let you know what they have in stock.

Best prawns in the world.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater These medium size king prawns are around $25 aud a kilo.

Decisions, decisions.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater Take the at out or……..

Order lunch at one of the many restaurants?

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

 So many decisions & such little time. 🙂

Back to  Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater What a fabulous part of the world.

Houston, we have lift off.

The kite surfer is having a ball.

An amazing view.

Blue Sky Boats Gold Coast Broadwater From my friends apartment, it does not get better than this. By the way it’s for sale3 for a lazy $1.5 million AUD.

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Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

July 2, 2017 by David Herd

Famous Restaurant district

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore is one of the cities best districts for food. Very popular after work meeting place for office workers, in fact this quaint little waterfront area is dwarfed by high rise office buildings.

Original buildings preserved

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

Boat Quay is the name of the road along the quay, which has been converted into a pedestrian mall. As early as 1822, Sir Stamford Raffles had already designated the area south of the river to be developed as a Chinese settlement. Boat Quay was completed in 1842 and the Chinese, mostly traders and laborers, settled there in large numbers. Conditions were squalid but Boat Quay flourished, rapidly exceeding in volume the trade on the north bank where the Europeans had their offices, houses and government buildings. WIKIPEDIA.

Established in the 19th century

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 Boat Quay is one of the early roads established in the 19th century when the Singapore River was the main port area of the colonial city. 

Expats meeting after golf.

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

A very popular meeting place for expats, here is a group of friends dining at an Italian restaurant at Boat Quay.

Chili crab is my favorite

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

These monster mud crabs are imported from Sri Lanka are are delicious.  Rather expensive of course like most things in Singapore, however you can haggle over the price at Boat Quay.

Alive & kicking

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

You certainly can’t get any fresher than this. 🙂

Victorian London Pub

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 

Victorian London Pub is one of the very popular pubs in Boat Quay where you can meet friends for pre dinner drinks.

A very colorful character

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 

This guys certainly brightens up the place. 🙂

Great view across the river

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

As the sun sets the city lights up.

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore location

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 

Certainly should go on your bucket list if you are visiting this great city.

Fullarton Hotel

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

One of Singapore’s many five star hotels opposite B oat Quay.

Farewell from Boat Quay.

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

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Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

June 14, 2017 by David Herd

Lunch by the Bay

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant is on the waterfront in Naklua. At low tide the view is not very attractive & the restaurant itself resembles a large barn. Put all that aside & just enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood & quick efficient service.

A big tin shed

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant The customers who regularly eat here would be 95% Thai, mainly because tourists would never walk past or hear about it.

Location

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Either catch a Baht bus from the Dolphin roundabout or just hire a taxi. Believe me it’s worth the effort. 

What about the food you ask?

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant Fresh, reasonably priced & lots to choose from.

Clams with lots of garlic

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant Delicious, in Australia we call them pippies.

Prawns cooked to perfection

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant Fresh & cooked to perfection.

Why are they are so fresh?

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant Shortly before they arrive at your table they are happily swimming around without a care in the world. 🙂

Salted fish, a Thai specialty.

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant Thai’s have mastered salted fish, one of their many terrific dishes.

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant Being an amateur camera enthusiast I’m more than happy with the low tide mudflats of Naklua, it provides so many more photo opportunities.

Can you imagine the “for sale” sign?

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant Needs a little work. 🙂

 Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant That’s my late great friend Larry Krausz who sadly passed away in January 2017 after suffering a major stroke. We were friends for nearly 30 years & I think of him often.

Pineapples & Melons

 photo eed2a397-b519-499a-aae5-4848c9a70082.jpg So it doesn’t just sell seafood. 🙂

Fresh crabs

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant

Always a battle to eat but well worth the fight. 🙂

 Not attractive at low tide

Mum Aroi Pattaya Seafood Restaurant However the food is so good you won’t even notice the mud flats.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall, 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.

For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

Just use THIS LINK for a terrific rate at the Wave Hotel.

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Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival

May 7, 2017 by David Herd

Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival

Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival is one of the annual promotions promoting food & tourism in this fun city by the sea.

Ship Ahoy!

Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival

The organisers go to quite a lot of effort setting up this event.

Setting up the stalls

Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival Full speed ahead to get everything ready by May 5th.

From Soi 1 to Pattaya Klang

 photo d2406752-f66c-4b86-91d9-4c72f0491372.jpgI’m guessing there would be around 80 food stalls.

Setting up the main pavilion

Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival I think this is where I will eat tonight.

OK, time to eat.

Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival I made one mistake, I didn’t bring any wine & they were not serving alcohol. 🙂

Dinner on the beach

 photo f0fdbbd2-8c35-4823-b6fd-89e5e99f8a7d.jpg Very relaxing overlooking Pattaya beach.

Excellent prawns

Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival I ordered two dishes, the prawns were excellent but sadly my 2nd dish never arrived. 🙂

Busy chefs at work.

 photo a18ad992-183c-46a1-97ab-554715cd9df8.jpg Three chefs on the job here.

Here is my new little friend.

Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival

I’m guessing she was about 2 years of age, she wanted to share her new toy with me. 

Sushi 

Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival I think this young guy likes his food. 🙂

Beautiful night on the beach

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A beautiful night at Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival.

Beach Road footpath

Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival As they say in the classics “too much seafood is never enough.” 🙂 

Romantic night on Pattaya beach.

Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival Away from the maddening crowd, what a perfect setting for a romantic evening. 🙂

Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival

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Lots of photo opportunities here tonight.  Thanks for visiting my Pattaya Beach Road Seafood Festival photo blog.

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Soi 7 Pattaya Pubs Bars Babes

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Brighton Beach famous English resort

May 6, 2017 by David Herd

The Eye Brighton beach

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

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.

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Brighton Beach famous English resort

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Brighton is a great city with lots of things to do and see.

The opposite view

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Two major attractions, the Eye & the Pier. 

La Chateaux Du Vin

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Above is AgnesPaulo and Nikki at my favourite restaurant, La Chateaux Du Vin, open for lunch as well as dinner, if you go there please pass on my regards.  😀

Delicious smoked salmon

Brighton Beach famous English resort 

Above is Smoked salon on Matzo which  is an unleavened bread traditionally eaten by Jews during the week-long Passover holiday.

Delicious seafood pasta at La Chateaux

Brighton Beach famous English resort

The restaurant quickly became my favourite place to eat in Brighton.

Brighton Beach famous English resort          Brighton Beach famous English resort

More delicious meals at La Chateaux.

David Herd on the Brighton Eye.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

You get a great view of the city and Brighton beach, the ride is well worth the few Quid.

Girls night out in Brighton.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

These Brighton babes are ready for a big night out.

Great view from the eye.

 Brighton Beach famous English resort

Only an hour by train to London, if you like lots of pubs & restaurants then put it on your list.  

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 Brighton Beach famous English resort

An awesome from the eye.

Brighton Beach restaurant

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Lots of places to dine along the foreshore.

No bikinis here

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Laying fully clothed on pebbles is not my idea of a day at the beach.

The Fishbowl

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Another quaint little English pub where to can eat fish & chips with a cold beer.

Cafe Rouge

Brighton Beach famous English resort

This chain of restaurants have lots of branches in London as well, good low cost French food.

The Victory Inn

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

So Brighton Beach has many great little pubs in this wonderful seaside city. 

The Royal Pavilion

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

The Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence. It was built in three stages, beginning in 1787, as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, who became the Prince Regent in 1811.

 Great Ham & salad sandwich at the Bath Arms hotel.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

The leg ham was perfect.

I had some great food in this terrific town.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

A great seafood lunch beside the beach.

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On Brighton Pier.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Brighton Beach is a lot fun with lots of great pubs & restaurants.

Holiday Inn Brighton

Brighton Beach famous English resort

 

Great location overlooking the beach, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

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The New Madeira hotel is 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.

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Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

March 18, 2017 by David Herd

Catching up with old friends

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Great week Surfers Paradise Australia catching up with lots of old friends, here I am at Melbas with Michael Wood & Greg (Noodles) Craig.  This was my first stop before driving south to Sydney via Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster, and Gosford.

Melbas on the Park

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

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

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia After Melbas we wandered down to O’Malleys to have a couple more drinks and watch the rugby league.

The view from O’Malleys

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Overlooking the famous Surfers Paradise Beach.

Cavill Avenue, what a great poster & a Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia That photo is always going to grab my attention. 🙂

The Avenue in a new location

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia The Avenue moved across the road to make way for a new property development. 

Orchard Avenue Surfers Paradise

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Certainly on of the most famous streets in Surfers Paradise.

Costa D’oro restaurant

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia I can remember eating at this restaurant over 35 years ago.

Corner of Orchard & the Gold Coast Highway

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia You can clearly see the light rail tracks that stretch from Helensvale to Broadbeach.

 Certainly one of the highlights of my trip.

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia 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.

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

I could’t resist posting this photo from 1991.

Fabulous breakfast

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

Green Days restaurant on the corner of Bundall Rd & Ashmore Rd offer my favourite breakfast.

Green Days restaurant

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia It is difficult not to feel totally relaxed here.

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Open for lunch every day & dinner Friday & Saturday.

 Two of my best friends

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Ross Kennedy & Bryan Dart are two very old friends, we met for a few drinks at the Benowa Tavern.

Talking about old friends

 photo IMG_7141.jpg 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.

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Paradise waters is now home for the Kennedy’s.

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A wonderful location with beautiful water views.

Last but not least the Legendary Lloyd Ross.

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia Caught up briefly with Lloyd & hope to see him in Thailand soon.

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Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

February 19, 2017 by David Herd

Sunday lunch at The Edge

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

 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

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

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

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

There are 4 or 5 variety to choose, mainly from France.

 My first course

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

 Oysters, crab, prawns, caviar & fresh white bread, I always find it difficult to get past the seafood counter. 🙂

Did I mention caviar?

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Certainly one of my favourite delicacies, salmon Roe.

 Lots of sushi & sashimi

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

As I said before, it’s hard to get past the fresh seafood. 🙂

Sushi

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Too much sushi is never enough. 🙂

I travel to Japan every year and the Hilton sushi is certainly high quality.

Outside seating

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Catering for smokers & those who want to get closer to the view.

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

A beautifully designed kitchen & restaurant.

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BBQ duck & ribs.

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

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

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

You really need a big appetite to cope with this fabulous buffet.

 Hardworking chefs

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

This is one of my favourite photos from Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant.

 Pizza

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

No matter what you fancy it is all here. 🙂

The Bakery

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

The bread here is excellent.

An excellent cheese selection

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

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.

Pattaya Hilton Buffet Edge Restaurant

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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. 🙂 

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Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

November 23, 2015 by David Herd

Mantra Sunday lunch

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

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

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

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

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

I’m even stuck on the seafood in this photo blog. 🙂

 Dim Sum station

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

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

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

Delicious.

Not everyone is happy with the duck

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

Leave us ducks alone. 

Dim Sum washed down with cold sake.

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

The Mantra is part of the fabulous Amari hotel and the food, service and décor is world class.

Benjamina Sitthi

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

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

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

 Beef fillet steak with Cantonese onion sauce just melts in your mouth.

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya Xmas day 2013

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

All the usual suspects celebrate Xmas at the Mantra.

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya Xmas Day 2014

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

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

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

The décor is simply stunning, is it any wonder so many of my friends think this is the number one restaurant in Pattaya?

Beautiful presentation

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

The food at the Mantra is presented beautiful, we often take over three hours to enjoy the Sunday brunch.   

Wood fired Pizza

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

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

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

Another birthday, another Mantra celebration.

Le cake

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

A cake and a hat, both birthday gifts from the Mantra.

Lets not forget the beautiful welcoming smile from Anusara songkarin

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

Like most Thai ladies she has a nickname we can pronounce, Beer.

January 2011

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

We have had some big groups at Sunday brunch over the years.

Birthday 2011

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel PattayaThere is no better place to celebrate with friends.

pièce de résistance

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

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

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

July 21st 2014 and we celebrate Hamish turning 46.

A lovely lady

Mantra Restaurant Amari Hotel Pattaya

This is Katoon, these days I only see her on Facebook travelling the world. 🙂 

Farewell from David & Benjamina

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Amsterdam sex drugs & bicycles

April 11, 2014 by David Herd

A good place to start

Amsterdam sex drugs & bicycles

Amsterdam sex drugs

 Amsterdam sex drugs & bicycles are what comes to mind when I think of this great city. The red light district attracts tourists like moths to a flame. Marijuana is freely available if that’s your thing, & every time you walk down the street you are in danger of being run down by Cyclists who believe the roads & footpaths were built exclusively for them to use.

In Amsterdam, this is the only windmill I saw, I know there are many more in the country however my 6 days were spent exploring the city.

Central Station

Amsterdam sex drugs

My journey started & ended here at the very busy Central station. I arrived by train from the airport and my wonderful B & B was only a five minute walk, then 6 days later I caught the fast train to Brussels.

Did I mention bicycles by any chance?

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 Authorities say there are well over 600.000 bikes in Amsterdam. The population is  747,290 in Amsterdam proper, and 2,158,592 in the metropolitan area.

Opposite Central station

Amsterdam sex drugs

Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, has more than one hundred kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges.

Lots of good restaurants

Amsterdam sex drugs

There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from in Amsterdam, just wander around until one catches your eye.

Fresh seafood in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam sex drugs

THE FRESH SEAFOOD LOOKED FANTASTIC.

 Late night cafe

Amsterdam sex drugs

This is one of my favourite Amsterdam photos, I was wandering around the back alleys looking for somewhere to dine.

Ava Thomas, Italian restaurant

Amsterdam sex drugs

This Italian restaurant was the one I chose, nice food at a reasonable price.

The Grasshopper

Amsterdam sex drugs

The Grasshopper — one of the world’s best-known Cannabis cafés — is no longer selling cannabis, hash, or related products. The coffee shop located in landmark building across from Central Station, is one of the first of more than two dozen such shops in and around the Red Light District that are to be closed down over the next few years.  Amsterdam want to create a “grand entrance” — Amsterdam’s ‘visiting card’ —  to include high quality hotels, shops and restaurants — and coffee shops simply don’t fit into that picture. To make this ‘grand entrance’ a reality, in December 2007 Amsterdam introduced Coalition Project 1012. Named after the postal code for downtown Amsterdam, the project is designed to clean up the entire medieval center of the city. That includes the Red Light District, where the city has been working to take back control over the area from what one alderman referred to as ‘riff-raff.’ The project’s goals are to ban window prostitution from all but two locations, close down businesses set up with (or ‘susceptible to the involvement of’) white-washed money, reduce the number of coffee shops in the area, combat organized crime, and to promote the ‘Red Carpet’ vision. At the introduction of Project 1012, then-alderman Lodewijk Asscher said that Amsterdam wants to recapture the historic city center in order to “give it back to the Amsterdammers.” Clearly, it’s not just the locals the City council was thinking about, but also well-heeled tourists more interested in fine dining and upscale shopping than in using soft drugs. Sadly if this eventuates Amsterdam will never be the same. NB: Coffeeshop (yes, one word) is a Dutch euphemism for establishments where soft drugs are legally sold and used.  Enjoy this while you can.

Amsterdam sex drugs & bicycles

Amsterdam sex drugs

De Wallen  is the largest and best known red-light district in Amsterdam and consists of a network of alleys containing approximately three hundred one-room cabins rented by prostitutes who offer their sexual services from behind a window or glass door, typically illuminated with red lights. These “kamers” are the most visible and typical kind of red light district sex work in Amsterdam and are a large tourist attraction. Amsterdam sex drugs, you can count on it.

De Wallen Amsterdam

Amsterdam sex drugs

I imagine this whole district will just move to another location, Amsterdam can’t afford to lose the millions of tourists that come to see the RLD with Amsterdam sex drugs & rock & roll. 🙂

Amsterdam sex drugs & rock & roll

Amsterdam sex drugs

It really is a wonderful city.

Window shopping at its best

Amsterdam sex drugs

May I remind you when I think of Amsterdam I think of sex drugs & bicycles.  😆

Amsterdam sex drugs & bicycles

Amsterdam sex drugs

As with other countries, estimates regarding the total number of prostitutes vary. Most sources place this number between 15,000 and 30,000. An article published in 1997 in the International Encyclopedia of Sexuality claimed that the total number of prostitutes in the Netherlands was about 15,000 to 20,000. CATW has stated that there were 30,000 prostitutes in the Netherlands, citing “Sex tax Ticks off Dutch,” Associated Press, 14 October 1997.  According to Radio Netherlands, in 1999, there were estimated to be 25,000 prostitutes in the Netherlands, with 12,500 working at any one time at a total of 6,000 locations. A later study by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000 estimated that there were a total of between 20,000 and 25,000 prostitutes in the Netherlands

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 Watching the boats

Amsterdam sex drugs

This bridge was 30 meters from my B & B and 20 meters from my favorite restaurant, De Belhamel.

De Belhamel

Amsterdam sex drugs

I had dinner twice here and on two other evenings called in to the delightful bar for a nightcap.

Lamb at De Belhamel

 

Amsterdam sex drugs

The Australian lamb at De Belhamel was magnificent, put this delightful restaurant on your list.

De Belhamel bar

Amsterdam sex drugs

That’s my red wine sitting on the bar, this was my compulsory stop before retiring for the night.

de belhamel is Dutch for “the rascal” – literally translated, but the Dutch translate it as “naughty child”

My friend visits in September 2015

Amsterdam sex drugs

The blonde lady Joyce Weir has been a friend of mine for over 40 years, I told her about this great restaurant, I’m so pleased she took her friends there, naturally they loved it. 🙂

One of the 2500 house boats in Amsterdam

Amsterdam sex drugs

All year long canal tours show people from all over the world how amazing the historical canal houses of Amsterdam look from the water. Some people enjoy this view every day from their own houseboat. Holland counts many houseboats, but Amsterdam holds the record with approximately 2500 houseboats.

Always lots of activity on the canals.

Amsterdam sex drugs

There is never a dull moment in Amsterdam.

Stout Restaurtant

Amsterdam sex drugs

Another good restaurant close to where I was staying.

Nice atmosphere.

Amsterdam sex drugs

TripAdvisor rate it  #109 of 3,243 Restaurants in Amsterdam.

A pie at Stout.

Amsterdam sex drugs

With such a high rating it seems a shame to only have a pie, however I only found out about the rating when I was back home. 🙂 

Cafe de Prins

Amsterdam sex drugs

I had lunch here twice, good food, cold beer and a great spot for people watching.

Cafe de Prins

Amsterdam sex drugs

The perfect lunch.  😎

The traffic can wait

Amsterdam sex drugs

Another way for the tourists to see Amsterdam.

Science Center NEMO

Amsterdam sex drugs

 NEMO proves that there is a fun way to learn more about science and technology. The largest science center in the Netherlands has five floors full of exciting things to do and discover. All your senses will be stimulated by exhibitions, theatre performances, films, workshops and demonstrations.

The replica of the three masted “Amsterdam”

Amsterdam sex drugs

 The replica of the three masted “Amsterdam”, a large vessel of the Dutch East India Company, which in its maiden journey to Batavia sank in a storm in the English Channel in winter of 1749, stands high above the waters of Ij Bay, directly at the museum quay. The wreck of the ship has been discovered off the English coast in 1969, and the museum replica has been completed in 1990. Visiting the ship, you may see how small and primitive spaces were to house 350 people during the ship’s journey, with more comfortable but equally minute quarters for the ship’s captain and officers.

A wonderful B & B

Amsterdam sex drugs

Of all the places I stayed on my “seven super cities” adventure, my B & B in Amsterdam was the best accommodation by a long shot. There are only 2 apartments in the building beside the delightful couple Tony & Loes who live there.

The breakfast room

Amsterdam sex drugs

The location was perfect, only 10 minutes walk to Central Station and close to shops & restaurants. 

What a fabulous city.

Amsterdam sex drugs

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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.

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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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