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.

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

June 8, 2017 by David Herd

Renovated Shopping Mall

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

 Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall is only five minutes from where I live so I am often there enjoying Starbucks or the many good restaurants.

Sichuan Restaurant

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

This is one of the many exotic restaurants at Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall.

Delicious food

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Reasonably priced & a little bit spicy as you can imagine. 🙂

Central bar surrounded by restaurants

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

The biggest problem is deciding where to eat, there are just so many choices.

I really like the hamburgers here.

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Lots of choices between Thai or imported beef & totally delicious. 🙂

Thai cheeseburger

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

The cheeseburger is usually my choice, I really need to try some of the other varieties.

Strike up the band

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Most nights this band seems to be entertaining the customers.

Mango & sticky rice

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Always after a hamburger I must have this magnificent Thai delicacy. 

Fancy food trucks

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Mobile pop up restaurants add some colour & movement to the Marina forecourt.

Welcome sign is like a lighthouse.

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

I often wonder why they call the mall Central Marina as it’s 500 meters from Pattaya Bay. 🙂

MK Restaurant

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Without a doubt MK is one of best Pattaya restaurants for value with a great selection of food. 

Dim Sum

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

The dim sum is my favorite closely followed by their roast duck & BBQ pork. My bill is usually under B400 or $15 aud. Take a look at their menu here.

Huge chandelier

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Quite spectacular hanging from the high ceiling in the front section of the mall.

Sushi Hina

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

 

One of the many Japanese restaurants at the Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall, along with Korean & Chinese.

There is even a Playboy Cafe

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

One of the first in a chain being opened in Thailand.

If you are a Playboy…

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

This is the place for you.

 Low cost food everywhere.

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Lots of low cost food at Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall.

Another Japanese restaurant.

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Japanese is certainly the dominant cuisine at Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall.

Just one year ago

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

Here is how the centre looked.

The renovation took about 8 months.

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

They worked 24/7 to finish the project.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

 

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

Central Marina Pattaya Shopping Mall

 

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

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Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

April 5, 2017 by David Herd

New Pattaya Shopping Mall

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

 Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya started in November 2015 when they started demolishing the shopping complex. That seemed to take the best part of a year before actual building commenced. Now they are really making progress as you will see from this photo blog.

It’s a huge site adjacent to the Dolphin roundabout  as you can see from the above photo.

A popular cafe

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

I used to often have breakfast at this popular little Thai restaurant beside the Dolphin roundabout.

Above you see it, below you don’t. 🙂

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

November 2015 and they start demolishing.

The wrecking ball at work.

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

It’s a huge job pulling down this large building, it is taking months & months.

Slowly everything is coming apart

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Escalators & elevators have already gone.

Here comes the heavy machinery

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Now they are getting serious. 🙂

Workplace health & safety

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Does not really exist in Thailand. 🙂 

Looking like a bomb site December 24 2015

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

You could be mistaken thinking this is a war zone.

Bye bye Hong Club

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Not sure what went on here but it’s all over now folks.

All this has to be removed

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Knocking it down seems like the easy part, now somebody has to remove the rubble.

 OK, we are getting somewhere May 21st 2016

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

In the top left hand corner you can see the Dolphin roundabout.

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

You may recognise 2nd Rd North Pattaya.

Pile drivers are here.

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

 June 28th 2016 8 months after the start.

 

Phoenix rising

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

February 6th 2017 and we see the start of the building.

March 27 2017

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

They are working at a frantic pace, 7 or 8 cranes are in operation.

April 2nd 2017

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

At this rate I think they will finish by mid 2018.

This shows the progress

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

Taken from the 26th flor of Markland Condo.

An exciting project.

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

This is only the shopping mall section, the 25 story hotel is going up at the bach of the shops.

July 18 2017

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya The work never stops.

October 21 2017

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya The mall is really taking shape.

November 6 2017

Building Terminal 21 Pattaya

These guys work 24/7.

An impression of the final product

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

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Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

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Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

March 19, 2017 by David Herd

Fabulous Robina food court

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast is the largest and most expensive in QLD costing a whopping $160,000,000. Combining bars, cafes, restaurants along with 40 fresh food retailers. Spread over two levels it features eateries from local hospitality heavyweights such as the Honeyeater Kitchen from ex-Songbirds chef Trent Scarr, David Hayles’ Betty’s Burgers and James Brady’s Mr Pigs Bakehouse; alongside celebrity chef George Calombaris’ first Queensland restaurant, Jimmy Grants.

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast The whole place is quite spectacular, I will certainly visit again next time I’m on the coast.

Pure Meats

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast Butchers have come a long way since I grew up, I clearly remember them having sawdust on the floor. Here is an explanation from an old butcher explaining why; 

When my Dad and I butchered, we used it as a safety enhancement and for ease of cleanup as was mentioned. No, we wouldn’t have meat on the floor, but it seemed as the floor would get slippery over time, and without sawdust, it was only a matter of time before someone would slip and it didn’t matter much what you had for footwear.

Often we wore cowboy boots as you basically stand for 8 to 14 hours at a time and it seemed easier on you, but as you can imagine they aren’t known for tractive abilities. If you are packing a 135# or so hind, you really want your feet to stay under you. We never would have worked without sawdust on the floor in the back, the front we left sawdust free but eventually it would make its way up there.

It is a pain though tracking sawdust all over the place, in your vehicle, etc.

Naturally the beef must be hung. 🙂

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast Why is meat hung you may well ask; 

Meat hanging is a culinary process, used in beef ageing, that improves the flavor of meats by allowing the natural enzymes in the meat to break down the tissue through dry ageing. The process also allows the water in the meat to evaporate, thus concentrating the flavor.

Fish Lab by Wiliam Wu

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast Not only is this a good looking restaurant they also have a “drying room” next door. Follow THIS LINK for more about it.

The drying room

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast I have never seen anything like this before in a food court.

One of the many cafes

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast There is certainly lots of choices where to have a coffee here.

Too many coffee shops are never enough. 🙂

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

Not too sure if they are all making a living, and I’m guessing the rents are astronomical. 

Such a feeling of space.

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast The high ceilings and open plan gives a feeling of space.

 Spectacular roof at Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast The architects have really done a great job here.

Lucky Luciano’s

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast I wonder if it’s a mafia hangout? 🙂

Woolworth’s for some serious shopping.

Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast As you can see Kitchens Robina Town Centre Gold Coast caters for everything.

Farewell from Robina

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Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

December 14, 2016 by David Herd

Extraordinary shopping experience

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

 

 Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall has a rather sophisticated concept of presenting it’s fabulous products, compared to most other Bangkok shopping malls is quite fabulous & unique. For instance the above photo is at Dean & Deluca which is a chain of upscale grocery stores.

Dean & Deluca

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

 

  I never thought I would say it but Bangkok now rivals Tokyo with the highest quality shopping experience in the world. It’s certainly not by accident however as the concept in this store was created with the help of a Japanese design company called Nendo, and the result as you will see is quite remarkable.

Feeling lazy?

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

 

No problem, grab one of these mini Segways & make a nuisence of youself on the sidewalk. 🙂 They say you can travel up to 20 km on a single charge. Here’s a tip from the FiveStarVagabond, you will buy a lot cheaper on Lazada. 🙂

Need something to hold onto?

 

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

No problem, this is the one for you. 

Openned in mid 2016

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

 

Quickly gained the reputation of being the best shopping mall in Bangkok.

Drone shop

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

 

I’m sure these gadgets are going to cause lots of headaches in the future.

Lots of models to choose from

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall 

They are becoming very affordable.

 Jumbvo shop

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

It’s no secret everybody in Thailand loves elephants.

 The WOW! factor is everywhere

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

 

Full marks to the staff who have put all this together.

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall fabulous displays

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

There is a surprise around every corner. The people who put this store together are to be congratulated.

 Bangkok Airways

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

I recently flew on this local airline to Koh Samui, in fact it’s probably the 20th time I have done so since 1998. Follow this link to see one of Thailands best islands.

Habitat store

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall caters for everything you could ever want.

So much to see & such little time. 🙂

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

Everybody knows MBK shopping Mall, Siam Discovery is diagonally opposite.

Perfume for the ladies

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

And on it goes, everything you need.

Shoes, shoes & more shoes

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

Another fabulous display.

Mercedes Chocolate Bar

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A great looking cafe chocolate bar on the ground floor.

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Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

May 23, 2016 by David Herd

A super shopping mall

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

 Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok opened about 10 years ago in 2006, I remember how impressed I was with this amazing new shopping mall with it’s wide aisles and fabulous food court and supermarket.

Now of course there are many new super malls in Bangkok to compete with including Central Embassy and EmQuartier.

Shops on the 1st floor

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

 

Here is a guide to some of the shops.

Siam Paragon, Hanging fences

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

Another photo taken way back in 2006 of the Siam Paragon, Hanging fences, I’m not sure if they are still there or not.

 The Main floor

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Strangely the level that is linked to the skywalk is called the Main Floor, despite it being one above the ground, and the floors above that are then the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, up to the 5th, which is taken up by the Cineplex and its 15 large size theatres. There is direct access to the centre from Siam BTS Skytrain station.

Siam Paragon is opposite MBK

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

 

Only 5 minutes walk on an elevated path from the well know MBK centre.

BTS Skytrain

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

As I mentioned for Siam Paragon get of at Siam station, MBK is actually one stop further at National Stadium station.

Get a great discount at all the Hotels near Siam Paragon & MBK, just book through THIS LINK.

Met up with an old friend

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

 

Could this be my 15 minutes of fame? 🙂

Food food & more food.

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

One thing is for certain the Thai people love their food and there are plenty of options at Siam Paragon to keep them happy.

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Decisions decisions

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

The hard part is trying to decide where to eat, they all look so inviting.

 Siam Center

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

Right next door to Siam Paragon is Siam Center another wonderful mall, check it out on THIS LINK.

Shopping for a car perhaps?

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

Follow THIS LINK for some amazing super cars at Siam Paragon Shopping Mall.

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok Food court

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

There is really no type of food you can’t buy at the fabulous mall.

Keeping the kids amused

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

What a great idea to keep the kids amused while you are dining at the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall.


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Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

May 17, 2016 by David Herd

Amazing Bangkok Shopping Mall

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

 Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok in Chidlom is full of high end designer stores, all the famous labels are here.  There is direct access from two sky train stations, Chidlom and Ploenchit. It is also connected to Central Chidlom which is their flagship store.

Amazing architecture

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

Everything about Central Embassy oozes class & luxury, some of the many labels include Versace, Gucci, Prada,  Givenchy and many more, in other words it’s way above my pay grade. 🙂

Prada

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

From memory according to Merryl Streep the devil wears it. A great friend of mine in Australia often refers to his wife as “The Prada Princess”, that’s ok because he can afford her expensive tastes.

And the beat goes on

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

I remember visiting the spot where Versace was shot dead in 1997 on the steps of his Miami home. Fifty is way too young to die.

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok 

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

The prices at the bakery reflect the surroundings.

Harrods bakery

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

Now here is a familiar name from good old London town.

Shop till you drop

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

A word of warning to my male friends, don’t tell your wife about Central Embassy Shopping Mall.

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok, Dean & Deluca

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

A great place for coffee and cake and lots of other goodies.

Dean & Deluca Central Embassy Shopping Mall

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

There are many branches in Bangkok including EmQuartier another favourite mall of mine.

VW cocktail car

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

There are many of these converted VWs where I live in Pattaya, what a great idea. No way you could do it in Australia, far too many ridiculous rules and regulations. 🙂

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

Central Embassy Shopping Mall has a great feel about it, uncluttered and luxurious, I have a lot more to investigate on my next Bangkok visit.

 Great design the Park Hyatt

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

Another wonderful design the Park Hyatt hotel above Central Embassy is expected to open late 2016. Central Embassy will be hoping they will bring potential customers as their traffic since opening has been disappointing.

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One last look

Central Embassy Shopping Mall Bangkok

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Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

May 16, 2016 by David Herd

A wonderful Bangkok food hall

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

 Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok is quite fantastic, smaller perhaps than other bigger malls close by however the quality and presentation is first class.

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

Central has several department store branches in Bangkok, Chidlom however is their flagship store and attracts many expats and “well to do” Thai shoppers.

BBQ duck is delicious at Four Seasons

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

It does not get much better than this, there is another branch just up the road at the Siam Paragon.

Four Seasons Central food hall Chidlom

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

So many great food choices here and so little time. 🙂

Did I mention the choices?

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

 The number of restaurant choices here is staggering, there are over 50 listed here, there are even cooking classes you can attend.

Catering for the Germans.

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

What a terrific display at this speciality Bavarian food stall, you just have to buy something.

The displays are so inviting

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

It really is a pleasure to shop or eat here, everything is presented beautifully.

The meat counter

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

Grab a trolley and shop till you drop. 🙂

For all you seafood lovers

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

A selection of salmon to die for, get your dose of amiga 3 here.

You will need some wine as well

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

If you can’t find something that suits you here you are just not trying. Wines from all the great regions of the world are on sale here.

Central wine celler

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

Many years ago in Sydney Australia I owned a liquor store, believe me it was nothing like you see here. In those days I would store my favourite reds until it was the right time to drink them and what an incredible difference that made.

I sometimes visit friends of mine in Australia who have a vineyard, now that is a lot of fun, follow this link to see what I mean.

Central food hall Chidlom

Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

The Central seven story building is dwarfed by a number of modern buildings opposite on Sukhumvit road.

Thanks for visiting my Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok photo blog. Incidentally you can walk directly into the neighbouring Central Embassy which has  has one of the best cinema’s in Bangkok, plus many upmarket labels including Versace, Gucci, Prada,  Givenchy and many more, in other words it’s way above my pay grade. The architecture will knock your socks of. 🙂

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Central food hall Chidlom Bangkok

When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, above 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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Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

April 12, 2016 by David Herd

New shopping mall

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall next to Foodland in Pattaya Klang. A huge complex with lots of shops & restaurants plus a modern supermarket. The photo above was taken in October 2015 while it was still under construction.

April 12 2016

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

The centre is 90% completed, bigger than Big C and lots of screaming kids. Many good Japanese restaurants and all the usual coffee shops.

Kids having fun

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

Being school holidays there were kids everywhere.

Coffee Club

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

Their latte is hard to beat as is their eggs Benedict. 🙂 Au Bon Pain and Coffee world are here also.

Big modern supermarket

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

I was impressed how big the centre was plus the supermarket was excellent. Lots of car parking at the rear of the building.

Postal service

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

Many different shops as you would expect.

Tokyo Teppanyaki

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

I was surprised at the number of Japanese restaurants here.

 

Another Japanese restaurant.

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

I’m guessing there must be a lot of Japanese people living in the area because of the number of Japanese restaurants here. Just down the road 200 meters is Big C Extra, here you will be able to buy the best imported beef & lamb from Australia and New Zealand.

Tuna Ichiban

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

My friend Geoff Robinson made this comment after visiting Tuna Ichiban, “Another great recommendation David Herd best sushi I’ve had in Thailand”.

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

Apart from this monster there is a huge kids playground on the top floor, make sure you take your earplugs. There is also two floors of phones and computers similar to Tukcom.

Harbor new Pattaya mall seems to have it all

Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall

 Thanks for visiting my Harbor new Pattaya Shopping Mall photo blog, Pattaya just keeps getting better and better.

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

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

Pattaya Hilton

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Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

December 25, 2015 by David Herd

Welcome to Chinatown Bangkok

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing is a hive of activity as you would expect, narrow lanes with thousands of people hunting for bargains.

Thien Fah Foundation

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

 The Tien Fa foundation was formed in 1902, making it the oldest charitable society in Bangkok. The foundation provides free medical care to the indigent. The buildings surrounding the shrine actually house the hospital facilities.

Lighting candles at The Tien Fa foundation

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

 The foundation is on Yaowarat Road just a short distance from the Chinatown gate in the circle.

  Very busy street Chinatown Bangkok

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

 The Chinese community in Bangkok pre-dates the founding of the Thai capital in the city. Indeed, the land where the grand palace is today was originally a community of Chinese traders. When King Rama I decided to establish the capital on the site of the village of Bangkok, he asked the traders to move. They settled to the east of the new city, along the river. It may be hard to believe today, but the narrow Sampaeng Lane, which isn’t even big enough for a car, was once the Chinatown Bangkok main street.

Typical side-walk shop

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

 The best way to see the area is to pick a starting point and wander around.

Roast Duck

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

Chinese food is my 2nd favourite cuisine after Japanese.

Shanghai Mansion

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

A very nice boutique four star hotel in the heart of Chinatown. Use this link for an excellent room rate.

Overload

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

What could possibly go wrong?

Nice looking Tuk Tuk in Chinatown Bangkok

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

Very handy transport, however usually the drivers try to badger you into visiting a gem store etc so they can receive a kickback. Taxis are a far better option, cheaper and air conditioned.

Lots of toy shops in Chinatown

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

Prices are notably cheaper here than other parts of the city, of course haggling is expected. 🙂

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

For example check out these prices.


Ratchawong

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

The easy way to reach Chinatown is a B40 ferry ride, get off at pier number 5 at Ratchawong and walk 10 minutes up this road.

Ferry to Chinatown Bangkok

Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing

You can buy a ticket for B150 and travel up and down the river all day, very good value indeed.

Thanks for visiting my Chinatown Bangkok shopping sightseeing photo blog.

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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 Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

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Pattaya Hilton

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Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

December 24, 2015 by David Herd

Absolutely amazing

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

 

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok offers a breathtaking view of this wonderful city. Perched on the 56th floor at Centara Grand Hotel on top of Central World shopping Mall.

Bistro and bar

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

A huge wines selection at the bistro which occupies the entire 55th floor, both indoor and outdoor dining sections to choose from, and the solely outdoor bar deck of the 56th floor wraps around the circular core of the building providing an uninterrupted 360 degree panorama of the amazing Bangkok metropolis.

Happy hour is 5 to 7 pm

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

Buy one get one free is a good deal as the price as you would expect at such a venue is rather high. A Jack Daniels or a beer is B360 so getting 2 for 1 is a good deal.

After happy hour finishes

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

Well that’s another story, some friends turned up and Lisa from Townsville was drinking champagne which turned out to be B1,100 per glass, which equals $42 AUD or $30 USD. Now that’s not really a problem but her and her friend John left without paying, subsequently Greg, the little guy in the middle got stuck with a huge drink bill. 🙂

Enough of that, back to the amazing view.

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

 

The Baiyoke tower is 85 stories and is the tallest building in Bangkok, it includes the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia and the seventh-tallest all-hotel structure in the world.

Game changer

 Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

MahaNakhon is a luxury mixed-use skyscraper currently under construction in the Silom/Sathon central business area of Bangkok. Designed to fit into the Thai landscape with a unique pixelated facade, it will have the unconventional appearance of a glass curtain walled square tower with a cuboid-surfaced spiral cut into the side of the building. Upon its estimated completion in 2015, it will become the tallest building in Bangkok at 314 metres (1,030 ft), with 77 floors. Featuring hotel, retail and residences, 200 units of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok inside the building are priced between around US$1,100,000 to US$17,000,000, making it one of the most expensive condominiums in Bangkok. From Wikipedia.

Another angle

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

 

The entire 360 degree vista is incredible from the Rd Sky Bar.

Hamish loves a selfie

 Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

We recently travelled to Tokyo and Osaka where Hamish proved that he was king of the selfies.

Great shot from Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

 

The golden domes look fantastic. For a great room rate at the Novotel just book through THIS LINK.

Jack Daniel’s & Soda Red Sky Bar Bangkok

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

 My drink of choice.

That’s MBK

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

 

One of the best places to shop in Bangkok, eight stories high, the centre contains around 2,000 shops, restaurants and service outlets, including the 4-story Tokyu department store.

The P hotel is connected bto MBK, for an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Sunset at the Red Sky Bar

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

 

Try to arrive at least 30 minutes before sunset to enjoy the day and the night view.

Sunset cocktails

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

Such a beautiful evening to enjoy a cocktail or three with friends.

The day draws to a close

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

 

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok is now one of my favourite places to visit in this great city, put it on your bucket list.

A seat with a view

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

Lots of places to sit & enjoy one of Bangkok’s most spectacular Sky Bars.

David Herd, on top of the world at Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok.

Red Sky Bar Central World Bangkok

 

What an incredible year 2015 has been for me, I figure I’m one of the luckiest guys alive. I visited nine countries and fourteen great cities. Plus I’m ready for anything 2016 has in store for my. Check out my Eastern European Odyssey. 

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