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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.

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

December 14, 2016 by David Herd

Extraordinary shopping experience

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

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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.

Fabulous displays

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall There is a surprise around every corner.

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall          Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall          Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall

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

 photo IMG_4865.jpg And on it goes, everything you need.

Shoes, shoes & more shoes

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall Another fabulous display.

Mercedes Chocolate Bar

Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall A great looking cafe chocolate bar on the ground floor.

Thanks for visiting my Siam Discovery Bangkok Shopping Mall photo blog.

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

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The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

May 23, 2016 by David Herd

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

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Bangkok

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.

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.    

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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Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

July 3, 2015 by David Herd

McLaren 12C coupe

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars will take your breath away, it seems very unusual to see all these magnificent vehicles in a city shopping mall. Which would you buy if you had a black Amex?

Aston Martin Vanquish

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars When it comes to sheer automotive glamour there are few – if any – car manufacturers that have the goods to go head-to-head with the century-old British sports car manufacturer, Aston Martin. That’s especially true of the all-new Aston Martin Vanquish.

The new flagship Vanquish may well be one of the most beautiful cars in the world, but if you believe the brand’s design director, Marek Reichman, the Vanquish is also “the best Aston Martin thus far”.

Reach for your Black Amex, it will only set you back $472,840 in Australia.

Perhaps you prefer a red one?

Siam Paragon Super Cars

Any colour would be fine with me.

 

Rolls Royce, say no more…..

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars Rolls-Royce Limited is a renowned English car-manufacturing and, later, aero-engine manufacturing company founded by Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce on 15 March 1906 as the result of a partnership formed in 1904.

BMW 8 is another of the Siam Paragon Super Cars

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars The BMW i8 is ready to revolutionise its vehicle class. As the first sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car. The strength of the plug-in hybrid lies, among other factors, in the perfect synchronisation of electric motor and combustion engine, which makes itself apparent in maximum efficiency and dynamics on the road. The first sports car that even accelerates the zeitgeist.

Back view of one of the Siam Paragon Super Cars

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

A super looking machine from any angle.

Mini Cooper S

Siam Paragon Bangkok

John Cooper, owner of the Cooper Car Company and designer and builder of Formula One and rally cars, saw the potential of the Mini for competition. Issigonis was initially reluctant to see the Mini in the role of a performance car, but after John Cooper appealed to BMC management, the two men collaborated to create the Mini Cooper. The Austin Mini Cooper and Morris Mini Cooper debuted in 1961.

 

Classic Jaguar

 

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super CarsI do have a soft spot for the Jaguar, I owned a beautiful red E-Type in the 70s and also a silver XJ6.

Lamborghini Gallardo

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars This photo is from February 2007 the year after Siam Paragon opened.

  Ferrari F430 at Siam Paragon Super Cars

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars The Ferrari F430 is a sports car that was produced by the Italian car manufacturer Ferrari from 2004 to 2009. A successor to the Ferrari 360.

iCheck Inn Soi 11

Siam Paragon Bangkok Super Cars

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  around B1100 pn.

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Siam Center Bangkok food court

December 15, 2014 by David Herd

Siam Center Bangkok

siam center bangkokSiam Centre Bangkok food court offers a huge choice of restaurants in a nice air conditioned environment. Next door to Siam Paragon and opposite MBK, you can spend days eating and shopping here. The choice of restaurants in Bangkok is amazing, everything from spectacular rooftop venues to the best street food in the world.

Charcoal Grill

siam center bangkokSiam Center Bangkok was built in 1973 and was one of Bangkok’s first shopping malls. It has undergone renovation several times, including after a fire in 1995. In January 11, 2013, Siam Center established the new phase and re-branding itself as Siam Center The Ideaopolis.


 

 

Food Republic Siam Center Bangkok

siam center bangkokSiam Center Bangkok food court – or Food Republic, to use its proper name – is a welcome addition to Bangkok’s already plentiful supply. This stylish, gun-metal grey collection of food and beverage stalls has one of the best spreads of world cuisine of any in the capital and a modern décor that blurs the line between food court and restaurant. It’s cool, clean and bustling with a varied clientèle of locals and tourists.

So many attractive food options

siam center bangkok

Like most of the Bangkok shopping malls the food choices are endless.

Siam Center Bangkok

 

siam center bangkok

A side benefit apart from all the shops is being able to escape the Bangkok heat.

Hong Kong Roast

siam center bangkokHong Kong Roast duck is one of my favourite meals, that’s the beauty of Bangkok every cuisine in the world is available. Earlier this year I visited seven super cities all famous for food and I can honestly say Bangkok is as good as any of them.

Mr Jones Orphanage

siam center bangkokMr Jones Orphanage is a very unusual name for a restaurant, it gets good reviews on TripAdvisor.

  Siam Center Bangkok

David Herd Thailand Siam Center Bangkok is right next door to the Siam Paragon.

Thanks for visiting my Siam Centre Bangkok photo blog.

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

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The best Bangkok budget hotel I have ever stayed in.

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Talking about cities for great food, Hong Kong is on everyone’s list

 

Another one of my favourites is Brussels

 

Singapore is amazing for food

 

Lisbon! What a great city for fabulous food.

 

However my number one pick is certainly Tokyo.

 


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Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

September 20, 2013 by David Herd

David Herd at Siam golf club.

Siam golf club pattaya

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon, in fact playing golf around Pattaya is one of the great pleasures of a Thai holiday. The choices you have to play world class courses within 30 minutes drive from Pattaya is staggering. It is not necessarily a cheap pastime but its probably around 50% of what you would pay for a comparable course in Australia or America. The bonus here is you are driven around by a beautiful caddy. (ok, some are not too hot)

Caddies are compulsory.

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Oh! what a terrible impost you cry, fancy being forced to be driven around the course with an attractive young lady while enjoying a cold beer between birdies. Life can be very hard here in Thailand.

They are not all attractive.

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

They are not all attractive, some of them are just drop dead gorgeous, no wonder I rarely get a birdie, I’m too easily distracted.  😳 

Golf is a difficult sport however a good caddy can really help your score.


Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Phoenix golf club

Many of the clubs have housing estates incorporated so you can live right on the course if you wish. In the off season they offer specials on green fees, for instance if you play Tuesday or Thursday at Phoenix the cost for 18 holes including a buggy & caddy fee is about 1800 Baht or $60, you then tip the caddy at the about $10, or more if you are trying to big note and impress her.  😆 Talking about Phoenix you can buy a membership for 230,000 Baht or around $7500, you can sell your shares later if you decide you have had enough of triple bogeys & 4 putting. Even as a member you still pay 1200 Baht or $40 each time you play for green fees, cart and caddy, so frankly I can’t see the benefit of buying a membership, however I’m sure one of my friends will debate that point with me.

Burapha Golf Pattaya Thailand

Burapha golf club pattaya

Burapha is another nice course close to Pattaya and just across the road from the Laem Chabang course, so if you are keen enough, play one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Laem Chabang

Laem Chabang Pattaya

Above is Laem Chabang golf course, does life get any better than this?

Perhaps it does get better, check out Kabinburi Sport Club

Kabinburi Sport Club ThailandKantary Hotel Kabinburi is rather special, particularly if you are a golfer. The standard of the hotel is fantastic & the golf package can’t be beat. For 3000 Baht or $90 usd, which sadly is now $104 aud, (Jan 30 2014) you get 2 18 hole rounds of golf on the magnificent Kabinburi Sport Club which proudly boasts of being the longest course in Thailand. Add to that one nights accommodation & breakfast included, makes this the best value golf package in Thailand.

You can always slip across to Myanmar.

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Pun Hlaing in Myanmar is a wonderful course, Yangon is a short flight from Bangkok, get over there soon, the Burmese people are quite wonderful.

The boys in Burma.

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Last year I played golf in Myanmar (Burma) with friends from Pattaya, I was the only “mug” in the group, big Trevor, the Aussie at the back plays off 4, Clive the “Pommie” plays off 7 and Chris our resident German plays off 8. Sorry boys if I’m a little out on those handicaps, I feel Alzheimers creeping up on me. I have to say even though I am a real hacker, I did manage to beat Trevor on two holes, and trust me I will never let him forget it.  😆

Beautiful homes on Pun Hlaing Myanmar

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Luxury homes in a great location

Siam, my favourite course.

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Just 30 minutes drive from central Pattaya.

Pattaya bay

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

After a day on the course breaking your personal best score of 95, sit back, relax in your hotel and enjoy the view. It’s only 90 minutes before you meet your caddy for dinner at the the Mantra.

While you are here dine at the Mantra.

Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon

Pattaya is not just about golf, there are many world class restaurants here, none better than Sunday brunch at the magnificent Mantra.

Get great hotel deals through AGODA

Pattaya Sports Club has many benefits and discounts for golf in Pattaya, it is well worth joining.

Thanks for visiting my Golf Pattaya Thailand plus Yangon photo blog.


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