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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.

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

April 20, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

The calm before the storm

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya is called Songkran, here are tourists arriving at Kho San Road where the army are sweeping the street to get it right for the festivities. Photo credit Bangkok Post.

Mobile gun seller

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya Naklua Rd Pattaya are gearing up for April 18 2017.

Weapons of mass destruction

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya Buy now and practice at home before the battle begins. ๐Ÿ™‚

The local amunition dump

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya Beach Road Pattaya amunition dump waits for the troops to arrive.

Rule numbe 3, the water must be cold.

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya April is the hottest month in Thailand so these nice people are making sure you will be cool when hit by 1000 water pistols. ๐Ÿ™‚

 Beach Rd Big fish

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya All the attraction have been assembled.

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The big day is getting closer, having said that people have been drowning each other already for the last 5 days.

Vendors setting up

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya It’s 8am on April 19 & the vendors are setting up their stalls for the big day.

Sculptured fruit

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya A work of art, the stall lady said come back later we are giving the food away for free.

Loaded up

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya Looking for some early morning buyers.

Discussing todays strategy

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya Or is Tubby just trying to chat up a Russian babe?

Look out here they come

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya The army arrive to make sure everyone behaves. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cops are here as well

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

Along with a water truck & mobile toilets.

This is the nicest part of Songkran

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya Seeing the little kids having fun is a great part of Songkran.

Look out here they come

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya Ready to do battle. Photo credit Bangkok Post.

 OK, let the games begin

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

This is 2nd Rd opposite Bic C Marina.

You can run but yu can’t hide. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya The battle rages.

 

 

These videos show the madness & mayhen of Songkran.

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

This poor girl just wanted a game of pool & now she is soaked as you can clearly see. ๐Ÿ™‚

Marching into battle

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya These guys are very disiplined marching in a straight line, they are part of ab elite SAS team, (shoot & soak). ๐Ÿ™‚

A-One Hotel 

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya Every year the A-One hotel on Beach Rd host a huge party. For a very good discount on rooms just book through THIS LINK.

You gotta have foam

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya Preparing the foam zone.

Having fun in the pool

Songkran Thai New Year Celebration To me this makes morte sense tham roaming the streets with a water pistol. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lets catch the Baht bus she said…….

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya It will be safer than walking she said……

Out of control Farangs

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya Sadly may Farangs (is what Thai people call foreigners) tend to make idiots of themselves spoiling the fgun for everyone. This particular mob is no exception, in fact I will name & shame them. Greg, Dave, Gary & Hamish, sometimes I wonder why I call them friends. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Siam sunset

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya A beautiful sunset while the Songkran party rages.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

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.

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.

Thanks for visiting my Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya photo blog.

The Pattaya song

 
 For an excellent budget hotel in north Pattaya just book through THIS LINK for a great rate.

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Songkran Thai New Year Celebration

April 20, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

The calm before the storm

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Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

January 10, 2017 by David Herd

Pattaya bar districts, Soi 7 & Soi 8

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand are everywhere in the city, many tourists who visit think Walking Street is the only entertainment area, however they couldn’t be more wrong. This post is designed to show you some other areas where you can find some good bars, from back street down & dirty beer bars to up market sky bars.

Soi 7 & Soi 8 run between Beach Rd & 2nd Rd, the photo shows the always busy Lucky Star bar on the Beach Rd corner of Soi 8. Always plenty of action in these two streets, lots of bars, restaurants & hotels.

Location Soi 6 to Soi 8

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Jump on a Baht bus at 2nd Rd for a 5 minute trip, cost B10.

Soi 6 Pattaya’s raunchiest street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Don’t be fooled this is quite a distance from Soi 6, & happens to have perhaps the worst reputation in the city, this alone makes a visit compulsory. ๐Ÿ™‚

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A word of caution to first time visitors, there are quite a few LadyBoys working in this street. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

 
Billabong 2 & Atlantic Bar Corner of Soi 3 & 2nd Rd.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand These two bars just happen to have been my local drinking holes for the last 15 years. Billabong was the Cherry bar until  it was taken over in 2016, I don’t go there much now because of a particularly rude cashier who does not know how to treat regular customers properly. Consequently Atlantic Bar is collecting all my spare cash, the staff are much friendlier as well. 

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The Atlantic Bar opens at 6 pm until very late and is opposite Central Marina shopping mall.

Billabong 2 formally the Cherry Bar.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand On the corner of Soi 3 & 2nd Rd, they have a good band that starts playing at 9 pm.

Soi 6 to the Atlantic Bar & Drinking St.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

We are currently focusing on North Pattaya & will check out Walking St & LK Metro later.

Drinking Street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand  There are around 25 bars here & these days in 2017 most of the time they seem fairly quiet. Then again I’m rarely out late at night so things may well kick on around midnight.

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One very good idea in place here is that all bars play the same music rather than compete with each other as most other Pattaya bars seem to do.

From Drinking St to Soi 29 & 33 Naklua,

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

This area is very lively at night.

Soi 33 Naklua is a very good street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Further north through the Dolphin roundabout & 150 meters along is Soi 33. There are a few good beer bars but the big attraction for me are some excellent restaurants, Leckerle on the right is German, Grottino also on the right and Bella Italia opposite.

24 Beer bars Naklua Rd

 

Wongamat beach-side bars

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

One bar is lay back & casual, & one is upmarket & classy.

 Rim Talay

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand A perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer or two by the beach.

Perhaps you want to go a little more upmarket?

 photo Beach20Club20Pullman20Hotel2014.jpg The Beach Club at the Pullman Hotel is arguably the classiest bar in Pattaya. Happy hour is 5 to 7 pm on a good selection of beer cocktails & wine.

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

Western style bars on Beach Road

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Staring in North Pattaya we have Tavern By the Sea which is part of the Amari Hotel. Happy hour every night from 5 to 7 pm.

Holiday Inn

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

The Terrace overlooks the ocean & the adjacent Havana Bar is quite spectacular.

 Western bars on Beach Rd

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Perfect for watching the fabulous Pattaya sunsets.

Lots of beer & babes at Hooters 

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand As you would expect there is cold beer & American food served by sexy girls.

Three Pattaya sky bars starting with the Hilton

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Wonderful view of Pattaya for the roof, happy hour is 5 to 7 pm every day. 

Executive tower Holiday Inn.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand The building on the right is the executive tower with the sky bar on the top floor.

Holiday Inn

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand They also have a 5 pm happy hour however I think it is only for cocktails.

[email protected] corner of 2nd Rd & Soi 2.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand This hotel has a terrific unique decor.

View from [email protected]

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand A stunning view of Pattaya.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand

Follow the dotted line to find lots of good bars, LK Metro  & Soi Buakhao is where the locals go to drink. They tend to leave Walking St to the tourists. LK Metro is the L shape street where i-Rovers is.

LK Metro is jammed packed with bars.

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand One of the busiest bars areas in Pattaya.

Kรฅres Party Bar

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand There is no better happy hour in Pattaya for beer drinkers.

Sportman’s pub Soi 13

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand On of Pattaya’s most popular pubs, food is excellent. This is one of my favourite places for breakfast & Sunday buffet lunch.

Walking Street

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Walking St as an attraction compares favourably to many other infamous world red light  areas. Patpong, Nana Plaza & Soi Cowboy in Bangkok, the RLD in Amsterdam, the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Kabukichล in Tokyo, 42 nd St New York,  Vila Mimosa in Rio De Janeiro & Kings Cross in Sydney. Sadly all of these areas I have visited at some stage in my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s the attraction of Walking St?

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Oh! I get it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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There are hundreds of go go bars, beer bars, strip shows & restaurants. However my main purpose for publishing this Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand photo blog is to show you there are many other interesting places to visit in this vibrant city.

Thanks for visiting my Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand photo blog

Beer Bars Babes Pattaya Thailand Farewell from Walking Street.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Pattaya low cost budget hotels

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.

For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand Just use THIS LINK for a terrific rate at the Wave Hotel.

The Pattaya song


 
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Pattaya Parasailing every day

October 2, 2016 by David Herd

Every morning

Pattaya Parasailing every day  Pattaya Parasailing every day except for the few occasions the weather is so bad they have to cancel. Most of these tourists are from China, they pay for their holiday before leaving so a fair bit of the money never makes it to Thailand.

Organised chaos

Pattaya Parasailing every day

 

They buzz around like mosquitoes, personally I would not do this because I just donโ€™t trust the Thai boat drivers.

 Coming in to land

Pattaya Parasailing every day

There are 4 or 5 of these barges located on the bay,  non-parasailers can also come out to the pontoon to watch the fun for a small cost.

One of the overpowered speed boats.

Pattaya Parasailing every day About 750 HP is a ridiculous waste of money, I’m guessing they are just showing off to their competitors. When I lived in Australia I had one Yamaha 200 HP powering my boat, that used to cost me about $25 aud per hour in fuel. So these guys are obviously making plenty to be able to justify these three huge engines.

Stuck on the sand.

Every which way but loose

Pattaya Parasailing every day

This was the name of the 1978 Clint Eastwood movie, the phrase reminds me of the speed boats in this photo, it seems to be total chaos. ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out the crowd on the barge

Pattaya Parasailing every day All waiting for their turn to fly.

Flying high

Pattaya Parasailing every day The most popular attraction for tourists.

Chaotic & crazy Parasailing in Pattaya

 A storm is looming

Pattaya Parasailing every day The black clouds are coming across the bay but the tourists don’t seem to care.

Here it comes

Pattaya Parasailing every day There is no better sight than watching a storm roll in over Pattaya bay.

A beautiful rainbow over the bay

Pattaya Parasailing every day

After the rain in Pattaya there a beautiful day always follows.

Low tide

Pattaya Parasailing every day Quite a walk for the tourists to get to the boats when the tide is out.

Finally another busy day on the bay

Thanks for visiting my Pattaya Parasailing every day photo blog. Bookmark THIS LINK to access my webcam and check out Pattaya bay any time you wish.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Pattaya low cost budget hotels

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from BigC, great value at only $30 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

Things have changed for the better in 2017, the busses no longer drop off the tourists in Beach Rd so the footpath & beach is clear of a morning.

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Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental

June 9, 2016 by David Herd

Excellent Pattaya dentist

Doctor dentist locksmith Car RentalDoctor dentist locksmith Car Rental Pattaya, there are so many choices it can be difficult to know who is good and who is average. I have a couple of suggestions I can personally recommend. The dentist you see in the header of this post is Dr Tapasat who can be found opposite the Dolphin roundabout. He trained and worked in the U.S.A for 20 years and speaks perfect English. He takes time to talk to you and clearly explains the procedures and alternatives.

Pattaya clinic offers good value services

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I regularly get mail from a major Pattaya international hospital advertising their prices for blood tests etc. This month they were offering a service for B3,999 to cover all the usual areas, Cholesterol, triglyceride, urine analysis, blood pressure and pulse. liver & kidney function, blood sugar, hepatitis, EKG, (electrocardiogram) etc etc.

Then a friend told me about Clinic Lifecare Pattaya located 40 meters off 3rd road not far from Tonyโ€™s gym at 247/59 Moo 10, Sai 3 Road. They are offering a special at B999 for the month of December. I added a further test for PSA which added B600.

Tradesmen plus health services

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The clinic was clean and efficient with friendly staff. I arrived at 7.45 am and was the first customer. The results were e-mailed to me at 6pm the same day.

Good value and service.

Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental One tip is to take a urine sample with you, that will save you going through the process in the clinics bathroom.

Location

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247/59 Moo 10, Sai 3 Road.

Dr Somsak 2nd Rd North Pattaya

Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental Open 6 days at 9.30 am.

Location

Tradesmen plus health services

B100 per visit.

Locksmith

Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental

I phoned Pattaya keys and safes at 10 am and the Thai owner said he would replace 2 door locks for me between 2 and 3 pm that same day. At 2.30 he called to say he would arrive in 30 minutes and he did. Within 30 minutes both locks were fitted and spare keys handed over for a cost of B1,800.

Location and details

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Without a doubt the best service I have ever experienced in Pattaya.

Pattaya Rent a Car – 083 077 6928

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Has a reputation as one of the best car rental firms in Pattaya. Call them for a quote.

Location

Doctor dentist locksmith Car Rental Easy to find between Pattaya & Jomtien.

Thanks for visiting my Doctor dentist locksmith Pattaya photo blog, I will add more detail when it comes to hand.

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Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Thailand

May 10, 2016 by David Herd

 

View point Pratumnak Hill

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Pattaya Bay Beach Resort is a city two hours south of Bangkok. My first visit was 37 years ago in 1980 and after many trips over the years since then I decided to move here from Australia in October 2011. Without a doubt it was the right decision given how expensive the cost of living in Australia has become. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Australia with a passion, however at my age Thailand offers a better lifestyle at an affordable price.

The following photos and video were taken from the naval base on Pratumnak Hill beside the communication tower you can see in the centre of the above photo.

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort A perfect view of Pattaya Bay stretching all the way to Wongamat which is the next beach to the north.

Waterfront condo

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Construction was halted in 2014 due to alleged anomalies in the building specifications and planning permits.  Nobody seems to have any idea if and when work will re-commence.

In late 2016 it was reported they have to now remove the top 8 floors of the building.

Bali Hai pier

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Just below the view point is Bali Hai pier where for B30 you can take a ferry to Koh Larn where there are some excellent beaches and clean water.

A closer look at the pier.

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort The ferries to Koh Larn run about every 39 minutes from 10 am.

Admiral HRH Prince of Chumphon

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Admiral HRH Prince of Chumphon(also written as โ€˜Jumbornโ€˜) is the man who is referred to as the โ€˜Father of the Royal Thai Navyโ€™.

Pattaya city

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort The city behind Pattaya Bay Beach Resort.

View to the south

 photo View point 5.jpg As you can see there is a lot of construction under way in Pratamnak.

A building boom

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort Well if it’s not a building boom I’m not sure how you would describe it in May 2016.

Sunset over Pattaya Bay.

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort

The sunsets in Pattaya Bay Beach Resort are as spectacular as anything I have seen in this world, as are the tropical storms.

Tropical storm

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort

During the wet season which is May to November these fierce storms roll in over the bay often causing severe damage to the beach. Follow this link to see the aftermath of Vamco in 2015.

Para-Sailors in Pattaya bay.

Here is a short video.

Pattaya Bay

Pattaya Bay Beach Resort A great view of the city.

Webcam Pattaya Bay Beach Resort

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Thanks for stopping by.

David Herd ThailandI hope you enjoyed my Pattaya Bay Beach Resort photo blog.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Pattaya low cost budget hotels

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.

For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

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

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Seven deadly Songkran days

April 16, 2016 by David Herd

Songkran 2016

Seven deadly Songkran days Seven deadly Songkran days photo blog focuses on two things, first the tragic loss of life and the thousands of people who are seriously injured. Sadly Thailand has the 2nd worst road toll in the world after war torn Libya, mainly due to poor driving skills and alcohol fuelled accidents. Songkran however is the black spot of this terrible statistic.  My sadness and sympathy does not lie with the several hundred who lose their life, they are gone and know nothing any more, my sympathy is for the parents who have lost children and the thousands of Thai people seriously injured during these Seven deadly Songkran days.

Secondly, lots of photos showing the joy and happiness thousands of people get from this famous celebration.

I would like to give credit to the Bangkok Post for borrowing many of their photos for this blog, many thanks to this great newspaper.

The first four days

Seven deadly Songkran days

The fourth day of the Songkran festivalโ€™s โ€œseven dangerous daysโ€™โ€™ saw 259 people lose their lives in road accidents across the country, up almost 36% from 2015.

Most accidents involved motorcycles, with 78.8%, followed by pick-up trucks, 10.8%. (BKK Post)

The madness that is Songkran

Seven deadly Songkran days The Songkran celebration has many symbolic traditions. The mornings begin with merit-making, visiting local temples and offering food to the Buddhist monks. On this specific occasion, pouring water on Buddha statues is considered an iconic ritual for this holiday. It represents purification and the washing away one’s sins and bad luck. Originally water was splashed gently on friends family & neighbours, today it has evolved into an all out water fight which certainly does not reassemble the original tradition.

Lets focus on happiness

Seven deadly Songkran days

The tragedy & sadness of the road carnage needs to be balanced by the joy and happiness most people in Thailand, consequently here is the sort of thing that makes me happy this time of the year. ๐Ÿ™‚

A beautiful lady in traditional dress.

Seven deadly Songkran days

This is one of my favourite Songkran images, not sure who to credit.

Traditional Songkran

Seven deadly Songkran days Gently pouring water on Buddha statues is considered to be an iconic ritual for this holiday. It represents purification and the washing away one’s sins and bad luck.

The other side of the coin

Seven deadly Songkran days

The two photos above demonstrate the both ends of the spectrum.

Have you ever seen a happier child?

Seven deadly Songkran days

Riding on his father’s shoulders he is having the time of his life.


More happy faces

Seven deadly Songkran days Thanks once again to the Bangkok Post for another great photo.

Gunfight at the Bangkok Corral

Seven deadly Songkran days

Thousands of tourists flock to Thailand to participate in the greatest water fight in the world. Pamplona in Spain has the running of the bulls, Thailand has the running of the water cannons. ๐Ÿ™‚

What did I do?

Seven deadly Songkran days This guy seems to be denying any wrongdoing, could it be because he is not wearing a helmet? No, they rarely enforce that in Thailand, unless of course they see a Farang without one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fabulous foam at Centraworld

Seven deadly Songkran days A sea of white foam and everybody is having fun.

The very best of Songkran

Seven deadly Songkran days I intended to focus on the danger on the roads during Songkran however images like the one above totally distract me.

Total determination

Seven deadly Songkran days Concentrating totally on eliminating the enemy. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Photo Bkk Post)

Beach Road Pattaya April 19.

Long range weapon

 photo Kho San Rd.jpg Many of these water cannons have a very long range.

Fifth day the terrible toll continues.

Seven deadly Songkran days

The number of people arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol over the past seven is 81,541, including 50,271 motorcycle drivers and 31,270 drivers of cars and public vehicles.

How sweet she is.

Seven deadly Songkran days

After any bad news like the shocking road toll we need some good news, and here she is. ๐Ÿ™‚

My name is Rambo

 photo Rambo.jpg I have a licence to spill.

Songkran is “so in your face”

Seven deadly Songkran days

There is absolutely no escape from this “in your face” experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

Day six and the news is still bad

Seven deadly Songkran days

The first six days of the “seven dangerous days” of Songkran saw 397 people lose their lives in road crashes across Thailand, a 29.74% jump from last year, with drink-driving remaining the major cause. (BKK Post)

Songkran madness in 2nd road Pattaya

What could possibly go wrong?

David Herd ThailandYou are on a bike, you get hit by a stream of water, what could possibly go wrong?

The battle rages

David Herd Thailand Songkran

I feel overall we have to properly balance the whole situation, fun versus death & suffering, in my book fun loses. I’m not advocating doing away with Songkran, however somehow the authorities have to do more to stop the road carnage.

Seven deadly Songkran days

Seven deadly Songkran days

Drink-driving remained the biggest single cause of road crashes, blamed for 34.09%, followed by speeding at 32.93%. Most crashes involved motorcycles (80.67%), followed by pick-up trucks (8.85%). (From Bangkok Post.)

Compare the last six years.

Seven deadly Songkran days

Four out of every five accidents involved motorcycles. So far a total of 442 people have been killed. It should also be noted that statistics taken inside Thailand only includes victims who died at the scene. Can you imagine how much worse the statistics would be if they also included people who died within 30 days?

80 lives lost every day

This link may answer some of the questions.

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A-One hotel on Beach Road

Seven deadly Songkran days

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Russian bikini babes Pattaya

March 19, 2016 by David Herd

Planet Earth Beach Club

Russian bikini babes Pattaya Russian bikini babes Pattaya is all about a contest to pick Miss Love Pattaya Thailand, a popular Pattaya web site. The contest winner will receive B100,000 first prize. The photo above is Planet Earth a great venue for a pool party.

The Russian Bikini Babes Pattaya

Russian bikini babes Pattaya The one with the great body in the yellow bikini could really move.

More photos of this sexy babe

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Further down in this post you will see a great video of her dancing.

Tattooed Russian princess

Planet Earth Beach Club I hate to say it but in a contest in Pattaya between Russian and Thai babes it was a foregone conclusion a Thai girl would win. Check out my photo blog here. When it came to dancing however the Russians were far superior.

Here is the proof

 Posing for a photo

Russian bikini babes Pattaya Here are the girls on grand final day, the blonde has changed to a black & white bikini, she looked better in the yellow one. ๐Ÿ™‚

Question?

Russian bikini babes Pattaya

Who got the best photo, him or me? I think I win by a long shot. ๐Ÿ™‚


The girls waiting patiently

 photo IMG_3007.jpg This was early in the afternoon before the crowd arrived.

Superman has arrived on the scene

Russian bikini babes Pattaya He must have received a message these poor girls were being exploited, so he has come to rescue them from oppression, slavery and possibly forced prostitution.

The tattooed princess has all the moves

Gorillas in our midst.

Sexy Thai bikini babes Pattaya

 Some of the beefcake boys in the crowd were more interested in finding a mirror rather than checking out the sexy babes. :)

Wow! Who is this?

Russian bikini babes Pattaya She was in fact one of the judges in heat number five, I believe she works for one of the local Pattaya gyms.

Want to see a little more?

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Want to see a lot more?

Watching that almost makes me want to hit the gym.

Talking about the gym…

Russian bikini babes Pattaya

I wonder how much time the guy in the blue glasses spends in the gym?

Bacardi Breezer girls & Grey Goose Vodka

Russian bikini babes Pattaya

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Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

February 13, 2016 by David Herd

The more things change the more they stay the same

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand are constantly popping up with many clubs closing and new venues opening. There is still nothing in the world quite like Walking Street Pattaya. Prices have risen and tourists numbers are down in 2016, however that does not deter new clubs from opening. In the last week I have visited two of these new hotspots, Taboo which is owned by some French guys from Paris and Virgins owned by a Russian fellow called Slava.

Taboo Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

An upmarket club with nice dรฉcor and friendly girls. I met two of the owners Glenn & Alex from Paris, they opened December 2015.

When you are in Taboo it’s up to you

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand Walking Street is always changing, old clubs closing and new ones opening. Just last week in Soi Diamond Sugarbaby closed it’s doors after 30 years in business. This photo was taking by LovePattayaThailand, check out some of the articles I write for them here.

                          The first thing I saw in Taboo

           photo-3sexy-babe

Right away I knew I was going to like this place. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hello baby
Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand Half Thai and half Japanese, a great combination.

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 Virgins

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand Now I’m quite sure you will find it very difficult to find a virgin working on Walking St. In fact the catchy name actually means the girls at Virgins have never worked in a Pattaya bar before. ๐Ÿ™‚

Glass elevator

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Too lazy to climb the stairs? Well, there is a glass elevator to whisk you up to this dark sexy Go Go bar.

Rooftop Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand Here is something quite unique in Walking Street, a rooftop bar where you can have a drink and enjoy the view.

Looking down on Walking Street.

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand Views of Walking Street and Pattaya Bay.

Enjoy a spa with a lady

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand Thirty minutes in the spa with the lady of your choice and a bottle of Champagne for B6,500, sadly it’s way above my pay grade.

Eastern European girls

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand They come from Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan & Moldova, just make sure you have plenty of money because this is an expensive club.

Neon lights of Walking St

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand There certainly is no shortage of lights here.

Most people come here to see….

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand

You guessed it.

Pothole & I certainly came here to see her.

 photo WalkingSt13.jpg There has been talk for many years about demolishing the buildings on the western side of Walking St as they have been built illegally on public land. Here is how I feel about this subject; 

If 1/2 of Walking St goes Pattaya will survive & thrive, times have changed and this city must change with it. Why should a few wealthy business people with a false sense of entitlement be allowed to build on public land for their own selfish needs?
 
A story in a local paper mentioned some  business people who believe it will negatively impact on tourism in Pattaya, or even the Pattaya condo market. I’m guessing they may be some of the real estate agents who charge over the top commissions. I say give the beach front back to the people.
 
What part of the phrase “public land” don’t they understand?
 
Full marks to the officials that have moved the hundreds of busses from Beach Road to Jomtien, it’s a wonderful improvement. However for some strange reason quite a few still unload passengers around the Hard Rock Hotel area. There are even police in attendance helping the tourists to cross the road. I’m guessing somebody with influence has approved this anomaly. 
 
Pattaya has been trying to clean up it’s image for years but progress is slow. Here is an idea from left field, Thailand was Siam, Myanmar was Burma, Beijing was Peking etc etc. Cities & countries can & do  change their name, I would change Pattaya to “MAGIC CITY”.
 
 For the first 5 years I would just add “MAGIC CITY” to Pattaya, after 5 years I would drop off Pattaya & just use “MAGIC CITY” .
 
As I said before you have to move with the times. ๐Ÿ™‚
 
Yours sincerely the FiveStarVagabond, November 8 2016.
Here are the illegal building on Walking St

Walking St I say give the beach front back to the people.

Here I am in 2013 with some friends from Australia

Go Go bars Pattaya Thailand My friend on the left is Nathan Corbett an absolute Muay Thai legend. He was world champion eleven times in 3 different weight divisions.

Walking St Pattaya

Walking St Pattaya Well here we are back on the street with a many alternatives new and old to cater for our every need. Walking St is totally unique, it offers many more choices than the three Bangkok red light districts, Soi Cowboy, Patpong & Nana Plaza.  Even Amsterdam’s famous RLD does not come close to Walking St Pattaya.

Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

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For a more upmarket hotel on Beach Rd

Hello welcome Pattaya Beach Rd Thailand

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The history of Walking St by Bangkok Post. 

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Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

September 18, 2015 by David Herd

Beach Road

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya Tropical storm smashes Pattaya, Vamco formed in the South China Sea on September 13, 2015 and went ashore in Vietnam a few days later. Although short-lived Vamco dropped very heavy rainfall over the mountainous terrain of central Vietnam and in Laos and eastern Thailand. It arrived in Pattaya on the 16th and caused an enormous amount of flooding and damage.

Opposite Soi 6

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya For months they have been working of a drainage system to clear the water that builds up on Beach Rd at Soi 6. You can see what Vamco did to this location. ๐Ÿ™‚

New drainage system

Storm damage Pattaya The building project continues, whether it will do the job or not we will just have to wait and see.

Following day back to normal

 photo Storm over Saturday 2.jpg It does not take these industrious Thai workers long to repair the damage and get back to normal.

 The power of nature

Storm damage Vamco

These pavers have not been down for very long. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Beach Rd footpath undermined

Beach Road Pattaya

 

The thunder that accompanied the lightening was the loudest I have ever heard in my condo. It seemed to be exploding right above my building.

Here is a video from my balcony

A classic photo

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

7-Eleven staff are very dedicated people. I found this photo on a Thai Visa forum, it was attributed to this Twitter account, https://twitter.com/nuunut5555.

I hope the packaging is waterproof. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

This is a very common sight in Pattaya after a storm.

Beach Road underwater

Pattaya beer bar

You just can’t build a drain or a gutter that can handle this volume of water.

The locals take it in their stride

 photo 5.jpg As you can clearly see, these guys couldn’t car less about the flood waters. ๐Ÿ™‚

Barge blown off mooring

Strong winds in Pattaya today blew one of the para-sailing barges off its mooring. It is now stuck on the sand 100 meters from the beach.


 Long tail tub

Pattaya storm damage

Thailand is famous for it’s long tail boats, well he is a Long tail tub. ๐Ÿ™‚

Is this a road or a river?

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

Busy streets turn into rivers.

Houston, we have a problem.

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

Hey buddy, you are going nowhere. ๐Ÿ™‚

Grab him and bag him

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

The guys look very casual with this encounter.

 Hmmm! I wonder what the problem is?

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

A spray of WD 40 is all it needs.

The solution is simple

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A little water is not going to stop this guy. ๐Ÿ™‚

No coffee tonight

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

There is an enormous amount of damage caused by these storms.

Roads turn into rivers

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All hands on deck.

Towel or a Burka?

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

I think she is losing the battle to stay dry. ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to the beach

 photo Storm damage Sept 18 14.jpg

repairing the beach in the wet season is a never ending job.

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

The footpath has been undermine by the force of the storm water.

Footpath collapses

Pattaya Storm

I really don’t think there is any solution to this problem.

So much damage to the footpath when a Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

David Herd Pattaya

After last nights storm we have a beautiful sunny day.

Saturday September 19

Tropical Storm The sunshine, boats and tourists a back, everything is normal again.


Fantastic light show is now just a memory

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

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Sabai Wing Soi 1 North Pattaya

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

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.

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Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

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