Thailand beach resort fabulous food at Mae Pim was high on our list when my brother & I took some Australian friends to this quiet little seaside village 90 minutes east of Pattaya. The 3 days & 4 nights had the feel of an eating odyssey centred mainly around the Tequila Sunrise bar & restaurant. There is an international team, a Swiss owner, Peter the German chef, Gary an Australian manager & some very nice Thai staff who run this popular establishment. We had lunch there 3 times, dinner once and cocktails every evening. Above is Swedish Skagen at Tequila Sunrise
From the left we have Chris Lockwood, Warren Herd, Nikki Murphy and Tony Murphy.
Nikki snaps the Sea Bass.
This was certainly worth a photo, another excellent dish at Tequila Sunrise.
Peter the talented chef at Tequila Sunrise
Peter was a chef at the Hard Rock Hotel in Pattaya until he saw the light and moved to Mae Pim. Now nothing short of an atomic bomb will get him to move anywhere else. Originally from Hamburg in Germany, he returned home for 2 weeks in May 2016, after 33 years this was his only visit. After speaking with him I’m guessing it may be his last trip home. 🙂
Sadly I didn’t get the restaurant name, however it was right next door to Tequila Sunrise, food was very good as was the beautiful breeze coming off the gulf of Thailand. My brother Warren enjoyed his fried squid in yellow curry with fried rice.
Chris also enjoyed his spicy Tom Yum seafood soup
All the dishes here were good and the price very reasonable.
A short video on Mae Pim beach
The Wednesday special at Tequila Sunrise is the enormous double schnitzel for only B159 which is a bargain. Here is my friend Larry Krausz who was born in Australia so I guess he was raised on schnitzels. 🙂
Larry & I were here in February 2016 and I couldn’t wait to return.
I rest my case
What a monster, comes with French fries or mash potato.
The tall building in the centre is the Banyan Tree Hotel which has another famous Sky bar and restaurant called Vertigoon the 61st floor.
Bangkok’s tallest buildings
This is from a small bar area on the 2nd floor which would be a great spot for a private party.
A slightly different angle
Maybe you prefer a tent
Bangkok Sky Bar Cloud 47 really is one of the cities great location. 47th Floor, United Center Building, Silom, Bangkok. Tel: +66 91 889 9600. For you Thai speakers suay mak mak.
Just before sunset
We are eagerly waiting for the lights of the city to come on.
Bangkok’s tallest building
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.
My favourite time of the day
Such an exciting sight to see the lights of the “Big Mango” start to come to life.
Peak hour is a good time to avoid the Bangkok traffic, take the Sky train instead.
Larry is quenching his thirst
My friend Larry Krausz has recently moved to Thailand from Australia, we have known each other for quite a while, in fact in 1999 we travelled around the world including Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
City views don’t get much better than this.
Bangkok Sky Bar Cloud 47
By now we were on our 6th beer and feeling no pain at all.
A great night
This certainly was a night to remember, Cloud 47 will become one of my regular Bangkok haunts. For those of you who like to boogie the band starts at 9 pm.
Remember the name
Put Cloud 47 on your bucket list, especially if you are a beer drinker.
Goodnight folks & thanks for visiting.
My Bangkok Silom Sky Bar Cloud 47 post simply proves once again what a fabulous city this is.
When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINKyou will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.
Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok is where I decided to watch the sunset on Halloween night at Octave, which is the roof top bar at the Hotel on 2 Soi Sukhumvit 57. I actually started the day with breakfast at the JW Marriott at Soi 2 Sukhumvit just near Ploenchit station.
If you want a front row seat you better arrive early.
Sunset at the Marriott
Of course everyone is waiting for sunset when the city lights come on turning the skyline into a fairyland.
Happy hour cocktails
The drinks are quite expensive at most roof top bars however here you get two for one cocktails at happy hour before 6pm.
On come the lights
There is nothing nicer than sipping a cocktail while watching the lights come on in this remarkable city of angels.
Sky turning bright blue
This time of the evening is a great time for photos, just turn off your flash and capture the moment. They call it “the blue hour” and the results are often spectacular.
Sukhumvit is one of Bangkok’s busiest roads so catch the sky train to Thong Lo station and walk 5 minutes.
It’s Halloween at Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok
Time to go up to the 48th floor for the Haloween party.
First a stop at 47.
Another great bar to relax with a cocktail or three.
Could this be the stairway to heaven?
Stairway to heaven?
What a great bar
The party hadn’t quite started when I arrived so I was able to take some nice photos before the crowd arrived.
The fabulous kept changing colours.
Let the games begin at Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok
Setting up the decorations before the crowd arrives.
Time to check out my 2 minute movie.
Ok, so I’m no Steven Spielberg but not a bad job for an amateur. 🙂
Marriott hotel Bangkok is quite luxurious as you would expect from this well known world wide chain. They have purchased the Queens Park hotel in Soi 22 and are renovating the 2000 room hotel from top to bottom. They expect to open in 2017 which will certainly add to this chains Bangkok footprint.
Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise, but personally I prefer Thailand as the best Asian destination for a number of reasons. For me there are too many Australians holidaying in Bali and being an Australian myself I really don’t want to mix with my countrymen when I am on vacation. I first visited this lovely island 40 years ago when it was calm and peaceful, now it is so busy all year round with tourists from all over the world. However as I said initially it is a great location for surfers as opposed to Thailand and many other Asian countries which don’t have large waves crashing on the shore.
Gathering for the sunset
On the beach in front of Ku Da Ta the crowd eagerly awaits the sunset.
Beautiful Balinese sunset
One of the best places in the world to watch the sunset.
Ku De Ta
A famous restaurant where people gather for the sunset.
Here I am with little Ben from London
This was July 2008.
Ben & Michelle
We met online while discussing a house swap. I invited them to join me in Bali before coming to Australia to stay in my guest wing.
Gorgeous girls in traditional Balinese dress.
Bali has a fascinating culture.
Total concentration here.
Pura Tanah Lot Bali Indonesia
Tanah Lot means “Land Sea” in the Balinese language. Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th-century priest Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island’s beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.
Beautiful Balinese Villa.
A beautiful Balinese villa.
Balinese boat on Sanur beach.
A great boat on Sanur beach.
The age old question
DOES MY BUM LOOK BIG IN THIS? Definitely not. 🙂
Dining at Ku De Ta in Seminyak.
One of the best places to dine and watch the fabulous sunsets is Ku De Ta on the beach at Seminyak. The photo above shows me David Herd & my friend Ken Grant, an American who now lives and works in Bali.
Here is where I stayed, Ken and his family came to my home in Australia for Xmas.
The whole villa was just beautifully decorated.
The most popular beach dining location in Bali.
Samaya Hotel at Seminyak.
There are many 5 star hotels in Bali Indonesia, the Samaya hotelis in a great location right on the beach.
Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise
A kite surfer at Sanur beach.
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