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.

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

October 29, 2017 by David Herd

Ideal spot to chill out

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

Sokha Beach Resort SihanoukvilleSokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville has a great pool & a beautiful private sandy beach. Exceptional food & very good rooms, what more could you possibly want? ๐Ÿ™‚

Pool bar

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Cocktails or a cold beers at the pool bar.

There are two room sections, we stayed at the cheaper option, the Sokha Express. You still have full use of all the facilities, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

If you prefer the Sokha Beach Resort use THIS LINK for a discount.

It doesn’t get much better than this. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Rarely were there many pople in the pool which made it absolutely ideal.

But wait, there’s more……

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville The beautiful beach has pure white sand and warm tropical water.

The beach goes on forever, where are the people???

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Generally Asian people like to stay out of the sun so us foreigners have the place to ourselves. ๐Ÿ™‚

 The main building

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Breakfast is served here & it’s as good as it gets a you can imagine.

The property is huge

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville The deck is around 500 meters from the main building & pool. It’s worth the walk however, you have the choice of two excellent restaurants, Lemongrass & the Lotus.

Why do they call it “The Deck”?

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Well it’s pretty bloody obvious if you ask me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lemongrass Restaurant

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Food was very good & the place almost deserted.

Soup to die for.

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

I really do love my soup.

Serendipity Beach

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville This is where most people dine at night, it’s the net beach & all the action is here. Only a 10 minute Tuk Tuk ride.

Tuk Tuk

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville The ten minute ride to Serendipity is only $2 or $3 USD.

Lovely ladies

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville They were working at a wedding that was in the hotel grounds.

This is supposed to be happy hour. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Nobody looks happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Drinks are 2 for one at happy hour between 5 & 7 pm.

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville      Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville

Pizzas & burgers are reasonably priced as well.

The Beach Bar

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Sadly is closes around 7.30 pm.

I guess they want you at their casino.

Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville Part of the hotel & when we went there there were more staff than customers.

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Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

October 29, 2017 by David Herd

Family trawling on the Mekong

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia is the world’s 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km (2,703 mi).It starts from the Tibetan Plateau & runs through China’s Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

 Riverside restaurant

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

A perfect place to relax & watch life on the Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia. A huge storm hit while we were there & the noise on the ancient tin roof was deafenning. ๐Ÿ™‚

Seeing Phnom Penh by Tuk Tuk

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia An inexpensive way to get around the city, short rides are only $2 or $3 USD.

Many temples similar to Thailand

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia We didn’t inspect any of the Cambodian temples, we had our quota in Chiang Mai the previous week. ๐Ÿ™‚

From the old to the new

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia

There is a building explosion happening in Phnom Penh mainly due to enormous funds flowing in from China.

Modern buildings are multiplying

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia In a few short years you won’t recognise Phnom Penh.

Very little activity

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia The first thing we noticed around these modern buildings was very few people around. I’m guessing it’s out of the locals price range.

The “old” Cambodia is far more appealing

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Which do you prefer? In my book the “old” wins hands down. ๐Ÿ™‚

Plantation Urban Resort and Spa

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia An excellent hotel in a good location, for a very good room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Be warned however

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Not very good for single guys who are hoping to bring a lady back to their room.

 Bistrot Langka

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia TripAdvisor rank it #2 of 962 Restaurants in Phnom Penh.

Delicious soup

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Food & service was excellent.

Beside the Bistrot Lanka entrance

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia It looks like an ordinary Coke machine.

In fact it’s a door to their Speakeasy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia What a great surprise, full marks to the French owners for their unique idea.

Metro Hassakan restaurant

Mekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia Located in the main street opposite the river, nice atmosphere & good food.

Farewell to the Mekong River

Mekong River Phnom Penh CambodiaMekong River Phnom Penh Cambodia & Sihanoukville are certainly changing rapidly, not necessarily for the good I’m afraid. However there are still many wonderful experiences to enjoy in this fascinating country.

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Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

October 26, 2017 by David Herd

Pub St Sihanoukville

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville is home to Pub St & lots of restaurants & bars along the beach where you can eat & drink at bargain basement prices.

Not much action through the day

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville At night however this stretch of beach comes to life.

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Lots of tourists working on their suntan through the day.

DAO of LIFE Restaurant bar

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Located adjacent to the ferry terminal they serve good food & cold beer, Ranked #4 of 353 Restaurants in Sihanoukville.

My Kebab was excellent

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville This is mainly a vegetarian restaurant which would normally be off limits for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lovely spot beside ferry terminal

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville From memory a local beer was only about 70 US cents.

We took the fast boat to Koh Rong for $22 USD return, certainly a worthwhile trip.

DAO from the beach

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Put it on your Sihanoukville bucket list. ๐Ÿ™‚

The beach lights up at night

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville A great atmosphere for drinking & dining

Food cooked to perfection

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville These charcoal fires generate enormous heat.

The fish was absolutely delicious.

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Price around $8 USD.

Pasta & Ribs 

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville      Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville

These were our entrees.

There are two room sections at our hotel at the next beach, it was a terrific place to stay, we booked at the cheaper option, the Sokha Express. You still have full use of all the facilities, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

If you prefer the Sokha Beach Resort use THIS LINK for a discount.

One of the many beach restaurants

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville In some ways this stretch of restaurants reminds me of Jimbaram bay in Bali, however I do prefer Sihanoukville. ๐Ÿ™‚

Porky’s bar restaurant

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville The name didn’t really attract me. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Bamboo Bar at Pub Street

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville This is the 2nd vegetarian restaurant I found myself at in the last 2 days.

An excellent sandwich, I love avocado.

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville TripAdvisor rank it #18 of 275 Restaurants in Sihanoukville.

Aristocrat Hotel

Serendipity Beach Sihanoukville Only 100 meters from the ferry terminal & the beach, use THIS LINK to book & get a discounted room rate.

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Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia

October 26, 2017 by David Herd

40 minutes by fast boat.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia is only 40 minutes by fast boat. It seems  a little like Koh Samui 25 years ago, lots of backpackers & hippies.

Leaving Plantation Beach

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia The fare each way to Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia is $13 USD.

500 Horsepower

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia A very fast smooth ride.

Pommie backpackers

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia There were 4 or 5 English backpackers shrieking to each other over the engine noise, as you can see Steve is not too impressed. ๐Ÿ™‚

 Our frst glimpse of the island.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia It was like travelling back in time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Vagabonds

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Vagabonds cafe I’m sure has seen it’s share of vagabonds, however this is the first visit by the famous FiveStarVagabond. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

The Rising Sun

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia We settled here for a couple of cold beers and a Phad Thai, the place is run by 3 friendly Italians from Milano.

And here they are…..

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Living the dream on Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia.

Hard at work

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Well somebody has to do the heavy lifting. ๐Ÿ™‚

Crystal clear water here.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia As you would expect for a tropical island.

The essence of Koh Rong

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia This shot captures the essence of Koh Rong for me,  a lazy tropical island full of backpackers & hippies.

Talking about backpackers…..

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Here is a perfect example, sadly I arrived 30 years too late. ๐Ÿ™‚

Guess I’ll go fishing instead. ๐Ÿ™‚

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia Crystal clear water & lots of fish big & small.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia A nice way to explore the island would be to hire a log tail boat.

Life is very very casual here.

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia You can rent a room overlooking the beach for around $10 USD per night.

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Back to Sihanoukville

Koh Rong Island Sihanoukville Cambodia We had a bigger boat which took 5 minutes longer.

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Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

October 18, 2017 by David Herd

You gotta love a pink elephant. ๐Ÿ™‚

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Wat Ban Den is the most impressive I have ever seen. It was totally renovated in 1998 after the new Abbott Kru Ba Tuang raised huge amounts of money from people all over the country.

Work is still in progress

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

 As you can see from the first 2 photos work is still in progress. ๐Ÿ™‚

Incredible works of art

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand The detail and the beauty really takes your breath away.

They could be twins. ๐Ÿ™‚

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Patrick Taylor is an Aussie living in Singapore, he loves having his photo taken & is fully certified selfie expert. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Tigers are here.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Everywhere you look there is another fabulous statue.

Totally spectacular

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand As I said before Wat Ban Den is the most impressive Thai Temple I have ever seen. 

Absolutely brand new.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand It’s a huge credit to Abbott Kru Ba Tuang & all the generous Buddhists who donated money to completely renovate the original structures as well as adding new.

Magnificent dragon

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand This would be a great location for an Asian version of “Game of Thrones.” ๐Ÿ™‚

Renovated in 1804 & 1998.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand In  1804, Kruba Thueang Natsilo, a former abbot, also had the temple renovated. It became far more exquisite with Lanna-style architecture. The abbot intended to turn it into a beautiful place of worship with religious teachings. He hoped this would attract more people to the temple so that they would have a chance to learn about the religion. 

Ring the bell folks. ๐Ÿ™‚

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand The temple stands prominently on top of a small hill and can be easily seen from afar.

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand As you can clearly see this Temple is a photographer’s dream.

Attention to detail…

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Perfection is everywhere you look.

My favorite shot

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand I think I captured a special moment here.

Reach for the sky

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand Surely this has to inspire you? ๐Ÿ™‚

Patrick & I enjoying Wat Van Den

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand As you can see Pat is a very tall happy character.

I have found a new friend.

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The Dusit Princess

Remarkable Temple Chiang Mai Thailand

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Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

July 19, 2017 by David Herd

Typical Bangkok street kitchen

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy over a 4 day period in July 2017. There are so many terrific places to eat in Bangkok, from 5 star hotels to street food & everything in between. The 3 of us guys were wondering if any Thai people actually eat a home. ๐Ÿ™‚

Au Bon Pain for breakfast

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy We start our day at Au Bon Pain in Silom or one of the many Starbucks in and around Silom Rd near Sala Daeng BTS station. The coffee & croissants are excellent, my favorite is the ham & cheese at Starbucks.

Here it is

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

 A perfect start to the day, add a tall latte for a cost of B230 or $7 usd.

However if you are on a budget

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Foodland (open 24/7) has a breakfast “happy hour”, if you eat before 9.am an American breakfast including coffee & juice will only cost you B62 or $1.80 usd, priceless. ๐Ÿ™‚

Le Bouchen in Patpong

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

TripAdvisor rates Le Bouchen #176 of 9,969 restaurants in Bangkok. I think this is a gross exaggeration, don’t get me wrong, the couple of entrees we had were very good, however it’s an old world French restaurant that doesn’t deserve such a high rating. Dishes were Lasagna with lobster sauce & a Lobster bisque in pastry which was quite excellent.

 These were excellent

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy    Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy    

Lasagna with lobster sauce & a Lobster bisque in pastry.

Uminoya Izakaya

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

I really enjoyed the food & wine at Uminoya.

Two excellent dishes

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

Funny story of the day, the skewers were around B250 & the eel B180, or so I thought until the bill came. It was B2100 or $84 aud including 2 large glasses of red, I had made a small error, the eel was B1189 ++, when I ordered it I thought it seemed too cheap. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

 China White 3rd floor Central World

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Really good low cost Chinese food.

I will definitely visit China White again.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy They served the best BBQ pork I have had for a long time.

Roast at The Commons

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

My brother Warren & I both agree the lunch โ€œspecialโ€ at โ€œRoastโ€ on the top floor is the best value we have ever had in Thailand, & in most other countries as well. There is a choice on entree, main course & desert for only B340 or $10 usd.

The busy kitchen at โ€œRoastโ€.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

We were both so impressed not just with the food, but the presentation, service & cleanliness of this reasonably hard to find top floor restaurant.

 Fresh vegetables in Patpong

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy Thai people has taken street to an art form. Follow THIS LINK for more Thai street food.

Capri pizzas at Asiatique

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy This is definitely one of my favorite photos.

 Chicken skewers look good here.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy The Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy continues, there is temptation around every corner.

The Wine Connection

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy There are about 6 branches in Bangkok, this one is in Silom. Choose your wine from their well stocked cellar.

My favorite dish at Wine Connection

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

 Garlic prawns cooked exactly like I used to have them in Australia 40 years ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ice cream shop at Central World

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy We used our willpower & resisted the temptation until we got to Swensen’s at Siam Paragon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can you believe TripAdvisor rate Swensen’s  #166 of 10,489 Places to Eat in Bangkok.

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy

Three Aussies Bangkok Feeding Frenzy 

The frenzy continued in Pattaya, here is Ray overwhelmed by the size of the schnitzel at Lekerle.

Well that’s all for now folks, farewell from EmQuartier

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Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

July 17, 2017 by David Herd

Up the lazy river

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok are one of the many interesting sights in this great city. Take the Sky Train to Saphan Taksin station or grab a taxi. The river ferries leave from just below the station.

Above is the free shuttle to Asiatique an excellent night market 10 minutes away. Lots of terrific restaurants, be careful if you want to take a taxi home from there, they will quote B400 for an B80 ride, the Bangkok taxi Mafia is in full operation here.

Sathorn Unique Tower

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok 

Planned as a high-rise condominium complex, construction of the building was halted during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, when it was about 80 percent complete. It’s now the most prominent of Bangkok’s many derelict buildings, and has become a destination for urban explorers.

One of the many skyscrapers.

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok Bangkok is really going through a building boom, particularly along the mighty Chao Praya river.

One of the very tall buildings.

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok Check out my Bangkok building photo blog on THIS LINK.

Sunset on the river

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok There are many ferries large & small taking people on a cruise along the mighty Chao Phraya river, follow THIS LINK for another of my photo blogs.

The golden dome

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok Sirocco Sky Bar is the worldโ€™s highest open-air bar on the 64th floor of the State Tower located on Silom Road, Bang Rak business district, Bangkok, Thailand, the second tallest building in Thailand. 

Centre Point Hotel Silom

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok 

Centre Point Hotel Silom is the white building close to the State Tower, excellent 45 M2 rooms, for a discounted room rate just book through THIS LINK. 

All shapes & sizes

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok  So many interesting boats on the river.

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

Boats Buildings Chao Phraya River Bangkok

How would you ever find a life-jacket if there was a problem with the ferry?

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Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct

July 15, 2017 by David Herd

The Commons Soi 55 Thonglor

Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct is off Soi 55 Sukhumvit in Thonglor. A wonder collection of eateries in an interesting “factory like” building.

Interesting name

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct One of the many terrific food outlets on the ground floor market area.

Fresh bread fro the bakery

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct We enjoyed some of this bread with lunch at “Roast”.

Soul food anyone?

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct There are some fabulous choices of interesting cuisines at this fabulous Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct.

Here is the best tip I can pass on to you.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

Both my brother Warren & I both agree the lunch “special” at “Roast” on the top floor is the best value we have ever had in Thailand, & in most other countries as well. There is a choice on entree, main course & desert for only B340 or $10 usd.

The set lunch Menu

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

The quality of the food & presentation is exceptional.

Smoked salmon & avocado

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Warren chose this for his main course after his mixed leaf Caesar to begin.

Wonderful pasta.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

After my entree of potato chowder I had what may be one of the best pastas I have ever eaten.

We both had the Millefeuille for desert.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct And yes, it tasted just as goo as it looks. ๐Ÿ™‚

The busy kitchen at “Roast”.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct We were both so impressed not just with the food, but the presentation, service & cleanliness of this reasonably hard to find top floor restaurant.

The “Roast” bar

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

Do yourself a favor & put the Roast on your Bangkok bucket list. I’m not exaggerating how good this place is, TripAdvisor rates it #107 of 9,975 Restaurants in Bangkok.

Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Craft beer

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Craft beer bars are a little bit like the “selfie stick”, they are everywhere. I’m not really a fan of paying double the price for a beer & not knowing if I’m going to like it or not.

 The Plant House

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct The Commons is 90% food with a couple of exceptions like the Plant house, there is also a large children’s play room.

The Lobster Lab

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct This was my first choice for lunch before my brother found the “Roast”, however I will return. ๐Ÿ™‚

Source is the resident grocer.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct Just another one of the fabulous food outlets.

Meat & Bones

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct What a great name, Split logs piled in the open kitchen hint at the way in which food is prepared, although due to sizing constraints all meat is roasted off-site, at a house on Sukhumvit Soi 105.

I love this mural.

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct There is a lot to like about Bangkok’s Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct.

Liquor outlet at The Commons

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct They have covered most of the bases here. ๐Ÿ™‚

 Location

Bangkok's Artisan Cafe Restaurant precinct 

Thonglor is quite an upmarket area of Bangkok. Follow THIS LINK for more on this area.

One One Hotel is 5 minutes walk  from the Commons.

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Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

May 22, 2017 by David Herd

Breathtaking view from Red Sky Bar

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars, I really doubt if any city in the world has as many amazing rooftop bar/restaurants than Bangkok. This photo is from the 56th floor of the Red Sky Bar located above CentralWorld.

Happy hour at Red Sky Bar

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Generally as you can imagine Sky Bars are expensive venues, however between 5 & 7 pm buy one get one free is a good deal, for instance  a Jack Daniels or a beer is B360 or $10.50 usd, so getting 2 for 1 is a good value.

I rate Red Sky Bar 5 stars.

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 

At the Hotel Indigo Bangkok 81 Wireless Road, Pathumwan, on the 25th and 26th Floor.

I give Char a 4 star rating.

The amazing Bangkok skyline.

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 

Open at 6 pm in time for the sunset.

 Char Bar walking distance to CentralWorld.

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 

An easy walk from Char Bar to Red Sky Bar.

I rate Char Bar 4 stars.

Long Table sky bar

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

  Long Table sky bar Bangkok is located on the 25th floor of the Colomn serviced apartments in Soi 16 Asoke. Obviously not as high as many of the Bangkok sky bars but still offers an incredible view of this great city.

I rate Longtable 4 stars.

Spectacular entrance

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 

Walk in the door and this is the fabulous view of Bangkok. Obviously not as high as many of the Bangkok sky bars but still offers an incredible view of this great city. Photo credit Asia Web Direct.

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Cielo Sky Bar & Restaurant

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Another spectacular venue to add to the many other โ€œmust doโ€ places to visit in this great city. Located between Sukhumvit 69 & 71 only five minutes walk from Phra Khanong BTS station.

A small beautifully designed intimate restaurant

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 The Cielo Sky Bar & Restaurant menu caters to a variety of budgets and offers a small selection of well known international dishes. Try the simple Spaghetti Carbonara (250 Baht), the fancy Roasted Duck with Fresh Orange Thyme Sauce (320 Baht), or for those wanting to splash out: the grilled Australian ribeye steak (850 Baht).

Sirocco Restaurant & Bar

 Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Sirocco Sky Bar State Tower Bangkok is one of the best rooftop restaurants bars in the world. In fact I really doubt if any city in the world has more roof top bars than Bangkok. I would certainly like to know if there is any place more spectacular than Sirocco which is located of the 64th floor of the State Tower building in Bangkok.

I rate Sirocco 5 stars.

Top floor Lebua Hotel

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

  Great location close to the Sky Train and the river ferries. One of the nicest ways to spend an hour in Bangkok is cruising along the mighty Chao Phraya river. The river ferry takes you up the lazy river for only B150 for the whole day. It is a great way to see many of Bangkokโ€™s wonderful landmarks. A ticket to Chinatown is only B40, get off at pier number 5 at Ratchawong and walk 10 minutes up the road.

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 Sirocco to Red Sky

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 

Via Roof 33 & Char Bar.

Roof 38 Bar Sathorn Rd

 Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Located on the 38th floor of the Mode Sathorn Hotel which is right next door to Surasak sky train. A nice relaxing atmosphere and the drinks are rather expensive as you would expect.

Rawiwan (Lucknam) Thaikam @ Roof 38

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

  The lovely lady is the Roof manager, very friendly with a beautiful smile. She has worked at some other bangkok Roof bars and I think the 38 bars is very lucky to have her on the staff.

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Brewski Sky Bar Radisson Blu Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road near Soi 25 claim to be the only rooftop craft beer bar in Bangkok. Iโ€™m not into craft beers however an Asahi bottle was reasonably prices at B160, or $4.50 USD.

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Two Pattaya reprobates

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 Joergen Ulitzka & Pothole aka John Martin were very impressed with the view.

Octave Rooftop Lounge Marriott Bangkok

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

 Sukhumvit is one of Bangkokโ€™s busiest roads so catch the sky train to Thong Lo station and walk 5 minutes to 57 Sukhumvit Rd.

I rate Octave 4 stars.

Waiting for sunset at Octave.

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

The drinks are quite expensive at most roof top bars however  here you get two for one cocktails at happy hour before 6pm.

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Rooftop Restaurant Bar Sofitel Bangkok

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

On the left is the Westin Hotel which is next door to Terminal 21, & on the right is the Sheraton.

I rate Sofitel 4.5 stars.

Farewell from the Sofitel & the Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars

Thanks for visiting my Spectacular Bangkok Sky Bars photo blog. One popular Sky Bar Cloud 47 closed the end of March, see the story on THIS LINK. Soon I will reveiw Above 11 & the new Park Hyatt which open on May 12th 2017.

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Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok

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Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

May 22, 2017 by David Herd

Local Trattoria since 1997

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

 

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant at Chit Lom, a little hard to find the restaurant’s entrance located on the 3rd floor of the Maneeya Centre building, which directly links to BTS Chit Lom at the Siam end.

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Walk down the narrow stairs & through the bar into the beautiful restaurant.

Excellent decor

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

I really like the fact the tables are not too close together which certainly improves the atmosphere.

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 Baked seafood entree

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

This tasty dish is prepared and served in a traditional snail serving tray.

This is a superb dish beautiful served

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

  This superb entree featured morsels of French mussels, clams & prawns, flavoured & baked with herb butter, cheddar, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.

If you lean closer to the screen I’m sure you will be able to smell the garlic. ๐Ÿ™‚

An important message 

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

 

This really is the best advice I can give you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Beef Ribs

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

 Another dish cooked perfectly was the bone-in braised beef short rib in red wine sauce (750 baht),  slow-cooked until the meat became soft and fell off the bone, yet still retained a pleasant chewy texture. Notice the packet of baked garlic which was very tasty indeed.

A choice of vegetables

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Choose the vegetables that you prefer with your ribs.

Here is my favourite main course

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

The slow cooked lamb shank is absolutely delicious. 

Anyone for cake?

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

It would not be a proper Italian restaurant without cake. ๐Ÿ™‚

In Bangkok you must visit some of the wonderful sky bars.

Farewell from Pirate Chambre

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Many thanks for visiting my Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant photo blog.

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Location

Pirate Chambre Excellent Bangkok Restaurant

Hard to find but persevere. ๐Ÿ™‚

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