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.

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

July 2, 2017 by David Herd

Famous Restaurant district

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore is one of the cities best districts for food. Very popular after work meeting place for office workers, in fact this quaint little waterfront area is dwarfed by high rise office buildings.

Original buildings preserved

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

Boat Quay is the name of the road along the quay, which has been converted into a pedestrian mall. As early as 1822, Sir Stamford Raffles had already designated the area south of the river to be developed as a Chinese settlement. Boat Quay was completed in 1842 and the Chinese, mostly traders and laborers, settled there in large numbers. Conditions were squalid but Boat Quay flourished, rapidly exceeding in volume the trade on the north bank where the Europeans had their offices, houses and government buildings. WIKIPEDIA.

Established in the 19th century

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 Boat Quay is one of the early roads established in the 19th century when the Singapore River was the main port area of the colonial city. 

Expats meeting after golf.

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

A very popular meeting place for expats, here is a group of friends dining at an Italian restaurant at Boat Quay.

Chili crab is my favorite

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

These monster mud crabs are imported from Sri Lanka are are delicious.  Rather expensive of course like most things in Singapore, however you can haggle over the price at Boat Quay.

Alive & kicking

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

You certainly can’t get any fresher than this. 🙂

Victorian London Pub

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 

Victorian London Pub is one of the very popular pubs in Boat Quay where you can meet friends for pre dinner drinks.

A very colorful character

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 

This guys certainly brightens up the place. 🙂

Great view across the river

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

As the sun sets the city lights up.

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore location

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

 

Certainly should go on your bucket list if you are visiting this great city.

Fullarton Hotel

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

One of Singapore’s many five star hotels opposite B oat Quay.

Farewell from Boat Quay.

Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore

Thanks for visiting my Boat Quay Live Seafood Singapore photo blog.

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Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

December 16, 2016 by David Herd

Wine Connection Silom

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro chain of restaurants has quickly become one of my favourite places to eat in Thailand. Excellent food and a great selection of wine at reasonable prices.

Beside Sala Daeng Sky Train station

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Located in the basement of the Silom Complex right below Starbucks.

Garlic Prawns

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

My favourite dish at Wine Connection only B210.

Very reasonable prices

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Not just the food, the wine prices are also very affordable.

THE GRILL @ CentralWorld

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 Located on the ground floor at CentralWorld, Wine Connection claim The Grill is their most upmarket outlet.

Pasta & Salmon

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

Absolutely delicious Serrano Ham & Truffle Oil Fettuccine only B230 or $6.50 USD. 

Lots of fresh pasta

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

By now you probably understand why Wine Connection is such a favourite of mine. 🙂

South African Red wine 

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

On special at B499 a bottle or $14 USD.

Wine Connection @ Rainhill

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

This is my favourite location, just a short walk from Phrom Phong BTS station.

 Large cheese selection

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

A selection of cheese and a nice bottle of red, what more could you want?

Wine cellar

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Wines from all over the world at very reasonable prices.

Great value food & wine

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Every Wednesday from 7 pm to 9 pm there is free flow wine & beer for B499.

Location

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Take the Sky Train or a taxi along Sukhumvit. 

Wine Connection at Central Festival Samui

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 We only spent 4 nights in Koh Samui and chose to eat here twice.

Low cost wine

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

They offer a wonderful selection of wine from all over the world at liquor store prices. Our red wine from Chile was a bargain B650.

The chain I’m told is owned by a French group, I only wish they would open a branch in Pattaya.

Lamb shank at the Wine Connection.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

The food choices are extensive, lots of terrines a a big range of pasta.

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

Thanks for visiting my Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro photo blog, there are also branches in Phuket & Chiang Mai.

In Koh Samui I like to stay on Chaweng Beach at the Baan Chaweng,  for an excellent room rate just use THIS LINK to book.

iCheck Inn Soi 11

Bangkok Koh Samui Wine Bistro

 

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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Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

July 30, 2016 by David Herd

Great location & a beautiful pool

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

 Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand is across the road from the beach on the gulf of Thailand, two hours from Bangkok airport. Only 90 minutes east of Pattaya, B1200 by taxi and B1800 in a mini bus. For an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Adjacent to the pool you will find a fully equipped gym and a Thai massage service. The gym is free and it’s B300 for an hour for a Thai massage or foot massage.

 My Australian friends

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Nikki & Tony Murphy with my brother Warren in the middle.

Even nice in the rain

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

If it rains just head for the gym. 🙂

Another Aussie friend, Chris Lockwood aka Dr Evil.

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Chris and my brother Warren travel often together, follow THIS LINK for his south American adventure.

Room 201 in the main building

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

This room was a little bigger than many of the others.

Good aircon & internet

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

On the same level as the swimming pool.

The view from my balcony

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Naturally 301 on the next floor would have an even better view. 🙂

The hotel from the beach

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

You can clearly see the great location of Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand.

There are many good restaurants close by overlooking the beach

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

 This vermicelli & prawn dish was at Xing Xing restaurant. For more information on food in Mae Pim just follow THIS LINK.

Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

Only 150 meters down the road is our favourite bar restaurant Tequila Sunrise. There is an international team there, a Swiss owner, Peter the German chef, Gary an Australian manager & some very nice Thai staff who run this popular establishment. On our recent trip we had lunch there 3 times, dinner once and cocktails every evening.

Location

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

As I said earlier Mae Pim is two hours from Bangkok airport & only 90 minutes east of Pattaya. Thanks for visiting my Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand photo blog. Use this link for a discounted rate at THE MAE PIM RESORT.

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Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

July 29, 2016 by David Herd

Mae Pim fishing boat

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

 Mae Pim beach boats sunsets a beautiful onshore wind & peace and quiet. Only 90 minutes from Pattaya and 2 hours from Bangkok airport. The peace & quiet only applies between February and October, the 3 months over Xmas is a different story when the crowds converge on this delightful beach side resort.

Fishing traps

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Here are the traps being loaded onto the boat.

Setting off for a nights fishing

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

The traps are on board and there is a long night ahead, Mae Pim beach boats sunsets it’s all here.:)

 Roadside stalls

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

The fresh produce is sold at roadside stalls beside the beach.

Beautiful Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Plenty of deck chairs through the high season however they don’t seem to waste their time offering them in the low season.

Looking west the beach goes on forever

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

This is the perfect place for long beach walks with the onshore wind blowing in your face.

Sunset at Mae Pim

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

A beautiful time of the day to enjoy a stroll along the beach.

The sun setting in the west

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

  Mae Pim is on the gulf of Thailand only ninety minutes by car east of Pattaya, and 2 hours south of Bangkok. Beautiful white sand and clean water, it’s so quiet and peaceful after the noise & Madness of Pattaya.

However it’s not all a wilderness

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

There are many restaurants offering live seafood, the photo above is my brother Warren & I at Tequila Sunrise.

Tequila Sunrise at dusk

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

 Tequila Sunrise is our favourite Mae Pim bar restaurant. Lots of good food in Mae Pim, just follow THIS LINK.

Just after sunset at Mae Pim

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

All the seafood stalls are closed due to the low season and lack of customers.

 Main road Mae Pim

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

So quiet in the low season between February and October.

Mae Pim Resort Hotel

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Here is where we like to stay in Mae Pim, for an excellent room rate just book through THIS LINK.

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Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Thanks for visiting my Mae Pim beach boats sunsets photo blog.

                   

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Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

July 28, 2016 by David Herd

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food 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

Skagen is one of my favourite dishes, here is Jamie Oliver’s recipe.

Swedish smoked salmon

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

My good friend Tony Murphy rated this beautiful salmon 10/10 at Tequila Sunrise.

Tony Murphy strikes a pose

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Here is Murph doing his best to imitate a rather dour Swede as a salute to this fabulous salmon dish. 

                          Jag älskar verkligen att äta rök lax
 Bratwurst at Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Naturally with a German chef you would expect bratwurst to be on the menu. 🙂 However let’s not forget the mash potato which was excellent.

Chris Lockwood aka Dr Evil

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Dr Evil & Nikki Murphy fell in love with the Pina Coladas at Tequila Sunrise. Chris has just completed a terrific South American trip, read his hilarious blog, just follow THIS LINK.

Here is a Pina Colada recipe.

A bunch of Aussies

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

From the left we have Chris Lockwood, Warren Herd, Nikki Murphy and Tony Murphy.

Nikki snaps the Sea Bass.

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

This was certainly worth a photo, another excellent dish at Tequila Sunrise.

Peter the talented chef at Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

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. 🙂

Up to now it seems like Tequila Sunrise is the only place we ate at, however there were a couple of other places. Here is my Tequila Sunrise photo blog from February.

Thailand beach resort fabulous food at Xing Xing

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

One of the many Mae Pim seafood restaurants, lots of live product on offer at very reasonable prices. Above is their Prawn & Vermicelli which was absolutely delicious.

Rock Lobster at Xing Xing

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

 Rock Lobster at Xing Xing certainly lived up to the Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food category.

Seafood tanks at Xing Xing

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Lots of fresh seafood to choose here.

Lots of varieties

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

I’m not even sure what this little beast is. 🙂

Curry crab & spring rolls Thailand beach resort fabulous food

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

The crab was very good (B600) and the spring rolls were fantastic.

Book through THIS LINK for a great Pattaya hotel room rate.

 Next door to Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

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

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

All the dishes here were good and the price very reasonable.

A short video on Mae Pim beach

 Wednesday special

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

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.

Larry Krausz wasa friend for around 30 years, sadly he suffered a major stroke on October 28 2016. After 2 months in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on life support he was transported to Australia by a hospital Leer jet, thanks to his Medibank travel insurance. After a further month his life support was removed & he passed away peacefully.

I rest my case

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

What a monster, comes with French fries or mash potato.

Peter is the chef at Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Thanks for visiting my Thailand beach resort fabulous food photo blog, for an excellent hotel use this link for a discounted rate at THE MAE PIM RESORT.

 

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Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

June 24, 2016 by David Herd

Sensational Samui

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

 Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island is the busiest part of the island. However we were lucky in June 2016 the weather was beautiful and there were very few tourists so it was very peaceful indeed.

Baan Chaweng Hotel

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

I have stayed at this hotel 3 times before, the location is ideal, the rooms are good and the staff is friendly. I have noticed however the prices have certainly risen in the last 10 years. For an excellent rate just use THIS LINK to book.

Hotel pool

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

 

The hotel grounds are a little like a rain forest.

Massage on Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

In front of the hotel are four massage ladies, B300 for an hour.

Some nice scenery in front of our hotel.

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

 

A bright green bikini is always going to brighten up my day. 🙂

The Ark Bar

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

The Ark Bar is a huge hotel that’s very popular with the younger crowd, there is a big pool party every Wednesday and Friday. Older dinosaurs like myself are better off 100 meters further on at the quieter Baan Chaweng.

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

Hillside homes being built

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

What great views they will have overlooking Chaweng beach.

So many hotel choices on Chaweng Beach

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

The hotel choices are endless, everything from ultra modern to traditional bungalows.

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

White sand blue sky what more do you need?

Maybe you need a tattoo?

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

 

I have to admit I am not a fan of heavily tattooed females, but to each his own I guess.

She looks better here

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

Much better because I can’t see her tattoos. 🙂

Breakfast with a view.

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

What a way to start the day, cornflakes and an omelette.

Here is a short video of Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Peppina  on Chaweng Beach Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

An unusual building on Chaweng Peppina has a reputation for making great pizzas.

A typical Samui scene

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

Chaweng beach is rather special to me, so many memories over the years. My first visit was 1998 followed by many over the following years including New Years Eve 1999.

Here is the beach massage price list

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

 

Price list, what price list? I don’t see a price list. 🙂

Flashback to December 1999

Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Island

Had a short fling with this beautiful Italian girl from Florence. Her name was Barbara Manelli, I called her “The Gypsy:. 🙂

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Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

February 25, 2016 by David Herd

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

 Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim on the gulf of Thailand is only ninety minutes by car east of Pattaya, and 2 hours south of Bangkok. Beautiful white sand and clean water, and so quiet and peaceful after the noise & Madness of Pattaya.

The main road in Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Reminds me of the Eagles song “Long Road out of Eden”, so little traffic midweek compared to Pattaya.

Fresh seafood caught by these boats.

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

There are about 15 seafood restaurants offering all varieties of fish and shell fish.

One of the many seafood restaurants

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

There are about 16 live seafood restaurants.

Xing Xing at Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

After much discussion this id the one we chose and it proved to be an excellent choice.

Curry crab & spring rolls

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

The crab was very good (B600) however the spring rolls were absolutely fantastic.

Sinsiam Resort

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Our hotel was rather old fashioned but the rooms were very good and the pool was enormous.

Olympic size pool

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

The water was a perfect temperature for guys like us who are allergic to the cold. 🙂

Larry Krausz, Warren and David Herd

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Here we are the three amigos having lunch at Tequila Sunrise.

This was double schnitzel day

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

The meal was huge, however the Swedish meat balls were the pick.

Step down to the beach

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Grab a little sun and sand before lunch at Tequila Sunrise.

Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Excellent Hotel Thailand

A busy bar with a great selection of food, however B175 for Jack Daniels is way over the top.

Back to the beach

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Tequila Sunset restaurant overlooked the sandy beach where the gentle waves brushed against the shore, we marvelled at the beautiful onshore breeze blowing from the west, and thoroughly enjoyed the solitude of Mae Pim compared to the madness of Pattaya.

Mae Pin street vendor

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

All the usual souvenirs and floats for kids.

Bike for hire

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

These multi passenger bikes are for hire, the roads are very quiet so I’m sure they are reasonably safe.

Mae Pim Resort

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

 This is certainly the hotel I will stay next time I visit, nice facilities with a good pool and across the road from the beach.

Mae Pim Resort pool

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Nice setting on the 1st floor of the hotel. Book through this link for an excellent room rate.

Rabik Coffee

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

You realise you are in a Thai village when the local coffee shop does not show any English. 🙂

Bus to Ban Phe or Rayong

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

The cheap way to get to Pattaya is take a 30 minute songthaew ride to Ban Phe then hook up with a mini bus.

20 minutes past Rayong

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Mae Pim is two hours from Bangkok airport & only 90 minutes east of Pattaya. Thanks for visiting my Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim photo blog. Use this link for a discounted rate at THE MAE PIM RESORT.

Farewell from the Herd brothers

Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim

Many thanks for visiting my Thailand Beach Resort Mae Pim photo blog.

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Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

February 25, 2016 by David Herd

Mae Pim restaurant

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand is an example of multiculturalism on the gulf of Thailand. The restaurant Tequila Sunrise is named after my favourite cocktail, we happily sip our drinks while  overlooking the sandy beach where gentle waves brush against the shore, we marvel at the beautiful onshore breeze blowing from the west, and we enjoy the solitude of Mae Pin compared to the madness of Pattaya.

A Swiss owner, a German chef, an Australian manager & Thai staff run this popular establishment, where the Wednesday lunch special is a doubly schnitzel for the princely sum of B159 or  $6 aud. My brother Warren chose the Swedish meatballs with mashed potato which actually outshone the huge schnitzel.

Larry chooses lunch

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Born in Austria 66 years ago and moved to Australia around the age of two, moved to Thailand in November 2015, Larry Krausz would walk a mile for a Weiner Shnitzel.

Larry Krausz was a friend for around 30 years, sadly he suffered a major stroke on October 28 2016. After 2 months in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital on life support he was transported to Australia by a hospital Leer jet, thanks to his Medibank travel insurance. After a further month his life support was removed & he passed away peacefully. RIP little buddy.

Here’s the proof

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

I struggled to eat 75% of this monster schnitzel for lunch, in the evening the restaurant was full as it is most Wednesdays when the locals converge on the double schnitzel special.

Mai Pin fishing boat

Mae Pim beach boats sunsets

Fishermen preparing their boat for another night on the gulf.

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

We returned to Tequila Sunrise for after dinner drinks, naturally I had two Margaritas.

Margarita night cap

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

A great way to end a delightful day in Mae Pim.

Manager at Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

 Gary is the Australian manager at tequila Sunrise, grew up Guildford in Sydney before moving to Maroochydore in Queensland.

Step down to the beach

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Grab some sun or have a swim then come up for a cold beer.

Swedish Skagen at Tequila Sunrise

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

This is certainly one of my favourite dishes, absolutely fantastic.

Sea Bass at Tequila Sunrise.

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

My friend Nikki from Australia capturing the moment on camera.

Peter is the chef

Mae Pim Thailand fabulous food

Peter is the German chef who provides all the wonderful meals at Tequila Sunrise. Previously he was the chef at the Hard Rock Hotel in Pattaya. For a great room rate in Pattaya or elsewhere just book through THIS LINK.

Mae Pim resort

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Across the road is a nice hotel where you can get a great room rate if you use this link.

Farewell from the Herd brothers

Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand

Many thanks for visiting my Tequila Sunrise Mae Pim Thailand photo blog.

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Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

September 18, 2015 by David Herd

Beach Road

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

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. 🙂

New drainage system

Tropical storm smashes 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

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

It does not take these industrious Thai workers long to repair the damage and get back to normal.

 The power of nature

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

These pavers have not been down for very long. 🙂 

 

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. 🙂

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

 

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

Beach Road underwater

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

 

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

The locals take it in their stride

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

As you can clearly see, these guys couldn’t car less about the flood waters. 🙂

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

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

 

Thailand is famous for it’s long tail boats, well he is a Long tail tub. 🙂

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. 🙂

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

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

 

A little water is not going to stop this guy. 🙂

No coffee tonight

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

 

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

Roads turn into rivers

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

 

All hands on deck.

Towel or a Burka?

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I think she is losing the battle to stay dry. 🙂

Back to the beach

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

 

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

 

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

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

After last nights storm we have a beautiful sunny day.

Saturday September 19

Tropical storm smashes Pattaya

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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Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

July 21, 2015 by David Herd

A great day out.

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

 Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens is a nice day out especially if you have children. A 30 minute drive from Pattaya and you can watch elephants play soccer.

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

 

Pisit and Nongnooch Tansacha purchased the 600-acre (2.4 km2) plot of land in 1954 with the intentions of developing the land as a fruit plantation. However, the owners instead decided to plant tropical flowers and plants as a wildlife conservation project. The garden opened to the public in 1980, and management was transferred to Pisit and Nongnooch’s son Kampon Tansacha in 2001. The garden currently fills 500 out of the 600 acres (2.4 km2).


 

No need to walk

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

  If you are lazy like me just jump on a bus or an elephant.  

Bus or elephant?

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

 

I thought my 110 kilo may have been too heavy for the poor elephant. 🙂

I still prefer the bus. 🙂

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

 

They are such magnificent animals.

Skinny legs

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

    All sorts of bird life at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens.

Are you looking at me punk?

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

  Great colours on this guy.  

He’s not looking at you but I am

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

There is lots to see and do at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens  

 Up close and personal

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

 

The little guy is about to have a bath.

Time for a bath

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

 

He is loving every minute of being hosed down.

Thirsty work at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

 

Carrying people around all day is thirsty work, but this hose really hits the spot. 🙂

Jeff Gill

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

  Here is my friend Jeff Gill from Melbourne, he fell in love with Pattaya and the Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens.  

After a few hours in the sun I’m cactus 🙂

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

 

Sorry folks that’s just Aussie slang for “I’m worn out”. 🙂

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