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.


Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

The calm before the storm

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

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. 🙂

The local ammunition dump

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

Beach Road Pattaya ammunition 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. 🙂

 Beach Rd Big fish

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

All the attraction have been assembled. 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. 🙂

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 you can’t hide. 🙂

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. 🙂

Marching into battle

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

These guys are very disciplined marching in a straight line, they are part of ab elite SAS team, (shoot & soak). 🙂

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

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

To me this makes more sense than roaming the streets with a water pistol. 🙂

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 fun 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. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Siam sunset

Thai New Year Celebration Pattaya

A beautiful sunset while the Songkran party rages.


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.                       
Holiday Inn


Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya


The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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