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.


Thailand amazing street food culture

Soho Village Food market Pattaya

Thailand amazing street food culture

Thailand amazing street food culture

Thailand amazing street food culture is a great way to eat, very cheap and lots of choices. This market in 2nd rd North Pattaya is only 5 minutes walk from my condo.

Prawns & scallops.

Thailand amazing street food culture

Really well cooked fresh food, these two dishes cost me 300 Baht or $10.

So many decisions to make.  🙄

Thailand amazing street food culture

The Thai people have taken street cooking to an art form. Most Thai’s in fact eat out on the street rather than cook at home.

More seafood

Thailand amazing street food culture

Too much seafood is never enough. 🙂

Fantastic ribs

Thailand amazing street food culture

These pork ribs are so good they are addictive. 150 Baht per rack and I always take a couple home to snack on the following day.

Soi 11 Bangkok

Thailand amazing street food culture

A great street for food and restaurants.

Hard working street vendor

Thailand amazing street food culture

Still in Soi 11 off Sukhumvit in Bangkok. iCheck Inn is a good place to stay when in Bangkok, for a great rate use this link.

Thailand street food, Phad Thai.

Thailand amazing street food culture

Thailand street & market food would not be complete without Pad Thai, probably the most popular Thai dish worldwide, 100 Baht or $3 at the Pattaya 2nd rd market, & delicious.

Wine or beer sir?

Thailand amazing street food culture

There are always one or two bars in every market so you won’t go thirsty.  😆

Plastic chairs, but who cares?

Thailand amazing street food culture


Order your food, grab a table and wait a few minutes while you watch the passing parade.

Banana Pancake, YUM!

Thailand amazing street food culture

This is one of my favourite snacks, 30 Baht or $1, great value & a great taste. Thailand street food at it’s best.

Perhaps bugs are more your style?

Thailand amazing street food culture

Thailand street food comes in all forms however I must admit I still can’t convince myself to eat bugs or insects.

Frog kebabs, delicious.

Thailand amazing street food culture

Ok I’m exaggerating here, this is another meal I have not been brave enough to sample this Thailand street food. Please click on Google + to help my page ranking. 

The pig arrives on a bike.

Thailand amazing street food culture

Each night outside my local bar in Soi 3 North Pattaya  the pig arrives on a motorbike.

Sometimes there are 2 pigs

Thailand amazing street food culture


Two pigs are better than one. 🙂

Try this Thailand street food if you dare.

Thailand amazing street food culture

I’m fairly sure most Thai people have their taste buds removed at an early age, some of these dishes are so spicy Self-immolation can start within 3 seconds of your first mouth full.  😳

Thailand amazing street food culture

Thailand amazing street food culture 

Book your hotel through AGODA for a great deal.

Fresh fish at Naklua market

Thailand amazing street food culture

The girls at the market will kill , clean & gut fish while you wait.

Car park dining in 2nd rd beside Alcazar.

Thailand amazing street food culture

Great food served here for lunch & dinner. The only downside at night are the exhaust fumes from the dozens of busses leaving the car park.

Street seafood, delicious.

Thailand amazing street food culture

Lots of seafood in Koh Larn which is a 30 Baht, 30 minute ferry ride from Pattaya.

BBQ fish, calamari & prawns.

Thailand amazing street food culture

Is it any wonder Thailand street food is famous throughout the world? In Thailand street & market food is everywhere so you don’t have to walk too far for dinner.

Fresh food

Thailand amazing street food culture

Taking up most of the sidewalk these food stalls are part of Bangkok’s charm & character.

Sidewalk restaurant on Soi 22

Thailand amazing street food culture

The graffiti certainly brightens up the decor. 🙂

Fresh fruit stall

MangoRight outside my apartment building in Soi 1 North Pattaya every day.

Late night street cafe

Thailand amazing street food culture

It’s 5 am & no customer tonight, I guess I should eat. 🙂

Thanks for visiting my Thailand street food culture photo blog.

CNN did an excellent story on the world’s best street food.                    

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.

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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Live fish at the market

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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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