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.


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Roast pig in Saigon

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan

 Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan were my favoured destinations in 2015. Still living in Pattaya & loving it, beginning in January with my 3rd trip to Vietnam then my east European odyssey in February and March took me to Istanbul, with a cruise along the Bosphorus, Dubrovnik, Split Zagreb in Croatia, Mostar & Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovnia, Budapest and London.

September found me in Korea for the first (certainly not the last) time then another fantastic trip to Tokyo and Osaka.

I created a separate post on the fantastic new London Skyscrapers.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from the 1st half of 2015. Part 2 will commence July 1st.

Nana Plaza Bangkok

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This is one of my favourite 2015 photos, anyone who is familiar with the infamous Nana Plaza in Bangkok with appreciate the irony.

With Hamish Elton at the Party Bar

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Hamish’s ex girlfriend Noi bought a share in a beer bar behind the Avenue in 2nd rd. This was their opening night party.

The lovely ladies at the Party bar.

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They look terrific in their cowgirl outfits.

Magnificent Mantra

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With Benjamina the lovely public relations girl at the Mantra restaurant in Pattaya.

Mantra seafood

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Alaskan crab and Oysters from France, the Mantra has seven different kitchens, I find it very difficult to tear myself away from the seafood.

Pattaya sunset mid February

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I can watch the sunset from my condo.

Boom is giving me a pedicure

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First a pedicure followed by a haircut and a one hour foot massage, 600 Baht and a 150 Baht tip, total $23 usd.

Dr Tapasit

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My dentist is a little more expensive, but far cheaper than Australia or America, $500 usd including x-rays.

Watching soccer in Soi 6

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Todd, Matt, David and Hamish watching Australia win the Asian cup.

Jaeb at the Cherry Bar.

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One of the long term girls at this bar.

Party bar drinks & chat

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Party Bar with Hamish Elton (Pattaya), Gordon Shanks (New York), Jamie Lord (Australia) and Phil Barkin (Manila, ex NYC).

Magic Mantra

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Another enjoyable lunch at Mantra on April 5th with Rung, John Broadbent, Phil Barkin, Hamish Elton, David Herd, Robbie Elder, Greg Clee and David Elder.

A bunch of Aussies at the Cherry Bar

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Three of us live in the same condo block.

Friday night drinks May 1st

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Hamish Elton, Matt Harkness, David Herd and Bow.

Bow working out

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Just a public interest photo to show how much Thai girls like to work out. 🙂

Cherry Bar with Mark Yagalla

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 A meeting of the minds, the Wall St Ponzi Pirate and the FiveStarVagabond swap tales at the Cherry Bar. Mark has just released his book about the time he spent in jail for stealing $50,000,000 from investors on Wall St.

Skechers the perfect sport shoe.

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My meagre contribution towards physical fitness is to walk 25 to 35 minutes every morning before breakfast. I’m over the moon with my new Skechers “Air”, they are without a doubt the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn.

Here they are

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I bought 4 pair to make sure I am covered for the next 5 years. 🙂

Welcome Inn demolished

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One of our iconic restaurants in Soi 3 has gone to make way for another hotel. I probably ate there over 100 times, it will be sadly missed.

Soi 3 video of construction sites

Pattaya hotel & condo building frenzy

Candy Candy in 2nd road.

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One door closes and another one opens, Candy Candy has excellent Thai food at very cheap prices.

Massaman Chicken & Roti at Candy Candy.

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A very tasty dish at 85 Baht or $3.30 aud.

  Beautiful clouds on June 4th

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I love photographing Clouds, storms & sunsets from my balcony.

                             Packed like sardines

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A couple of the workers saw me as I took this photo in Soi 1 and let out a cheer, so I just had to take a 2nd shot of their happy faces, you gotta love Thailand. 🙂

Hi Ho Hi Ho, it’s off to work we go……

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                               Happy faces when they saw the camera.

The story continues

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Finally I printed off about 30 photos and gave them to the group, their smiles and laughter made it all worthwhile.


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  The condo where I live on the 17th floor.

Dinner at Siam Cuisine

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Excellent restaurant located in Naklua Rd opposite La Baguette. Roland Bonnici my barrister friend from Sydney and Hamish Elton my drinking partner from Pattaya.

Two of my foot massage girls from Soi 1.

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      I probably have at least 4 massages each week.

Soi 4 massage

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One of my preferred places for a foot massage.

Beach Rd in the rain

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A common sight after a storm.

Cheeky Cherry Bar girl

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    There is always a smile waiting at the Cherry Bar.

Sabai Wing Soi 1, 3 swimming pools and nice rooms, 100 meters from Big C, great value at only $23 usd per night as of August 15. I live in the high-rise in the background, Markland. For a great room rate book here.

What a great looking bus

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  Glenn Frey can describe where I am right now. 🙂

                     Here are some more posts on my wild wicked ways. 🙂                              


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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