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.


Three Thai trips 2011

This is not part of my travel blog, it’s a record of my three Thai trips in 2011.

Three Thai trips

Three Thai trips

Three Thai trips 2011 starting in January which without a doubt was one of the best holidays I have ever had. Good friends & close family made it very special indeed. Here is a whole bunch of Herds plus Bjorn  from Germany who is Michael’s other half, my two lovely nieces Laura & Elyssa and my brother Warren. You can see my post on our great adventure here.

What a frantic year 2011 turned out to be, two trips to Thailand in January and July before moving there permanently on October 20th. Including visits to Krabi & the River Kwai. A few days inLangkawi Malaysia with my brother Warren. Sydney twice in September and October, then 3 weeks after settling in Thailand I was off to England for 3 weeks which included a road trip from Edinburgh to Glasgow via Fort William in the north of Scotland. All this coupled with clearing out all my worldly possession from my Gold Coast home before settlement on October 11. I am weary just writing about this busy life changing year.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection featuring the people who made 2011 another great year.

Drinks at The Cherry Bar

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Two Warrens, Anne and Om (RIP) plus Freeman. A few months after this photo was taken sadly Om passed away. She was a sweet lady and we all miss her.

 With Greg Clee at Coffee World

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Greg & I wound up being neighbours in Markland at Beach Road Pattaya.

Centara Grand at Wongamat

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Looks like the lost city of Atlantis.

Warren Herd, Nikki Murphy and David Herd

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Here we are checking out the wonderful Centara Grand.

Tony and Nikki Murphy at Bernards

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Sadly Bernard closed his doors in 2014.

  Dave Wylie and Ian Rich at the Cherry Bar.

Three Thai trips

 Ian & I have known each other over 40 years, & Dave & I met in Rio de Janeiro. 

Aoy at the Cherry Bar

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A very sweet girl who found herself a sponsor and has left the bar scene.

Beach club with Greg Johnston

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  Greg is from Australia and used to own a bar in LK Metro, now he has a bar on the dark side called The PUB – Huay Yai, we have known each other for 25 years.  

While we are talking about the Beach Club.

Three Thai trips

It’s a wonderful place to watch the sunsets while enjoying half price drinks at happy hour, 5 to 7 pm every day.

A beach Club bonus

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You guessed it, Russian eye candy regularly wanders by.

Beach Club Wongamat

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As well as happy hour you can use the pools or swim in the ocean.

Pattaya Hilton

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Another great location for watching the sun set in Pattaya.

Luxury at the Hilton Hotel

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Certainly one of Pattaya’s best locations to watch the sunset.



With friends at the holiday Inn.

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I use the term friends rather loosely, I should say ex friend regarding the one on the left. Ah! Life in Pattaya among fragile personalities is always entertaining and interesting. 🙂

From Markland roof

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Looking down on the A1 Hotel.

Pothole flyblown at the Mantra

Three Thai trips

Most people who go to the Mantra behave in an acceptable fashion, not Pothole (aka John Martin) however, he does not care where he is or who he disrupts, that’s just his nature.

As for me

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I’m just too focused on the magnificent food.


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Here is the magnificent view from a friends apartment at the Cove.

Trevor arrives for another golfing holiday.

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Trevor and his lovely lady Nui.

Atlantic Bar with the golfing fanatics.

Thai beer bars have flesh eating fish

They can remember every shot they played in the last 3 months.

Atlantic Bar with Porn

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A very cute lady who I used to take out occasionally, I saw her  in 2014 with a sponsor and a bouncy baby, so I’m guessing she has left the bar scene far behind. 🙂

Xmas Eve at the Cherry Bar Ken & Joerg

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              Joergen on the right has always been a very happy fellow. Now as I’m writing this in 2015 sadly at 80 years of age he is residing in a Hong Kong prison on a drug charge.

After being locked up for 18 months he & 6 others were released, it’s like he won the lottery. As for Ken Lowry, sadly he passed away in 2017 after a short battle with cancer, RIP.

Xmas Eve at the Cherry Bar

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This gorgeous young Thai girl is Aoy one of my favourite ladies. Now in 2015 she has found a sponsor and left the bar, damn it. 🙂

We lost a friend

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The girl in the middle is Om, she would always make sure I had a drink and was a good friend. Sadly she passed away in early 2013.

New Years Eve

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At the stone oven on the corner of Beach Rd and Soi 6 celebrating NYE.

New Years Eve

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 Justin Freeman and some LadyBoys who are on the prowl big-time. 🙂
New Years Eve with Jasmine at the Cherry Bar.

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Happy new year everybody. 🙂

Lets finish with a great shot of Nikki


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Nikki trying to get a wi fi signal at Sabai Resort.

December 2011 at the Atlantic Bar

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Greg Johnston & I knew each other from the Gold Coast, now in 208 he is running a bar on the dark side.

It was another great year

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           See you next year.       

                                       Here are some more posts on my wild wicked ways. :)                    


         Life 2015                     Family history                   Life 1982

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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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