Community Happenings – Friday April 10 – April 16, 2015

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Events

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be on Sunday, April 12. Everyone is warmly welcome. The speaker will be Bruce Kehlet and his topic will be about the interesting aspects of snakes. The Club meets every Sunday morning at the Tavern by the Sea Restaurant located on the north end of Beach Road (part of the Amari Orchid Resort). The program starts at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Networking Evening will be held at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya on Friday, April 24 from 6.30 – 9.00 p.m. (last drinks served at 8.30 p.m.). Price of admission is THB 400 for members of BCCT, AustCham, AmCham, GTCC & SATCC and THB 800 for non-members (cash payment at the door). For more information and reservations, go to chamber websites: www. bccthai.com, www.satcc.info, www.austchamthailand.com or www.amchamthailand.com.

The Bangkok Chess Club Open 2015 will take place from 12-19 April in the ballroom of the Dusit Thani Pattaya hotel. Over 300 players from 43 countries have already registered for the event, including Grandmasters and former champions Nigel Short, Jan Gustafsson and Francisco Vallejo Pons. Spectators are welcome. For more information, go to website: http://bangkokchess.com.

A traditional relic (Sarira) worshiping ceremony and parade will be held in Pattaya on Monday, April 13. Residents and tourists can participate in a water sprinkling ceremony to bring good health, luck and fortune and also follow the parade starting at 7:00 from the Sanctuary of Truth to Pattaya School 8, Pattaya School 7 and the Pattaya Floating Market. The parade will head back to the Sanctuary of Truth at 17:00. The event marks the first day of Songkran, the Thai New Year celebrations.

A ‘Karnival at the Cliff’ charity fund-raising dinner and evening of entertainment will be held at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort on Saturday, April 25 from 18.30 onwards. Tickets cost 2,500 baht and include a lavish international Swiss-Bavarian buffet, soft drinks, wine and Paulaner beer. Dress code is Carnival or national costume – prizes will be given for the best dressed on the night. Organised by the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya, proceeds from the event will go to the Fassbind Medical Home at the Banglamung Home for the Aged and also support students undertaking education in the hospitality industry. For reservations contact Helle Rantsen at 085 871 2837 or email: [email protected]

Pattaya City and the Pattaya Bicycle Association invite cycle enthusiasts to join the annual Pattaya Mountain Bike Challenge 2015 on Sunday, April 26 at Pratamnak Park, South Pattaya. For more information, call Manoch Nongyai of the Pattaya Cycling Association on Tel. 081 315 5773.

The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) will be holding an Eastern Seaboard Dinner on Wednesday, April 29 at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort in north Pattaya from 6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Ian Fenwick, Advisor & Professor of Marketing at Chulalongkorn University who will be speaking on the topic “Social Media: Making the Most of a Marketing Opportunity.” Admission cost is 900 baht for members and 1100 baht for non-members, which includes buffet dinner, soft drinks, beer & wine. For more information and/or reservations, go to www.bccthai.com.

Dining

Pullman Pattaya Hotel G invites you to enjoy the Songkran Festival celebrations from April 10 – 14 at the Beach Club Restaurant. April 10 features a Mediterranean Sensations Buffet at THB 990 net with free flow of wine, draught beer and a special corner of Thai food demonstrations from 6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. On April 11, select your favourite cuisine from an International Seafood BBQ Buffet at THB 1,390 net. From April 12-13 indulge in a Thai Buffet with live cooking stations at THB 790 net from – 6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. A funfair on April 13 will feature parades, wheel of fortune for kids, balloon darts, cotton candy and a variety of beach activities by the G Club. On April 14 feast on a mouthwatering ‘Knights of the Round Table’ set dinner at THB 690 net or THB 990 net with a carafe of wine (500ml). For more information, call 038 411 940.

Royal Cliff Hotels Group invites you to celebrate the Thai New Year with an evening of “Splendours of Songkran” on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel. Usher in the New Year with a celebratory Songkran BBQ Buffet at Larn Thong – Authentic Thai Traditions restaurant. Experience cuisine from the 4 regions of Thailand, with traditional Thai performances, great live music and an exciting lucky draw with generous prizes, including roundtrip tickets to Samui courtesy of Bangkok Airways and luxurious stays in 5-star hotels. Experience the beauty and charms of Thailand’s most celebrated festival for only THB 1,600 ++ per person only. For more information or reservations, contact Guest Relations at 038 250 421 ext. 2037 or email [email protected] royalcliff.com.

The owners of Shenanigans Jomtien have introduced a fabulous new menu. In addition to their famous UK, European selection, you can now enjoy real Indian meals with Mr. Ronnie, Indian chef, famous for his restaurant chain established for over 12 years on the Islands of Koh Samui and Phuket. The Indian Curry Club is Ronnie’s first on the mainland, and his new Tandoor kitchen is open within the Shenanigans kitchen. The usual extensive menu is available daily while Thursday nights will be dedicated to the Indian Curry Club. For more information, call 089 021 4502.

Whether you like them steamed or deep fried with meat or seafood, you are sure to enjoy a great selection of dim sum items during the ‘All You Can Eat Dim Sum for Lunch’ promotion at The Peak Restaurant of the Dusit Thani Pattaya hotel. Soup and dessert are also included for THB 650++ per person (food only). Available Mondays – Fridays from 11:30am till 2:00pm. Tel: 038 425 611-7 Ext. 2149, 2276.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya offers a Thursday “Mirage Beach BBQ Seafood Buffet”. Enjoy the resort’s natural setting by the sea while savoring tasty dishes and fresh produce from the sea that includes tiger prawns, snapper fish wrapped in banana leaves, grilled squid with spicy sauce, and much more. Entertainment is provided by the house band plus Hawaiian dancing and fire dance shows on the beach from 19:00 – 22:00 hrs. Available every Thursday at: THB 1,199++ per person. For more information or table reservations, call 038 714 981 or email [email protected]

The Souk Restaurant & Bar has been built on the concept of an open-air marketplace with its origins coming from the ancient Middle East. The restaurant offers delicious Thai & international cuisine in an intimate but charming atmosphere daily from 08.00 a.m. to midnight. The Souk is located at the Atlantis Condo Resort Pattaya, Jomtien 2nd Rd. For more information or reservations, call 038 236 027 or 091 193 1777.

Spices Bar & Grill offers fine Indian dining in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. Sample excellent cocktails and sensational food every day from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Happy hours run daily from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (buy 1 get 1 free) and Wednesday is Ladies Night (first drink on the house). Located on Soi Yume (opposite Trust Condo). For more information and reservations, call 038 716 693 or visit www.spicesbarngrill.com.

Buffet dinner for seafood lovers at [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya. Indulge in the best quality seafood & BBQ buffet dinner at the Big Fish Restaurant located on the 6th floor of the hotel. Enjoy a long list of menu items from the cooking stations including fresh oyster, tiger prawns, river prawns, white shrimp, New Zealand blue mussel and sea escargot accompanied by a wide choice of spicy sauces. The seafood buffet dinner is available every Friday and Saturday night from 18.30-22.30 hrs. at THB 555 net per person and THB 899 net per person with free flow red and white wine. For more information and reservation, call 038-930-600 or email to [email protected]

As well as the excellent European food for which it is very well known in Pattaya (including some very rare Dutch items), Mata Hari restaurant also has a complete range of Thai cuisine, including Thai Isaan on request from Chef Jackie, herself coming from Isaan. Mata Hari restaurant is located at the top of the hill on Thappraya Road, and for reservations (strongly recommended) phone 038 259 799 or email [email protected] or go through the website at: www.mataharipattaya.com.

The Thai Garden Resort offers nightly dining presentations with different themed buffets! Happy Hours are from 17:00 – 18:00 with most drinks at 50% discount. The “All You Can Eat Buffet” starts at 18:00 until 21:00 hours and offers a wide variety of soups, salads, bread, cold cuts, smoked salmon, choices of hot food dishes, live cooking stations and of course a home-made desserts selection. All this for just 399 baht net for adults and 199 baht net for children under 12 years old. What you see is what you pay, no additional service charges or VAT. For reservations call 038 370 614 or make your booking at www.thaigarden.com under “buffet reservation”. Thai Garden Resort is located on North Pattaya Road, 200 meters from the Dolphin roundabout and 200 meters before Tesco Lotus.

Saturday Night BBQ Buffet at The Bay Restaurant: Dine al fresco and enjoy a fantastic selection of meat and seafood BBQ items as well as international cuisine in the Saturday Night BBQ Buffet. Open from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at The Bay Restaurant of Dusit Thani Pattaya. Buffet price is THB 1,490++ per person (food only) – add a free flow of wine, beer, juice and soft drinks at an additional THB 599++ per person. For reservations, call 038 425 611-7 Ext 2149-50.

Havana Bar & Terrazzo Restaurant introduces a ‘Salmon Season’ promotion throughout April and May. Savour 4 menu selections from the Atlantic Salmon seasonal special including Salmon Papillote with spinach, Spicy Cajun Salmon with pesto mashed potatoes, Deep Fried Salmon and Tiger Prawn served with mixed salad and Phad Krapow Salmon served with steamed rice. Priced at THB 550 net. Havana Bar & Terrazzo Restaurant is located at the Holiday Inn Pattaya. For more information or reservations call 038 725 555.

Louis Restaurant is offering a new weekly set dinner menu alongside the regular a la carte menu items. The set menu includes a choice of starters, main courses and desserts. Louis Restaurant also offers a set lunch menu for THB 250-290. Louis is located on Naklua Soi 31 or North Pattaya Road Soi 6. For reservations contact Vichai on mobile 081 001 3298 or email: [email protected]

Ruffino Restaurant offers Monday to Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. a homemade pizza “buy 1 get 1 free” promotion and Chef Luca has created a delicious rustic 3-course set dinner perfectly paired with a carafe of red or white wine for THB 888 net per person, only available on Thursday’s from 6 to 10 p.m. Also every Thursday is Ladies Cocktail night- pay only 250 baht for free flow cocktails and for the gentlemen all local beers only 100 Baht. At Oceana Restaurant from 6:30 to 10 p.m. daily enjoy a 4-course Royal Thai Cuisine set dinner for THB 777 net, including a glass of red or white wine. A superb mid-week buffet featuring tasty European favourites is also available every Wednesday from 6.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. priced at THB 599 per person (add THB 400 for a free flow of beer). Afternoon Tea is also available daily from 3-5 p.m. at the Espresso Bar for THB 700++ per set for 2 persons, including scones and clotted cream, freshly made sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee or try one of the 17 wines available starting at 190 baht per glass with a complimentary snack. All outlets are located at the Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya on Pratamnak Road, Soi 5. For more information and bookings call 038 306 337 or e-mail: [email protected]

Halal international buffet dinner @ Harbour – only THB 420 net per person. The buffet dinner includes halal food, an international buffet line and many selections of dessert. The food is certified and cooked by a halal chef with 40 years experience. Both indoor and outdoor dining options are available. Harbour restaurant is located at the A-One Royal Cruise Hotel on Pattaya Beach Road (Soi 3), Open daily 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm. For more information, call 038 259 555 Ext 4236.

Sugar Hut Restaurant is open for lunch with set menu prices from 240 to 350 baht net/set. Menu items include chili fried rice, pork soup with tofu, noodles, fresh spring rolls, salad, fruit, desserts and more. For inquiries and reservations, call 038 364 186, 038 251 686.

The Tavern by the Sea Restaurant introduces the following daily promotions: Monday Curry Night features the tastiest curries, naan bread and salad buffet for just THB 499 net per person. Wednesday is Ribs & Wings evening: finger licking good ribs and 6 different kinds of wings – all you can eat for THB 449 net per person. Friday & Saturday Churrasco Nights offer prime meats and seafood, grilled to perfection on the fire and freshly skewered for you on the churrasco pens at the Tavern. All complemented by a full buffet of starters, side dishes and desserts. Only THB 749 net per person. Every buffet is open from 18.30 – 22.00 hrs. There is also a daily happy hour from 11 am – 6 pm. Watch all the premier live sports on one of the many widescreen TV’s or on the big projector screen (Sports hotline 038 418 419). Amari Pattaya, Beach Road, North Pattaya, Tel 038 418418.

Starz Diner at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya offers a selection of Pan Asian and continental flavors, from the griddle, BBQ char-grill, pan, fryer, steamer, wok, and tandoori oven, as well as some really delicious desserts. Sat: THB 850++, Sun-Fri: THB 750++ food only. Sat: THB 1,080++, Sun-Fri: THB 980++ including free flow drinks. Children under 11 years of age eat for free. Show time for live music is from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. For more information call 038 428 755-9 or go to http://pattaya. hardrockhotels.net.

Enjoy the original “Cowboy night” steak and grilled BBQ buffet at Flames restaurant every Monday night from 18.30 – 23.00 hrs, priced at only THB 1,099++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT) per person. The buffet serves a wide variety of dishes including steak, polar fresh seafood, salad, desserts buffet and ice-cream and enjoy entertainment from duo musicians and dancing shows by Carpe Diem. Flames restaurant is located at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. The restaurant opens from 18.30 – 23.00hrs. For reservations, call 038 714 981.

Aroy Seafood Buffet @ Elements Restaurant: Sample fresh seafood BBQ items, with tempting desserts and delicious drinks in the marvelous ambiance of Elements restaurant at Sheraton Pattaya Resort. The buffet includes favorite BBQ items such as pork ribs, marinated chicken, sausages and skewers. Price: THB 1,399++ (food only) per person and available every Saturday from 6.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. For more information or reservations, call 038 259 888.

Holiday Inn Pattaya has introduced an exciting selection of new recipes to its menu at East Coast Kitchen and Café G. The signature dishes were created by the Chef Ian Kittichai, an Ambassador on IHG’s new Culinary Panel. Guests can expect to taste delectable delights such as grilled pork with lemongrass, spicy and sour soup with grilled tiger prawn, vegetable yellow curry, crispy rice cracker with chicken in coconut milk relish and crispy turmeric marinated chicken. For more information or reservations call 038 725 555.

Promotions

Springtime at Breeze Spa: Enhance your chosen massage technique with exotic botanical butter with lovely hints of rose, champee and frangipani flowers. Here is one treat to revive yourself and get your glow on. Book a two-hour treatment and receive a 10% discount and complimentary limited edition perfume gift. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Breeze Spa at Amari Pattaya on 038 418 418 ext. 840 or visit www.breeze-spa.com.

Enjoy a customized treatment for mind and body at eforea spa, Hilton Pattaya: A 60-minute head massage with warm coconut oil dispels stress, relieves tension in the neck, head and shoulders, and promotes healthy hair. Priced at only THB 1,800 per person. The Face and Body Sensation package involves a body exfoliation therapy using a cleansing Thai tamarind scrub followed by the meditation massage and a signature customized cleansing facial treatment for a totally relaxed feel. Price starts from THB 6,400 net/person. Available daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. For more information, call 038 253 000, email [email protected] or visit eforeaspa.com.

Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya is offering a “Heavenly Care Spa Membership” for an annual 12 month fee of THB 10,000 net, which enables each member to enjoy spa treatments up to the value of 35,000 baht. Membership also includes unlimited use of other spa facilities including the sauna for general detoxification, weight loss and stress relief, herbal steam room, cold & hot plunge pools, lap pool in front of the Fitness Center, spa lockers and Relaxation Lounge complete with juice and snacks. For more information, contact Spa Cenvaree on 038 301 234 ext. 4333 or email: spacenvareecmbr @chr.co.th.

Amari Pattaya has introduced its ‘Suite Life Package’, available from now until 29 February 2016. Upgrade to a Junior Suite Ocean View room and enjoy Horizon Club benefits of private check-in and check-out and complimentary cocktails from 17:30 to 19:30, plus special welcome chocolates and sparkling wine. Other package benefits include a 60-minute Breeze Spa signature mood massage, a 20% discount on additional spa treatments, and a 10% discount on food and beverages (excludes Mantra Restaurant & Bar, room service and mini-bar). For more information contact Amari Pattaya at 038 418 418 or visit: www. amari.com/ocean-pattaya.

Entertainment

The Royal Garden Plaza has installed a mini ice rink at the ground floor fountain area of the shopping mall from now until April 16. Shows take place daily at 7 p.m. by performers from Kidzooona with some great prizes to be won.

Wan Lai Day is going Indie this year with Desktop Error, Yellow Fang, Yena and Degaruda rockin’ the Hard Rock Pattaya stage on Sunday April 19. Free music for all! Call 038 428755 for more information.

The Alangkarn Lantern Festival is currently being held from April 1- May 31, 2015. Highlighting the Sichuan province of China, the festival features amazing sound and light shows, acrobatic displays and a 3D photo zone along with many more attractions. Open from 17:00-23:00 daily at the Alangkarn Theatre in Pattaya. Tickets are available at 150 THB each.  Call 090-1292316.

The A-One Royal Cruise Hotel on Pattaya Beach Road will be hosting a Drink Dive Duck-Bikini Pool Party on April 17 & 18 from 5 p.m. with a great line up of guest D.J.’s to keep the party rocking from sunset till well past midnight. 2-day passes costs 1,500 baht. For more information, call 038 259 555 Ext 4236.

Popular singer J Jetrin Wattanasin will perform live in concert on Saturday, May 2 from 10 p.m. till midnight at the Aranda Ballroom of the Amari Pattaya. For only 1,200 THB net per person, admission includes unlimited draught beers, house wines, soft drinks and whiskey (book before April 15 to get an early-bird ticket promo at only 900 THB net). Tickets are limited so book early to avoid missing out. For more information, contact Amari Pattaya on 038 418 418 or email [email protected]

The next orchestral concert in Pattaya will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at Tiffany’s Show Theatre on second road near Big C in North Pattaya. The SSMS Orchestra, conducted by Hikotaro Yakazi, will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 and works by Hindemith and Kousseritzky. Tickets cost 800 baht, 500 baht and 300 baht (students). Call 038-421-700-5, Email: tiffany-show.co.th or go to website: www.pattaya classicallmusic.com.

Come and enjoy live music at the Jazz Pit Pub. Listen to great music by Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. The Jazz Pit is located on Soi 5 off Pattaya Beach and 2nd Road. Tel: 038 428 374. And you can also catch Thomas performing on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Sugar Hut restaurant on Thappraya Road, call 038 364 186 for details.

Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya presents ‘Mix Tape’ every Friday night from 9 p.m. till 2 a.m. at the Moon Deck. A roster of four guest DJs play soulful funky sounds, deep house, tech and all manners of groovy tunes laced with rock & roll. For more information and/or reservations, call 038 426635, send e-mail to hrcpr.pty @hardrockhotels.net or go to www.facebook.com/HardRockCafePattaya.

The North Star Library on Sukhumvit Road, north Pattaya holds regular Thai language classes Mon – Fri from 10.30 till 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. till 2.30 p.m. Cost of admission is 100 baht per session for library members and 200 baht for non-members. Private lessons are also available for 200 baht per hour. In addition, the library also holds Yoga training every Tuesday from 1 – 2 p.m. at the Father Ray Foundation. Cost is 1200 baht for 6 sessions (first session free). For more information, call 081 575 4854 or email wan_nujan @yahoo.com

Groups & Associations

The Royal British Legion Thailand meets the last Saturday of every month from 2 p.m. at the Tropical Bar on Soi Khao Noi (Watboonsampan near the Temple entrance) in East Pattaya. You do not need to have served in the Armed Forces to become a member and can join in the many social events arranged throughout the year. The Legion’s primary aim is the care and welfare of those who have served and/or their dependents. Should you be a former UK service man or women in need of help please contact us in confidence at: [email protected] rblthailand.org. Should you wish to join our branch, please contact: [email protected] or for general enquiries send email to [email protected], www.rblthailand.org.

Al-Anon Family Group: Are you bothered by someone else’s drinking? Maybe we can help. Sunday meeting at 2 p.m., Pattaya, Satree Pattaya Center, 519/56 Pattaya 2nd Road, Soi Skaw Beach near the Skaw Beach Hotel, next door to Scandalia Restaurant. Thursday meeting is at 10:30 a.m. on the 4th floor of Jomtien Plaza Condotel. For more information, call the Helpline 092 674 4109 or Richard 084 867 4138.

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Pattaya: The Pattaya Group meets Wednesday and Thursday at noon (open); Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 5 p.m. (closed) and Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (closed) at the Satree Pattana Center, Soi Skaw Beach (2nd Rd): contact Mick on 087 994 6224, Bob 087 939 2463 or Joe 082 715 2082. The Good Morning Pattaya Group meets 9 a.m. every morning. All meetings are ‘open’: contact 084 564 8479. The Jomtien Group meets every day at noon at Jomtien Long Stay Hotel: contact: Warren on 086 158 9688, Andy 080 570 1404 or Henk 086 070 6684, Thai contact: Somchai 081 445 3302. The Scandinavian Group meets on Tuesdays and Fridays 6 p.m. at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church, Thappraya Road Soi 7: contact Hans 085 135 7755 or Rune (Rayong) 089 754 9515. 10.30 a.m. meetings every day at Satree Pattana Centre on Soi Skaw Beach off Second Road. Call 084 564 8479.

For the past 28 years the Samaritans of Thailand have been providing confidential crisis intervention services over the telephone. The English-speaking unit, Samaritans English Help Line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support to the expatriate community. English-speaking staff, trained in crisis intervention will provide active, non-judgmental and empathetic listening services on the phone. All calls will be handled on an anonymous basis and are free of charge. Please call (02) 713-6791 (24hrs a day, 7 days a week).

Overeaters Anonymous meetings in Pattaya/Jomtien – The ‘Up to You’ group meets Wednesdays at 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the housing area just behind Pan Pan Restaurant in Jomtien on Thappraya Road. Call Steve at 038-364-207(h) or 089-250-1359 (cell) for directions or more information.

Narcotics Anonymous – Hotline: 082 811 2686. There are 3 English speaking meetings in Pattaya near Central Festival and 2 more in Jomtien each week. Also regular Thai speaking meetings at 12 Midday every Sunday and Persian Farsi speaking meetings at 5.30 pm on Thursdays. Please call the Hotline for details.