The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, April 15. Although it is Songkran week, attendees will be meeting and enjoying entertainment by Pattaya Players with their performance of “Love Letters.” The program starts at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the 4th floor of the Holiday Inn’s Executive Tower, located behind the Holiday Inn’s Bay Tower on Beach Road.
Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall will organize 7 days and 7 nights of non-stop entertainment from 13 – 19 April at the Sunken Activity area. Enjoy splash parties, top DJs, live music and much more to help celebrate this year’s Songkran holiday period.
A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard networking evening will be held at the Movenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya on Friday, April 27 from 6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (last drinks at 8.30 p.m.). Entrance cost is THB 500 on the door for members and THB 1000 for non-members. Admission includes free-flow drinks and finger food. For more information send email to [email protected].
YWCA Pattaya Center will hold the 6th Charity Walk-Run on Pattaya Beach on Saturday, June 16 with runners competing for Her Royal Highness Princess Somsawalee’s Cups. The races cover distances of 1.5km, 3km, 6km and 10km and admission cost is 400 baht. Proceeds from the event will go towards charitable projects chosen by the YWCA. To register, visit website: https://race.thai.run/
A Farmers’ Market takes place every 2nd Saturday of the month at the Holiday Inn hotel on Pattaya Beach Road from 10.30 am – 3.30 p.m. Products range from wellness items, jewelry, freshly prepared food, organic vegetables and fruits. The next market will be held April 14.
A stamp market is held every Sunday from 10.00 a.m. till 3.00 p.m.at Rahnpintang Moe Kata Restaurant, Panji Place, on Soi Ponphraphanimit 7 (200m from the Bangkok Highway underpass). Here can you exchange stamps from the whole world. Call 089 091 3418 for more information and directions.
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya’s Songkran dinner buffet features a variety of Thai specialties, charcoal-grilled prime meats, live cooking stations and a parade of authentic Thai desserts: Served 13-15 April from 6.30-9.30pm. Price (food only): Bt. 788 net per adult, Bt. 395 net per child (12-18 years old) on Friday 13 April, & Sunday 15 April, and Bt. 1,299 net per adult, Bt. 650 net per child (12-18 years old) on Saturday 14 April. Children below 12 eat free (children must be accompanied by parents). For more information call 038 428755-9.
Thai street food is on the menu at Oasis throughout April. The chefs at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya are creating some of the all-time favourites including fermented sausage with condiments (THB 200++), deep-fried crab sausage (THB 260++), grilled chicken with papaya and sticky rice (THB 260++), fried seafood pancake (THB 280++), and southern deep-fried chicken with shallot (THB 280++). Oasis has both indoor and outdoor seating, and is open from early in the morning until late into the evening. Meanwhile Aqua restaurant offers the best Naples-style pizzas, including Caprino Pizza, smothered in tomato, mozzarella and roast zucchini (THB 490++), or a pizza layered with ham, brown mushrooms and olives (THB 450++). If you are really hungry, try the Carnivore Pizza, which is heaped with chicken meatballs, bell peppers, Parma ham, and slow-roasted pork (THB 490++). Acqua is open every evening from 18.00 to 23.00 hrs. For more information or reservations, call 038 714 981.
Experience the flavorful taste of pineapple at Hilton Pattaya throughout April: Flare Restaurant invites you to savor ‘Baked Salmon Pineapple Curry Sauce’, a perfect combination of baked salmon and Thai red curry mixed with pineapple, kaffir lime leaf and crispy rice at THB 750 net. Drift Lobby Lounge & Bar presents ‘Pineapple Supreme Calzone’, homemade Italian pizza with ham, cheese and barbecue sauce at THB 350 net and ‘Grilled Bacon Wrapped Hawaiian Chicken’ served with salad and sweet and sour sauce at THB 350 net. Horizon Rooftop Restaurant & Bar offers ‘Tropical Pineapple with Duo Foie Gras’, seared foie gras and foie gras terrine together with caramelized pineapple, crispy pineapple and pineapple jelly at THB 1,050 net. For more information or reservations, call 038-253- 000 or visit pattaya.hilton.com.
The Bay Grill & Buffet at Dusit Thani Pattaya: Dine with a sea view and enjoy seafood and meat barbecue accompanied by Thai and international items from soup, appetizers and main courses to dessert for only THB 1200++ per person. Free flowing beverage for additional THB 599++ per person. The Bay is open daily from 18:30 – 22:00. Call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2149 0r 2150 for more information and reservations.
The Pullman Pattaya Hotel G invites you to celebrate Thai New Year from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April at the ‘Songkran Funfair’, held at the Beach Club Restaurant from 6:30 pm to 10 pm. Listen to acoustic tunes whilst enjoying a delicious buffet with an array of famous Thai street food from live cooking stalls in a local Thai village atmosphere. The menu highlights include papaya salad, fish cake, chicken satay, pad Thai, fried mussel pancake, Chiang Mai sausages, khao soi, khanom kroc and gluy tod at only THB 480++ per person. For reservations, call 038 411 940-8 or e-mail [email protected].
Big Fish restaurant at [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya enhances its seafood buffet with more premium catches and live musical entertainment. The new seafood BBQ Buffet includes best New Zealand mussels, shellfish, freshwater lobster, shrimp and much more. The buffet starts at 6pm and lasts until 10pm. Price: 700 THB for BBQ buffet or 950 for a buffet with soft drinks. For alcohol lovers, buffet with wines start at 990 baht or pay 1090 baht and have your BBQ with cold beer. For more information call 038-930-600 or email to [email protected].
The Thai Garden Terrace Restaurant offers nightly dining presentations with different themed “all you can eat” buffets at the resort poolside: Monday – Italian buffet; Tuesday – BBQ buffet; Wednesday – multi-cuisine buffet; Thursday – German buffet with roasted pig; Friday – Thai buffet; Saturday – international buffet; Sunday – steak & skewers buffet. The buffet starts from 6 p.m., runs until 9 p.m. All this for just 399 baht net per adult. 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.
Yupin’s Restaurant in Jomtien Complex offers some fabulous culinary options including slow roast soft pork stuffed with garlic and coriander, and served with an onion and red wine sauce, vegetables and a choice of potato at only 395 baht or delicious fresh from the sea, jumbo tiger prawns served with a cream, parmesan and Malibu sauce, and vegetables or a choice of potato at only 495 baht. Special promotions include two set menus plus a bottle of wine for only 1,295 baht or order a two course meal between 6-7 PM and get a free glass of red or white or rosé wine or 250 baht off a house bottle of wine at 545 baht. Note: Yupins restaurant will close for the annual Songkran Holiday on Wednesday 11th April and will open again on the Saturday 21st April. For more information or reservations, call 038 250394 or visit website: www.yupins.com.
Linda’s Restaurant is large with seating for 200 people, with a covered al fresco verandah outside for those who wish to smoke. Inside, in air-conditioned comfort, there are comfortable chairs and decent sized tables, with white starched napery. The menu is large and covers northern European items, Scandinavian dishes and several pages covering Thai cuisine. Linda’s Restaurant, 315/177-180 Moo 12, opposite the Jomtien Complex. Thappraya Road, Jomtien. Open seven days from 7.30 a.m. until late. Tel: Reservations: 038 252 726, www.lindasrestaurant.com , street-side parking. Email [email protected] . GPS 12.901655 N 100.869.
Jameson’s Irish Pub offers daily food specials from Mon-Sat as well as fabulous Sunday roast dinners with all the trimmings, priced from 340 baht – 400 baht. Jameson’s Irish Pub is located on Soi Sukrudee (Soi A.R.) in Central Pattaya. Call 038 361 874 for more information or visit website: www.jamesons-pattaya.com.
Yamato Restaurant located on Soi Yamato has been around for more than 35 years and the soi was named after its oldest tenant. Just look for the Japanese characters on the blinds outside. You cannot miss it. The menu is pictorial, which is a must when trying a different cuisine/language. This is a restaurant to take a few people with you. The prices are certainly not over the top, and the quality is superb. Yamato Japanese restaurant, 219/51 Soi Yamato (13/1), close to Beach Road end, telephone 038 429 685 or 038 421 618. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. On street parking (or do some shopping in the Avenue or Royal Garden Plaza).
Throughout April, Pebbles Bar & Grill offers a selection of local and imported shellfish. Either fresh or cooked ala minute, the menu includes prawn, clam, crab, lobster and much more. Make your meal even more memorable with a stunning view of Pattaya’s skyline and extraordinary Thai cocktails (but one get one free from 5 – 6 pm). Crustacean A La Carte promotion dinner is available daily from 5 pm – 11 pm at Pebbles Bar & Grill, Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa. To reserve your seat, call 66.3825.9099 or email [email protected].
The legendary Somsakdi Restaurant has been in operation in Pattaya for almost 40 years. Proprietor and Chef Somsakdi is still cooking and running his amazing restaurant at 78 years of age. The menu is probably the largest in Pattaya, with 374 individual items. Each dish is in Thai with an English explanation underneath. Rather than be swamped by choices, let Somsakdi guide you. After all, who knows his dishes better than he? Somsakdi Restaurant, Pattaya Soi 1, tel. 038 428 987, 038 423 284, 038 429 869, limited parking plus on-street parking in the soi. Hours 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days.
Spa & Hotel Promotions
Pamper yourself at Wave Spa this April. Renew your skin and restore your body with the perfect combination of our special 90-minute treatment. Start with a champaca body scrub in preparation for a nourishing full-body oil massage to relax and ease your body of tension and knots: THB 2,600 per person (the price is subject to government tax and service charge.) Sunset Thai Massages are also offered on the beach between 5-7 pm daily, at a price of THB 1,200 net for 60 minutes. Advanced reservations are required. Wave Spa is located at the Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya. For more information, call 033 078 888.
Songkran starts with a traditional water pouring ceremony at AVANI Pattaya. Follow the parade to the pool and join in the party with Thai snacks and drinks to refuel throughout the celebration: Friday 13 April, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The Terrace Bar at Benihana offers one of the hottest parties in Pattaya. Enjoy mixed drinks at only THB 350 net per bucket and bottles of spirits with mixers for only THB 1,500 net: Thursday 19 April, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm. For more information call 038 412 120 or send an email to: [email protected] , www.avanihotels.com.
The classic thriller “The 39 Steps” takes to the stage with Pattaya Players on 27 and 28 April at the Eastern Grand Palace Hotel, Pattaya. Tickets for Friday or Saturday night are priced at 800 baht, with student tickets available at only 500 baht. Price includes a pre-performance buffet dinner beginning at 5:30 PM. Show starts at 7 PM. For reservations & further information, call Gary at Tel. no. 085 913 1827 or email [email protected].
Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya is calling for the most talented guitarists to compete in this year’s Guitar Battle 2018 at Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya on Saturday, May 26. If you are a guitarist, this is your chance to enter the most rockin’ guitar competition in Thailand. To apply, simply go to this link https://goo.gl/GZzpYs and complete the application form. Applications are open until 12th May.
Linda’s restaurant on Thappraya Road now holds Latin night every Saturday. Bring your dancing shoes and friends and enjoy dinner and dancing. Don’t worry if you are new to salsa, Virginia Sorensen and her team will be on hand to guide you on the floor. For more information and reservations call Linda at: Tel: 038 252 726, Mobile: 0878 130 115.
Enjoy great music from Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live every evening (except Tuesday) from 6.00 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Sugar Hut restaurant on Thappraya Road, call 038 364 186 for details.
The North Star Library on Sukhumvit Road, north Pattaya holds regular Thai language classes Mon – Fri from 10.30 a.m. 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 [email protected]
Groups & Associations
Post 12146 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America (Ban Chang – U-Tapao, Thailand) meets the second Saturday of each month at 13:00 on the second floor of the Camel Pub in Ban Chang. If you are interested, please contact Membership Chairman Dan Morgan at banchang [email protected] or visit website: www.banchangvfwpost12146.org.
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. For general enquiries send email to [email protected] , www.rblthailand.org.
Alcoholics Anonymous: The Pattaya Group meets Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are closed (alcoholics only) and are held at Soi Skaw Beach (off Pattaya 2nd Rd). Contact Carl 08-456-31-671. 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, Andrew 086 107 6631. 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.
The Samaritans of Thailand 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. (02) 713-6791.
Overeaters Anonymous – The ‘Up to You’ group meets Wednesdays 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. 3 English speaking meetings in Pattaya near Central Festival and 2 in Jomtien each week. Also regular Thai speaking meetings at 12 noon every Sunday, and Persian Farsi speaking meetings at 5.30 pm on Thursdays. Please call the Hotline for details.