The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, August 27. Darren McGarry from Key Visa will talk about the latest visa challenges. 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.
A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard networking evening will be held at the Siam @ Siam Pattaya hotel on Friday, August 25 from 6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (last drinks at 8.30 p.m.). Entrance cost of THB 400 for members and guests of participating chambers and THB 800 for non-members includes free-flow drinks and finger food. Cash payment at the door. For more information send email to [email protected].
Jesters Care4Kids charity drive will be holding a special fund-raising Gala Evening at the Hard Rock Café Pattaya on Saturday, September 9. Ticket price: 2,500 baht includes international buffet, free flow wine, beer and soft drinks plus some great entertainment including a live performance by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron Bumblefoot Thal. To reserve tickets, email to: [email protected].
The Pattaya Marathon 2017 will take place on Sunday, September 3 with a start and finish point on Pattaya Beach Road. There are five categories of competition: full marathon, half marathon, 10.55 km run, 3.7 km wheelchair and the 3.7 km fun run race. A total of THB 1.1 million in prize money will be divided into the five distances. Registrations are being taken online at PattayaMarathon .go.th or Pattaya.go.th. For more information, call 038-253-127 or the Pattaya Contact Center at 1337.
The 3rd Pattana Triathlon Festival will take place on 16-17 September at Pattana Golf Club & Resort in Sriracha. The triathlon and duathlon will start from 05.00 am while the children’s triathlon and 5km Fun Run will start from 08.00 a.m. An accompanying expo will feature sports equipment, food and a nutrition forum. The trophy presentation will take place at 6.00 p.m. and will be followed by a music concert featuring MILD, getsunova and variety of other bands. For further information and to register, visit Facebook: Pattana Golf Club & Resort.
A Farmers’ Market is held 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.
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.
Yupin’s Restaurant in Jomtien Complex offers a fabulous 3-course menu (5 choices per course) for just 480 baht. Main course options include pork fillet medallions with green apple sauce, grilled red snapper with saffron sauce, pork chop with black pepper sauce, grilled chicken with mustard sauce or spaghetti with carbonara or bolognaise sauce. All include a wide choice of delicious starters and desserts. Chef’s special this month is Yupin’s honey glazed slow roast pork with gorgonzola sauce. For more information or reservations, call 038 250394 or visit website: www.yupins.com.
Visit Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya during the month of August and feast your eyes on some tasty themed menus. Twist Restaurant offers a tasty bowl of noodles while T55 puts the focus on the potatoes this month with a selection of comforting classics and modern creations. Head on down to La Costa for a specially made duck menu, perfect for lovers of duck and first timers alike, or chill out at Red Coral Lounge with tasty beverages and sweet mango treats. For more information and reservations, call 033 078 888 or visit website: www.movenpick.com/pattaya .
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 and children under 12 get to eat for FREE (one per each paying adult) until October 31. 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.
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.
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 900++ 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 evening dinner buffet at Ginger & Lime has just become even bigger and better with Chef Pinyo adding an array of new dishes to this enormous spread of Thai, Japanese and Asian specials. Served seven evenings a week in the serene gardens of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, with indoor and outdoor seating available, the new buffet is priced at only THB 888++. Chefs at the wok fry station are ready with a whole range of fresh ingredients to whisk up whatever you wish, while over at the noodle station the chefs have stewed duck, deep-fried pork belly and BBQ pork amongst their attractions. The desserts selection is huge, and new on the buffet is crepe suzette, and deep-fried banana Thai-style. Ginger & Lime Restaurant opens daily from 18:00 – 23:00 hrs. Call now for reservations at 038 714 981.
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 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.
Big Fish restaurant at [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya presents a ‘Business Lunch Set’ with a 3-course menu from which to choose your own favorites: Thai set (marinated Thai chicken satay with peanut sauce, chicken yellow curry with onion, potatoes, roti and jasmine rice and mango sticky rice with coconut milk), Western set (crab with smoked salmon salad with basil lime chili sauce, Cumbo’s crawfish etouffee with chili, tomatoes and steamed rice and mango Panna cotta) or Fusion set (creamy pumpkin soup with grilled marinate prawn, grilled beef outside steak with potato wedges and gravy kaffir lime sauce and lemon crème brûlée with vanilla ice cream). Served every day from 11.30 am – 2.30 pm at Big Fish restaurant on the 6th floor of the hotel. Price: THB 350 net/person. For more information or reservations, call 06-3903- 9754 or [email protected]
Hilton Pattaya presents a wide selection of Thai, Asian and Western mantis shrimp menus throughout the month of August. ‘Flare’ Restaurant on level 15 offers fried noodles with mantis shrimp and spicy sauce in Singapore style at THB 500 net and mantis shrimp with mango mousse sauce and fruits salad at THB 450 net. ‘Drift’ Lobby Lounge on level 16 presents three special creations including stir-fried squid ink spaghetti with chili, green peppercorns, hairy basil and mantis shrimp at THB 450 net, mantis shrimp and cheese dip with 3 kinds of toast and pickles at THB 350 net and crispy wrapped and chilled mantis shrimp with lettuce, pomegranate served together with barbecue sauce, cocktail sauce and seafood sauce at THB 350 net. ‘Horizon’ Rooftop Restaurant and Bar introduces ‘Paella A La Mariscos Mantis’, mantis shrimp in Spanish style for THB 2,200 net. For more information or reservations, call 038-253- 000 or email to [email protected] or pattaya.hilton.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).
Spa/Promotions & Wedding Services
Eforea Spa offers a deep relaxing massage using the power of aromatherapy oils and traditional Thai massage techniques followed by an exclusive half-hour choice of herbal hot compresses or hot stones placed on key energy points. Complete with a pressure point facial massage and de-stressing scalp treatment to maximize relaxation and a completely new body experience. ‘Pampering of eforea’ package is priced at THB 4,500 per person and THB 8,000 per couple for 2 hours and available from August 1 – October 31, 2017. Eforea Spa is located on level 17 of Hilton Pattaya and open daily from 10am – 10pm. For more information call 038-253- 000 or email: [email protected] .
Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya presents a Klin Mali Jasmine Spa Journey throughout August and September. Perfect to pamper you mom on Mother’s Day, the treatment includes a gentle aroma massage with jasmine body oil followed by an aloe and jasmine gel mask applied over the entire body for 10 to 15 minutes. A refreshing shower and the application of soothing jasmine body lotion completes the full rejuvenation process. Priced at THB 2,800++ and includes a gift set of jasmine massage oil and body lotion. For reservations call 038-301234 Ext 4333 or send email to: [email protected] , website: www.spacenvaree.com.
AVANI Pattaya offers a Mother’s Day special spa treatment combining a 60 minute gentle rhythms massage followed by a 30 minute foot joy massage. Aromatic oil massage calms you from head to toe, reduces insomnia and de-stresses. Price: THB 1,900 net, valid till August 31. Advance reservations required. For more information, call 038 412120 or email: [email protected] www.avanihotels.com.
Give your body the treat it deserves with a special massage promotion at Wave Spa: 120 minutes spa treatment (30 mins jasmine & coffee body scrub followed by 90 mins traditional Thai massage) for only THB 2,200 net. Wave Spa is located at the Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya. For more information, call 033 078 888.
Pattaya Classical Music, in conjunction with Pattaya Orphanage presents a performance of the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University on Sunday August 27 at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Pattaya Orphanage. The program will be a varied mixture that should cater to all musical tastes. Tickets prices are 500 baht (300 baht for children) and are available from Pattaya Orphanage, Pattaya City Expats Club and Pattaya International Ladies Club.
The final round of the 2017 Miss Tiffany’s Universe beauty pageant will take place at the Tiffany’s show theatre in Pattaya on Friday, August 25 starting at 8 pm. For tickets or more information, call 038 421 700-5 or email to: [email protected].
Pattaya Players community theatre holds free monthly comedy improv workshops at the Robin Hood Tavern at the Avenue Mall on Pattaya Second Road. Everybody welcome, ages 12 or over. No experience necessary. Call Sheldon at 092 413 7876 or Email [email protected]com .
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.
Come and enjoy live music at Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya: Black Velvet perform on stage every night (except Sunday): Monday – Thursday from 9 pm, Friday – Saturday from 9.15 pm. Admission free *Age 20 years+ (after 10pm). For more information call 038 428 755 or visit: http://pattaya.hardrockhotels.net
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.
Al-Anon Family Group. For more info, call the Helpline 092 674 4109 or John 089 933 7227.
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: 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.
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.