Community Happenings – Friday December 15 – December 21, 2017

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Events

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, December 17. This will be the annual Christmas program featuring the Pattaya Orphanage Choir, Jolly Old St Nick, and Christmas caroling. 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.

The British Chamber of Commerce (BCCT) will hold a multi-chambers Eastern Seaboard Christmas networking event at Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya on Friday December 15 from 6.30 – 9.00 pm (last drink served at 8.30pm). Enjoy great food, drinks and converstion in the perfect ambience of the yacht club. Cost: THB 600 for members and guests of participating chambers and THB 1,200 for non-members. Cash payment at the door.

The 2017 Wonderfruit arts, lifestyle and music festival is being held at Siam Country Club in Pattaya from 14 – 17 December. The event features international live music acts and DJs, as well as wellness talks and workshops, world-class cuisine and much more. Full 4-day adult passes are on sale now for 5,500 baht and weekend and Sunday-only passes are also available. Discounts for groups and youths, and under-12s go free. More information at website: www.wonderfruit.co.

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 October 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.

Dining

Celebrate a ‘Swiss-Mas’ by the sea at the Movenpick Siam Hotel in Na Jomtien, Pattaya. Enjoy a festive market selling yuletide arts and crafts on the beachside lawn every evening 6pm – 10pm from December 22-25. Gourmet food available at THB 1200 per person (50% discount for children 7-12 years old). Early bird discounts also available. For more information or reservations, call 033 078 888 or email [email protected].

Enjoy a bountiful Christmas brunch by the beach at the Pullman Pattaya Hotel G on December 24 from 11am – 4pm. A lavish menu of international favourites and Christmas fayre, along with a kids’ corner, carol singing, a visit by Santa Claus and much more. Price: THB 2000++ per adult and THB 750++ per child. Call 038 411 940 for information and reservations.

Celebrate Christmas at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort. Oasis restaurant offers a Christmas Eve seafood BBQ buffet on December 24 accented with holiday classics such as turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, bread pudding and more. Kids’ activities, dancing, carol singing and a special visit by Santa will complete the occasion. Tickets (including one glass of gluhwein and soft drinks) Adults: THB 1699++, Children: THB 849++. Coast restaurant will serve a festive Christmas dinner buffet on December 25 featuring steak, seafood, carol singing and much more. Tickets (including one glass of gluhwein and soft drinks) Adults: THB 1599++, Children: THB 799++. For information and reservations, call 038 714 981 or email [email protected].

Join “Santa Rock” at the Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya on Christmas Eve 24 December, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Christmas Day 25 December, from noon to 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All you can eat Christmas carvery at the Café with traditional roast turkey, glazed ham, beef wellington, braised red cabbage, roast potato, Brussels sprouts, roast pumpkin and all the trimmings, homemade Christmas pudding with brandy sauce and fruit cake. Entertainment and activities include visits by Santa Claus, Santarina, Christmas carol singers and a live band. Price: Bt 899 net per adult, Bt 499 net child (12-18 years old). Kids under 12 eat free. Stars Diner will also be offering a Christmas buffet dinner, served from 6.30pm – 9.30pm on Dec 23-25: Price Bt. 1,299 per person, including a complimentary glass of traditional mulled wine. Bt 650 net per child (12-18 years old). Kids under 12 eat free. For reservations, call 038-426635 or e-mail: [email protected] .

Surprise yourself and your loved ones this Christmas with favorite festive dishes and international cuisine at the brand new Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa in Jomtien. Festive highlight items include carved turkey, fresh seafood, a variety of imported meat and all the traditional trimmings. For entertainment enjoy delightful live music, DJ station, a spectacular firework display and much more. Christmas Eve Dinner, Dec. 24, at 609 Kitchen from 6 pm – 10 pm, Price: THB 800++ per person, THB 400++ per child + kids menu options, or THB 1,500++ per person including free flow beverages. Christmas Eve Set Dinner (5-Course) at Pebbles Bar and Grill from 6:30 pm – 11 pm, Price: THB 2,000++ per person, THB 800++ per child + a limited kids menu, or THB 3,000++ per person including free flow beverages. For reservations call 038 259 099 or email [email protected].

Celebrate a memorable Christmas at Hilton Pattaya: Edge restaurant offers a variety of Christmas delights including carved traditional meat, poultry, fresh seafood, live BBQ and more. Priced at Baht 2,750 net per guest (half price for children 6-12 years and free for children 0-5 years). Beverage package is available at Baht 2,550 net per adult including free-flow beer, wine, pouring spirits and sparkling wine. The buffet is available for dinner on December 24 and 25, from 6pm–11pm and for lunch on December 25, from 12.30noon–3.30pm at Edge on level 14. Horizon lounge on level 34 offers a three-course set Christmas menu along with a magical view of Pattaya bay on December 24 and 25 from 6pm –11pm at Baht 3,650 net per guest (dress code applies.) For more information and reservations, call 038 253 000, email [email protected]  or visit pattaya.hilton.com.

Enjoy a Christmas Day set menu at the Persimmon Restaurant, Pattana Golf Club & Resort in Sriracha on Monday, December 25. Soak in the festive season atmosphere from 11.30am to 4.00pm with a selection of traditional treats & unique drink stations! Price: 400 Baht food only or 500 Baht with free flow of local beverage. For reservations, call: 038 318 999 ext. 11230.

Yupin’s Restaurant in Jomtien Complex offers a fabulous 3-course menu (5 choices per course) for just 395 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. Yupin’s is also now taking bookings for Christmas dinner. There are several sittings spread out over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the first at 3pm, then 5.30pm then 8pm. Price 995 baht. For more information or reservations, call 038 250394 or visit website: www.yupins.com.

Enjoy the ‘Sound of Christmas’ at the Thai Garden Resort on Sunday, 24th December. The Grand Opera of Bangkok will be performing some Yuletide favourites on the poolside terrace and will be followed by Thai dancing and Christmas carols sung by children from the Pattaya Orphanage. Music will also be provided by the Thai Garden Resort Trio. A full international gala buffet will also make this an evening to remember. Price: Adults THB 1,500 net, Children THB 750 net (children under 4 years free of charge). For reservations, call 038 370 614, 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.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Dusit Thani Pattaya on Sunday 24 December from 18.45-23.00hrs: Embrace the Christmas spirit and enjoy an elaborate buffet dinner at The Point restaurant featuring Christmas delights such as roast turkey, honey glazed ham, Christmas pudding and many delicacies of the holiday. Entertainment includes a fantastic show & dance performance, Christmas carols, a special visit from Santa Claus along with the chance to win fabulous lucky draw prizes. Price THB 3,200 net per adult and THB 1,600 net per child (book before 20 December and get 20% early-bird discount).For reservations, call 038 425 611-7 Ext. 2149, 2150 or email to [email protected].

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 is now taking bookings for Christmas Day dinner – an ‘all you can eat’ smorgasbord of traditional festive fare for 1350 baht + 10% service charge (Children under 10 half price). A deposit of 500 baht is required with each booking. Jameson’s also 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.

The Royal Cliff Hotel invites you to a Casino Royale 007 New Year’s Eve gala dinner on December 31 from 7pm – 11pm at the Royal Wings Suites & Spa. Price: THB 7000++ per person, 50% discount for children under 12 years old (dress code: formal). For information and reservations, call 038 250 151 or email [email protected].

[email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya invites you to a New Year’s Eve Sky Buffet and/or New Year’s Eve Seafood BBQ Dinner Buffet on Sunday December 31. The New Year’s Eve Buffet will be served at Big Fish Restaurant (6th floor) from 6.30pm until 11.00pm. Price THB 2,200 net per person or THB 1,100 net (for children). New Year’s Eve Menu Buffet is available in the Sky Restaurant (24th floor) on December 31 from 6.30pm until 11.00pm. Price: THB 3,500 net per person (with one glass of sparkling wine) or THB 1,500 net for children. After dinner, continue the evening with a Countdown Party at Sky Bar from 7pm until 1am. Guests can gain access for free while the entrance fee for outsiders is THB 1,000 net per person with a complimentary drink. For reservations and more information contact: [email protected]  or Tel. 038-930600.

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).

Hotel & Spa Promotions

Throughout December, Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Pattaya resort celebrates the festive holiday season with a Christmas Body Essence rejuvenation package. Treatment includes a 30-minute gingerbread sugary body scrub enriched with Christmas herbs followed by a 1-hour aromatic oil massage of choice. Available from now until December 31. Price: THB 3,450 net per person. For reservations, call 038371044 or email [email protected].

The Rainbow Flora spa journey at Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, will freshen your body and mind with the fragrance of fresh flowers, deep-cleaning your skin to leave it soft and silky, and with a delicate lingering scent. The Rainbow Flora journey is available until the end of December and lasts for 120 completely relaxing minutes, at THB 2,495++ (2,937 net) per person. For reservations contact 038-301234 Ext 4333, Email: [email protected]  or go to website: www.spacenvaree.com.

eforea spa at Hilton Pattaya offers a ‘Happy Holidays’ spa package. Enjoy a 2-hour superior relaxing treatment beginning with an exfoliating body scrub and followed by Lomi-Mae massage that helps relax your body and relieve muscle tension. Vitality Bliss is priced at THB 4,300 per person and THB 8,000 per couple. The 2-hour Serenity Bliss treatment allows you to relax with a massage and an hour of cleansing and moisturizing of the facial skin. It is priced at THB 4,800 per person and THB 8,800 per couple for 2 hours. For every purchase of a treatment, receive a complimentary voucher of one hour relaxing body massage. Packages are available from now until December 31, 2017 on level 17 at Hilton Pattaya from 10am – 10pm. For more information or reservation, call 038-253-000 or [email protected] .

Entertainment

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.

Community Services

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, 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.