The Pattaya New Year Countdown Festival starts 25 December with the lighting up of an enormous Christmas tree and will last until 31 December. There will be nightly celebrations and fireworks displays at Bali Hai Pier from 8 p.m. until midnight plus a wide variety of Thai and international music acts on the big stage and games and fun activities for all the family. As well as food and goods being sold from booths set up along the Beach Road, there will also be entertainment to suit the tastes of everyone with traditional Thai songs and dance at the forefront. The week-long celebrations will culminate on 31 December with the biggest fireworks display of the year.
The 6th Bangsaen Speed Festival will be held from 19-23 December on a ‘Monaco’ style street circuit in the seaside village of Bangsaen, 50km north of Pattaya. Classic cars, superbikes, rally races, super cars, drifting and much more will be on show during the 5 days of racing and best of all, admission is free for spectators. For a full timetable of the races, go to http://supercarthailand.com.
Clubs and Associations
The next Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) meeting will be on Sunday, Dec. 23. Everyone is warmly welcome. It is Christmas time; so the theme will be about Christmas. Dervis Clement Tippen will summarize his short story “Miss Bessie’s Finest Christmas” (available as an Amazon Kindle eBook - he donates all proceeds to Pattaya Orphanage). Completing the program will be Club member David Garmaise doing his video magic and providing some entertaining clips from movies about Christmas. 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 as usual at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9 to 11 a.m.
Al-Anon/Al-Ateen Family Group: Is an alcoholic or addict adversely affecting your life? Maybe we can help. Meetings are held Sunday, 12:30 p.m. at the Highlander Restaurant, Soi 9 (Soi Skaw Beach, Pattaya 2d Road), and at 10:30 a.m. at Jomtien Plaza Condotel, 4th Floor. For more information, call John on 089 933 7227 or Katie 087 131 6072.
The Scandinavian Expat Club Pattaya meets every second Sunday from Jan 8th 2012 at the Green Tree Restaurant on Pattaya Beach Road Soi 1 from 1 p.m. onwards. Everyone welcome.
The Pattaya Irish Society meets every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Moonrakers in Pong. Call John on 086 112 0988 for details.
The Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard (RCES) meets 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Diana Garden Resort in North Pattaya. The meeting is always followed by an informal a la carte dinner and a gathering around the pool. The RCES always have something to say or offer, including useful information on their multitude of activities in Thailand and neighboring countries. Everybody is welcome to join as guests. For more information call (Carl) on 087 974 4350.
Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya welcomes you to their Wednesday meetings in the Rotary room, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel: Time 18.30 for 19.00. Contact Reidar Andersen (Membership) 086 842 8240.
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 Bulls & Bears (formerly Highlander) on Soi Skaw Beach. 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).
The Dutch Expats Club meets the last Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. Feel free to see our website for the location address: http://nvtpattaya.org. New members are always welcome.
DACH-Club - Meetings of German speaking residents for dining, discussions, films and gemutlichkeit. Pat’s Leckerle, Soi 33 Naklua. Check website http://www.dach-th.org/location.html.
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.
Christmas Day Service at St. George’s Anglican/Episcopal congregation, Pattaya will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 25. After the service, members of the congregation are invited to a traditional Christian dinner at a new restaurant in Jomtien at a special discounted price of 650 baht, which includes a glass of wine. For further information and/or directions to St. George’s, call Father Theo on 087 133 1601.
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya invites you to celebrate your Christmas’ Eve this year with a traditional Xmas buffet dinner at Oasis restaurant, including turkey glazed ham etc., at baht 1,999++ per person. The price includes gluhwein, soft drinks, live band and carol choir. Come closer to the beach with Xmas Grilled Steak BBQ at Flames restaurant at only baht 1,499++ per person including gluhwein and soft drinks. These prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT. Special deal 50% discount for kids between 6-12 years! For reservations or more information, please call 038-301234 ext 4255, 4257.
Join Pullman Pattaya Hotel G for Christmas this year. Xmas Eve Dinner @ Beach Club Restaurant on Monday 24th December. The interactive kitchens will offer a vast selection of cuisines from around the world including oven roasted stuffed free range turkey, carved bacon of beef tenderloin, and a scrumptious seafood BBQ. Christmas Carols will be performed from 6:30 pm in the lobby and 7:00 pm in the restaurant and Santa Claus and his charming Santarinas will bring gifts for all the children. Price - Adults: THB 2,590 net per person; Children: THB1,300 net for child 4–12 years. Xmas Day Lunch will also be served @ Beach Club Restaurant on Tuesday, 25th December from Noon till 2 p.m. at price - Adults: THB 1,190 net per person. For more information or reservations, call 038 411 940-8.
Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Lunch will be served at the PIC Kitchen/Jazz Pit Pub on Soi 5, Pattaya Second Road as diners enjoy the evergreen hits of Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Duke Ellington, George Benson and more. For reservations, call 038 428 374.
Celebrate Christmas evening on 24th December at the Captain’s Corner Restaurant, Thappraya Road at the Residence Garden. Candle light poolside dining with live performances from Elvis Arthur and Thailand’s lovely Tina Turner. Big international buffet from 7 p.m. Santa Claus will bring presents to all the children. Price: adults 950 baht, children under 10 years 450 baht only. Call Natdarat on 038 364 314 for reservations.
Flames restaurant is presenting a variety of Russian dishes in BBQ buffet style every Wednesday night. Chef Ping is preparing assorted meats and seafood; there is a salad bar, and a free flow of vodka. Priced at only Baht 1,399 net per person. Flames is located on the beachfront of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. The restaurant opens daily from 19.00-22.00 hrs. Call to reserve at 038 301 234 ext 4272.
Traditional English draught scrumpy cider now available in two strengths at Tropical Bert’s on 2nd Road next to Soi 6/1. Weston’s Bounds at 4.8% and Weston’s Traditional at 6% both on sale at the promotional price of 150 baht per pint or 80 per half. Why not try the pork and cider night every Wednesday for an even better deal? Coming soon Brains smooth bitter and Brains stout, and with a Brains quiz night every Thursday you could even get to try them free (if you win of course)! Tropical Bert’s offers cold beer and a warm atmosphere and is the home of the Royal British Legion Thailand. For more information, call 089 807 2335.
Havana Bar at Holiday Inn Pattaya is a one of a kind Cuban style bar with a live band and the Terrazzo as its outdoor alternative. You can find great promotions here daily such as the “7 days 7 surprises”, Happy Hour from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. “get 2 drinks for the price of 1” (on Wednesdays extended to midnight). Recommended menu includes the signature pizzas, thin and crispy crust with homemade tomato base with over 20 selections of toppings. Every day from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. enjoy any pizza at 50% discount. Havana Bar & Terrazzo is located on Beach Road, North Pattaya in front of Holiday Inn Pattaya. For more information call 038 725555 or visit www.dining-experience.com/pattaya, or www.facebook.com/HavanaBar.Pattaya.
Throughout December, lovers of Thai cuisine can enjoy the two set menus for lunch and dinner at the Cascade Restaurant featuring some of the very best and most popular Thai dishes including Penang Gai (chicken in thick red curry), Kong Wang Sam Kasat with 5 kinds of appetizers (golden fried crab claw, chicken dumpling, deep fried prawn wrapped in egg noodle, fish cake and pomelo salad), Tom yum Gung (Thai hot prawn soup flavored with lime, lemon grass and chili), Kluey Kai Cheum Kub Ice Cream Ruammitr Kati Sod (whole banana in syrup with original Thai coconut ice cream). Price for each lunch set menu is THB 600 net per person and THB 700 net per person for each dinner set menu. The Cascade is located near the Main Lobby of Dusit Thani Pattaya. Open daily from 6 a.m. - 1 a.m. For reservations call (0) 3842 5611-7 ext. 2153.
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 louis@ mataharirestaurant.com or go through the website at: www.mataharirestaurant.com
Eat to the Beat at Starz Diner located at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya between 2nd Road and Beach Road, Central Pattaya. Named for its eclectic collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and show kitchen, Starz Diner is Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya’s all-day dining restaurant located on the ground floor serving up authentic Thai-Chinese, Japanese, Californian and Italian cuisine. Enjoy free flow drinks and a whole spit roast pig on Saturdays for baht 980++ per person and Sunday-Friday at baht 880++ per person. Show time for live music is from 6:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. For more information call 038 428 755-9 or go to http://pattaya.hardrockhotels.net.
Make The Peak Restaurant a part of your dining plans for the festive season and savour cuttlefish creations delicately prepared by the resident award winning chefs: stir-fried cuttlefish with Chinese red wine sauce (THB 350++), deep-fried cuttlefish in minced prawn wrapped spicy garlic sauce (THB 480++) and crystal cuttlefish served with X.O. sauce (THB 480++). The Peak seats 80 and is located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Resort, next to the Dolphin Roundabout in North Pattaya. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For reservations and more information please call 038 425 611 to 7, ext. 2276.
Manhattans Restaurant & Bar: Open Monday to Saturday for dinner with fine dining in a great atmosphere. Offering Pattaya’s best steaks, seafood and an exciting a la carte menu. Set 3-course gourmet menu at THB 995- excl. VAT. Resident pianist in the restaurant every night. Call 038 259 790 for reservations and more information.
Intimate surroundings and a magnificent wine wall provide a distinctive backdrop for sophisticated dining at Flare restaurant. À la carte and set menus - 6:30pm until 11:30pm, choices available from THB2,300 net 4 course, THB2,600 - THB3,000 net 5 course; ‘Let’s Meat on Friday’ for roasted aged Australian Rib - 6:30pm until 11:30pm: Ladies Cut: THB 999 net per person, Gents Cut: THB 1,111 net per person; ‘Tomahawk Cut’, prime Australian beef grain-fed and slow-roasted to perfection on the bone - 6:30pm until 11:30pm: THB 1,500 net per person; ‘My Flare Lady Cocktails’ - 6:30pm until 11:30pm: THB 270 net per person; Saturday Seafood set Lunch - 12noon until 2.30pm: 3-course set menu, THB 650 net per person. Flare is located on the 15th floor of the Hilton Hotel Pattaya. For bookings, please dial 038 253 000 or email pattaya.sales @hilton.com
This holiday season, the Dusit Gourmet will be filled with delightful desserts and other items that will make perfect holiday gifts for your friends and loved ones. Stop in and pick out your most favourite from a list that also features the most amazing Mandarin Orange dessert creations such as: Mandarin Orange Bavaroise, Mandarin Orange almond chocolate, Mandarin Orange mousse and many more. Price for Mandarin Orange desserts is THB 109 net per piece. Dusit Gourmet is located near the main lobby of the Dusit Thani Pattaya. For information call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2276.
New and only at Moon River Pub! The After Work Club from 7 p.m. to midnight, offers guests a Western or Thai evening menu. Groups of 30 people may choose from the European and Thai all you can eat buffet (booking 1 day in advance). The all you can drink (wine, beer, juice, soft drinks, whiskey, tequila, etc.) counts for both offers. Price per person: 1,200 baht per person Sunday to Thursday or 1,500 baht per person Friday & Saturday. The Moon River Pub is located in front of the Thai Garden Resort, North Pattaya Road.
Thai Dinner Buffet at Café G, Holiday Inn Pattaya: Enjoy the taste of traditional Thai cuisine featuring som tam, grilled chicken, crispy pork, fresh salad bar, and Thai desserts selection. Buffet dinner is available nightly from Monday-Friday from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Café G on the 4th floor of the Holiday Inn Pattaya. Price per person is THB 450 net including soft drinks. For groups over 10 people please inquire for group rate. All kids under 12 eat free. For more information, call 038 725 555 or check the website: www.holidayinn.com/pattaya.
The Brunch Experience
Dynamic, Stylish & Seriously Cool at Fabulous Sunday Brunch @ Mantra Restaurant and Bar, Pattaya; Experience the hottest Brunch concept in Pattaya. It’s the perfect timing, from 11:00 hrs to 15:00 hrs, for a seriously cool culinary journey, an innovative & stylish approach to Sunday Brunch 1,690+ per person. With a dazzling array of chic delicacies, this stylish and sophisticated brunch offers a fabulous selection of foods from around the world, oysters, cold cuts, prime roasts, chocolate fountain and more. Upgrade your brunch to include a wine buffet for an additional 1,150+ per person. For reservations and more info call 038 429 591 or email@ mantra-pattaya.com or visit www.mantra-pattaya.com.
The dusitD2 baraquda is currently hosting “Romance jazz on the roof” evenings from 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night until 26 January 2013. Entertainment in the form of soothing live jazz music is provided by award winning saxophonist Aht Gunlayanakupt. The Rooftop Sunset Lounge is open daily from 5 p.m. - 1 a.m. and crowns the 6th floor of the dusitD2 baraquda boutique hotel, offering some of the best views of the Pattaya skyline at dusk. For more information and reservations, call (038) 769 999.
Come and enjoy live music at the Jazz Pit Pub from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every day (except Tuesdays & Wednesdays). Listen to great music by Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitar players. If you play an instrument, you are welcome to come along and join in the jam sessions. Jazz trio every Friday at 7-11 p.m., with Thomas Reimer (guitar), Jair-Rohm Parker Wells (bass), and Peter Couling (drums). Over Christmas and New Year a diverse musical theme will feature the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Duke Ellington, George Benson, Herbie Hancok, David Sanborn, Cafe del Mar, Amy Winehouse. The Jazz Pit is located on Soi 5 off Pattaya Beach and 2nd Road. Tel: 038 428 374.
Yoga classes now available every Tuesday and Thursday at the Tea Tree Spa, 5th floor of the Holiday Inn Pattaya. Experience the calmness and serenity of Pattaya Bay at sunset time while having a 1 hour yoga class with natural sea breezes and relaxing music. Limited space available, please call 038 725 555 ext. 3902 for more information and reservation.