The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, December 31. There will be a varied program with music from Marcus & Bertil, information about ‘Souled Out” charity events, and Ian Frame’s genealogy on a very famous person. 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) in collaboration with AMCHAM, AustCham, Beluthai, GTCC, NTCC and STCC invites you to join a multi-chambers Eastern Seaboard Braai & BBQ organized by SATCC from 6.00 – 9.00 pm on Friday 19 January at the InterContinental hotel in Pattaya. Admission price is THB 600 for members of participating chambers and THB 1,200 for non-members. Price includes international buffet dinner & South African specialties, soft drinks, free flow of beer and wine. Cash payment at the door. For more information, visit www.bccthai.com.
The next Souled Out charity music night will take place on Saturday, Jan. 6 at the Robin Hood Tavern, The Avenue shopping mall, Pattaya 2nd Road starting at 8 p.m. THB 500 entry fee includes a free Soul Club t-shirt courtesy of the Riviera Group and a free-flow of wine and San Miguel beer from 8pm – 10pm or while stocks last. All proceeds from the event will go to the ‘Take Care Kids’ charity. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/PattayaSoulClub.
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.
New Year Countdown
Candyland Countdown Party at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort in North Pattaya – Sunday, Dec. 31. Enjoy a lavish international buffet, live music, entertainment, games, lucky draws and much more. Price: THB 7,950++ per person. Call 038 714 961 or visit www.centarahotelsresorts.com for more information and reservations
New Year’s Eve at Hilton Pattaya, Sunday, December 31: At Drift (8pm onwards) guests will enjoy the spectacular view of Pattaya Bay plus a-la-carte comfort foods and casual dining at THB 3,750 net per person inclusive of free flow of wine, beer and pouring spirits. Edge restaurant offers an international buffet with culinary selections from around the globe (6pm – 1am). Price THB 4,900 net (indoor) and THB 5400 (outdoor) per guest. Beverage package is available at THB 3,550 net per guest inclusive of free flow of wine, beer, pouring spirits and sparkling wine. Horizon on level 34 offers casual fine dining along with a variety of premium selection live cooking stations. Price THB 11,500 net per guest from 7pm – 1am or enjoy exclusive beverage package at THB 4,950 net per guest. For more information or reservations, call 038 253 000 or email [email protected].
Celebrate New Year in style at the Thai Garden Resort on Sunday, December 31 from 6pm until late. An international gala buffet will be served at the poolside terrace while entertainment will be provided by exciting Chinese acrobats, the Thai Garden Resort band and the Grand Opera Thailand. Ticket price is THB 1700 for adults and THB 850 for children 4-12 years of age (children under 4 years old free of charge). For information and reservations, call 038 370 614 or email to [email protected].
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]iff.com.
[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.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Point, Dusit Thani Pattaya Resort on Sunday 31 December from 18.45-01.30 hrs. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner offering European and Asian favorites and let the live band and DJ carry you away with hit music, catchy tunes and thrilling dance vibes throughout the night. Also available will be the chance to win many fabulous prizes. Price: THB 6,000 net per adult and THB 3,000 net per child. Call 038 425 611-7 Ext. 2149, 2150 or email to [email protected] for reservations.
Treat yourself this New Year’s Eve, December 31, at Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya. The stage will be set with lasers, live band and DJ’s. Dine from various Cafe food stations. The countdown starts at 12 midnight and entrance fee is Bt. 500 inclusive of 1 drink. A long night of partying starts at 9:00 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 038-426635 or e-mail: [email protected].
Dress to impress with colourful vibes under the theme “Power of Pop Art” New Year Eve Party at Pullman Pattaya Hotel G on 31 December. Celebrate in style with a grand international buffet, accompanied by live performances from famous singer “Malika”, plus DJ “Yuu” spinning the latest tunes and an exciting countdown complete with spectacular fireworks. The Grand International Buffet is priced at THB 6,500 net and THB 3,250 net per child (aged 4-12 years of age). For reservations, contact 038 411 940-8 or e-mail [email protected].
Pan Pan Jomtien and Sukhumvit branches offer a Holiday menu from 22nd December to 4th of January. Whole Canadian lobster served with noodles sautéed with lobster ragout, Baht 850 net. Roman style Porchetta: baked slices of rolled pork belly stuffed with Italian herbs and spices, served with golden potatoes and Christmas lentils, Baht 550 net. Zuppa Inglese dessert with Alchermes liqueur, Baht 140 net. Call for reservations: Jomtien branch, 038 251 874; 038 251 274, Sukhumvit branch opposite Ocean Marina 038 237 880; 038 237 881.
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. 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).
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.
Hotel & Spa Promotions
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 December 31 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].
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 banchangvf [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.