Community Happenings - Friday February 21 - February 27, 2014

Friday, 21 February 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 8 By  Pattaya Mail

Events

The next Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) meeting will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23.  Everyone is warmly welcome.  The speaker will be Radchada Chomjinda (better known as Khun Toy), Director of the Human Help Network Thailand, and the Intercountry Adoption Representative for the Pattaya Orphanage.  Toy will talk about the history and mission of the two institutions.  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.

A joint Chambers of Commerce Eastern Seaboard Networking Evening will be held at the Cape Dara Resort, Pattaya on Friday, Feb. 28 from 6.00 - 8.30 p.m.  The cost of admission is THB 400 for members and THB 800 for non-members and will include finger snacks and a free flow of alcoholic beverages while stocks last.  For more information or booking, go to www.bccthai.com or contact your local Chamber for details.

The culture of northeastern Thailand will come to life in Pattaya for three nights at the Issan Festival 2014 from March 7-9 on Pattaya Third Road.  The event will feature a parade, performances from actor Nadej Kokimiya and country music singer Ying Lee, general Issan music, and sales of northeastern products.  The event will also showcase a “phi ta khon” scary-ghost dance competition with winners receiving more than 100,000 baht in prizes.  Part of the proceeds from the event will be donated to AIDS patients at Phra Bat Numpu Temple in Saraburi.

A Family Bike Day will be held at the Thai Polo Club & Equestrian Center in east Pattaya on Sunday, March 9.  There will be a short trail for the younger riders, a 10km mountain bike ride for the older kids and adults and a 30km trail for the more hardcore cyclists.  There will also be food, beverages, prizes and other entertainment for all to enjoy.  Proceeds from the day will be donated to Women With A Mission and Make a Wish Foundation Thailand.  For more information, email: pattayafamilybikeday@gmail .com or go to webpage: www.pattayafamilybikeday.org.

The 2014 Pattaya International Music Festival will take place from March 21-23.  Recognized as one of the largest music events of its type in Asia, the three-day free festival will feature both Thai and international artists of every genre with the concerts along Beach Road starting around 6 p.m. and finishing at midnight. Visitors can enjoy beach activities during the day before attending the music festival as the night falls.  In addition to the concerts at the 4 main stages, there will also be booths selling music-related accessories and a multitude of food and refreshment stalls.  For more information, contact the local TAT office on Tel. 038 427 667 or 038 428 750.

Dining

An ‘Australian Wine Experience’ event will be held at the Garden Lounge of the Amari Orchid Pattaya on Friday 28th February from 18:30 -20:30 (if weather permits or otherwise at the Lobby Bar at Garden Wing).  Indulge in a carefully selected variety of fine Australian wines matched with an ensemble of fresh tapas and other delights created by Chef Leonard.  Price: 950 baht net per person including a free-flow of Australian wine.  For reservations, call 038-418418 or email to fbreservation.pattaya@ amari.com.

Holiday Inn Pattaya in partnership with leading wine company VS Classic Wines will hold a wine tasting event at the Havana Bar on Saturday, March 1.  Experience a variety of Chilean wines paired with international cheeses and canapés created to complement the wines, while being entertained with acoustic music throughout the night at only THB 990 net per person and THB 1,390 net per person including 1 bottle of premium wine to take home.  Reserve your best seat at Havana Bar, call 038 725555 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Louis Restaurant is offering a new weekly set menu alongside the regular a la carte menu items.  The set menu includes a choice of starters, main courses of roasted chicken breast with mushroom sauce (THB 490), pan seared John Dory fish fillet (THB 490), braised Australian lamb shank (THB 690) or rock lobster thermidor (THB 690), followed by fruit salad or ice cream for dessert and tea or coffee.  Louis Restaurant is located on Naklua Soi 31 or North Pattaya Road Soi 6.  For reservations contact Vichai on mobile 081 001 3298 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Canadian lobster at Acqua Italian restaurant.

Throughout the month of February, Chef Alberto Bruni at “Acqua” Italian restaurant invites you to enjoy the delights of Canadian lobster.  A luscious lobster bisque, spaghetti with lobster and artichokes in garlic olive oil, and an ink vial one lobster risotto will be served.  Also, a super sized seafood platter featuring lobster, sea scallop, king prawn and rock lobsters will be available. Prices start from THB 620++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT).  Acqua Italian restaurant is located in the main lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and opens daily from 18.30-22.30 hrs.  Call for reservations, at 038 301 234 ext. 4266

Fabulous Sunday Brunch @ Mantra Restaurant and Bar: An innovative & stylish approach to Sunday Brunch for 1,690++ per person featuring a dazzling selection of foods from around the world including oysters, cold cuts, prime roasts, chocolate fountain and more!  Upgrade your brunch to include a wine buffet for an additional 1,490++ per person.  Brunch time hours are from 11:00 hrs to 15:00 hrs.  Mantra Restaurant is located at the north end of Pattaya Beach Road.  For reservations and more info, call 038 429 591 or visit www.mantra-pattaya.com.

Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya is now fully open and offering the following: The Oyster Oasis at Oceana 18:00-20:30 the whole month of February every Friday and Saturday.  A unique selection of Oyster Kukamoto (Japan), Fine de Claire (Clay Beds) and Codoret de Bretagne (France) and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc at 600 ++/bottle.  Also try the Espresso Afternoon Tea every day from 15:00-17:00 at THB 700++ per set for 2 persons including scones and clotted cream, freshly made sandwiches and cakes, tea and coffee.  Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya is located on Pratamnak Soi 5.  For more information and bookings call 038 306 337 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Halal international buffet dinner @ Harbour.

Halal international buffet dinner @ Harbour - only THB 420 net per person.  The buffet dinner includes halal food, an international buffet line and many selections of dessert.  The food is certified and cooked by a halal chef with 40 years experience. Both indoor and outdoor dining options are available.  Harbour restaurant is located at the A-One Royal Cruise Hotel on Pattaya Beach Road (Soi 3), Open daily 6.00 pm - 10.00 pm.  For more information, call 038 259 555 Ext 4236.

Sugar Hut Restaurant is open for lunch with set menu prices from 240 to 350 baht net/set.  Menu items include chili fried rice, pork soup with tofu, noodles, fresh spring rolls, salad, fruit, desserts and more.  For inquiries and reservations, call 038 364 186, 038 251 686.

Great Brazilian food at Zico’s.

Zico’s Pattaya restaurant of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort is Pattaya’s only Brazilian Churrascaria restaurant.  Enjoy succulent meat and fresh seafood; as much as you can eat on long skewers which gracefully pass through the tables.  Special on every Wednesday and Thursday enjoy free flow beef unlimited 2 hours with 15 skewers at only Baht 999+ per person (subject to 7% VAT).  And don’t miss the great selection at the salad bar.  Brazilian Samba Queens perform at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. with an amazing dance routine and hot music (except on Mondays).  For more information or table reservations, contact 038 043 516 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Marco Polo Chinese Restaurant is famous for its authentic Shanghainese and Szechuan cuisines prepared to perfection by master Chinese chefs.  Enjoy a dim sum lunch daily from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and dinner from 6.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. daily.  Also make sure to call in at the Montien Bakery Shop for freshly made cakes, pastries and breads plus a range of Thai desserts.  Open daily from 9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. (Every day).  For more information, call the Montien Hotel, Pattaya, tel. 038 428 155, 038 361 340 ext 1620, 1621, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Satisfy your pizza cravings at The Bay Italian Restaurant with five flavors available for your mid-afternoon dining amidst the sea views of Pattaya Bay.  Pair your favorite pizza with a free flow of beer during the ‘Pizza Galore with Beer’ promotion.  Available daily from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Guests can dine for a maximum of two hours.  Price is THB 599++ per person.  Saturday Night BBQ Buffet offers a fantastic selection of meat and seafood BBQ items as well as international cuisine, served from 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Buffet price is THB 1,490++ per person (food only).  A free flow of wine, beer, juice and soft drinks is available at THB 599++ per person.  The Bay is located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Resort, next to the Dolphin Roundabout in North Pattaya.  Opening hours are Monday to Sunday - 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For more information and reservations, please call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2149-50.

The open kitchen concept at Edge restaurant, Hilton Hotel Pattaya, creates an interactive dining experience combined with natural light and breathtaking views.  Monday’s “Post weekend BBQ” features freshly grilled sausages, Korean style pork cuts and chorizo burritos while Tuesday’s “Mediterranean Fare” includes Middle Eastern dips and salads, pizza and pasta.  On Wednesday, Edge presents “Burgers, Salads and Gourmet Sandwiches” where guests can create their perfect burger, toss a fresh salad or grab a gourmet sandwich.  The tastes of Southeast Asia, India, China and Japan come together for Thursday’s “Extended Asia” followed by Friday’s “Seafood Pattaya” where the crystal waters offer up fresh local prawns, crabs and lobsters served on ice or grilled.  Saturday’s “Classics & Confectionaries” presents timeless favorites such as Greek salad, oven-baked whole salmon, green curry and bouillabaisse and margherita pizza.  In addition, guests will be able to indulge in traditional Thai desserts with a modern twist.  Every Sunday, the chefs pull out all the stops and offer the hotel’s famous “Sunday Brunch” that brings together a wide selection from around the globe.  Bookings are absolutely essential for this very popular event.  Monday to Thursday @ THB 480 net; Friday and Saturday @ THB 540 net, Sunday Brunch @ THB 1400 net; Wine Buffet @ THB 1100 net.  “Seven Days, Seven Themes” is available from Mondays to Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. on Sundays.  An International Buffet Dinner is also available 7 days a week priced at THB 920 net on Monday - Thursday and Saturday & Sunday, and THB 1100 net on Friday.  Edge restaurant is located on the 14th floor of the Hilton Hotel Pattaya.  For bookings, please dial +66 (0)38 253 000.

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

Monday Curry Night at Tavern by the Sea.

The Tavern by the Sea Restaurant introduces the following daily promotions: Monday Curry Night features the tastiest curries, naan bread and salad buffet for just THB 499 net per person.  Tuesday offers a selection of beef, pork and chicken burgers together with Frankfurter, Thuringer, and Italian sausages, served with mashed potato, chili con carne and salad bar, as much as you can eat for THB 449.  Wednesday is Ribs & Wings evening: finger licking good ribs and 6 different kinds of wings - all you can eat for THB 449 net per person.  Friday & Saturday Churrasco Nights offer prime meats and seafood, grilled to perfection on the fire and freshly skewered for you on the churrasco pens at the Tavern.  All complemented by a full buffet of starters, side dishes and desserts.  Only THB 749 net per person.  Every buffet is open from 18.30 - 22.00 hrs.  There is also a daily happy hour from 11 am - 6 pm.  Watch all the premier live sports on one of the many widescreen TV’s or on the big projector screen (Sports hotline 038 418 419).  Amari Orchid Pattaya, Beach Road, North Pattaya, Tel 038 418418, E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Eat to the New Beat at Starz Diner located at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya between 2nd Road and Beach Road, Central Pattaya: A selection of Pan Asian and continental flavors, from the griddle, BBQ char-grill, pan, fryer, steamer, wok, and tandoori oven, as well as some really delicious desserts.  Sat: THB 850++, Sun-Fri: THB 750++ food only.  Sat: THB 1,080++, Sun-Fri: THB 980++ including free flow drinks.  Children under 11 years of age eat for free.  Show time for live music is from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  For more information call 038 428 755-9 or go to http://pattaya.hardrockhotels.net.

The Peak restaurant offers a variety of dim sum items during the ‘All You Can Eat Dim Sum for Lunch’ promotion.  Price is just THB 705 net per person.  Lovers of Peking Duck, prized for the thin crisp skin, can also enjoy lunch with a whole Peking Duck on the centerpiece at only THB 1,765 net.  What’s more, roasted suckling pig is offered at a discounted price of THB 1,882 (whole roast).  The Peak Chinese Restaurant is located on the 8th floor of Dusit Thani Pattaya 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.

Strawberry desserts at Sheraton Pattaya.Strawberry desserts at Sheraton Pattaya.

Elements Restaurant’s award-winning chef presents a scrumptious strawberry monthly dessert for February.  Try chocolate gateaux & strawberry, strawberry bavarois, strawberry cheesecake or strawberry & yoghurt terrine.  Enjoy a tasty promotion all day and every day at THB 320++ per dish.  Elements is located at the Sheraton Pattaya Resort on Pratamnak Hill south Pattaya.  Call 038 259 888 or go to website: www. sheratonpattayaresort.com.

Oasis BBQ pork kebab.

Oasis restaurant is currently featuring “Meat on a Stick” with Turkish kebabs, Jamaican chicken, Tandoori inspired seafood and BBQ pork kebabs.  Prices start at only THB 300++ (subject to service charge and VAT).  Oasis Restaurant is located at the lower main lobby of the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.  Open daily from 6.00-23.30 hours.  Call to reserve at 038 301 234 ext 4260-61.

Pumpkin Patch Pizza at Havana Bar & Terrazzo.

Experience ‘Pumpkin Patch Pizza’ at the Havana Bar & Terrazzo this month, along with antipasti, salads, pastas and Thai dishes:  Savour the taste of sweet roasted pumpkin, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, roasted cashews and fried sage served on a thin and crispy base.  Priced at only THB 395 net.  Receive 50% discount from 3.00pm - 5.00pm daily.  Havana Bar & Terrazzo is located at the Holiday Inn on Beach Road, north Pattaya.  For more information or reservations, call 038 725 555.

Poo Bu Maa Thod Kratiam at Flare.

Intimate surroundings and a magnificent wine wall provide a distinctive backdrop for sophisticated dining at Flare restaurant.  Experience an exquisite new menu of the authentic taste of Thai cuisine, as it captures the freshness of its surrounds and fuses it with a global twist.  Sample “Hoy Nang Rom” made with fresh Fine de Claire oysters from the southern regions of France or perhaps a “Som Tum”, imaginatively prepared tableside.  Finish your evening with “Cafe Bo’Lan” or maybe “Bai Tuey” - a very international crème brûlée.  Also available are an exciting range of wines from Thailand’s emerging vineyards.  Available for a limited time only in Flare, level 15 of the Hilton Hotel Pattaya from 6:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. daily.  For bookings, please dial 038 253 000 or email: pattaya. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

With a full salad and dessert buffet station, diners at Cascade can select their main course on the menu featuring Thai and western dishes such as fried seafood with garlic and hot basil leaf served with steamed jasmine rice; grilled chicken breast with barbecue sauce; breaded fish fillet, French fries and tartar sauce and many more. Price is THB 299++ per person (food only).  The Cascade is located near the Main Lobby of Dusit Thani Pattaya.  Open daily from 6 a.m. - 1 a.m.  For reservations call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2153.

Chill out to the DJ’s beats as you sip on signature cocktails at the Horizon lounge and take in stunning views of Pattaya Bay.  Located on the 34th floor rooftop of the Hilton Hotel Pattaya, Horizon lets you party with friends and sample the delicious cuisine in one of the three flexible private dining rooms. Bar opens from 5:00pm until 1:00am - restaurant from 6:00pm until 11:30pm.  Guests can indulge in style with a twist or simply relax in the most chilling Infinity Bar and enjoy the gentle sea breeze and romance sunset in a comfortable and relaxed entertainment venue.  The new ‘Sunset Session’ promotion offers guests an array of signature cocktails and “best sellers”, including Yello, Sea Breeze, Mojito, Cosmopolitan, Bloody Mary, Singapore Sling and beers on a one-for-one basis.  The promotion is available daily from 5 pm to 7 pm at Horizon.  For more information or reservations please call +66 (0)38 253 000 or email: bkkhp.pattaya. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Premium Prosecco at dusitD2 baraquda Pattaya.

dusitD2 baraquda Pattaya has now introduced its premium branded sparkling wine “Baraquda Prosecco”.  Designed for celebratory sipping or leisurely refreshment as the perfect start or finish to any dining experience, this top-of-the-range premium Italian Prosecco is priced at only THB 1,500++ per bottle and is only available at the dusitD2 baraquda pattaya.  For more information or purchase inquiries, call 038 769 999 or E-mail. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Entertainment

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden will be holding its annual Thai Elephant Day on Thursday, March 13.  The event will feature a spectacular elephant parade, feeding opportunities and a ceremony by Buddhist monks to bless the large group of friendly pachyderms.  For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pattaya Players next murder-mystery stage production will be ‘A Ghostly Crime’ taking place on March 28 & 29 at The Courtyard on Soi Siam Country Club Road.  The evening performances will include an assortment of finger foods for starters, a delicious buffet dinner, and desserts.  A special prize will be awarded to the super sleuth in the audience each evening.  Tickets cost THB 750 and can be purchased through Pattaya Players (www.pattayaplayers.org) or at The Courtyard by calling 081 250 6400 or 038 734 522.

Ruffino Restaurant & Lounge at Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya presents Thailand’s premier female DJ, DJ Diva, every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 19:00 - 23:00.  Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort is located on Soi 5, Pratamnak, South Pattaya.  Tel. 038 306 337 for more information.

dusitD2 baraquda Pattaya invites you to come and relax, sip a cocktail or two and enjoy the dulcet tones of classic live jazz performed by the famous saxophonist Aht Gunlayanakupt, a.k.a. the Kenny G. of Thailand.  Performances of “a new jazz in town” are held every Friday and Saturday evening at the the rooftop sunset lounge from 8 p.m.  For more information and reservations, call 038 769 999 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The North Star Library on Sukhumvit Road, north Pattaya holds regular Thai language classes Mon - Fri from 10.30 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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 every Monday evening.  Jazz trio every Friday at 7-11 p.m., with Thomas Reimer (guitar), Andy Goodson (bass), and Peter Couling (drums).  The Jazz Pit is located on Soi 5 off Pattaya Beach and 2nd Road. Tel: 038 428 374.

Promotions

Breeze SPA at the Amari Orchid Pattaya is offering a special 2-hour Valentine treatment and pampering package at just 2,500 baht net per person.  An aromatherapy body polish or rose milk bath is followed by a skin cleansing and signature massage to leave you feeling on cloud 9 - available throughout the month of February.  For more information, contact Breeze SPA 038 418418 ext. 840.

Groups & Associations

Al-Anon Family Group:  Are you bothered by someone else’s drinking?  Maybe we can help.  Sunday meeting at 2 p.m., Pattaya, Satree Pattaya Center, 519/56 Pattaya 2nd Road, Soi Skaw Beach near the Skaw Beach Hotel, next door to Scandalia Restaurant.  Thursday meeting is at 10:30 a.m. on the 4th floor of Jomtien Plaza Condotel.  For more information, call the Helpline 092 674 4109 or Richard 084 867 4138.

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 Satree Pattana Centre on Soi Skaw Beach off Second Road. 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).

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.

Narcotics Anonymous - Hotline: 082 811 2686.  There are 3 English speaking meetings in Pattaya near Central Festival and 2 more in Jomtien each week.  Also regular Thai speaking meetings at 12 Midday every Sunday and Persian Farsi speaking meetings at 5.30 pm on Thursdays.  Please call the Hotline for details.

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