Community Happenings – Friday January 5, 2018 – January 11, 2018

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The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, January 7. Brad Walker will be back to tell us more about his experience living in a small community in Thailand; his topic is entitled “Welcome to Amazing Kedon Village-who would be crazy enough?” 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.

The PEA Happy Run 2018 will take place on January 27 from a provisional start point at Bali Hai Pier in south Pattaya. Four race distances will be available for participants to choose from with the route taking runners up and around the Pratamnak area of the city. The races take place in the evening, starting at 7.30pm. For more information, visit www.berving.com.

The 6th Jingjai charity cycling fundraiser will be held on 27 January 2018 at the Baan Jingjai Foundation in Nongpladuk. The route will take cyclist through some of the most scenic areas around Pattaya and will total 41.5 km in distance. Entrance to take part starts at 300 baht and all riders will receive a commemorative t-shirt. For more information and updates, visit the Baan Jingjai Foundation page on Facebook.

The 2018 Pattaya Bike Week, also known as Burapha Bike Week, will take place from Feb. 9-10 at the National Indoor Stadium on Chaiya­pruek 2 Road in Pattaya. During the festival, live concerts will take place all day long, there will be many food stalls, fireworks, tattoo displays, dancers, motorcycle parades, stunt shows and more. For updates and more information, check Burapha Bike Week Pattaya on Facebook.

The 8th Pattaya Money Expo will be held at the Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall (PEACH), Royal Cliff Hotel from February 9-11. During this 3-day event, well-known commercial banks, financial institutions, security firms, gold companies and gold futures traders will be available to provide every type of lending and investment service and advice to members of the public.

The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) Annual General Meeting will be held on 6 February 2018 at the Holiday Inn Pattaya. The doors will open at 10.30 am with the meeting commencing promptly at 11.00 am. Only 2018 paid up members will be allowed to vote at the meeting but there will be a chance for members to renew their membership at the January coffee and lunch meetings as well as during the 30 minutes before the meeting commences. For more information, visit http://pilc-pattaya.com .

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

Hilton Pattaya invites you to savor special river prawn menus throughout January and February. Savor the authentic spicy Thai dishes at ‘Flare’ restaurant on level 15: grilled river prawn with lemongrass and with betel leaf wrap at THB 450 net or grilled jumbo river prawn in red curry at THB 750 net. ‘Drift’ lobby lounge & bar on level 16 offers river prawn thermidor with cheese and tomato salsa at THB 450 net, Pla Kung Maenam grilled river prawn with Thai herbs at THB 450 net and Miang Kung Maenam steamed river prawn betel leaf wrap at THB 450 net. Horizon’ rooftop restaurant on level 34 presents ‘Three Musketeers River Prawns’ served in three styles with barbecue sauce and baked with cheese at THB 1,650 net. For more information or reservation, please call +66(0)38-253-000 or [email protected] or pattaya.hilton.com.

Delicious river prawns at Hilton Pattaya throughout January and February.
Delicious river prawns at Hilton Pattaya throughout January and February.

Crown of India, Indian Restaurant is offering a New Year Special. Cut the ad in the Pattaya Mail to get 200 baht discount from your total bill. (Conditions apply) Valid until 31 Jan 2018. Reservations recommended. Tel. 038-423-009. 99/1-2 Pattaya Second Road, Next to Tropicana Hotel, Pattaya.

A selection of Indian delicacies at Crown of India
A selection of Indian delicacies at Crown of India

Big Fish restaurant at [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya enhances its seafood buffet with more premium catches and live musical entertainment. The new seafood BBQ Buffet includes best New Zealand mussels, shellfish, freshwater lobster, shrimp and much more. The buffet starts at 6pm and lasts until 10pm. Price: 700 THB for BBQ buffet or 950 for a buffet with soft drinks. For alcohol lovers, buffet with wines start at 990 baht or pay 1090 baht and have your BBQ with cold beer. For more information call 038-930-600 or email to [email protected] .

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 1,200++ 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.

Thai Garden settings around the pool.
Thai Garden settings around the pool.

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 world famous Tandoori Chicken at Ali baba
The world famous Tandoori Chicken at Ali baba

Ali Baba, Tandoori & Curry Restaurant, is offering a New Year Special. Cut the ad in the Pattaya Mail to get 500 baht discount from your total bill. (Conditions apply) Valid until 31 Jan 2018. Reservations recommended. 038-361-620. 1/13-14 Central Pattaya Road, next to Krungthai Bank, Pattaya.

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.

Fire and Stone Pizzeria is giving away complimentary 12″ pizzas (vegetarian or pepperoni) Valid until 31 Jan 2018. Call 038-427-011. (Conditions apply). 1/13-14 Central Pattaya Road, next to Krungthai Bank, Pattaya.

Try the pepperoni pizza at Fire and Stone.
Try the pepperoni pizza at Fire and Stone.

Spa & Hotel Promotions

Experienced therapists at Wave Spa use traditional Thai massage techniques to relax and rejuvenate the whole body. Both natural marine products and the finest botanical ingredients are employed and packages are tailor-made for individuals and couples, including facials, whirlpool baths, body scrubs and body wraps to brighten the skin, as well as Thai, aromatherapy, deep-tissue, Swedish and Thai herbal compress massage therapy, all mindfully delivered in six individually and artistically designed treatment rooms. Sunset Thai Massages are also offered on the beach between 5-7 pm daily, at a price of THB 1,200 net for 60 minutes. Advanced reservations are required. Wave Spa is located at the Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya. For more information, call 033 078 888.

Entertainment

Former British and world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno will be appearing at a live speaking event at the Retox Game On (Soi Honey) on the afternoon of Saturday January 20 from 3pm to 6pm. Standard Tickets are available at 500 baht per person (finger food available) while VIP tables for 10 people can be booked for 25,000 baht or 15,000 for 6 people and include a meal and a 1 hour photo session with Frank. The event will also feature a Q and A session and autograph opportunities. Call 0874406060 for more information and ticket reservations.

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] .com 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.