The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, March 18. Dr. Sujit, Cardiac Surgeon from Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, will talk about what happens when you have a heart attack. 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 annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Saturday, March 17. This year’s parade starts at 4pm from the Alcazar car park on Pattaya 2nd Road and will proceed down Beach Road towards Walking Street. If you want to enter a float it costs 5000 baht and all proceeds will go to the Father Ray Foundation education fund. The Irish Society of Pattaya will also be arranging a few activities for St Patrick’s celebrations. More details and information can be found at: www.facebook.com/SaintPatricksDayPattayaThailand.
The Jaikusol charity cycling event will take place on Sunday, March 18 starting at Srisuvit School in Takhiantia, east Pattaya. Entry fees are 400 baht (or 500 baht if you want a t-shirt). Registration is available online at RaceReg.net.
The British Chamber of Commerce (BCCT) will host a multi-chambers Eastern Seaboard dinner on Friday, March 23 from 6.30pm – 9.00pm at the Intercontinental Pattaya hotel. The topic of the evening will be the “Future impact of the EEC on Pattaya/Jomtien”. The guest speaker will be Veerapong Chaiperm, Governor of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT). Tickets cost THB 890 including inter-buffet & soft drinks, beer/wine at THB 100 per glass. For more information and booking, visit website: www.bccthai.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 April 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.
AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa will celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday, March 24 with 2 dining options. Dine and chill under the moonlight at Sala Rim Nam restaurant with true taste of Thailand or by candlelight at Garden Cafe with an international BBQ seafood buffet, priced at THB 650 net with a free soft drink. For more information call 038 412 120.
The Italian Food Festival at Cape Racha Hotel, Sriracha will be held from 26-28 March, 6.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. at Le Marin Mediterranean Restaurant. Revel in a profusion of pizza, pasta, lasagna, bruschetta, lamb chops and more. Enjoy this enticing culinary experience for 650++ baht per person. Children under 12 receive a 50% discount. More details are available from Cape Racha Hotel, Sriracha on 038-314- 288 or by visiting the website at: www.capecollection.com.
The resident Italian chef at Acqua restaurant, Centara Grand Beach Resort Pattaya is using the classic Arborio short-grained rice to create authentic risottos throughout March. A luxurious Canadian lobster risotto is priced at THB 1,550++, and a risotto made with US tenderloin beef and creamed mushrooms is THB 1,950++. A third risotto is made from black rice, the whole grain providing health benefits along with the deep black colour, and served with deep-fried calamari at THB 560++. Acqua is a cosy Italian retreat, ideal for couples, families and groups of friends, and open every evening from 18.00 to 23.00 hrs. Rich and spicy Indian cuisine is also on the menu at Oasis restaurant throughout March: Included are dal tadka (THB 280++), paneer butter masala (THB 320++), paneerpakoda (THB 200++), vegetables pakoda (THB 180++), chicken curry (THB 280++), and masala tea (THB 120 ++) to accompany them. For further information and reservations, please call 038 714-981.
Experience the flavorful taste of pineapple at Hilton Pattaya throughout March and April: Flare Restaurant invites you to savor ‘Baked Salmon Pineapple Curry Sauce’, a perfect combination of baked salmon and Thai red curry mixed with pineapple, kaffir lime leaf and crispy rice at THB 750 net. Drift Lobby Lounge & Bar presents ‘Pineapple Supreme Calzone’, homemade Italian pizza with ham, cheese and barbecue sauce at THB 350 net and ‘Grilled Bacon Wrapped Hawaiian Chicken’ served with salad and sweet and sour sauce at THB 350 net. Horizon Rooftop Restaurant & Bar offers ‘Tropical Pineapple with Duo Foie Gras’, seared foie gras and foie gras terrine together with caramelized pineapple, crispy pineapple and pineapple jelly at THB 1,050 net. For more information or reservations, call 038-253- 000 or visit pattaya.hilton.com.
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 1200++ 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.
The Beach Club Restaurant at Pullman Pattaya Hotel G invites you to experience a new concept of Reef or Beef Night, the choice of fine cuisine from the field or the sea. Beef: premium grilled Australian prime ribs (800 grams), or Reef: grilled or steamed Phuket lobster (600 grams), both served with your choice of five delicious sauces and available every Thursday from 6.30pm to 10pm. The price of THB 1,650++ per set includes a bottle of white wine or red wine. For reservations or more information, contact 038 411 940-8 or e-mail [email protected]
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 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. 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.
Enjoy three different cuts from Australia and Argentina at Persimmon Restaurant’s “Carnivore Night”. Menu options start from 500 baht every Friday from 18.00-21.00 hrs. Also don’t miss various special mango dishes available for dine-in and take-away from 16-31 March. Persimmon Restaurant is located at Pattana Golf Club & Resort in Sriracha, Chonburi. For further information or reservations, call 038 318 999 ext 11230 or email: [email protected].
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.
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.
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 ban changvfw12146membership @gmail.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.