Community Happenings – Friday March 30, 2018 – April 5, 2018

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The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, April 1. Tasana Naga­vajara, who started learning the violin at the early age of 9, will be the presenter. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Thailand’s Pro Musica Orchestra. 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.

Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall will organize 7 days and 7 nights of non-stop entertainment from 13 – 19 April at the Sunken Activity area. Enjoy splash parties, top DJs, live music and much more to help celebrate this year’s Songkran holiday period.

YWCA Pattaya Center will hold the 6th Charity Walk-Run on Pattaya Beach on Saturday, June 16 with runners competing for Her Royal Highness Princess Somsawalee’s Cups. The races cover distances of 1.5km, 3km, 6km and 10km and admission cost is 400 baht. Proceeds from the event will go towards charitable projects chosen by the YWCA. To register, visit website: https://race.thai.run/

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.

Dining

Easter comes to AVANI Pattaya at Benihana, Garden Cafe and Dicey Reilly’s. Bring the family for delectable dining and chocolate treats on Easter Sunday, April 1. Snap some pictures and videos for great rewards. Check in at Benihana, post a video of the chefs juggling Easter eggs to social media and receive a free chocolate Easter egg. At Garden Café, kids under 6 eat free when you snap a selfie of the family enjoying a delicious Easter seafood and international buffet and upload it to Facebook. Embrace Easter tradition with a mouthwatering Sunday carvery at Dicey Reilly’s. The Easter Bunny will hop in with plenty of Easter eggs for everyone. THB 449 net per person. For more information, call 038 412 120 or send an email to: [email protected], www.avanihotels.com.

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya invites you and your family to enjoy an all-you-can-eat Easter buffet dinner at Starz Diner on Friday 30 March – Sunday 1 April, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Price: Bt. 999 net per adult, Bt. 500 net per child (12-18 years old) on Friday 30th March & Sunday 1st April, and Bt. 1,299 net per adult, Bt. 650 net per child (12-18 years old) on Saturday 31st March. Kids below 12 eat free (kids must be accompanied by their parents). Adults 65+ years old receive 25 percent off (food only). For reservations, call 038-428755 ext. 8323.

Thai street food is on the menu at Oasis throughout April. The chefs at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya are creating some of the all-time favourites including fermented sausage with condiments (THB 200++), deep-fried crab sausage (THB 260++), grilled chicken with papaya and sticky rice (THB 260++), fried seafood pancake (THB 280++), and southern deep-fried chicken with shallot (THB 280++). Oasis has both indoor and outdoor seating, and is open from early in the morning until late into the evening. Meanwhile Aqua restaurant offers the best Naples-style pizzas, including Caprino Pizza, smothered in tomato, mozzarella and roast zucchini (THB 490++), or a pizza layered with ham, brown mushrooms and olives (THB 450++). If you are really hungry, try the Carnivore Pizza, which is heaped with chicken meatballs, bell peppers, Parma ham, and slow-roasted pork (THB 490++). Acqua is open every evening from 18.00 to 23.00 hrs. For more information or reservations, call 038 714 981.

Edge restaurant at Hilton Pattaya invites you to celebrate Easter Sunday with a variety of international cuisine along with a panoramic view of Pattaya bay. For seafood lovers, choices of seafood on ice and on the grill are available including imported oysters, New Zealand mussel, caviar, tiger prawn, rock lobster, blue crab, sea bass in banana leaf, salmon and squid. Other highlights are foie gras, Australian beef, lamb chop, Atlantic salmon, selections of Thai, Chinese and Western cuisine, salad bar, cheese corner, live station of pasta, homemade pizza and all-time favorite desserts. Easter Sunday brunch buffet is priced at THB 1,500 net per person. Available on Sunday, April 1, from 12 noon – 3 pm at Edge on level 14 of Hilton Pattaya. For more information or reservations, call 038-253- 000 or email [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 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 or 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] pullmanpattayahotelg.com

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 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).

Throughout April, Pebbles Bar & Grill offers a selection of local and imported shellfish. Either fresh or cooked ala minute, the menu includes prawn, clam, crab, lobster and much more. Make your meal even more memorable with a stunning view of Pattaya’s skyline and extraordinary Thai cocktails (but one get one free from 5 – 6 pm). Crustacean A La Carte promotion dinner is available daily from 5 pm – 11 pm at Pebbles Bar & Grill, Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa. To reserve your seat, call 66.3825.9099 or email [email protected] .com.

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.

Entertainment

The Royal Cliff hotels group will celebrate Easter with a family fun day from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Sunday, 8 April at Panorama restaurant. Activities include an Easter snack buffet, enjoyable arts and crafts, fun face-painting, an exciting Easter egg hunt and lots of special prizes. Admission fee is only Bt.500 per person for hotel guests and Bt.550 per person for all outside guests. For more information or to reserve a place, email to: [email protected] or call 038-250421 ext. 2878.

Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya is calling for the most talented guitarists to compete in this year’s Guitar Battle 2018 at Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya on Saturday 26th May. If you are a guitarist, this is your chance to enter the most rockin’ guitar competition in Thailand. To apply, simply go to this link https://goo.gl/GZzpYs and complete the application form. Applications are open until 12th May.

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.

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.