The next Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) meeting will be on Sunday, Nov. 17. Everyone is warmly welcome. The speaker will be Ren Lexander on the topic: “The Ape in Your Bedroom ... How Evolutionary Psychology sheds light on the battle of the sexes.” 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.
The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) annual Christmas Bazaar will be held on Sunday, November 17 at the Holiday Inn Pattaya. The Bazaar will feature vendors from all over Thailand, many of whom do not sell their wares in mainstream shops, giving buyers a chance to find goods that are not available elsewhere. Items for sale will include clothes, jewelry, leather goods, home wares, textiles, carpets, wine and food stuffs, etc. Non-commercial vendors will include Ban Jing Jai Children’s Home, North Star Library with second hand books, and many more. Entry fee is THB 150 for adults and free for children under 16. Raffle tickets are available from PILC members. For full details of the event times, please see the PILC website (www.pilc-pattaya.com/special-events.php).
The exciting Pattaya Long Boat Races will be held over the weekend Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November at Lake Mabprachan in east Pattaya. Prior to the event, on Thursday, 21st November at 3 p.m., a procession will take place through Pattaya’s main tourist zones to publicize the boat races and will include colourfully decorated floats and a marching band.
Athletes from more than 15 countries will compete for 300,000 baht in prizes at the Sawasdee Cup International Badminton tournament which is being held at the Eastern National Indoor Sports Arena in Pattaya from 22th-24th November. More than 15 countries will be represented, including badminton players from Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.
Bangkok’s annual Ploenchit Fair will be held this year on Sunday, November 24 from 10.00 am - 8.00 pm at the Patana School, 643 Soi La Salle, Sukhumvit 105. The Fair will offer games, rides and competitions for the kids and adults while the main stage will host a variety of excellent bands and performers throughout the day. A mind boggling array of food and drink will also be available from some of the best bars and restaurants in Bangkok. Attendees can do all their Christmas shopping at the Petticoat Lane Bazaar where some 70 vendors will be selling handicrafts, home wares, clothes and accessories, books, jewellery and more. Proceeds from the Fair will be distributed to many charitable causes throughout Thailand. For more information, go to website: www. ploenchitfair.org.
This year’s Pattaya International Fireworks Festival will take place on Nov 29-30. The festival will feature 45-minute shows by teams from Canada, China, Singapore and the United States with four Thai celebrities acting as honorary team captains. There will also be booths selling locally made products, a carnival-style parade, shows, concerts, magic and juggling acts and 3D painting photography along Beach Road. The Beach Road will be closed to traffic between 3:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
The Pattaya Soul Club will be holding a 2nd Anniversary Special Event on Saturday, November 30 at the White Horse Pub on Soi Khao Talo from 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm. Come along and enjoy the very best of Northern Motown & Soul. Admission price is 400 baht and includes a free flow of wine, San Miguel beer and Brunty’s Cider. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Hand to Hand Foundation. For more information, go to: www.facebook.com/PattayaSoulClub.
Share a memorable Loy Krathong celebration at the Elements restaurant of the Sheraton Pattaya Resort on Sunday, November 17.
Loy Krathong at Sheraton Pattaya on November 17.
The sound of a live traditional Khim instrument (hammered dulcimer) will complement the authentic Thai set menu (minimum of 2 per set) including spicy rock lobster salad with mango, salmon in thick red curry sauce, Yam Pla Korb Avacado, and other signature dishes. Price: THB 890++ per person (complimentary for kids under the age of 4 and under 12 pay half price when dining with an adult). For more information or reservations, please dial 038 259 888 or go to website: www.sheratonpattayaresort. com or Facebook: www. facebook.com/sheraton pattayaresort.
Celebrate Loy Krathong a night in advance on November 16 at the Dusit Thani Pattaya. Enjoy a Saturday night BBQ buffet before setting your specially created krathong (provided by the hotel) afloat in the Lagoon Pool: Price is THB 1,590++ per person, half price for children between 5-12 years old. For free flowing wine, beer, soft drink or juice, price is only THB 499++ per person. Book your seat early and receive a 15% discount (food only). For reservations, call 038 425 611-7 Ext 2149-50.
Acqua grilled venison fillet.
Throughout November, Chef Alberto Bruni at “Acqua” Italian restaurant invites you to enjoy bird and game autumnal culinary treats. Grilled marinated quail is served with an original Mesclun salad. Lush venison fillet is accompanied by a rich red currant sauce and he has created a delicious rabbit ragout which is served with sage fettuccine for a true taste of Italy. Prices start from THB 360++ (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.
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.
The Bay Italian restaurant offers a relaxed dining experience in a contemporary setting with both indoor and outdoor seating and a scenic view of Pattaya Bay. 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. 2270.
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 420 net; Friday and Saturday @ THB 480 net, Sunday Brunch @ THB 1200 net; Wine Buffet @ THB 800 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. Edge restaurant is located on the 14th floor of the Hilton Hotel Pattaya. For bookings, please dial +66 (0)38 253 000.
Oyster delights at Mantra.
Monday Curry Night at Tavern by the Sea.
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. 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.
Oasis BBQ pork kebab.
Throughout the month of November, Oasis restaurant is 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.
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.
Breaded fish fillet with French fries at Cascade.
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.
‘Lambada Pizza’ at Havana Bar & Terrazzo.
Available throughout November is a new delicious signature pizza: “Lambada Pizza” at Havana Bar & Terrazzo. Savor a taste of lamb, grilled red capsicum, sautéed onion, cherry tomato, roasted garlic, Kalamata black olive, topped with feta cheese and mint leaf served on thin and crispy pizza base. Enjoy the signature taste of Italian pizzas while listening to the live music performances. Served every day this month at only THB 395 net (receive 50% discount from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily). Havana Bar & Terrazzo is located at the Holiday Inn Pattaya, on Beach Road, north Pattaya. For more information or reservation please call 038 725 555.
Premium Prosecco at dusitD2 baraquda Pattaya.
Pattaya Players amateur dramatic society will be staging its fourth-annual Christmas Pantomime production of “All at Sea” on November 22nd, 29th, 30th and December 1st, 3rd and 6th at various venues around Pattaya. The production will feature free admittance to the show as a “thank you” for all the support and dedication audience members have shown during the last five years of the Pattaya Players’ existence. Tickets are therefore not necessary but seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so you are encouraged to arrive early. The full venue line-up and performance details can be found at www.pattayaplayers.org or email pattayaplayers@ gmail.com.
Latino Groove dance nights take place every month at Havana Bar, Holiday Inn on Beach Road, North Pattaya. Admission is free of charge and all are welcome. For more information, call 038 725 555 or go to www.facebook.com/HavanaBar.Pattaya.
Happy hours have turned on at the Pullman Pattaya Hotel G. The Beach Bar offers the longest Happy Hour in town, from 5 pm - 7 pm, with 50% off the drinks menu prices. Enjoy a stunning sunset with your favorite drink in hand. Surprises are in store every Friday so don’t miss out! For more information or reservations, contact 038 411 940-8 or email info@ pullmanpattayahotelG.com.
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.
Yoga classes now available every Tuesday and Thursday at the Tea Tree Spa, 5th floor of the Holiday Inn Pattaya. Experience the calmness and serenity of Pattaya Bay at sunset time while having a 1 hour yoga class with natural sea breezes and relaxing music. Limited space available, please call 038 725 555 ext. 3902 for more information and reservation.
Organizations & Associations
Al-Anon/Al-Ateen Family Group: Is an alcoholic or addict adversely affecting your life? Maybe we can help. Meetings are held Sunday, 12:30 p.m. at the Highlander Restaurant, Soi 9 (Soi Skaw Beach, Pattaya 2d Road), and at 10:30 a.m. at Jomtien Plaza Condotel, 4th Floor. For more information, call John on 089 933 7227 or Katie 087 131 6072.
The Scandinavian Expat Club Pattaya meets every second Sunday from Jan 8th 2012 at the Green Tree Restaurant on Pattaya Beach Road Soi 1 from 1 p.m. onwards. Everyone welcome.
The Pattaya Irish Society meets every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Moonrakers in Pong. Call John on 086 112 0988 for details.
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).
The Dutch Expats Club meets the last Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. Feel free to see our website for the location address: http://nvtpattaya.org. New members are always welcome.
The RLC (Rayong Ladies Circle), which operates mainly in the Ban Chang and Rayong areas, is a friendly and social group of international women. They hold a monthly coffee morning, amongst many other activities, on each second Tuesday of every month in the home of one of their members. Everyone most welcome to join! For more information, send an email to rayongladiescircle@gmail. com or visit the website at www.rayongladiescircle .com.
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.