The Regent’s School Christmas Fair returns after a twelve year absence on Saturday 1st December. The Fair is open to all and will have something for everyone including a variety of stalls where you can purchase Christmas presents for your family and friends, plenty of seasonal food and drink in the Christmas café, Christmas carols, and lots of free games for the children to enjoy. Santa Claus himself will be popping along to spend some time in his Christmas Grotto. For more information, call 038 4 18 777.
The spectacular King’s Cup Jet Skiing World Cup 2012 takes place from 5-9 December at Jomtien Beach with the races being held morning and afternoon. Competitors from 32 countries will be taking part including professional racers on 1800cc powered seated jet-skis and the world’s best freestyle riders. The 5-day event will also feature a Miss Bikini contest and will be aired live on TV on ESPN Sports channel.
A Christmas fundraising event will be held on December 12 at the Pattaya Redemptorist School to provide some Christmas cheer for the children at the Father Ray Center. You can sponsor a Christmas gift for a child with your name on it for a donation of 500 baht. Refreshments will be served and entertainment provided by the children and students of the Father Ray Foundation. The event starts at 5 p.m. For more information, call 038 716 628 or to make a donation directly, go to www.fr-ray.org/121212.
Clubs and Associations
The next Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) meeting will be on Sunday, Dec. 2. Everyone is warmly welcome. The speaker will be John W. Ryan, Australian Private Detective. He will be speaking about his recent book “I Survived” wherein he revisits Australia’s Whisky Go-Go Murders and exposes widespread corruption. 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) organizes regular lunches and coffee mornings on the first and third Tuesday of every month. There is also a newcomers coffee meeting at Casa Pascal on Second Road on the last Monday of every month. No reservation necessary and the coffee begins at 10:30. For more information email infopilc @gmail.com, or go to the at www.pilc-pattaya.com.
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.
The Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard (RCES) meets 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Diana Garden Resort in North Pattaya. The meeting is always followed by an informal a la carte dinner and a gathering around the pool. The RCES always have something to say or offer, including useful information on their multitude of activities in Thailand and neighboring countries. Everybody is welcome to join as guests. For more information call (Carl) on 087 974 4350.
Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya welcomes you to their Wednesday meetings in the Rotary room, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel: Time 18.30 for 19.00. Contact Reidar Andersen (Membership) 086 842 8240.
The Rotary Club Pattaya Marina meets every Friday at 7.00 p.m. at the Pullman Pattaya Hotel G, Wongamat Beach, between Soi 16 and 18 in Naklua. The evening meetings include a sumptuous international buffet. For more information contact Club President Jospeh Roy at info@rotarypattaya marina.com.
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 Bulls & Bears (formerly Highlander) on Soi Skaw Beach. 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.
DACH-Club - Meetings of German speaking residents for dining, discussions, films and gemutlichkeit. Pat’s Leckerle, Soi 33 Naklua. Check website http://www.dach-th.org/location.html.
Fred J. Estes Post 9876 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America is a social group in Pattaya that helps American Veterans and their dependants with benefit assistance related to the Veterans Administration, Social Security and service related agencies. There is no charge for our assistance. Post meetings are every second Tuesday at 1300 hrs. at the Hogsbreath Saloon at 148 78/79 Sukhumvit Rd. on Soi 46-3 (formerly Soi Batman). There are informal social gatherings every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:30 until 14:00. For more information contact Eric Larsen, Post Commander, tel. 038-423462, email: vfwpost9876 @hotmail.com or visit the website at vfwpost9876.org.
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.
Flames restaurant is presenting a variety of Russian dishes in BBQ buffet style every Wednesday night. Chef Ping is preparing assorted meats and seafood; there is a salad bar, and a free flow of vodka. Priced at only Baht 1,399 net per person. Flames is located on the beachfront of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. The restaurant opens daily from 19.00-22.00 hrs. Call to reserve at 038 301 234 ext 4272.
Alois Restaurant and Wine Bar has introduced a new weekly set menu (changed every Wednesday). The dishes feature main courses such as pan fried John Dory fish fillet; roasted pork tenderloin wrapped with bacon; and N.Z. rack of lamb, and stand alongside the regular a la carte menu items and set meals, which includes a number of dishes and wine promotions at special prices. Set menu with fish or pork 590 baht net, with N.Z. rack of lamb 850 baht. For reservations contact Vichai on 081 001 3298, or contact email: info@aloispattaya .com, Website: www.alois pattaya.com.
Traditional English draught scrumpy cider now available in two strengths at Tropical Bert’s on 2nd Road next to Soi 6/1. Weston’s Bounds at 4.8% and Weston’s Traditional at 6% both on sale at the promotional price of 150 baht per pint or 80 per half. Why not try the pork and cider night every Wednesday for an even better deal? Coming soon Brains smooth bitter and Brains stout, and with a Brains quiz night every Thursday you could even get to try them free (if you win of course)! Tropical Bert’s offers cold beer and a warm atmosphere and is the home of the Royal British Legion Thailand. For more information, call 089 807 2335.
Havana Bar at Holiday Inn Pattaya is a one of a kind Cuban style bar with a live band and the Terrazzo as its outdoor alternative. You can find great promotions here daily such as the “7 days 7 surprises”, Happy Hour from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. “get 2 drinks for the price of 1” (on Wednesdays extended to midnight). Recommended menu includes the signature pizzas, thin and crispy crust with homemade tomato base with over 20 selections of toppings. Every day from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. enjoy any pizza at 50% discount. Havana Bar & Terrazzo is located on Beach Road, North Pattaya in front of Holiday Inn Pattaya. For more information call 038 725555 or visit www.dining-experience.com/pattaya, or www.facebook.com/HavanaBar.Pattaya.
Throughout December, lovers of Thai cuisine can enjoy the two set menus for lunch and dinner at the Cascade Restaurant featuring some of the very best and most popular Thai dishes including Penang Gai (chicken in thick red curry), Kong Wang Sam Kasat with 5 kinds of appetizers (golden fried crab claw, chicken dumpling, deep fried prawn wrapped in egg noodle, fish cake and pomelo salad), Tom yum Gung (Thai hot prawn soup flavored with lime, lemon grass and chili), Kluey Kai Cheum Kub Ice Cream Ruammitr Kati Sod (whole banana in syrup with original Thai coconut ice cream). Price for each lunch set menu is THB 600 net per person and THB 700 net per person for each dinner set menu. The Cascade is located near the Main Lobby of Dusit Thani Pattaya. Open daily from 6 a.m. - 1 a.m. For reservations call (0) 3842 5611-7 ext. 2153.
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@matahari restaurant.com or go through the website at: www. mataharirestaurant.com
Eat to the Beat at Starz Diner located at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya between 2nd Road and Beach Road, Central Pattaya. Named for its eclectic collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and show kitchen, Starz Diner is Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya’s all-day dining restaurant located on the ground floor serving up authentic Thai-Chinese, Japanese, Californian and Italian cuisine. Enjoy free flow drinks and a whole spit roast pig on Saturdays for baht 980++ per person and Sunday-Friday at baht 880++ per person. Show time for live music is from 6:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. For more information call 038 428 755-9 or go to http://pattaya.hardrockhotels.net.
Make The Peak Restaurant a part of your dining plans for the festive season and savour cuttlefish creations delicately prepared by the resident award winning chefs: stir-fried cuttlefish with Chinese red wine sauce (THB 350++), deep-fried cuttlefish in minced prawn wrapped spicy garlic sauce (THB 480++) and crystal cuttlefish served with X.O. sauce (THB 480++). The Peak seats 80 and is located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Resort, 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.
Manhattans Restaurant & Bar: Open Monday to Saturday for dinner with fine dining in a great atmosphere. Offering Pattaya’s best steaks, seafood and an exciting a la carte menu. Set 3-course gourmet menu at THB 995- excl. VAT. Resident pianist in the restaurant every night. Call 038 259 790 for reservations and more information.
This holiday season, the Dusit Gourmet will be filled with delightful desserts and other items that will make perfect holiday gifts for your friends and loved ones. Stop in and pick out your most favourite from a list that also features the most amazing Mandarin Orange dessert creations such as: Mandarin Orange Bavaroise, Mandarin Orange almond chocolate, Mandarin Orange mousse and many more. Price for Mandarin Orange desserts is THB 109 net per piece. Dusit Gourmet is located near the main lobby of the Dusit Thani Pattaya. For information call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2276.
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.
Thai Dinner Buffet at Café G, Holiday Inn Pattaya: Enjoy the taste of traditional Thai cuisine featuring som tam, grilled chicken, crispy pork, fresh salad bar, and Thai desserts selection. Buffet dinner is available nightly from Monday-Friday from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Café G on the 4th floor of the Holiday Inn Pattaya. Price per person is THB 450 net including soft drinks. For groups over 10 people please inquire for group rate. All kids under 12 eat free. For more information, call 038 725 555 or check the website: www.holidayinn.com/pattaya.
The Brunch Experience
Pattaya Players theatrical troupe is staging the following performances of Goldilocks and the Three Bears pantomime: Saturday, December 1 at the top-floor food court section of the Royal Garden Plaza Mall, at 1:00pm and 4:00pm; Sunday, December 2 at the White Horse Tavern at Eastern Grand Palace Hotel at 2pm; and Thursday, December 6 at Le Cafe Royale, Pattayaland at 8.30pm. Reservations are only required for the Le Cafe Royale performance by calling 038 423 515.
Horizon bar & lounge, Hilton Hotel Pattaya.
The Bayview Hotel offers one of the best vantage points to view the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival that will take place on Pattaya Beach on Friday, November 30 and Saturday December 1 in honour of the 85th birthday of His Majesty the King. The amazing 3km stretch of fireworks will explode at a height of 600 meters above sea level. Celebrate this magnificent spectacle atop the Bayview on Friday night with family and friends and enjoy the specialty drinks and food from the impressive a la carte menu. The following night from 19:00 to 22:00 the Bayview will be offering a special cocktail party. For baht 750 net per person guests can savour two alcoholic drinks, gourmet canapés, live music and the amazing view! Reservations for both nights are highly recommended as seating and space is limited. For more information or to make a booking, please call 038–423–877 or e-mail gpr @sukosolhotels.com.
The dusitD2 baraquda is currently hosting “Romance jazz on the roof” evenings from 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night until 26 January 2013. Entertainment in the form of soothing live jazz music is provided by award winning saxophonist Aht Gunlayanakupt. The Rooftop Sunset Lounge is open daily from 5 p.m. - 1 a.m. and crowns the 6th floor of the dusitD2 baraquda boutique hotel, offering some of the best views of the Pattaya skyline at dusk. For more information and reservations, call (038) 769 999.
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. Jazz trio every Friday at 7-11 p.m., with Thomas Reimer (guitar), Jair-Rohm Parker Wells (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.