The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, December 6. Everyone is warmly welcome. The speaker will be John Collingbourne from Pattaya’s Collingbourne Auctioneers. 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 at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
The annual King’s Cup Jet Ski World Cup 2015 will take place at Jomtien Beach from December 4-6. The world’s top jet-ski racers and freestyle performers will once again be in town to compete for the coveted trophies, graciously donated by HM the King of Thailand. For more information, go to www.jetski-worldcup.com.
The Pattaya Sports Club Christmas Party will be held at the Town In Town Hotel on Wednesday, December 9. Party tickets are on sale at the PSC office on Pattaya 3rd Road and are priced at THB 500 for PSC members, THB 700 for guests and THB 400 for children aged 10-16. For more information, call 038 361 167.
The 3rd TFI Jolly Kids Xmas event will be held on Sunday, December 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Jameson’s Irish Pub, located on Soi Sukrudee (Soi A.R.) in central Pattaya. The day will feature a kids’ buffet and soft drinks, Xmas games, face painting & bouncy castle, a raffle with some great prizes, and Santa will also be in attendance to give presents to the kids. Cost is 100 baht per child and children must be pre-registered before Monday, Dec. 7 to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available at Jamesons or contact the TFI team on Facebook.
The Thailand Golf Championship 2015 will be held from 10-13 December at the Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi. Defending champion Lee Westwood will line up alongside some of the sport’s most famous players, including Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia, and local stars Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat for four days of thrilling action. Daily tickets are priced at 300 / 400 / 500 / 800 baht and a limited number of free 4-day passes are available at the Pattaya Mail office and the Pattaya Sports Club office.
The U-Tapao Ripley’s Run 2015 will take place at U-Tapao Airport on Sunday, December 13 at 5.30 a.m. This exciting trail run will feature three race distances of a 21-kilometer half-marathon, 10.5 km. mini marathon and 5 km. walk-run and will see the route lined with ghosts, ghouls and zombies from the scary Pattaya museum. Obstacles will need to be negotiated to avoid the terrifying monsters. For more information and registration, call 089 152 5786 or 085 796 0976.
St. George’s Anglican Church will celebrate Holy Communion on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2015, at the Redemptorist Center Chapel, Sukhumvit Road, beginning at 11:00 am. All are welcome.
Christmas Eve buffet dinner at the Thai Garden Resort, Thursday, December 24. A superb festive menu will be complemented by Thai dancing, Christmas carols performed by children from the Tungklon-Talman School and live music from the Thai Garden Philippine trio. Price Adults: THB 1,300, Children: THB 650 (4-12 years old) under-4 years eat for free. For information and reservations, call 038 370 614-8.
Jameson’s Irish Pub offers an ‘All you can Eat’ Christmas Day buffet menu served from 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, December 25. Enjoy a feast of traditional Christmas favourites including roast turkey, honey glazed ham and pork loin with crackling, a huge range of starters and traditional Christmas pudding with custard for dessert. Price THB 985 baht (a THB 500 deposit is required with booking). For more information and reservations, call Kim at 093 451 6460, Moo at 086 023 1387 or the office at 038 361 873 (Monday-Friday).
Enjoy a Christmas set dinner at the Sky Restaurant on level 24 of the [email protected] Design Hotel on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24. Feast on a special four-course set menu and soak up the house musical entertainment. THB 1,200 net per person; bookings of two persons or more per table receive one complimentary bottle of wine. Also at the Big Fish restaurant on the same day, enjoy a Seafood and BBQ International Buffet Dinner with a wide range of world cuisines in addition to holiday favorites such as roast turkey. For entertainment there will be a live band, Christmas carol singing, and a visit from Santa Claus and Santarina. Price THB 800 net per person, 1,100 net with free-flow wine. For more information and reservations, call 038 930 600.
The culinary team at the Centara Grand Modus Resort will be creating some special set menus for the festive season. A seven course Western set menu will be served on December 24 & 25 between 18:00 – 00:30hrs priced at THB 1950++ per person (including a glass of sparkling wine) or THB 3555 per couple (including a bottle of red, white or sparkling wine). Dress code is smart/casual. Advanced reservations required. Call 033 007 888.
New Year Celebrations
Hilton Pattaya offers a great choice of venues to celebrate the New Year on Thursday, December 31. Flare restaurant (open 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.) serves a Thai fusion set menu at THB 2,850 net per person; Edge (6 p.m. – 1 a.m.) offers an international buffet at THB 4,800 per person plus free flow beverage package at THB 3,250 net per person; Drift (8 p.m. till late) has a beverage package at THB 3,550 net per person; Horizon (6 p.m. – 1 a.m.) offers casual fine dining in an exclusive environment at THB 10,500 per person and beverage package at THB 4,450 per person; the Seaboard Ballroom will host a Gala Dinner at THB 7,150 per person including a free-flow drinks package. For information and bookings, call 038 253 305 or email [email protected]
Colours n’ Rhythm New Year’s Eve Gala Party at Amari Pattaya features a spectacular gala dinner with a huge variety of Asian and international food items plus a fine selection of wines and champagnes. Themed shows will ensure you dance the night away. Price, Adults: THB 3,800 per person (food only), THB 1,900 children (6-12 years old). Dress code is smart/casual. Call 038 418 418 or email [email protected]
Breeze Beach Club at the Centara Grand Modus Resort will be holding a Blue Mediterranean themed surf & turf party to usher in the New Year on Thursday, December 31. Tickets are priced at THB 3,999 per person or THB 4,499 per person including soft drinks and a glass of sparkling wine at midnight or THB 1,599 net per child including a free flow of soft drinks. Call 033 007 888 for more information.
New Year Gala Dinner at [email protected] Design Hotel on Thursday, December 31: The Big Fish Restaurant will serve a grand BBQ and seafood buffet with live band and four special shows: klong sabudchai, human puppet performance, magic show and Thai dancing. Price THB 2,500 net per person (bookings of two persons or more per table receive one complimentary bottle of wine). The Sky Restaurant will offer a special four-course set dinner menu prior to countdown at THB 1,500 net per person (bookings of two persons or more per table receive one complimentary bottle of wine). For more information and reservations, call 038 930 600.
Aroi Pattaya Pub and Resto on Sukhumvit 89 is running a special project throughout December to help raise funds for the Shelter–Pattaya. From December 7–28 a portion of the proceeds from food and drink sales off the special menu will be donated direct to the charity. For more details, call 087 043 3227.
Saturday Night Seafood Bonanza @ Oasis Restaurant: Enjoy a wide selection and variety of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawn, fresh oyster trolley, and much more every Saturday night at only THB 1,299++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT) per person with half price for children from 6-12 years. Buffet served every Saturday from 18:30 – 22:30 hrs. Live circus show from 19:00 – 22:00 hrs. Oasis Restaurant is located at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. For more information or reservations, call 038 714 981.
Jameson’s Pub weekly 3-course special menu 375 baht (net), main course with a choice of starters. Main course options include: Duck with Black Cherry Sauce, Baked Crab and Avocado, or Hot and Spicy Lamb Curry, plus banana split dessert. Jameson’s 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.
The Thai Garden Resort offers nightly dining presentations with different themed “all you can eat” buffets at the resort poolside: Monday – pizza & pasta 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. until 9 p.m. All this for just 399 baht net per adult, 199 baht net for children under 12 and free for children under 4. 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.
Local amateur dramatics society the Pattaya Players will perform a pantomime version of Jack and the Beanstalk at the White Horse Tavern at Eastern Grand Palace on Soi Khaotalo, Pattaya on Saturday December 5 starting at 7 p.m. No tickets are required but seats are on a first come first serve basis. For more information, visit : www.pattayaplayers.org.
Ben’s Theater Jomtien presents “Keys & Strings at Ben’s” on Saturday, Dec. 12 starting at 8 p.m. The evening concert will feature Jonathon Glonek (violin) and Usa Napawan (piano) playing as a duet. Tickets are priced at THB 700 including free drinks of choice. Reservation strictly by email: benstheaterjomtien @gmail.com. You will receive a confirmation and road plan to Ben’s. Dress code: smart casual, no shorts, sneakers or slippers.
Horizon rooftop lounge offers to liven up guests’ Friday evenings with fresh air, outstanding views of Pattaya Bay and some great sounds to chill out to. From 8–11 p.m. every Friday, selective ladies’ cocktails, including Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Blue Mojito, Mai Tai, Long Island Iced Tea and Berry Fizz are priced at only THB 210 net. Horizon is located on the top floor of the Hilton Pattaya Hotel. For more information, call 038 253 000.
Pattaya Latin Saturdays at Havana Bar, Holiday Inn: Come along and enjoy the biggest Latin party in Pattaya every Saturday evening with music CD giveaways, cocktail & food specials, dance animations & complimentary salsa lesson at 8 p.m. with Luiz Calderon of rumPUREE World Dance Studio (Bangkok). Free admission all night long (except for special events). For more information, visit webpage: www. facebook.com/SalsaThailand.
Enjoy live music at the Jazz Pit Pub with great music from Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. The Jazz Pit is located on Soi 5 off Pattaya Beach and 2nd Road. Tel: 038 428 374. You can also catch Thomas performing on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday from 7 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 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
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 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.
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.