Community Happenings – Friday June 28 – July 4, 2013

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Events

Movers & Shakers next monthly corporate networking event will take place from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28 at the Holiday Inn Bangkok, Sukhumvit Soi 22.  Admission price is THB 400 for all ladies and VIP voucher-members or THB 750 for everyone else.  Entrance includes a free-flow of beer & wine plus a mouthwatering range of delicious finger snacks (while stocks last).  Dress code is casual elegant or business attire. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/Moversshakerscharity.

An important seminar on heart attack and stroke prevention, hosted by the famous Dr. Ton of Bangkok, will be held at the Vanda Room of the Montien Hotel in Pattaya on July 6 from 2 p.m. -5 p.m.  This fun and relaxed event will cover a number of psychological and physiological topics important to one’s health.  The cost to attend the meeting is 900 baht (payable at the door).  Seating is limited so in order to confirm a reservation, call 087 806 2578.

The Code and ECPAT International invites tourism professionals in Pattaya City to attend a one day workshop on protecting children against commercial sexual exploitation in travel and tourism, which includes the prostitution of children, child sex tourism and the sex trafficking of children.  Sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ECPAT Netherlands, the workshop is free of charge but space is limited to 25 participants.  The official language of this workshop is Thai and provides complementary lunch to all participants.  The workshop will take place on Thursday, July 11 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Pullman Pattaya Hotel G.  For more information call 02 215 3388 ext. 111 or e-mail [email protected]

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya will be holding a Bridal Show and Wedding Fair in the resort’s Mirage Grand Ballroom from July 26-29.  Find everything to plan your perfect wedding with a variety of choices such as Thai or Western weddings or a romantic wedding on the beach.  Wedding planners will be in attendance at the fair along with caterers, photographers, florists, jewelers etc.  Confirm your wedding party during the event, and enter the lucky draw to win fabulous prizes.  For more information, call 038 301 234 ext.4164, 4173.

Dining

Hilton Pattaya will host a seven-course wine dinner on Friday, July 5, starting at 7 p.m.  Each of the seven courses will be accompanied with perfectly chosen Monsoon Valley wines.  Highlights include seared Hokkaido sea scallops, roasted duck curry and lychee served in pineapple cases and traditional ripe mango and sticky rice.  Guests can indulge in a fabulous evening of food and wine for only THB 2,300 net per guest.  For more information or reservations call 038 253 000 or email: [email protected]

To celebrate American Independence Day, Holiday Inn Pattaya will host its second wine tasting promotion at Havana Bar on Thursday, July 4 from 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Experience some of the best Californian wines paired with international cheeses and a selection of canapés created to complement the wines.  Only THB 890 net per person.  Guests can also bring home their favourite selection of great wines available at a special price.  For reservations and more information, call 038 725555 or email: [email protected]

Fetzer Vineyards out of Mendocino County, California invites you to celebrate American Independence Day with a wine dinner at Elements Restaurant, Sheraton Pattaya Resort on Thursday, July 4 from 6.30 p.m. onwards.  Enjoy a 5-course dinner menu featuring American classic dishes with a modern & exciting twist, complimented with sustainable wines from Fetzer.  Price THB 2,200++ per person.  Advance reservations are now open, call 038 259 888 or inbox on www.facebook.com/sheratonpattayaresort.

Indian set menus at Oasis Restaurant.Indian set menus at Oasis Restaurant.

Throughout the month of June, Chef Ram of Oasis Restaurant presents 2 Indian set menus not to be missed!  Indian set menu A: (600 baht++ per person) comprises Tandoori chicken, Rice Pulao (Indian basmati rice cooked with cream, onion and Indian spice) and 3 more Indian traditional dishes, including a dessert for the rainy season, Rashgulla (cottage cheese balls soaked in chilled sugar syrup).  Indian set menu B: (650 baht++ per person), offers Tandoori prawn, chicken tikka butter masala, Lamb Rogan Josh and papadum with pickle.  Dessert is Gulab Jamun (deep fried sweet dumpling stewed in sugar syrup).  Oasis Restaurant is located at lower Main Lobby near the water park of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.  Open daily from 6.00-23.30 hours.  Call to reserve at 038 301 234 ext 4260-61.

Marco Polo Chinese Restaurant is famous for its authentic Shanghainese and Szechuan cuisines prepared to perfection by master Chinese chefs.  Enjoy a dim sum lunch daily from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and dinner from 6.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. daily.  Also make sure to call in at the Montien Bakery Shop for freshly made cakes, pastries and breads plus a range of Thai desserts.  Open daily from 9.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. (Every day).  For more information, call the Montien Hotel, Pattaya, tel. 038 428 155, 038 361 340 ext 1620, 1621, or email [email protected]

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.

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.

“Seven Days, Seven Themes” available at Edge restaurant.“Seven Days, Seven Themes” available at Edge restaurant.

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.

Delicious Siam seafood at Cascade.Delicious Siam seafood at Cascade.

The Cascade Restaurant features globally-inspired cuisine in its special theme buffets and new a la carte menu.  In June, enjoy succulent seafood items on the menu such as steamed squid salad with kaffir lime, squid eggs, lemongrass and galangal (THB 290); sour and spicy curried soup with river prawns and vegetables (THB 350); wok fried rock lobster with fresh green peppercorns and spring onions (THB 390) and crispy sea bass with fresh green mango, shallots flavoured with the local nam pla (THB 450), plus many more.  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.

Linda’s Restaurant can be all things for all people.  Serving a wide selection of Norwegian dishes, there are also abundant European/international dishes, as well as a full line-up of Thai items.  The food is excellent and the portion sizes tending to be on the large side, and the prices reasonable.  The wine list is also inexpensive.  This restaurant is definitely worth visiting.  You will not be disappointed.  Linda’s Restaurant, 315/177-180 Moo 12, opposite the Jomtien Complex, Thappraya Road, Jomtien.  Open seven days from 7 a.m. until late.  Reservations: 038 252 726, 087 813 0115.  Email [email protected]

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 [email protected] mataharirestaurant.com or go through the website at: www.mataharirestaurant.com

The Tavern by the Sea Restaurant introduces the following daily promotions: Monday Curry Night features the tastiest curries, naan bread and salad buffet for just THB 449 net per person.  Taco Tuesday offers as much as you can eat, beef, chicken and pork tacos plus chili con carne, Mexican beans, vegetables and salad bar for just THB 399 net.  Wednesday is Ribs & Wings evening: finger licking good ribs and 6 different kinds of wings – all you can eat for THB 399 net per person (and with 1 glass of Heineken beer THB 449 net per person).  Thursday is Shellfish Night – as much as you can eat!  Mussels, cockles, clams and shellfish, prepared 4 different ways and served with rice or fries. THB 499 net.  Friday & Saturday Churrasco Nights offer prime meats and seafood, grilled to perfection on the fire and freshly skewered for you on the churrasco pens at the Tavern.  All complemented by a full buffet of starters, side dishes and desserts.  Only THB 690 net per person.  Every buffet is open from 18.30 – 22.00 hrs.  There is also a daily happy hour from 11 am – 6 pm.  Watch all the premier live sports on one of the many widescreen TV’s or on the big projector screen (Sports hotline 038 418 419).  Amari Orchid Pattaya, Beach Road, North Pattaya, Tel 038 418418, E-mail [email protected]

Afternoon tea at Drift.Afternoon tea at Drift.

Drift lounge and bar in the lobby at Hilton Hotel Pattaya is a cool, casual place to meet and relax, enjoy light meals, healthy juices, luscious cocktails and complimentary high speed wireless internet.

Afternoon Tea (ideal for sharing) from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. – THB 600 net per set, includes coffee or tea for two with a variety of sandwiches, savories, scones, pastries and sweets; Drifting Hour – Sunday to Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Buy One Get One Free: Choose from a range of rum cocktails and long drinks; Cake ‘n’ Calories from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., individual desserts, whole cakes, power bars, giant cookies and macaroons.  For bookings, please dial 038 253 000 or email: [email protected]

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 offers modern Chinese cuisine complemented by a panoramic view of Pattaya Bay.  In June, sample the black chicken dishes on the menu and discover the Silkie flavours in marinated black chicken with pepper and rice wine (THB 350); black chicken soup with Chinese herbs and ginseng (THB 400); braised Silkie chicken with Chinese cabbage, black fungus and superior soya sauce (THB 370); Steamed Black Chicken with lotus root (THB 370) and braised Silkie chicken with bean curd and turnips (THB 360).

Silkie Chicken creations at The Peak.Silkie Chicken creations at The Peak.

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.

Poo Bu Maa Thod Kratiam at Flare.Poo Bu Maa Thod Kratiam at Flare.

Intimate surroundings and a magnificent wine wall provide a distinctive backdrop for sophisticated dining at Flare restaurant.  Experience an exquisite new menu of the authentic taste of Thai cuisine, as it captures the freshness of its surrounds and fuses it with a global twist.  Sample “Hoy Nang Rom” made with fresh Fine de Claire oysters from the southern regions of France or perhaps a “Som Tum”, imaginatively prepared tableside.  Finish your evening with “Cafe Bo’Lan” or maybe “Bai Tuey” – a very international crème brûlée.  Also available are an exciting range of wines from Thailand’s emerging vineyards.  Available for a limited time only in Flare, level 15 of the Hilton Hotel Pattaya from 6:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. daily.  For bookings, please dial 038 253 000 or email: [email protected]

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.

Shellfish & seafood at Mantra.Shellfish & seafood at Mantra.

Alaskan king crab and king scallops, lemon sole, mussels, monkfish, lobsters, and more are all the talk at Mantra Restaurant & Bar in June.  A range of exquisite and creative dishes have been prepared by Executive Chef Leonard Faust for what is sure to be a wonderful month of seafood.  In addition, enjoy a range of classic chardonnays, sauvignon blancs or indeed some beautifully rounded crisp Alsace Rieslings, be it by the glass or the bottle, to accompany this exclusive range of seafood on offer!  Example menu: king prawn and Alaskan crab cocktail price at 750++ THB and seared Hokkaido scallops price at 650++ THB.  Also don’t forget the fabulous Sunday Brunch served from 11:00 hrs to 15:00 hrs at just THB 1,690+ per person.  Mantra Restaurant & Bar is situated at the Amari Orchid Resort at the north end of Pattaya Beach Road.  For more information call 038 429 591, e-mail: [email protected] or visit www. mantra-pattaya.com.

Chill out to the DJ’s beats as you sip on signature cocktails at the Horizon lounge and take in stunning views of Pattaya Bay.  Located on the 34th floor rooftop of the Hilton Hotel Pattaya, Horizon lets you party with friends and sample the delicious cuisine in one of the three flexible private dining rooms. Bar opens from 5:00pm until 1:00am – restaurant from 6:00pm until 11:30pm.  Guests can indulge in style with a twist or simply relax in the most chilling Infinity Bar and enjoy the gentle sea breeze and romance sunset in a comfortable and relaxed entertainment venue.  The new ‘Sunset Session’ promotion offers guests an array of signature cocktails and “best sellers”, including Yello, Sea Breeze, Mojito, Cosmopolitan, Bloody Mary, Singapore Sling and beers on a one-for-one basis.  The promotion is available daily from 5 pm to 7 pm at Horizon.  The next ‘Live’ DJ event will be held on Saturday, June 29, when DJ Tohmo will be spinning some Hip-Hop, Electro and Progressive sounds.  For more information or reservations please call +66 (0)38 253 000 or email: bkkhp. [email protected]

Horizon bar & lounge, Hilton Hotel Pattaya.Horizon bar & lounge, Hilton Hotel Pattaya.

Throughout this summer, Holiday Inn Pattaya introduces the world famous Thai dessert “Mango Sticky Rice” which comes with a scoop of ice cream.  Beat the summer heat at THB 190 net at the Flow Café, lobby floor, Holiday Inn Pattaya.  For more information please call 038 725 555 or visit www. dining-experience.com/pattaya.

Mango Sticky Rice at Flow Café.Mango Sticky Rice at Flow Café.

Terrazzo restaurant at Holiday Inn Pattaya offers pizzas of the month throughout this year with 20 fresh quality toppings.  In June, try out the “blue cheese potato pizza” with cooked potato slices and blue cheese topped with red onion caramelized garlic cloves and fresh rosemary leaf serve on a thin and crispy pizza.  Pizzas of the month are priced at THB 395 net.

Receive 50% discount for every pizza order from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Also enjoy home style Italian cuisines such as antipasti, salads, pastas, pizzas, Thai dishes and main courses in addition to an expansive wine and dessert selection, all served in a relaxed outdoor setting.  For more information please call 038 725 555.

Pizza of the month at Terrazzo.Pizza of the month at Terrazzo.

Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa will host a special wine dinner event on Friday June 28 featuring some of Argentina’s finest wines.  If you are curious about what Argentina has to offer, come and sample the exquisite South American tastes coupled with the scrumptious culinary creations of Executive Chef Luis Zamora!  Price THB 1,400 net (early booking price before Monday, 24th June, THB 1,200 net).  Time: 18.30 – 21.00 hrs.  For more information and reservations please contact 038 412 120 or email:[email protected]

Throughout the month of June, Chef Praput and his team at Flames Restaurant will cook thinly sliced Australian beef rib eye marinade, Korean BBQ pork ribs, marinated minced chicken kebab, & Korean BBQ beef salad along with Kimchi the Korean National dish.

Prices start from just THB 380++ (subject to service charge & VAT).  Flames is located on the beachfront of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.  The restaurant opens daily from 19:00-22:30 hrs.  Call to reserve at 038 301 234 ext. 4272.

Argentina’s finest wines at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa.Argentina’s finest wines at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa.

Promotions

Hilton Pattaya is running its annual ‘Dine And Fly’ promotion from now until November 30, 2013.  The promotion offers guests the chance to win exciting prizes while enjoying great food and beverage deals as well as the luxurious spa treatments at Hilton Pattaya.  By simply spending THB 3,000 at any of Hilton Pattaya’s restaurants, eforea spa, or on in-room dining, guests will have the chance to jet off on an unforgettable holiday for two to the Hilton Singapore, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, Hilton Shanghai or Conrad Seoul.  Five winners will either receive return airfares with two nights’ accommodation and daily breakfast at one of the destinations, or be entitled to throw a rooftop party at Horizon on level 34 of Hilton Pattaya worth up to THB 100,000.  For more information please call +66 (0)38 253 000 or email [email protected]

Entertainment

dusitD2 baraquda Pattaya invites you to come and relax, sip a cocktail or two and enjoy the dulcet tones of classic live jazz performed by the famous saxophonist Aht Gunlayanakupt, a.k.a. the Kenny G. of Thailand, and his fellow musician, French jazz singer and guitarist Jonathan Piere Bruno Ayark.  Performances of “a new jazz in town” are held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8.30pm – 11.00pm at the hotel’s Deep Bar.  For more information and reservations, call 038 769 999 or send an email to [email protected] dusit.com.

World famous Thai country-rock band Carabao will be playing live at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya on Friday, June 28 from 8.30 p.m. onwards.  Tickets are now on sale priced at THB 1,600 and include a free-flow of soft drinks, beer and whisky.  For more information or bookings, call 038 428 755-9.

Mantra Restaurant & Bar has teamed up with Howard Posener, one of the finest close-up magicians in the world who will perform intimate magic at your table while you enjoy mouth-watering Mantra Asian and Mediterranean cuisine.  Known as “the millionaire’s magician,” Howard Posener has performed for most of the royalty throughout the world.  His personal clients include Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Sir Elton John, and Barbra Streisand to name a few.  Mantra Restaurant & Bar is situated at the Amari Orchid Resort at the north end of Pattaya Beach Road.  Open 18:00 to 1:00 with Mantra Magic shows taking place from 19:00 to 21:00 every Friday.  For more information or reservations, call 038 429 591.

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 [email protected]

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]

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.

Clubs and Associations

The next Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) meeting will be on Sunday, June 30.  Everyone is warmly welcome.  The speaker will be PCEC member David Garmaise who will be discussing prostate cancer from a survivor’s perspective.  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 newcomer’s 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 [email protected], or go to the website 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 Joseph Roy at [email protected]

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.

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 [email protected] or visit the website at www. rayongladiescircle.com.

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.