The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, August 16. Everyone is warmly welcome. Dr. Lachaya Orapiriyakul, M.D., a Specialist in Ophthalmology & Glaucoma from Phyathai Sriracha Hospital will speak about Glaucoma. There will also be a nurse on duty providing free blood pressure checks for members and guests. 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.
A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Networking Evening will be held at the rooftop (19th floor) of the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya on Friday, August 21 from 6.00 – 9.00 p.m. (last drinks served at 8.30 p.m.). Price of admission is THB 400 for members of BCCT, AustCham, AmCham, GTCC & SATCC, and THB 850 for non-members (cash payment at the door). For more information and reservations, go to chamber websites: www.bccthai.com, www.satcc.info, www.austchamthailand.com or www.amchamthailand.com.
The Classic Kameo Hotel, Rayong will host a Wedding Fair on 21 -22 August from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Betrothed couples can collaborate with leading wedding planning studios and conceptualize their ideal wedding ceremony. Attendees will have the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of promotions and packages that will help them adhere to their financial plans. Special honeymoon packages will also be available. The fair will also feature a fashion show – presenting the latest trends in wedding haute couture. For more information, contact Classic Kameo Hotel, Rayong at Tel: 038 614 340-9 or visit : www.kameocollection.com.
The annual Jesters Care 4 Kids Children’s Fair will take place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 6 at the grounds of the Regents International School Pattaya. Expect to see lots of stalls offering fabulous goodies as well as all the usual party fun and games for kids, both young and old. Stalls at the Fair are still available for rental if you have something to sell and wish to take part in this great charity fundraiser. For those without transportation, a shuttle bus service will run from the Father Ray Foundation on Sukhumvit Road in Pattaya to the Regents School at regular intervals throughout the day. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/jesterscare.forkids or www.care4kids.info, or email [email protected]
The Jesters Gala Party Night will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Amari Pattaya resort starting at 7 p.m. Tickets cost 2,400 baht per person and include a mouthwatering buffet dinner, free flow wine, beer and soft drinks, some great door prizes, live entertainment, a grand raffle with Honda PCX as the top prize, an auction and dancing. All tickets need to be purchased in advance. Tables of 10 can be reserved. Dress code is smart/casual. For more information or to purchase tickets, send email to: vicechair [email protected] or visit website: www.care4kids .info.
Explore new world wines from Chile and New Zealand at Amari Pattaya on Friday, August 28. Delight in a fine gourmet experience with free-flowing wines, paired with succulent tapas, canapés and nibbles in the Garden Lounge. Wine service starts at 18:30 at only 950 THB net per person. To make a reservation and for more information, call 038 418 418 or email [email protected]
Saturday Seafood Bonanza Night at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. Seafood lovers can enjoy a wide selection of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawns, fresh oyster trolley, and much more every Saturday night at only THB 1,199++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT) per person with half price for children from 6-12 years. Musical entertainment is provided by a live Cabaret show from 19:00 – 22:00 hrs. “Saturday Seafood Night” is available at the resort’s Oasis Restaurant every Saturday from 18:30 – 23:00 hrs. The resort also offers a Thursday night Seafood BBQ with fire shows and entertainment on the beach. Price: THB 1199++ per person. For more information or reservations, call 038 714 981.
Havana Bar & Terrazzo restaurant presents premium Australian Wagyu rib eye steak available from July to September 2015. The steaks are served sizzling with a choice of side dishes and a selection of favourite sauces at a special price of THB 1,390 net including a complimentary glass of wine with every order. Available daily from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Havana Bar & Terrazzo Restaurant is located at the Holiday Inn, Beach Road, North Pattaya. For more information or reservations, call 038 725 555.
Hilton Pattaya offers a teddy bear afternoon tea set at Drift on level 16 of the hotel. Available at THB 1,000 net per set, your choice of tea, coffee or cocoa comes complete your own charity bear. Sales of this bear will go directly to the Habitat for Humanity Thailand project that helps to build homes for families in need. Individual teddy bears are also available at THB 499 at Lobby, Edge and Horizon at Hilton Pattaya. For more information or reservations, call 038 253 000 or email: [email protected]
Tuna is the catch of the month at Flames restaurant with three inspirational dishes cooked up by the team of talented chefs. Flames restaurant is located on the beachfront of the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and opens nightly from 18:00 to 23:00. Call 038 714 981 for reservations.
Jameson’s Pub weekly 3 course special menu 375 Baht (Net), Main Course with a Choice of Starter, Main Course Option 1: Sirloin Steak and Chips – A 200grm Sirloin Steak cooked to order with Jameson’s Chips, Peas, Onion Rings, Corn on the Cob and Grilled Tomato. 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.
Whether you like them steamed or deep fried with meat or seafood, you are sure to enjoy a great selection of dim sum items during the ‘All You Can Eat Dim Sum for Lunch’ promotion at The Peak Restaurant of the Dusit Thani Pattaya hotel. Soup and dessert are also included for THB 650++ per person (food only). Available Mondays – Fridays from 11:30am till 2:00pm. Tel: 038 425 611-7 Ext. 2149, 2276.
The newly reopened Rossini restaurant offers a diverse menu featuring Italian favourites such as thin & crispy pizzas, delicious Calzone “Rossini” and delectable homemade pastas. The restaurant also offers Italian sparkling wine by the glass, and a well-curated selection of wines by the bottle. Guests can also relax and unwind in the restaurant’s new upscale Cigar Lounge which offers a wide selection of imported cigars. Rossini is located at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort in South Pattaya. Open daily (except Wednesdays) from 18:30 – 22:30 hrs. For more information or to make reservations, call 038 250 421 ext. 2037 or email: [email protected]
Spices Bar & Grill offers fine Indian dining in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. Sample excellent cocktails and sensational food every day from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Happy hours run daily from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (buy 1 get 1 free) and Wednesday is Ladies Night (first drink on the house). Located on Soi Yume (opposite Trust Condo). For more information and reservations, call 038 716 693 or visit www. spicesbarngrill.com.
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] or go through the website at: www.mataharipattaya.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 and for each paying adult, one child under 12 years gets the buffet free of change from now until the 31st of October 2015. 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.
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.
This year’s Mantra Tribute concert is being dedicated to “The Kings of Swing”, which include Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Michael Bublé and more. Their well-loved songs will be rendered by Barry Upton’s Swing Band on Friday, August 14 from 19:45 at Mantra Restaurant & Bar. The resident chef will also be creating a special set menu to enhance the night of music. Price: 2,600 THB++ per person, including a five-course menu or à la carte with a supplement of 650 THB++ and free souvenir T-shirt for everyone. For further information and reservation, call 038 429 591 or email [email protected]
Thailand’s Godfather of disco and funk, Burin Boonvisut will be back on stage at The Soul Lounge, Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya on Friday 28th August from 10:30 p.m. onwards. Burin Boonvisut, former lead vocal of Groove Riders and leader of The Old School All Stars, will be going through originals as well as classics – all with the definitive soulful-funky-disco-boogie vibe that has made him a star performer in Bangkok and beyond. The Old School All Stars is an 11-piece ensemble, complete with a brass & horn section, and features several “star” guests, who are stars and band leaders in their own right. Tickets cost THB 780 net per person inclusive of 1 drink of beer, whisky and soft drinks or bottle packages are available at THB 3,900 including 4 tickets. Doors open: 9:30 p.m. For ticket reservations, call 038 428 755-9 or email: [email protected]
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.
Early bird tickets are now available for the Wonderfruit 2015 festival, to be held at Siam Country Club in Pattaya from 17-20 December. This premiere lifestyle festival, taking place over 4 days, blends arts, music, entertainment, and social awareness. Tickets are on sale at 4,500 baht through August 15 and can be purchased at www.wonderfruitfestival.com.
Come and enjoy live music at the Jazz Pit Pub. Listen to great music by 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. And 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
Professional Development Club coming to Pattaya. Learn how to become a strong communicator, get your points across with flair and impact, build the confidence to stand tall in front of groups and develop valuable leadership and management skills. Toastmasters is a member run nonprofit club with social events taking place once a week. Schedules of meetings and other important details will be announced soon in Pattaya Mail. For more information on Toastmaster’s Group in Pattaya – and to sign up to be notified of club meetings – check website: www.leaderconfident.com.
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. Should you be a former UK service man or women in need of help please contact us in confidence at: [email protected] rblthailand.org. Should you wish to join our branch, please contact: [email protected] or for general enquiries send email to [email protected], www.rblthailand.org.
Al-Anon Family Group: Are you bothered by someone else’s drinking? Maybe we can help. Sunday meeting at 2 p.m., Pattaya, Satree Pattaya Center, 519/56 Pattaya 2nd Road, Soi Skaw Beach near the Skaw Beach Hotel, next door to Scandalia Restaurant. Thursday meeting is at 10:30 a.m. on the 4th floor of Jomtien Plaza Condotel. For more information, call the Helpline 092 674 4109 or Richard 084 867 4138.
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).
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.