The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, January 31. Everyone is warmly welcome. Trevor Knight and Mark Stainton James from Buzzin Media Group will talk about their online guide to what’s happening in and around Pattaya. 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 8th Pattaya Bed Race will take place on Sunday, Jan 31 with the pre-race parade and music concerts starting at 4 p.m. Local and international teams will push their highly decorated mobile beds from Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall in a race to the finish line at Walking Street. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the route. Registration is 5,000 baht per team. For more information, call (Arisara) 080829 7375, (Jutatip) 085 090 8114 or (Jenjira) 098 656 9396.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden will stage the International Active Run 2016 on Sunday, January 31 starting at 5.30 a.m. Limited to just 1000 runners, the event will feature 3 race distances of 21km (half marathon), 10.5km (mini marathon) and a 4km (fun run). Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in the first 2 categories. For more information and registration, call 02-6783712 and 086-3393020 or visit website: www.refillmarathon.com.
The BCCT & SATCC chambers will be holding an Eastern Seaboard ‘After Hours’ networking event at Jameson’s the Irish Pub in Pattaya on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 6.30 – 9.00 pm. Entry is free including finger food. For more information go to www.bccthai.com.
An expected 50,000 motorcycle enthusiasts will attend the annual Burapha Bike Week which is taking place in Pattaya from Feb 12-13. Bike clubs from around world will participate in the annual festival at the Eastern National Indoor Sports Stadium on Soi Chaiyapruek 2. Some big-name rock acts are also expected to appear both days.
Edge restaurant features an exclusive Chinese New Year dinner buffet priced at THB 1,100 net per person from February 7-8, while a special a la Carte menu is on offer at Flare restaurant from February 5-13. For more information and reservations, call Hilton Pattaya on 038-253-000 or email Sawitree. [email protected].
Celebrate Chinese New Year with a poolside dinner at the Royal Cliff Hotels Group on Monday 8 February from 7 pm onwards. Menu highlights include marinated abalone mushrooms “Szechwan” and steamed white snapper filet with young ginger. Delicious Dim Sum stunners created by Royal Cliff’s master chefs will also be unveiled. Guests can also enjoy the iconic dragon and lion dance, an exciting acrobatic performance and the Thousand Faces Show. Price: THB 1,800++ per person. For more information or reservations, call 038250421 ext. 2037 or email to: [email protected].
Celebrate this Chinese New Year with a set dinner at Mantra Restaurant & Bar on Monday, 8 February. There are two set menus available: Prosperity Deluxe Set at 1,888 THB net per person, and Prosperity Premier Set at 2,888 THB net per person. Each set consists of 10 dishes that are created especially for this festival by executive chef Shaun Venter. An auspicious night, great food and good service await you at Mantra Restaurant & Bar. Dress code applies: gentlemen – no shorts, tank tops or sandals. For further information and reservations, call 038 429 591 or email [email protected].
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: Half a Roast Chicken with all the trimmings, Jameson’s Mixed Grill, Toad in the Hole or Irish Stew, plus Apple Crumble with Custard for 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.
Big Fish restaurant offers a nightly seafood BBQ buffet for only THB 650 net or THB 950 net with free-flow wine. The buffet’s recent upgrade features more high-quality, premium seafood choices and live musical accompaniment from acoustic guitar and piano. The buffet is available every night from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Big Fish is located at the Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya. For reservations, call 038 930 600 or email [email protected].
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya highly recommends tasting the Chiang Mai strawberries served at the Vistas Lobby Lounge of the hotel throughout the month of February. Vistas is open daily from 9:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs. For more information call 038 714 981.
A-One Hotel Pattaya will celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Monkey on February 8 with an international buffet dinner served from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy fresh BBQ seafood and famous Chinese cuisine such as roasted duck and crispy grilled pork. Tickets: Adults THB 2,000; Children THB 1,400. For reservations call 038-259-555
Join a special wine tasting event at Havana Bar, Holiday Inn Pattaya on Saturday 27th February from 6.30pm – 9.00pm. Experience a memorable wine night with seven different tastes of Stonefish wines from Australia, matched with international cheeses and canapés created to complement the wines. Price: THB 990 net/person. Every two tickets purchased get a bottle of complimentary premium wine. For more information or reservations call 038 725 555 or email: [email protected].
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a sumptuous 5-course set menu dinner at Sky Restaurant with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. Price THB 5,999 net per couple between 6pm – 10.30pm on 13 – 14 February. For more information and reservations, contact Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya at 038-930-600 or email [email protected].
Hilton Pattaya has some exclusive dining options for Valentine’s Day on Sunday, Feb. 14. Drift Lobby Lounge & Bar offers a seafood platter set menu at THB 2,800 net per couple. Treat your beloved with an international dinner buffet by the bay at Edge Restaurant for THB 1,400 net per person. Flare Restaurant offers a 4-course authentic Thai set dinner with romantic atmosphere at THB 2,200 net per couple. Horizon Rooftop Restaurant will be serving a premium 4-course set menu at THB 4,950 net per couple. The Valentine’s Day dinner in all restaurants is available at regular dinner hours. To book, call 038-253-000 or email [email protected].
Famous Thai singer Aof Pongsak will be performing live in concert at the Aranda Ballroom, Amari Pattaya on Friday, 12 February from 20:00 to 24:00. Don’t miss this most anticipated concert of the year. Admission is 1,000 THB net per person and includes drinks. For more information, call 038 418 418 or email fbreservation. [email protected].
Pattaya Players holds weekly Improv Nights every Wednesday at the White Horse Pub, Eastern Grand Palace Hotel, Soi Khao Talo, Pattaya starting at 7 p.m. Everyone from age 12 or over is welcome – no experience necessary. For more information and to reserve a place on the session, contact Sheldon at [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.
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 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 – Wednesday from 6.30 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]
Victoria’s Place Hotel & Restaurant invites you to join a Salsa party every Tuesday from 9 p.m. with free entrance, live music, belly dance performances and other activities. Victoria’s Place Hotel is located on the corner of Soi 4 Pratamnak Road. For more information, call 083 820 939.
Notice to all United States registered Democrats: if you wish to vote in the Presidential primaries, which will start in February, as well as the final Presidential elections next November, you can vote from abroad by registering with Democrats Abroad. Go to their website: http://www.democratsabroad .org/join to complete your application to register and vote.
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 Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are closed (alcoholics only) and are held at Soi Skaw Beach (off Pattaya 2nd Rd). Contact Carl 08-456-31-671. 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.