The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, July 16. Christopher Telford will speak on the topic, “Putting the ‘hu’ into ‘human’… A model for how ‘homo’ became ‘homo sapiens’ (‘knowing man’).” The program starts at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the 4th floor of the Holiday Inn’s Executive Tower, located behind the Holiday Inn’s Bay Tower on Beach Road.
The Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya is currently hosting the Optimist World Championship 2017 from 11-21 July. 280 sailors from 62 competing nations are taking part in the most prestigious youth sailing event in the world. Members of the public are encouraged to come along and watch the team racing on 16-17 July when the sailing will be much closer to the shoreline and very spectator friendly. For more information, visit www.varuna.org/site/optimist_world_2017.
The Arcadia Fitness Charity Fun Run will be held on Monday July 17 on Pattaya Beach Road. The program includes 3 race distances: 1.3km – any age (running, cycling and walking); 5km – male and female (20-39yrs) (40+yrs); and 9km – male and female (20-39yrs) (40+yrs). All of the profits made at this event will be donated to the Chronic Disease Foundation in Bangkok. For more information, email: [email protected] or call 02-476-6678.
Thai-Farang initiative (TFi) presents ‘Motorbike Mayhem’ at Murphy’s Irish Pub on Soi Khao Noi. A charity raffle will be held with a Honda Click 125i as first prize, 1 Baht of gold as the second prize, and a 1 night stay for 2 at the Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok with breakfast and brunch as third prize. Plus many other fantastic prizes to give away. Tickets cost 1000 baht each with the grand draw taking place at Murphy’s at 9pm on Friday, July 28 (free bar snacks and live music). All proceeds will go towards helping the disadvantaged in the community. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Phil (Murphy’s manager) on 086 648 4487 or Paul on 085 280 2611, or ask at the bar.
A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard networking evening will be held at the AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa on Friday, July 21 from 6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (last drinks at 8.30 p.m.) Event sponsors Air Asia will be there to introduce their new flight schedules out of Pattaya (UTP) and will be available for questions during the evening. Entrance cost of THB 400 for members and guests of participating chambers and THB 1200 for non-members includes free-flow drinks and finger food. Cash payment at the door direct. For more information send email to [email protected] .
A stamp market is held every Sunday from 10.00 a.m. till 3.00 p.m.at Rahnpintang Moe Kata Restaurant, Panji Place, on Soi Ponphraphanimit 7 (200m from the Bangkok Highway underpass). Here can you exchange stamps from the whole world. Call 089 091 3418 for more information and directions.
Yupin’s Restaurant in Jomtien Complex offers a fabulous 3-course menu (5 choices per course) for just 480 baht. Main course options include pork fillet medallions with green apple sauce, grilled red snapper with saffron sauce, pork chop with black pepper sauce, grilled chicken with mustard sauce or spaghetti with carbonara or bolognaise sauce. All include a wide choice of delicious starters and desserts. For more information or reservations, call 038 250394 or visit website: www.yupins.com.
The Thai Garden Terrace Restaurant offers nightly dining presentations with different themed “all you can eat” buffets at the resort poolside: Monday – Italian 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.
The legendary Somsakdi Restaurant has been in operation in Pattaya for almost 40 years. Proprietor and Chef Somsakdi is still cooking and running his amazing restaurant at 78 years of age. The menu is probably the largest in Pattaya, with 374 individual items. Each dish is in Thai with an English explanation underneath. Rather than be swamped by choices, let Somsakdi guide you. After all, who knows his dishes better than he? Somsakdi Restaurant, Pattaya Soi 1, tel. 038 428 987, 038 423 284, 038 429 869, limited parking plus on-street parking in the soi. Hours 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days.
Super saver deal & moonlight dining at AVANI Hotels & Resorts Pattaya: Garden Café invites you to an international & BBQ seafood buffet from 8:00pm – 10:00pm priced at THB 650 net including one free soft drink. Sala Rim Nam authentic Thai restaurant meanwhile offers a ‘moonlight dining’ promotion from 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Any customer who comes during these hours will receive a 20% discount off their bill. For more information and reservations, call 038 412 120 or Email to: [email protected].
The Bay Grill & Buffet at Dusit Thani Pattaya: Dine with a sea view and enjoy seafood and meat barbecue accompanied by Thai and international items from soup, appetizers and main courses to dessert for only THB 900++ per person. Free flowing beverage for additional THB 599++ per person. The Bay is open daily from 18:30 – 22:00. Call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2149 0r 2150 for more information and reservations.
The evening dinner buffet at Ginger & Lime has just become even bigger and better with Chef Pinyo adding an array of new dishes to this enormous spread of Thai, Japanese and Asian specials. Served seven evenings a week in the serene gardens of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, with indoor and outdoor seating available, the new buffet is priced at only THB 888++. Chefs at the wok fry station are ready with a whole range of fresh ingredients to whisk up whatever you wish, while over at the noodle station the chefs have stewed duck, deep-fried pork belly and BBQ pork amongst their attractions. The desserts selection is huge, and new on the buffet is crepe suzette, and deep-fried banana Thai-style. Ginger & Lime Restaurant opens daily from 18:00 – 23:00 hrs. Call now for reservations at 038 714 981.
Linda’s Restaurant is large with seating for 200 people, with a covered al fresco verandah outside for those who wish to smoke. Inside, in air-conditioned comfort, there are comfortable chairs and decent sized tables, with white starched napery. The menu is large and covers northern European items, Scandinavian dishes and several pages covering Thai cuisine. Linda’s Restaurant, 315/177-180 Moo 12, opposite the Jomtien Complex. Thappraya Road, Jomtien. Open seven days from 7.30 a.m. until late. Tel: Reservations: 038 252 726, www.lindasrestaurant.com, street-side parking. Email [email protected] . GPS 12.901655 N 100.869.
Jameson’s Pub offers a weekly 3-course special menu at just 395 baht (net) available Mon-Sat from midday to midnight. Fabulous roast dinners with all the trimmings are also available every Sunday, priced from 340 baht – 400 baht. New to Jameson’s is a complimentary car service which picks you up from your home and takes you back again in a chauffeur driven vehicle. 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.
Big Fish restaurant at [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya presents a ‘Business Lunch Set’ with a 3-course menu from which to choose your own favorites: Thai set (marinated Thai chicken satay with peanut sauce, chicken yellow curry with onion, potatoes, roti and jasmine rice and mango sticky rice with coconut milk), Western set (crab with smoked salmon salad with basil lime chili sauce, Cumbo’s crawfish etouffee with chili, tomatoes and steamed rice and mango Panna cotta) or Fusion set (creamy pumpkin soup with grilled marinate prawn, grilled beef outside steak with potato wedges and gravy kaffir lime sauce and lemon crème brûlée with vanilla ice cream). Served every day from 11.30 am – 2.30 pm at Big Fish restaurant on the 6th floor of the hotel. Price: THB 350 net/person. For more information or reservations, call 06-3903- 9754 or [email protected]
Hilton Pattaya invites you to experience a variety of menus featuring Thailand’s king and queen of fruits, durian and mangosteen, at Flare, Drift and Horizon throughout July. Flare Restaurant brings deep fried tiger prawn in durian and mangosteen red curry priced at THB 950 net and ‘Trio on Shell’ that features 3 different tastes in a dish (fresh oyster ceviche, baked mussel with durian and cheese and seared scallop with mangosteen salad) at THB 550 net. Available every day at Flare Restaurant on level 15 from 6pm – 11pm. Drift Lobby Lounge and Bar introduces light menus and desserts made from durian and mangosteen starting from just THB 130 net while Horizon Rooftop Restaurant and Bar presents ‘Durian Crusted Barramundi’ served with durian puree, risotto, fresh mangosteen, zucchini, rocket and asparagus at THB 950 net. Available every day at Horizon Rooftop Restaurant and Bar on level 34 from 6pm – 11pm. For more information or reservations call 038-253- 000 or [email protected] or pattaya.hilton.com
Yamato Restaurant located on Soi Yamato has been around for more than 35 years and the soi was named after its oldest tenant. Just look for the Japanese characters on the blinds outside. You cannot miss it. The menu is pictorial, which is a must when trying a different cuisine/language. This is a restaurant to take a few people with you. The prices are certainly not over the top, and the quality is superb. Yamato Japanese restaurant, 219/51 Soi Yamato (13/1), close to Beach Road end, telephone 038 429 685 or 038 421 618. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. On street parking (or do some shopping in the Avenue or Royal Garden Plaza).
Spa/Promotions & Wedding Services
To celebrate its first anniversary the Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien, Pattaya is currently giving away “Free Stays” for every THB 8,000 spent at any of the hotel’s restaurants and bars throughout July. Offer is valid for stays until the end of September 2017 and terms and conditions apply. For more information, call 033 078 888 or email to: [email protected].
Hilton Pattaya is offering a special promotion on wedding packages confirmed from now until September 30, 2017 and events held by December 30, 2017. Book your wedding and receive an exclusive 20% off on wedding menus with the choice of cocktail, buffet or Chinese set menu and enjoy 1 hour complimentary after party with free flow soft drinks. For additional information, call 038-253- 000 or email [email protected].
Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya brings the luxurious and sensual touch of dragon fruit and peach blossom, with the ‘Pretty as a Peach’ spa package. This 120-minute spa journey is priced at THB 2,595++, and in addition includes a free luscious peach body lotion, valued at THB 450, to take home. For reservations call 038-301234 Ext 4333 or send email to: [email protected], website: www.spacenvaree.com.
AVANI Pattaya is currently offering a great accommodation & show package: Stay in your Garden View room for a minimum two consecutive nights and enjoy a Thai set dinner for two at Sala Rim Nam restaurant plus round trip transfers to the Singha D’Luck Theatre in Pattaya and tickets to watch the mesmerising KAAN show. Prices start from THB 6,500++. For more information, please call AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa: 038 412120 or email: [email protected] www.avanihotels.com.
Pattaya Players community theatre is holding open auditions at the Grand Palace Hotel / White Horse Pub on Soi Khao Talo on Thursday evening, July 20 for its latest production of “Fools” by Neil Simon. The play is set to open Sept. 29 and 10 actors of all ages and abilities are required. For further information, call Gary at 085.913.1827 or email [email protected] . Pattaya Players also holds free monthly comedy improv workshops at the Robin Hood Tavern at the Avenue Mall on Pattaya Second Road. Everybody welcome, ages 12 or over. No experience necessary. Call Sheldon at 092 413 7876 or Email [email protected].
Enjoy great music from Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live every evening (except Thursday) from 6.00 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
Post 12146 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America (Ban Chang – U-Tapao, Thailand) meets the second Saturday of each month at 13:00 on the second floor of the Camel Pub in Ban Chang. If you are interested, please contact Membership Chairman Dan Morgan at banchang [email protected] .com or visit website: www. banchangvfwpost12146.org.
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.