Songkran in Southern Phuket
13 Feb, 2019

Songkran in Southern Phuket

Will you be celebrating the Thai New Year festivities, known as Songkran, in southern Phuket? The neighborhood certainly is diverse and full of activities, and offers a lot of options for celebrating the wet, wild and oh so fun Thai New Year.

Celebrate Songkran on the Beach

The southernmost tip of Phuket is a really fun place to explore during Songkran. The heart of the action south of Chalong Circle is the Rawai neighborhood, specifically Rawai Beach Road. Although not ideal for swimming, Rawai Beach is a lovely stretch of long tail boats, fresh seafood restaurants and a variety of pubs & bars. It’s a sleepy fishing village, but during the Thai New Year celebrations the area really comes alive.

Thai New Year and Songkran 2019
Thai New Year and Songkran 2019

At the corner of Rawai Beach Road, there is an open air restaurant called Nikita’s. A favorite of locals and expats alike, the venue is a wonderful place to have a bite to eat while watching Songkran get underway. Throughout the day, this corner becomes rather busy as those enjoying the festival wander on foot, ride slowly on motorbikes or observe from the safety of their vehicles as everyone throws water from gallon buckets set out in front of the local businesses that line the road.

Breaking News:- The Thai Cabinet has approved April 12 as an additional holiday this year, bringing the total number of Songkran holidays for 2019 to five: from April 12-16.

Nai Harn Beach a favourite for Songkran

The long stretch of Nai Harn Beach in southern Phuket is another favorite place amongst locals for celebrating Songkran. The shaded area just behind the beach generally holds a Songkran Festival which is essentially a market with a variety of souvenirs and food items. Each night, there is entertainment in the form of live concerts and karaoke, as well as a Songkran beauty pageant. The little market area is loads of fun, and gives a real insight into how locals like to ring in the Thai New Year.

songkran and paying respect
Thai’s pay respect to their elders during Thai New Year

Keep in mind that no matter where you choose to celebrate Songkran in southern Phuket, you are going to get wet. The water fight is the biggest part of the fun during the Thai New Year celebrations, so do prepare accordingly. Make sure to enclose your mobile phone in a plastic bag, and if possible, carry a waterproof bag for the rest of your belongings.

Enjoying Thai New Year at East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge

If you are looking for a more relaxed way to spend Songkran, head on over to Phuket’s coolest beach club. Located right on the water’s edge in Rawai, East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge offers up elegant al fresco dining in a chic and trendy setting. Located within Serenity Resort and Residences, East 88 offers up an idyllic setting and majestic views across the bay. East 88 is open to visitors and non-residents.

BBQ Buffet at East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge
Pre Songkran start Friday 12th April join us for our BBQ Buffet.

East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge serves up an eclectic mix of signature dishes, dinners and desserts and classic Thai favorites, fresh seafood as well as raw and vegetarian dishes. Order a few snacks, lounge by the pool and sip on a tropical cocktail or two while enjoying the festive atmosphere that the Thai New Year brings.

Don’t miss out on the Friday night BBQ Buffet with Edwn Consador providing the live music. You can book a table and make your reservation HERE. Need more information on East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge and what will be happening during Songkran, visit our Facebook Page and please feel free to Tweet us at Twitter.

Phuket Weather in December, a Tropical Christmas and a New Year Party
4 Dec, 2018

Phuket Weather in December, a Tropical Christmas and a New Year Party

What would you like to know about the Phuket weather in December? Along with spending a tropical Christmas and New Year Party in paradise it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Phuket is the largest Island in Thailand and is one of the most popular destinations in the country. When is the best time to visit? December in Phuket is one of the best times to visit the Pearl of the Andaman.

December is the official start of the “High Season”

Phuket Weather in December

The monsoons have finished which makes December one of the best months to visit Phuket as it is almost entirely warm and sunny as the high season commences, with only a few last signs of the rainy season which mostly happen in the evening and most times are rather pleasant, don’t last for long and are relatively rare.

Phuket Weather in December
West Coast of Phuket towards Kata, Karon and Patong

Statistically, there are only 8 rainy days in Phuket during December.

On average December is one of the coolest months in Phuket. Remember that is all relative as the average temperature during December in Phuket is a pleasurable 27°C or 80°F with an average high of 31°C or 88°F and an average low of 23°C or 73°F.

The gentle breezes from the east cool down the island making it a really pleasant month to enjoy some of the stunning west coast beaches such as Kata Beach, Karon Beach. Kamala and Surin Beach, however, the downside is that due to the amazing weather the beaches start to get rather full in December as the high season starts to kick in.

One of the other great positives about December weather in Phuket is the humidity, as it drops sharply to just 68% when in September, October and  November it been over 80%.

The sea water temperature around Phuket’s stunning coastline is also another reason why December is a great month to visit Phuket. Average Sea temperatures in December are 31°C or 88°F.

A Tropical Christmas and a New Year Party in Paradise

Christmas like many countries around the world is special and in Phuket it is no different, just warmer.  A Tropical Christmas is the order of the day with many Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and beaches offering special events to celebrate with families and friends. But be warned they fill up and booking is recommended.

A Tropical Christmas menu

East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge offers a spectacular Tropical Christmas Eve buffet dinner, with carol singers, music and of course a visit from the man himself Santa Clause.

a Tropical Christmas with Santa Claus


Check out the gallery from this year 2018 HERE and 2017 HERE 


A New Year Party in Paradise

Did you ever spend a New Year in Paradise? Just take a look at the pictures from 2018 New Years Eve party HERE Phuket has it all, from huge street parties to select an exclusive New Years Eve dinners.

Nearly all the hotels will have an event for guest and many Phuket residents will also book their tables and reservations and join in with the celebrations.

New Year Party

With pretty much perfect weather, clear blue skies, tranquil seas lapping up to the white sandy beaches, and a daily cool breeze, all adds up to December in Phuket being one of the best months to visit the paradise island.

EVERYONE is welcome at East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge for our festive season events. to make a reservation:-

Call for Reservations: +66 (0) 76 371 960


New Years Eve Flyer 2018-19

Looking forward to High Season in Phuket
23 Oct, 2018

Looking forward to High Season in Phuket

As we move out of the Summer months and into the High Season in Phuket let’s take a look and see what is coming up.

Goodbye, October hello November.

Looking back to September we were delighted to host Gary and Helda for their wedding and the rain gods were very kind to us and the ceremony passed off in the dry and a night of dancing under the stars followed.

High Season in Phuket wedding preparation
Wedding Ceremony ready for Gary and Helda

If you are thinking of getting married in Phuket, here are Five Great Reasons.

October sees the introduction of an updated menu from our Executive Chef and his team and the installation of our new Ice and Water making machine.

East 88 Restaurant and Beach lounge has stopped using plastic straws. We are proud to be moving towards a ‘NO PLASTIC’ bottle resort with Serenity Resort and Residences. Even more on that later.

October will see the traditional Trick or Treat and Halloween parties. After that, it is into a packed November, with the highlight being the Loy Krathong  Festival.

The end of October and into November sees the weather change the wind moves to come from the East and the Phuket West Coast Beaches start to get much busier.

Welcome to the High Season in Phuket

This November will see the Patong Carnival held over the 1st to 5th. The 25th Laguna Triathlon “The Race of Legends” held on the weekend of the 18th.   Loy Krathong one of our favourite festivals is on the 22nd.

Loy Krathong at East 88 Restaurant and Beach lounge.

The Loy Krathong Festival takes place on the evening of the 23rd November. Which is the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.

At East 88 during the day our staff will arrange to help guest to make a Krathong. A Krathong is usually made up of Banana Tree bark as its base and decorated with banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks.

Loy Krathong symbolises releasing or letting go of any hate, anger or negative energy.

High tide is at 10pm on the 22nd and there should be plenty of water or tide available (subject to weather and wind) to float the Krathongs from around 9:30pm. Therefore, if conditions are not good, we can use the swimming pool, but don’t tell the GM.

There will be a special menu and guest and visitors are able to make a table reservation by calling Reservations: +66 (0) 76 371 960, E-mail: or directly through the Website Bookings HERE

Christmas and New Year at East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge.

Christmas Eve and New Year are always special at East 88 we try to make it that bit extra special. Please note we are open to Guests and Phuket Residents. We suggest guests check out the events and recommended booking for both events.

High Season in Phuket and Christmas Eve event at East 88
Santa with his helpers

Santa Claus will pay a visit on the 24th along with our regular School Choir and entertainment from our resident musician and entertainer Mr Edwin Consador. Full event details are HERE.  We will launch shortly a special Christmas Buffet menu. Guests and visitors can look forward to a memorable evening for all the families and their children. You can see the 2017 Santa Claus visit HERE.

High Season in Phuket and a Party in Phuket New YearNew Year’s Eve is a non-stop evening and the full schedule is HERE. Saying goodbye to the old and hello the new is always special. East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge will make it that bit extra special this year with their themed 70’s and 80’s party and party DJ, Steve Johnson. Check out NYE 2017/18 and the picture galleries are HERE.

Summer Promotion, just for YOU, Wine and Dine
10 May, 2018

Summer Promotion, just for YOU, Wine and Dine

Are you ready for a real Summer Promotion?

It is Summertime in Phuket and East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge are bringing you a Summer promotion that we feel is offering real value.

Summer Promotion Wine and dine

Summer Promotion for everyone.

Tropical value and East 88 are making this offer available to everyone, Serenity Resort guests,  Phuket visitors, and Phuket residents.

East 88 Restaurant & Beach Lounge is open 7 days a week from 06:30 – 11pm and available for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Your welcome to visit us and experience some leisure and “me time” right on the water’s edge, with easy parking and attentive staff, a great location to RELAX.

Why not make your reservation online HERE.

Check out the menu HERE  see the gallery and read about our recent events HERE.

Dining at East 88

Infamous evenings on the water’s edge are complimented on Monday and Friday evening when there’s LIVE music with our resident artist Mr Edwin Consador and not forgetting the Friday night Seafood and Meat Bar-B-Q.

Thinking about joining us for Lunch, dinner, a special occasion, Birthday party, Anniversary celebration or your wedding? Here are FIVE great reasons why you should be thinking of Phuket on this occasion and the team at East 88 are ready to take extra care of you.

Please Drink Responsibly.

Summer Promotion
East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge








Anyone living or arriving in Phuket on this tropical island we call paradise hopefully understands the risk of responsible drinking? At East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge we have inexpensive accommodation available at Serenity Resort and Residences with special Summer rates.

Don’t drink and drive, have fun and come enjoy our hospitality.



Dinner and Desserts at a really special location
16 Apr, 2018

Dinner and Desserts at a really special location

Dinner and Desserts at East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge is something to experience when you are in Phuket.

Rawai dining right on the waters edge in a setting that is nothing short of awesome.

Why Dinner and Desserts?

There are many great dining and restaurant experiences on Phuket Island and East 88 is no exception, situated within Serenity Resort and Residences at Rawai with a picturesque view towards the Cape Panwa peninsular and Ko Bon island.

Dinner and desserts Poolside at East 88 Restaurant and beach loungeEast 88 is open to non-residents and visitors, whether it’s a walk in breakfast, (the sunrise can be sensational) lunch beside the pool or a family and friends gathering East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge is ready to serve you.

What makes East 88 so great? Well, it’s not just the food, the dinner and dessert, check out the location, again location, and once again location, right on the waters edge in a quiet and serene setting. Not forgetting the staff and their attention to detail along with very friendly and accommodating service.

Take a look at the menu:


Full blooded New Zealand angus beef, 75% red meat and 25% fat to make the perfect beef patty. Cooked on a hot pan grill. Served together with a Sesame bun, smoked bacon, a fried egg and onion-cranberry marmalade with parmesan-garlic Fries


A choice of 3 different pasta shapes, spaghetti, fettuccini or penne. Fresh Norwegian salmon with vodka and cream with lemon and dill, finished with salmon roe, smoked salmon

Check out the full menus HERE and HERE and don’t forget the drinks HERE

Dinner and Desserts at East 88 Restaurant and beach loungeWhether its a dinner for two, a special occasion, birthday, anniversary, proposal, business dinner or just somewhere to while away a few hours East 88 has it all.

Now don’t forget you can make your reservation and book your dinner table on-line HERE and get instant confirmation we’ll leave the dessert for you to decide. Feel free to check out our Summer Promotion.

Looking forward to seeing you at East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge.


Christmas Eve at East 88
27 Dec, 2017

Christmas Eve at East 88

Christmas Eve anywhere in the world is very special.

For Christmas Eve 2017 many guests of Serenity Resort and local Phuket people joined in the festivities at East 88 Restaurant and Beach lounge.

GM Urs Aebi welcomes guests at Christmas Eve event at East 88
GM Mr Urs Aebi

Welcomed by General Manager Mr Urs Aebi guests enjoyed live music from resident Edwin Consador and a sumptuous buffet and service by the team at East 88.

Following dinner, a real treat was from the Darasamut Phuket School Choir who sang a number of traditional carols followed by a traditional Thai dance show with the dancers dressed for the occasion.

Christmas Eve event at East 88 with Darasamut School Choir
Darasamut School Choir

Christmas Eve event at East 88

Christmas Eve with Santa Claus

Of course, no Christmas Eve event would be complete without a visit from ‘the man in the red coat’ and at 9:45 in much anticipation from all the children and some of the parents he arrived on his motorbike.

Christmas Eve event at East 88
“Is that you Santa”





Christmas Eve event at East 88
Santa with his helpers

There are more pictures from Christmas Eve on our Facebook page HERE, feel free to like us, tag yourselves and Follow us on Twitter HERE.

Christmas Eve (done) now for New Years Eve

So what your plans for New Year’s Eve?

The Team at East 88 Restaurant and beach lounge pride themselves on organising and running great events. Weddings, Birthdays Anniversaries and now The New Year’s Eve Party preparations are in full swing and you are welcome to join us.

Full details on the website HERE and you can make a direct table reservation on email or call 076 371 900

Thank you for joining us and wishing everyone near and far a wonderful 2018.

Phuket weather forecast 30 days
25 Aug, 2017

Phuket weather forecast 30 days

Anyone who is now planning a quick vacation in Phuket would naturally be interested in the weather forecast for the next 30 days or so for Phuket.

It would not be wrong to say that the weather in Phuket is pleasant and likeable all the year round. Phuket sees tourist traffic from across the world throughout the year, though there are some peak and lean tourists seasons here as well. Also, weather conditions are not the same throughout the year and there are wide seasonal variations too.

Phuket gets maximum tourist traffic during the period December to April. There is substantial tourist traffic from some of the very cold countries in Europe, Scandinavia and Russia during the period November to April, which are very cold months in these countries. The hottest months in Phuket are February, March and April. There are little or no rains during these three months. However, an occasional thunderstorm does bring down the temperature. Humidity levels are high during these months.

In Phuket, a tropical storm can bring a heavy downpour with bright sunshine just two hours later. The sunshine dries up everything and in a short while, life is back to normal. There are some awesome restaurants in Rawai and Nai Harn and more details are HERE

Phuket weather forecast 30 days

Phuket weather forecast for the next 30 days is that of very heavy rains. This will be the wettest period of the year in Phuket. The local people of Phuket just love the rains and call this the ‘green season’. The South-West monsoon brings plenty of rains with a fair amount of wind as well. With the rains, the local people wash away all their worries. Phuket will be lush green all around in the coming 30 days. Occasional clouds in the evenings will provide an opportunity to see some spectacular sunsets.

Will the next 30 days be a good period for tourists to visit Phuket?

The weather in Phuket in the next 30 days will be to the liking of nature lovers who are fascinated by greenery and rains. Tourists to Phuket in the next 30 days will indeed have a good time. Just look at some of the key attractions:

  • Captivating waterfalls, overflowing because of heavy rains;
  • Joyous tourists and locals enjoying the heavy downpour, clouds, winds, sunshine, greenery and wonderful sunsets;
  • Economical flight and hotel rates due to comparatively less tourist inflow;
  • Adventurous surfing opportunities on strong waves at Kata and Kata Noi beaches;
  • Boat trip from Phuket to enjoy the natural beauty at Phang Nga Bay and the caves which look majestic during rains.

There is plenty going on in Phuket throughout the year, read more HERE