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.

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.

Welcome Phuket New Year 2018
11 Jan, 2018

Welcome Phuket New Year 2018

Welcome Phuket New Year 2018, and as with all things on this tropical Island saying goodbye to 2017 and hello 2018 was once again a spectacle to behold.

The whole team at East 88 Restaurant and Beach Lounge along with Serenity Resort staff made sure this was going to be a night to remember.

Phuket New Year dinnerOver 100 Guests and visitors had pre-booked their tables, some using the online reservation and booking system on the website and many calling into reception to reserve their table.

Welcoming Phuket New Year 2018

Phuket New Year with the 'Bitcoin Twins'8 PM came the introduction of General Manager Mr Urs Aebi and his welcome message introducing the entertainment for the night “The Bitcoin Twins” who were to rock the 70’s/80’s theme through until the early hours along with the ‘Ladies’ from Phuket Rouge and the Phi Phi Fire Show.

Once again the Executive Chef and his team provided a sumptuous buffet and all adequately served and catered by the East 88 staff.

The whole team once again excelled following the Christmas Eve event.

Phuket New Year 2018Phuket New YearAfter dinner music was the order of the day and some revellers were already in the mood and the fantastic infinity pool was soon to be where some guests were to end up, and it wasn’t even 10:30 PM.

The Cabaret Show was well received.

Ladyboy show Phuket New Year

Phuket New Year 2018 welcomes Ladyboy

Happy New Year, here’s to 2018.

Fireworks Phuket New YearThe countdown started and everyone stood by as the midnight hour arrived, introduced by traditional Fireworks and also a midnight display from some local Kite Board enthusiasts.

The music tempo was now well into the 70’s/80’s theme with all the favourites from Wham, Cyndi Lauper, Pet Shop Boys to name just a few of the nonstop hits, which kept the crowd up and dancing.

See more from The New year’s event visit our Facebook Page here.

The full picture album is HERE

If your inclined read about our Dinner and Desserts menu.








Loy Krathong Phuket Festival 3rd November 2017
4 Sep, 2017

Loy Krathong Phuket Festival 3rd November 2017

Loy Krathong Phuket Festival is definitely the most romantic festival in Thailand for most people. Tourists from various parts of the world also throng to Phuket to watch the spectacular Phuket Festival held in November every year.

Introduction of the Loy Krathong Phuket Festival

Loy Krathong, Thailand’s ‘festival of lights’ is a national event which is held every year on the evening of the 12th lunar month. This date usually falls in the first half of November and coincides with the school holidays for children. Celebrations include various rituals at the Buddhist temples around Phuket on this day. However, the most popular highlight of the festivities is the launching of a krathong. In Phuket we use the nearest beach, lake or canal.

Loy Krathong Phuket

A krathong is a floating lantern which carries candles and incense sticks. It is generally decorated with flowers leaving enough space to put candles and incense sticks. You put all your misfortunes in this boat and allow them to float away. Many people also put strands of their hair and nail clippings in the krathong with a belief that it would wash away their sins. Literally, “Loy” means ‘to float’ and a “krathong” is a leaf bowl or cup made from the cellulose trunk of a banana tree.

History and origin of the Loy Krathong Phuket Festival

Though the origins of the quiet Loy Krathong Festival are not clearly known. It is generally believed that it started in Sukhothai in the north of Bangkok around 800 years ago. The city is believed to have been very powerful in the whole of Asia at that time.

The Loy Krathong Phuket Festival in Thai culture and why everyone should be involved in the celebrations

While thousands of floating krathongs make a truly magical sight good enough to thrill the grown-ups and children alike, the festival has great importance in the Thai culture as well. It is commonly believed that homage is paid to the water goddess Mae Khongkha on this religious festival.

Loy Krathong Phuket

The masses firmly believe that as the krathong floats away from you, it takes away all your misfortune. Rids you of the sins of the past year by washing them away and brings in good fortune in the coming year. Some people also place coins in the krathongs to make merit before floating them in the river, canal or sea with a prayer on their lips and in their hearts. They strongly believe that the “boat” will carry their bad luck a long distance away. Providing them with opportunities to start the following year in a more joyous way with plenty of good fortune flowing into their lives.

You can check out the weather HERE and fingers crossed it will be a warm and fun evening.

Children thoroughly enjoy all the festivities. Young couples float their krathongs together with a wish for a long lasting love and immense happiness together.

The Loy Krathong Phuket Festival is indeed a religious and cultural celebration which should not be missed. The romance, thrill and sense of ‘all-round joy’ that it gives to every participant!

Join us at East Restaurant and reserve a table for dinner, HERE  looking forward to seeing you.

You can also read about other Festivals and Events HERE