This guide to your first time in Rawai will help you to find and enjoy the best that this interesting part of Phuket has to offer. Rawai Beach is perhaps best known as a jumping-off point for island-hopping adventures in the southern part of Phuket, where destinations like Koh Bon and Coral Island await. However, the area does have more to offer than just access to speedboats!
Currently a relatively sleepy and quiet area, Rawai is growing in popularity as a delightful destination away from the crowds of the busier resorts. It has the extra advantage of being home to a few really interesting attractions and has quite a local feel – more so than almost any other beach in Phuket. Use this Rawai Beach survival guide to ensure that you get the most out of your time here, and that your first visit becomes the first of many.
Rawai Beach at a Glance
Rawai’s charm comes from the beautiful scenery you can see in and around it as well as its uniquely local atmosphere. The beach is often lined with speedboats and local long-tail boats. While one offers rides to stunning little islands like Coral Island and Koh Bon, the other brings in fresh fish to sell at the town’s famous seafood market. Right at the southern end of Phuket, Rawai is a little inconvenient to reach from the airport but, once you’re there, you’ll be far from the crowds, in a quiet and peaceful spot.
Being a mostly relaxed sort of a place, there aren’t really that many things to do in Rawai. On the other hand, it’s a great gateway to nearby attractions, including great nearby beaches, beautiful viewpoints and stunning tropical islands. It’s an area of hidden treasures and natural beauty, meaning that it is important to come prepared for your first time in Rawai to make sure that you don’t miss out. During your visit, be sure to look out for these absolute must-see things in and around Rawai.
Promthep Cape is the island's most photographed and perhaps best-known location. The view from the cape is like a huge Read More»
Koh Bon is a small island lying some two kilometres off the beach of Rawai on the southeastern coast of Phuket. Covered Read More»
Laem Ka Beach
This is the only eastern-facing beach in the south of Phuket that offers good swimming and is an ideal picnic Read More»
When it comes to dining in Rawai, the emphasis is mostly on delightful little local places. The area doesn’t really have any five-star fine dining options. However, it does have some great places to enjoy great Thai cuisine with a fantastic view. Being the home of the Sea Gypsies Fish Market, seafood naturally plays a big part in many Rawai menus. When you get hungry during your first time in Rawai, be sure to check out the seafood market, as well as these other great restaurants, which specialise in outstanding Thai food with lovely seafront views.
Nikita's, named after its owner Nikki, is a hugely popular waterfront restaurant in Rawai. Not that it's a big affair, Read More»
Sea Gypsies Fish Market
The Sea Gypsies Fish Market in Rawai Beach offers the freshest of seafood and the guarantee that your purchase is going Read More»
Rawai View Café & Bar
Rawai View Café & Bar is a charming venue located slightly off the beaten track, toward the southern end of Rawai Read More»
Being quite a small town, the range of hotels in Rawai is a little limited. The available choice mostly favours the budget end of the price spectrum, but there are still a few excellent mid-range and high-end places to choose from. Thanks to the road layout, there aren’t many hotels right by or on the beach but, again thanks to the town’s small size, you’re never that far from the sand. For our personal recommendations on the best hotels in the area, take a look at the places shown below.
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