What to Do in Rawai Beach?
- What to Do in Rawai Beach?
- Can you swim in Rawai Beach?
- What to Do in Rawai?
- The Beach
- Promthep Cape View Point
- Bon Island
- Buddha Island (Koh Kaeo)
- Coral Island
- Rawai Park Kids Club
- Nai Harn Beach
- Windmill Viewpoint
- Ya Nui Beach
- Phuket Art Village
- Where to Eat in Rawai?
- Aek Seafood
- Nikita’s Beach Restaurant
- Rawai View Cafe
- Bon Island Restaurant
- Baan Rimlay
- Rawai Seafood Market
- Where to Stay in Rawai
- Rawai Photo Gallery
- Rawai Beach Map
- FAQs about Rawai
- What’s Around?
Rawai Beach, at the south end of Phuket island, is not a beach suitable for swimming, but it offers beautiful views on the nearby islands and has a peaceful local atmosphere. It’s a great place to enjoy some excellent seafood by the ocean, and a good starting point to do some island hopping.
As you drive south of Chalong, you will reach the Rawai Pier. To the left side of the pier is the remaining of the old ‘Gypsy Village’, where long-established fishermen in rather precarious houses still make a living off fishing, boat chartering and selling shells. Now it’s mostly famous for the crowded Rawai Seafood Market where tourists buy fish, lobsters and crabs directly from the local fishermen and ask the nearby restaurants to cook it for them
On the right side of the pier is a long beach road where locals anchor dozens of longtails boats and speedboats. The place has changed a lot in recent years and now has many bars, convenience shops, massage, fitness clubs and of course a few hotels. Thankfully, despite the many changes, there are still a few excellent local restaurants by the sea.
Can you swim in Rawai Beach?
Rawai is not a swimming beach, unfortunately, there are way too many longtail boats and speedboats parked all along at any given time of the day. However, if you walk all the way to the east, passed the large Rawai seafood market, you will find a reasonable swimming spot.
What to Do in Rawai?
Rawai has a discreet charm with more things to do than most people think. There are a couple of superb beaches nearby, and you get easy access to many islands nearby.
Rawai itself doesn’t seem to really have a beach for sunbathing or swimming, however, local kids swim at each end while parents enjoy a picnic in the shade of trees. If you have booked in this part of the island, you still can find a decent sunbathing spot at the east end of the beach. It’s not as neat as on the west coast, but it’s right there.
Promthep Cape View Point is famous for striking sunsets framed by iconic sugar palm trees. It is such a symbolic landmark of Phuket island that you can recognise it on the Phuket car plates having a ‘lucky plate number’.
From Rawai Beach, you can take a longtail to the nearby Bon Island and spend the day snorkelling, relaxing and enjoy a tropical lunch in this little known hideaway.
Buddha Island (Koh Kaeo)
Koh Kaeo, also called Buddha Island, can be reached by longtail boat from Rawai. It’s a very small island with two large golden Buddhas, one sitting and one standing, and a small temple on top of the hill.
Coral island is just 15 minutes by longtail boat from Rawai. It consists of 2 beautiful beaches: Banana Beach, which can be rather crowded with tourists, and long beach, where the Coral Island Resort offers beach bungalows.
If you come as a family, you can spend the afternoon at the Rawai Park Kids Club. The Kids Club features a lot of games and plus a vast colourful swimming pool.
Rawai is not good for swimming, but the strikingly beautiful Nai Harn Beach is just 2 kilometres away.
Also just 2 kilometres east of Rawai, the Windmill Viewpoint offers a beautiful panoramic view of Ya Nui Beach and Nai Harn.
Ya Nui is a small but much-loved sandy cove located below the Windmill Viewpoint mentioned earlier, only 2 kilometres west of Rawai.
Phuket Art Village is a small art gallery and artist community hidden at the end of a small lane, on the way to Rawai Beach, in the south of Phuket Island. The place is surprising and fun to explore, consisting of several little galleries, each with its own style and artist.
Where to Eat in Rawai?
Rawai Beach has always been very popular for the many seafood restaurants all along the waterfront. The best way to enjoy this unique experience is to sit on floor mats and eat at low tables placed on the sidewalk, just as locals do. It’s fun, and the food is often better than in tourist restaurants. It’s also a more memorable experience and a beautiful photo to take home.
Aek Rawai Seafood Restaurant is one of the few local restaurants along the roadside of Rawai. This small place doesn’t any particular sign and may not attract a mass of hungry tourists, but this is where we love to go for a real seafood lunch or dinner. The setting is typical of local restaurants here: the kitchen is on one side of the road and the dining area on the floor of the opposite side, which makes that staff have to cross back and forth with trays of food!
Address: 22/9 Wiset Road, Tambon Rawai
Phone: 086 948 1551
For more than 20 years, Nikita’s Beach Restaurant has been a favourite spot among expats and returning visitors alike. Set by the sea in the shade of huge trees near the Rawai pier, Nikita’s serves good Thai food and seafood at an excellent price. Read more
Address: 44 Viset Road Rawai Beach, Rawai, Phuket
Open: 9:30 am – 11:30 pm
Tel: 076 288 703
Rawai View Cafe is a charming little restaurant and bar with a beautiful wooden terrace overlooking the bay of Rawai Beach, in the very south of Phuket island. It’s well hidden and not on the tourist roads but with such a superb setting; it quickly is growing in popularity. This restaurant is a perfect place for lunch in the shade of trees, or for a romantic dinner by the sea. Read more
Address: 96/6 Moo.6 Soi Laem PromThep 1 Viset Road
Open: 2 pm – 10 pm (closed Monday)
Tel: 088 768 3340
Bon Island restaurant is a little hidden gem on the small island you can see when you are standing on Rawai Beach. The restaurant serves local seafood and Thai food in a thatched-roofed restaurant by the beach.
Baan Rimlay is a small rustic Thai restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere where locals like to go for dinner or party. The restaurant is under the trees by the sea, not far from the pier.
Address: 44, Rawai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100
Phone: 091 789 3292
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
As mentioned earlier, the Rawai Seafood Market is very popular. You order any fish or seafood you like from one side of the road and take it to the restaurants just opposite to have it cooked for 100 baht per kilo. It’s also fun, but since everywhere tourist tends to flock, prices go up instantly.
Where to Stay in Rawai
Not too many hotels are available around, as many people prefer the west coast, but some noticeable hotels are the Serenity Resort and its amazing views. More inland is the Golden Tulip Mangosteen Resort on top of a nearby hill and Coconut Paradise Villas with its private pool villas, popular for peace seekers and families. Overall, Rawai Beach is not your usual beach destination but offers a unique local feel and is perfect if you prefer a quiet and peaceful holiday with a lot of delicious seafood!
Rawai Photo Gallery
Rawai Beach Map
FAQs about Rawai
What is there to do in Rawai Beach?
a. Rawai itself doesn’t have much to offer but there are a lot of amazing beaches nearby:
Where to eat in Rawai?
a. There are a few restaurants in this area:
What are the best hotels around Rawai Beach?
a. Here are some popular hotels in Rawai area:
- The Nai Harn Phuket
- Serenity Resort
- The Vijitt Resort Phuket
- Golden Tulip Mangosteen Resort
- Coconut Paradise Villas
How Far is Rawai from Phuket Town and Phuket Airport?
a. Rawai is 46 km from Phuket International Airport and 16 km from Phuket Town.