What to Do in Rawai Beach?
Rawai Beach, at the south end of Phuket island, is not suitable for swimming, but it offers beautiful views of 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 for island hopping.
As you drive south of Chalong, you will reach the Rawai Pier. To the left side of the pier is the remaining old ‘Gypsy Village’, where long-established fishermen in rather precarious houses still live 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 them.
On the right side of the pier is a long beach road where locals anchor dozens of longtail boats and speedboats. The place has changed a lot in recent years and now has many bars, convenience shops, massage, fitness clubs, and a few hotels. Thankfully, despite the many changes, there are still a few excellent local restaurants by the sea.
WHAT TO DO IN RAWAI?
Rawai has a discreet charm with more things to do than most people think. A couple of superb beaches are nearby, and you get easy access to many islands nearby.
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Rawai itself doesn’t seem to 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 can still 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.
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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 plus a vast, colourful swimming pool.
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 with a ‘lucky plate number’.
Nearby Places to Visit
Rawai is not good for swimming, but the magnificent Nai Harn Beach is just 2 kilometres away.
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, south of Phuket Island. The place is surprising and fun to explore, consisting of several little galleries, each with its style and artist.
Rawai Beach has always been very popular among 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 a more memorable experience and a beautiful photo to take home
Vida Nova Phuket welcomes guests to explore their seaside restaurant offering delightful international dining. Nestled in Rawai’s heart, overlooking Rawai Beach, their Boho-inspired restaurant exudes charm and tranquillity throughout the day. Visitors can enjoy all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner while enjoying the ocean view just across the street.Address: No. 57/6, Rawai, Phuket, 83130
Phone: 094 943 4736
Hours: 8 am – 12 pm
For over 20 years, Nikita’s Beach Restaurant has been a favourite spot among expats and returning visitors. 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
Baan Rimlay is a small rustic Thai restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere where locals like to go for dinner or a 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.
Nearby Island to visit from Rawai
From Rawai Beach, you can take a longtail to the nearby Bon Island and spend the day snorkelling, relaxing and enjoying a tropical lunch in this little-known hideaway.
Buddha Island (Koh Kaeo)
Koh Kaeo, also called Buddha Island, can be reached by longtail boats from Rawai. It’s a tiny 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 away by longtail boats 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.
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Can you swim in Rawai Beach?
Unfortunately, Rawai is not a swimming beach as there are way too many longtail boats and speedboats parked at any time of the day. However, if you walk to the east end, passed the large Rawai Seafood Market, you will find a reasonable swimming spot.
Not many hotels are available in the Rawai neighbourhood, maybe because 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. 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 Beach Event Calendar
Rawai Photo Gallery
Fast facts about Rawai
|⛱️ Beach condition:||Not swimmable|
|📷 Thing to do nearby:||Promthep Cape|
|🏝️ Island nearby:||Bon Island|
|🏝️ Island further:||Coral Island|
|🍴 Best restaurant:||Nikita's Beach Restaurant|
|🍴Best seafood restaurant:||Aek Seafood|
|🛎️ Best hotel nearby:||The Nai Harn|
|🛏️ Best budget hotel:||Lotus Bleu Resort|
|✈️ Distance from Phuket International Airport:||46 km|
Rawai Beach Map
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