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Rayee Beach in Kamala

Rayee beach is one of those beaches people drive by without ever knowing its name. When I ask someone if they have been to Rayee Beach in Phuket, I always get that puzzled look or a negative answer. Now, if I describe where this beach is, in front of the Hyatt Regency Phuket in Kamala Beach, I always get an “Aaaah! ‘That’ beach!’ Probably the only beach in Phuket with a name no one can remember.

Rayee Beach

Of course, Rayee is not the prettiest beach on the island. Apparently, it has everything right: it is long and fringed with tall casuarina and coconut trees with a nice strip of sand and is virtually deserted. But the downside will reveal itself at low tide when the receding sea uncovers large rock surfaces. Rayee Beach is not a swimming beach. It’s not uninhabited, though; you can find a small restaurant with massage attached at the south end, built on a small wooden terrace reached via a tiny bridge, and another little dining place near the centre of the beach.

Rayee Beach in Kamala

The beach is what makes the superb Hyatt Regency Phuket so unique, offering a beautiful sea view from almost every single room, not to mention the amazing sunset from their rooftop bar!

Hyatt Regency Rooftop Bar

A bit further past this new hotel is the White Orchid Restaurant, which has also been there as far as I can remember, but strangely haven’t tried yet. If you continue driving along the beach, you will reach the famous ‘Millionaire Row’ with all these amazing villas built all along the grassy cliffs between Kamala and Thavorn Beach.

Rayee Beach Phuket

To find Rayee beach is very simple. From Patong Beach, drive until you are about to enter Kamala beach. At the bottom of the hill, you will see a road on your left; follow the signs to Paresa Resort, but you will reach the beach just a couple of kilometres from that sign.

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Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.
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