Rawai Beach - Phuket - Thailand

Rawai Beach - Phuket - Thailand

The Rawai Beach area in the souh of Phuket offers beautiful views of the neighbouring islands and a great starting point for an island hopping trip. The main attraction for visitors is the beach promenade which is lined with restaurants and the "Sea Gypsies" Fish Market  as the beach itself is not a swimming beach but picturesque as the shore is taken up with a good number of long tail and fishing boats.

Rawai is located in Southern Phuket and offers fantastic access to other destinations including Koh Phi Phi for some idyllic island hopping. The seafront is a working harbour and public pier yet you still feel surrounded by nature and is reasonably close to more populated areas such as Patong Beach or Phuket Town.

There are several small karaoke bars and restaurants and as you would expect in Thailand there are small massage shops and souvenir vendors a plenty. 

For a more secluded lookout and hangout point, head to Windmill Viewpoint by taxi or scooter for a picture perfect sunset view that doesn't involve jostling through quite so many crowds as at Laem Phromthep Cape. 

Spa and Wellbeing

There are many local spa and massage services, one of the best massage salons in Phuket is Phagamast Massage on Soi Saiyuan and Rawai seafront opposite the promenade.

Rawai Beach and seafront 

Rawai Beach has very relaxed vibes but is not ideal for lounging, Hat Rawai is a shallow, rocky beach on the east side of Laem Phromthep. Its waters are used as a busy long-tail and speedboat harbour, with seafood grills and local cafe spots lining its low-key promenade.

If you wish to relax on a sandy beach there are two near Rawai, called Nai Harn and Ya Nui both of which are great spots for swimming and snorkelling.

For a fun and easy exploration of Phuket you can catch the newly launched Airport Shuttle Bus along the seafront to other popular spots on the island with picturesque views en route.

Watersports and Sea Tours

Sailing Trips /Sailing School

Have a beautiful experience and cruise the amazing islands in Phang Nga Bay even by chinese junk (take a weekend or sunset trip). Yacht charters and sailing lessons are available mostly in Chalong in the south of Phuket.


Surfing is not a major sporting pastime due to the lack of surf waves but at certain times of the year this s possible on the wst coast beaches such as Kata in the south and Kalim further north. You will find the hire of boards and equipment as well as instruction also at these locations

Water Ski/Cable Ski

The waters around Phuket are pefect for waterskiing in between November and April and operators located on the busier beaches offer trips as well as the usuall banana boat rides. Cable ski and Wakeboarding can be found on an artificial retangular lake inland near Patong.

Diving and Snorkelling

There are many operators offering diving courses for all the family (8 years up) as well as snorkeling tours in the islands surrounding Phuket

Yacht Charter

Chartering a yacht in Phuket is one of the most luxurious ways to experience the west coast of Thailand and the beautiful waters of the Andaman. The yacht charter option provides flexibility and comfort. A number of yachts are available for charter on the island.


Thrilling rides, exhiliarating slides, lazy river and a 6 level wave pool at the Splash Jungle Waterpark located at the Centara Grand West Sands Resort in the north west of Phuket provide fun for all the family.


Kitesurfing lessons and kitboarding trips are available from the beaches in the south of Phuket where there is low tides and shallow water on a sandy Bay. Kitesurfing Phuket is based on Friendship beach in Chalong Bay and has a fully equipped shop and reaturant and bar facilities.


Rent a kayak for a few hours or venture off for a day or so and explore the beautiful islands of Phuket individually. Recommended however are the Kayaking group trips offered including a guide to discover the beauty of the small islands and it's wildlife including monkeys, sea eagles and other birdlife.

Other Activities

Temple Visits

Visit The Big Buddha standing 45metres high looking over the south west and southern bays of Chalong, Rawai and Kata as well as the many temples throughout Phuket that are certainly worth a visit to experience.

Jungle Safari Tours

Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is a jungle region located 20km north of Phuket Town and is great for trekking. There is also a Gibbon rehabilitation project, and two waterfalls that are popular bathing and picnicking spots. A full day tour may take in canoeing and a visit to an elephant camp.


There are 8 golf courses on the island and can be challenging for the beginner or experienced golfer. The most well known is the Laguna Phuket Golf Course located in the north west and the Red Mountain Golf Club in the centre.

Go Kart and Off Road Fun

Safe for all the family and well worth a visit.

Escape Hunt

It is exciting, addictive, challenging, educational and above all, fun! Voyage back 100 years in time & play the part of a famous London detective solving our mysteries set in an old house in Phuket.

Cinemas and Ten Pin Bowling

There are quite a few cinemas and bowling alleys in Phuket - 3 of which are located in Phuket. A great rainy day activity

Thai Cookery School

Learn the secrets of authentic Thai Cooking from a number of venues around Phuket.


Phuket has upmarket boutiques and antique stores situated in renovated Chinese shophouses, or Sino- Portuguese buildings. For western stile shopping visit the two mega malls on the island - Jungle Ceylon in Patong and Central Festival on the route to Phuket town.

Muay Thai Boxing

Thailand's Naional sport and a popular spectator sport which is now practiced all over the world. In the area of Patong there are nightly desplays of boxing accompanied with a frenzy of betting


Eating out in Rawai

We Cafe

Set along the beach road in Rawai, the newest and 3rd branch of the eco friendly We Cafe Phuket chain offers late breakfasts, lunch, and dinner with lovely sea views. 

Rawai Seafood Market

Famed as having the best seafood in the whole of Phuket. It is the place where locals and expats spend their evenings after sunset, located next to Rawai Pier.

Baan Rimlay

This shady spot on the seafront under the large banyan tree steams clams, grills squid, prawns and lobster to perfection. 

Raw Cafe Phuket

A popular roadside health-food cafe, with a creative vegetarian menu and outdoor chill area.

Hock Hoe Lee Coffee

Traditional Phuket coffee style! Uniquely rich in its story, Hock Hoe Lee brings an exotic local touch along with its exceptional quality food and ambience.

Natural Efe Macrobiotic World

A chilled out health food kitchen with healthy plates and an outstanding vegetarian Sunday brunch and new age local shop.


Nightlife in Rawai

There are a few local style late night spots in mellow Rawai

Laguna Rawai Plaza

The Laguna Club is busier on weekend nights and attracts a mixed crowd of Thais, foreigners and bar girls. Opposite this area is a strip of local bars where you can showcase your pool skills.

For a more lively night out head to Patong, Bangla Road.

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