Rawai Beach in Phuket

rawai beach as seen from the beach looking out towards some long tail boats floating in the open waters

Rawai Beach in Phuket is one of the most beautiful beach villages that you can find on the Island. Compared to most places in the island, most areas are under minimal development. Lying on the further southern tip of the Island, this beach is pleasantly beautiful and has lots of trees to provide visitors with enough shade.

One thing that Rawai boasts itself with is being the very first tourist beach on Phuket. Being near Phuket town, it is the most preferred family outing choice on weekends by most people, especially for Sunday picnics. So people would drive and enjoy the weekends under the beach’s casuarina trees.

There is a small peninsula, the Promthep Cape (Laem Promthep), west of Rawai Phuket. It has the perfect view of the Andaman Sea.

Getting to Rawai Beach Phuket

Rawai Beach is very close to Phuket town – about 15.3 km south of the town. To get there, you can use a vehicle and take the 402 road, the main central road which will take you right to the center of the island.

Facilities to enjoy in Rawai

The beach is the perfect launching spot for boat excursions to other Phuket’s islands that surround Rawai. So with the many boats anchored there, swimming and sunbathing is not advisable. Plus, the sea is a bit shallow. So when the tide moves away, rocks and mudflats get exposed.

There are other activities that tourists can enjoy besides swimming. One can hire a long-tail boat to take you to islands like Coral, Koh Lone or Racha for fishing or snorkeling.

Located to the eastern end of the beach is a seafood market in the Sea Gypsy Village, that operates on a regular basis. If driving, you will have to park on the side of the road in the direction which your car is heading otherwise you will run the risk of getting fined.

Dining in Rawai

There are plenty of places to eat and dine while visiting Rawai. You will find hotel-owned restaurants, eateries, and food stalls.

Some of the delicacies you need to try are the sticky rice, barbecued chicken and fish, and grilled crab. They also have bars along the beachfront with views of Koh Bon and Koh Racha.

Now, if you are looking for luxurious dining spots, when headed towards Chalong, you will find Phuket Resort. There is also the infamous Friendship Beach after Phuket Resort where you can take a dip in their pool as you treat yourself to an afternoon snack.

Here are some restaurants worth checking out at Rawai Beach Phuket

  • Rawai View Café and Bar
  • Sea Gypsy Fish Market – For fresh seafood market and dining
  • Flip Side and Burger Bar – Offers a wide range of international beers and unique burgers and snack
  • Lucky 13 sandwich – For fresh healthy snacks on the beach

What to do in Rawai Phuket

long tail boats approaching the shores at rawai beach full of tourists

Rawai is a taste of the day-to-day life of locals in Phuket. This beach is mainly used for navigation purposes. Fishermen anchor their boats, while some fix their nets or work on new boats.

One of the best things to do on Rawai Beach Phuket is to just sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

Seeing as Rawai is still under minimal development compared to other places on the island, most expats love settling in this small, friendly island which offers both modern facilities for the expats as well as a small-town haven.

Below are some of the activities you can engage in during your stay on Rawai Beach|

  • Batik painting at Baan Batik Phuket
  • Island hoping using taxi speed boats and long-tail boats
  • Enjoy a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports at Phuket Sports and Tennis Club. For instance, tennis, beach volleyball, darts, pool…
  • Learning to cook Thai food
  • Thai boxing at Suwit Gym where they organize fight nights on Fridays that are open to the public.
  • Visit the Ayurveda Spa at Mangosteen Resort for a wide range of natural healing treatments in the ancient Indian way.
  • And so much more…

The thing is, even if you can’t swim or sunbathe on the beach when in Rawai Phuket, you will find something to do…