Rawai Beach: Rawai Beach is located in the south about 17 Km. away from Phuket city. In the past before there were roads on Phuket Island leading to the west coast, Phuket city locals used to come to this beach on weekend and enjoy siting under the trees, good Thai restaurants and especially the fresh sea fruits provided by the local fisherman.
Nowadays too, Rawai Beach is not used for bathing as opposed to all other Phuket beaches reviewed in this article. It is a great place to sit and watch the beautiful view and enjoy good restaurants. It is a paradise for sea food lovers, and it is also where you can take a boat to the many nearby islands.
On Rawai Beach pier’s right side, there are many speed boats and longtail boats which will take you to the nearby islands and on its left side you’ll find the gypsy village where you can enjoy plenty of stands selling fresh sea food and plenty of restaurants which will prepare local delicacies for you. This is the place to enjoy great sea food for a relatively low price.
** You can buy your choice of sea food from the stands and the restaurants across will prepare it for you in case you are interested.
Summary: Rawai Beach is not suited for bathing in the sea however it is a sea food paradise, great for sea food lovers who can enjoy the immense variety of fresh sea fruits and fish offered by the local restaurants, (from my experience there are very good restaurants there).
Phuket island summary: Phuket is Thailand’s biggest island and one of its most popular tourist attractions. Most tourists are only familiar with the famous Patong Beach however, the island offers many good Phuket beaches and special quiet places which provide a completely different experience from spending a holiday on Patong Beach.
Phuket beaches main disadvantage is that most of its resorts are not located right on the beach (as opposed to those in the nearby town – Ko Lhak). There is a road separating between the beach and most of the resorts, although there are some resorts on the water edge too.
Phuket island is certainly a good place for a holiday and it is recommended to allow time to choose the right resort and beach for you. Phuket island is not a good choice as a base camp for travelling in the south so I recommend you enjoy other attractions in the south before coming to Phuket and staying in places which offer better and easier ways to get to the tourist attractions and come to Phuket after that to enjoy a beach holiday.
If you decided to spend your holiday in Phuket, I have prepared a video about all the Phuket beaches reviewed here for you, in order to give you the feeling of each one of them so you can choose the best place for you….enjoy!
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