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Rawai's Shady Tree-Lined Beach Road

About Rawai

Overview : A pleasant little village at the southern tip of the island which, although less popular than some of the other coastal resorts, does still draw quite a few tourists who enjoy its more peaceful surroundings. Probably best suited to visitors who have their own transport or who are happy to ride around on one of the small motorbikes that can be rented locally at very cheap rates.


  • Rawai Beach (non-swimming)
  • Longtail boat mooring & island trips
  • Small village area with bars & restaurants
  • Seaside dining & fresh seafood
  • Close to Promthep Cape viewpoint

Distances by Road :

  • Airport - 48 km
  • Patong Nightlife & Shopping - 18 km
  • Phuket Town Centre- 17km
  • Nai Harn Beach - 3km (swimming)

Staying in Rawai

Peace and Quiet at the South End of the Island

Promenade at Rawai Beach
Seaside didnining on the promenade at Rawai Beach, Phuket
Outdoor dining on fresh seafood along the Rawai waterfront is very popular with both locals and tourists.

The Rawai subdistrict (tambon) covers quite a large region at the southern tip of Phuket and while much of it is urbanised it does have very attractive parts near the coast. Its not as popular as the likes of Karon and Kata but still attracts  many visitors who appreciate its sleepier and less commercialised atmosphere.

Rawai Beach Area

The busiest area is along the tree-shaded road that runs parallel to Rawai Beach well-known on the island for its promenade restaurants serving freshly caught seafood from the local fishing community. A favourite gathering place for both locals and foreign visitors, its a lovely spot to dine with friends or to relax in one of the local bars and enjoy the ocean view.

Though rocky and not really suitable for sunbathing or swimming it only takes a 3 km drive through some beautiful forest scenery to reach the superb Nai Harn Beach. Rawai’s bay also serves as a harbour  for longtail and speedboats so chartering a trip to one of the neighbouring islands’ beaches is another alternative for people wishing to find some nice white sand to lie on.

Compared to the busier resort towns on Phuket accommodation near Rawai Beach tends to be better value for the same standard and though the choice available is comparatively small there are some very well-rated resorts such as the Navatara at the western end of the beach road.

Longtail boats at Rawai Beach on Phuket Island.
Rawai Beach is quite rocky below the waterline so is not suitable for swimming but with its many moored longtail boats does make a picturesque scene on sunny days.
Wiset Road

Heading north towards Chalong is the main arterial, Wiset Road which has shops, bars and restaurants scattered along it though, as they tend to be spread out over quite a distance, personal transport such as a rental-motorbike would be a better way to explore rather than walking. The noisiest nightlife in Rawai can be found just off Wiset at the beer bars of Laguna Plaza about 800 metres up from Rawai Beach.

Also accessible from this road are more accommodation choices which specialise in secluded getaway holidays such as the Serenity and Vijitt resorts set next to the sea on the eastern coast.

Our Pick of the Best Hotels in Rawai

1Serenity Resort - a mid-sized getaway resort with a wide range of room types from economical single rooms to large suites the best of which have private pools. As the name suggests, the Serenity is in a very peaceful spot overlooking the sea with the more expensive rooms allowing great views of Phuket's spectacular sunsets. Ideal as a place to relax away from the crowds or as a romantic hideaway though because the location is quite isolated visitors will require transport to reach most of Phuket's other sights. Ratings from guests are generally very high.

Hotel Map of Rawai area on Phuket

Highly Rated by Guests - Hotels in the Rawai Area

1   Serenity Resort 4   The Title Resort
2   The Vijitt Resort 5   Rawai Palm Beach Resort
3   Le Piman Resort 6   Navatara Phuket Resort

2The Vijitt Resort - an upmarket resort with villa-only accommodation. Surrounded by tropical forest next to Friendship Beach (not good for swimmming) the Vijitt is an all-inclusive resort that places emphasis on privacy and relaxation. There's a good variety of accommodation available with the best villas having their own swimming pools.Most suited to visitors who are happy to be isolated from Phuket's more crowded areas though its worth noting that the hotel does run a shuttle service to other places of interest. Highly rated by most guests

3Le Piman Resort - a small resort that offers good value for money and consists of 21 comfortable villas with access to a lovely centrally located pool area. In a peaceful location probably best-suited to people with their own transport as most beaches and other points of interest are beyond normal walking distance. Very well-rated by most guests with many mentioning the friendly service.

4The Title Resort - a reasonably priced 64-room hotel that is close to the eastern end of Rawai Beach. Good standard apartment-style accommodation for the price with access to a nice pool area and a shuttle service to nearby Nai Harn Beach. Well-rated by guests.

5Rawai Palm Beach Resort - set close to Rawai Beach this 198-room hotel offeris good-standard accommodation for the price. Notable features include spacious rooms and a huge swimming pool. Good ratings from most guests.

6Navatara Phuket Resort - a small (35 rooms) hotel that gets very high praise from most guests particularly for value and service. Set back from Rawai Beach the location is a little isolated though there is a hotel shuttle service available. The rooms are high standard for the price and have access to a good swimming pool. Probably best suited to visitors happy to relax around the resort or who have their own transport.


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