Rawai Beach and Rawai Pier
Rawai Beach is a beach located in the south of the island of Phuket.
It does not take more than 10 minutes to drive from Yanui Beach and Nai Harn Beach to the Rawai community with its string of three-, four- and five-star hotels and its beach. It is also close to the Chalong area with its pier and circle from which you can easily choose to go to either the Big Buddha or the Central Festival and Big C shopping malls.
Rawai Beach claims the title of being officially the first tourist beach. While Rawai Beach itself is not very good for swimming it is very inviting to stroll along the beach, rest underneath the evergreen Casuarina trees, which can easily grow up to 35 meters providing plenty of shade, and/or contemplate what you are going to eat next. While the real estate development happened more inland over the years, more and more restaurants popped up along the main Rawai beach road taking over the ever present night bars. So now you can choose between burger joints, Thai seafood, pizza, spaghetti or whatever you would like to have for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For locals as well as international tourists and expats, one of the favourite restaurant is Nikitas Beach Restaurant with its mixture of Asian and Western culinary delights, located right at the beginning of the Rawai Beach stretch.
From Rawai beach you can plan a trip to Koh Lon, Koh Bon, Coral Island or Racha islands. Easy to reach with your motorbike, you can change the scenery by enjoying a day on Nai Harn Beach and finish it at Cape Promthep.
The name Rawai derives from the Thai word “Rao Wai” which translates into “I Pray”. This has a lot to do with the legend which says that Buddha, leaving a “footprint” on the island in front of the famous Cape Promthep, set foot on Phuket where today is the village of Rawai.Related Links: Phuket Beaches | Tourist Spots | Nearby Rawai Tourist Spots