Rawai Beach

Phuket Beaches - South East


Lying beyond Leamka Cape, the route to Rawai Beach runs through thick coconut plantations permitting visitors to enjoy the nature and the sea. Rawai's rocky foreshore at low tide is a magnet for shell collectors. Next to it is a sea gypsy village. Thirty minutes offshore are Ko Bon and Ko Hae coral islands. The main hotel on Rawai is the Phuket Island Resort. The beach is not particularly good for swimming but long tail boats leave from here to offshore islands. Being the first resort for recreations in Phuket, its popularity has not waned with the passage of time. On Sundays it is particularly filled with local people in contrast to other beaches favoured by foreign tourists.

In the 17th century, the Dutch, the English, and from the 1680s the French, competed with each other for trade with the island of Phuket (the island was named Junkseilon at that time), which was valued as a very rich source of tin.