Rawai has plenty of places to see, activities to enjoy and attractions to discover, the hustle and bustle of life is sure to captivate and fascinate everyone whether living here or visiting as a tourist. Take a long-tail boat out to explore secluded beaches, feast upon delicious seafood or horse-ride through the jungle – these are just some of the fantastic choices available in this part of the island.
Once a small village the area of Rawai has seen a lot of development over the past few years and these days there is an abundance of hotels, restaurants and shops. It's a favourite with expats seeking a friendly community in which to bring up their families and buy houses and a beautiful location that offers a slower pace of life than you might find elsewhere.
For sunbathing and swimming Na Harn Beach is the place to be as Rawai Beach is a working beach with fishing boats, speed boats and not suitable for swimming. There are still plenty of opportunities for those who love the ocean however, and one of the favourites is to hire a traditional long-tail boat and spend the day on one of the nearby beautiful islands of Koh Lone, Koh Hae, or Koh Coral. The Andaman Sea is calm and clear and you can feed the fish in the cool clear waters, snorkel, swim or simply sunbathe. It's also possible to hire a boat for a few hours to go fishing or take a trip out to sea and admire the beautiful views. Rawai Beach itself is also a popular place to sit and appreciate the sea views whilst enjoying a seafood grill at one of the local beach restaurants.
The Sea Gypsy village has a seafood market every day with the fresh catch of the day and is located just next to Rawai pier, it's a colourful scene to observe and a great opportunity for photographs so worth a visit. You can also buy fresh fish or shellfish and take it over to the restaurant where they'll cook it for you there and then.
One of the main reasons people are attracted to Rawai is for the opportunity to train in the martial art of Muay Thai, now one of the most fashionable spectator sports in Thailand. People arrive from all over the world to learn how to box Thai style and have the chance to get in the ring with a professional Thai fighter. Fitness and health are a significant part of life in this area as can be seen by the growing number of Muay Thai training camps, spas, saunas and yoga retreats.
There are ample activities for relaxation, including Phuket Horse Riding Club that provides guided adventures on horseback amidst the jungles and beaches of Rawai. Or Thai cooking packages designed to guide you effortlessly through the entire process of growing vegetables, shopping at a local market and learning how to make your favourite Thai dishes.
The only museum in this area is the Phuket Seashell Museum with a display of sea shells and fossils that are remarkable and beautiful. Some of the exhibits are quite rare and exceptional and there's a little shop to buy a gift or two.