Things to do

Boat Trips - nearby easily reached by long-tail boat.

Bon Island (Koh Bon) Bon Island Restaurant, famous for it's garlic prawns and fresh fish, is located on the northern tip of the island and is visible from Rawai Beach. Visit their facebook page too!

The Evason Hotel has a resort on the east side of Bon Island.

Buddha Island (Koh Gaew)
Famous for it's temple containing Buddha's 'footprint', Koh Gaew is an important place for the local people to make offerings 'Tam Boon' on important religious days

Coral Island (Koh Hey)
Popular with tourists, Coral or Hey Island lies to the east of Phuket, about 30 minutes by long-tail boat from Rawai or Chalong. The island offers various sea sports, a hotel and various restaurants. 
Lone Island (Koh Lone) 
One of the largest islands in Phuket, lies just off Chalong Bay. 
Cruiser Island Resort is located on the north side of the island. There is a small village on the island too. 

Racha or Raya Island (Koh Racha / Raya)
Popular with divers and well known for it's crystal clear water, Koh Racha, also known as Koh Raya, lies to the south-east of Phuket. Travelling by long-tail boat will take around 45 minutes.  

Boat Trips - further away and therefore better by speed boat.

Maiton Island (Koh Maiton) - Small island with it's own resort.

Naka Island (Koh Naka) - home of the Naka Pearl Farm. 

Phi Phi Island (Koh Phi Phi) - Located between Phuket and Krabi provinces, and made famous by the film "The Beach". Due to its distance it is advisable to spend at least one night there rather than making a day trip.

Yao Island (Koh Yao) - Relatively new as a tourist destination, Koh Yao lies to the north-east of Phuket close to Phang Nga Bay.

Phang Nga Bay (Ao Phang Nga) including James Bond Island (Koh Panyi). This is really more of a sight-seeing trip than a day on the beach. Best approached from Phang Nga itself, taking a long-tail boat through the mangrove forests and limestone rock formations.

Nai Harn Beach 
Beautiful beach located just along the coast from Rawai. There are plenty of restaurants close to the beach where you can relax and watch the sunset.

Ya Nui Beach a small beach lying between Laem Promthep and Nai Harn. Good for swimming and snorkelling followed by lunch at the small restaurant there.

Sunset at Laem Promthep - (sunrise is nice too)
Famous for it's sunsets, Laem Promthep (Promthep Cape) is situated at the southern most point of Phuket and therefore benefits from the ideal location to watch the sun slowly sink into the sea. 
The photo here shows the Cape as it is seen from the sea just off Rawai Beach, and makes a nice end to the day's boat trip.
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Rawai Gym and Fitness 
Feeling overweight after all those wonderful meals in Rawai.? Feeling unfit after lazing around on the beach? Then Rawai Gym is the place for you!

Visit their facebook page too!

Phuket Seashell Museum 
See the World's only left handed Noble Volute shell, and the rare golden pearl the size of a golf ball. 
For a taste of what is available, visit their website:  or read the Bangkok Post article:

There are plenty of ways to go fishing in Phuket. Contact a longtail boat for something simple or join a Deep Sea Fishing Tour. Watch out for fishing tournaments and check out Rawai's own fishing club!

Temples, Shrines and Mosques 
There are several Buddhist Temples in the area, Wat Rawai, Wat Nai Harn and the island temple Wat Koh Kaew. Nearby the famous Wat Chalong and Big Buddha are definitely worth a visit. Further north Wat Luang Supah, Wat Naka, Wat Pratong and several other temples in town.

Phuket's famous Chinese Temples are Jui Dtui Shrine in Phuket Town, Sapam Shrine just outside town, and Kathu Shrine however there are many smaller shrines that can be visited too. See more about Phuket's temples at:

Rawai's closest Mosque can be found near the Muslim community on the left as you leave Rawai heading to Chalong. There are may mosques all over Phuket and local prayer times can be found on IslamicFinder

Thai Boxing - Muay Thai 
There are many boxing camps in Phuket and that includes Rawai's own camp. Visit their website for full information of accommodation and training programs:

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