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Baan Hat Rawai Restaurant
Like most of the southern beaches, this beach is not suited to bathing. The beach is sandy with a little shingle. It slopes very gently into the sea. The shallow seabed is rocky.
The real attraction of Rawai is the views and the food.
From Rawai Beach you have great views out upon the islands of Koh Bon, Koh He (Coral Island), Koh Lon and Koh Aeo. In the distance, you can see Koh Racha Yai.
Longtails and speedboats line the beach. You can rent them to go and explore the islands.
Rawai used to be a very popular eating-place frequented by both Thais and foreigners where you could sit on mats on the beach and eat from low tables. The municipality have recently built a walkway along the beach and they have stopped the restaurants from serving food on the beach. The tables have all been moved onto the new walkway.
The restaurants still serve excellent fresh seafood and other Thai dishes at very reasonable prices.
In some ways it is an improvement. It helps to keep the beach clean and the dining conditions were a little basic. It used to be nice to eat under the trees on the beach but the sand can easily get into your food and flies are sometimes an irritation.
If you want to eat in a little more comfort then there is the very nice Baan Hat Rawai restaurant at the west end of the beach or Nikitas at the east end of the beach..
At the far east end of the beach is a fresh seafood market and a Sea Gypsy village. There are also a number of shell shops.
How to Get There
You should not have much trouble finding this beach. It is well signposted and the road runs parallel to the beach. The easiest way is to take the road from Chalong Circle.
There are a few small hotels here and also some budget accommodation.
See our Accommodation section for more advice about finding rooms.