Top things to do

Top Choice Viewpoint in Rawai

Laem Phromthep

To see the glittering Andaman Sea wrap around Phuket come to the island’s southernmost point. The cape is crowned by a mod lighthouse shaped like a concrete crab, and an evocative, flower-garlanded elephant shrine, …
Top Choice International in Rawai

Rum Jungle

Arguably Rawai's finest restaurant, this semi-open thatched-roof spot with an exceptional world-beat soundtrack serves elegant Italian and international dishes in a laid-back, intimate setting. Divine made-from-scra…
Top Choice Beach in Rawai

Hat Nai Han

Ask a Phuketian or a local expat for their favourite island beach and many will choose Hat Nai Han. A beautifully curved golden-white crescent on the west side of Laem Phromthep, backed by casuarinas and a seafront …
Distillery in Rawai

Chalong Bay Rum

Chalong, 9km north of Rawai, is home to Phuket's only working distillery, launched by French couple Marine Lucchini and Thibault Spithakis, who bonded over booze – rum, in particular. Upon arrival for the 30-minute …
Buddhist Temple in Rawai

Wat Chalong

Dating back 150 years, Wat Chalong is Phuket's busiest Buddhist temple. Its three-tiered, salmon-pink, 61m-high chedi (a later addition) has 36 golden Buddhas seated, reclining and meditating around its elaborate ex…
International in Rawai

Rock Salt

Waves lap the rocks below your table at this wonderfully scenic terrace restaurant overlooking northern Hat Nai Han. The creative Mediterranean-Thai menu has fun with seasonal, all-organic produce and global influen…
Arts Centre in Rawai

Phuket Art Village

A group of talented Thai artists have come together to set up this bohemian, banyan-shaded arts commune, just off Rawai's main strip. Feel free to wander the wonderfully creative home-studio-galleries packed with (m…
International in Rawai

Unni's

Tucked back from Hat Nai Han, Phuket's cheerful branch of Ko Phi-Phi's much-loved Unni's delivers with its globe-trotting line-up of Buddha bowls, wraps, salads, burgers, Thai favourites and tapas (avocado-feta brus…
Cafe in Rawai

Coffee Tribe

Digital nomads and yoga and moo·ay tai students converge at this fashionably laid-back, health-oriented cafe, whose open-brick walls are decorated with world-wandering number plates. The artistically prepared dishes…
Bar in Rawai

Reggae Bar

Spilling out from an old wooden shed, this creatively cluttered lounge bobbing to classic roots tunes is a leathersmiths by day, then later hosts impromptu jams and erratic concerts, barbecues and parties, featuring…