Rawai Beach, located on the island's southernmost tip, is possibly the most famous beach in all of Phuket, and for good reason. Rawai is widely recognized as the beach that first attracted tourists to Phuket, harkening back to the island’s earliest days when even locals would drive down to enjoy the white sands, blue waters, waving palm trees and all around good atmosphere.
Today, the area is home to a great number of fine hotels and restaurants, serving incredible Thai and European dishes at great prices. The area is also home to a vibrant nightlife scene, with many establishments open until the early hours. Rawai is also the embarkation point for many boat trips to nearby islands.
Although Rawai isn't really a lounging beach in the modern era, Rawai Beach is the spiritual home of Phuket Seafood, and you sit directly on the beach tables and sample the finest seafood the island has to offer at great value prices.
Hidden Beaches in Phuket - Yanui Beach
Ya Nui Beach is a great place to go for those seeking sand, sun and sea in Phuket and really is one of those hidden beaches in Phuket. The beach is fairly small but offers fantastic watersports, including snorkeling, scuba diving and more. Depending on the time of year that one is visiting, guests might be able to rent sun loungers.
These are quite comfortable and reasonably priced at just 200 baht per day. There is also a nice restaurant that sets up during the high season, offering Thai staples and some seafood dishes at slightly inflated (it is on a beach, after all) but still reasonable prices.
If you ever find this beach, located between Rawai and Nai Harn, you will absolutely love it!