Rawai and Nai Harn beach pictures

These two beaches are the place to go if you want to escape the mass tourism seen elsewhere on Phuket, and there’s a good reason why the area is popular with local residents. These pictures of Rawai and Nai Harn beach show an altogether quieter, less glamorous side of Phuket that is unpretentious and also far less developed.

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Rawai and Nai Harn sights

Rawai and Nai Harn beaches are found at the southern tip of Phuket. Nai Harn is the prettier and more laid-back of the two, yet Rawai is good for seafood and is a popular departure point for speedboat trips to the nearby islands of Bon, Coral, and the Phi Phi and Racha groups.

With a sweeping bay and lovely island views, Rawai is especially popular with European visitors and is much less developed than certain other beaches on Phuket. It has a decent selection of restaurants, bakeries, cafes, pubs, and herbal saunas. Pictures of Rawai Beach are typified by a quiet, almost deserted, beach, which is okay for sunbathing under the radar.

Nai Harn Beach, farther west, is gorgeous and fronted by temple land along much of its length and is more popular with the locals.

Nearby Promthep Cape is a scenic promontory between the two beaches and is popular for taking pictures, especially at sunset, although it does get a little crowded with tour buses. If you want to get pictures of the more rugged side of Phuket, this is the area to head for.

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