Chalong Bay are popular residential area South of Phuket town. Chalong has long been well known from its long pier, from where hundreds of boats start every morning to the nearby Islands. A new marina is under construction for private yachts, so the bay will be even busier in the future. Protected from the Monsoon winds and with almost no waves, Chalong Bay is very safe for boats to anchor. The pier is just a few minutes away from Mangosteen Resort & Ayurveda Spa which makes the resort attractive for divers. Right next to the pier, one of Phuket’s most famous seafood restaurants “Kan Eang @ Pier”, presents all kind of fresh seafood and great, spicy Thai food. Chalong Circle connects the area directly to Kata Beach and to the main road along the West Coast, all the way up to Patong Beach.
Rawai Beach is a popular place for the locals to hang out and relax on weekends, with many laid back waterfront restaurants. Try Nikita’s Restaurant, the most popular spot right on the beach, offering Thai and Italian dishes. Nowadays, you will also find plenty of open air bars and even some nightclubs. The fresh fish market is another well-known attraction in Rawai, right next to the relatively new pier on the east side of Rawai Beach.
Rawai is also offering easy transportation by speed- or longtailboat to the Islands nearby. Coral Island for example is easy to reach and a recommendation, especially during monsoon season. Swimming is safe all year, small beach front restaurants are available for lunch and drinks. Bon Island and Racha can also be reached from Rawai.