We knew Rawai was not a swimming beach when we booked our 9 night stay and it was exactly as we expected. It is a working beach with small fishing and tourist boats going in and out all day. There is a great choice of restaurants and bars lining the street that runs parallel with the beach. You can get away from the sometimes quite busy road at either end and I would recommend you take a stroll along the track at the south end, past the market and boat repairers, to the line of restaurants with verandas over the beach, very good food at good prices.
Nai Harn and Ya Nui beaches are both excellent swimming beaches and only 5-10 mins drive away, so, stay in Rawai for the restaurants and access to other islands and visit these beaches for swimming.
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