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There are a handful of spots across Phuket offering truly spectacular views and the best-known is Promthep Cape near Rawai which is a stop for every tour bus on the island.
On a clear day you can see all the way out across the blue waters of the Andaman to Ko Phi-Phi. This is also the best location to watch the sunset.
Both Rawai and nearby Chalong are good spots for deep sea fishing charters that head offshore chasing tuna, marlin, and sailfish, but if you're looking for a more budget orientated option, try Prasert Seri Fishing which runs day-long fishing tours starting at 2,000B per person. For land lubbers, casual horse riding tours can be arranged exploring the area around Rawai Bay through the Phuket Riding Club. Tours are guided and are available from 07:00 to 18:30, costing 650B for one hour and 1,250B for two hours.
For something completely different, the Rawai Muay Thai school offers intensive training programs for the burgeoning young kick-boxer. Perhaps they've chosen this location as it's far from the temptations of Patong and the students are better able to follow the rigorous training schedule. You can try it for one day for 500B, but their courses are really designed for the serious student, with weeklong courses going for 3,000B and month-long courses for 10,000B. The camp is back off the beach at the very far southern end of Ao Chalong, closer to Rawai Beach than the Chalong Pier.
Phuket Riding Club 95 Viset Rd, Rawai. T: (076) 288 213.
Prasert Seri Fishing Tour 11/1 Moo 5, Viset Rd, Rawai. T: (076) 280 932.
Rawai Muay Thai Camp 43/42 Moo 7 Soi Sai Yuan 1 Rd, T: (081) 476 9377. www.rawaimuaythai.com
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 1st February, 2015.