Photo: Low tide at Rawai.

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Rawai Beach

Better known for its restaurants, Rawai has only a few hotels and guesthouses to choose from. By Phuket standards, this is a very low-key destination.

Rawai Beach Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
42 Moo 6 Viset Rd, Rawai Beach
T: (076) 613 727

Set just about at the centre of Rawai Beach, you can let out a sigh once you step onto the Rawai Beach Resort. It doesn't feel like a typical resort as all rooms are set in three white townhouses. Rooms are spotless and have air-con, TV, WiFi, fridge, balconies and safety deposit boxes. Upon check in you get a complimentary fruit basket and deluxe rooms have bathtubs. The pool is quite small but... Read our full review of Rawai Beach Resort.

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Rawai Boutique Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
61/9 Moo 6, Soi Kok Makham, Viset Road
T: (076) 61 3877

This place would be a nine if not for the very out-of-the-way location. It is a retreat in a local, back area of Rawai. Exquisite gardens surround eight identical bungalows at this very secure resort. Built in 2010, the large bungalows are modern yet very natural looking with stone interiors and large, semi-firm beds covered with comfortable white duvets. Bathrooms are very nicely equipped but... Read our full review of Rawai Boutique Resort.

Dudi & Bubi (D & B)
Backpacker - Under 600B
57/4 Moo 6 Viset Road
T: (076) 28 8309

A new addition for 2011, D & B Bungalows is our choice for budget accomodation in Rawai. The rooms are very colourful and comfortable though not new and receive only a slither of sunlight. They have everything one needs in the heat of Phuket — air-con, fan, TV, free WiFi and the building sits just across from the beach. The low-key bar and restaurant at the front is ideal for meeting a diverse... Read our full review of Dudi & Bubi (D & B).

Mai's Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
48/24 M.2 Viset Road
T: (083) 388 0508

If you get into Phuket late and are looking to take a boat early from Rawai the next day, Mai's is your best choice. Located at the northern end of Rawai on the main road from Ao Chalong and just steps from the beach, Mai's is impeccably clean with friendly staff. Built in 2010, the guesthouse is really a townhouse among other similar properties along the road. All four rooms are fitted with... Read our full review of Mai's Guesthouse.

No-name Guesthouse (formerly Lin Guesthouse)
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
64/21 Moo 6, Rawai Beach
T: (076) 613 764

On the way into Rawai from Kata or Nai Harn beaches, it's impossible to miss this day-glo yellow guesthouse. The two-year-old guesthouse has keycard access and its spotless rooms have all the usual modcons — satellite TV, hot water showers, air-con, and fridge. Each of the spacious rooms has sliding glass doors leading on to a big balcony — the upper floors have a semi-view of the beach.... Read our full review of No-name Guesthouse (formerly Lin Guesthouse).

Rawai Beach Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
104/9 Moo 6 Soi Ban Promthep
T: (085) 781 1137

Rawai Beach Guesthouse is located just outside the southern end of town on the road to Laem Phromthep and is a great option for those travelling solo. The two-storey house is over a decade old but the current owner opened in 2010 and has everything covered. Rooms are massive and some of the private bathrooms even bigger. Rooms on the second floor have spacious sitting decks and great views of... Read our full review of Rawai Beach Guesthouse.

Backpacker - Under 600B
52/11 Moo 6 Soi Cokmaken
T: (081) 416 1072

This guesthouse is down a street off Viset Road where a few new places have been built since 2008. The friendly owner has opened just a handful of rooms in his home. They lack character but all have a decent bed with air-con, fan and TV with foreign channels. There are massive rooms in the back big enough for four which also have bathtubs. The house was full at the time as it is a good budget... Read our full review of Rawaitan.

Thai Palace Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
52/8 Moo 6, Viset Road
T: 076) 28 8042

The Thai Palace has 36 rooms but feel more low-key. Located just off the main beach road, the resort's rooms are massive. Built in 2010, the resort has four types of room surrounding a fantastic pool with rock waterfall and underwater bar stools. The rest of the property is filled with gorgeous orchids making the atmosphere serene despite being hugged by other developments. All rooms come with... Read our full review of Thai Palace Resort.

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Where are you planning on heading to after Rawai Beach? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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