Photo: Low tide at Rawai.

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Eat and meet

Rawai Beach

Rawai’s beach road is scattered with small bars and restaurants and the sea gypsy village on the northeastern end of Rawai Beach is an interesting place to visit.

The Recycle
64/2 Moo 6 Viset Road
T: (089) 729 5199

This unusual spot is nestled at an awkward intersection at the southwestern end of the main beach road. The advertised steaks are quite popular and the family who owns the joint make a mean iced coffee. They shut down during low season to scour Thailand for interesting materials to add to their completely recycled shack. The décor alone is a worth a visit. Keep an eye out for it when... Read our full review of The Recycle .

Mando Beach Club
43 Moo 6 Viset Road
T: (081) 311 8189

Serving primarily Western mains, this is the perfect place to sip a glass of wine and watch the sun set, though it is quite popular for lunch too. Very well regarded for its steaks and ribs makes it a comforting change from the beachside mat scene by the waterfront — though they would still be our first choice to be honest. Mando Beach Club is about half way along the Rawai Beach road... Read our full review of Mando Beach Club.

Sea Gypsy Village (Baan Chao Thai Mai)

Primarily Muslim, residents stem from Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma and Thailand and now host one of the area’s largest fish markets. Large tanks hold fresh fish, crab, prawns and lobster. Prices start at 150B and go as high as 2,000B. Make your pick and take it to one of the nearby restaurants for barbecueing — just 100B. You’ll find the village at the northern end of Rawai, just follow the... Read our full review of Sea Gypsy Village (Baan Chao Thai Mai).

Rawai Beach road

Popular both for lunch and dinner, we preferred it for lunch as you’re better placed to enjoy the lovely seaside view. The comprehensive menu covers all the Thai favourites along with a selection of western dishes and we found the food to be reasonable, though the Thai dishes are toned down a little for foreigners. The staff are friendly. If you’re not into sitting on a grass mat for lunch,... Read our full review of Nikita's.

Pakbang Food Centre

Though all stalls along the beach have English menus, you might get something even better by just pointing to what the Thai person next to you is eating. Each stall bears similar food and the seating arrangement is pillows and mats with a view of the bay — one vendor now even has WiFi! The only nuisance here are the flies and stray dogs — they like the food too. Little separates one... Read our full review of Pakbang Food Centre.

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Where to next?

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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