Rawai Self-Guided Tour, Phuket, Phuket (Self Guided)

Rawai Beach, one of the most popular beaches of Phuket, is a choice place for vacation and rest. The beach’s white sands are soft under your feet, and the warm clear water is perfect for swimming. You can choose from Thai, European, and Mediterranean restaurants and bars when you wish to eat. You can also visit some unique cultural attractions. Take this self-guided tour to discover Rawai Beach at its best.
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Rawai Self-Guided Tour, Phuket Map

Guide Name: Rawai Self-Guided Tour, Phuket
Guide Location: Thailand » Phuket (See other walking tours in Phuket)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: irenes
Sea Shell Museum

1) Sea Shell Museum

Along with breath taking beaches, stunning landscapes, Phuket is famous for one other reason. It is home to one of the world’s most splendid private museums. And to every ones delight this private museum is open to everyone. Evident from its name, the Sea Shell Museum displays and exhibits sea shells. Although, display involving sea shells might not sound like a big deal, the collections of the Sea Shell Museum are renowned world over. For over forty years, the Patamakanthin brothers, have travelled all over land and sea to collect the rarest of the rare, pearls and shells.

Whether you are an avid shell collector or not, once you lay your eyes on this collection, you will know exactly how precious they are. Well organized and aptly labeled, the Shell Museum has a proud collection of over 2000 pieces. The Museum is not just about sea shells and clams, there are some very unique artifacts that can be only seen in this museum. The Sea Shell Museum is one of the few places in the world where you can see a golden pearl (140 karat!!), the rare left handed Noble Volute and a fossil dating back 380 million years.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 8 am – 6 pm
Wat Sawang Arom

2) Wat Sawang Arom

Phuket is one of Thailand’s most famous tropical islands and has a plethora of beautiful beaches that tourists flock to. But it has a lot more to offer in the way of a very rich religious and cultural heritage. Most of its population being Thai-Buddhist, it has around 40 temples, or ‘Wats’, as they are known.

The Wat Sawang Arom is one of these temples, situated in Amphoe Muang, about 500m from the Rawai beach. It is an integral part of the lives of the villagers in Rawai and other nearby villages. It serves as a community center for the people, with an adjoining school whose students include the children who were victims of the 2004 tsunami.

It is a small and simple temple, but has beautiful architecture, mainly depicting the Dharma wheel. It symbolizes the endless cycle of birth and rebirth according to Buddhism. The noble eightfold path taught by Buddha is represented by the wheel’s eight spokes. Buddha image sculpting is practiced here, an art that has been passed down from the Ban Chang Lor school. In addition, the temple walls are covered with paintings portraying the life of Buddha. This Wat is also known to have almost 300 pieces of the collection of Nang Yai, a master of shadow play. It is a must see for any tourist who wants a glimpse into the lives and history of the locals.
Chao Le

3) Chao Le

Chao Le, also known as the Sea Gypsy Village, is also at Rawai Beach. The Sea Gypsies are a population of nomadic fishermen who are believed to be Melanesian. You will be surprised by all the sorts of fish and seafood you can find here. You can purchase fish fresh, grilled, baked, or fried. A visit to the Chao Le Village will put you in touch with Thai cuisine and culture. Since the village is well-known among locals, you can ask anyone for directions if you have trouble locating it.
Rawai Pier

4) Rawai Pier

The Pier is a popular spot among the locals. They frequently choose it as a meeting point because it is easy to find. The Sea Gypsy Village is located near the pier, so visitors to the village contribute to the crowd in the area. Though crowded, evening is beautiful here, the sunset is spectacular and the sky is so clear you feel as if you could touch it. If you are on vacation with someone special, this is a perfect place to have some time together.
Nikita's Bar

5) Nikita's Bar

Nikita’s bar is a meeting point popular with locals. Nikita’s Bar is seafront situated with an amazing sea view. You will also be able to see Ko Bon Island and numerous fishing boats. Nikita’s cocktails, snacks, and extensive menu options will satisfy your appetite. The authentic local Thai cuisine, icy cold beers, sweet fruit shakes, selected wines, and strong coffees complement the genuine Thai hospitality Nikita’s Bar offers its patrons.
Rawai Beach

6) Rawai Beach (must see)

Visitors who are passionate about the beach will find Rawai a paradise! Rawai was the first tourist-arranged beach in all of Phuket, with visitors traveling long distances to come here. Enjoy the seaside, take a trip on a long-tail boat, check out the surrounding islands, bask in the sun, and enjoy the freedom of vacation with no worries. The view and the sense of peace you will have will be unforgettable!

Walking Tours in Phuket, Thailand

Create Your Own Walk in Phuket

Create Your Own Walk in Phuket

Creating your own self-guided walk in Phuket is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Places of Worship, Phuket

Places of Worship, Phuket

Phuket is the pearl of Thailand. Many churches, temples, wats, religious monuments, and artifacts dot the city. These buildings have detailed architecture and bright colours, forming scenes that you’ll carry with you even after you have left Thailand. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most popular local places of worship. Be prepared to let their beauty inspire you.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
A Seashore Walk in Phuket

A Seashore Walk in Phuket

A vacation in Thailand is not complete without some time spent swimming in the sea, enjoying views of the bay and the islands, and letting the sun warm your skin. Phuket and its shoreline are breathtaking. Take this self-guided tour to explore different spots along the shore.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Chalong Self-Guided Tour, Phuket

Chalong Self-Guided Tour, Phuket

The coast's largest bay, as well as of the entire Phuket Island, is Chalong. From an entertainment perspective, Chalong is an ideal destination. A multitude of attractions await your visit. Restaurants, bars, entertainment complexes, and the shoreline all have something unique to offer you. Take this tour to discover some of the top places to experience Thai culture here.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Nightlife on Bangla Road, Patong, Phuket

Nightlife on Bangla Road, Patong, Phuket

If you want to experience what Phuket nightlife means, make your way to Patong Beach. It is the most famous clubbing region of the entire island. A great number of bars, restaurants, discos and other nightlife venues are all calling you! One of the most popular areas is Bangla Road, with plenty of little sois on it. You will never be disappointed by Patong nightspots! So what are you waiting for?

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km
Popular Phuket Temples Self-Guided Tour

Popular Phuket Temples Self-Guided Tour

Phuket itself is a landmark, with numerous attractions, countless temples dedicated to the saints and gods and goddesses, places of architectural interest, and cultural venues. Famous throughout the world for their architectural styles and bright colours, Thai Buddhist temples will leave you impressed for a long period of time. Prepare to be impressed and take the following self-guided tour to...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Historic Sights of Phuket, Walking Tour

Historic Sights of Phuket, Walking Tour

As an independent country, Thailand is young, but the roots of its nation and traditions are deep and centuries-old. Phuket is an amazing city that offers diverse attractions and entertainment. Taking this walking tour will help you discover the town's best museums and historic landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Phuket for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Phuket has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Phuket, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.