This isn't really a swimming beach. What you can find there in profusion, right on the beach, are small restaurants and food stalls selling grilled seafood. At the eastern end, is a Sea Gypsy village where there's a daily market selling fresh fish and prawns, straight from the fi shermen's nets. This is a great place to rent a longtail boat to visit nearby islands. Neighbouring Chalong Beach is similar to Rawai with more tour boats, lots of dive shops and a few excellent seafood restaurants. It features the longest pier on the island.