This isn’t a swimming beach. What you can find here in profusion, right on the beach, are restaurants selling all kinds of seafood. At the eastern end, is a Sea Gypsy village where there’s a daily market selling fresh fish and prawns, straight from the fishermen’s nets. Select your seafood and have it cooked for you (for a small price) in one of the restaurants lining the other side of the road. 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, some dive shops, a couple of yacht clubs and a few good seafood restaurants. It features the longest pier on the island and is where many yacht charters depart from.