Rawai and Phuket
Rawai is the southernmost part of Phuket and is hugely popular with expats and long term visitors from Europe and around the world. Rawai/Nai Harn is home to some of the best beaches and views in Phuket, and the world, yet is quiet and relaxed; far from the pesky Tuk Tuks, tailor shops and busy traffic.
The house location is however very convenient; only 3 minutes to Lotus Tesco, 5 minutes to Villa Market (import foods) and a big Home Pro, and less than 15 minutes to some of the best restaurants on the island, many fun bars and entertainment spots and plenty of local culture like local markets, Phuket old town, etc. and best of all 10 minutes to Nai Harn and the less well know but spectacular, Yaa Nui beaches. Yaa Nui beach is home to probably the best snorkeling on the island and seems to be almost totally overlooked by the tourist crowds.
There are many low cost beach front restaurants along Rawai beach in the evening and a fishing boat pier and fish market where you can buy fresh seafood and have it cooked to your choice in the neighboring restaurants.
For people with families, there are many Thai and international schools in Rawai, Chalong and Phuket town area.
A little further from the house (about 15 minutes) is Central Festival, Phuket’s premier shopping mall. The world famous, anything goes beach/tourist destination, Patong, is about 25 minutes drive. Kata beach is a little closer at about 15 minutes from the house. We are about 30 minutes drive from Phuket International Airport and about 45 minutes from Sarasin Bridge.
Phuket has one of the best climates in Thailand, with clean fresh air from the Andaman sea on most days, moderate temperatures rarely going above 32 or below 25 and fairly consistent rainfall throughout the year which keeps everything green and fresh and the gardens looking green.