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Rawai in Phuket, Thailand: a place to live in the south of the island

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Rawai is situated in the southernmost part of the island, a popular destination for expatriates from various countries. Travellers are drawn to Rawai’s multicultural community and way of life, which offers more than just a holiday in Phuket. Additionally, the stunning Nai Harn beach nearby is widely regarded as one of the island’s main attractions.

Close by are the lesser-known beaches of Ya Nui and Ao Sen, as well as the picturesque Cape Phrom Thep. The cape is one of Phuket’s visual symbols and is featured on every province’s number plate.

Rawai is an area that is ideal for long-term visitors. It has been completely rebuilt and has the necessary infrastructure for a comfortable life, including beauty salons, shops with familiar European products, kindergartens, educational institutions, a beach with beautiful boats at low tide, and restaurants serving the freshest seafood.

Yulia Korshunova Yulia Korshunova Tranio's Real Estate Expert in Southeast Asia
Cape Phrom Thep in Rawai is the southernmost point of Phuket
Cape Phrom Thep in Rawai is the southernmost point of Phuket redart14 / Shutterstock

Rawai doesn’t have as many large hotels as you might expect, but the area does offer a wide range of resort villages with excellent villas and modern condominiums that are popular with tourists and expats alike.

This is a popular area for family living and recreation, particularly for those seeking a more active lifestyle than the typical hotel-beach route. It offers a level of comfort comparable to that of Laguna, but with a more relaxed and democratic atmosphere.

Property for sale in Rawai 62 listings on Tranio
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Completion in: 2026.II Total of 172 apartments

Apartments with terraces, swimming pool and sea views, 150 meters to the beach, Rawai, Thailand for From $107,000 From $107,000
Apartments with terraces, swimming pool and sea views, 150 meters to the beach, Rawai, Thailand

Built in 2020 Total of 48 apartments

Modern villa with a pool in Rawai, Muang Phuket, Phuket, Thailand for $335,000 $335,000
Modern villa with a pool in Rawai, Muang Phuket, Phuket, Thailand

Total area 180 m² Land area: 300 m²

Villas with private pools, in a complex with large infrastructure, 30 metres from Rawai Beach, Phuket for From $519,000 From $519,000
Villas with private pools, in a complex with large infrastructure, 30 metres from Rawai Beach, Phuket

Completion in: 2025.I Total of 22 apartments

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Yield 8.0% Built in 2020

Premium apartments with yields of up to 10%, close to Rawai Beach, Phuket, Thailand for From $137,000 From $137,000
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Completion in: 2025.I Total of 258 apartments

Studio in a new residence with two swimming pools and a restaurant, 800 meters from Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand for $103,000 $103,000
Studio in a new residence with two swimming pools and a restaurant, 800 meters from Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Total area 30 m² 1 bathroom

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Near Nai Harn Beach, there are several renowned resort complexes, including The Nai Harn, Wyndham Grand, and Sansuri. There are also highly sought-after villa communities, such as Baan Bua and Naya.

Nai Harn is my favourite beach in Phuket. At sunset, boats and locals gather at this intimate spot to express gratitude for the day and enjoy the stunning scenery. The sea is calm here, making it perfect for year-round swimming.

Yulia Korshunova Yulia Korshunova Tranio's Real Estate Expert in Southeast Asia

The Rawai boardwalk, referred to as the beach by locals, is renowned for its resort-style condominiums. Additionally, there are various villa complexes, ranging from large to small, such as the Rawai VIP Villas, which feature a children’s club and even a school.

The waterfront is lined with cosy Thai seafood restaurants, popular with both Thais and foreigners, as well as a variety of service businesses. Nai Harn acts as a beach for the residents of the area, and the separation of the beach and residential areas has a positive effect on the atmosphere of Rawai. It eliminates the issue of swimsuits being worn in restaurants.

Boats near the pier and fish market in Rawai
Boats near the pier and fish market in Rawai Chere / Shutterstock

Who is Rawai for?

Each year Rawai reinforces its reputation as one of the best, if not the best, wintering locations in Phuket and local businesses work hard to ensure the infrastructure is up to scratch. However, the neighbourhood is also popular with tourists who prefer to keep the beach separate from their homes.

Foreigners are not permitted to register land plots along with villas as personal property in Thailand. Instead, land rights can only be obtained through a company with Thai participation or through leasehold (right of ownership for a limited period). However, freehold ownership (unlimited right of ownership) of the villa itself is allowed. Apartments in condominiums can be issued either in freehold or leasehold. Many buyers are aware of these conditions and often purchase Thai real estate with leasehold rights to reduce tax payments and property declaration requirements.

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Similar to Kathu, many expat families have resided in Rawai for several decades. Local music bars are a great way to become acquainted with this community.

Tranio has a representative office in Phuket. Our managers and lawyers will organise a turnkey transaction without increasing the purchase cost.

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Places of interest in Rawai

Rawai has several places of interest, including Nai Harn Beach, a promenade with fish restaurants and music bars, Rawai Park children’s centre, Zhu nightclub (formerly Lagoon), a gypsy village, a seafood market at the pier, a mountain with wind turbines, and an observation deck at Cape Phrom Thep.

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Property prices in Rawai

The Rawai property market offers a variety of options, including homes that are close to or further away from the beach, as well as a choice between apartments and villas. The starting price for a studio or one-bedroom apartment is now 120,000 US dollars. Developers may offer discounts during the launch of new projects.

Apartments for sale in Rawai 37 listings on Tranio
Luxury residence with a swimming pool, a restaurant and panoramic views in a prestigious residence, Phuket, Thailand. Price on request Price on request
Luxury residence with a swimming pool, a restaurant and panoramic views in a prestigious residence, Phuket, Thailand

Completion in: 2026.II Total of 172 apartments

Apartments with terraces, swimming pool and sea views, 150 meters to the beach, Rawai, Thailand for From $107,000 From $107,000
Apartments with terraces, swimming pool and sea views, 150 meters to the beach, Rawai, Thailand

Built in 2020 Total of 48 apartments

Villas with private pools, in a complex with large infrastructure, 30 metres from Rawai Beach, Phuket for From $519,000 From $519,000
Villas with private pools, in a complex with large infrastructure, 30 metres from Rawai Beach, Phuket

Completion in: 2025.I Total of 22 apartments

Furnished apartments in a residence with a restaurant, 400 meters from the beach, Phuket, Thailand for From $102,000 From $102,000
Furnished apartments in a residence with a restaurant, 400 meters from the beach, Phuket, Thailand

Yield 8.0% Built in 2020

Premium apartments with yields of up to 10%, close to Rawai Beach, Phuket, Thailand for From $137,000 From $137,000
Premium apartments with yields of up to 10%, close to Rawai Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Completion in: 2025.I Total of 258 apartments

Studio in a new residence with two swimming pools and a restaurant, 800 meters from Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand for $103,000 $103,000
Studio in a new residence with two swimming pools and a restaurant, 800 meters from Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Total area 30 m² 1 bathroom

Turnkey apartments in a prestigious residential complex on Nai Harn Beach, Rawai, Muang Phuket, Thailand for From $206,000 From $206,000
Turnkey apartments in a prestigious residential complex on Nai Harn Beach, Rawai, Muang Phuket, Thailand

Built in 2022 Total of 353 apartments

Premium apartments with tropical gardens and terraces, 8 minutes drive to Nai Harn Beach, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand for From $124,000 From $124,000
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Completion in: 2025.III Total of 46 apartments

The starting price for villas is generally 1,000,000 US dollars. Accommodation is available for short- and long-term rentals in Rawai, which has been a popular area for expats for decades.

Villas for sale in Rawai 25 listings on Tranio
Modern villa with a pool in Rawai, Muang Phuket, Phuket, Thailand for $335,000 $335,000
Modern villa with a pool in Rawai, Muang Phuket, Phuket, Thailand

Total area 180 m² Land area: 300 m²

Villa – Rawai, Phuket, Thailand for $323,000 $323,000
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Yield 7.0% Completion in: 2025

Complex of villas with swimming pools at 400 meters from Rawai Beach, Phuket, Thailand for From $603,000 From $603,000
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Modern Townhouse in Rawai for Sale for $165,000 $165,000
Modern Townhouse in Rawai for Sale

2 bedrooms 3 bathrooms

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