Rawai & Chalong Bay
Chalong Bay are popular residential area South of Phuket town. Chalong has long been well known from its long pier, from where hundreds of boats start every morning to the nearby Islands. A new marina is under construction for private yachts, so the bay will be even busier in the future. Protected from the Monsoon winds and with almost no waves, Chalong Bay is very safe for boats to anchor. The pier is just a few minutes away from Mangosteen Resort & Ayurveda Spa which makes the resort attractive for divers. Right next to the pier, one of Phuket’s most famous seafood restaurants “Kan Eang @ Pier”, presents all kind of fresh seafood and great, spicy Thai food. Chalong Circle connects the area directly to Kata Beach and to the main road along the West Coast, all the way up to Patong Beach.
Rawai Beach is a popular place for the locals to hang out and relax on weekends, with many laid back waterfront restaurants. Try Nikita’s Restaurant, the most popular spot right on the beach, offering Thai and Italian dishes. Nowadays, you will also find plenty of open air bars and even some nightclubs. The fresh fish market is another well-known attraction in Rawai, right next to the relatively new pier on the east side of Rawai Beach.
Rawai is also offering easy transportation by speed- or longtailboat to the Islands nearby. Coral Island for example is easy to reach and a recommendation, especially during monsoon season. Swimming is safe all year, small beach front restaurants are available for lunch and drinks. Bon Island and Racha can also be reached from Rawai.
Phuket Big Buddha & Chalong Temple
The two most iconic Phuket attractions, the famous Big Buddha and the largest Buddhist temple “Wat Chalong” are both very close to the Mangosteen Resort and can be visited in a half day excursion. The Phuket Big Buddha can even be seen from the resort’s reception and with breathtaking panoramic views, is certainly worth a visit.
Phuket Town has a rich heritage, based on times when tin was a valuable metal. Sino-colonial mansions, Buddhist and Chinese Temples, ornate and beautifully preserved shophouses and nowadays a newly developing nightlife scene in freshly renovated pubs and cafes, often with live music at night.
Phuket View Points
All major Phuket viewpoints are located in Phuket’s South, the popular Sunset Viewpoint at “Promthep Cape”, the “Windmill Viewpoint” next to Nai Harn Beach, the Kata viewpoint overlooking 3 of Phuket’s beaches, the Phuket Big Buddha and in Phuket Town, the Rang Hill Viewpoint.
A short ride with our free beach shuttle will get you to Nai Harn Beach, located in a National Park. With its crystal clear water and beautiful surrounding hills and view to Phromthep Cape, the beach remains on of Phuket’s best beaches. Free from engine noise and less commercial than other beaches, watch the Paragliders sailing down from the nearby hills.
Rawai & Chalong Bay
Stroll along the many seafood restaurants on Rawai Beach, mingle with local expats at the many bars in the area and simply enjoy the laid back atmosphere of Rawai, the former fishing village at the South end of Phuket Island. Visit Chalong pier the main starting point for many dive and snorkel excursions.
South Coast Experience
The Mangosteen Resort & Ayurveda Spa is founding member of the Rawai Nai-Harn business association. The member businesses organize local events like the “Rawai Nai-Harn Health & Fitness Festival” and offer benefits to member card holders.