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Racha Islands

Koh Racha Island

Lying about 20kms south of Phuket, the Racha Islands comprise two islands, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi. To confuse matters they are also known as Koh Raya Yai and Koh Raya Noi (Yai means “big” in Thai and as you may have already guessed, noi means “little”).

The islands possess crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. They are very popular with divers and snorkellers, with challenging dive sites for advanced divers as well as plenty for beginners and snorkellers.

Racha Yai:

Closest to Phuket is Racha Yai. The island is mostly inhabited by muslim farmers and fishermen. This island is also where all the accommodation is located.

The main beach, on the island’s northwest coast, is Ao Tawan Tok (also known as Ao Bungalow), which is located in a u-shaped bay. The sand here is snow white and has the consistency of talcum powder. There are a few bungalow resorts and restaurants located here, including the 5-star The Racha.

Like many islands in the area, Racha Yai is popular with day-trippers from Phuket and Ao Bungalow can get a little busy in the afternoons. However, at night the island is pretty quiet with only a few restaurants and bars. The lack of bright lights means that the night sky is light up with stars, great for stargazing on the beach.

Racha Noi:

A little to the south of Racha Yai is its smaller twin, Racha Noi. This island is uninhabited and has more rocks than beaches. There is a small bay on its west coast that is a favourite spot for fishing, but apart from diving there is little else to do here.

Accommodation

There are a few bungalow and resort operations on Racha Yai, as well as a more upmarket resort called The Racha.

Activities

Racha island

The main activities here are scuba diving and snorkelling. Racha Yai’s east coast has a bay that is fine for diving even during the rainy-season. Visibility can be as as good as 30m.

Racha Noi is more suited to experienced divers as the sites are at greater depths. There are some sites where larger marine creatures, manta rays in particular, are regularly spotted.

See more information on scuba diving

Travelling to the Racha Islands

Day-trips are organised by tour operators and can be arranged at a travel agent. If you want to stay overnight, boats can be chartered from Rawai or Chalong Pier. The journey time is about 2 hours in a long-tail boat, though speedboats may make the journey in 1 hour.

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Сергей March 8, 2014
Очень красивый остров, близко от пхукета, полчаса на спидботе. Прогуляйтесь от пляжа на противоположную сторону острова - виды чудесные
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Kae ® March 4, 2012
The best place in Phuket
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Oleg January 4, 2014
Райский пляж с белым песком
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Panitee August 3, 2011
Good place for begin your dive !!!
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Sari May 9, 2011
Please don't give bread to fish cos it 'll destroy ecosystem. Fish from elsewhere coming for bread while local fish fade away and maybe never come back...
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Piyaploy August 1, 2010
Don't forget to bring bread crumb to feed fishes!! And waterproof camera is needed too
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Rahul September 5, 2013
This is the best Snorkelling beach in the Phuket Day Trips. If you cannot go to Similian Islands due to weather (June to October) then visit Raya Island. Skip Phi Phi. Its hyped.
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Tim June 22, 2013
A must to see.... sit and have ice cream with friends
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Sakda. June 10, 2012
หาดสวย น้ำใสมาก...
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SiauHwa June 7, 2012
You can see the locals building their boat there if you are lucky.
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SiauHwa June 7, 2012
A good place for leisure, relaxing.
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Natalia April 16, 2012
The Raya bay best place for snorkeling
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Popz Zephyrous April 15, 2012
Beautiful and peaceful island. Good for relaxing.
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Popz Zephyrous April 15, 2012
น้ำใสสีสวยมาก
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Jome March 19, 2012
ดำน้ำดูปะการัง
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Panitan February 26, 2012
the racha resort is a must so private
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Siegfrid April 10, 2011
About one hour boat trip from Chalong
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Siegfrid April 10, 2011
About one hour boat trip from Chalong
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Siegfrid April 10, 2011
About one hour boat trip from Chalong
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