Rawai beach is not suitable for swimming because of a certain amount of sharp dead coral and the abundance of speedboats who bring snorkelers to the nearby islands. The views, however, are spectacular when the sun goes down and the locally served seafood is just mouthwatering. A few establishments along the beach road do get a nice crowd in during sunset hours and it’s the perfect time to mingle with locals, expats and other tourists visiting the area. Next to Rawai Pier is a Sea Gypsy village of the local Moken population selling about anything that’s available regarding seafood. Another attraction nearby is the Phuket Seashell Museum.