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A paradise of crystal blue

Imagine a small island of crystal blue sea just minutes from the tumultuous Phuketat thailand…Welcome to Raya Islandalso called Koh Raya or Koh Racha Yai.

In less than 30min by boat from the hustle and bustle of the pier To Chalong visitors arrive at this piece of paradise. Of course, as we are in Phuket, the most visited island in the country, there may be peaks of tourists who come here for the day. But on our visit, at the beginning of the high season, in December, despite the many boats, there was a lot of space on the beach and a lot of tranquility, as we show in this post.


Arrival pier on Raya Island

The island’s main beach is Patok Beach, where the boats arrive and also where most tourists are concentrated. By a small trail, you can reach Siam Bay, an even quieter bay. As I had little time, I ended up staying only in the first one.

Raya Island, one of the best beaches in Phuket, Thailand (Photo: Esse Mundo É Nosso)

Patok Beach on Raya Island

Raya Island has few hotels, one of which is the The Racha, a luxury beachfront resort. It is a great option for those who want to enjoy this beautiful sea just for themselves, before the tourist groups arrive to spend the day. Hotels usually offer a boat transfer between the island and the pier in Phuket (see hotels on the island).

Raya Island, one of the best beaches in Phuket, Thailand (Photo: Esse Mundo É Nosso)

Despite the resort occupying much of the sand, there is a beach club and also some convenience stores in a small street perpendicular to the beach. For the location, expect higher prices than in Phuket, even at the grocery stores.

Raya Island, one of the best beaches in Phuket, Thailand (Photo: Esse Mundo É Nosso)

If you just came to enjoy the day, you can rent an umbrella or stretch your yoke on the sand. Raya is very democratic.

Raya Island, one of the best beaches in Phuket, Thailand (Photo: Esse Mundo É Nosso)

Facing the sea, on the right side of the beach is a hotel (Bungalow Raya Resort) that has a restaurant open to the public and a beautiful view, on top of a rock. Even though I wasn’t a guest, they didn’t mind when I went up there to photograph from the viewpoint that is near the chalets.

Raya Island, one of the best beaches in Phuket, Thailand (Photo: Esse Mundo É Nosso)

Close view of the restaurant

if you like snorkel, the boats that take you there offer the option for you to stay on the beach or go to the other side of the island to dive. It’s your choice!

+ Will you stay in Phuket? See the best discount hotels

I thought Raya Island was so beautiful that I couldn’t leave her out of the post with the best beaches in thailand.


Any agency or kiosk in Phuket (including Patong, Karon or Kata beaches) sells the tour of one day. I took half a day in Coral Island and the other half in Raya Island. Negotiate until you build a fair price. I paid 900 baht (about US$25) with lunch and transfer to the hotel.

Anyway, try to get to Raya Island in the morning or until around 2 pm, which is when the sun’s incidence makes the sea bluer, as in the photos. Afterwards, your only concern will be whether to order coconut water or Chang on the beach.

+ Find discount hotels on the island
+ Discover Coral Island, blue sea 15min from Phuket
+ Koh Khai, three paradise islands close to the city
+ More tips for traveling to Thailand

Rafael Carvalho

A fan of chicken with okra and a good beer from Minas Gerais, he currently lives in São Paulo. He has a degree in Radio and TV, a postgraduate degree in Journalism and has been working with Digital Content for over 16 years. He has worked for companies such as SBT and Jovem Pan FM. Passionate about travel, he founded Esse Mundo É Nosso and travels around Brazil and the world all year round, always looking for tips to share.

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