Phuket is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand, which is why it can get crowded especially during peak season. Fortunately, if you find yourself in the middle of numerous tourists in Phuket, you can escape it by heading off to the Racha Islands.
These are located just 20 kilometers away and can be easily reached by getting a private speed boat hire Phuket. There are actually two Racha Islands: Racha Yai and Racha Noi.
Big Island and Small Island
“Yai” translates to “big” in the Thai language while “Noi” means “little”, so it’s easy to determine which island is which in terms of size.
Racha Yai is closer to Phuket and is inhabited mostly by Muslim fishermen and farmers. Accommodations and other facilities in the area are all located in Racha Yai. Racha Noi, on the other hand, is uninhabited and features more rock formations than beaches, although there’s a small bay where local fishermen and foreign anglers can catch fish.
The islands, which can be easily reached by a speed boat hire Phuket, are a fantastic haven where you can retreat when Phuket gets too noisy and crowded. It’s also an excellent place to visit when you want to enjoy a peaceful tropical paradise without getting too far from the modern comforts offered by Phuket.
Making the Most of Your Trip
To fully enjoy the Racha Islands, you’ll want to book one of the best boat tours Phuket to reach the area then spend a day or two in Racha Yai. Here, you’ll get to explore Ao Tawan Tok (also known as Ao Bungalow), which is the island’s main bay and is known for its U-shape as well as its beautiful beach covered with fine white sand. If you have enough time, spend the night on the island so you can sit on the dark beach and observe the stars. Racha Yai isn’t yet too developed and doesn’t have a lot of man-made bright lights, which allows you to have a fully immersive stargazing experience.
The next day, get your snorkeling and/or diving gear and enjoy the clear waters and vibrant marine life around Racha Yai. Don’t forget to rent a boat and head out to Racha Noi. The smaller island is a great choice for more experienced divers since it features greater depths and bigger marine animals like manta rays.
Plan Your Trip Now
The Racha Islands should be a part of your itinerary when you’re in Phuket. Book a boat tour Thailand to Racha Yai and Noi and enjoy their beauty!