Racha Yai Island

Racha Yai Island, Phuket
Racha Yai Island (Koh Racha Yai) is the bigger of the two Koh Racha, which lay to the south of Phuket Island. This more prominent island is less than 18 kilometers (11 miles) from the southern tip of Phuket at Promthep Cape, with the smaller one, Koh Racha Noi, about 26 kilometers (16 miles) south. Additionally, the Phi Phi Islands sit about 47 kilometers (29 miles) to the east-northeast of Racha Yai.

The island itself is just less than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) long and 1.8 kilometers (just over 1 mile) at its widest point. There are roughly 14 kilometers (9 miles) of coastline, but only a few beaches with sand. The majority of the island has a rocky coast.
The Beaches
There are two excellent beaches on Koh Racha Yai: Patok Beach and Siam Bay. Both are particularly beautiful, surrounded by hills, and sitting in a deep bay, with stunning views that could be the highlight of your trip to Phuket.

  • Patok Beach is about 250 meters (273 yards) long and 47 meters (51 yards) wide. Relatively wide compared to most beaches on Phuket Island! The sand is soft, deep, and generally clean. There is also a small boat pier. Be careful while swimming or snorkeling, as there are underwater rocks. Snorkeling is quite good around the rocks at both ends of the beach.
  • Siam Bay is just a short walk away from Patok Beach and is much less crowded. You'll also get some pretty good snorkeling on this beach. There are also many submerged rocks, so it can be hurtful if walking barefoot.
  • * There is a spot named the 'Yai Dive Spot' on the northeast side of the island. The reviews are good, especially from beginning divers for this spot. There, you'll find some sunken boats and other items which make it a haven for fish. You can expect to see countless different fish during your dive. Snorkeling is highly rated as well in that area!
    Where to stay in Racha Yai Island?
  • The Racha Resort, on Patok Beach, is a 5-star resort with glowing reviews about rooms, views, staff, and food at the restaurant. They have a 35-meter-long (38 yards) swimming pool with a wet bar. Do not miss out on the yoga and the breakfast buffet! Rooms start at around 6,000 Thai Baht.
  • The Rayaburi Island Resort is a budget option, close to Siam Bay, with a starting price of about 2,500 Thai Baht. This 3-star hotel does not get rave reviews. However, as long as your expectations are not too high, it is a cheap place to stay!