Most visitors arrive through the idyllic bay known as Ao Tawan Tok and rarely could you ask for a prettier introduction to a holiday. The glistening sand and shimmering waters are enclosed by rich green forest and will make you want to forget about checking into your hotel first. It is important to know that Racha Yai is also known as Raya Yai and sometimes the Racha Islands are referred to as the Raya Islands. With the confusion of double names avoided you can be sure you are in fact staying in the right place. Walking is the choice of transportation and this encourages you to explore all parts of Racha Yai. Find a bay you like and relax for the afternoon. Unlike mainland Phuket, jet skis and parasailing are banned here so there are no irritating distractions.
Thanks to the unique geography of the island, even during bad weather there is usually a location suitable to dive or snorkel at. With magnificent coral forests and sloping reefs the underwater beauty here is truly spectacular. At Ter Bay there is even a wreck to explore for the more adventurous. The uninhabited but close by Racha Noi is also a diving highlight and can be accessed via boat. With so much to keep you busy, it's likely you won't spend much time in our Koh Racha hotels.
To get to Racha Yai a chartered boat from either Ao Chalong or Rawai can be caught from mainland Phuket.Image from rumpleproofskin
Hotels in Ko Racha Yai start at AU$413 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.