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Phuket Snapshots: Rawai’s Sea Gypsy Village

Curving along the south-eastern tip of Phuket, the northern shore of Rawai beach is the home of sea gypsies known as Chao Lay. The sea is their life and livelihood.

Children splash and shriek floating on plastic ice box lids and pieces of broken board alongside long-tail boats anchored to the beach by long lines, bobbing lazily in turquoise waters.

Rickety wooden stalls hug the beach, facing stores and seafood restaurants across the dirt road dividing beachfront from village. Long strings of varying hued pearls dangle with displays of shell handicrafts blowing in the salty, fish-scented breeze.

A rainbow of freshly caught fish lie lifelessly on metal counters alongside plastic trays packed with shellfish on ice. Over-sized, water-filled tubs placed on the ground in front of stalls crawl with live crabs and crayfish.

Locals and tourists browse and buy seafood then cross the road to one of the open-fronted restaurants where, for a small fee, the kitchen serves it up in the dish of choice.

Check out my post Phuket Snapshots: Rawai Beach and Local Life at Rawai Beach on the informative Jamie’s Phuket Blog.

Also, read the eye-opening article Tourism imperils way of life for Thai sea gypsies to learn about the plight of the Chao Lay.

Children playing in the sea at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Sea Gypsy children playing in the sea

Children playing in the sea at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Sea Gypsy children playing in the sea with ice box lids and pieces of broken board

Beachside vegetable stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Beachside vegetable stall

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Beachside fish stall

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Close up of colorful fish

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Another fish close up

Litle girl's feet show size of giant lobster at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

A little girl’s feet show the size of lobster swimming in a tub at a seafood stall

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Array of fish at a beachside stall

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Close up

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Freshly caught fish on ice

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

More fish

Beachside fish stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Beachside shellfish stall. Prices are in Thai baht per kilo

Children playing at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Children playing behind the stalls

Beachside seafood stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Beachside shellfish stall

Beachside seafood stall at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Close up

Fish trap on the beach at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Fish trap on the beach

Old house at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Old house near the Sea Gypsy village

Long-tail boats moored off the beach at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Long-tail boats (“ruea hang yao” in Thai) moored off the beach

Dead puffer fish stabbed on long-tail boat engine shaft on the beach near the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Dead puffer fish stabbed on the shaft of a long-tail boat engine

Close up of dead puffer fish stabbed on long tail boat engine shaft on the beach near the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Close up of dead puffer fish

Beachside shrine at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Beachside shrine under a tree. Offerings include bottles of red Fanta soda and a model ship to protect the fishermen

Long-tail boats moored off the beach at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Long-tail boats moored off the beach

Fish traps by the beach & long tail boats moored offshore at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Fish traps by the beach

Beached long-tail boats & sleeping fisherman near the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Sleeping fisherman next to beached long-tail boats

Long-tail boats moored off the beach at the Sea Gypsy village, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand

Long-tail boats moored off the beach and children playing in the water


Phuket Snapshots: Rawai Beach

Just around the southern tip of Phuket on the east coast sprawls Rawai beach, a more local scene than the touristy swimming beaches of Kata and Karon.

At low tide long-tail boats, fishing boats and speedboats used for island sightseeing trips, lie stranded on expanses of sand, tethered to the shore by long ropes attached to stakes while locals forage for shellfish in pools among exposed rocks.

Along the southern shore, fishermen mend nets and repair or build boats. At the northern end beyond the pier in a sea gypsy fishing village, stalls sell pearls, shells and a medley of freshly caught seafood. Here you can buy mackerel, snapper, lobster, crab, prawns, mussels, squid… then take to one of the nearby restaurants to prepare your dish of choice.

Restaurants, many just rustic eateries seating customers Thai style on woven mats, spread along most of Rawai beach offering an array of mouth-watering seafood dishes. Popular with locals and visitors to Phuket they fill up quickly with families on public holidays and weekends.

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Phuket Snapshots: Kata Beach Sunsets

Stunning sunsets seduce at beaches all along the western coast of Phuket. While selecting photos for my Phuket Snapshots: Kata Beach post and realizing most of my Kata photos were sunsets I dedicated a post to them.

For other Phuket beach photos check out my post Phuket Snapshots: Karon beach and for more in-depth information on Phuket head over to my favorite Phuket blog Jamie’s Phuket.

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Phuket Snapshots: Kata Beach

A tree-lined shore fringes a pretty, sweeping curve of white sand nudging lazy, turquoise water in high season and crashing surf during monsoon. Kata beach is another of Phuket’s popular beaches lying to the south of Karon.

A road runs between much of the leafy shoreline and the manicured grounds of the Club Med resort behind. Except for a cluster of hotels and restaurants sprawling along the sand at the southern end, most of the beach remains undeveloped. The northern end is quieter with a tiny inlet often crammed with long tail boats depending on tide and time of day.

VIewpoint, Kata Noi, Kata, Karon beaches, Phuket, Thailand

VIewpoint of Kata Noi, Kata and Karon beaches

Kata beach, Phuket, Thailand

View of Kata beach from the southern end

Kata beach, Phuket, Thailand

Late afternoon view from Villa Elizabeth at the southern end

Kata beach, Phuket, Thailand

Midday at the beach. Koh Pu is on the horizon.

Kata beach, Phuket, Thailand

Sacred tree at the northern end

Kata beach, Phuket, Thailand

Fishing boats at the northern end

Kata beach, Phuket, Thailand

Yachts at anchor during regatta

Kata beach, Phuket, Thailand

Jet ski zone at the southern end during high season

Kata beach, Phuket, Thailand

In front of The Boathouse during high season


Phuket Snapshots: Karon Beach

Karon, a three km wide, open expanse of squeaky, white sands is the second most developed beach in Phuket and an ample playground for beach bums. Here are some of my snapshots.

Sunset, Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Sunset on Karon beach

Sunset, Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Sunset on Karon beach

Sunset, Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Sunset on Karon beach

Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Squeaky white sands of Karon beach

Umbrellas, Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Quiet time

Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Quiet day at the beach

Naga shrine (pa ya nak), Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Naga shrine (pa ya nak) at northern end of Karon beach

Offerings, naga shrine (pa ya nak), Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Offerings at naga shrine

Close up, colored ribbons, naga shrine (pa ya nak), Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Close up of colored ribbons at naga shrine

Naga, Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Naga’s head against deep blue evening sky

Lotus flower, jasmine garland, naga shrine, Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Jasmine garlands and lotus flowers at naga shrine

Marigold, garland, naga shrine, Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Marigold garlands at naga shrine

Incense, candles, offerings, naga shrine, Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Incense and candles at naga shrine

Sunset, Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Sunset over Karon beach

Naga, sunset, Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Glowing naga at sunset

Sunset, Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Sunset

Sunset, Karon beach, Phuket, Thailand

Sunset dip in the sea

Check out the excellent Jamie’s Phuket Blog for in-depth information about Phuket!