Racha Island Phuket, Thailand
Racha Island or Raya Island is one of the most famous island in Phuket, it’s located at 12km south of Phuket. Tourists visit this island due to the soft white sand and clear bluish green sea water. They is a place far from the city, you can put down all your stress, enjoy the amazing natural. Slow down you step to having sightseeing to this island, relaxing or sunbathing on the beach. You also can visit the coral reef under the sea by scuba diving, exploring the beautiful marine life.
They have 5 bays in the Racha Island, which is Patok, Siam, Ter, Konkae and Lah Bay. They also have 5 hotels for customer who want to stay overnight here. It have 2 at the Patok Bay, which The Racha Resort and Bungalow Raya Resort. Rayaburi Resort located at Siam Bay, Ban Raya Resort at The Konkae bay. The last one Raya Father at center of this island.
The main beach of the Racha Island is Patok Bay, it’s also the most beautiful beach of this island. This is because of the soft white sand and clear bluish green sea water. You will not believe that, the sand of this beach was looking like powder.
They have 2 seasons on Racha Island. From December to March it was dry seasons, this also peak season. Most of the customers prefer to peak season, because the most beautiful environment will be at this time. They also have some of the customer visits on the raining season, which is from April to November. Despite that, but the weather will become cooler and you can enjoy the board surfing at Patok Bay.
You can get on the small hill on the left of this bay, they are a viewpoint of this beach. This photo is taken on this viewpoint, full view of the bay. Here also a famous place for a photographer to take the wedding photo shot. On this small hill has an accommodation, it’s called Bungalow Raya Resort. If you staying here for overnight, you have the opportunity to see the sunset above this hill.
Lah Bay is the best snorkelling and diving point in Racha Island. Under the sea here contain a lot of coral reef and colourful fish. When the sunshine day, they have 3 colours appear on the sea, that is dark blue, light blue and green. Just like this photo show it you here.
Lah Bay is facing directly to the East. If you overnight in Racha Island, you may come this bay to enjoy the sunrise. The endless coastline with nothing block the vision, they are able to see the first breaking light of dawn. The tide still not yet ebb, the water still covers whole the beach, quite wind made the sea look like a swimming pool, don’t even have any wave.
They have a restaurant here called Coco Bar Restaurant, it’s own by the company Golden Region Travel. After lunch, customer like to relax here or take a step down the ramp to the beach. Coco Bar Restaurant is face to the sea, so we also calling it as sea view restaurant. It’s old Thai Style design, the crossbeams and pillars are use non-modify timber. Since day one, this restaurant only serve the customer of Golden Region. So that customer will feel more private, and not get disturb by other company.
Ter bay is one of the pier of the Racha Island. During the raining season, that’s the only one bay can cover the wave or storm. They have a floating bridge for customer landing. After landing, customer can stay here or go to another beach of this island. Over here are not suitable for snorkelling, because all the boat will come here, it was dangerous.
Ter Bay is not much facility, due to only half year for boat landing. Every year from April to November, the wind direction coming to Patok Bay, only this bay are safety for anchorage. It was crowd on every morning and evening, cause of the tourists arrival and departure to Phuket.
Sometimes, the dive master will bring customer to diving on this bay. The water is very clear, under the sea also contain a lot of colourful coral reef. But not everyday can diving, if the wave not suitable for do it, dive master will give it up.
They have 2 main categories of coral, that is live and dry coral reefs. On the beach is dry coral reefs, because of it’s death coral and washed ashore. The second is the live coral, staying under the sea.
On the beach of Lah bay, you will see so many dry coral reefs. But you don’t that can bring it home, it’s illegal in Thailand. The Thai Government protects the coral reef by laws of marine, make sure the marine ecology not be destroy. So that all the tourists to be remind do not collect anything from the beach, even the dry coral reefs. If you are arrest by the police to this crime, they will be fine up to 100,000 bath or imprisonment not more than one year. it’s not worth to do that.
For my advice, please don’t be selfish and let’s protect the ocean together. Over here you also not allowed to feeding the fish, it will getting spoil the marine life. If you do that, the water will be pollution from human food. Again, the coral will die, just like this photo. Because surrounding of coral have many warm or bacterial, and the fish will eat it. So that the warm will not be destroying the coral. That is why you see the dry coral reefs was full of holes on its body.
I’m come here everyday, because I’m a staff of the tour company, Golden Region Travel. This is my working place, I love my job because I can enjoy the beautiful landscape. Everyday I snorkelling with tourists, meet customer from different country. That’s why I know more about this island. Hope one day can see you join our company package and I will meet you here.
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