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Lower cost of living for remote workers.

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This neighborhood has a good amount of places to work outside the house.

Like its neighbor Nai Harn, Rawai is currently having its day in the sun. This formerly quiet corner of the island is now a remote worker hotspot thanks to the excellent long stay accommodation and cafe scene. Coworking and co-living options soon followed and the area is currently flourishing as one of Thailand’s best areas to live and work in.

First off, you’ve got frontrunner Let’s Work Coworking on Rawai Beach Road, overlooking the sea—a space that prides itself on sociability as well as reliability. Behind Let’s Work stretches the huge housing complex The Title, a sprawling low rise condo complex with some of the most well priced apartments in the area. If your budget extends to the more luxurious though, you’ll want to check out Saturdays Residence, which is in a league of its own. Both complexes offer long stay contracts. Additionally, international hostel chain Selina have got wise to the Phuket scene and have just opened a Rawai outpost, which promises to be as well planned and intended as the rest of their offerings. Just north of the main seaside drag, the newly opened Breakers Coworking Space offers a great menu as well as affordable coworking options.

Rawai is home to some excellent cafes to work in. Purveyors of fine baked and organic goods Home Grain Cafe are a very sweet operation. At the western end of the seafront road, We Cafe has a great build your own salad option, and Macaw Café & Restaurant serve an excellent menu of international and Thai favorites with a fantastic sea view. Less of a workspace but very much a creative space, Rawai Ceramic Cafe is a lovely place to spend an afternoon enjoying their top coffee as you paint. For dinner, you’ve got neighboring TERRASSE 48 Café or Rustic and Blue, both boasting wonderful sea views and excellent international-Thai fusion menus.

While you’re in Rawai, why not to give Muay Thai boxing a try? Top tier camps are AKA Muay Thai and Sinbi Muay Thai, or try out family run Keh Muay Thai who are lovely to absolute beginners. All three camps offer early morning or evening group sessions or 1:1 training. Treat yourself after training at upmarket Le Spa, whose onsen is top of the line, or Ton Mai Spa, for a more affordable but just as relaxing range of treatments. 

Rawai is also the spot to find a boat and navigator to take you on boat trips to nearby islands, such as Koh Phi Phi, home to the infamous Maya Beach. Local diving school Aum Scuba are a great outfit for first timers, training you in their pool before taking to the sea.

Lucie Grace
October 28, 2022
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Lucie Grace is a British freelance writer, based in Chiang Mai. She lived in India throughout 2020 and 2021 and misses it daily. You can read her bylines in The Daily Beast, Fodor’s, The Independent and The Times.

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