Rawai Beach is most know for it's great seafood restaurants just next to the beach, and the place to take a long tail boat to one of the nearby islands, Racha Island, Koh Lone or Coral Island, or just go for fishing or snorkeling. There is two major resorts located here Evason and Mangosteen. The main attractions here would be Phuket Seashell Museum and Promthep Cape. Next to Rawai Beach is Laem Ka Beach, a beach mostly locals would visit this beach. Nearby you have Phuket Orchid Farm, Sea Gypsies Village, Wat Sawang Arom, and a bit towards Nai Harn you can find the lovely small beach Ya Nui Beach. Activities you may find in these parts would include Batik Painting, Boat Renting, Horse Riding, Phuket Sports and Tennis Club, Thai Boxing, Thai Cooking Classes, and you also might find Spas, Thai Massage and Herbal Saunas an interesting experience, do visit : Atsumi Healing Centre, Poo's Sauna and Massage, Six-Sense Spa,The Solitude Spa at Mangosteen Resort.
Shopping in Rawai is like Nai Harn, mostly local shops, some of the more interesting might be Baan Batik, Muay Thai Shop, Phuket Orchid Farm, Phuket Seashell Museum, The shops at the parking area of Phromthep Cape, Six Senses Gallery, Tesco Lotus at Park Rawai, Aqua Master near chalong pier for Water Sports Equipment.
Most people would come here to visit one of the many seafood restaurants next to the beach, here you will find places like Nikita's, Baan Haad Rawai, Mando Steakhouse, Nong Pim Restaurant, Sala Loi, La Cabane, Black Canyon, Cashew Nut, Food Gallery, Friendship Beach Waterfront Restaurant, Into the Sea, Laem Ka Noi Seafood, Norbu's Steakhouse, Savoury, The Fountain, The Mangosteen Restaurant, Moby Dick's, Promthep Cape Restaurant.
Rawai Beach nightlife would mostly include a few bars, well worth visiting would be Bora Bora Bar, Candy Bar, Freedom Bar, Sunshine Bar or Laguna Bar. This is probably a beach you would only visit for a daytrip to one of the islands or maybe to have a dinner or two.