Rawai - located at the southern tip of the island, accommodates Phuket's oldest tourist beach and is also home to many nomadic fishing communities. Rawai is one of Phuket's two main ports and is a great place to experience authentic Phuket-Thai Culture. The town is divided into two parts, a northern beachfront area known as Hat Mittraphap, and a southern urban area called Laem Ka. Rawai beach, once the only tourist beach in Phuket, is now mainly used by fishermen as a mooring point aswell as the departure point for boating trips - Although not really suitable for swimming, there are many exciting boat trips visitors can take including visiting the beautiful and close by Coral, Koh Lone and Racha Islands. Visitors looking for great seafood restaurants will be spoilt for choice with a wide range of reasonably priced excellent eateries catering to most types of seafood. Rawai has a laid back rustic feel to it - overall, it is les touristy than its northerly west coasts neighbouring areas but a local ex-pat contingent can still be found here. Night owls can head over to Friendship beach where an assortment of bars and restaurants can be found.