Racha Yai Island (Ko Racha Yai), Thailand
Racha Yai Island is located approximately 30 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 40minutes south of Phuket, Thailand. It is best known for its clear blue waters, beautiful white sand beaches and is a favorite with snorkelers and divers. The area boasts spectacular marine life and sloping rocky reefs.
Visitors to Racha Yai will arrive at Batok Beach, located in a small crystal clear water bay. Snorkelers will go on to visit Siam Bay and Kon Kare Bay on the east coast. those who prefer a more peaceful beach Siam beach is ideal. There are few people and a small number of bamboo restaurants to visit.
Things to See & Do
* Snorkeling & diving
* Siam Beach
* Batok Beach
* Kon Kare Bay
Cruise Season Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Jan - Dec
Currency Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Baht (THB)
Language Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Thai
Population Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 353,847 approx (Phuket Province)
Land Area Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 6.75 kmÃ‚Â²
Electricity Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code Ã¢â‚¬â€œ +66
Port Location Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Visitors to Racha Yai Island will arrive at Batok Beach from Chalong pier on the east coast of Phuket.
Travel Links Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Phuket International Airport is in the north of the island, and is Thailand's second largest hub, second only to Bangkok. There are very frequent flights to/from Bangkok as well as direct flights to many other airports in the region, including Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and direct charters to Europe and Australia in the high season.
Buses to mainland destinations including Bangkok, Chumphon, Hat Yai, Krabi, Phang Nga, Ranong, Satun, Sungai Kolok and Surat Thani use the BKS terminal off Thanon Phang Nga in Phuket Town.