Two islands make up Koh Racha; Koh Racha Yai (large) and Koh Racha Noi (small). To further complicate life, they are often referred to as Koh Raya Yai and Noi respectively too. Whatever you call them, they lie 12 miles (20km) south of Phuket and offer the beautiful white sandy beaches that are synonymous with Thailand. The islands are 6 miles (10km) apart; the larger island is where you will stay and the smaller one is uninhabited.
The island is well-liked for sailing as well as diving, snorkelling and relaxing and can get quite busy with those wanting to escape Phuket’s frenzy. The island is small, and there are no roads, only tracks. There are motorbikes for rent, but you don’t need them, the pathways are bumpy and walking from one beach to another takes just a 10 minutes.
Koh Racha is all about relaxing, so activities centre around snorkelling, diving and chilling on the beach. Of course, you could head over to Phuket if you were missing the noise, hustle and bustle.
Koh Racha’s closest airport is Phuket. From the airport, it’s an hour’s transfer via road to the pier at Chalong. The crossing to Koh Racha takes around half an hour. Some accommodations have their own transfers to make this easier for you but do check.