Initially settled by the Chao Lay people (“sea gypsies”), Koh Rawi has retained its pristine beauty and relaxed vibe, far removed from the exhausted tourist scenes of Koh Lipe. You can see the houses of sea gypsies from the beach, away into the forest. Koh Rawi’s beaches are just sublime. Feathery coral is set against blazing white sand, and the warm teal water is clear enough to show every detail on the surface of your toes. Enjoy a leisurely swim amongst swathes of hard coral shelter anemones, giant clams, and tropical fish. Koh Rawi also has an exciting waterfall that could be worth exploring.