Like many of the artists who have gravitated to Rawai, Apinan Tovankasame is originally not from Phuket. He’s from Bangkok but has absolutely no plans to go back there. He originally moved to the island many years ago to teach in a local college and only later set up Baan Batik, selling to both the retail and wholesale markets.
The Andaman Sea is famous for its azure charms, as displayed in Hollywood movies like The Beach, Cutthroat Island and several James Bond outings. An ideal way to explore Phuket’s surroundings is to rent your own boat and go wherever you feel like each day.
You can charter a yacht or you can hire one of many of the taxi-speedboats and long-tail boats that line Rawai Beach for a day or half day to visit smaller nearby islands such as Koh Hae, Koh Lone and Koh Racha.
There is a good horse riding program near the Lemon gas station on the way to Rawai. The Phuket Riding Club is based about 1.5 km south of the Chalong Circle on Viset Road. They have good safety procedures and offer full packages including pick up transfer at reasonable prices
Elephant trekking is a popular activity in Phuket. Even though elephants are not a native species of the island – Phuket elephants come from the cooler north of Thailand – you can find between 15 and 20 camps offering elephant trekking here.