Rawai is a beach town on the Southern part of Phuket Island. It is known for it's seafood restaurants that are set up in a unique fashion. Basically there are fish vendors on one side of a dirt road and on the other side are restaurants. You buy the seafood you want to eat and then pick a restaurant to cook it for you. There are sorts of options available, from shellfish like clams, prawns of all sizes, and a huge variety of fish from to snapper to grouper- even imported lobsters that were HUGE!
I think we were told the lobsters come in from Myanmar (Burma). They looked like they came from outer space they were mutants- so big! We didn't eat lobster as they were ridiculously expensive. The other choices were reasonable and really went well with a cold Chang beer. We may have to return for a lobster at some point though!
You can see by the picture on the left that we ordered a lovely small grouper, some large prawns and of course I had some veggies plus steamed rice. Everything was amazing! The restaurants charge an average of 100 baht (3 dollars) a kg to cook for you- you pick the preparation from the menu. We chose to have our prawns done with a garlic chili sauce. They also came with sautéed onions. Yum! The grouper was steamed and was "swimming" in a lemon, garlic, chili and a few other spices. It was really amazing!
I have to recommend a trip to Rawai if you love seafood! I'm not sure how much we spent total but not more than $20 dollars equivalent including drinks. I love eating in Thailand!!