This is a small family-oriented city. There are not a lot of tourists here, mostly locals.
I rented a small bungalow for approximately $500. It had kitchen sleeping area, couch, bathroom, etc. the couch was broken though.
Furthermore, I rented a motorbike for $50 per month. The beach was quite far away. I had to drive for about 15 min. each day to the beach. However, it was worthwhile. Rawai beach is a beautiful place if you're looking for a family vacation.
You can find a big shopping center called Tesco 10 minutes away. There are many local restaurants along the beach. And the food is quite good. I did not complain.
Every day I went to the beach to swim and have fun. The beach was amazing. Imagine beautiful beach, soft sand, high waves and natural habitat.
This city is just amazing. You don't have a movie theater anywhere near so that is a big minus.
Just driving with a motorbike is a super experience that you will never forget. The city is really clean and people are friendly.
Rawai beach, I will never forget you. I will never probably return because there are thousands of other beaches in Thailand, but I will always remember this small city.