What to do in Karon Beach?
- What to do in Karon Beach?
- Karon Beach Video
- What to do in Karon?
- The Beach
- Karon Beach Live Webcam
- Karon Temple (Wat Suwan Khirikhet)
- The Naga of Karon Beach
- Dino Park Mini Golf
- Spa Treatments
- Where to eat in Karon?
- Tann Terrace
- On The Rock Restaurant
- EAT Bar & Grill Restaurant
- Karon Beach Square at Movenpick Resort
- Seafood restaurants by the lake
- Karon Beach Nightlife
- Coast Beach Club
- Patak Road Nightlife
- Mini Bangla on Luam Por Chuan Road
- Karon Temple Market
- Shopping in Karon
- Karon Temple Market
- Karon Bazaar
- Where to stay in Karon Beach?
- Beyond Resort Karon
- Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
- Paradox Resort Phuket
- The geography of Karon
- 1. Karon Center and Patak Rd
- 2. The Lake
- 3. Beach Front Road
- More Photos of Karon Beach
- Useful information
- How to get to Karon beach?
- Karon Beach Map
- Karon Business Directory
- FAQs about Karon
Karon is one of the longest beaches in Phuket, ranking 3rd on our beach popularity page. It enjoys a 3 kilometres stretch of white sand, a decent choice of dining and nightlife, and never seems to draw crowds of tourists, which is a good thing. Karon is known for its big beach with big hotels lined across the frontage road and the small town of Karon.
Karon Beach Video
What to do in Karon?
The beach of Karon forms an immense crescent with a wide sandy area. The sand is very soft and white and is known to make an unusual sound when you walk on it.
Karon Beach Live Webcam
The Karon Beach Webcam is located at the Marina Phuket Resort
Karon Temple (Wat Suwan Khirikhet)
Karon temple, locally called Wat Suwan Khirikhet, is beautifully crafted and open to visitors any day of the week. You can walk around freely, take photos and admire the carvings and paintings, but try to make a small donation; it is always a nice gesture. The temple hosts a famous market twice a week with lots of food and little things to buy. Remember to dress politely, just like in any temple in Phuket and Thailand, which means no short skirts, no sleeveless shirts and no topless. Remove caps and shoes if you wish to walk into the temple. (usually, a small signboard will inform you).
The Naga of Karon Beach
This mystical golden snake or dragon is curled on the beach, not far south of the circle. Thai people come here to make offerings and pay respect.
Parasailing offers a unique birdview of the bay and a bit of adrenaline rush, but safety issues are somewhat controversial.
Dino Park is a Jurassic Park-inspired mini-golf with dinosaurs and even a volcano. It is technically in Kata beach, but it’s not very far from Karon and is always good family fun. The park is still closed after covid.
Thailand is well-known for massages and aromatherapy, and it would be a shame not to take advantage of the quality and array of treatments available at this price. Spend the end of your beach day with a spa treatment at Centara Grand Beach Phuket or Paradox Resort, especially on those occasional raining days!
Where to eat in Karon?
Karon Beach Square is a group of restaurants on the grounds of the Movenpick Resort, mostly known for El Gaucho, serving Brazilian Churrasco and great steaks. For comfort food, Two Chefs and Karon Cafe are trendy.
Tann Terrace is a new restaurant with an immense beachfront wooden terrace at the very south of Karon Beach, just next to Beyond Resort Karon and opposite the old football stadium. The restaurant mostly serves Italian and Thai food and has an excellent bakery, perfect for enjoying breakfast on the beach.
Address: Patak Rd, Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100
Hours: 10 am – 9 pm
A good place for dinner with a sea view is On The Rock restaurant, at the south end of the beach. The restaurant serves Thai food and seafood and is part of the Marina Phuket Resort.
Address: Marina Phuket Resort, 47 Karon Road, Karon Beach, Phuket 83100
Hours: 12 am – 11.30 pm
Tel: +66 76 330 625
EAT Bar & Grill Restaurant, on the back road of Karon, is a casual place serving delicious steaks and grilled meats. The restaurant is not very big and is often full, so you should book in advance to save a table.
Address: 250 1 Patak Rd, Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100
Open: 11 am – 10:30 pm (Closed on Sunday)
Tel: 085 292 5652
Karon Beach Square offers plenty of dining and drinking options with great music, such as Brazilian Churrasco, Thai Cuisine and a bakery. The many large sofas that look like outdoor beds are perfect for hanging after a hard walking day, perfecting to enjoy the evening al fresco!
Seafood restaurants by the lake
For seafood or Thai food, you can choose one of the many small restaurants in front of the stadium or those by the lake. They are relatively cheap, and while they are not serving haute cuisine, they have a unique exotic charm and a beach view. It would be difficult to recommend one in particular, so walk around and look at the well-illustrated menu always displayed in front. They also serve a decent European breakfast of eggs or omelette, toast with butter and jam, sausages and bacon. It’s simple but goes so well with the beach to start the day!
Karon Beach Nightlife
There is a bit of nightlife in Karon beach, but it’s nothing like what you will experience in Bangla Walking Street of Patong Beach. Karon nightlife rotates around three areas: the best know is near the Karon Circle, with few bars and live music, a little further is a small alley once called ‘Little Bangla’, and an L-shaped street near Kata Beach, where you can enjoy some beer bars.
Coast Beach Club is an excellent place to enjoy a couple of drinks at the end of the day. The bar is not exactly on the beach but quite near and is part of the Centara Grand Beach Phuket.
Patak Road Nightlife
Patak road is the main nightlife area, and while it’s relatively modest, it’s always fun. Angus O’Tool’s is a long-time Irish pub, and the neighbourhood is full of tiny beer bars such as Clapton Bar and a great live band bar called The Garage.
Mini Bangla on Luam Por Chuan Road
Further down the beach, just before the hill leading to Kata Beach, is an L-Shaped street with a dozen old-fashioned beer bars where ladies always loudly invite you for a drink. Walking around is easy-going and safe, so stopping for a beer is okay.
If live music, alcohol and girlie bars are not your things after dinner, check out the Karon Temple Market, which opens only twice a week: Tuesdays and Fridays, from 4 pm to 10 pm.
Shopping in Karon
Karon Beach has enough shopping options to keep everyone happy, even those who don’t like shopping but need convenience stores or forgot something important at home. There are also some markets, bazaars and, of course, night markets.
Wat Suwan Khirikhet, the temple at the end of Soi Patak in Karon, is an excellent photo opportunity and is famous for the popular night market held every Tuesday and Friday. Never miss a chance to visit it; it’s full of fun things to try, games to play and fun local food. You might even try fried insects and giant water bugs or take a photo to share back home.
The Karon Bazaar is a vast covered market situated just next to the Movenpick Resort. You will mostly find tee shirts, bags, trousers, beach toys and accessories and cheap souvenirs. It’s fun and colourful but can be hot during the day. Most vendors can speak decent English (they are not often Thai), so don’t forget to bargain hard!
Where to stay in Karon Beach?
You can consider two hotels on the beach if the price is right for you. Then you have many smaller hotels all around the place, and you shouldn’t have a problem finding accommodation according to your budget.
Beyond Resort Karon
Beyond Resort Karon is one of the two only hotels in Karon to be really on the beach itself. The rooms are a bit small, but the views from the hotel make up for it. It’s an excellent place to stop for breakfast or lunch, with beautiful views.
Centara Grande is one of the only hotels in Karon to offer direct beach access. This immense pink resort provides many facilities and outlets, such as a great kids club, a huge fitness centre, several swimming pools and even a beach bar.
Swimming pools: 4
Restaurants and bars: 7
Distance to the closest beach: on the beach!
Distance to Karon City Center: 1 km
Distance from airport: 42 km
Distance to Phuket Town: 19 km
Paradox Resort Karon (previously Mövenpick) is an immense resort just across the street from the beach and at decent walking distance from the city centre. This resort is one of Karon’s largest and best-located hotels, with immense gardens and a large spa.
Address: 509 Patak Rd, Tambon Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100
Phone: 076 683 350
Swimming pools: 2
Restaurants and bars: 2 restaurants, 3 bars
Distance to the closest beach: across the street
The geography of Karon
Did you know? Karon consists of 3 areas: Karon Center (a small town), the Lake area and the beachfront road that ends at the hill reaching Kata Beach.
1. Karon Center and Patak Rd
Patak Road is mostly a street going perpendicularly inland from the very fancy and convoluted ‘Karon Circle’ to the temple. It’s small, messy and feels rather old; additionally, parking there is impossible. Around here, you will find a few long-established restaurants, convenience stores, ‘ Hellooooo you want massage‘ parlours, and lots and lots of bars in all sizes and shapes. Just like everyone else, walk up and down Patak road and pick one bar; ultimately, they are all the same same but different.
2. The Lake
The Lake near the circle has also been the subject of many attempts to make the area an upmarket zone or a convention centre. Once in a while, especially during Songkran Festival, the lake hosts one of those popular local funfairs where you can play some typical funfair games, try local food and even shop.
3. Beach Front Road
The beachfront road goes from the lake to Kata Beach, mostly occupied by large resorts with a few small hotels. At the beginning of the beach road, you’ll find Karon Beach Square, the Night Bazaar, a temporary roofed market selling mostly tee-shirts and beach toys, including all the usual fake brands.
More interesting is Soi Aroonson, a small street in the middle of the beach road. Some good restaurants, lots of massages, and a few convenience shops have opened here. It’s still quiet but doesn’t feel as messy as Karon Center.
Then you’ll reach the end of Beach Road when a small hill leads to Kata Beach (boundaries have never been visible). Noticeable around here is the restaurant built on the beach, a football stadium (also used for cricket competitions) and one of the two nightlife areas around. This very narrow and hard-to-spot alley is called ‘Bangla Plaza’ and has always been here, but nothing to compare with Soi Bangla in Patong Beach nightlife. You won’t find more than a few beer bars with colourful spotlights, even more, colourful staff, and plenty of tiny shops and foot massage.
More Photos of Karon Beach
Thai name: หาดกะรน
Beach length: 3.3 km
Nearest airport: Phuket International Airport
How to get to Karon beach?
Distance from Karon to Phuket airport: 43 km
from Karon to Patong: 7 km
from Karon to Phuket Town: 16.8 km
Karon Beach Map
FAQs about Karon
- Q. What is there to do in Karon?
- Q. What are the best hotels in Karon Beach?
a. There are dozens of hotels to choose from, and a few are facing the beach, just across the beachoad, here are some favourites:
Centara Grand Beach Resort
Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort
Beyond Resort Karon
- Q. Where to eat in Karon?
a. There are a few restaurants for all tastes and all budgets in the small city center, a few on the beach and many on the back road:
On The Rock Restaurant
EAT Bar and Grill
The Pad Thai Shop
- Q. How far is Karon from Phuket Old Town, Patong Beach and the airport?