What to Do in Karon Beach?
- What to Do in Karon Beach?
- What to Do in Karon?
- Karon Temple (Wat Suwan Khirikhet)
- Coast Beach Club
- Karon Temple Market
- Dino Park Mini Golf
- Spa Treatments
- Where to Eat in Karon?
- On The Rock restaurant
- EAT Bar & Grill Restaurant
- Karon Beach Square at Movenpick Resort
- Seafood restaurants by the lake
- Karon Nightlife
- The Geography of Karon
- Where to Stay in Karon?
- Beyond Resort Karon
- Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
- Mövenpick Resort
- More Photos
- Useful information
- Karon Beach Map
- FAQs about Karon
Karon is one of the longest beaches in Phuket, ranking 4th on our beach popularity page. It enjoys a vast stretch of white sand with a good choice of dining and nightlife and never seems to draw crowds of tourists, which is always a good thing. The sand of this beach is also known to make a fun squishy sound when walking on it.
What to Do in Karon?
Apart from a fantastic beach, lots of restaurants and bars, there is not so much to do around in terms of landmarks and activities, but Kata and Patong are not far.
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. Twice a week the temple hosts a popular market with lots of food and small things to buy. Keep in mind to dress politely, just like in any temple of Thailand, which means no short skirts, no sleeveless shirts and definitely no topless. Remove caps and shoes if you wish to walk inside the temple itself. (usually, a small sign will inform you).
Wat Suwan Khirikhet, the temple at the end on 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 get a chance to eat giant water bugs, or at least to take a photo to share back home. Read more
The good old Dino Park Mini Golf is technically in Kata beach, but it’s not very far and good family fun. Read more
Parasailing offers a unique birdview of the bay and a bit of adrenaline rush, but it’s somewhat controversial regarding safety issues.
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.
The best view in the bay is without a doubt On The Rock restaurant near the now-abandoned stadium. Read more
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 to hang after a hard walking day, perfect to enjoy the evening al fresco! Read more
Seafood restaurants by the lake
For seafood, you can choose one of the many small seafood restaurants in front of the stadium or those by the lake. They are relatively cheap and more exotic.
There is a bit of nightlife in Karon beach. It’s modest but still fun. Angus O’Tool’s is a long-time Irish pub and the area is full of tiny beer bars such as Clapton Bar, and a small equivalent to the famous ‘Bangla road‘ of Patong. Nothing exhilarating, but the place is very lively. There is another ‘mini Bangla street at the south end of Karon with beer bar and girls, but it seems to shrink a little more each year.
One of the favourite things to do after dinner is the Karon Temple Market that opens only twice a week: Tuesdays and Fridays, from 4 pm to 10 pm.
The Geography of Karon
Did you know? Karon consists of 3 areas: Karon Center (which is the 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 and additionally parking there is impossible. Around here you will find a few long-established restaurants, convenience stores and ‘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 ‘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 even a convention centre. Once in a while, it hosts a local funfair which it’s fun, fair and crowded, but ultimately not upmarket.
3. Beach Front Road
The beachfront road goes all the way from the lake to Kata Beach, mostly occupied by large resorts with few small hotels squeezed in between. 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 have opened here as well as lots of massage and a few convenience shops. It’s still a bit quiet but doesn’t feel as messy as Karon Center.
Then you’ll reach the end of the 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 ‘Soi’ (an alley) is called ‘Bangla Plaza’ and has always been here, but nothing to compare with Soi Bangla in Patong Beach nightlife. Not much more than a few beer bars with colourful spotlights and even more colourful staff and plenty of tiny shops and foot massage.
There are 2 hotels right on the beach you can consider if the price is right for you. Then you have a myriad of smaller hotels all around the place, and you shouldn’t have a problem to find accommodation according to your budget.
Beyond Resort Karon
Centara Grande is built on the beach with direct beach access. Read more
Mövenpick is a popular large resort with good ratings, with just a street to cross to access the beach. Read more
Thai name: หาดกะรน
Beach length: 3.3 km
Nearest airport: Phuket International Airport
Distance from airport: 43 km
Distance from Patong: 7 km
Distance from Phuket city: 16.8 km
Karon Beach Map
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