What to Do in Karon Beach?

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.

Karon Beach


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

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).


Coast Beach Club

Coast Beach Club at Centara Grande Beach Resort Phuket

Coast Beach Club is a good 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. Read more


Karon Temple Market

Karon Temple Fair

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


Dino Park Mini Golf

Dino Park Mini Golf

The good old Dino Park Mini Golf is technically in Kata beach, but it’s not very far and good family fun. Read more


Spa Treatments

Spa at Centara Grand Beach Resort

Spend the end of your beach day with a spa treatment at Centara Grand Beach Phuket or Movenpick Resort.


Parasailing

Parasailing in Karon Beach

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.


On The Rock restaurant

On The Rock restaurant

The best view in the bay is without a doubt On The Rock restaurant near the now-abandoned stadium. Read more


EAT Bar & Grill Restaurant

Eat Bar & Grill Restaurant Karon

More casual with delicious food is EAT Bar & Grill Restaurant on the back road. Read more


Karon Beach Square at Movenpick Resort

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

Karon Lake Seafood Restaurants

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.


Karon Nightlife

Karon Nightlife

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.

karon-beach-bay

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.

Karon Beach


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.

Karon Night Bazaar

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.

karon-beach

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.


Where to Stay in Karon?

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

Beyond Resort Karon


Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

Centara Grande Beach Resort

Centara Grande is built on the beach with direct beach access. Read more


Mövenpick Resort

Centara Grande Beach Resort

Mövenpick is a popular large resort with good ratings, with just a street to cross to access the beach. Read more


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Useful information

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

 


FAQs about Karon

 

Q. What are the best hotels in Karon Beach?

a. Centara Grand Beach Resort, Movenpick Resort and Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort are among the best hotels in Karon.

Q. What is there to do in Karon?

a. Enjoy the beach, a drink at Coast Beach Club, the Karon Temple Market and play at Dino Park Mini Golf.

Q. Where to eat in Karon?

a. On The Rock restaurant, EAT Bar and Grill and The Pad Thai Shop are among the most popular restaurants in Karon.

Q. How far is Karon from the airport?

a. Karon Beach is 43 km from Phuket International Airport and 2.22 km from Patong Beach.

 


What’s around?

Karon Temple Market – A Local Market in a Temple

Movenpick Resort Karon

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket – Karon Beach Hotel