What to do in Karon Beach?
- What to do in Karon Beach?
- Karon Beach Video
- WHAT TO DO IN KARON?
- The Beach
- Karon Temple (Wat Suwan Khirikhet)
- Dino Park Mini Golf
- The Naga of Karon Beach
- Spa Treatments
- WHERE TO STAY IN KARON BEACH?
- Avista Grande Phuket Karon – MGallery
- WHERE TO EAT IN KARON BEACH?
- EAT Bar & Grill Restaurant
- On The Rock Restaurant
- North Karon roadside restaurants
- Karon Plaza
- Karon Town
- Karon Beach Square at Paradox Hotel
- Seafood restaurants by the lake
- KARON BEACH NIGHTLIFE
- Tann Terrace
- Coast Beach Club
- Patak Road
- Mini Bangla on Luam Por Chuan Road
- SHOPPING AT KARON BEACH
- Karon Temple Market
- Karon Bazaar
- Creative Karon Tailors
- The geography of Karon
- 1. Karon Center and Patak Rd
- 2. The Lake
- 3. Beach Front Road
- Fast Facts about Karon
- Karon Beach Map
- Your Karon Beach Travel Guide
- More Photos of Karon Beach
- More beaches in Phuket
- More reading
- 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.
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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).
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 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.
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 rainy days!
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.
Avista Grande Phuket Karon – MGallery is a luxurious 5-star hotel located in Karon Beach, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Phuket. The hotel, which is at a very short walking distance from the immense beach of Karon, is known for its soft white sand and incredibly clear waters during the high season (December to May). Read more
Swimming pool: 3
Restaurants and bars: 4, including a rooftop
Facilities: Fitness and spa
Distance from the beach: 100 m
Distance from Karon city centre: 2.3 km
Distance from Kata centre: 1 km
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WHERE TO EAT IN KARON BEACH?
Karon Beach offers a wide range of restaurants for everyone to find something to enjoy, from Thai food. On the budget side, you will find good local food in the small restaurants along the roadside, near the lake and even more at Karon Plaza not far from the circle.
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
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
North Karon roadside restaurants
Just before reaching the hill that leads to Kata Beach, visitors can see a line of small seafood restaurants. The fresh seafood is kept on ice in front of the restaurants and you can pick what you want them to cook, or choose and Thai dish directly from their menu. It’s quite cheap and has a fun local feel to it.
Karon Plaza, situated on Beach Road in Karon Beach, is a dynamic marketplace that caters to visitors by offering an extensive variety of products and foods. This bazaar is ideally located, only a short stroll from the beach and in close proximity to Karon Circle, making it easily accessible on foot, by car, or by motorbike. With an array of vendors selling colorful and diverse products, including clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, handicrafts, and accessories, Karon Plaza is a lively and vivid spot. Note that the prices of the bazaar itself may not be as budget-friendly as you expect, but the food area is ok.
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.
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
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 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.
SHOPPING AT KARON BEACH
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.
If live music and 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. 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.
Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/VdyEiJ3j8zDzBze29
Address: Patak Rd, Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100
Open: 4 pm – 10 pm, Tuesday and Friday
The Karon Bazaar is a vast covered market situated just next to the Paradox Karon 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!
Location: Karon Beach – click for a map
Address: 192/36 Unit B1-B2, Soi Withet, Karon Road, Karon, Beach, Phuket 83100
Open: Mon-Sat: 10 am – 10 pm, Sunday: 5 pm – 10 pm
Phone: 081 891 5784, 081 899 0939
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 massages.
Fast Facts about Karon
|⛱️ Beach condition:||Great|
|⛱️ Beach length||3.3 km|
|⛱️ Other beach nearby:||Kata Beach|
|🛍️ Best shopping:||Karon Plaza|
|🍴 Best restaurant:||EAT Bar & Grill|
|🍹 Best beach club||Tann Terrace|
|🛎️ Best luxury hotel:||Avista Grande Phuket Karon|
|🧳 Best mid range hotel:||Beyond Resort Karon|
|🚙 Distance to Patong Beach:||17 km|
|🚙 Distance to Phuket Town:||17 km|
|✈️ Distance from Phuket International Airport:||43 km|
Karon Beach Map
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