Where is Karon Viewpoint?
Karon Viewpoint is a strange place: the first time I visited it, the name was ‘Kata Viewpoint’, but one day, someone decided to rename it ‘Karon Viewpoint’! If you know a bit of Phuket geography, you’ll realise how odd this is as it’s far from Karon Beach, but just past Kata Beach. Probably has to do with the Karon district or someone had too much time on his hands. Anyway, it is a little confusing and travellers sometimes are trying to find it around Karon!
Anyway, Thai and residents continue to call it Kata Viewpoint and most never noticed the name change or the massive sign on the building anyway. The Thai name Kho Sam Haad which means ‘Hill of the Three Beaches’. So if it is your first trip to Phuket, you probably won’t care and will stop a few minutes at this popular and beautiful viewpoint to admire the panorama from the top of the hill. You really can see three magnificent bays from up there.
The closest and smallest one is Kata Noi Beach. A bit further is the beautiful bay of Kata with its island ‘Koh Poo’ which means Crab Island, and in the far, the very long Karon Beach. With such location on the side of the road leading to the famous Promthep Cape, everyone stops for a selfie on their way to Nai Harn. Some visitors rest a bit longer in the shade of the Gazebo to enjoy some drinks or snacks bought at the three tiny shops located a few steps down below. Some have a chat with the now well-known reggae guy always hanging there selling some necklaces and accessories.
Photos of Karon Viewpoint
Karon Viewpoint Location
- Location: 4233, Tambon Karon, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83100
- Open: 24 hours
- Price: Free