Karon Beach is one of the longest in Phuket, ranked third on our beach popularity page, and is located about 10 minutes away from Patong Beach. It enjoys a 3 kilometre stretch of white sand, and is known for its big hotel strip along the frontage road, as well as the small town of Kariang.
Apart from a fantastic sea, lots of restaurants and pubs, there is not so many things to do around in terms landmarks and activities, but Katar or Patong are not too far away.
Karon Beach is located in Phuket, Thailand. It is a beautiful beach with a long stretch of white sand. When you walk on the sand, it sounds like someone is walking on a pillow.
Karon Temple (Wat Suwan Khirikhet)
Wat Suwan Khirikhti is a beautiful temple located in Karon, Phuket. It is open every day except Monday. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful architecture and the artwork inside the temple. There is also a weekly market held twice a week at the temple. Please dress respectfully when visiting the temple.
Thailand offers many different types of massage, including Thai massage, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, reflexology, shiatsu, and even aromatherapy. These services are offered at spas like Centara Grand Beach Phuaket and Movenpick Resort. Thailand also offers a number of other spa treatments, including facials, body wraps, manicures, pedicures, and waxing.
Where to Eat in Karon Beach?
Karon beach square is a group of restaurants at the Movenpick resort, mainly known for its steakhouse El Gaucho. For comfort food, there are two trendy places called Two Chefs and KARON cafe.
Karon beach square is a place where you can relax and unwind after a long walk along the beach. There are lots of restaurants and bars offering everything from Italian cuisine to Thai dishes. You can also enjoy a drink at the bar or sit down to watch a movie on the big screen.
For seafood, you can choose one restaurant in front of the stadium, or those by the lake, which are relatively inexpensive. While they aren’t serving haute cuisine, there is a unique exotic charm and beach view. It would take a lot of time to recommend one in particular. Walk around and look at the menu always displayed in front, and try the European breakfast. It’s easy and goes well with the beach to begin the day!
Karon Beach Nightlife
Bangla Walking Street is a famous nightlife area in Phuket. There are many bars and clubs along the main road, and there are also several smaller streets nearby. The main attraction is the large number of Thai and expat women who come here looking for fun.
Patak Road, Karon Nightlife
Patak Road is the main nightlife district, and although it’s not very big, it’s still fun. Angus O‘Tool’s is an old Irish pub, and the neighborhood is full of small beer bars like Clapton Bar, which is run by a local musician, and The Garage, which is a great live music venue.
Further down from the beach, there is a small road with a few bars and restaurants. It’s a nice place to go for a drink. You can also see the sea from here.
Shopping in Karon Beach
Karon beach has enough shopping options to satisfy all tastes, even if you don’t like going out to shop. There are also some marketplaces, bazaars and night markets.
Where to Stay in Karon Beach?
There are many hotels in the area, and you should be able to find something that suits your needs. You may need to pay a bit more for a room with a view, but you will get what you pay for.
Beyond Resort is located right on the beach, making it the perfect place to stay if you want to enjoy the view. The rooms are small, but the views are worth it. You can also grab a bite to eat at Beyond Resort.
Karon Center and Patak Rd
Patak road is a small, messy and feels quite old. It goes perpendicular inland from Karon circle to the temple. It is small, messy and feels like it is full of bars. There are many long established restaurants, convenience stores and massage parlours. Like everyone else, walk up to and down Patak road, and pick one bar, eventually they are all the same, but different.
The lake near the circle has also become a place for locals to relax and enjoy themselves. During Songkran festival, the lake becomes a popular venue for locals to enjoy some funfair games, try out some local food and even shop around.
Beach Front Road
Kata Beach Road is a long stretch of white sand beach lined with luxury hotels and restaurants. The road begins at Karon Beach Square, a covered market selling mostly t-shirts and beach toys. The road continues past the beach to Kata Beach, where there are many hotels and restaurants.
Soi Aronson is a small street in the center of the beach road. There are many restaurants and massage places here as well as some convenience stores. It’s not as crowded as Karon Center, but it’s still quite busy.
You will reach the end of the road when you see a small hill leading to Kata Beach. On top of the hill there is a restaurant built on the beach. There is also a football stadium and one of the two nightclubs in Phuket. This very narrow and hidden alley is called ‘Benga Plaza’ and has been here since the beginning, but nothing to compare to Soi Bangla in Phuket Beach nightlife. You will not find more than a few bars with colourful lights and even more colourful staff. And lots of tiny shops and foot massages.