Karon is the second largest beach on Phuket and is one of the most up-market of Phuket's beaches. A regular daytime bus service links the beach with Phuket Town.
Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on this 4km-long squeaky-clean, white-sand beach. A choice of hillside resorts sit close to the beach with magnificent views overlooking the bay.
During the day you can choose from several water activities including sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, jetskiing and parasailing. Banana boats and waterskiing are also available.
Dive and snorkel the coral reef at the southern end of the beach then cool-off with a cold drink at a choice of bars and restaurants at the northern end of the beach. Volleyball is also popular during the late afternoon.
Lookout for turtle tracks, as sea turtles are occasional nocturnal visitors, laying their eggs in the sand during the night. If you do see any turtles or their tracks, let your hotel know and they'll contact Phuket Marine Biological Centre who will incubate the eggs in safety.
Beach vendors are a common sight on the beach selling an assortment of goods, including: silk, henna tattoos, costume jewellery, fruit, ice cream and various ornaments. If you’re not interested, a polite 'no thank you' is all that's required to ensure they leave you alone.
Away from the beach, check out the shopping options at one of the friendly bazaars, tee-off at the themed Dino Park Mini Golf course, admire the many Buddha statues at the Wat Swan Khiri Khet temple and don’t miss a trip to the Karon Market, overflowing with fresh fruit, cooked food and an assortment of clothes, CDs and handicrafts.
Most of the town’s nightlife is centred in the bars off Patak Road in the north of Karon and just off Luang Poh Chuan Road in the south.
Note: There are no public toilets on the beach, but many restaurants across the road from the beach will let you use their facilities, sometimes for a charge of a few Baht.
Karon Beach offers a range of hotel and resort options to suit most budgets, including…
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
Location: Karon Beach, Phuket
Prices: from AUD277 per person
Description: This beachfront luxury hotel is located on a secluded area of Karon Beach, with direct access to the beach and with lush green hills behind the property. All of the 262 spacious rooms, suites and villas face the bay and feature a private balcony and terrace with views of the beach and the Andaman Sea. In addition to 7 restaurants, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket features a waterpark and full-service spa. Guestrooms open to furnished balconies with ocean views and feature deep soaking bathtubs. Facilities incl.: 7 restaurants, 3 bars, 4 outdoor pools, fitness facility, full-service spa, room service, WiFi internet access and watersports.
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