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KaronThailand

Try snorkeling around the coral reef network, visit the market at the temple and relax by a lake in the beachside park.

Karon is a beach town with several coastal hotels and bars overlooking the Andaman Sea. It features a long stretch of sand on Phuket Island and its clear water makes it one of the best places along the ocean for snorkeling and scuba diving. Stay at one of the resort complexes across the road from the beach and enjoy pretty views of the water.

Stroll along the pristine white sand of Karon Beach, which is 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) long. Feel the crunch of the sand crystals between your toes as you beachcomb for marine trinkets. Bring snorkeling gear to the coral reef at the southern end of the strand and get a closer look at the colorful fish.

Head to the quieter northern side of the beach and relax with your family or friends in the Khlong Bangla Park that straddles the sand. Bring your kids to the dinosaur-themed Dino Park Mini Golf.

Rent a bike and go cycling along the wide pedestrian lane backing onto the beach. Join walkers and joggers at sunset and bask in the romantic glow of the darkening sky. At night, wander through the Karon Center district for its shopping and dining options. Have a meal at a charming restaurant and relax with a few drinks in a bar. The town isn’t over-developed, so has remained peaceful and spacious.

The town, which is pronounced by locals as Garon, puts on the Karon Market twice a week at the Wat Suwan Khiri Khet (Karon Temple). Visit on Tuesdays and Fridays to browse the local food ingredients, clothing and other products that give an insight into the Karon culture.

The town is located on the western coast of Phuket Island, standing between Patong and Kata. Arrive at Phuket International Airport and drive south for 27 miles (44 kilometers) to get here in a little more than 1 hour.

Top hotels in Karon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
5 out of 5
14 Kata Noi Road, Karon, Phuket
The price is £110 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Nestled on the beach, this Karon hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kata Noi Beach and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Big Buddha are also within 3 miles (5 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)

"Customer Service is key here All staff are forever helpful and attentive to your needs Smiling happy pleasant always A great example of customer service Nothing is too much trouble for them all"…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort
Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
562 Patak Road, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Karon Beach Roundabout and Karon Beach. Kata Beach is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

4.1/5Very Good! (418 reviews)

"Check in process was easy and fast, the staff were all very friendly during our entire 5 night stay. The room was spacious & clean, bed was comfortable and the shower was hot. I was told the entire resort was booked out during our stay, therefore picking a early breakfast time to avoid a large queue ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2020

Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort
Avista Grande Phuket Karon - MGallery
Avista Grande Phuket Karon - MGallery
5 out of 5
38 Soi Luang Phor Chuan Soi 1, Karon, Phuket
The price is £38 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Situated in the shopping district, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Karon Beach and Kata Beach. Kata Noi Beach and Big Buddha are also within 3 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (291 reviews)

"The cleanliness of room not satisfied.The towels are not changed."…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

Avista Grande Phuket Karon - MGallery

Top Holiday Rentals in Karon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The View Phuket
The View Phuket
4 out of 5
78/7 Patak Road, Karon, Phuket
The price is £83 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

This family-friendly Karon villa is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Karon Beach, Big Buddha and Kata Noi Beach. Chalong Temple and Patong Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (106 reviews)
The Perfect Stay

"i booked the hotel for my proposal and the staff helped with the decorations. they also prepared a cake for my girlfriend's birthday. we could also get to the various attractions nearby and back by getting the hotel to ferry us using their shuttle bus."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

The View Phuket
Waterfront Suites Phuket by Centara
Waterfront Suites Phuket by Centara
4 out of 5
224/21 Karon Rd, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket

Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Karon Beach Roundabout and Karon Beach. Kata Beach and Big Buddha are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (120 reviews)

"Perfect place in Phuket, apartment was great spacious, clean and well located."…"

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2020

Waterfront Suites Phuket by Centara
Malisa Villa's Kata
Malisa Villa's Kata
5 out of 5
40/36 Kata Road, Kata Beach, Muang, Karon, Phuket
The price is £209 per night from 3 Oct to 4 Oct

Situated near the beach, this luxury villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kata Porpeang Market, Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach. Karon Beach and Big Buddha are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (261 reviews)

"Nothing more wonderful than having your own villa with your own pool and complete privacy, Chefs arrive each morning to make your breakfast, ad lunch and dinner can also be done in the villa if you want or there is a restaurant on site. Location is spot on, end of a quiet street but just a few minutes ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2019

Malisa Villa's Kata

Popular places to visit in Karon

Karon Beach
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Karon Beach

4.5/5(235 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Karon Beach, a popular beach in Karon. Amble around this quaint area's seaside and enjoy its lively bars.

Kata Noi Beach
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Kata Noi Beach

4.5/5(137 reviews)

Find a stretch of peaceful paradise at this small, often overlooked beach.

Big Buddha
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Big Buddha

4.5/5(181 reviews)

Enjoy stunning 360-degree views from where this massive statue sits, towering over the island from atop the Nakkerd Hills.

Freedom Beach
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Freedom Beach

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Freedom Beach, a popular beach in Phuket.

Karon View Point
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Karon View Point

4/5(1 review)

Find out about the history of Karon when you spend time at Karon View Point. Stroll along the seaside in this quaint area or visit its top-notch restaurants.

Patong Beach
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Patong Beach

4/5(306 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Patong Beach, a popular beach in Patong. Stroll along the seaside in this family-friendly area or visit its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Karon

Phi Phi Islands Premium Speedboat Tour with Khai Nok & Lunch
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Phi Phi Islands Premium Speedboat Tour with Khai Nok & Lunch

£62
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
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James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat

£47
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day
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Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day

£15
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Day Trip to Coral Island with Thai Lunch
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Day Trip to Coral Island with Thai Lunch

£26
Per adult
James Bond Island by Premium Speedboat with Lunch & Canoe
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James Bond Island by Premium Speedboat with Lunch & Canoe

£90
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Beach dive at the great house reef
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Beach dive at the great house reef

£39
Per adult

Reviews of Karon

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
63
5 - Excellent 45.65217391304348%
4 - Good
59
4 - Good 42.7536231884058%
3 - Okay
15
3 - Okay 10.869565217391305%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.7246376811594203%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

Amazing beach and crystal clewr sea. Verg laid back feel. Good range of shops, restaurants and street food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Jan 2020

It was our first time here very nice place to stay

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Jan 2020

Lots of bars, shopping and restaurants more towards north end. Easy walking distance or plenty tuk tuk to Kata beach.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

19 Dec 2019

I really enjoyed my time here but I doubt i will be back

5/5 - Excellent

Thom

14 Nov 2019

Love Karon, so much quieter than chaotic Patong. And close to Kata which is quieter still. Best restaurant on Patak road is Mama Jin delicious Thai food & loved Lucky13 Sandwich - best burger and fries I’ve had in years. Delicious!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Nov 2019

I will be back <3

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