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Karon beach

Karon beach


Karon beach or in local name Hat Karon is the longest beach on Phuket island. This beach is very famous among tourist due to its white beautiful fine sand and fascinating atmosphere around the area. There are no such a place that suit for all kind of activity from relaxing to sport game than this beach.
 
Nearby the beach area there a lot of service for tourist in need such as resort, hotel, restaurant, shopping market, tourist service company, and there even night club if you want to enjoy the night.
 
Acording to Karon Beach travel Guide. There are some other place nearby if tourist want to make a detour such as the view point Katakaron that locate at the end of north side of Karon beach and Kata yai and Kata noi beach are still in task if you want to pass by.

 

What To Do In Karon Beach

What is there to do in Karon Phuket, you might ask. While Karon is more quiet and peaceful compared to its neighbor Patong, there are still plenty of things to do in Karon, and below we have listed what we think are the top ten things to do in Karon.

 

Karon Temple/ Wat Suwan Khiri Khet

Karon Temple, or Wat Suwan Khiri Khet, as it is called in Thai, is a colorful and well-maintained Buddhist temple located at the end of Soi Patak in Karon. The temple is fun to photograph and to walk around in. Marvel at the colorful dragons and amazing gold decorated roofs and doors.

 

Karon Temple Night Market

Tuesdays and Fridays are extra fun days to visit the Karon Temple as the temple houses a big lively market on the temple grounds.

Head here to play games, meet people (both locals and tourists), and eat lots of delicious local Thai food. You can do some shopping here as well, especially souvenirs and cheap beachwear like t-shirts, caps, and sunglasses. The clothes and souvenir department is a little touristy,  but the food is the real gem and highlight of this market.

Come to the Temple Market to enjoy delicious, cheap, and authentic Thai street food, and to shop for exotic tropical fruits like mango, mangosteen (my favorite!), passionfruit (Espen’s favorite!), dragon fruit, watermelon, and those small tasty Thai bananas. Or why not ask for the fruit to be mixed in a blender and formed into a delicious and healthy fruit shake?!

Other things you should try at this market are barbequed meat skewers, chicken rice, pad thai, roti/ pancakes, and last but not least, the famous Thai dessert Mango Sticky Rice. There are tables and chairs where you can sit and enjoy your food, beer, or a fruit shake.

Markets are a big part of the Thai culture, so if you have the chance, you should visit this market in Karon as it is a fun experience.

 

Barbequed seafood is the big thing in Karon

  • Opening hours Karon Temple Market: Every Tuesday and Friday, 16:00 (4 pm) – 22:00 (10 pm)
  • Where to find Karon Temple Market: At Karon Temple, on Parak Road in Karon

 

Karon View Point

Karon View Point is located a bit south of both Karon Beach and Kata Beach, between the beaches Nai Harn and Kata Noi.

It used to be called the Kata Viewpoint, which is more appropriate if you ask me since it is closer to Kata than Karon. I have no idea why they changed its name.

 

 

From Karon Viewpoint you have awesome views of Karon Beach (furthest away), Kata Beach, and Kata Noi Beach (closest).

The viewpoint is called “Khao Saam Haad” in Thai, meaning “Hill of the Three Beaches”.  A suitable name since Karon View Point has a fantastic view of the three beaches Karon Beach, Kata Noi Beach, and Kata Yai Beach.

The viewpoint has one of the best panoramic views of the Andaman Sea in the whole of Phuket. It is a popular place to come for selfies and photos both among locals and tourists, as well as a popular stop on the way to Nai Harn Beach or the famous Promthep Cape.

From Karon Viewpoint, you can capture much of what Phuket is famous for in one frame – turquoise ocean, curving white-sandy beaches, a small island (Koh Poo, meaning Crab Island), and the green and lush tropical jungle as a backdrop.

 

Great views from Karon Viewpoint – the small Koh Poo island (Crab Island), Kata Noi Beach (closest), then Kata Beach, and Karon Beach furthest away.

At the top of Karon Viewpoint is a Gazebo/ Pavillion where you can get some shelter from the sun while enjoying the view. You can also buy drinks and snacks from one of the small stands just below the viewpoint.

Karon Viewpoint is about 10 minutes by car or taxi from Karon Beach. It is open all day every day.

Dino Park Mini Golf

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?! And how often do you get a chance to play mini-golf inside a jungle which looks like Jurassic Park meets the Flinstones! ????????

If you’re traveling with kids, then this is super fun for the whole family. The Dino Park Mini Golf is a combination of an open-air dinosaur park and jungle, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and a restaurant & bar.

The whole park is built on top of an artificial “volcano.” The volcano erupts now and again, sending out smoke, fog, and lights. The whole park is surprisingly realistic with great light- and sound effects and huge life-like dinosaurs.

There is even a waterfall that you will have to walk under, a big cave filled with lava that you must go through, dinosaur poo, and a moving and roaring Tyrannosaurus Rex! And the heat (there is no air-con in the park) makes it even more realistic as you feel that you are in a tropical jungle.

The restaurant and bar area, Dino Bar, is set in a beautiful green and lush garden, and there is a calm river running through it among the tables. The waiters and waitresses are all dressed as Fred and Wilma from The Flinstones, so cute!

Fill up your energy level after the mini golf session with something cold to drink (you will need it!). Also, try the burger called the Dino Burger (it is, however, not made of dinosaur meat. I know, I was very disappointed about this as well…. ????).

The park opens at 10:00 in the morning but is best visited in the afternoon, when the heat has cooled down a bit. Bring water and wear mosquito repellents, and you will have a fun hour or so doing mini-golfing in Jurrasic Park and Flintstones settings.

  • Opening hours Dino Park Mini Golf: Every day, 10:00 (10 am) – 23:00 (11 pm)
  • Price: 240 Baht = US$ 8 for an adult, 180 Baht = US$ 6 for a child
  • Where to find Dino Park Mini Golf: Patak Soi 7. The park is part of the Marina Phuket Resort, located between Karon Beach and Kata Beach, on the Beach Road (opposite Starbucks).
  • Dino Park Mini Golf’s Webpage

 

Snorkeling & Diving

Diving and snorkeling is a big thing in Karon, and you will find several dive tour operators here. They offer everything from budget to luxury diving tours, and day trips to multi-day liveaboard trips.

Many of the dive tours will take you out to the islands Similan, Koh Phi Phi, and Surin, as well as Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago. You can also do PADI certification courses in Karon.

 

The south end of Karon Beach has some decent snorkeling, and many dive centers offers tours to the neighboring islands

 

Jet Skiing & Parasailing

Jet skiing and parasailing are popular in Karon Beach. We have not tried either of these beach activities, and it looks a bit crazy and dangerous, to be honest.

On parasailing, a “guide” will come with you on the balloon; only he is not wearing any safety equipment, not even a harness. He only hangs in the balloon by grabbing on to the ropes! Yieyks, it looks crazy! ????

Parasailing operator getting ready for the day

 
 
 

Be careful if you choose to rent jet skis or go on a parasailing trip. Some of the tour companies do not have insurance, and there have been some scams reported.

 

Surfing

If you are visiting Karon Beach during the low season, April to October, you can go surfing and take surf lessons. One hour of surf lessons cost about 1200 Baht = US$ 39. To rent surfboards cost about 300 Baht = US$ 10 per hour, while bodyboards cost about 150 Baht = US$ 5 per hour.

Most of the surfing takes place at the southern end of Karon Beach.

 

The surfing season is on from April until October. It hadn’t quite started when we visited.

 

Thai Cooking Course

Why not learn a new skill during your holiday in Phuket, like learning how to cook traditional and authentic Thai food? Learn how to make delicious Phad Thai, curry, Tom Yum, Papaya Salad, and Mango Sticky Rice.

Several of the big hotels in Karon Beach have Thai cooking courses, like Mövenpick Resort, Centara Karon Resort, The Front Village, and Thavorn Palm Beach Resort.

 

Thai Massage & Spa

Thai massage is a big part of Thai culture and something the Thais are very proud of. If you have not tried it, you definitely should. Karon Beach has some of the best spa and massage centers in Phuket. Try out the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa or the Mövenpick Resort & Spa for a top-notch relaxing massage and spa treatment.

There are also plenty of beach massages offered along Karon Beach, where you can have a quick massage for much less than at the resorts.

 

Shopping

Karon has no fancy shopping malls, but you will find some small tourist shops. The shops mostly sell touristy things like souvenirs, t-shirts, and clothes, fake handbags, suitcases, shoes, toys, etc.

Don’t expect to find a shopping mecca in Karon, head to the neighboring Patong, or preferably Phuket Town for better shopping opportunities.

 

You will find small tourist shops along the streets in Karon

 

Small local restaurants and cafes along the streets in Karon selling both western and Thai food

For shopping, head to the streets and market-like shopping centers listed below:

  • Karon Night Temple Market – Every Tuesdays and Fridays on the grounds of Karon Temple.
  • Karon Bazaar (Shopping Sale Karon Plaza) – A sizeable market-like center on Beach Road, between Woraburi Resort and Mövenpick Resort.
  • Centre Point Village – A 100-meter long corridor covered by a roof with a dozen shops and restaurants. Located on Karon Beach Road, next to Karon Princess Hotel.

 

Nightlife

The nightlife in Karon is more laid back and family-friendly compared to the sleazy go-go bar scene in Patong.

The chic and modern Coast Beach Club at Centara Grand Beach Resort is the only real night/ beach club in Karon. It is a stylish place with a relaxed vibe, and a cool place to watch the sunset with a cocktail in your hand. They have some light dishes on their menu, like tapas, cheese, and pizza, perfect to go with your wine and cocktail. Some evenings there is a live DJ playing music.

There is also a popular Irish pub in Karon, the Angus O’ Tool’s Irish Bar & Restuarant, with the biggest selection of draught beer in Karon. They also serve Irish pub food as well, like bangers & mash. Sport, especially soccer matches, are shown on big TV screens, but once in a while, they have live music evenings which are very popular. The pub also has a guesthouse, so if Irish pubs are your thing, you can even stay here.

Bangla Plaza

Most of the nightlife in Karon is centered around Bangla Plaza, a bar and pub street off Patak Road. The bars that line this street all look very similar, with a bar inside, some tables outside, a snooker table, and several big screens showing sports.

They all open around 17:00 (5 pm) in the afternoon until late (or as long as they have guests).

Most of the nightlife in Karon Beach can be found in the street Bangla Plaza

 

Where To Eat In Karon BeachMost of the hotels and resorts in Karon have excellent restaurants serving both international and Thai food, so there are plenty to choose from.

A real gem is the romantic On The Rock Restaurant at Marina Phuket Resort, which is located right by the sea. A great place to eat and watch the sunset. Their specialty is seafood, and they have a great selection of wines.

There are some excellent stand-alone restaurants in Karon as well, and we tried out one of them – the EAT Bar & Grill. It was fantastic!

The restaurant has a Swedish chef, serving some delicious western-style grilled meat. Head here for a real American steak and a beef burger made of high quality imported meat. The presentation of the food was also very delicate, and the meat was super juicy. The staff was welcoming, and the service was excellent.

 

We had some delicious juicy steaks at EAT bar & grill in Karon

 

Cozy atmosphere at EAT bar & restaurant grill with friendly and service-oriented staff. Loved it!

For some cheaper dining options and delicious and authentic Thai street food, head to the Karon Temple Market, open every Tuesday and Friday.

The small family-owned beachfront restaurants in front of Karon Lake in Karon Park serves some cheap and delicious barbecued seafood. They also have the standard Thai dishes like Phad Thai, Tom Yam, and chicken cashew nuts on their menus. The restaurants are small but have a fantastic location right by the beach.

Karon Beach Square

For a more sophisticated and stylish dining and pub scene, head to Karon Beach Square, located on the ground of the Mövenpick Resort. Karon Beach Square is a dining and nightlife complex with some cool bars and restaurants set in a beautiful garden.