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Karon
Travel Guide

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.

The Shore at Katathani
The Shore at Katathani
5 out of 5
14 Kata Noi Rd., Muang, Karon, Phuket
The price is Rs16,640 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this Karon hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking, Kata Noi Beach and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Big Buddha ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (582 reviews)

"My cousins and I stayed for my 40th birthday from the US. The hotel and staff were great. One thing to think about is the payment method. They accepted my form of payment for holding but could not accept it for payment. Luckily I had that kind of cash I could transfer. That could have been bad. If ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2021

The Shore at Katathani
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
5 out of 5
14 Kata Noi Road, Karon, Phuket
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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
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
5 out of 5
683 Patak Road, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs7,895 per night from 17 Mar to 18 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this Karon resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Karon Beach Roundabout and Karon Beach. Kata Beach and Freedom Beach are also within 3 miles ...

4.2/5Excellent! (709 reviews)
Perfect stay for families! Highly recommend it

"Centara is the perfect resort for families with children of all ages. We were a family of four with two young adults, and we absolutely loved our stay! We were pleasantly surprised to find that we were upgraded to the two bedroom villa which made our stay that much more special. The resort is beautiful ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2020

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The View Phuket
The View Phuket
4 out of 5
78/7 Patak Road, Karon, Phuket
The price is Rs8,162 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

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! (105 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

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Karon Butterfly Residence
Karon Butterfly Residence
3.5 out of 5
266/2 Patak Road,T. Karon, A. Muang, Karon, Phuket
The price is Rs2,318 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Karon Beach and Kata Beach. Freedom Beach and Patong Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

4.1/5Very Good! (58 reviews)

"beautiful and comfortable place to stay but very steep climb up"…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2020

Karon Butterfly Residence
Kata Sea View Villas
Kata Sea View Villas
4.5 out of 5
12, Soi 2, Patak Road, Muang, Karon, Phuket
The price is Rs20,658 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

Situated near the beach, this luxury villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kata Porpeang Market, Kata Beach, and Big Buddha. Kata Noi Beach and Karon Beach are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (57 reviews)

"Villa is clean, owner always making effort to make it better. Although villa is not new new condition, but its clean and proper. Breakfast is readily cooked and staff are very friendly. For lunch and dinner, you can order from them, price is reasonable and delicious, the cook can cook very well. ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2019

Kata Sea View Villas
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Reviews of Karon

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4/5 - Good

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16 Mar 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Jan 2020

It was our first time here very nice place to stay

4/5 - Good

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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

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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

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7 Nov 2019

I will be back <3

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