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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.

Top hotels in Karon

The Shore at Katathani
The Shore at Katathani
5 out of 5
14 Kata Noi Rd., Muang, Karon, Phuket
The price is NZ$376 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 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! (583 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! (999 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
The price is NZ$177 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! (711 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.

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Reviews of Karon


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4/5 - Good

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6 Mar. 2020

It is a very low key place to just relax and do not much but enjoy the clean beach that’s available.

4/5 - Good


4 Feb. 2020

Top Tip: Try to get a room away from the road, as there are a number of loud cars with pumping music at all hours of the night.

4/5 - Good

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3 Jan. 2020

Beaches were better than I expected, water was very clean and clear and a lovely temperature. Preferred Kata beach over Karon beach. Many nice restaurants around both areas and felt safe at all times.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

3 Nov. 2019

Karon itself not as busy as some other places which makes it more relaxing. Beach is nice but be careful swimming rips there. Also usual scam artists trying to get you to do time share through winning a prize. You can see sunset from beach here

4/5 - Good

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31 Oct. 2019

Nicely located from the hussle and bussle of Patong Beach with a shirt taxi ride from the resort. Staff were excellent, knowledgeable, helpful nothing was a problem were great with recommendations for things to do and how to get there.

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Oct. 2019

Loved the proximity to the beach, shops and restaurants and street food.

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