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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

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
5 out of 5
14 Kata Noi Road, Karon, Phuket
The price is NZ$171 per night from 3 Nov. to 4 Nov.

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
Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort
Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
562 Patak Road, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket
The price is NZ$111 per night from 25 Nov. to 26 Nov.

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

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! (293 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 29 Feb. 2020

Avista Grande Phuket Karon - MGallery
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.

Holiday Rentals in Karon

The View Phuket
The View Phuket
4 out of 5
78/7 Patak Road, Karon, Phuket
The price is NZ$258 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.

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
The price is NZ$81 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

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

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
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.

Popular places to visit in Karon

Kata Noi Beach
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Kata Noi Beach

4.5/5(143 reviews)

This stunning beach manages that difficult hat-trick – of looking drop-dead gorgeous, keeping the punters happy, while avoiding pulling in the big crowds.

Big Buddha
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Big Buddha

4.5/5(330 reviews)

Sitting on a lotus leaf on one of the highest points in Phuket, the Big Buddha is a dramatic statement that appears to survey the stunning panorama.

Kamala Beach
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Kamala Beach

4/5(238 reviews)

A family-friendly beach that turns down the volume and turns up the relaxation – with yoga, massages, warm calm seas and uncluttered friendly beaches.

Top activities 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

NZ$96
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

NZ$90
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day
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Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day

NZ$28
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

NZ$49
Per adult
James Bond Island by Premium Speedboat with Lunch & Canoe
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James Bond Island by Premium Speedboat with Lunch & Canoe

NZ$135
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Private Airport Transfer in Phuket ( New Update)
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Private Airport Transfer in Phuket ( New Update)

NZ$58
Per adult

Reviews of Karon

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
55
5 - Excellent 37.67123287671233%
4 - Good
75
4 - Good 51.36986301369863%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.904109589041095%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.36986301369863%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.684931506849315%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

GoldGirl

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

23 Oct. 2019

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

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