Karon Beach is a spectacular beach located on the west coast of Thailand’s exotic Phuket island. The aqua-blue waters and the white sands of this beach create a stunning contrast. One can indulge in countless fun activities here without burning a hole in their pocket, making this beach the ultimate backpacker’s paradise. Being one of the longest beaches on the island, it never gets crowded. It is known for its crystal clear waters and tranquil atmosphere. This place is the perfect getaway for a relaxing vacation.
Check-in at resorts in Karon Beach
The hotels and resorts located in and around this beach are very inexpensive. Get the luxury of 5 star hotels at unbelievably pocket-friendly prices. Some of the popular hotels here are Avista Grande, Mövenpick, The Shore at Katathani, Le Meridien, Novotel, Beyond Resort, Centara Grand, Hilton Phuket Arcadia. These hotels have lavish pools, heavenly spas, great restaurants and bars, gyms, and more. Karon beach is a budget friendly travel destination.
Treat yourself to the Paradisiacal Thai Spa Therapy
Thailand has risen to prominence as one of the world’s premier massage and spa therapy destinations. The top tourist-loved spas in Karon beach are In Balance Spa at Novotel, Siam Herbs for Health Spa, Nin Massage, Palm Spa and Massage, Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand, Oasis Spa, Frutta Massage and Spa. You must experience a Thai massage or spa therapy if you’re visiting Thailand. They’re known to work wonders in relieving stress and body pain. Karon beach has some of the finest spas in entire Phuket.
Parasailing in Karon Beach is a really thrilling experience. The water sports here are very reasonably priced. The approximate cost of parasailing for 2 persons on this beach is THB 500. This experience offers mind-blowing bird’s eye views of the beautiful beach. You should definitely try out this adrenaline pumping activity here and create unforgettable memories. Jet Skiing is also a very popular water sport on this beach and costs around THB 1500 for a 30 minutes ride. The crystalline bay and aqua blue water makes the water sport experiences all the more sensational. It is to be noted that some tourists have raised safety concerns regarding parasailing here.
Devour Mouth-watering Cuisines
There are countless places to dine in and around Karon beach. The beachfront restaurants near Karon Lake are amazingly affordable and serve scrumptious meals. While dining here, one must try out their fresh and delicious seafood options. The stunning views of the ocean make the dining experience here all the more amazing. Affordable dining options are also available at the temple market which is open every Tuesdays and Fridays. This market is well-known for its authentic, mouth-watering Thai street food.
The flavoursome and authentic Thai dishes to try are Tom Yum Goong, Tom Kha Gai, Pad Thai, Gaeng Daeng, Khao Pad, Pad Krapow, Khao Soi, Pad Kee Mao, Khao Niew Ma Muang, Pad Phak, and Yum Pla Duk Foo. Indian cuisine is also quite popular in Thailand. Few of the best restaurants in Karon beach area are Eat. Bar & Grill, Golden Paradise Restaurant, On the Rock, Coast Beach Club & Bistro, Two Chefs & Grill, Istanbul Turkish Restaurant, El Gaucho, Palm Square, Ging, and Karon café.
Visit Wat Suwan Khiri Khet
Buddhism is the most practiced religion of Thailand. A temple is known as ‘wat’ in this country. Wat Suwan Khiri Khet is a Buddhist temple located 500 meters from Karon Beach and is also popularly known as Karon temple. The interiors of this temple are a kaleidoscope of paintings, murals, and traditional Buddhist architecture. It also has many Buddha statues and some images of Hindu goddesses. The tranquil atmosphere of the temple makes it an ideal place to meditate. Karon temple is open every day from 9 am to 6 pm and entry is free of charge. One has to follow a dress code here like in any other Buddhist temple.
The perfect time to surf in Karon Beach is from May to October. There are a few surf clubs in and around the area that provide rental surf boards and surfing lessons. Learning to surf costs around THB 1200 and rental boards are priced at THB 150 per hour.
Explore Karon Night Market
This market is open every Tuesdays and Fridays from 4 pm to 10 pm in the Karon Temple premises. The stalls here offer a wide range of jewellery, handbags, apparel, local handcrafted goods, swimsuits, footwear and great Thai street food. This is a perfect place to purchase souvenirs. The environment is really vibrant. It is one of the most famous local markets in Phuket and is usually flocked by tourists all year round. Visitors like to try out the local fruit, the Durian, here. The market, in general, is quite inexpensive and allows you to experience a little bit of the local culture. Don’t forget to use your bargaining skills while shopping here.
Swimming and Sunbathing
Karon beach is great for swimming all year round but the waves might get a little rough during monsoons. The best time to swim is between November to April. The water is a beautiful turquoise shade and is pleasantly transparent. The soothing waves help relieve stress and feel like nature’s own massage.
This beach doesn’t usually feel crowded as it is one of the longest beaches on the island. The entire atmosphere being calm and peaceful makes it a perfect spot to sunbake and chill. Renting a beach lounge chair for a day costs about THB 200.
This is only beach in Phuket with public volleyball nets. It’s free for everyone. The court gets crowded in the evenings and both tourists and locals join in for games. It’s a fun way to meet new people and have a wonderful time on the beach.
Banana Boat Rides
These are inflated banana shaped boats that can accommodate around 5 to 7 people at one time. The boat is pulled around in the ocean by a speed boat. The persons on the inflated tube grab on to the handles and enjoy the exhilarating ride. This is a popular adventure sport in Karon Beach. The speed boat drivers pulling the tube often take a sharp bend at the end of the ride to throw everyone into the water for fun. It costs around THB 500 per person.
Hiking to Big Buddha
Big Buddha is one of the top tourist attractions in Phuket. It is a 45 metre high Lord Buddha statue located on top of Nagakerd Hill. It offers outstanding views of the ocean and southern Phuket. 5pm to 6pm is the perfect time to reach this place as you can experience the phenomenal views of the picture postcard perfect sunset. Karon Beach to the Big Buddha statue is a 45 minutes to 1 hour hiking trail with spectacular views all along the way. The statue is also accessible by road and one can choose to drive there.
Play Miniature Golf @ Dino Park
Dino Park Mini Golf is a dinosaur and jungle themed miniature golf course with a restaurant. It is located very close to Karon beach and is absolutely loved by tourists. It is family friendly and open daily from 10 am to 11pm. The best time to visit is during evening. It takes 40 minutes to complete a round and costs THB 240 for adults and children above 12 years of age and THB 180 for children above the age of 4.
Enjoy the Picturesque Sunsets
The sunsets at Karon beach are truly phenomenal and absolutely romantic. The sky is painted with beautiful shades of pink, crimson, yellow, and purple. You can just sit back and absorb the blissful atmosphere. Once the sun sets, you can enjoy a delicious meal at the beachfront restaurants serving fresh and exotic seafood and Thai cuisines.
Karon View Point
This observation deck is about 5kms from Karon beach. It offer’s panaromic views of the Andaman sea and the dense greenery of Phuket. One can also get a bird’s eye view of the three beaches, namely, Kata Noi, Kata Yai, and Karon. This view point is known to the locals as ‘Khao Sam Haad’ and it happens to be the most photographed location in the entire island. Karon View Point is on every tourist’s itinerary while visiting Phuket. The observation deck is open 24/7.
Enjoy the Nightlife
The best places in Karon to experience the nightlife include Patak Road, Karon Temple Market, Karon Bazaar, and Bangla Plaza. The hotels and resorts around the beach also have some really good pubs and restaurants.
Some of the tourist-loved pubs in Karon include Angus O’ Tool’s Irish Pub, Coast Beach Club, Walkabout Sports Bar, Karon Aussie Bar, Art Space Gallery and Music bar, The Garage. There is a plethora of smaller bars in Bangla Plaza and Karon Bazaar.
A different kind of nightlife can be experienced at the Karon Night Temple Market which has various stalls selling local goods, souvenirs, and Thai street food.
Shopping at Karon Bazaar
Karon Bazar is a shopping centre located on Karon Beach Road. The shops here majorly sell apparel and beachwear. There’s also a multitude of spas, eateries, and bars. The bazaar is open daily from 10 am to 11 pm. Also known as Karon Plaza, it forms a major part of Karon’s nightlife. Make sure to bargain before you make a purchase here. This market is well-known for selling knock-offs of various high-end international brands and is frequented by tourists all-round the year.
Sak Yant Tattooing is a significant part of Thai culture and it dates back to the 9th century. It was believed that tattooing sacred religious scriptures, animals, Gods and Goddesses would provide protection from evil powers and bring good fortune. Thailand is world famous for its Sak Yant tattoos. Both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have such tattoos. Popular tattoo studios in Karon are Celebrity Ink Tattoo, Andaman Tattoo Studio, Army Freedom Tattoo.
Learn to Cook Thai Cusine
There are several businesses providing cooking lessons for authentic Thai cuisine in and around Karon beach area. The prominent ones include Kata Thai Cooking Classes by Sally, Thai Cooking Lessons by Miss Chel, Phuket Thai Cooking Class by VJ. Some of the resorts in Karon beach, such as Mövenpick, Centara, and The Village Resort and Spa, also provide such classes. It’s a great way to meet new people and learn a skill. A three hours class costs about THB 2000 per person.
Relax at Hat Karon Noi Beach
This is Le Meridien hotel’s private beach. It’s a small and exceptionally clean beach meant only for guests of the hotel. It is one of the few private beaches on the island and is sometimes known as Relax Beach. It is located to the north of Karon Beach and is surrounded by lush green trees and hills. The views here are incredibly impressive. The hotel also has a gigantic pool and other awesome facilities.
Take a Stroll in Karon Park
Karon Lake, also known as, Nong Han Lake, is a serene lake in the northern part of the beach. The lake is a part of Karon Park. It is mainly meant for jogs, runs and work-outs. The park is used to host various festivals and fairs such as Loy Krathong.