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KaronThailand

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
5 out of 5
14/2 Patak Road Soi 24, Karon Beach, Karon, Phuket
$42
per night
Apr 8 - Apr 9

Located in the heart of Karon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Karon Beach Roundabout and Karon Beach. Kata Beach and Kata Porpeang Market are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,746 reviews)

"Amazing place, friendly environment! Lovely staff. Housekeeping beyond expectations."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Mandarava Resort and Spa Karon Beach
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
5 out of 5
14 Kata Noi Road, Karon, Phuket
$95
per night
Apr 19 - Apr 20

Nestled on the beach, this Karon hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kata Noi Beach and Kata Beach. Karon Beach and Kata Porpeang Market are also within 3 mi ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,895 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 Mar 15, 2020

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort
Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort And Spa
Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort And Spa
4.5 out of 5
4/1,4 Leam Sai Road, Kata Beach, Karon, Phuket
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$64
per night
Mar 31 - Apr 1

This family-friendly Karon resort is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Kata Beach and Karon Beach. Kata Noi Beach and Big Buddha are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,131 reviews)

"The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the beach and a short walk from the shopping/restaurants. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The sheets in our room had some stains on the kids sofa. Also, there was a confusion with our cash deposit (500 Baht). My husband paid it before I arrived at the checking ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort And Spa

Popular things to do in Karon

Karon Beach
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Karon Beach

4.5/5(575 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Karon Beach, a popular beach in Karon. Amble around this culturally-rich area's seaside and enjoy its lively bars.

Kata Noi Beach
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Kata Noi Beach

4.5/5(247 reviews)

Find a stretch of peaceful paradise at this small, often overlooked beach.

Kata Beach
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Kata Beach

4.5/5(295 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Kata Beach, a popular beach in Karon. Stroll along the seaside in this culturally-rich area, or check out its lively bars.

Big Buddha
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Big Buddha

4.5/5(530 reviews)

Enjoy stunning 360-degree views from where this massive statue sits, towering over the island from atop the Nakkerd Hills.

Freedom Beach
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Freedom Beach

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Freedom Beach, a popular beach in Karon. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Karon View Point
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Karon View Point

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Find out about the history of Karon when you take a trip to Karon View Point. Stroll along the seaside in this quaint area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in Karon

Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day
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Phuket Island Introduction Tour Half Day

78% of travellers recommend
$12
Per adult
Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island & Sea Caves Kayaking Tour
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Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island & Sea Caves Kayaking Tour

96% of travellers recommend
$91
Per adult
Phi Phi Islands Premium Speedboat Tour with Khai Nok & Lunch
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Phi Phi Islands Premium Speedboat Tour with Khai Nok & Lunch

88% of travellers recommend
$78
Per adult
Full-Day Tour of 6 Islands to Phi Phi with Lunch & Barbecue
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Full-Day Tour of 6 Islands to Phi Phi with Lunch & Barbecue

80% of travellers recommend
$125
Per adult
James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
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James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat

84% of travellers recommend
$60
Per adult
Full day Tuk-Tuk tour - Phuket Old Town and the South East
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Full day Tuk-Tuk tour - Phuket Old Town and the South East

$84
Per adult

Reviews of Karon

4.3

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

Water is extremely clean. Pefect for swimming.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 4, 2020

Karon is family friendly! We have stayed in Patong before and never will again. Karon has lots of shopping and good food options. Good appropriate massage places (Apple Massage 1 the BEST!) I do wish Karon had better walking sidewalks.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Great place to relax and vacationing!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 6, 2019

Pleasent silent place The beach itself is clean

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

I loved the area

5/5 - Excellent

Ugi

Dec 2, 2019

Clean, beautiful and family friendly place. It is quite and great for people with small children.

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