First Time in Karon Beach - What To Do

Karon Beach Survival Guide

If you are planning your first time in Karon Beach, it can seem like quite a limited destination. It has a fantastic (and very long) beach, lined with some first-rate hotels, but is that all there is? Well, if you take a look at our guide below, you will find that there is a lot more to see and do here. Away from the beach, Karon has an impressive array of restaurants and even a modest nightlife to enjoy while Wat Karon and its weekly market are major attractions for locals and visitors alike.

Karon Beach is a good place whether you are looking for peace and quiet or a little bit of excitement. It is such a big place that it can easily accommodate both sorts of setting without one overwhelming the other. However, it also means that you need to know where to look, which is where our guide to what to do in Karon in one day comes in very handy.

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Karon Beach at a Glance

Karon is probably the most family-friendly part of Phuket. It has a very long beach with plenty of activities, a great choice of family resorts, nice restaurants and a modest nightlife. There are also lots of little shopping arcades, selling all of your essential holiday supplies. Those looking for a relaxing break and a good suntan certainly won’t be disappointed. 

  • Quiet and relaxing atmosphere
  • Large, clean beach
  • Good choice of budget restaurants
  • Lots of spacious resorts near the beach
  • Plenty of cheap souvenir markets
  • Not many quality restaurants (other than hotels)
  • Few sight-seeing attractions
  • Long distances between areas of interest

Things You Can Do in Karon Beach

The main thing to do in Karon is to hit the beach – it’s a really nice beach! One of Phuket’s longest, the sand is soft, white and squeaks when you walk on it. The sea is clear and there are no rocks or obstructions near the shore, so taking a cooling dip is easy. Other than the beach, Karon is particularly good for families, with a choice of sports and activities available and several good budget shopping areas for the grown-ups. Even if it means checking out nothing else, you should definitely see these three things to do in Karon.

  • Karon Beach

    The Beach of Karon

    Karon is a very long strip of sand well equipped with beach chairs and water sports. Definitely less crowded than Patong Read More»

  • Karon Market

    Karon Temple Market

    Karon Market is a popular shopping location set in the heart of Karon Beach in its temple grounds. It is a lively market Read More»

  • Dino Park Mini Golf in Kata Beach

    Dino Park Mini Golf

    Dino Park is a mini-golf course and restaurant located right in between Karon and Kata beaches on the Beach Road itself. Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Karon

The dining scene is Karon contains a lot of variety. You’ll find the best options on the rocky headland at the southern end and lots of international places around the northern end. There are many seafood venues in Karon Centre, the busiest part of the otherwise quiet town. Along Beach Road, your choices go from great hotel restaurants to cheap local joints. If you have to pick a restaurant for your stay, here are three places we would recommend: One with a view, one with outstanding food and one great local Thai restaurant.

  • On The Rock

    On The Rock

    On the Rock is one of the oldest established restaurants in Phuket and is rightly regarded as an institution on the Read More»

  • EAT Bar and Grill Phuket

    EAT Bar and Grill Phuket

    EAT Bar and Grill Phuket is a great option for enjoying some Western-style grill dining. You’ll find a varied menu of Read More»

  • Ging Restaurant Phuket

    Ging Restaurant Phuket

    Ging Restaurant Phuket is located in Karon and serves up traditional Thai plates as well as some Western fare. You can Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Karon Beach

Karon Beach may not seem like it’s that busy at night (especially compared to Patong Beach), but don’t be deceived! There are actually three or four parts of town which really come to life in the evenings, but they are really widely spread. As with the dining scene, the choice covers a wide range of budgets and preferences, from the swanky beach club to the extremely popular Irish bar. If this is your first time in Karon Beach, these three places should be on your list for after the sun goes down.

  • COAST Beach Club at Centara Grand Beach Resort

    Unwind and dine at COAST Beach Club at Centara Grand Beach Resort, a glamorous beach clubs, restaurants and event spaces Read More»

  • Karon Beach Square

    Karon Beach Square

    Karon Beach Square is a dining/nightlife complex hosting four modern outlets, each of them with a specific style, Read More»

  • Angus O’ Tool’s Irish Bar & Restaurant

    Angus O’ Tool’s Irish Pub

    Angus O’ Tool’s Irish Bar & Restaurant is a popular pub located on Soi Islandia (aka Soi Centara) in the heart of Read More»

Hotels in Karon We Recommend to Our Friends

The hotel selection in Karon leans mostly towards big resorts, including most of the big international brands. They’re also unusually family-friendly, and you’ll see Karon Beach heavily represented on our list of the best family hotels in Phuket. To help narrow down the broad choice of excellent hotels available, we strongly suggest taking a look at these three places. These are our favourites, thanks to their fantastic locations, grounds, facilities and service. If you’re planning your first time in Karon Beach, we believe that staying in one of these places will almost guarantee a lovely stay.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

Centara Grand Beach Resort, a large, almost fairy castle-like five-star resort on the north tip of Karon Beach is a dream beach Read More...

Beyond Resort Karon

Truly private, and truly intimate; Karon Beach Resort and Spa is the only resort on Phukets grandest beach, Karon beach.Nestled Read More...

Hilton Phuket Arcadia

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa is an idyllic 75-acre resort in Phuket, set in lush, tropical gardens surrounded by Read More...


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