This list of the best things to do in Karon Beach features the all of the must-see places and must-do activities in this beautiful place. Being one of the more family-friendly spots in Phuket, many of the items on our list will appeal to all ages.
Karon is the second most popular resort town in Phuket Island, and for very good reasons. To start off, it boasts one of the longest beaches on the island and has huge range of hotels in the surrounding area, which cater for various tastes and budgets. Karon Beach's dining scene is also worth a mention too, ranging from tasty cheap seafood eateries to fine-dining establishments. Above all else, despite its amazing transformation from a small fishing village to a modern holiday destination, it somehow retains its ever-so laidback and cool vibes.
Wat Karon (Karon Temple) is located some 500m from the beach in Karon Centre. Founded in 1895, it went through major renovation and the addition of a three-storey building that hosts monk’s dormitories, prayer hall and a large kitchen in which food is prepared for the attendants at regular religious ceremonies held on the temple ground. The ordination hall is set in a superbly decorated edifice surrounded by two Naga statues (Thai mythological snake).
Twice a week (on Tuesdays and Fridays), this tranquil place turns to a buzzing one as Wat Karon’s compound hosts the extremely popular Karon Market. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily. Market held every Tue and Fri from 16:00 - 22:00
- Location: On Patak Road, close to Karon centre, about 500 metres from the beach
- Dress Code: Please dress respectfully when visiting the temple
On the borderline between Karon and Kata beaches, Dino Park is a fun entertainment centre for kids and grown-ups alike. It has an 18-hole mini-golf course with different dinosaurs at each hole, which is challenging in parts but nevertheless ‘doable’ for younger players. It takes about 40 minutes to do a full round. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:30
- Location: Beach Road – directly between Karon and Kata Beaches, next to Marina Phuket Resort
- Tel: +66 (0)7 633 0625
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/dinoparkphuketkaron
Unwind and dine at COAST Beach Club at Centara Grand Beach Resort, a glamorous beach clubs, restaurants and event spaces at the northern end of Karon Beach. With its great seafront views, COAST Beach Club offers a laidback barefoot vibe, featuring a cocktail bar, restaurant and the cool breeze off the Andaman Sea. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: Centara Grand Beach Resort, 683 Karon Beach, Patak Road, Karon
- Tel: +66 (0)7 620 1234
Phuket Beach Volleyball Club
Karon Beach is the only place in Phuket where you will find beach volleyball nets set up every day for public use. Naturally, they're quite popular, and you can see locals and tourists alike joining in games most evenings. It's a good way to meet new people and have some fun. They're mostly busy around sunset, when the temperature is down to a level where playing becomes less of an endurance challenge.
- Opening Hours: 07:30 - 18:30
- Location: On the beach, opposite Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/Phuket-Beach-Volleyball-Club-176583442397012
ATV Karon is a large quad-biking centre which, unlike almost any other centre of its kind, is conveniently located right by a major town. The entrance is right next to the Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort, opposite Karon Lake, and the grounds extend well into the jungle-covered hills behind and around it. With a sizable fleet of vehicles, there's plenty of opportunity to enjoy off-roading along shaded forest paths.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Wiset Road, next to Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort
- Tel: +66 (0)84 690 4196
The art of Thai massage has deservedly gained a worldwide reputation for quality, and many visitors inevitably include it on their ‘must-do-in-Phuket’ lists. At Karon Beach, you will find plenty of world-class spas and massage centres, with some therapists using special ingredients such as royal Thai honey, black sesame and chocolate.
In the same vein as Thai cooking classes, the most renowned spas are found on the ground of the largest resorts; establishments such as Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa (076-396433) and Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach (076-396139) host world-class spas. A few stand-alone spa complexes like Body and Mind Day Spa (076-398274 - opposite Black Pearl Restaurant beside Karon Lake) are also extremely popular. For a more laid-back and affordable massage, you could also enjoy a beach massage; most of the masseuses practicing on the beach have excellent skills in kneading those aching limbs. Read More...
Thai cuisine is one of the most popular Asian foods and is well known around the world. Add a culinary edge to your Phuket holiday by joining a classic Thai cooking class. Learn to make your own tom yum soup, green curry, phad Thai and Thai-style barbecued chicken in a friendly environment, taught by the experts.
Usually held in hotels and restaurant, Karon’s most renowned Thai cooking classes are no exception; you could learn the basics of some of Thai cuisine favourite dishes at one of the following places: Thavorn Palm Beach Resort (076-396090), Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach (076-396139), Centara Karon Resort Phuket (076-396200-5), and The Front Village (076-398200-5). Enjoy and bon appétit! Read More...
Karon Beach Naga Statue
It isn't exactly certain if this golden statue by Karon Beach is a dragon or a naga. If it is a dragon, it would be Hai Leng Ong – the mythical Chinese sea dragon which supposedly went to sleep and formed Phuket Island. The naga, meanwhile, is a creature of Buddhist mythology and is basically a giant king cobra, commonly associated with rivers. Either way, it is quite a dramatic statue and is especially beautiful at sunset.
- Location: by the beach, opposite Woraburi Phuket Resort & Spa
Karon Park is mostly fitness oriented, providing several simplified gym machines and a running track around the lake, a lot of which is shaded by trees. The lake itself is the star attraction, as it is one of the more popular places to celebrate Loy Krathong in November each year. The park and surrounding area is often the site of small festivals and fairs and there is convenient car parking for those visiting the beach.
- Location: Northern end of Karon Beach
Karon Tattoo Studios
The Karon tattoo scene holds a dozen studios offering a great choice of neat and clean places to get inked in style. Karon tattoo studios are dispatched all around the resort town from Army Freedom Tattoo Studio in Bangla Plaza to Tattoo Ezy Life and one tattoo shop with no name on Lung Pho Chuan Road to Climax Tattoo in Karon Plaza to Andaman Tattoo on the Beach Road to Bird Tattoo inside Karon Shopping Plaza to Holy Art Tattoo Studio and Special Tattoo near Karon Circle to 23 Tattoo in Karon Centre (on the right-hand side 80m before Karon Temple) to Tattoo Studio by Bongkarn Cong and Toon Tattoo in Soi Centara, to Ball Tattoo in a small Soi off Patong Beach Road near Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort to three tattoo studios on Patak Road (the back road parallel to the sea). Bamboo sticks or electric machines are used according to customers’ wishes and tattoo style in most Karon Beach studios.
- Opening Hours: usually from 10:00 – 23:00
- Location: all around Karon Beach