Karon Beach 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.
Our list of the Top 5 Attractions 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.
- Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park
- Phi Phi Islands Tour with Express Boat
- James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
- Coral & Racha Islands Full-Day Tour
- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Flying Hanuman Ziplining Experience
- Canoeing Excursion in Phang Nga Bay with Thai Buffet Lunch
- Introduction to City Tour
- John Gray's Cave Canoeing Tour in Phang Nga Bay
Karon Beach is the third-longest in Phuket, with much softer and finer sand than the two longer ones (Mai Khao and Bangtao). Jet ski and parasailing operators walk up and down the beach looking for customers and, with fewer jet skis than at Patong, there's more room for swimming and playing in the water. Also popular are the banana boat, waterskiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing. There are also some beach volleyball nets and some good snorkeling spots can be found by the rocks at the south end. Read More...
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 attendant to 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).
Temples in Thai villages are considered community centres, and Karon is the place where senior people like to gather under the shade of the trees at the end of the afternoon to enjoy a relaxing time in a very peaceful atmosphere. Twice a week (on Tuesdays and Saturdays), this tranquil ambience turns to a buzzing one as Wat Karon’s compound hosts the extremely popular Karon Market.
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: On Patak Road, close to Karon centre, about half a kilometer from the beach
Karon Market is a popular shopping spot set in the heart of Karon Beach in its temple grounds. Wat Karon’s compound covers approximately 12,000sqm, and twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays) it becomes a lively market at which visitors can find a great choice of products and local food. Like most outdoor markets in Phuket, Karon’s one starts late afternoon when the heat of the day has dissipated.
The ranges of products on display at the market is definitely tourist oriented: from fluorescent Singha beer sleeveless T-shirts to Thai-style bags, scarves and sarongs to multi-coloured swimsuits and beachwear, all affordable gifts and souvenirs to take back home. A Thai market would not be a true Thai market without food and drinks, and on this side, Karon Market has all the usual suspects when it comes to local delicacies and Thai street snacks. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Every Tue and Sat from 16:00 - 22:00
- Location: At Wat Karon on Patak Road, Karon Centre
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.
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!