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.
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Karon Temple (properly known as Wat Suwan Khiri Khet, but often called Wat Karon) manages to keep a peaceful atmosphere, just off the busy Patak Road. Founded in 1895, it went through major renovation and the addition of a 3-storey building that hosts monk’s dormitories, prayer hall and a large kitchen.
The ordination hall is set in a superbly decorated edifice surrounded by 2 Naga statues (Thai mythological snake). There are many Buddha statues, images and paintings around the complex, with the black Buddha statue inside the building being quite unusual and rare. You'll also see colourful statues of monsters (or yak in Thai) from Thai folklore. Look out for the night market on Tuesdays and Fridays, with a great choice of stalls filling the expansive temple grounds. Read More...
- Location: Wat Karon, Patak Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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: Daily from 10am to 11pm
- Location: 47 Karon Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 330 625
Unwind and dine at COAST Beach Club at Centara Grand Beach Resort, a glamorous beach club, restaurants and events 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: Daily from 11am to 11pm
- Location: 683 Wiset Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 201 234
Phuket Beach Volleyball Club
Karon Beach is the only place in Phuket where you'll 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.
- Location: Patak Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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'll find plenty of world-class spas and massage centres, with some therapists using special ingredients such as Royal Thai honey, black sesame and chocolate.
The most renowned spas are found on the grounds of the largest resorts, including the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa and Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach. A few stand-alone spa complexes like Body and Mind Day Spa are also extremely popular. For a more laid-back and affordable massage, you could also enjoy a beach massage; most of the masseuses practising 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, pad Thai and Thai-style barbecued chicken in a friendly environment, taught by the experts. If you're lucky, you might even get a trip to a local market as the teacher take students to handpick fresh ingredients.
Usually held in hotels and restaurant, you can learn the basics of some of Thai cuisine's favourite dishes at Thavorn Palm Beach Resort, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach, Centara Karon Resort Phuket, and The Front Village and others. 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's 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's quite a dramatic statue and is especially beautiful at sunset.
- Location: Khlong Bangla Park, Patak Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
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's 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's convenient car parking for those visiting the beach.
- Location: 21 Wiset Rd, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
Karon tattoo studios
The Karon tattoo scene contains a dozen studios offering a great choice of neat and clean places to get inked in style. Karon tattoo studios are found all around the resort town, from Army Freedom Tattoo Studio in Bangla Plaza to Climax Tattoo in Karon Plaza to Andaman Tattoo on the Beach Road and so on - the list is very long! Bamboo sticks or electric machines are used according to customers’ wishes and the style of the tattoo design.