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This is a four kilometer long, straight, wide beach. Karon is the second biggest resort town after Patong. A road runs along the full length of the beach. Hotels line the other side of the road while the main shopping and nightlife areas are at the north and south ends of the beach.
Sand dunes and a small waterway separate the beach from the road which gives it a nice isolated feel despite the close proximity of so many hotels. Karon was one of the beaches least affected by the tsunami and this is generally credited to the protective effect of the sand dunes.
The beach is formed from beautiful, powdery sand and slopes smoothly into the sea making a great bathing location.
There are sun loungers lined along most of the beach but they are not as intrusive as at Patong. They cost 100 baht each. Karon Beach never has the same hectic feel as Patong Beach. There are a few water-sport activities such as jet-skis and parasailing. There is some reasonable snorkeling along the rocks at the southern end of the beach.
The beach is not really in a bay so it does not have the beautiful views of some of the other beaches. It is also renowned for having some of the most dangerous currents during the rainy season.
How to Get There
You can't go far wrong. It is a big beach south of Patong and there are plenty of signposts.
You can find the smaller hotels and guesthouses at the north and south ends of the beach. Major hotels line the beach road. A few suggestions:
Mid to High Range:
Andaman Seaview Hotel (4 1/2 star)
Baan Karonburi Resort (3 star)
Best Western Resort (3 star)
Centara Grand Beach Resort (5 star)
Diamond Cottage Resort (3 1/2 star)
Horizon Beach Resort & Spa (4 star)
Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort (5 star)
Karon Beach Resort (4 star)
Karon Princess Hotel (3 star)
Karon Sea Sands Resort (3 1/2 star)
Karon Whale Resort (3 star)
Karona Resort and Spa (3 star)
Marina Phuket Hotel (3 star)
Movenpick Resort and Spa (5 star)
Orchid Resort Hotel (4 star)
Pacific Club and Spa (4 star)
Peach Hill Hotel (3 star)
Talay Karon Beach Resort (4 star)
South Sea Resort (4 star)
Thavorn Palm Beach Resort (4 star)
The Old Phuket Hotel (3 star)
The Village Resort & Spa (3 star)
Woraburi Phuket Resort & Spa (4 star)
See our Accommodation section for more advice about finding rooms.