Beach and Karon (Karon) in Phuket

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Пляж Карон, Пхукет Karon Beach

- the quality of the beach
- suitability for bathing
- protection from waves
security for children in water
infrastructure district
- entertainment and nightlife

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Karon beach (Karon) is on Phuket's West coast approximately 3 miles South from the most popular beach of the island – Patong, and 20 kilometres from the centre of the island, Phuket town (Patong on the map). On the other side, on the South of Karon beach is another great beach – Kata. And it can be reached even on foot. The length is slightly more than 3 kilometers. It is the second most popular after Patong.

The situation in the area of Karon beach is much more relaxed than Patong, although every year it becomes more popular and crowded. We can say that it is a kind of Golden mean for those looking for nice clean beaches, good infrastructure, and entertainment.

Infrastructure here is well developed, there are many hotels, restaurants and cafes, travel agencies and transport, banks and exchange offices, shops and markets. In General, there is everything you may need for vacation, except that the abundance of nightlife as in Patong. Evening and night entertainment are limited to bars (including the girls) and restaurants, but no noisy discos is not in sight.

In the afternoon, in addition to beach recreation, there's really nothing to do except to play Golf at the local field or go on excursions around the island. Shopping in Rawai modest, mostly there are small shops and supermarkets, markets, and major shopping centers there.

Directly Karon beach is definitely one of the most beautiful and cozy. In 2008, he even took the eighth place among the best beaches in the world according to one of the magazines. The water here is clean as sand. By the way, the sand here squeaks like snow, and it's not found anywhere else in Phuket. It is much more deserted and quieter than Patong, especially in the Northern part, and is perfect for families with children or couples. The waves here are almost always weak. The slope of the bottom everywhere is different, and there are places safe for children and ideal for swimming. But while this is one of the most treacherous beaches for swimmers, here are the most likely to kill people. He is very influenced by the impact flow, so watch out for the exposed red flags that mean it is dangerous to swim. In the period from April to October South-westerly winds form large waves in the ocean, and this place is not very suitable for a relaxed swimming but perfect for surfing. And from June to August swimming becomes dangerous.

All the traditional beach activities here, including close to a few places for snorkeling and diving rental equipment. For surfing it almost didn't fit, the waves are weak.

There is, however a drawback: along the beach there is a road, and no hotels on the first line. But the beach is so wide that it is not noticed, and transport is not much.

We should also mention the beach, Karon Noi. Some Internet sources sometimes have this little beach (its length is 300 meters) on the South, writes that it has a length of 4 kilometers. It's all true. Karon Noi is quite small, and is located in the North (Karon Noi on the map), with its fully occupied hotel Le Meridien, which monitors and cleans up the area, and the beach is just a fairy tale, you might say - perfect. You can get here anyone can, because under Thai law all beaches are public. This will have to go through the hotel grounds.

How to get to Karon. Karon beach is located 3 kilometers South of Patong, and between their centers a distance of 7 kilometers. The tuk-tuk there will cost 200-300 baht (see currency of Thailand and the exchange rate). To the nearby Kata beach can be reached on foot.

From the airport can be reached by taxi from 700 THB and hour time, or minivan for 180 baht. You can still do this route by local bus, but will have to spend about 4 hours time. From the airport you must first drive to Phuket town at the old bus station for 100 baht (schedule here and from there catch the bus to Karon (see below). If you come to Phuket on a long-distance bus at the new bus station, then it is up to the old station can be reached within a 10 baht for a regular tuk-tuk. Read more about bus station and about transport in Phuket.

Further, between the old station in Phuket town and Karon beach in the daytime from 06:00 to 16:40 every 30 minutes there is a local bus for 35 baht. Through the kata, he is on the main road stops on demand anywhere. His final destination is Kata beach.

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Встреча водителемThe driver meets you at the airport or at the station

Hotels in Karon lot. It is mostly mid-priced hotels from 1000 baht, but there are a lot of budget guesthouses from 500 baht for air-conditioned room for two. Like most of Phuket's beaches, almost all hotels are located on the second line from the sea across the road. Only in the very South there are a couple of expensive hotels, with its territory and access to the sea.

When choosing the location of the hotel keep in mind that the main parties and infrastructure are concentrated North of the big traffic roundabout in the center. This part of the district is the most developed, most restaurants, shops, travel agencies here.

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Summing up about Karon. This is one of the best tourist areas in Phuket and a smart choice for those who want to get a Golden mean between noisy partying and great beaches. Perfect for families with children and for young people.

Photos of Karon beach

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Mona-Lisa May 28, 2017
Phuket of course all the beaches are beautiful ) And, of course, on who is looking )
If you like to go to Nightclubs, bars and restaurants, and you arrived at the Phuket fun - definitely your choice should fall to Patong.
If you come with your family and for the Sea, and do not plan to take the car - then, of course, Karon or Kata. But they are also the most touristic.
If you want the opposite of quiet rest, and what would you no one bothered, then Patong or Mai Khao. On the beautiful beach of Panwa, AO Yon, on Mai Khao beach with bathing worse. Yes, the beach is sandy but very large depth and the waves can be, even in high season.
If you want everything at once, and that would be less tourists, and whatever the club was, and still restaurants not bad, the Surin or Bang Tao. But firstly it is expensive areas, and secondly, will already be hard without a car.
Well, everyone's favorite Nai Harn beach. Only by car or bike, the beach is beautiful, live mostly winterers and expats. The infrastructure is good, almost all Thais in Russian learned to speak. restaurants are generally not considered.
Nai Thon and Nai Yang is also perfect for a family holiday. Serene sandy beaches, very beautiful. Minus in poor infrastructure areas. Very limited choice of shops and restaurants. But if you lie on the sand arrived - you here :)
Well, the last one in the list, but only because it is not clear what to attribute - Kata Noi. Beautiful sandy beach in a very picturesque place. Of the minuses - no budget accommodation, expensive hotels, and to the same Kata, with its infrastructure, you still have to go :( But the beach luxurious, and not too busy with tourists. ...
Epic555 20 September, 2017
Hi, I need advice. Want to come to Phuket for excursions to the Islands (Similan Islands, Krabi, Phi Phi, etc.), beaches like Patong, Kata etc. is not needed.
Then I better stay in Phuket town or did you choose these beaches? To make it faster and more convenient to reach the Islands from the hotel given the fact that travel will pick up from your hotel on the tour. ...
admin , September 20th, 2017

Stay in Patong, there is the whole life, the travel Agency, and from there all going on the tour. It is unlikely for someone going to Phuket town ...
October 31, 2017

You really are all the same where to stop because anyway during the tour, the bus will collect tourists from all over the island and faster does not work. Only in the South does not recommend (Nai Harn), from there you will be picked up early and come home to you after all. Patonga Yes, from the point of view of logistics, not quite bad. ...
Eleson 17 January, 2018
Thailand was never planned leave at the end of March, I want a nice beach and a sea that was close to restaurants, shops, see the sights. What are the beaches and hotels can you recommend (do not interfere with the tides and calm sea)? ...
admin 18 January, 2018

Once you've never been, IMHO, you are best to go to Patong, everything is there. And so read our review of beaches can you have an opinion appears. ...
26 April, 2018
tell me and Patong beach is the surfing? ...
Pasternaque June 27, 2018

In Patong, the wave is so-so. Better to Kata ...
DAMI 13 September, 2018
Good evening,
what would you say the p-well, Kamala?
Or posovetuyte what to choose?
Need a hotel with a beach for family with two children,
to pools with slides etc
No Patong Beach
something more calm but that could go
in restaurants and massage parlors nearby,
and to travel by car ( zoo, water Park, etc.)
Thanks for the replies ...
admin 14 September, 2018

About Chalong already reported here and For a short stay I would highly not recommend. I didn't live in but came walked and treated him, then to the description to do I this area is not "inserted". If long-term stay, then it is to be away from the crowds. ...

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