Beach and Karon (Karon) in Phuket
- the quality of the beach
- suitability for bathing
- protection from waves
security for children in water
- entertainment and nightlife
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 http://www.airportbusphuket.com/index.html) 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.
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.