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Karon Beach
Karon is another of the beautiful, west-coast beaches that have made Phuket famous. This beach is the first one south of Patong, and is separated from Patong by a large headland. A road connects them, and one can drive from Karon to Patong in 15 minutes. South of Karon is Kata. Only a small headland separates these two, and they are often spoken of as one unit, Kata-Karon.

The hotels here have formed a tourism development association, and are attempting to keep all sex industry away from their beaches and to avoid the kind of over-development that has replaced the green of Patong with concrete. They are trying to develop Kata-Karon beaches as a family-oriented resort. Karon beach is one of the longest of the island’s beaches, about 4 kilometres. Kata is just half of that length. A road runs the entire length of Karon beach, just behind a line of sand dunes. All hotels are set back from the road, but in every case it is just a brief walk to the sand. There is still a lot of green space separating the hotels here, leaving this beach far from crowded, and there are always stretches of Karon with hardly anyone at all. When down on the sand, one sees virtually none of the hotels or development which are blocked by the dunes. While Karon is no remote get-away, the sparce number of people in the water, the dunes that cut off the beach and the open space around the hotels help create a relaxed pace here.

There are some beer bars about Karon, some with hostesses, but it is not a bawdy scene on the Patong type. Near the northern end there is a cluster of shops, tailors, open-air beer bars and many restaurants. At the south end of Karon, beyond the Thavorn Palm Beach hotel, there is another strip of beer bars though they are not very obvious.

Dining by the ocean, taking in the sunsets A quiet table within view of the ocean, cool drinks and hot seafood - particularly at sunset - represent some of the best times to be had here on Phuket, and Karon offers many opportunities.
High on our list of view-dining suggestions are the restaurants in resorts on Karon's two headlands, north and south, that give great, uninterrupted views over the ocean and beach. One the Rock, right where the sand of Karon runs out at the south end, is the most famous and certainly worth a visit. At the other end it's the Central Karon Village, with a good restautant and great views. In the middle of the beach the Long Beach Terrace is high enough to look right over the road and sand dunes to the ocean and the setting sun. Karon Beach Map!

 

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Nightlife

The largest cluster of bars and restaurants is found near the Karon circle, with a mix of beer bars, pubs, seafood eateries and Western restaurants lining the main road and side lanes. The area can get quite loud at night, with each bar competing for customers by blaring their sound systems to the full.

Another fairly busy area is Luang Pho Chuan Rd, at the south end of Karon Beach. Just off the road is Karon Plaza, which has a jumble of huts and open-air bars that have been set up mostly by local artists. One of the largest 'art bars' is Nakonnai Gallery, a lovely, modern place built by hand in glass and wrought iron by Mon, a painter and the proprietor of the bar-gallery. His work is displayed in a room behind the bar.

Prices

Beer - Local beer 50-60 Baht; Imported beer 60-90 Baht. Prices might be as high as 100-120 Baht per bottle in hotel lounges and upscale spots.
Cocktails - Usually around 100-150 Baht.
Admission - There are no known venues that charge entry fees in the area.
Bar fine - This is the fee to cover a bar's 'loss' when taking a lady out of the place for a 'date'. Usually 200 Baht for the evening. If planning to spending a few days or longer with the lady, you'll probably need to negotiate a fine with the bar. This does not cover the costs of spending time with the lady, which would be discussed directly with her.

Hours of Operation

The official closing time for pubs is 1 am while discos may remain open until 2 am. Most bars shut down by around 2 am in Kata-Karon, and in the low season (June-October) as early as midnight or 1 am.

Many places have happy hours with up to 50% discounts on cocktails or beer, usually during the sunset period of 5-7 pm.

Dangers & annoyances

The streets of Kata and Karon are quite safe at night, safer than many Western cities. Incidences of violence against tourists are rare, though there have been cases of purse snatchings and pickpocketing. Women are generally safe to go out at night, though they may encounter some harrassment while wandering the streets. It's also not advisable to travel by tuk-tuk or motorbike alone at night.

Walking can be a hazard as there are few proper sidewalks, especially around the busy Kata centre area - pedestrians must tread cautiously at the margins of the narrow roads. Also note that vehicles rarely stop to let pedestrians cross the roads, even at designated crossing zones.

Touts - though Kata-Karon's intrepid salespersons are far less aggressive than those in Patong, you may encounter these "overfriendly" characters from time to time.

     
Hotel of the Month! The Karon Whale ResortFrom $38
The Karon Whale Resort is suitably located for business and leisure guests to Phuket. All 64 guestrooms at the hotel are equipped with standard in-room amenities that provide comfort for both leisure and business travelers. All guestrooms are individually appointed with mini bar, air conditioning, telephone (idd), television (cable) and baby cot. Accommodation includes laundry service, babysitting and safe deposit box.
The Andaman Seaview Hotel - Karon Beach
Rates From $68
The Andaman Seaview Hotel Phuket is a small luxury hotel located in Karon Beach, Phuket Island. Only at a short distance from Phuket international airport, and within walking distance to Karon beach’s shopping complexes and beaches, the Andaman Seaview Hotel Phuket is truly a conveniently located accommodation for tourists. Andaman Seaview Hotel Phuket offers 161 guest rooms with views overlooking the Andaman Sea, as the name implies.
Central Waterfront Suities Hotel - Karon Beach
Rates From $77
Central Waterfront Suites Hotel is an elegant twenty-story tower occupying a prime three acre site overlooking two kilometers of beach on Karon Bay within walking distance of an abundance of shops and restaurants. Accommodation at the Central comprises spacious one and two-bedroom apartments, vacation homes designed to provide pleasant living and glorious waterfront views, and complete facilities.
Felix Karon Phuket Resort - Karon Beach
Rates From $45
Felix Karon-Phuket Resort is a retreat of relaxed luxury scenically situated overlooking Karon Beach. It's only minutes from the popular shopping and nightlife district along Patong Beach and is within easy reach of Phuket Town and the Airport. The Felix Karon Resort's View Point Restaurant serves delicious Thai and international dishes and offers a lovely view of Karon Beach.
Phuket Arcadia Beach Resort - Karon Beach
Rates From $105
Situated on a 75-acre site at the heart of unspoiled Karon Beach, Phuket Arcadia Beach Resort offers privacy amongst tropical oasis gardens. The majority of the rooms and suites command glorious sea views whilst the remainder overlooks the rising mist-covered hillside of Karon Beach. All guest rooms are designed with comfort and relaxation in mind.
Marina Phuket - Karon Beach
Rates From $75
Marina Phuket is located at the southern end of Karon Beach. Marina Phuket offers 104 air-conditioned rooms equipped with satellite TV, telephone and mini bar. Marina Phuket's On the Rock presents some of Phuket's finest cuisine in a privileged setting with sweeping views of the Karon Beach. At night, diners can also enjoy fine Thai cuisine to the accompaniment of traditional Thai music and dance in airy, open spaces defined by beautiful woods, tiles and carved panels.
Phuket Orchid Resort - Karon Beach
Rates From $65
At the Phuket Orchid Resort you can enjoy a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Laid out like a small village set in landscaped tropical gardens. Phuket Orchid Resort is located in the middle of Karon Beach a couple of minutes walk from the sea. All 525 rooms at the Phuket Orchid Resort are fitted with full resort amenites. Perfect for families or couples, the Resort provides the ultimate atmosphere and service for a truly relaxing experience.
B W Phuket Ocean Resort - Karon Beach
Rates From $43
B W Phuket Ocean Resort is situated at Karon beach, on a hillside among coconut groves overlooking Karon beach and Karon lagoon. It offers luxurious accommodations amid a lavish setting. The Phuket Ocean Resort offers 180 luxurious rooms and suites comprising the necessary modern amenities to ensure the utmost comfort. Guests will truly enjoy seeing the sunset beyond Karon lagoon and walking along the beautiful fine sand of Karon beach.
Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa - Karon Beach
Rates From $66
Book your room at Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa Hotel Phuket and save up to 75% OFF normal room rates. Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa Hotel Phuket maintains the meticulous standards required by travel and tour operators worldwide and has the amenities and levels of comfort you would expect from a hotel in its class.
Baan Karonburi Resort Hotel - Karon Beach
Rates From $44
Book your room at Baan Karonburi Resort Hotel Phuket and save up to 75% OFF normal room rates. Baan Karonburi Resort Hotel Phuket maintains the meticulous standards required by travel and tour operators worldwide and has the amenities and levels of comfort you would expect from a hotel in its class.
Diamond Cottage Resort & Spa - Karon Beach
Rates From $57
Book your room at Diamond Cottage Resort & Spa Hotel Phuket and save up to 75% OFF normal room rates. Diamond Cottage Resort & Spa Hotel Phuket maintains the meticulous standards required by travel and tour operators worldwide and has the amenities and levels of comfort you would expect from a hotel in its class.
Karon Beach Resort - Karon Beach
Rates From $85
Karon Beach Resort Phuket is nestled in the corner of Karon Bay with direct access to the beautiful white sand beach and the crystal clear water of the Andaman Sea. Surrounded by coconut palms, the Karon Beach Resort Phuket was designed with intimacy in mind and aims to provide guests with the ultimate "tropical getaway" leisure and fun experience. The friendly, attentive and courteous staff ensure your stay will be truly memorable, and like so many of their guests you will long to return.
Karon Princess Hotel Phuket - Karon Beach
Rates From $33
Karon Princess Hotel Phuket is a new hotel nestled on the beachfront of Karon Beach, only a few meters from the white sandy beach and clear waters of the Andaman Sea. The airport is a 45 minute drive. The shopping and entertainment are within walking distance and bustling Patong Beach , is popular for its nightlife, just six kilometers away.
The Karon Sea Sands Resort - Karon Beach
Rates From $47
Located in Phuket, the Karon Sea Sands Resort is an ideal place for vacations. All the guestrooms at the hotel have all the comforts expected in a hotel in its class to make guests feel at home. All guestrooms are individually appointed with coffee/tea, air conditioning, telephone (idd), separate shower, television (cable), room safe and mini bar. Hotel amenities include laundry service, tour desk, restaurant, beauty parlor, bar and room service.
Karon View Resort - Karon Beach
Rates From $24
Karon View Resort is located on Phuket island in the Andaman Sea on Thailand's west coast. Karon View Resort features deluxe rooms with every convenience in luxurious surroundings, with attentive service and a tranquil atmosphere. For relaxation Karon Beach offers three miles of unspoiled sand.
The Karon Whale Resort - Karon Beach
Rates From $38
The Karon Whale Resort is suitably located for business and leisure guests to Phuket. All 64 guestrooms at the hotel are equipped with standard in-room amenities that provide comfort for both leisure and business travelers. All guestrooms are individually appointed with mini bar, air conditioning, telephone (idd), television (cable) and baby cot. On-site facilities provided at this Phuket accommodation include laundry service, babysitting and safe deposit box.
The Pacific Club & Spa - Karon Beach
Rates From $37
The Pacific Club And Spa is suitably located for business and leisure guests to Phuket. All 40 guestrooms at the hotel are equipped with standard in-room amenities that provide comfort for both leisure and business travelers. Each of the guestrooms has in-house movies, separate shower, non-smoking rooms, writing desk, coffee/tea, television (cable) and air conditioning. On-site facilities provided at this Phuket accommodation include laundry service, bar, car rental, room service, restaurant, beauty parlor and city transfer.
The Phulin Resort - Karon Beach
Rates From $49
The Phulin Resort is located within easy reach of most places of interests in Phuket. All 79 guestrooms at the hotel are equipped with standard in-room amenities that provide comfort for both leisure and business travelers. The guestrooms come with television (cable), telephone, mini bar, in-house movies, air conditioning, coffee/tea and room safe. The facilities and services at this Phuket accommodation consist of safe deposit box, 24 hour room service, shops, restaurant, laundry service and airport transfer.
The South Sea Karon Resort - Karon Beach
Rates From $95
The South Sea Karon Resort is suitably located for business and leisure guests to Phuket. The hotel has a total of 152 well-appointed rooms with amenities for guests' comfort. The guestrooms come with television (cable), non-smoking rooms, coffee/tea, room safe, mini bar, voicemail system and balcony deck. The standard facilities offered at this Phuket accommodation include beauty parlor, boutique, restaurant, 24 hour room service, laundry service, car rental and bar.
The Access Pool Resort - Karon Beach
Rates From $120
Situated in the heart of Phuket, the Access Pool Resort and Spa provides a good base for both business and leisure travelers. All of the hotel's 80 rooms contain all the amenities that today's travelers desire. The standard facilities offered at this Phuket accommodation include restaurant, bar poolside, room service, doctor on call and laundry service. In addition, guests will appreciate the leisure and entertainment facilities provided on the premises: swimming pool, fitness room and spa.
The Old Phuket Hotel - Karon Beach
Rates From $33
The Old Phuket Hotel is located only 45 km (28 miles) away from the airport and only 8 km (5 miles) away from downtown Phuket. The hotel's 82 rooms feature all the modern facilities for guests' comfort and convenience. Each guestroom is enhanced with air conditioning, telephone (idd), balcony deck, hair dryer, television (cable) and mini bar. Hotel amenities provided at this Phuket accommodation include laundry service, babysitting, restaurant, bar and room service.
The Front Village Resort - Karon Beach
Rates From $63
The Front Village Resort is located right next to Karon Beach, only a 45 minute-drive from Phuket International Airport. Front Village Hotel occupies up to 65 guestrooms. All rooms are facing the lagoon and the road that separates Front Village from the beach. Front Village Hotel features a free-form swimming pool along the waterfront rooms. Home spa and massage are also available.
Karona Resort & Spa - Karon Beach
Rates From $47
Karona Resort and Spa Phuket is located at the heart of the Andaman Sea, on one of the most perfect spots in the Phuket Island, 50 minutes from Phuket airport, and 20 minutes from Phuket downtown. Rooms have been decorated with tropical plants and trees where cultivated sculptures can be found in every corner of the landscape.
Thavorn Palm Beach Resort - Karon Beach
Rates From $66
Thavorn Palm Beach Resort is located at the Karon Beach on the tropical island of Phuket. Thavorn Palm Beach Resort is built on an area of approximately 21 acres, in a Thai-Colonial style situated along 500 meters of beach front.

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