Karon travel guide

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You're Going to Love Karon

Just west of Phuket in Thailand's southwest lies the gorgeous beach resort of Karon. If you just want to relax on the beach, Karon excels, but there's more here to explore, with natural attractions on the destination's doorstep too.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Karon

1. The Superb Beach

Karon's main attraction is obvious. The broad, long sandy beach attracts a huge summer crowd, but isn't as packed as other nearby resorts like Patong.

2. If You Love Thai Food, There's Nowhere Better

From the crab fried rice at the unpretentious Pad Thai Shop to delicate curries at Red Chopsticks, Karon offers the best of contemporary Thai cuisine.

3. You Can Visit the Big Buddha

Towering over the resort, the 147-foot-tall Big Buddha is one of Karon's star attractions. The views from the peak are simply stunning.

4. Take an Elephant Safari

Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking will get you in the saddle of friendly and humanely treated Asian elephants.

5. There Are Some Great Dive Sites

If you love to dive, Karon is perfect. Head out to nearby reefs with companies like Eco Divers who will show you the region's marine riches.

Where to Eat in Karon

You'll find fantastic Thai food at the Pad Thai Shop and Mama Noi's, great curries at Red Chopsticks, and stir fries at Bai Toey. Meals should come to around ฿300.

When to visit Karon

Karon in September
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Karon in September
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

High season generally lasts from November through early March. Either end of the season is ideal, with fine weather, little rain and smaller crowds.

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How to Get to Karon


From Phuket International Airport (HKT) a minibus should cost ฿200, while taxis usually cost about ฿650.


From Phuket, take route 402 and switch to route 4021, which takes you straight down to Karon Beach.


Regular bus services run from Phuket to Karon and cost ฿100.

Airports near Karon

Airlines serving Karon

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Where to stay in Karon

There are plenty of incredible hotels in Karon, including standouts like Le Meridien, the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach, and the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket.

Popular neighbourhoods in Karon

Karon Beach - the third-longest beach on Phuket Island, Karon Beach offers swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing - pretty much everything you could ask from a beach.

Karon Village - bordering on the beach, Karon Village is full of lively nightspots like the Ombre Bar and Restaurant and Sanook Sports Bar.

Ban Karon - just south of the main village, Ban Karon is if anything slightly livelier, being home to restaurants like the Pad Thai Shop and attractions like Dino Park Mini Golf.

Where to stay in popular areas of Karon

Most booked hotels in Karon

Sri Panwa Phuket Luxury Pool Villa Hotel (Sha Plus+)
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
Chanalai Romantica Resort
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
Sugar Palm Grand Hillside Hotel (SHA Plus+)
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
Villa Zolitude Resort & Spa (Sha Plus+)
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
Sugar Marina Resort - Nautical – Kata Beach (SHA Plus+)
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
Serenity Resort & Residences Phuket
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
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How to Get Around Karon

Public Transportation

There are no buses or trams in Karon, but you can catch tuk-tuks (passenger scooters). The trip to Patong Beach will cost around ฿300.


Expect taxis to charge a flag drop of around ฿200, then ฿50 per mile.


To rent a car, try places like Grand Car Center or Tulip Car Rental. Rates will start at around ฿500 per day.

The Cost of Living in Karon

Shopping Streets

Most of Karon's best stores are located along the seafront, where you'll find boutiques like Baru Fashion, but Kata Beach to the south has slightly more shopping options.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in Karon include Super Cheap 24 Karon. Expect to pay around ฿50 for 12 eggs.