Additional Information about Karon Beach on Phuket Island:
Once you arrive at Phuket’s International Airport, the most convenient way to reach Karon is by taxi. The ride should take anywhere between 35 minutes to an hour depending on traffic. Taxi’s charge different amounts depending on where your drop off point will be so try to know the exact address of your hotel/resort before you land. Try to find a few tourists to split the fare with if you can. If you are at an adjacent beach then you can either take a taxi or a tuk tuk to get to Karon Beach. Renting a car or a motorcycle may be a good choice when you consider how expensive beach-to-beach connections are on Phuket Island.
Karon Beach and the surrounding area is full of excellent accommodation choices. Phuket, in general, is more expensive than most of Thailand so expect an increasing number of upscale options to choose from. You can still find tiny guesthouses and budget hotels if you do your research in advance. Unless you have your own wheels, try to stay as close to the beach as possible because taxis and tuk tuks are expensive on Phuket.
Karon Beach has plenty of candle-lit restaurants and some pubs backing the honey-hued sand and interior beach access roads. As you travel closer to Patong you will find more establishments that resemble go-go bars. If you are open minded and what to experience famous Bangla Road – the epicenter of Phuket’s nightlife scene then head to Patong Beach. Try to go with a friend or two as the ride will cost a whopping 400-baht per way!
Karon beach has no shortage of local, Western, European, and seafood restaurants to choose from. Simply take a walk near the beach or along the access roads and you should be quite satisfied with the options.
Phuket Island is loaded with watersport options. Parasailing, diving excursions, kayaking, deep sea fishing and jet skiing are just a few of the activities that are available. Karon Beach has a very strong undertow, so be extremely cautious if you want to take a dip. The lifeguards will wave red flags if the conditions are not suitable for safe swimming.
Recommended for: Families, snowbirds, couples, and honeymooners
Best Beach Features: Sand Color and Texture
Want to find the cheapest room near Karon Beach?
Karon beach has a solid range of accommodation choices to suit all budgets. Closer to the beach, the better. I would recommend using one of these two sites: www.agoda.com and/or www.hotelscombined.com. During my travels in Thailand Agoda has been very useful for room bookings due to their massive selection. It’s the largest booking site in Southeast Asia. If you’re on a tight budget while travelling in Thailand then consider www.hotelscombined.com. We have saved hundreds of dollars over the last year using their price comparison searches for rooms in Southeast Asia.
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Hopefully, these suggestions can help you out during your travels in Thailand.
If you have any questions about our experience staying on Karon Beach (or Phuket Island) please feel free to comment below or check out one of our related articles.