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Overview : Located a few kilometres to the south of Patong, Karon has a 4km-long broad, white-sand beach that is overlooked by a line of up-market resorts. The town's main street leads right up to the central part of the beach and offers good shopping, dining opportunities and some laid-back night-time entertainment.
- Karon Beach (4 km, white-sand)
- Karon Town & shopping centre
- Restaurants & Nightlife
Distances by Road :
- Airport - 48 km
- Phuket Town Centre - 18 km
- Patong Nightlife & Shopping - 7 km
Staying Near Karon Beach
A Quieter Alternative to Patong
Fifteen minutes drive to the south of Patong along Phuket’s scenic western coast road lies another of the island’s most popular resorts, Karon.
Smaller in population than its noisy neighbour, Karon is still quite large in terms of area as its spread out along the length of its huge 4km long beach but although accommodation, eateries and shops can be found scattered throughout there are just two roads where most of the town’s activity takes place.
The Busiest Part of Town
The busiest of these is the town’s main road called Patak Road (East) which starts at Karon’s landmark roundabout on the beach road and runs right through the township roughly parallel to, but slightly inland from the coast. Its the 500 metre stretch of this road nearest the roundabout and the sea that is home to the town’s main shopping centre which also has plenty of restaurants and some laid back nightlife venues. Its a popular area with tourists and there’s a good choice of accommodation nearby to suit all budgets including the excellent value Simplitel Hotel or the more upmarket Karon Sea Sands Resort.
Another Area of Shops and Bars
The other busy road in town though somewhat less so is Luang Poh Chuan Road which leads off the south end of the beach road. Its lined with shops, restaurants and small bars including a number of sometimes lively thai-style beer bars at the far end around the Karon Plaza area. Worth noting is that staying at the south end of Karon also has the advantage of being within easy walking distance of Kata Beach and its township.
Beach Road Resorts
But the most prestigious and attractive part of Karon is along its lengthy beach road (Pratak Road (West)). Nicely paved with lots of palm trees and well-groomed landscaped areas its lined sparingly with classy restaurants, shops and high-end hotels such as the Hilton Arcadia and Mövenpick resorts.
Hotels Not so Close to the Beach
Overall accommodation in Karon tends to be in the higher price bracket but there are still some good budget hotels aound and especially further inland. Some of these also have the advantages of especially quiet settings and, if they are on the hillside, stunning sea views. For those who don't wish to be right next to the tourist activity these hotels can offer great value.
Our Choice of the Best Hotels near Karon Town Centre (within 1 Km)
1The Village Resort & Spa - aimed primarily at adult guests (no children under 12 allowed) and ideal for honeymoon couples this small, peaceful resort has 34 villas set privately in attractive gardens with the large pool being a central water feature to which most villas have direct access. Guests consistenly rate this resort highly with frequent praise being given for the modern thai styling and beautiful green setting. Karon Beach requires about 5 minutes walk with the main Karon shopping centre being 10 to 15 minutes stroll away though tuk tuk transport can usually be found nearby if preferred.
4Simplitel Hotel - a low-priced hotel located right on Karon's main street that offers good value for money. Built in 2011, the rooms are spacious, clean and modern. There is no swimming pool but this is reflected in the low price and with Karon Beach being around 5 minutes walk away this may not bother many people. A good standard of acommodation for the price in a convenient location along with a reputation for friendly service have gained this hotel some excellent reviews.
5Karon Sea Sands Resort - a mid-priced 89 room resort located very close to both Karon Beach and the the town's main area of shops, bars and restaurants. Guests generally rate this hotel well with the convenient location, nice pools and spacious rooms being features that attract favourable comment. While the restaurant gets mixed reviews it is worth noting that there are many alternative places to dine in Karon Town (often great value!) just 5 minutes walk away.
6Mövenpick Resort & Spa - quite a large resort (245 rooms) located opposite Karon Beach and just a few minutes walk to the main activity in Karon Town. Nice rooms, excellent swimming pool and a reputation for good food and friendly service have all helped the Mövenpick attract many good ratings by guests including families with small childrem who appreciate the "kid-friendly" features such as special menus and kids club.
7The Old Phuket Hotel - despite its name The Old Phuket Hotel is in fact quite modern with the "old" referring the the sino-portugese inspired architecture of its main building. However, built in 2001 this hotel is well known on the island and has maintained a consistently good reputation. Recent guest reviews often single out the food and staff service as being very good with the spacious rooms and large swimming pool also attracting favourable comments. The beach is just a short walk away while the main part of Karon Town can be reached via a pleasant 10 minute stroll down the beach road.