If you think you have been to the best beaches in the world but have not been to Karon Beach in Phuket, Thailand, you might want to think again. Karon Beach is a dreamy 5-km-long white-sand beach that is like no other. You can’t get tired of strolling the length from end to end as your feet sink into soft sand that seems to caress your every step. An early morning walk is perfect, and so is an evening stroll as you shop at your leisure through a row of souvenir stalls.
A chance to simply bum on the beach while waiting for the sun to go down is enough reason to visit Karon, but the place is too beautiful to do nothing else but that. The popularity of this long stretch of amazing sand has spawned interesting shops, facilities, and activities along its shoreline. Besides strolling, swimming and snorkeling, there are tons of other things to do here. First are the fun water sports. As you stroll along the beach, you would doubtless be approached more than once by a local vendor offering jet-ski and parasailing rides. The vendors could be annoying, but are very helpful for many who seek such adventure. Jet-skiing is always popular but since this is not legal in Phuket, operators do not provide insurance. In other words, you’re on your own should anything bad happen.
Windsurfing is also very popular in Karon because there’s plenty of space to maneuver and the air is perfect. Other inviting activities are the banana boat ride (whose objective is to make sure all its passengers are thrown overboard in the middle of the sea), deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, waterskiing, wakeboarding and kayaking. Aside from the rides, you can try snorkeling at the rocky south end of the beach, play a game of volleyball, or get a good Thai massage on the beach.
If you wish to take a break after you have gotten enough of the water (although that is unlikely to happen), try the Dino Park mini-golf facility at the far end of Karon just before you reach Kata, near the Marina Phuket Resort. The course has an erupting mini-volcano, pyrotechnics and Dinosaur-like noises as you play. Good food is served here as you hang out by the “jungle” watching hordes of people make their way to the beach.
Another attraction at Karon is the village temple near the major hotels and shopping centers. Located along Patak Road, the temple welcomes guests with its many statues, which include those of two giant snakes guarding the temple’s main hall, monsters from Thai folklore, and Buddha, along with a rare black Buddha.
And finally, the Karon community market deserves a visit just to see people haggling for the best item at the lowest possible price. Referred to by locals as “talad nat”, the community market has everything you need: shorts, shades, handicrafts, shell trinkets, souvenir items, jeans, T-shirts, DVD’s, bottled water, and foods.
Located only 40 km away from the Phuket International Airport and near Patong Beach, Karon Beach can make your dream Paradise vacation come true. There are two major hotels here: the In On The Beach Hotel nestled at a quiet beach corner and the Karon Beach Resort along the waterfront with balcony rooms overlooking the Andaman Sea.