aron is the second largest of Phuket's tourist
beaches at 3 km length. It is 8 km south of Patong on
Rte 4233 and 20 km from Phuket town.
Few, if any, hotels have direct beach frontage. Most
are across the road (which usually is not a busy one).
The entire beach is public (as are all beaches in
Thailand). Large resort complexes line the opposite side
of the road from the shoreline, but the long, broad
beach itself has no development.
The sand is very white, and squeaks audibly when
walked upon. The southern point has a fine coral reef
stretching toward Kata and Bu Island. Also, there is a
wide pedestrian / bicycle path on the beach side of the
road running the length of the beach.
ost restaurants, bars, tour companies and other
non-hotel businesses are at the north central end, near
the traffic circle, or near the south end, on Bangla Rd
(not that Bangla Rd!) connecting the back road with the
beach road. Nightlife is pretty much confined to dining
and a few beer bars.
The northern third of Karon Beach is essentially
undeveloped and flanked by Nong Harn Lake which is the
largest beach side park in Phuket offering a nice
exercise/jogging/cycling path. North Karon also offers
white beach and clear water with no crowds. Karon is
arguably the most up-scale of Phuket's beaches. At the
south end of Karon, a narrow road between Kata and Karon
has a number of small businesses. There is a regular
daytime bus service to and from Phuket Town.