Moving south from Patong approx 8km along the coastal road, lies the popular beach resort of Karon. Situated in a prime beach front location at the centre of Karon is the Thavorn Palm Beach Resort . Just a few short steps away lies the impressive, vast stretch of white sand that noticeably squeaks between your toes when taking a stroll along the beach. With over 4km of sand to aim at and a considerably more laid back pace than Patong, you will be able to find a quiet spot on a sun lounger and enjoy the relaxed and uncrowded ambience. Away from the beach you can explore the lively hustle and bustle of the shopping bazaars, local market, restaurants and bars which make Karon one of the most popular family beach destinations in Asia. Situated approximately 17 km from Phuket Town, you can take advantage of the free shuttle bus from the Thavorn Grand Plaza leaving at 10am every day and returning at 3pm and 7.30pm, or the regular public ‘Song Taew’ bus service between the hours of 6am and 6pm.
There are less watersports to be found in Karon than in Patong or nearby Kata, but for many people looking for a relaxing day at the beach, this is one of the main appeals of this beautiful expanse of coastline. At the southern tip of the beach however, there is a coral reef that winds around the rocks towards Kata and Pu Island and is good for snorkelling. As the rainy season approaches, the waves are big enough for bodyboarding and boards can be purchased in the numerous shops along the beach road and the area around the traffic circle at the northern end of the beach. Be careful though, as it can be dangerous for swimming due to the large waves and strong rip currents.
Away from the beach, Karon hosts an interesting array of activities from a relaxing visit to one of the world-class spas and thai massage to elephant trekking, classes in thai cookery, cocktail making and Yoga lessons. The village temple, Wat Suwan Khiri Khet (Karon Temple) is awash with colour and well worth a visit to uncover the many interesting statues depicting snakes and monsters from traditional Thai mythology.
The nightlife in Karon is mostly located in the areas surrounding Karon circle at the northern end of the beach and around Luang Pho Chuang Road to the south. There are plenty of bars and restaurants with a laid back, friendly atmosphere offering the best in Thai and international cuisine. For something really special, dine at the Long Beach Terrace at the Thavorn Palm Beach Resort . The restaurant serves up a great selection of seafood, steaks and Italian specialities and from this prime location you can sit back and watch the sun set slowly over the entire beach of Karon bay. For a more colourful, lively scene visit the bars and guesthouses surrounding Patak Road near the northern traffic circle. This area bares more than a passing resemblance to Soi Bangla in Patong, only on a much smaller scale. Many of the bars stay open late, have pool tables and show major sports events.