Recently Lonely Planet named Karon Beach as one of the Top Ten Family Beach Holiday Destinations in the world. With a long beautiful beach and all the necessary facilities that visitors could need, there is no doubt that Karon is definitely a destination fit for everyone.
Phuket, situated in the Andaman Sea, to the south of Thailand is the largest and most popular of the countries many Islands. With a range of mountains in the west of the island creating a spine running from the north to the south the island is divided into two distinct separate sides. The highest elevation of the island is Mai Thao Sip Song (Twelve Canes), at 529 meters (1,736 ft.) above sea level. The island total length, from north to south, is estimated at 48 km (30 m.) and 21 km (13 m.) wide.
The western coast has several sandy beaches which now comprise of the most “Tourist Developed Areas”. The east of the island is where you will find the main commercial and administrative areas, primarily based in or around Phuket Town, along with the main ports, marinas and agricultural areas.
One of the most popular tourist areas on Phuket is Patong Beach on the central western coast, perhaps owing to the easy access to its wide and long beach. Most of Phuket’s nightlife and its’ shopping is located in Patong, and the area has become both popular for its nightlife and shopping alike.
The family-oriented nature of Karon Beach is one of its great attractions, and is reflected in the types of hotels that you will find here, which range from small guesthouses to family resorts. There are also big name hotels such as the Hilton, Novotel and Centara Grande. Karon beach also boasts innumerable great restaurants including steak houses, seafood, Indian, Italian, Mexican, French and any other cuisine you can think of. Needless to say Thai restaurants abound everywhere.
Karon Beach is the next beach south of Patong and is much less developed than Patong, and sought out by individuals, families and other groups with a preference for more relaxed and less crowded environments.
There are many islands to the southeast, including Bon Island, just a short boat trip away. There are several coral islands to the south of Phuket, the Similan Islands lie to the north-west and Phi Phi Islands to the south-east. Islanders engage in a lively tourist trade, catering to snorkelers and scuba divers.