Looking north up Phuket’s west coast from the Nai Harn headland. The first bay is Kata Noi, the second Kata (Yai) and the third with the tall white building is Karon. Photo by ADwarf.
Karon beach. Photo by Gossipguy.
The last beach before grotesquely overloaded Patong is Karon, Phuket’s second biggest beach, a wonderful 1. 5 km (1 mile) stretch of fine white sandwith plenty of space for everyone but practically no shade save for pay-parasols. Beware rip tides in the rainy season, incautious and possibly inebriated swimmers drown regularly here.
Karon embraces a range of mid-price hotels set back from the shore but is steadily sinking to the level of Patong with beer bars, sleazy nightclubs, power cables and drunk tourists strung haphazardly about.
Round the corner is unattractive Rawai beach on Phuket’s southeast coast.
The east side has the occasional flash of decent sand, good ports for ferries or marine excursions of the sailing, fishing or scuba sort and makes an OK day trip in/on hired wheels but as far as beaches go stay on Phuket’s west coast or head for another part of south Thailand such as Phi Phi Don island or Khao Lak beach on the mainland!