On the west coast of Thailand’s Phuket Island lies an Elysium-like tropical paradise, replete with natural bounty, waiting to be explored. The place serves as an archetypal retreat away from stress and strain of everyday life. Away from all worries, Karon provides a soulful getaway for those who just want to leave the city behind. Karon is adorned by white sand beaches and offers a cornucopia of reasons to fall head over heels for it.
Places to visit in Karon
Karon Island Beach: A picture-perfect white-sand beach destination, Karon is surrounded by natural beauty and a picturesque sea-shore that reels in scores of visitors every year. The southern point of the beach sports a fine coral reef that stretches towards Kata and Bu islands. The beach further is flanked by a wide pedestrian and bicycle track running along its length.
The Karon Temple: Located in the South of Phuket in Karon is the temple Wat Suwan Khiri Khet. The temple is home to the deity Buddha in his iconic lotus pose. The temple is guarded by the statues of two ‘Nagas,’ the mythic creatures whose bodies enclose the temple premises all around. The gorgeous temple is full of colours and lovely statues and paintings of animals and mythical creatures like Yaks, dragons, and more. The temple falls on the northern side of Karon and is walking-distance away from Karon beach.
Karon Temple Market: Twice a week (on Tuesdays and Fridays), the temple premises host a temple market. The market is replete with eatables, wearables, and numerous knick-knacks. There are also several tempting eateries which offer tha i and fusion dishes. There are famous dishes like Balut–boiled duck embryo, sausages rolled in crepes, fried chicken, fried insects, crepe sweets, and other fun street food. The temple markets also offer Spanish-Thai food like the ‘Abodo’ form of cooking chicken and other meats.
Phuket Big Buddha: To the South-east of the island is the Phuket Big Buddha or the Great Buddha of Pukhet. The official name of the statue is Phra Phutta Ming Mongkol Akenakiri. The statue poses in a Maravijaya attitude or the relaxed posture in which the Buddha loosely holds his knee with one hand while the other hand is in his lap. The Buddha exudes a feeling of poise, quietude and serenity. A major tourist attraction, the great Buddha is a must-visit site when in the area!
Delicacies to Try in Karon
Karon markets are famous for numerous dishes and cuisines. The influences from the Indian subcontinent have brought in the usage of various spices and herbs, The Asian and the Spanish influences have contributed various methods of cooking that now coexist with the traditional Thai ways.
The famous dishes are Balut egg, Adobo Chicken, Abodo meat, crepe sweets, and others. There are numerous sausages and fried insects served on the streets of Karon as well.
How to reach Karon?
Karon is easily accessible from anywhere around Phuket. The Karon beach stretches over three kilometers and falls to the south of Patong. The beach can be accessed by RTE 4233 and falls nearly 20 kilometers from the Phuket town.
Best Time to Visit Karon
The best time to visit Karon is November to March. Being in the tropics, it rains a lot in Karon in the monsoon months between June and October. March to May comes with all the heat and humidity of Summers which might be too harsh for many.
Best Accommodation in Karon
There are many excellent hotels in the area. OYO offers the best of the best deals on hotels in Karon. One can secure for oneself the best of sight seeing, best of venue in the best of prize by checking into an OYO. Some of the great amenities you can get in the area include free wifi, card payment options, AC and non-AC rooms, and daily housekeeping.