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Located on the west coast, Karon Beach is the third longest beach in Phuket. Sandwiched between Patong to the north and Kata to the south, it is a vast and uncrowded place for those looking for some quiet time. Karon Beach has excellent snorkeling spots and clean crystal blue water that is a joy to swim in. It is also known for its buzzing nightlife.
Karon has three main areas. Karon Beach Road, leading up to the beach where most of the big resorts are located. Then there is Karon Centre, which is a 500-metre street, in the small busy city centre that has many excellent dining and shopping options for tourists. Karon Centre is flanked on the beachside by the elegant Karon Circle, and on the inland side of it stands the majestic Wat Suwan Khiri Khet or Karon Temple. This beautiful Buddhist temple also hosts a famous bi-weekly local market. There is the area around Luang Poh Chuan Road, towards the southern end of the beach, which is the nightlife hub. This last area comes alive with sunset and is always bustling until the wee hours of the night.
There are many great restaurants at Karon Beach, offering a range of cuisines and ambiences. Most restaurants are inside resorts, but there are some exceptions as well. The best of these eateries are -
Bai Toey, located in The Old Phuket Karon Beach Resort is a quaint little restaurant serving mostly traditional Thai dishes. Some of the highlights of the place are Pad Thai, Tom Yam Goong, Green Curry, Red Curry, deep-fried fish with garlic and pepper. Tasteful soul music discreetly piped in a décor that is accentuated by with period fittings complements the dishes. This reasonably priced restaurant has a small review wall, where you can leave a review.
Established in 1989, Karon Café is one of the oldest restaurants here. Known for its juicy steaks from Australia, Karon Café prepares these steaks to perfection under the supervision of American owner fondly called ‘Uncle’ Eric. Some soup, salad from the salad bar and red wine will round off your meal perfectly.
Part of a four-restaurant chain based in Karon, Kamala and Kata, Two Chefs is an excellent family restaurant that can be depended on for quick service and quality food. It has an extensive photograph menu in ten languages and live music every night, making it the perfect place to chill post sundown.
EAT Bar and Grill Phuket
EAT Bar and Grill on Thanon Patak, just a short walk from Karon Beach, is the best option for enjoying some Western-style grill dining in Karon. While the drinks are expensive, there are a variety of meats available here. If you have any queries, ask the team members here, who will provide quality recommendations.
On The Rock
Located at the end of a rocky promontory inside the Marina Phuket Resort, On The Rock is a romantic restaurant right by the sea. With a predominantly seafood menu, an excellent wine list and great service, this place is ideal for a romantic evening on a holiday. Tables are mostly booked, so it is better if you make a reservation in advance.
Coast Beach Club
Coast Beach Club at Centara Grand Beach Resort not only has a stunning beachfront setting, but offers a laid back vibe, and a cocktail bar. The best things to have here are pizzas, tapas, and a variety of international and local cheeses along with the perfect glass of wine. It also hosts many private events.
If you are looking for budget food, 2gether is the place for you. Located on Patak Road, 2gether is a popular joint on Karon Beach. Started in 2005 under Swedish management, the restaurant has been awarded by Trip Advisor as the ‘Best Karon Beach Restaurant’ in both 2012 and 2013.
If you want to keep things simple and real, head to Ging Restaurant near Soi Old Phuket Resort. You will get quality Thai food without any fuss here. With tiled interiors and basic fan cooling, Ging makes up for its simple look with its fantastic food and warm and friendly service.
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