AND THE WINNER IS…..KARON BEACH
Karon has one of the best and longest beaches in Phuket (Thailand). Located in the south west of the island, between bustling Patong to the north and popular Kata to the south. The central zone of Karon offers a reasonable choice of dining, shopping and bars. Many visitors like the fact that the nightlife is fairly sedate and family orientated. The beach road is perfect for an evening stroll and is mostly occupied by hotels, restaurants and shops (including the popular Karon Bazaar, which is a covered market set in the central area, between Woraburi Phuket Resort and Moenvenpick Resort, just 350m south from Karon Corner and open 7 days a week from 10 am till late).
Interestingly, not many hotels have direct beach frontage, as most are located across the road (which fortunately is not busy). Over the years Karon Beach has become one of Jonathan’s favourite places to stay in Phuket, as it offers a lovely quiet stretch of sandy beach, with plenty of umbrellas / sun beds available to hire. Patong is somewhat bigger, busier and noisier. Kata offers a beautiful bay but this can collect rubbish. For all of its good points, it’s very important to beware of the strong rip tides in Karon, especially during the green season (May to October).
The ‘in place to stay’ is the unique and wonderful resort called The Old Phuket. This centrally located, family owned, independent hotel has two very distinct accommodation wings on offer. The Sino Wing, provides restored period guest rooms influenced by Sino-Portuguese architecture, whilst the Serene Wing is spaciously designed to offer modern / contemporary comfort. All rooms have a balcony or terrace and mountain or pool view. There are 2 swimming pools, 4 restaurants, cafe, 2 bars, fitness room, tour desk and a variety of activities to keep guests entertained.
Don’t forget to experience the wonderful Thai cuisine at Bai Toey Restaurant, located just a few steps from Karon Beach and part of The Old Phuket. Serving authentic Thai and a la carte cuisine at very affordable prices.
Select Representation’s hotel partner, The Old Phuket, offers superb value for money and comfort. If you you are interested to make a reservation …..please book through a tour operator or give us a call to point you in the right direct.