featuring an incredibly long stretch of squeaky white sand,
is less hectic than Patong but it still offers a full range
of facilities, dining and activities. While it's a fast-growing
area, Karon is nicely spread out and rarely feels crowded.
Karon is concentrated around three main areas. In the Karon
Plaza area on the south end there a number of budget guesthouses,
restaurants and bars.
The side sois are worth exploring, particularly the one that
leads to a small art community, where some budding Thai painters
have built a complex of huts, pubs and art galleries in which
they live and work. Nearby, on the beach road leading to Kata,
is the Karon football stadium, which hosts both local and
international sporting events.
The sprawling grounds of Thavorn Palm Beach Resort and the
Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa dominate much of the
central part of Karon, then just north of these is Aroona
Aroona Plaza houses a range of nice handicraft shops, good
restaurants and cafes, a few bars and a hotel modeled after
the Sino-Portuguese architecture of Old Phuket. The nice,
wide avenue is ideal for taking an evening stroll and doing