KARON BEACH

Karon Beach is considered one of Thailand's finest. A 3km stretch of beach where the golden sand literally squeaks as you walk on it. Facing to the west it is the scene of some spectacular sunsets. After sunbeds were removed in late 2014 the beach can be seen in its natural state, aspecially in low season when it takes on a completely different character though be warned: swimming from May until October can be dangerous and you must heed the flags and lifeguard warnings. But from November until April, a dip in the clear, warm water is essential for any visitor.

Nightlife in Karon is subdued and though bars and restaurants abound, don't expect raucous entertainment and nightclubs. If that's your scene Patong is the place to go.