As a third destination we choose to stay in the Karon “district”. In general much busier place comparing to our previous experience at Nai Yang and Phi Phi. We enjoyed staying here as much as in the previous places.
Arriving at our place of accommodation was very pleasant. Phil, the boss at Villareal Heights (http://www.villareal-heights.com) offered us quick drive around to get to know the area a bit better. We agreed and after quick refresh off we went. It was late afternoon, sun was setting down and beaches were still full of people enjoying themselves. Phil then took us to the Sabai Corner, bar and restaurant with amazing views overlooking Kata Noi, Kata and Karon Beaches, where we had a couple of drinks.
We were tired spending all day travelling back from Phi Phi islands and wanted to grab a quick meal. Phil recommnded local gas station which had a nicely designed restaurant and good food. We were surprised by the quality of the food and price was low too. Enough for one day we said and went straight for the comfy bed to make sure we are ready for the next day of exploring.
After getting up and quick breakfast we headed to Kata Noi Beach. Following some of the suggestions in our guide, this supposed to be the “quieter” from the main Kata Beaches (Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach) and it was. With a easy access only from one side and only one big Katathani Resort nearby, beach wasn’t so busy and we had a great day again enjoying the sunshine and swimming.
Next day we went to see Karon Beach, busy here. Plenty of shaded areas under the trees and big selection of bars, restaurants and street food. Again, surprisingly different atmosphere to near by Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach. Plenty of activities to choose from if you like adrenalin starting with jet-ski hire and ending with the parascending.
Our next target was the most important of the 29 buddhist temples of Phuket, Wat Chalong. We were very excited to see this place and we’ve decided to take a local bus to save some money. We paid only 70 Bath one way instead of spending around 6oo Bath for a taxi. Bus simply stops when you rise your hand and you can be pretty much anywhere on the side of the road. Journey was fun and all the people in the bus were smiling at Claudia. We also met a couple from Czech Republic travelling Thailand with backpacks from the north already on the way home.
When we literaly jumped off the bus, we could hear fireworks. We thought some special event took place and we rushed towards the entrance. We were amazed by the colours of the roofs and decorations and the spectacular Pagoda. Great day trip and fun travelling.
The rest out our holidays continued in the same blues, visiting nearby beaches and parks, enjoying the local food and doing some shopping.
All together we had a great time travelling around Phuket with our daughter. As every parent we were a bit worried about the health and safety but Thailand residents are very welcoming and smile all the time. If you are prepared to overlook the cleanliness at some stages, we believe that this destination will make your journey unforgettable like ours.
See the gallery for more images from Karon and around.