Hat Karon (หาดกะรน) is like the love child of Hat Patong and Hat Kata: chilled-out and starry-eyed but a tad sleazy. Despite Karon's large resorts, it still has more sand space per capita than Patong or Kata and remains popular with families. The further north you go the more beautiful the broad golden beach gets, culminating at the northernmost edge (accessible from a rutted road past the roundabout) where the water is like turquoise glass.
Within the inland network of streets and plazas you’ll find a jumble of decent local food, more Russian signage than seems reasonable, low-key girly bars and holiday-T-shirt vendors. Towards the more package-touristy north end of the town sits Karon Park, with its artificial lake and mountain backdrop, and the local temple. Southern Karon, meanwhile, blends into more sophisticated Kata.