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Top Choice Thai in Hat Karon

Pad Thai Shop

This glorified roadside food shack makes absurdly good kôw pàt þoo (fried rice with crab), pàt see·éw (fried noodles), chicken stew and noodle soup. It also serves up some of the best pàt tai we've tasted: spicy and…
Top Choice Grill in Hat Karon

Eat Bar & Grill

Expect awesome burgers and superb steaks, perhaps the best on Phuket, at this laid-back, busy grill specialist with a wooden bar, concrete walls and limited space (book ahead). The menu includes other dishes (pasta,…
North Indian in Hat Karon

Highway Curry

For a break from Thai flavours, this low-key, orange-walled, Indian-owned restaurant with helpful staff and wooden tables by the roadside rustles up delicately spiced North Indian curries mopped up with doughy nan. …
Cafe in Hat Karon

Mr Coffee

A popular Italian-run roadside cafe tucked away near Karon's temple. Home-baked cakes and pastries, cooked breakfasts, ciabatta and focaccia sandwiches and fruit shakes in jam jars (try a Cool Now: mango, mint, pine…
Beach in Hat Karon

Hat Karon

This 4km-long west-coast stretch of squeaky-fine sand is popular with families and, while it does get busy, there's always plenty of space to spread out.
Cosmetics in Hat Karon

Lemongrass House

A lovely smart branch of Phuket's favourite homegrown, organic-beauty brand. Stock up on rose-infused salt scrubs, green-tea face creams, jasmine moisturisers, coconut massage oils and all-natural citronella-and-lav…
Fashion & Accessories in Hat Karon

Baru

A stunning collection of exotic prints, light fabrics, sparkly accessories, leather bags, elegant dresses and bold-coloured bikinis make Baru a hit with its fashion-loving devotees. This is what Phuket's signature E…
Thai in Hat Karon

Elephant Café by Tan

Reliable and popular spot for both Thai and Western food, near Karon's temple. Dine on curries and spicy salads, or steaks, chops and pizza, in the enclosed, garden-like interior. Plenty of vegetarian choices too, a…
Southeast Asian in Hat Karon

Red Chopsticks

The menu at the south Karon branch of this fun contemporary chain spans Asia, with Beijing-style crispy duck joining Singapore chicken rice, Thai curries, herb-infused stir-fries, fresh daily seafood, sôm·đam (spicy…
Buddhist Temple in Hat Karon

Wat Suwan Khiri Ket

Set back from the road at the northern end of Hat Karon is this relatively new, impeccably maintained temple complex with a small shrine occupied by a seated, black-stone Buddha. Next door stands the striking tiered…