The Old Phuket
192/36 Karon Road, Thailand
Industry rating
4

Boutique and standing across the road from the golden sands of Karon Beach, this hotel provides guests with an historical alternative to the typical holiday hotel with its Sino-Portuguese style evoking memories of the days of the spice trade. Large elegant rooms offer private balconies, and some also boast direct pool access. Guests can choose from four restaurants and two bars and the hotel also features a large swimming pool and fitness centre, while the bustling nightlife of Patong Beach is found just 10 minutes drive away.

Why we recommend The Old Phuket Karon Beach Resort

  • Boutique hotel
  • Opposite Karon beach
  • Direct pool access from some rooms
  • Four restaurants and two bars on site
  • Fitness centre

Attractions near The Old Phuket Karon Beach Resort

Kayak into mysterious sea caves

In Phang Nga Bay there are about 40 steep, craggy limestone islands. Many people don't realise that there are sea caves ('hongs') hidden within these islands.

The best way to see the mysterious hongs is by sea kayak. You can paddle your small, sturdy kayak into the caves and discover collapsed caverns, with their ceilings open to the sky, surrounded by steep limestone cliffs. This is a hidden, unspoiled environment; a tiny microcosm of nature that is a world away from the resorts of Phuket.

Visit a Buddhist temple

The Buddhist temples in Thailand are truly remarkable in their intricacy. These adorned and gilded religious buildings are very important, since most Thais are Buddhist.

The most prominent temple in Phuket is Wat Chalong. Locals come here to worship, but the temple is also open to visitors. As a sign of respect, make sure you take your shoes off and avoid wearing revealing clothing. In the Grand Pagoda there is a shrine said to encase a splinter of bone from Buddha and in the west hall stand two statues of a local old man who found guidance at the temple and won many lotteries. You never know; you might get lucky too.

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