I am a beach lover and every time I am at a resort with a beach, I will never sit down by the pool, but always be on the beach.
While visiting Phuket, I only went to Karon beach once and that was already too much. Even my children were asking around 1 pm if we could go back to the hotel and stay by the pool instead.
The water is very nice, warm and clear blue, the sand is nice as well, but everything else is just not nice, to say the least....
The umbrellas and the mats that they are renting are siting one near the other, with only about 1 meter between you and your neighbours, not to say how uncomfortable is to lie down on those mats for more than a half an hour....
The vendors are passing by every few minutes trying to sell you all kind of cheap and tacky staff. There are people offering you massage on the beach, but by taking a look at the place you would actually need to sit if you want that massage, you would probably feel really disgusted.
If you want to have lunch, you need to go to a restaurant, there are no places around where you could buy something to take with you on the beach.
We are lucky enough to be able to visit the Caribbeans every year (Jamaica, Mexico, Aruba, Cuba, Saint Lucia, etc.) and probably this is the reason that we were really not impressed by Karon beach, but just be aware that is not exactly "paradise" and is more like "people on top of each other with cheap and tacky things surrounding you".
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