One of Phuket's loveliest beaches, but unfortunately, one of its most treacherous during the monsoon season. Morning glories cover a sandy ridge separating the beach from the back areas, giving some privacy and shelter from the noise of passing cars. Karon Villa is found on the northern end of the bay. The sands are fine and clean.
In the beginning of December 2006, Thailand launched the first of 22 tsunami-detection buoys to be positioned around the Indian Ocean as part of a regional warning system against giant waves caused by earthquakes under the sea. The satellite-linked deep-sea buoy will float 1,000km (620mi) offshore, roughly midway between Thailand and Sri Lanka.