Karon beach makes for an ideal playground to a host of activities, such as water-skiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing. Try snorkelling at the southern end of the beach to see the water’s rich marine life visible just a few metres down. The sand at Karon Beach is quite unique in comparison to other parts of the island as it literally squeaks beneath your feet, which is sure to amuse during a long walk. Beach volleyball is played in the early evenings near the north end and people jog up and down the beach road in Karon. Temples often appear on lists of must-see places in Phuket and Karon’s temple is no exception. Known in Thai as Wat Suwan Khiri Khet, it has seen a large amount of renovation work over the years and its ordination hall is quite a spectacular sight where two rather long naga sculptures greet you before the entrance. The Temple also holds a locally popular market in its grounds, every Tuesday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm, selling mainly souvenir type items, as well as stalls full of flavourful food. The neighbour, Kata, is popular in the high season for its beach and in the low season for surfing. Its long stretch of sand and the numerous water-based activities and beach sports make Kata Beach a favourite. It is a safe swimming area which makes it ideal for families. Kata Noi provides a peaceful piece of paradise being a much quieter beach which adds to its charm. Kata is also home to a local temple, Wat Kittisankaram, which dates back to 1832 and is home to a monastery pavilion, as well as a primary school. This well-kept temple is a structure that stands proud at the foot of the jungle clad hills in the eastern part of Kata. Remember to always dress respectively when visiting temples.