What To Do in Kata Beach?
Kata Beach is on the west coast of Phuket island and one of the most visited beach after Patong. Kata enjoys a superb sandy bay with an incredibly blue sea and an iconic island standing in the middle of the sea, making excellent sunset photos.
Kata is less crowd than Patong and still offers a good and growing choice of dining venues, shopping, nightlife and hotels. This beach is also known to be a great family destination. See also our photo gallery of Kata Beach
Thai name: หาดกะตะ
Beach length: 1.5 km
Nearest airport: Phuket International Airport
Distance from airport: 42 km
Distance from Phuket city: 15 km
Kata Beach consists of 3 areas: Kata center, Kata south, Kata back road
Kata Center is the oldest part and has grown around a busy intersection; not much has changed around there if you exclude Starbucks and Peach, a trendy restaurant. Nightlife is very active, and you’ll find a lot of Beer Bars, but no Go-Go Bars. If you drive at night you can’t miss all these small bars all loudly playing different music, the ones at Kata centre intersection being the brightest and most welcoming. Don’t be shy to stop have a drink for the fun of it.
Dining options are plenty, but if you want a special dinner, try Kampong Kata Hill on top of the hill right behind Starbucks (opposite Dino Park). There used to be an apparent gap between Kata Center and Kata South, but both have now merged.
Kata South seems to surround two long-established hotels: Kata Beach Resort and the well-known and the Boathouse and its restaurant. The south is also where the beach is the busiest. Kata Rocks is another amazing hotel is worth mentioning.
Where to Eat in Kata
On the high-end, you will be surprised by the level of cuisine and setting you can get in Kata Beach. Kata Rocks is one of a kind experiences with a prime sea view. Villa Royale is one of the best restaurants on the Island, if not the best. Wok Pagoda on a nearby hill is also a beautiful place to enjoy some creative culinary experience.
More midrange is the Italian ‘Capannina’ in a back lane and the very popular Two Chefs. A little further up the hill is a set of panoramic restaurants high above Kata Noi Beach: After Beach and Baan Chom View.
For a local lunch, right on the sand, you will find a couple of restaurants at the extreme south of the beach. Plastic chairs and tables on the beach!
What to Do in Kata Beach?
Fantastic place in high season, Kata is sometimes unsafe to swim in low season. However, because of the waves it then becomes popular among surfers and even hosts a surf competition once a year. Nothing unusual, but it’s a great place to learn. Few shops rent surfboards here and there and can teach you the basics.
- Dino Park ia a well-designed dinosaur themed mini golf with its cool volcano! Cute, but so hot you will forget to play well at the end, to get out for a drink.
- Surf House Phuket – a fun artificial wave surf park, great for both adults and kids.
- Karon View Point, a few kilometres south, with a beautiful view on three bays.
- Kata Temple is a rather small temple on Kata Beach back road.
- Parasailing is available but not recommended for safety reasons
- Surfing is popular during low season