Kata Beach, Phuket
- Kata Beach, Phuket
- What to Do in Kata Beach?
- The Beach
- Kata Noi Beach
- Karon Viewpoint
- Dino Park
- Surf House Phuket
- Wat Kitti Sangkharam
- Where to Eat in Kata Beach?
- Beach Restaurants
- The Boathouse Phuket
- Kata Seafood and Ska Bar
- Sugar and Spice
- Where to Stay in Kata Beach?
- Kata Rocks
- Beyond Resort Kata
- Kata Beach by Areas
- Kata Beachfront
- Kata Centre
- Kata South
- Kata Road
- Is Kata Beach safe?
- More Photos
- How to get to Kata Beach?
- Map of Kata Beach
Kata Beach, on the west coast of Phuket island, is one of the most visited beaches after Patong Beach. Kata enjoys a lovely sandy bay with an incredibly blue sea and an iconic island standing in the middle of the ocean, making excellent sunset photos. The town stretches for 2 kilometres along the back road, but keep in mind that because Club Med Resort occupies 90% of the 1.5 kilometre beachfront, most restaurants, hotels, and shops are not on the beach on that second road.
While it can be bustling in high season, Kata is less crowded than Patong and still offers a vast choice of dining venues, shopping, nightlife, and hotels. This beach is also known to be a great family destination.
What to Do in Kata Beach?
Fantastic place in high season, Kata is sometimes unsafe to swim during the low season (June to November). However, it becomes popular among surfers and even hosts a surf competition once a year because of the waves. Nothing unusual, but it’s a great place to learn. Few surf shops rent surfboards here and there and can teach you the basics.
Of course, the beach is the main reason people travel all the way to be here and choose to stay on this part of the island. The beach is immense (1.5 kilometres), the sand clear and very soft, and the water has a beautiful blue colour during the high season (December to April). Trees provide plenty of shade to the entire bay, where you will find drink vendors, beach massage, and a few small but good Thai restaurants.
Kata Noi Beach (meaning ‘Small Kata’) is a stretch of sand so beautiful, and it was once in the ’10 best beaches in the world’ on Tripadvisor. The sand is soft, and the sea clear and blue during the low season. There are only three hotels on Kata Noi: Mom Tri’s Villa Royale, Katathani, and The Shore. You can enjoy a few bars, shops, and restaurants on the street that runs parallel to the beach.
Karon viewpoint, a few kilometres south of Kata Beach, offers a beautiful panoramic view on three bays: Kata Noi, Kata Beach and Karon in the far. This viewpoint, one of the most famous sights of Phuket, is easy to access by the seaside road.
Dino Park is a well-designed dinosaur-themed mini-golf with its cool volcano! It is well designed, and it’s great fun to play with friends or family, but it can get hot in there.
Surf House Phuket is a fun artificial wave flowing on a safe rubber slide, great for both adults and kids to play and even practice your balance. The bar and restaurant around the waterslide are trendy and often hosts parties at night.
Surfing is popular during the low season, usually between June and November. Waves are not big, but the south end of the beach is a great spot to learn. You can easily rent all kinds of surfboards anywhere along the beach.
Wat Kitti Sangkharam is a modest but beautiful temple at the foot of a hill on Kata Beach back road.
Parasailing and jet skiing are available but not recommended for safety reasons.
Kata Beach has a vast array of places to eat and dine, from street food and food markets to award-winning restaurants. Beach dining has always been a favourite during the day, while panoramic sunset terraces are perfect to end your day. You will be surprised by the level of cuisine and setting you can get in Kata Beach on the high-end. The second road of Kata Beach is packed with places to eat for every budget.
Eating cheap Thai food on the beach with your feet in the sand has become a rare luxury in Phuket. There is still a small cluster of modest-looking restaurants at the very north of the beach, and you should enjoy them while they last!
Kata Seafood and Ska Bar
Kata Seafood is easy to spot because of its location right on the beach, next to a gigantic tree. The restaurant serving Thai and seafood is rather touristy, but It kept a certain old fashioned charm, and beachfront restaurants are rare in Kata!
Sugar and Spice
Sugar & Spice is famous for serving excellent Thai food and International food at the right price. The centre of the second street’s location makes it very convenient (not far from the night market).
There are so many places all around Kata where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From Thai food, seafood, street food to steak houses and some excellent Italian ristorantes, finding a place to eat will never be a problem.
Kata being the second or third most popular beach after Patong, you can expect to find a massive choice of hotels and resorts. If you want a hotel with beach access, only The Boathouse and Beyond Resort Kata have direct access.
Kata Rocks is a luxurious and trendy collection of pool villas on a hill at the south end of Kata Beach. Every Sky Villa is immense with infinity pools, offering fantastic views on the Andaman Sea, even from your bed.
Beyond Resort Kata
Beyond Resort Kata is a long-established hotel in Phuket. The location right on the beach in south Kata is fantastic. With 275 rooms, this is not a small hotel, but the situation is unique if you want to get the best of everything.
Some other resorts are new and trendy such as Kata Rocks and The SIS Kata. If you are on a tight budget, you will easily find good hotels in a convenient location with Chanalai Resorts, Orchidacea Resort, and Novotel Avista.
Kata Beach by Areas
The beachfront is a short scenic drive along the sea and on one side and entirely occupied by Club Med on the other. The road is relatively narrow and offers very little parking. Apart from Club Med, the only noticeable landmarks are Surf House Kata, Beyond Resort Kata, and a few beach restaurants at each end. During high season, the road is often closed to host a small night market with stage performances.
Kata Center is the oldest part and has grown around a busy intersection; not much has changed around there if you exclude Starbucks and At Peach restaurant. Nightlife is very active, and you’ll find many beer bars but no gogo 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.
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.
The south has become the most active part of Kata, especially in the evening. The roadside is full of places to enjoy an affordable dinner: Thai, seafood, grills and international restaurants, food stalls, and even food markets.
There are 4 or 5 restaurants with terraces over the sand at the very end of the beach for something more fun. What would a holiday be without a bit of shopping? There are convenience stores, pharmacies, and a lot of tiny shops selling souvenirs, summer clothing, beach toys, and luggage.
The Kata Road connects Kata Center to Kata South, with Club Med on one side and restaurants, bars, hotels, and shops on the other side. You’ll even find a bazaar, night market, and a Chinese shrine.
Is Kata Beach safe?
Kata Beach is a very safe place to spend a holiday, just like the rest of Phuket in general. Even late at night, you will never feel worried about walking the streets that are busy until 2 am and even later sometimes. If you decide to party late, tuk-tuks are always available to take you back to your hotel, as driving your motorcycle after drinking should be avoided.
The only real safety concerns are about driving and swimming in the low season. The sea can be rough and the rip tides treacherous, so always swim where flags allow or avoid swimming when flags are red. If you travel during the low season, booking a hotel with a lovely pool may be a good idea,
How to get to Kata Beach?
From Patong Beach to Kata Beach: 13 km
From Phuket International Airport to Kata: 48 km
From Phuket Town to Kata: 17 km
Map of Kata Beach