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What to do in Kata Beach?

Kata Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the west coast of Phuket island as well as one of the most popular beach resorts in Phuket after Patong Beach. Kata enjoys a lovely sandy bay with an incredibly blue sea and an iconic island standing in the ocean, making excellent sunset photos. Kata Beach is popular with everyone for whom the beach is the main reason to come to Phuket, with enough dining and shopping options as well as a toned-down nightlife. While the beach is long and wide, it is only accessible from the two ends because Club Med Resort occupies 90% of the 1.5-kilometre beachfront. Most restaurants, hotels, and shops are not on the beach but on the second parallel road that stretches 100 metres east of the beach and is accessible from the south end of the beach.

While it can be bustling in high season, Kata is less crowded than Patong and still offers a vast choice of hotels, from cheap guesthouses to 5-star hotels, private pool villas and just a couple of lucky beach access hotels. This beach has enough beach chairs with umbrellas and beach massage for a great relaxing holiday and is also known to be a great family destination.



South of Kata Beach with view on the small island of Koh Pu

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WHAT TO DO IN KATA BEACH?

Kata Beach has a lot to offer for everyone. Technically, it is a great base to explore the south of Phuket where most iconic places are, such as The Big Buddha (12 km), Wat Chalong Temple (9 km), Promthep Cape (10 km), Karon Viewpoint (3 km) and the many beautiful beaches in the south of the island. If you prefer not to go around but make the most of your stay in Kata, the beach is of course the main attraction, but there are a few things you can do for fun, such as surfing an artificial wave, playing mini golf among dinosaurs, Jetski and parasailing and even surfing during low season. Kata is a great place to learn surfing as the waves are not too big. Few surf shops rent surfboards here and there and can teach you the basics. Spa and massages are everywhere and you should definitely go for it, whether it is to relieve the stress from work, jet lag or even sunburn!

The Beach

Kata Beach on Phuket West Coast

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 is 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 bay, where you will find drink vendors, beach massage, and a few small but good Thai restaurants. Beach chairs are back and occupy only 10% of the beach (theoretically!) so everyone should be happy. Renting a chair is easy, and the price depends on each beach, but it is affordable, and the staff is always friendly, making sure the chairs are clean and the umbrellas open when you need them. A Beach massage is a nice way to relax after a long flight or swimming and usually starts at 300 baht.

Note that the sea is fantastic during the high season, but it can be unsafe to swim during the low season (June to November) even if you think you are a great swimmer! The red flags should be strictly respected, as rip tides are known to be treacherous. However, because of the waves, it has become popular among surfers and even hosts a surf competition yearly.

Dino Park

Dino Park Mini Golf

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.

Address: Patak Soi 7, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Near Marina Phuket Resort
Open
: 12 pm – 11 pm
Phone: 076 330 625
Price: 490 baht for adults, 390 baht for children
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Super Surf Kata

Surf House Kata Beach Phuket

Super Surf Kata is a fun artificial wave flowing on a safe rubber slide, great for both adults and kids to play and even practice their balance. The bar and restaurant around the waterslide are trendy and often host parties at night.

Address: 4 Soi Pakbang, Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 091 914 5546
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Surfing

Surfing in Phuket

Surfing is popular during the low season, usually between June and November. The 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 as well as take surfing lessons. Once a year there is a surfing competition.

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Parasailing

Parasailing in Phuket

Parasailing is available but not recommended for safety reasons, as some fatal accidents have occurred. If you still want to try, here is how it works, and it can be a bit surprising: You will be equipped with a parachute on the beach while the speedboat takes position perpendicular to the beach. On the pilot signal, you will have to run for a short distance in the direction of the ocean, assisted by the team. That’s where the most surprising thing happens: as you take off, a crew member will grab the ropes of the parachute and will hang above you during the whole flight without any safety features. That’s quite a sight, but apparently, they never fall.

WHERE TO STAY IN KATA BEACH?

Kata being the second most popular beach after Patong, you can expect to find a massive choice of accommodation. There are a lot of small affordable guesthouses and budget hotels in the centre of Kata, not far from the night market and they offer surprisingly great value for money. You’ll find plenty of excellent 4-star resorts around, usually with immense swimming pools and well-appointed rooms, better than you would find in other countries in that price range. Then you have the five-star hotels, often with private pool villas and extravagant breakfast buffets, and yet at reasonable prices (unless you come during the peak season, which is December or January).

When searching for a hotel, keep in mind that there are 2 beaches with similar names: Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach are next to each other. Kata Beach is the main one, and Kata Noi is the little sister, with even more beautiful sand and excellent hotels right on the beach. So if you really want direct beach access: Kata Beach only has The Boathouse and Beyond Resort Kata with direct access, and Kata Noi has Katathani Beach Resort and The Shore at Kata Thani.

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The SIS Kata Resort

The Sis Kata Hotel is a luxurious hotel in Phuket, located near the heart of Kata Beach and not far from the beach. This resort is the perfect destination for travellers looking for a relaxing and tranquil holiday, with the hotel’s peaceful ambience and excellent facilities. The hotel features an impressive range of amenities, including a rooftop pool that offers panoramic views of the ocean, a fitness centre, a restaurant, and a bar, all designed to provide guests with a truly unforgettable experience. Read more

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SHOPPING AT KATA BEACH

Kata Night Market

Kata Night Market, Phuket Thailand

Kata Night Market is hidden in a maze of buildings and small hotels at the centre of Kata Beach. Despite being relatively unknown, it is surprisingly vast and has gained popularity for serving all kinds of cheap food and dishes in a long line of tiny stalls. The market operates in a food court way, allowing visitors to browse the many shacks until they find what they want, order, pay, pick up their food, and sit at any of the many tables located in the middle of the market.

Open: 2 pm -11 pm, daily
Address: Muang Patak Rd, Tambon Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100

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WHERE TO EAT IN KATA BEACH?

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 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. There are so many places around Kata where you can enjoy from Thai food, seafood, and street food to steak houses and some excellent Italian ristorantes; finding a place to eat will never be a problem.

Sugar & Spice

Sugar & Spice Restaurant at Sugar Inn Phuket

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Sugar & Spice is famous for serving excellent Thai and International food at the right price in Kata Beach. The location in the middle centre of the main street makes it very convenient (not far from the night market). The team is friendly, the menu is long and well-illustrated (which is important to help choose what will trigger your appetite the most) and importantly, the food is truly Thai, which is often hard to find in beach resorts around Phuket.

Address: 98/7 Kata Rd, Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Chang Wat Phuket 83100
Hours: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 081 970 6503
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‘Spice’ by Sugar & Spice

Spice by Sugar and Spice Restaurant

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The new ‘Spice’ by Sugar & Spice is located in a small street in the middle of Kata Beach, making your dining experience peaceful as there is less road noise from vehicles going past. The open-air restaurant specializes in delicious Thai dishes but also serves many popular Western dishes.

Address: 48, 27 Kata Rd, Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100
Open: 11 am – 11 pm
Phone: 081 970 6503
Price: Good value

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The Boathouse Phuket

The Boathouse Phuket

The Boathouse Restaurant in Kata Beach has been a culinary landmark in Phuket for decades, part of The Boathouse Hotel. The location is fantastic, the food is excellent, and the wine list is exceptional. The Boathouse serves Western and Thai Cuisine in a sober elegance and does retain a bit of the ‘sailing’ mood that made it famous when it originally opened.

Address: 182 Koktanode Road, Kata Beach, Phuket, 83100
Phone
: 076 330 015
Open: 7 am – 10 am
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Kata Seafood and Ska Bar

Kata Seafood Restaurant

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 keeps a certain old-fashioned charm, and beachfront restaurants are rare in Kata!

Address: 186/12 Kata Beach Phuket Thailand 83100
Hours: 8 am – 10.30 pm
Phone: 081 797 0559

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Beach Restaurants

A beach restaurant in north Kata Beach

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!

There are many more restaurants to choose from in Kata Beach. Click below to see a longer (growing) list:

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HIDDEN KATA BEACH

Kata Beach is a busy beach, especially during the high season (December to April) and most of the places will go from busy to crowded. If you know where to go you can find peace or hidden gems most people don’t know about. In recent years, more restaurants and cafes have discovered the charm of terraces on the hills surrounding the beach. They offer a welcome shade from trees and amazing views that will add a great background to your photos.

Green Heart Garden

Green Heart Garden Kata Beach

Green Heart Garden, a hidden restaurant located on the hills above Kata Beach, offers breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea, featuring spacious wooden terraces with bamboo furniture and is surrounded by lush trees, creating a peaceful and calming atmosphere. The staff is welcoming and adds to the enjoyable dining experience.

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A Blanket and a Pillow

blanket and pillow restaurant

A Blanket & A Pillow and another hidden gem in the trees above Kata Beach. This unique venue features bamboo terraces connected by irregular staircases and offers seating options such as colourful bean bags or traditional Thai-style seating on small woven carpets around a small round table. The music selection enhances the atmosphere, especially when paired with cocktails while enjoying the ocean view.

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Laem Sai Cup

Laem Sai Cup Cafe in Kata Beach

Laem Sai Cup is a hidden cafe located on the hills of Kata Beach with a stunning view of the Andaman Sea. The cafe features several terraces made of bamboo connected by narrow staircases leading down to the boulders in the sea. Visitors can lounge on traditional Thai square cushions or lie down on colourful mattresses for a comfortable and relaxing experience.

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The geography of Kata Beach

Kata Beach is 2 km long, and the beach is 1.5 km long. There are two city centres: the original one is in the north, near Dino Park, and the new and more lively one is in the south, where The Boathouse and Beyond Resort Kata are. There are 3 main roads parallel to the beach: the beach road is very quiet because Club Med hotel occupies most of the beachfront, and therefore there are no shops or restaurants. The second road connecting the two city centres is lively in the evening, with many dining options and shopping. The largest road in the back is quieter but has cheaper hotels and some good restaurants.

Kata Beachfront

Kata Beachfront

The beachfront is a short scenic drive along the sea 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.

View on the south part of the beach


Kata Centre

Kata Center is the oldest part of town and it has grown around a busy intersection to stretch all the way to south Kata with hotels, cafes, restaurants and even a big night market. The nightlife is very active, and you’ll find many beer bars but no go-go bars. If you drive at night, you can’t miss all these small bars loudly playing different music, the ones at the Kata Centre intersection being the brightest and most welcoming.

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Dining options are plenty, but if you want a special dinner, try Kampong Kata Hill on the top of the hill right behind Starbucks (opposite Dino Park) or Sugar and Spice in the middle. There was an apparent gap between Kata Center and Kata South, but both have now merged.


Kata South

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.

South Kata Beach

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 many tiny shops selling souvenirs, summer clothing, beach toys, and luggage.

Kata Seafood Restaurant

Accommodation mostly surrounds two long-established hotels: Beyond Resort Kata and the famous Boathouse. Kata Rocks is another fantastic hotel worth mentioning.


Kata Road

The Kata Road connects Kata Center to Kata South, with Club Med and restaurants, bars, hotels, and shops on the other. You’ll find a bazaar, an immense night market, and a Chinese shrine.

Kata Road

KATA BEACH INFO

Is Kata Beach safe?

Kata Beach is a very safe place to spend a holiday, just like the rest of Phuket. Even late at night, you will never feel worried about walking the busy streets until 2 a.m. and even later. 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.

Safety on Kata Beach

The only real safety concerns are 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,


Fast Facts about Kata Beach

⛱️ Beach condition:Great
⛱️ Other beach nearby:Kata Noi Beach
📷 Thing to do:Karon View Point
🛍️ Best shopping:Kata Night Market
🍴 Best restaurant:The Boathouse
🍴 Best budget restaurant:Sugar & Spice
🍹 Best Sunset Bar:The Sundeck
🛎️ Best luxury hotel: Kata Rocks
🧳 Best mid range hotel: Beyond Resort Kata
🛌 Best budget hotel: Ibis Phuket Kata
🚙 Distance to Patong Beach:13 km
🚙 Distance to Phuket Town:17 km
✈️ Distance from Phuket International Airport:48 km

How long is the beach of Kata: 1.5 km
How to go to Kata Beach
: you can easily go to Kata by local bus or smart bus, tuk-tuk, taxi or self-driving:
Can you swim at Kata Beach? it is safe to swim in high season but can be dangerous on some days during monsoon season; always respect the flags!


Map of Kata Beach

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FAQs about Kata Beach

a. Kata Beach has no significant nightlife but the beach is amazing, and there are a few fun activities for everyone to enjoy:
Kata Noi Beach
Karon Viewpoint
Surf House artificial wave
Wave Surfing
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a. There is a surprisingly large choice of restaurants for all budgets in Kata, Thai and international:
Mom Tri’s Villa Royale
Sugar and Spice
After Beach Bar
Baan Chom View
Kampong Kata Hill

a. There are many hotels to choose from. Only two hotels are really on the beach, but there are many great hotels everywhere, including in Kata and one nearby Kata Noi Beach:
Kata Rocks
Katathani Phuket
The Shore at Katathani
The SIS Kata

a. it is safe to swim in high season but can be dangerous on some days during monsoon season, and you should always respect the red flags.

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