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Kathu, Phuket – What to Do in Kathu

What to Do in Kathu?

Kathu is a small village as well as a small district, halfway between Phuket town and Patong Beach. The name of Kathu is not unknown but very few people add it to their list of Things to Do in Phuket. The village of Kathu itself is not really impressive, except maybe for a couple of temples, a few mural paintings and an annual festival. The street is lined with small little shops and administrative buildings. The location just away from the main road kept it relatively tranquil, but chances are, you will go to Kathu without knowing it.

Kathu Village

What to do in Kathu

Kathu is a surprisingly rich part of Phuket island, full of things worth exploring, trying or eating (we are talking about Kathu neighbourhood here, not Kathu district which would include Kamala beach). You will find plenty of golf, museums, treetops zip-line, wakeboarding, Bungy jump, wakeboard park and the list goes one. Browse the list below, you probably will recognize quite a few of them!


Kathu Waterfalls

kathu Waterfalls

Kathu waterfall was probably the first talked about place in the Kathu area. It’s well indicated and found at the end of a small road. It’s not a very impressive waterfall and it’s only really worth going during the low season, after several days of rain. Not really worth going in high season as the flow is reduced to a trickle.

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Flying Hanuman Phuket

Flying Hanuman Phuket

An incredible jungle activity you will never forget! 28 platforms are connected by super high sky bridges and ziplines, one of them is 400 meters long! It is very Eco-friendly and respectful of nature, safety is it taken extremely seriously. Most of it is pure adrenaline for all, even 4 years all kids can do it and they seem to love it.

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Kathu Night Market

Awa Kathu Night Market

Kathu Night Market is a brand new market on the way to Patong beach. Expect to find a few bars, a live band, a bit of shopping and most of all: a lot of great and cheap Thai food to enjoy on the spot or take away home!

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Phuket Wake Park

Phuket Wake Park

A long-time established cable ski with a 0 shaped counter-clockwise wakeboard park. It’s popular and easy to reach and feature a few obstacles to play with and test your skills. Great for beginners and very advanced enthusiasts, even for kids.

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Wat Kathu

Wat Kathu Temple

Kathu temple is a beautiful park on the edge of the village. It was recently renovated and is a nice photo opportunity if you are in the area. It’s actually so photogenic that many Chinese and Korean photographers us it for their pre-wedding shootings (yes, they are everywhere anyway)

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KC Kathu Connection

Kathu Connection Waterpark PhuketA new water park with two 20 meters high Slip N Fly slides that throw you 6 meters up in the air… before landing in a pool of course.

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Kathu Market

Kathu Market

This is a vast fresh market at the intersection near Caltex gas station before climbing the hill to Patong Beach. If not for the huge amount of motorbikes park in front of it, the market would be easily missed, but it is quite large and very busy inside. It’s a little dark and messy but a chance to see the ingredients used to prepare the Thai food you like so much. Lots of tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs you never saw before. At the contrary of other fresh markets, it is still busy in the afternoon.


Street Art in Kathu

Phuket Street Art - Kathu Village

There are a few paintings on the walls of Kathu houses. That the new ‘thing’ in Phuket island now. Go and discover them!


Phuket Mining Museum

Phuket Tin Mining Museum

The Phuket Mining Museum is an immense building hidden somewhere behind the hills of Kathu. It has always been a mystery as to why they invested so much in such a remote location. As a result, the museum is rarely visited and feel a little lonely.

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Kathu Museum

Kathu Museum

This is a very small museum set in a beautifully renovated Sino-Portuguese style house very close to Kathu village. It used to be a beer company warehouse and office.


Go-Kart

There are 2 go-kart tracks facing each other at the foot of the hill that leads to Patong Beach. One of them has been here for more than 20 years and seem to be still popular if you want some adrenaline action without physical effort.

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Phuket Tiger Kingdom

Phuket Tiger Kingdom

The Phuket Tiger Kingdom is just next to the Go Kart, at the foot of the hills before Patong. Here you can touch and take photos with tigers of all sizes but the concept is quite controversial so it’s all up to you to go or not.

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White Sitting Buddha

Kathu White Sitting Buddha

This new sitting Buddha is hidden in the jungle behind Flying Hanuman Zipline, on the way to Kathu Waterfall. It may not be worth travelling all the way up there, but finding it was a nice discovery.


Kathu Chinese Shrine


Golf Courses

There are three 18 holes golf courses in Kathu: Loch Palm Golf, Red Mountain and Phuket Country Club. (We are not very knowledgeable in the game of golf as you can see but there is plenty of information out there about those golf courses)


Bungy Jump

The Bungy Jump has been in Phuket for 2 decades and yet we didn’t try it… would you?


Where to Eat in Kathu

There is a surprising amount of restaurants in Kathu, including Krua Jongjit, a local restaurant with a Michelin mention and Thong Dee Brasserie that has been #1 on TripAdvisor for quite a while now. So if you want Farang food, Thong Dee is your place, but if you prefer local, go to ‘The Big Chicken’ restaurant. But there are a lot more to discover!


Krua Jongjit Restaurant

Krua Jongjit Restaurant in Phuket, Kathu

Krua Jongjit restaurant in Kathu is the proof that a restaurant doesn’t have to be fancy nor expensive to be excellent and even receive a Michelin Plate for fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal. For such a modest venue, it is still a big statement.

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Thong Dee Brasserie

Thong Dee Brasserie Phuket

Thong Dee Brasserie is a very popular restaurant in Phuket, but it is really hard to find! You definitely will need Google maps to get there on your own.

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Big Chicken Restaurant (Tung Thong)

Big Chicken Restaurant Phuket

Big Chicken Restaurant (Tung Tong Restaurant) is one of our three favourites venues in Kathu. This is also your chance to try some real Thai dishes: how often can you eat giant ants eggs? If you drove past the Phuket Country Club in the past twenty years, you probably saw that weird giant chicken on the side of the road. It’s a simple, affordable, nice and clean restaurant with very friendly service and guess what, they even have an air-con room! But the reason it is always full is without a doubt the food.

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Royale Nam Tok Restaurant

Royale Nam Tok Restaurant in Kathu, Phuket

Royale Nam Tok Restaurant Kathu is a very hidden french restaurant with excellent cuisine.

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Nai Dam Restaurant

Nai Dam Restaurant

Nai Dam restaurant is a great place for those who know and love real Thai food. It is cheap and they have some really delicious dishes, including their very special wild boar in curry with yellow noodles. It’s so well-known that even one of the Princesses, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, stopped over many times to eat at Nai Dam when visiting Phuket or Phang Nga.

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Krua Pailin Restaurant

Krua Pailin Restaurant Kathu

Krua Pailin restaurant is a very local restaurant hidden before Kathu waterfall. It is so local that most tourists would not even consider stopping for a meal, but it is what travelling is also about! Try the real thing and eat very local food under the trees with chicken scratching the floor around you.

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Map of Kathu


FAQs about Kathu

✳️ What is there to see in Kathu?

a. There is a surprising amount of things to visit in Kathu:

✳️ What are the activities in Kathu?

a. if you prefer active holidays, here are some places to have a great time:

✳️ Where to Eat in Kathu?

a. Kathu has some great restaurants, both local and international:

✳️ How far is Kathu From Phuket Airport and Phuket Town?

a. Kathu is 10 km from Phuket City, 33 km from Phuket International Airport and 6 km from Patong Beach


What’s Around?

Kathu Waterfall in Phuket

Phuket Wake Park (Wakeboard and Cable Ski)