It would be easy to accidentally waste your first time in Kata Beach if do not fully prepare for it. The bustling, family-friendly town on Phuket’s west coast has a lot to offer. Aside from the beautiful beach itself (and its equally beautiful but lesser-known neighbour, Kata Noi Beach), the area is home to a small number of fun attractions.
Kata Beach has quite a lively atmosphere throughout the year. It's just as popular with the surfers and sailors in the low season as it is with sunbathers and snorkelers in the high season. It has quite an international feel, with an impressive selection of restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines. Our guide will help you to pick out the best of the many options available to you.
Kata Beach at a Glance
Kata is one of the best beaches in Phuket. It’s the perfect all-rounder – great for everyone from families to solo travellers. Whether you're travelling in luxury or on a budget, there are hotels, restaurants and shops for you. Kata Beach itself is especially beautiful, though not as much as its neighbour, Kata Noi Beach.
WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT KATA:
Amazing viewpoints and beaches
Great selection of fine dining and mid-range restaurants
Excellent shopping options
Lots of sports and activities available
One of Phuket’s best surfing beaches (between May and November)
WHAT IS LESS GOOD:
Long distance from most hotels and restaurants to the beach
Kata Beach is especially well-suited to those who like some activity and excitement. The beach is popular with surfers, though you only get good waves in the low season. During the high season, there are great spots for snorkelling and diving, among other activities. On land, Kata has more stunning views than anywhere else in Phuket. You'll also find facilities for flow-riding, mini golf, Muay Thai and other sports. If this is your first time in Kata Beach, we strongly recommend you check out the following things to do.
The Beach of Kata
Kata Beach is many people's favourite beach in Phuket. Stunningly beautiful with surfing from May to October, from Read More»
Kata-Karon Viewpoint is one of the most frequented viewpoints in Phuket. From here, it is possible to take in views of Read More»
Surf House Phuket
Surf House Phuket is every surfer’s dream: a place where you can ride the waves every day no matter what the weather Read More»
There’s a pretty good range of places to get some retail therapy in Kata. The choice varies from stand-alone stores to great local markets. You’ll find big-name labels alongside local designers, especially if you’re looking for swimwear and surf fashion. There are also several funky little shopping arcades along the city’s main roads. These are great for providing all of your holiday essentials at excellent prices. If you want to be sure of getting your shopping fix on your first time in Kata Beach, we recommend a visit to these places.
Palm Square Phuket
Palm Square is a beautiful dining and relaxing hub located in Kata Beach. The design of this cool plaza is simply Read More»
Kata Night Market
Kata Night Market is a covered shopping area with a very large food court and a selection of mostly tourist-oriented Read More»
Kata Plaza (aka K Plaza) is, in fact, two distinct shopping malls with a bazaar-like feel to them. It is located near Read More»
The nightlife in Kata Beach specialises more in breathtaking views than in wild parties. There are a couple of bawdy bar areas, similar to Patong's famous Bangla Road. However, the majority of the after-dark entertainment is quite family-friendly. The area around Kata Noi, with its dramatic coastline, is great for sundowners. After that, there are a few good venues right by the sand, at the southern end of Kata Beach. Be sure to add the following nightspots to your bucket list, especially if you’re planning your first time in Kata Beach.
Heaven Restaurant & Bar
Heaven Restaurant & Bar Phuket is a delightful bar and restaurant with views of the breathtaking Andaman Sea from Read More»
After Beach Bar
After Beach Bar & Restaurant is located just a short drive up the steep hill close by Boathouse in south Kata. This Read More»
Dino Park Mini Golf
Dino Park is a mini-golf course and restaurant located right in between Karon and Kata beaches on the Beach Road itself. Read More»
Kata Beach is home to some of the very best restaurants in all of Phuket. The headlands at each end of the beach are where you'll find the finest of fine dining. In between, there's an outstanding selection of budget and mid-range eateries. Alongside great Thai restaurants, many European cuisines are represented here. If you’re looking for a snack on the beach, there are plenty of street food vendors around. We’ve picked out three absolute must-try restaurants: One with a view, one famous for its outstanding food and one great local Thai restaurant.
Mom Tri's Kitchen
Mom Tri's Kitchen Royale at Villa Royale in Kata Noi is such a clever act: it balances the three factors perfectly and Read More»
Kata Rocks Restaurant Phuket
Kata Rocks Restaurant is a chic place to dine, overlooking the sparkling Andaman coast. It is connected to one of Read More»
Sugar & Spice Phuket
Sugar & Spice Phuket is a traditional Thai restaurant that was created in order to provide home-style Thai cooking Read More»
The hotels scene in Kata Beach is among the most varied in Phuket. A broad range of budgets are represented, from some of the most luxurious properties to some impressive low-cost options. In between are some outstanding mid-range boutique places. The one downside is that the choice of hotels right by the beach is quite limited. To help you narrow down the large selection, we’ve picked out our favourite three hotels in Kata. With great locations and facilities, we’re confident that you’ll have a memorable stay at any one of them.
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