Kata Plaza (aka K Plaza) nowadays is in fact two distinct shopping malls with a bazaar-like feel to them located nearby Kata Palace Hotel and Club Med along Kata Road running parallel to the Beach Road in Kata Beach.
The newer of the two is flanked by tailor shops, a pharmacy, and a cosy fan-cooled café at the entrance along with a minimart and the inevitable optician’s shop. The two-lane plaza really is a one-stop destination for all your holiday souvenirs and is certainly not the place to make practical purchases such as baby diapers or rice.
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What you see is what you get at Kata Plaza and that means hundreds of holiday souvenirs and lots of elephant-themed paraphernalia. The newer Kata Plaza is covered and the only cooling arrangement is wafts of cold air from fans in individual stalls so be sure to dress cool and light.
You’ll see plenty of Thai textiles, bed and cushion covers as well as scarves and table runners, topical T-shirts, Styrofoam beer-bottle coolers, back scratchers, decorative fans, bags of all shapes and sizes, souvenir plates commemorating your Thai holiday, serving spoons and ladles made from coconuts, and further in are several stalls selling rolling luggage.
If you’ve had the misfortune to have forgotten your beach gear then this is where to head: Colourful towels are stacked up next to racks bearing bikinis and swimming trunks and there are even children’s toys and inflatable water toys for frolicking in the waves. You’ll have to look elsewhere for sun cream, though.
Just a short stroll away on the same side of the road is the original site of Kata Plaza (again called K Plaza) and it is pretty much the same arrangement except this plaza has public toilets. This is also a two-lane plaza with a central row of shops dividing them, one of which sells handcrafted steel cutlery and bowls that are becoming very popular. Apart from that, the scene here is very similar to the neighbouring K Plaza with stands selling the same merchandise plus sunglasses and a good range of hats. There is also a minimart at this K Plaza’a entrance along with a Subway sandwich outlet.
The usual bargaining rules apply at Kata Plaza: Do not pay the asking price, gently bargain prices down with a smile, expect a discount if buying a few items at the same stall and simply smile and walk on if you feel the stall owner is asking too much. Most of the store salespeople are Nepali and have a good command of English.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: On Kata Road, halfway between southern Kata and central Kata.