10 Best Things To Do in Kata Beach

Most Popular Attractions in Kata Beach

Kata Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. This 1.5km-long strip of sand is fringed by Pandanus and tropical almond trees which offer welcomed shade during the hottest hours of the day, and its turquoise bay hosts a small islet – Koh Pu (Crab Island) – that completes the undeniable tropical touch of the scenery. Kata was the first beach of Phuket to host a major ‘hotel’ with the opening of Club Med in early ‘80s. Since then, the development has been exponential, although Kata still retains its coolness and laid-back feel.

Kata is a family friendly destination that features a good range of attractions and activities such as its popular view points, its temple, its mini-golf, and more… Even in low-season (from April to October) Kata Beach attracts many visitors as it is one of the most renowned surf spots in Phuket. Check out our list of Top 10 Attractions in Kata below, there is surely something for you to see and do during your vacation in Kata Beach.

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The Beach of Kata

The Beach of Kata is a 1.5km (1 mile) strip of golden sand and one of the most popular beaches in Phuket due to its combination of beauty, facilities and activities. Hundreds of people come each day to soak up the sun and swim. Often busy but never crowded, this beach is perfect in many ways. At the top of the beach, and for most of its length, there's a shaded area, perfect for hammocks and Thai massage. The far south is ideal for families with small children as it becomes shaded later in the day and is also close to amenities.

Kata Beach southern end has shops, restaurants and toilets close by while the northern end is more dedicated to nautical activities from kayaking around Koh Pu (the islet lying off 900m from the shore) to scuba diving the reef situated between the beach and Koh Pu. Paradoxically the southern end of Kata Beach is more active in low season as it is one of the favourite surfing spots in Phuket. Read More...

Karon/Kata Viewpoint on the road between Kata and Nai Harn
Karon/Kata Viewpoint

Karon Viewpoint (it used to be named Kata Viewpoint but was renamed Karon Viewpoint due to the fact that Kata belongs to Karon municipality) is one of the most frequented viewpoints in Phuket. From here, it is possible to take in views of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon beaches. Located between Nai Harn and Kata Noi beaches, the viewpoint is busy most days of the year and is a staple of many tour itineraries.

There’s plenty of parking space at Karon Viewpoint and when things do get a little crowded people simply park roadside. You’ll find drinks and snack stands here along with a large gazebo (with seats) to provide shade. Read More...

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Some of the island’s most spectacular viewpoints are along the winding, hilly road from Kata Beach to Nai Harn village. This is where you’ll find the oddly-named Karon Viewpoint (it’s actually above Kata Noi Beach) that many people refer to as the ‘Saam-haad’ (Three-beach) viewpoint.

Just above Kata Noi, a couple of minutes’ drive out of Kata you’ll come across four adjacent hillside bars/restaurants – After Beach Bar, Small View Point Seafood & Bar, Baan Chom View, and Som Tam Kit - that enjoy pretty much the same views and are a lot more relaxing than the sometimes crowded Karon Viewpoint location. A fifth interesting bar/restaurant named Sabai Corner also offers a stunning view to Phuket west coast; it is located down the road starting right next to Karon Viewpoint. 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. The 18-hole course is themed on - you guessed it - dinosaurs, and has many large and life-like cement statues of the pre-historic creatures, along with an erupting ‘volcano’ as well as a themed restaurant. Popular with both adults and kids, Dino Park is an ideal family outing destination. Because of Phuket’s high humidity and heat, it’s best to arrive after the heat of day has subsided.

You won’t find much in the way of cooling breezes in Dino Park so be sure to wear mosquito repellent, dress light and to pack some bottled water. After a typical round of around 1 hour, the restaurant makes for a great place to cool off with a cold drink or burger. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00 daily
  • Location: Beach Road – directly between Karon and Kata Beaches, next to Marina Phuket Resort
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Surf House Phuket Southern Kata Beach
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 conditions. Surf House is a vibrant place to be. Apart from the pool area there’s a trendy and busy café/restaurant to the side with cool sounds, bamboo trimmings, buffed concrete floors, heavy wooden furniture and wall-mounted mini surfboards as a decorative theme.

Located by the Kata/Karon administrative offices at Kata Beach, Surf House is centered on a high-pressure wave-generating machine that throws a four-inch-deep sheet of water up a sloping ‘pool’. Beginner surfers hold onto a guiding safety rope held by a staff member and, if they happen to fall or slip, instead of falling downwards the strong water flow ensures they fall upwards. Surf House Phuket is a world to itself and as a result it is tremendously popular. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
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The Boathouse Oceanfront Cooking Classes Boathouse Wine & Grill near the southern end of Kata Beach
The Boathouse Oceanfront Cooking Classes

The Boathouse Oceanfront Cooking Class takes place every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. If you’ve ever wondered just how to recreate the perfect harmony of flavours, textures, spices, and aromas of Thai cooking then this is the place to come to for informative and amusing instruction in a beautiful location.

Oceanfront cooking classes at Boathouse last four hours from 10:00 – 14:00 and in total you’ll learn how to prepare five separate dishes that can vary on different days. You’ll get a certificate of completion and a neat black-and-red Boathouse kitchen apron – along with a few new ideas to impress your friends back home. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 – 14:00
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Kata Noi

Kata Noi is a cosy little bay found at the end of a beachside dead-end, just a few minutes' drive over the hill from Kata beach. There's not much to do in Kata Noi apart from relax, take a walk along the shore, snorkel, swim, or admiring the wonderful scenery. Soft sand, crystal clear water and the lush green jungle backdrops are the main attractions that ensure visitors keep coming back for more.

Most of the beach length is ‘occupied’ by (in front of) the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, small bars as well as two rows of sun beds run by locals are available though. It's long been one of the most popular spots for surfers in Phuket during the monsoon season of May to October – please note that swimming here can be dangerous during this period. Read More...

Kata Temple (Wat Kittisankaram) On Patak Road, about a kilometre from the beach
Kata Temple

Kata Temple is located on a big piece of land covering about 48 rai, surrounded by beautiful nature at the feet of the mountain covered with tropical forest that marks Kata eastern side . The temple itself was built in 1832 and was simply known as Wat Kata, after the village’s name. 80 years later it was renamed Wat Kittisankaram. The temple features a beautiful ordination hall housing the temple’s main statue of Lord Buddha, a monastery pavilion, monks’ dormitories and a primary school on the same grounds.

Although the temple was built a long time ago it is well maintained and steadily being renovated. The result is an impressive sight with bright and fresh colours throughout most of its buildings. Wat Kata is truly a lovely local temple to pay a visit. Dressing with respect is a must.

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Thai Boxing Training in Kata
Thai Boxing Training in Kata

While on holiday in Phuket why not try something new in the way of getting or staying fit? Thai Boxing is the ideal challenge for those who want to learn a new art. The recommended location in the Kata area is the Phuket Muay Thai Camp located on Patak Road in the hills about one kilometre away from Chalong Circle. Its equipment includes heavy bags, long bags, speed balls, uppercut stations, abdominals stations, and of course a complete gym, with weight benches, free weights, bar bells and skipping ropes.

Phuket Muay Thai also has a complete Thai boxing shop selling shorts, shirts, gloves, along with a training service from daily to weekly to a monthly basis. You’ll be expertly taught and guided not only by members of staff but by fellow students. Other Muay Thai training camps available around Kata Beach are Chang Muay Thai (located on Kok Tanod Road), and Prapa Muay Thai.

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday
  • Location: Take Patak Road from Kata heading to Chalong on the east coast. Just over the crest of the hill on the Chalong side you’ll see the large blue sign of the club.
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 628 4090
Surfing in Kata Beach Southern end of Kata Beach
Surfing in Kata Beach

Kata Beach is the surfing capital of Phuket. At Kata there are two surf shops and seven beach outlets where you can rent a board. Renowned for its consistent waves, this is the logical venue for the island's biggest annual surfing competition. For many, the south end of the beach (outside Kata Beach Resort) offers the best board riding in Phuket and this is why Kata Beach can get rather busy at times. Still, the vibes you get whilst sufing the waves or just relaxing on the beach itself is friendly, international and laid back. Many surfers join in at the volleyball net afterwards and there is even a surfer's bar close by.

With a maxium height of two metres, beginners and advanced riders can have fun in Kata Beach. If you’d like to experiment surfing in a super-safe environment beforehand, try out the new Flow Rider simulator machine at Phuket Surf House, a cool venue opened in 2013. Kata Beach hosts yearly international surf contests.

It is best to surf at mid tide. Winds blow southwest to northeast. Read More...

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