Kata beach or Kata Yai (Kata Beach), is located in the southwestern part of the island, between the beaches of Karon and Kata Noi. This beach is one of the most visited beaches of Phuket, there are always a lot of tourists who came to Phuket, both on tours and independently.
And for good reason, Kata beach perfectly combines everything you need for a comfortable stay. There is a wide sandy beach, stretching for a distance of over a mile along the sea, and all the necessary tourist infrastructure, providing a platform for active day and night life.
In the surroundings of Kata beach there are numerous various hotels, cafes and restaurants for any taste and budget, ranging from Thai cuisine to the restaurants of European and Russian cuisine, as well as, fruit stalls, markets and shops, massage parlors, exchange and a tour Desk that can arrange local excursions around the island and beyond.
Moreover, this beach has a convenient location, on the one hand it is adjacent to more developed and large beach on the West coast, and on the other, with a small but cozy and quiet Kata Noi beach. To get from Kata to both of these beaches on foot, a distance of Karon beach is 1.5 kilometers away and the Kata Noi beach is only a kilometer. To Kata beach easily accessible, as the airport is a direct bus (mini bus), and from Phuket Town direct bus (Phuket Town - Kata - Karon). Close to Kata beach, located famous on the whole island attractions as the big Buddha and the viewpoint Karon View Point, which offers spectacular views of three beaches - Karon, Kata and Kata Noi.
More developed Central and left South part of Kata. It is here that prefer to stay most of the tourists.
The beach of Kata
Kata beach, is a cozy Bay with white fine sand caressing your feet and a clear turquoise sea.
On the beach is quite clean. Some where there is natural debris, small appliances and cigarette butts, but it does not cause discomfort, such on the beach a bit.
On both sides the beach is surrounded by hills with lush tropical vegetation that creates a natural barrier against the wind. In high season, large waves at sea, almost none. The coastline is smooth, the entrance to the sea is shallow and sandy.
In search of shadows you can rent sun loungers and sun shades, for the price of 200 baht a day or two zaslonka and umbrella. Natural shade a bit, it comes from a few vegetation beside the road along the beach. In the morning the trees cast a nice shade on most of the beach, and after lunch, when the sun's rays begin to fall onto the beach from the sea, looking for the shadow will have to walk on the beach.
On both sides of the beach, in the sea there are fishing boats. They are colorful and very cute, making the beach even more attractive. However, walking along the beach, or floating in the sea near the boat, you have to be careful, you can hurt yourself on the securing rope.
On the South side of the beach, almost at the hill, there are several cafes with views of the sea and the beach, there is also hotels.
On the North side of the beach, the one closer to the Beach, in the shade of the trees, is also home to several cafes and restaurants.
Kata beach developed beach activities. Of the most popular: banana boating or tablet over the ocean waves, you can drive a jet ski - jet ski (price 30 minutes – 1,500 baht for 1 person, 600 baht 1 - 2 people) or to fly over the sea surface on a parachute (1200 - 1500 baht).
The beach is visible a small Poo island (Koh Pu or Ko Pu), it is possible to reach by boat. There is the possibility to sunbathe and meet the marine life with scuba diving.
With the beach and the surrounding area is well visible statue of big Buddha, which can be reached on foot. On how walk from Kata beach to Big Buddha will be discussed in this article below.
The promenade along the beach
As such the waterfront, with a developed tourist infrastructure near the beach there. But, above the sea, the road along which, on the one side is a fence, behind which are located the hotels, and on the other is the pedestrian sidewalk.
This road, though passable, but the machines we have met a few.
Towards the southern end of the beach, waterfront, Park is Community Park. The Park is green and well maintained. In the Park, places for recreation, sports and playgrounds, Jogging trails.
In the Park there are Parking spaces. Opening hours of the Park from 09:30 to 21:00 hours.
The streets, cafes, restaurants, shops and entertainment
In Kata, above the sea, through three parallel streets, they are also the highways.
The first, which we have been told, the promenade. Second, the most developed and lively Kata Rd, it is the largest number of cafes and restaurants, street food, shops and souvenir shops, and massage parlors, tour Desk, currency exchange bureaus and hotels.
Follow this street to the South, you can go to Kata Noi beach
And heading North to the beach of Karon
Third street, which is also the most distant from the beach Patak Rd. On both sides of the road there are many shops, gas station, a few cafes and hotels.
It is a large wholesale supermarket Makro food service, where you can buy products in retail and wholesale. Something on the similarity of Subway, only with modest size.
Markets near Kata beach
Rich Kata and markets, they are three. They are all located in close proximity to each other. Landmark - hotel Sugar Marina Resort-SURF-Kata Beach.
Open daily for visits to the indoor market where they sell clothes, tourist equipment and whatnot. There is also a place where you can eat.
This market is hard to come by, even from afar eyes catch the colorful shapes of king Kong and the Hulk. They really like kids, shouting: "Look!", kids happily run to fabulous figures.
Next, on Mondays and Thursdays visiting the night market - Kata Night Market. Better to come after 16:00 hours, at this time all the outlets are already open. On the market you can buy clothes, oil, soap, bags, shoes and other goods of daily demand as well as fresh products, fruits, vegetables, drinks and ready meals.
Grocery, fruit market located in the vicinity, just above the first two markets. Located on the street Patak Rd. The market sells fruits and vegetables.
Attractions. What to do
As such within the beach a bit. Perhaps, a small temple near the night market
And its famous Buddhist temple Wat Kata and Wat Kitti Sangkharam. This temple is situated at the foot of the mountain, on the third, the farthest street from the beach - Patak.
This temple occupies a fairly large territory and has bright colors that gives an impressive appearance. In the temple there is a statue of the Buddha, the pavilion of the monastery, the monks dormitory and elementary school children.
If we move in the direction of Karon beach, you can visit the small Dino Park Mini Golf. The main occupation in the Park is, of course, the mini Golf game. However, the Park itself is decorated for the Jurassic period, its territory is somewhat artificial small caves, a waterfall and stream, as well as statues of dinosaurs, there is a stylized bar and restaurant. The distance from the center of Kata beach to Dino Park is 1 km.
Around Kata you can visit several attractions that are included in the top ten in Phuket:
1. The most famous and most visited viewpoint in Phuket - Karon View Point, which offers scenic views of three beaches - Karon, Kata and Kata Noi.
To get to the observation deck it is possible by taxi or rented bike, Thai and foot, breaking the nearly 4 kilometers.
From Kata beach you need to go on the road wide road Kata-Sai Yuan Rd and follow it to the observation deck. But you'll have to take a little detour.
Easier and faster to go through the Kata Noi beach. First, get to Kata Noi beach, after follow the street which goes from the center of the beach.
It looks like the entrance to this road with the carriageway of the street near Kata Noi beach
Following this road, you will go up to the mountain, first along a concrete road, then the road becomes dirt. Without turning, for 10 minutes, you can get out on the road wide road Kata-Sai Yuan Rd, then turning right, to be almost elephant farm - Khok Chang Kata Safari. Farm will be on the left side of the road. At the farm you can ride an elephant through the jungle. From the farm, never deviating, after 850 meters you will reach the observation deck Karon View Point.
2. From Kata beach, if you go to nearby Karon beach, you can walk to another attraction - The Big Buddha Phuket. The path is not close, is about 7 kilometers, but the walk is quite real. For this first you need to go to Kata beach on the road wide road Patak Rd and follow to the side of Karon beach. On the right side of the road will be the pointer to the Big Buddha. Turning right on Patak Soi 12 and follow the signs, climbing up the hill, you will come straight to the Big Buddha.
A turn and a sign-pointer "BIG BUDDHA" on the street Patak Rd
Currency exchange on Kata beach
Exchangers close to the beach a lot. Course from the exchanger to the exchanger is different, but only slightly. The Commission is absent. The best rate in dollars, in denominations of 50 and 100 units, the banknotes 5 - $ 20 are exchanged at a lower rate.
Phuket airport the exchange rate is less advantageous than the beaches. So if you come to Phuket by plane, at the airport are advised to exchange some money which will go to the hotel and already in place to exchange larger amounts.
Where to stay on Kata beach
The choice of accommodation on Kata beach is very large, here are various range of hotels, guesthouses, villas and apartments, from budget to luxury and respectable.
The best apartments and hotels, to our taste, located on the hill between Kata and Kata Noi. Here at home, immersed in the greenery, and the absence of a number of tourist life creates peace and quiet. Also just a few minute walk to Kata beach and Kata Noi beach.
All accommodation at Kata beach and close itself, you can view and book here.
How to get to Kata beach
From Phuket airport and Phuket Town
From the airport straight to the beach can be reached by minibuses, those you will find at the exit of the airport. The fare is 200 baht.
Public buses first to Phuket Town. From Phuket Town, with the streets of Ranong, the bus "Phuket Town - Kata - Karon". This bus runs along two streets in the next few Months, first on the top - MOP, then it should be across the Karon beach and then Kata beach. The fare is 40 baht.
The final stop is in the southern part of Kata beach, opposite the hotel Kata Beach Resort and Spa. Here, a handful of taxi/tuk-tuks
The bus schedule Kata-Karon-Phuket
The cost of taxi, tuk-tuk from Kata beach
Also, always from anywhere on the island can be reached all the way to Kata beach, rent a motorbike or car.
Well, that's easier, you can book a private transfer in advance. At any time of the day, at the airport, you will meet your driver with a sign, which will be written your name and surname. For taxi is enough to tell us your flight details.
With Patong beach
From Patong beach you can also get to the Cuts on public buses. Instead. First you need to get on a bus to Phuket Town, the fare is 30 baht. And there take the bus to the cat.
To get you to Patong, Phuket city, or that faster, not far from Phuket Town to reach the ring, near Central Festival Phuket, cross the road and Board the bus to Kata.
With Karon beach
With Karon beach on foot, or by bus to Kata beach.
With the Rawai, Yanuy and Nai Harn
Via Phuket Town. Or, is it faster to go the first and only ring on this route - Kathu. You can go in front of the ring, walk a little forward, turn left and wait for the bus "Phuket town Karon Kata". Or, go for the ring, cross the road and also expect your route.
Photos of Chalong ring
With other beaches of the island
With other beaches in Phuket to get to Kata buses through Phuket Town.
Towards Kata runs the only bus that starts in Phuket Town, Karon further passes through and stops at the Terminus located near Kata beach.