(Haad Kata Yai) and
Noi Beach (Haad Kata Noi)
are two adjacent beaches on the west coast of Phuket,
directly south of Karon. Kata Yai is sometimes called
simply Kata Beach (Haad Kata).
20 kilometres from town, beautiful Kata is a scenic
gem, its clear water flanked by hills, and picturesque
Pu Island sits offshore. Kata retains a village feel
at its northern and southern ends and is perhaps more
family-oriented, its one-kilometer long beach more peaceful
main road runs from Kata center at the end near Karon
Beach all the way to
Noi Beach. In Kata center
you can find many shops that sell tourist gifts. These
shops can be grouped into Gift, Suit, Music and Massage.
Restaurants are well priced and food is good. Bars start
further on down the road towards Kata beach.
are more hotels than meet the eye and walking around
for a couple of days you will find even more guest houses.
This does not mean that Kata is packed with tall hotels.
beach has safe swimming and does not have any dropoffs.
It is safe for children and non-swimmers. But always
take notice of the flags that fly, they will let you
know if it is not safe to swim. There is a coral reef
on the right hand side of the beach that goes out to
Poo (crab) Island. Sitting on the beach and looking
right you may see local fishermen on the rocks trying
to catch their supper.
is split into two focal areas: Kata Centre, which is
at the northern end close to Karon and Kata South, home
to several resorts. Visitors will find an abundance
of shops to browse in, from souvenir and ready-to-wear
outlets, to 7-Elevens and local mini-marts, to name-brand
pleasant bay of Kata, just a few minutes south of Karon
Beach, entices and charms many visitors with its white
sands and clear waters. Very popular with families,
Kata is an all round favourite due to its spectacular
palm-lined beach, great restaurants, lively but not
raucous nightlife and varied accommodation options -
all close to the beach. From May to October surfers
flock to catch Kata's waves and from November to April
the beach is alive with sunseekers.