Kata Beach
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This cozy, secluded beach features calm waters and is a favorite for families and couples to relax, snorkel and body surf.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Mark D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach, lots to see, and do, Kata is a gem
    This is one of the nicest beaches in Phuket. Kata is a nice small town not so small that there’s nothing to do half the year you can go surfing and boogie boarding in the other half the year the water smooth enough that you can go snorkeling. There’s a coral reef, not too far out that you can swim to, there’s food within walking distance and stores to buy umbrellas, bikinis or whatever you might need. Also, if you take a motorcycle, there’s Kata Noi ( means small in Thai.) it is also very nice just a little bit smaller and a little more secluded. There’s a lot to do around the area and a lot of nice scenic lookouts up in the hills.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Whamchick
    225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab beach
    Fab clean beach. Loads of stalls with street food. Really cheap. Lounger and parasol for 100 baht… about £2.50 a day. Lots of beach stuff to hire. Gorgeous beach.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 18 May 2023
  • Mike M
    Christchurch, New Zealand267 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach with room to relax
    We stayed at Kata Beach for 11 days from first week of August. There was a big Oil Spill off the coast of Thailand sometime late July, and on August 6th /7th some of it did eventually reach Phuket, including Kamala, Patong, Karon, Kata, pretty much the whole West Coast of Phuket. But by August 8th there was no sign of it, it had gone / been cleaned up. We were on the beach pretty much every day, and most people didn’t even notice, there were still heaps of people swimming, surfing etc every day. Kata is still a nicer, prettier, quieter beach than Patong, you can walk 100M along the beach and easily get away from the crowds. The waves at Kata are a little bigger than Patong, so better for surfing etc. 2 Loungers and an umbrella is 200 baht if you need them, and although shops are only 100 meters away, drinks, beers, ice- creams, snacks etc are easily obtained from the mobile vendors walking along the beach, all of whom are very polite and not pushy. We liked our stay here and will happily return !
    Visited August 2023
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Jwarran
    Wagga Wagga, Australia83 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kata Beach A Tropical Paradise Worth Exploring
    Our resort, Centara Kata, was conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the stunning Kata Beach. To enjoy the beach comfortably, you can rent sunbeds for 100BHAT each, which is definitely worth the price. Although local vendors approach you while relaxing, they are polite and respectful when you decline their offers. Kata Beach is ideal for swimming and taking breathtaking photos for your Instagram feed. We also visited Karon Beach via Tuk Tuk, and though it was busy, it was still beautiful. However, I highly recommend Kata Beach for a more peaceful experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Graham C
    Brisbane Region, Australia98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasant, relaxed beach resort
    We recently had a nine-day holiday at Kata. We found it to be a pleasant, relaxed, yet vibrant place. The beach is pretty with clean white sand and clear water. Kata has plenty to do and is suitable for families with children. Local people go out of their way to make visitors welcome. We would certainly come again.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Leanne F
    Sydney, Australia52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A stunning beach
    One of the best beaches I have swam at. The water is crystal clear, perfect temperature and the waves change from day to day and in different spots so you can choose a very calm spot or more wavy. We also jet skied a couple of times and parasailed. Sunsets are amazing and the walk from end to end is very easy with either the option to walk along the beach or on the path at the top of the beach. Not too busy and so very pretty.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Ovidiu C
    Bucharest, Romania73 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem!
    Located 7 km from Patong Beach, between Karon and Rawai, it is the perfect location for relaxation. Quiet, not crowded, perfectly combines the forest with the beach. You can go to the beach directly on the sand, but there are also sunbeds with umbrellas that cost 200 baht (2 sunbeds and an umbrella).
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Leannie
    Hanoi, Vietnam1,421 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice at sunset
    Popped down to this beach to watch the sun going down. At that time of the evening it wasn't busy on the beach which was nice. There were a selection of long tail boats in the sea which looked nice against the sunset. The beach itself looked clean and nice sand to walk on. Look forward to returning during the day to experience the beach more.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 February 2024
  • 192CR
    35 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phuket Too crowded - PhiPhi islands touristy and crowded
    While the beach was nice, it was so crowded. So many signs in Russian and so many tourists everywhere. 300 baht for an umbrella and w beach chairs is the going rate. Surprised so many Russians everywhere as it seems they have taken over. Tour to PhiPhi Islands also so crowded with speed boats everywhere. I read there are thousands visiting everyday with sewage going into the ocean as they don't have water treatment plants. Not interested in returning as there are other places instead of Phuket.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
  • Shurley
    2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kata
    It was very busy. The beach reminded me of costa brava where every bit of sand is occupied. There are people selling their wares and icecreams too. 200-300baht for loungers and brollys. The town itself has a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as food stalls. Very busy traffic and crazy scooter riders. We chose here as it is described as a quieter, family friendly part of phuket. Maybe at other times of the year, or just not now. We had a good time but not sure if i would rush back
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 February 2024
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
With morning shade, we walked from its north entrance, passing the expensive Club Med to the exclusive Boathouse Hotel at the south end. I climbed rocks here to get a long view of the back of The Big Buddha facing eastward.
This 1 mile long beach is wide enough to locate a sandy spot of your own or choose to rent among the hundreds of umbrella chairs. I liked swimming in the gentle surf with just a few long tail boats at each end for beauty, several paddle boards to judge distance from shore and no jet skis.
Just after the midpoint is the street access to the Tourists Service Center, providing a clean inexpensive toilet/shower, then a short walk passing the Kata Town Hall to the excellent Walking Street Food Market for all typical lunch choices. There were also numerous waiting taxis to return to our uphill hotel.
Written 22 February 2024
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lesti p
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Nice beach location with many activities. Only 30 minutes from Phuket Town. We used Grab to get there. Many yummy street food available.
Written 18 February 2024
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anno p
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Nice and quite beach compering to Patong. About 15 minutes far away from Rawai. Lots of street food there. Good choice in February.
Written 16 February 2024
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pummy1953
Marlow, UK133 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I was shocked to see how busy it was absolutely full of Russians and overcrowded reminded me more of Blackpool or Costa Bravo as someone has mentioned.
It is definitely not pretty or secluded or peaceful. I’m glad I’m here for two days and then I’m leaving.
Written 15 February 2024
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Shurley
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It was very busy. The beach reminded me of costa brava where every bit of sand is occupied. There are people selling their wares and icecreams too. 200-300baht for loungers and brollys.
The town itself has a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as food stalls. Very busy traffic and crazy scooter riders.
We chose here as it is described as a quieter, family friendly part of phuket. Maybe at other times of the year, or just not now.
We had a good time but not sure if i would rush back
Written 14 February 2024
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192CR
35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
While the beach was nice, it was so crowded. So many signs in Russian and so many tourists everywhere. 300 baht for an umbrella and w beach chairs is the going rate. Surprised so many Russians everywhere as it seems they have taken over. Tour to PhiPhi Islands also so crowded with speed boats everywhere. I read there are thousands visiting everyday with sewage going into the ocean as they don't have water treatment plants. Not interested in returning as there are other places instead of Phuket.
Written 10 February 2024
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deb23610
Connah's Quay, UK40 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
It saddened me on our latest visit to Kata beach to find used condoms and beer bottles in the water and the dog faeces and cigarette butts on the beach
I am not a purist or anti smoking or any of those things but I do believe in cleaning up after myself
Please please don’t do this to a beautiful place which should be enjoyed by all.
Written 10 February 2024
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Leannie
Hanoi, Vietnam1,421 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Popped down to this beach to watch the sun going down. At that time of the evening it wasn't busy on the beach which was nice. There were a selection of long tail boats in the sea which looked nice against the sunset.
The beach itself looked clean and nice sand to walk on. Look forward to returning during the day to experience the beach more.
Written 9 February 2024
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Dmens
Melbourne, Australia78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Best beach along that coast - busy enough to be interesting, wave on one part of you want these, & restaurants are close / definitely our preferred beach in Phuket
Written 9 February 2024
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CheekyKB
Newcastle, UK301 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very busy beach next to Karon Beach.
Lots of food/drink outlets and clean. Gorgeous sea but too busy for me to stay there a whole day.
Written 25 January 2024
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