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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  • Mike M
    Christchurch, New Zealand265 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 August 22, 2023
  • Jwarran
    Wagga Wagga, Australia82 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Graham C
    Brisbane Region, Australia95 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Leanne F
    Sydney, Australia63 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
    Traveled with family
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Ovidiu C
    Bucharest, Romania74 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
    Traveled with family
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Leannie
    Hanoi, Vietnam2,355 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
    Traveled with family
    Written February 9, 2024
  • 192CR
    41 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 10, 2024
  • Shurley
    4 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
    Traveled with family
    Written February 13, 2024
  • Gene R J
    Silver Spring, Maryland9,845 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful popular swimming beach with calm surf.
    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.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 21, 2024
  • jerras s
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach location!
    Kata Beach was a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. With its soft sands, clear waters, and great surf, it was a haven for beach lovers and thrill-seekers alike. Plus, its surrounding shops, restaurants, and bars offered everything needed for a fantastic day by the sea.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2024
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Chris
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Grrat Beach, good bars and restaurants close by. The beach is sheltered and is shallow making it perfect for those less confident in the water and families. The water is warm and sparkling clean.
Written May 19, 2024
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john s
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The beaches were beautiful, the food was great, and the water sports were so much fun. Highly recommend for a past tense, fun-filled getaway!
Written May 4, 2024
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mitzisydney
Sydney, Australia250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Gorgeous clean beach, soft sand and warm water. We loved this beach, it is spectacular. We were amazed how clean this beach was despite the fact there were so many people on the beach. We used to holiday in Bali but the beaches there are dirty and the water is filthy but Thailand particularly Kata Beach and Khao Lak are spectacular and a joy for swimming.
Written April 18, 2024
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jerras s
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Kata Beach was a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. With its soft sands, clear waters, and great surf, it was a haven for beach lovers and thrill-seekers alike. Plus, its surrounding shops, restaurants, and bars offered everything needed for a fantastic day by the sea.
Written April 15, 2024
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Delwyn V
London, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Really amazing beach to relax at. Nice white sand and clean. Friendly locals and lots of places around to grab some drinks and food
Written March 31, 2024
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janere t
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We spent a wondeful day out on Kata Beach with so nice people around us. We loved Thai smiles and hospitality. Great streetfood!
Written March 27, 2024
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Moon S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Fantastic time spent here in March 2024! Not so crowded. Nice and polite people there. Lots of streetfood. Must try to visit!
Written March 22, 2024
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Alan G
Oswestry, UK10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Good beach, less busy than others with plenty of amenities.
The beach has many loungers and umbrellas that can be hired for a small sum. Street food available
Written March 22, 2024
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tarras m
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Nice and quite beach only 20 minutes from Phuket Town. We spent there a wonderful day out! Many shops and entertainment around.
Written March 22, 2024
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ONaoura
Dubai, United Arab Emirates208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The water was clearer than Patong Beach and less crowded. There is a paid shower, changing room, and bathroom close by (Not the cleanest).
Written March 15, 2024
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