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“Overrated, crowded, dirty - just another beach” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Kata Beach

Kata Beach
Pakbang Road, Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand
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Owner description: This cozy, secluded beach features calm waters and is a favorite for families and couples to relax, snorkel and body surf.
Bangalore, India
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“Overrated, crowded, dirty - just another beach”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Having been to various beaches around the world, and having heard of Thailand's beaches, we thought that this would be as beautiful as the photos suggested. Boy, were we wrong!
The beach was impossibly crowded and dirty, and we were asked to pay for everything - beach chairs, [filthy] towels, etc. It was so commercialized with vendors and hawkers flogging everything that the "not so discerning" traveler needs, that the charm - if any - of the beach was ruined.
The water was filthy too, with plastic, rubbish and dirt- green-brown water instead of the brilliant aquamarine that the photos lead you to believe. The beach and the water were noisy and crowded, with jet skis and para-sailing jostling with row upon row of beach umbrellas and European tourists.
Definitely not a place I'd go to again, and definitely not the idyllic paradise that is portrayed by Thailand tourism.

Visited April 2014
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Broadbeach, Australia
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“Average beach”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

The beach is nice but there are better ones. One comment i'd like to make here is that there are lots of Russians in Phuket. Most of the restaurants (especially in Kata and Karon) had their menus in Thai, Russian and English in smaller print. I speak and understand Russian but not my partner so he had hard time reading menus sometimes :). It was our first time in Phuket and we were not sure at times whether we were in Thailand or Russia :) To be honest we were a bit surprised but overall we liked the place. So if you are keen to experience some of the Russian culture and even traditional food Phuket is the destination!

Visited April 2014
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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“Listen to the waves under the sun.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The beach itself was wonderful, but mother nature can be nasty sometimes.
There was only one lifeguard guarding the whole beach the day that me and my friends were visiting.
The waves literally pulled my friend right out to the very end of the beach, luckily he was able to swim back, but it was quite tiring for him.
Due to shallow water on the beach, many people would walk quite far out to the middle of the beach, and before they even realise, they are a mile away from shore, please take care while travelling folks.
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Visited August 2013
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“Ok beach, but not our favorite”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Kata Beach has a very European look and feel to it. Rows upon rows of beach chairs and umbrellas are aligned up and down the beach. Each color umbrella represents a new vendor. One guy wanted 500 Baht for the day, whereas further up, the price drops to the usual 100 Baht. So shop around. The clientele too, is decidedly European, mainly Russian, German, and British. There are the usual water sport activities like parasailing and jet ski rentals. I prefer a beach where the only noise will be the occasional longboat chugging ashore.
Sand was clean and the water during high tide was clear and warm. Some rocky bottom during low tide. Food available from plenty of food stall owners or restaurants.
All in all an ok beach, but there are nicer ones in Phuket, so go and find them!

Visited April 2014
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Fredrikstad, Norge
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“good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Long sandy beach, clean water and a sunny sky...what more could I wish :)
many people who sold things at the beach

Visited March 2014
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