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.
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FERNANDEZ O
bangkok284 contributions
Kata Beach is a beautiful bay of white sand and a clear sea, with palm trees that offer shade.
The beach of Kata is divided into two distinct parts: Kata Yai, the most important, and Kata Noi, located further south. These beautiful beaches have seen the development of new tourist facilities: high-end resorts, restaurants, bars, shops and massage parlours. There are fewer and fewer modest hotels, they have been bought, transformed, furnished, and prices have increased significantly. For lunch, a good option is to enjoy the buffets offered by the hotels. In the evening, street stalls offer cheap Thai cuisine.
Written August 6, 2022
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Tas G
Athens, Greece1,292 contributions
Overall a good beach comparing to Patong beach but not something so extraordinary. It is clean with clean waters but still very crowded with many annoying people trying to sell you everything you can imagine ofcourse in bigger prices than the shops 100 meters further on the city. Also very crowded all the day.
An advise don't even think to take taxi to come here from Patong or elsewhere on the area of Phuket since the smallest fare is 20 euro for 4 km.
Written January 14, 2020
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Ingrid Arleth A
6 contributions
Couples
It is a very quiet place, you can spend it with your family or also with your partner. The water is clean, there are many people in tourist time, but regardless of that, it is a very cool place, it is hot, although I do not dislike hot weather, I highly recommend it. The food is great, I really liked the people, they are very homelike. It is a place that I would visit again, without a doubt an incredible experience. Find everything you need, there is a wide variety of issues in stores. It is a very small beach, but the important thing is its quality. A wonderful place.
Written June 13, 2022
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ophilius1
East Sussex, UK44 contributions
Couples
What a shame, the effect of mass tourism has hit Kata hard (both town and beach).

The beach itself is absolutely lovely in that it has beautiful soft white sand, palm and coconut trees and warm sea, however the crowds of people even though we visited outside of school holidays too was unbearable. You can hardly move when walking on the sand due to the crowds, and don't even think about going in the water as again it's so busy you could mistake it for a children's party at a swimming pool.

Kata is a little like Thailand's answer to Benidorm except instead of thousands of Brits, it's Russian tourists on package deals.

If there is a saving grace for Kata, it is the sunset. Once the majority of beach goers have left and the sun is about to set, it is stunning however the beach will still be very overcrowded, except this time with people getting their Instagram selfies with the sunset.

I will not return to Kata beach unfortunately. Tourism is good for Thailand, but tourism on this scale is dreadful in my opinion.
Written February 6, 2020
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Michael
Woking, UK255 contributions
Couples
Kata beach is very popular with large numbers of tourists but for good reason!

The sand was soft with no large/sharp rocks. The sea was a nice temperature, somewhat clear but there was rogue seaweed.

The beach is also within walking distance to lots of amenities and restaurants which is great.

The sunset is especially spectacular at Kata Beach, overall we would recommend it.
Written January 8, 2020
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Keith J
Llanelli, UK380 contributions
We recently visited Kata Yai beach while staying in Phuket. The beach and water was very clean where we were, which was on arriving at the beach we turned right, we had some sun lounger chairs (200 Baht for 2) under the trees, which we moved out for the sun until it got too hot. There are several beach bars serving food and the food looked excellent,but we only had drinks, we would recommend a visit.
Written March 4, 2020
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Stefan S
Singapore, Singapore722 contributions
Though the waters here is not as nice as Karon, it is the most gentle sloping and almost no waves all year round. Great for swimming and you can actually swim the full length of the bay. Though the northern end there's usually Long Tail traffic and sometimes even divers doing shore dives. Lots of parking lining the beach and near sunset, locals will come for swimming. Nice beach to chill!
Written March 31, 2020
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Chris T
Alice Springs, Australia93 contributions
I was a bit spoilt first seeing this beach back in 2007 when things weren't so busy. In peak season this beach has many thousands of people on it (Mainly Russian, then Chinese) One thing on Phuket beaches travelers will notice who are used to, say, Bali is that there are very few hawkers and hasslers, you are mostly left alone. Shaded seat rentals are the norm and there is a (very expensive) bar and shops on the Southern end. Unfortunately whoever did the deal after the tsunami to basically allow Le Meridien hotel to take up the entire beach frontage has made access very difficult for generations of tourists to come who AREN'T staying there.
Written February 18, 2020
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Paul R
London, UK12 contributions
Family
Visited over Christmas and the new year. One of the better main stream beaches with gental sloping sand & clear waters. I was expecting good quality beach shacks serving Thai food dotted along the beach.... Not the case. Generic cafes full of Rude Russians with expensive food & drinks.

Phuket appears to be a mini Russia!

Kata Beach had a more local feel than the other bigger beaches.
Written January 5, 2020
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John K
Costa Mesa, CA1,222 contributions
Solo
Kata beach itself is a nice long stretch of yellow sand. Pretty rough seas here, unsuitable for small children. Red flags were out nearly every time I visited. There are some food and souvenir sellers all along the road, but the south end is where the actual shops and restaurants (and the 10b public toilets) are. It gets pretty crowded here, but being such a long stretch of sand it’s possible to find some peace. Rocky areas at each end of the beach are quite photogenic.

Written March 22, 2022
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