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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  • 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, Romania70 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, Vietnam2,391 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
    5 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, Maryland10,090 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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ophilius1
East Sussex, UK40 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • 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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Stefan S
Singapore, Singapore764 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
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, Australia91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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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Lena
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
If you‘re looking to explore Thailand, I would definitely not recommend this place. It is so overrun by tourists and especially Russian culture, that there is nothing of Thail culture left. The food in the restaurants and the markets is not really good and more expensive than in the rest of the country, and there are almost no authentic Thai restaurants, whereas every restaurants offers Western food and a Russian menu. You can barely see any Thai people on the streets and in markets and restaurants, because they either work here or avoid Phuket. I would only recommend this place to you if you‘re looking for a nice beach, have money and don‘t care whether the surroundings are authentically Thai or not. That being said, aside from the beach Kata is also not particularly pretty.
Written November 18, 2022
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Paul R
London, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • 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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SmileeLancashire
Manchester, UK2,839 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
This beach is well worth a visit for sunset. We tended to go late afternoon as the beach was packed full of rude Russian tourists all day, in fact the whole resort was full of rude Russian tourists over the Xmas period. Fortunately we didn't come across any Russians in our hotel so it didn't spoil our overall stay at Kata beach but we wouldn't stay again because of these very rude people.
Written January 6, 2020
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FERNANDEZ O
bangkok284 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
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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Mike M
Christchurch, New Zealand265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
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 !
Written August 22, 2023
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Sidcup, UK1,288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This beach really is amazing and it’s the best beach in Phuket in my opinion. It’s busy in places, but it’s really long and you can definitely find a quiet spot. Laying on the beach watching the amazing sunset was definitely a moment I will never forget
Written February 28, 2020
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Cassidy76
Bangkok, Thailand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This was overall our favorite beach in Phuket. If you got on the beach early morning or late afternoon the amount of tourists definitely thinned out a lot. At the far end of the beach was a watersports shop called Nautilus where you can rent snorkeling gear and then snorkel around the head lands which was good fun. They also rented kayaks and body boards. Lots of small Thai stalls where you can order delicious fruit smoothies and Thai snacks.
A really nice atmosphere and well worth staying at a hotel near this beach for your holiday.
Written March 15, 2020
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