Kata Beach in Phuket Thailand maintains a village like feel despite being located on one of the most popular holiday islands in southeast Asia. While being located on the southwestern side of Phuket and only 1 kilometre in length, this beach is a gem for both families and couples who are seeking a more relaxed beach environment because this is probably the quietest of the three main beaches on Phuket.
While it is located close to Karon Beach, Kata is much safer for swimming than some of the other Thai beaches due to its unique shape, which seems to shield it somewhat from the strong ocean currents. Lined with palm trees and beautiful white sand the beach looks like the letter w from the air as it is split into two beaches being Kata Noi and Kata Yai. The latter beach is the largest of the two and the most frequented by tourists and has softer sand.
Like most Thai beaches there is a good supply of banana lounges and umbrella's available on both beaches for people who want some protection from the hot Thailand sun. Thai vendors are also out and about especially on Kata Yai Beach selling food and drink and other nik naks.
Kata Centre, which includes a Starbucks cafe is one of the oldest parts of this area which is situated along a busy intersection. This area has an array of restaurants, shops and several bars which play loud music and stay open late and while there are bright lights there are no girly bars here.
Kata Beach also provides a lovely view of Koh Pu which is a very small uninhabited island which sits approximately 1 kilometre off the coast. This small island gives you something nice to look at instead of just open ocean. Both beaches are also surrounded by accommodation with Club Med which opened back in 1985 being the most prominent resort along Kata Yai, while the Kata Thani resort being the major complex along Kata Noi.
There are a variety
hotels located around Kata Beach including the Boathouse and the Phuket Chaba if you are don't wish to stay in one of the larger mentioned resorts.
But no matter where you stay you will still be in reasonably close proximity to these Thailand beaches, and it is here where you will find all of the popular activities including canoeing, para-sailing, swimming and jet-skiing, while bungee jumping, elephant trekking, mountain bike riding, rock climbing and go-karting are also available for visitors staying at Kata.
The best way to travel to Phuket is by plane or bus. Flights from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport occur daily with a number of local airlines servicing the island including Nok Air, Air Asia and Thai Airways. Being an international airport direct flights are available to and from a number of countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan to name a few. There are an abundance of taxi's and mini-vans located outside the Phuket airport to transport you to your hotel.
Buses to Phuket depart Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal daily with the journey taking approximately 13 hours.
From Phuket International Airport a minibus journey to Kata Beach will cost around 180 Thai baht. From Phuket Town a journey on a small bus will cost about 30 Thai baht.