Within walking distance of Karon beach and approximately 17km from Phuket Town is the small, laid back yet vibrant bay of Kata. If you are a guest at the Thavorn Palm Beach Resort it is only a short walk to Kata, where you can experience the spectacular and picturesque bay with its white sand beaches, crystal clear water and intimate, family friendly ambience. If you are staying at the Thavorn Grand Plaza in Phuket Town, why not catch the free shuttle bus to Karon and take the short walk for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. Kata Bay comprises of the bustling Kata Centre to the north, the two outstanding beaches of Kata Yai and Kata Noi to the south and nestled in between the beaches the area known as Kata South. Kata Yai, at approx 1.5 km is the larger of the two beaches and offers a picture postcard view of Koh Pu Island (Crab Island) a small uninhabited island just off shore which is great for snorkelling. Kata Noi is largely undeveloped and a great place to get away from it all and relax on its quite shores or swim and snorkel in its tranquil waters.
There are a variety of watersports to enjoy at Kata where you can hire Jetskis, Sea Kayaks, Wakeboards, Banana boats and for the more adventurous there is Windsurfing and Parasailing. Surfing is also a popular past time for visitors to Kata in the rainy season and boards can be purchased or hired from many outlets around the beach. As with most of the beaches in Phuket, the water can be dangerous during the rainy season due to the strong waves and rip currents so take care at all times. On Kata Yai beach there is decent coral for snorkelling both off shore around Koh Pu island and to the south of the beach. There is also a good variety of marine life to be found to the south of Kata Noi beach. If you are visiting Phuket in December then you may be fortunate enough to witness the spectacular sight of hundreds of sailboats gathering in the bay for the King’s Cup Regatta.
Despite the allure of this small village setting, Kata still hosts a variety of activities for the whole family. One attraction not to be missed is a round of mini golf at the famous prehistoric themed Dino Park in Kata Centre. Snaking through Jurassic backdrops of extraordinary detail are 18 holes of varying difficulty in a course that features many life size prehistoric creatures along the way. After you have worked up an appetite the Dino Bar and kitchen offers an International and Thai menu, served up by waiters kitted out in authentic, prehistoric uniforms straight from the Flintstones. As well as traditional Thai massage, spa, and Thai cookery classes, Kata is a convenient base for activities such as elephant trekking and for those looking for something a little different, Muay Thai, or the ancient art of Thai Boxing. As well as sitting ringside at one of the fabulous Muay Thai shows, you can also put on the gloves and be trained by the experts at the Phuket Muay Thai Camp. Close by to Kata, is one of the best viewpoints on the island, Kho Saam Haad, where you can look down over spectacular views of the beaches of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon beach, hence the English name for the viewpoint, ‘Three-Beach Hill’. Another place situated close to Kata and well worth a visit is Wat Kittisangkaram (Kata Temple) which is at least 80 years old and set in beautiful mountain and tropical forest surroundings.
Kata Nightlife is generally quiet, relaxed and geared towards couples and families. Head towards Kata Centre where there are a number of cool bars with some showing major sporting events and all offering a laid back atmosphere. If you are looking for a more colourful night scene with a party atmosphere then the beer-bars of the Kata Night Bazaar should fit the bill. Kata South offers less variety in nightlife, but a fun and friendly atmosphere can be found at the Reggae Bar, especially at sunset were you can sip a cocktail with spectacular views over Kata Noi. Kata Centre is where you will find the best variety of dining options in the bay with International cuisines and seafood choices to rival any of the island’s beach destinations.