Kata Beach: A Travel Guide
Kata Beach is one of the most beautiful and most popular beaches of Phuket. It is located just a couple of minutes away from Karon Beach and is visited by many tourists annually to swim in its clear waters and walk on its white sand. Most traveling families also prefer to stay at Kata Beach for its palm-lined beaches, great restaurants, wide array of activities, good variety of accommodation options and a lively nightlife which is not too loud or wild. Although this beach is often busy, it is never crowded, which offers a great destination who want to have an enjoyable vacation.
If you are planning to visit Kata Beach, you would probably need to know which season would be better for your holiday plans. During the months of November through April, the warm sea is perfect for swimming for the entire family because the water is still and crystal clear. The weather is also generally sunny, which would allow you to engage in a lot of activities and explore the island. This is also the time when numerous yachts go to Kata Beach to participate in the King’s Cup Regatta, which is a premier sailing event in Asia.
On the other hand, during the months of May to October, more rain is experienced and the sea offers slightly rougher swimming conditions. This is the reason why there are fewer tourists who go to the island during this period; however, for surfers, this is the perfect time to go as the sea offers great waves for surfing. This is also the best time for people who want to have a relaxing time with less people around.
Accommodations on Kata Beach widely vary. There are some resorts which are more suitable for those traveling with their families and children, offering children’s pools and other facilities for children; and there are also some resorts and hotel which offer luxurious rooms for some relaxation. Some of the more popular hotels on Kata Beach would include Mom Tri’s Boathouse Hotel and Kata Beach Resort.
Aside from swimming, surfing and sunbathing, there are a lot of other activities that you can do on Kata Beach. You can jet-ski or ride a kayak and explore the small island at the north. You can also do some parasailing and view the breathtaking reefs from above. You can also rent a Hobie Cat or a windsurfer which could really make for a pleasurable water activity. Some of the more popular water sports activities would be wakeboarding, waterskiing and the banana boat.
You can also do some snorkeling to see the colorful sea life of Kata Beach which would include the Bannerfish, the Trigger Fish and the Parrotfish. If you are not too fond of swimming or doing things in the open sea, you can still enjoy the beach through activities like beach soccer, beach volleyball and jogging on the shore.
Some of the facilities on the beach would include sun beds where you can lie on to soak in the warm rays of the sun. There are also plenty of convenience and specialty shops towards the southern end. Trees are also abundant on the beach. They provide shade where hammocks could be set up for some relaxation. You can also have a soothing Thai massage under the trees.
Of course, no vacation would be complete without eating at several great restaurants. Kata Beach some of the best dining options in all of Phuket, which serve appetizing seafood dishes, along with Thai, European and International cuisine at reasonable prices. There are also many vendors that walk on the beach, selling all kinds of snacks and beverages.