I spent 4 nights at Kata Beach, choosing it in preference to Patong area for a more quiet and less busy beach and scene. I can't say I was dissapointed with this choice, as the beach here is quite nice and there is everything you need here. Kata Beach is more popular with the older crowd, and this is grossly evident on the beach. However if you're a young person in the need for some socializing Patong is just a short tuk tuk ride away. And if you don't want to go far, Kata Beach has some great nightlife as well. Kata has great resteraunts on the beach, scuba diving training facility, a nice beach and great hotels.
If you have seen chaotic Patong beach and you are looking for a peaceful place, why don't you try Kata beach? This pretty beach offers everything you need to relax. You can also play beach volley with your friends or try some water sports.
Kata is about 20 to 30 minutes drive from Patong and about 40 minutes to Phuket Town.
Kata Beach is a world of difference from Patong Beach. It is more peaceful here and without all the sleazy bars and noise which makes it a perfect place for family with young kids to hang around.
Although Kata beach is smaller than Patong, it still offers similar amenities like beautiful beachfront resorts, restaurants and great shopping. The stretch of long and narrow white sandy beach are lined with palm trees overlooking the clear water and the offshore Bu island.
Karon Beach is the second largest beach in Phuket. Located just south of Patong Beach, it is easily accessible by the well paved roads.
Karon Beach is a world of difference from Patong Beach. It is more peaceful here and without all the sleazy bars and noise which makes it a perfect place for family with young kids to hang around.
The sand is very white and fine over here and a very nice beach where you can do your water sports or just relax and read a book or sun tan on the beach. There are lots of upmarket resorts along Karon Beach area.
There are many restaurants, bars, tour companies at the north end near the traffic circle.We almost stayed at Kata Villa (THB500) but in the end we stayed at Casa Jip (THB400) at the heart of Patong Beach.
Located south of Kata is Kata Noi Beach. It is a smaller beach with only a few hotels and a few other developments.
The beach is beautiful and very peaceful. I was able to take a good shot from one of the hotels up over the top of the hill from Kata.
You can have a gret view of Kata Noi Beach shoreline from Kata View Point.
Kata View Point can be accessed through the well paved winding road. The same road will lead you to Promthep Cape where you can have an awesome view of the orange sunset.
Once you are up here, you are able to have a paranomic view of the spectacular
and very beautiful beaches of the Kata Noi, Kata and Karon beach.
Composed of 2 lovely beaches called Kata Yai (Big Kata) and Kata Noi (Small Kata) separated from each other by a small headland, Kata Beach is a thriving resort, suitable for holiday makers who look for tranquil surrounding with bright sun, white sand, a calm clear sea and a colourful underwater world
Absolutely gorgeous beach, maybe the most beautiful in Phuket (seen them all I think) if you dont mind the growd. Nice palmtrees and special rocks. No medusas. Good restaurant. The only downpoint is that the stairs down to the beach are absolutely horrible - dont go if you have any fysical disabilities. And getting back up is eaven worse of course.
Take tuk tuk or go by scooter.
Karon beach is beautiful, large and long curving beach. The sand is very white, clean and clear water. We so much enjoyed there. By the time we visited, it looked like only group of us there. Both photos were taken in the jungle before get to the beach...
Everybody does at least one beach sunset in Phuket. Kata Beach has one of the best. You can either grab a beer, sit back and take it all in or go for a stroll - either way it's magic stuff. I liked the sunset in Kata because of Koh Pu, a little island off the coast. It adds a neat contrast to all the colours and hues in the sky. Otherwise, the beach is a bit quieter in Kata than Patong so it's a good spot to go to if you want to escape the noise.
Karon is a great place to visit for the day if you are either stuck in Phuket Town or you want to get away from the chaos of Patong. There are are basically two long roads of shops, restaurants and bars and the numerous sois which run off them. One of them, Karon Road, follows the coast and has plenty of good restaurants and a nice stretch of beach. The other is Patak Road, which snakes inland, taking in all the beer bars, tailor shops and souvenir stores, as well as the local wat.
Karon is a great little place and has most of what you'd find in Patong, only more spread out and low key. It's worth a trip.
My husband and I stayed in Patong Beach at Holiday Inn, but when we saw the beach and the water we felt so dissapointed!!!, then we stayed always at the pool but the last day we decided to go to Karon Beach and was very surprising, we realize that just 15 minutes far away there was a really beautiful beach, we remind our trip to Phi Phi when we saw Karon, besides it's more exclusive, there are no so much people, no so much children, there were very good umbrellas, secluded, big and clean beach, clean and clear water, no hawkers, (they have an organized little market), wonderful!!!. But I didn't see hotels on the beach, as in Patong you have to cross the street. So if you want shopping and drinking, would be better if you go to Patong, but if you want a more relaxing holidays and more nicer hotels, then go to Karon.
Karon Beach, a long stretch of unspoilt white sand nestled between Patong and Kata beach, is located on the southwest coast of Phuket Island. Karon, the second largest of Phuket's principal beaches, is quiet and relaxed with its sights set firmly on the family market. Good local restaurants, small guesthouses, larger resorts offering extensive sports and recreational facilities and of course, the beach, are Karon's attractions.
Nightlife... is not as varied or raucous as Patong. Karon is a place for enjoying a good local meal, drinking outdoors with friends or watching the world go by. It's quiet but if you want a change of scene, Kata village is within walking distance, and Patong a short drive for a more action packed night out.
The beach... offers masses of room and is rarely crowded. Cold drinks, fruit, sarongs are all available from passing vendors and local restaurants set up on the beach, so you don't need to move unless it's to hire a jet-ski or go snorkelling at the southern end which has a coral reef stretching around the headland towards Kata.
The sand...is a unique Karon phenomena. Walk on this perfect white sand and you'll hear it squeak with every step! No one seems to know why! From November to April, Karon offers perfect conditions, but from May to October swimming can be dangerous because of strong undertows, but there are plenty of hotel pools to take a dip.
Karon Beach is the second main beach of Phuket after Patong. There are many guesthouses, hotels, restaurants near this beach.The beach is less crowded here. If weather permits, you can catch a good sunset here too...
The three biggest beaches in Phuket are Patong, Karon and Kata. On Ranong Rd. in front of the day market there's a local bus station to various beaches. If you prefer beach more to people then take a bus to Beach Kata or Karon. It costs 25B and 45 minutes. Beach Patong is rather crowded. There's no bus going between Patong and Kata or Karon. You can take a tuk-tuk. To get back to the town from Patong, take the bus with 20B and 30 minutes.