Kata and Karon Beach, Phuket
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.
The mountains and beaches of Phuket are about as beautiful as any that you will see anywhere.
This photo was taken from a lookout on the hills above Kata beach.
Some of the views of the coastline and beaches from the mountains around Kata beach and Kata Noi beaches in particular are sensational, as is the road from there to Rawai beach.
Also the road from Patong to Karon beach also has some excellent viewpoints and you can stop for a Chang beer along the way like I did if you want. ;-)
My advice would be to get your own transport, weather it be bike or car and pack up the travel companions and just drive the island.
Then you can stop off where-ever you want to.
I would start with the southern tip of the island and have a sensational seafood lunch in Rawai beach.
We enjoyed at Kata beach before raining. Over the shore we saw a little island name Koh Poo or can say in English name crab island, they said because of its shape but I couldn’t see that shape hmmm just round shape I saw. I think to swim in this beach will be rather safer than Patong and Karon as the beach is shallow, also long and curving. Next to Kata beach is another small curving beach call Kata noi, another beautiful smaller one.
Kata and Kata Noi are two scenic beaches just south of Karon. Kata, the larger of the two, is one of the nicest beaches on the island. It is a small bay, not much more than a kilometer long wrapped in green mountains. Although the beach is public, it is dominated by the huge Club Med Resort, which has taken practically all the prime landsite. Kata village runs behind Club Med, with most of the development concentrated at either end of the bay.
Kata has a nice balance, with a fair portion of nightlife places combined with good amenities to go with a relaxed atmosphere, and natural beauty in abundance. It is a place ideal for those who don't like everything right in their face, yet with enough going on to keep most people happy.
Further south is Kata Noi Beach, another beautiful bay. The beaches are great for families, there is good snokerlling and the water is usually calm.
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...
Phuket is the number 1 tourist destination of Thailand, thanks to its beautiful beaches. Some beaches are trapped into mass tourism, but some other almost stay unspoilt. Here is a picture of the Laem Sing Beach, a very small beach between Kamala and Surin Beach. You have to take a short walk downstairs to arrive at this beautiful spot.
This view point offers an overview of Kata Noi beach, Kata beach and Karon Noi beach. At the far left is called Pu Island.
It is located between Nai Harn beach and Kata Noi beach. If you are driving from Nai Harn to Kata Noi, you will most probably pass this View Point.
The best time to visit this place is in the morning around 5pm and in the evening 5.30pm. These timings are the best for those who likes to watch sunrise and sunset.
Kata Viewpoint is a good spot to enjoy scene of the sea, 3 bays ; Kata Noi, Kata and Karon. The view point located just few minutes drive away south from Kata beach. After we enjoyed the great view, at the view point we rest at public pavilion where all around, some food stalls, food vendors, drinks and small souvenir shops set up.
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, 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 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.
Kata village is split into two areas: Kata centre and Kata south.
Kata centre is a cozy area 5 minutes walk away from the beach where you find many small restaurants and cheaper guesthouses. To get to the beach you can walk 5-10 minutes to reach the "Kata south" or walk 10 minutes to the north to reach other beach called Karon beach.
Kata centre is good for families with small children and has some places children like, f.ex Dinasour Park restaurant. I normally stay in Kata centre when I'm in Phuket and I have stayed there 5 times.
The beach of Kata is very nice. The sand quality is soft and there are a lot of water activities along the beach. Some larger resorts are spread besides this area. But you will also find some cheaper guesthouses in the area behind.
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.
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.
The most popular beach in Phuket is patong, in my opinion it's just good for shopping or night life as the seaside is full of water motobike that makes the colour of the sea water grey.
I particulary loved Kata beach just 5 minuts from Patong, but there are many other beautiful ones as Kambala beach or Sirun beach.