I can’t wait to publish this post actually, of my favorite beach in Phuket : Kata Beach!
Only 30 to 35 minutes from Phuket Town to Kata beach (but 40-45 minutes by blue bus [songthaew?] for 35 Baht one way), I first fell in love with Kata beach right away on my first visit. Love at first sight, that is? It was Thailand’s peak season, February. So you can imagine the flux of tourists during those months.
Amongst the beaches in Phuket, Patong is the most famous. So of course because it’s the most popular, then at the peak season it’s literally horrible in Patong. Rubbish, brimming with beachgoers, the water isn’t nice and it’s so much expensive in Patong! From food to accommodations, to tuktuks,etc.! But one beach stands out on that season when Phuket is expected to be heavily-trodden with tourists, it’s Kata Beach.
Yes it still gets its fair share of influx of tourists, but it doesn’t really look like you need to fight for a spot to lie on the beach without having others step on you. Worse scenario when it’s too crowded, a whole bunch of people are walking on the beach like it’s a stampede and sand from their feet would sprinkle on your face while lying down. Most importantly, for me, unlike Patong, the beachgoers here are more of a family, some with babies, some are of course couples but because Patong is where the red-light district/ street is, then its sleazy reputation is daunting to people who have kids with them. Kata beach is tamer.
My favorite is to lie down in the beach. It’s even more my cup of tea. But I’m already born tanned 🙂 so I stay in the shade and enjoy the sound of the waves splashing on the shore, read my book whilst birds singing on the background, or sleep. Really, I sleep. I may have snored then 😀 because it’s just so relaxing. Then just see hours pass-by swiftly until sunset greets me 😉 Facing the Andaman sea on the west coast, you are in for a magnificent scenic twilight after your beach tanning session.
The sand is powdery-soft which gets so hot when it gets to 2:00 PM, it’s when the intensity of the heat at the peak season, strikes.
The good thing too about Kata beach is, it’s surrounded with shops around 50 meters from the beach. Restaurants from upscale ones to your fave streetfood to Coffee Club or my fave 7-eleven where I can buy from credit top-ups to my mobile to quick meals of course and don’t you know that they can also pay their bills in 7-eleven?
Jack-up your energy for a meal at the nice restaurants on the main road in Kata Beach. My personal favorite is called Kata Cui restaurant, airconditioned (a relief after soaking all day from the sun, and humidity outside makes you feel sticky too) and great Western food! Their Thai food is absolutely fabulous not to mention the wonderful cakes, cheesecakes and fudge! Yum!
Kata Beach, whether it’s Kata Noi (means small/little Kata) or the Kata Yai (means big) which is adjacent to each other, you’d have a wonderful peaceful beach time! Enjoy yours, while I enjoy here too 😉