Kata Noi Beach – a superb Phuket beach
One of the most beautiful beach of Phuket: Kata Noi
Kata Noi is a superb beach with white soft sand and an incredible crystal blue water especially during the high season. Surprisingly, Kata Noi beach remains quiet and not busy despite is located just next to the popular and crowded Kata beach. Probably, because it also remains a bit hidden from the main road!
This fantastic beach is surrounded by two big resorts. The prestigious Katathani Phuket Beach and the luxurious Pool Villas The Shore at Katathani. Furthermore, they hide the visibility of the beach from the road because they are facing on the beach.
In the evening, the area of Kata Noi remains quiet. Instead, if you prefer having some fun, you can go to the central area of Kata. For example, the Kata Night Plaza where you will find many restaurants, bars, and clubs with live music nearby. In fact, these places are frequented mostly by tourists where they enjoy their evenings. However, good nightlife is recommended in the famous Bangla Road in Patong beach which is the best place to have an unforgettable night.
How to spend a day in Kata Noi beach
In the center part of the beach there is a designated zone with umbrellas and beach chairs at 100 Baht each. In addition to this there is also a massage corner. Furthermore, a massage by the sea is truly relaxing. Just behind, there is a small bar where they serve cold drinks, fruit smoothies and some Thai beers. They also serve several Thai dishes to get through the day, but don’t think you will find an extensive menù.
Usually, I prefer going at the On The Rocks bar which is located in the southern part of the beach. It is a great place, offering a wide view over the whole Kata Noi beach. Moreover, the bar remains shaded, so, it is a perfect place to rehydrate yourself with a fresh coconut enjoying the sea breeze. Moreover, they also serve some snacks. Who wouldn’t do it!
The southern part of the beach is also excellent for snorkeling as the water is crystal clear. So, keep a mask and start swimming. Canoes and paddle boards are available. So, rent one of these for visiting the narrow coves on the left side of the beach. It is exciting, and moreover you will not forget these fantastic moments of your holiday when you will be at home!
Where to get lunch
During the central hours of the day, the heat is almost unbearable to stay on the beach. So, why not move for a couple of hours for taking break for lunch? Let’s see some places together! Surprisingly, on Kata Noi beach there are no Thai restaurants as in Kata and Karon beaches. So, where to go?
You should reach the street behind the beach to find some local restaurants in order to find what you prefer. You can also choose the resort restaurant option but of course the prices are excessive. On the hill of Kata Noi, the road that leads to the Karon viewpoint, there are some interesting restaurants with a sea view.
If you are looking for an Italian restaurant, I recommend Pomodoro Pizzeria. This is located in a quiet street in Kata, just a few minutes away from Kata Noi. The restaurant serves excellent Italian dishes, pizzas, desserts at very good prices! Furthermore, if you are tired and do not want to go out, the restaurant also provides DELIVERY service, but if you want to go there by yourself, here is a map.
The Sundeck Phuket will be the first hillside chic restaurant on the right side of the road. In fact, with its trendy style it is inevitable not to see it. It serves an inspired Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by good wines. Moreover, it is built on 2 levels, offering to the guests a spectacular view over the whole bay of Kata Noi.
Baan Chom View and the popular After Beach Bar are the next restaurants built on wooden stilts. Seen both from outside, they seem modest with their strange dark entrances, but be aware that, they are there more than 2 decades. Once you arrive at their terraces, you will admire an extraordinary panoramic view over the whole blue bay of Kata Noi. Probably, it is one of the most beautiful panoramas on the island. Both restaurants mostly serve Thai cuisine and some international dishes at affordable prices. Beers and soft drinks are available, but I highly recommend my favorite drink, the fresh coconut smoothie!
From here, if you continue for less than 2 kilometers, you will find the Karon Viewpoint. This viewpoint is the only one on the whole island that offers a breathtaking panoramic view of 3 beaches. Kata Noi the closest, Kata and Karon beach as the end. For this reason the viewpoint in Thai is called Kho Sam Haad, which means ”The hill of the three beaches”. Did you know this?
Hard to believe but during the low season (May to November) Kata Noi beach remains incredibly almost deserted. While there are two large hotels that taking up most of the land fringing the beach. These are the rainiest months of the year. So don’t be surprised to see some rainy days! Who goes to the beach in this period?
You can mainly meet the guests of these 2 large hotels. But not always! Perhaps because they prefer to relax by the pools of their resorts since the sea is often rough. Of course, we are talking about the superb Katathani and the luxurious The Shore at Katathani resorts which both have direct accesses to Kata Noi beach.
During these months the Andaman Sea is often rough by the monsoons coming from the west. The bay attracts mostly local surfers trying to improve their experience. The waves aren’t huge, but it’s a good opportunity for practicing surf. Last but least important, if you meet a lonely guy on the beach with a Canon camera wearing a wrinkled T-shirt, that’s probably me!
Below you will find a photo gallery related to the beach. In case you would like to see more photos of Thailand, please check it out my Instagram collection HERE.
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