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Kata Beach
     
The pleasant bay of Kata, just a few minutes south of Karon Beach , entices many with its white sands and clear waters.

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 surroundings with a bright sun, white sand, a calm clear sea and a colourful underwater world. At the north end of Kata Beach lies a small coral reef for off-shore snorkelling.

Late in the year as the waters turn calm, Kata bay becomes populated with beautiful yachts, which arrive from all over the region to compete in December's King's Cup Regatta, Asia's premier sailing event. While Club Med takes up most of the beachfront, a shaded footpath along the road fronting the resort makes for a pleasant stroll.

Continuing on through the village, walkers will find an abundance of shops to browse in, from souvenir and ready-to-wear outlets, to 7-11 and local mini-marts, to name brand fashion stores. There are also plenty of dive shops and tour operators to assist those looking to explore beyond the beach.


 

Steak and seafood seem to be the most common offerings of Kata's many restaurants. Most roadside restaurants display their selection of lobsters, tiger prawns and plump fish right in front of their shop for all to see - and for diners to handpick. There's no shortage of Thai restaurants, and for international fare there's Scandinavian, Tex-Mex, Indian and Italian places to choose from, just to name a few.

Among the hotels and bungalows available in Kata, Mom Tri's Boathouse boutique resort offers the most elegant option, not to mention an award-winning wine cellar at its restaurant. Kata Beach Map!


Nightlife

Taina road in Kata Centre has the highest concentration of pubs, restaurants and shops. A long-running spot that's very popular with both locals and visitors is the Easyriders bar, featuring a live band playing hard rockin' tunes. Bluefin Tavern is a no-nonsense place famous for its tasty Tex-Mex food. The bar near it is a great place to spend a laid-back evening in the sparkle of its disco balls and fun design features such as see-through bar counters with fish swimming inside - attracts many from the dive community. Good variety of music too.

Cafe del Mar is a small and friendly bar that's been tastefully designed by its Swedish owner. The Good Earth Bookshop is a nice place to pop into in the early evening to browse its secondhand book selection and sip some tea. On the road leading to Karon, one of the favoured spots is Dino Bar, part of the Dino Park mini-golf complex, a great spot to watch all the action on the street while enjoying a drink in its jungle-themed setting.

The best spots for evening cocktails or wine at sunset are the Mom Tri's Boathouse lounge with its award-winning wine cellar, the pleasant Gung Cafe, the lovely Kata Beach Resort beachfront bar-restaurant and the little Reggae bar, all on the beach at the south end of Kata.

There are a few beer bars along Patak Rd (at the north end of the road that runs behind Club Med), with names like Up To You, Rose Bar or Happy Nite. These very rarely show much sign of life and seem a bit morbid compared with their lively counterparts in Patong.

 

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