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Escape to a Hidden Oasis Kata Beach

Author: Hedin Johan

Kata Beach is a fun and lively place located south of Karon Beach. It is an ideal spot for Phuket bound tourists. Kata Noi and Kata Yai, are two of the most popular beaches in this area. Kata Noi is a little more exclusive for higher end clientele, and offers solitude and privacy. Kata Beach is perfect place to unwind as it is slower paced then Patong Beach which is further north. All the usual water sports and activities are available from parasailing to snorkeling. Those who want to sit in a beach chair and absorb the sun and beach life, can do so as well. There are also small islands and reefs to poke around in and on for some adventure. During monsoon season and whenever the red flags are posted on the beach, it is advisable to be extra careful in the water, because there are dangerous riptides.

Kata Beach Offers Luxury at Surprising Bargains

At Kata Beach, many hotels and resorts offer premium services, interspersed around this area. Avista Resort & Spa, Peach Hill Resort, and Kata Beach Center Hotel are some popular ones, among many others. Nightlife and restaurants are abundant in the vicinity such as Soho Bar at One Man Plaza, After Beach Bar near Kata Hill and Bluefin Tavern, at Kata Bay. Taina Road has a lot of bars to explore. Dining next to the Andaman Sea and taking in the sunset is a perfect way to enjoy Kata Beach. Kata village hosts a variety of international cuisine from Scandinavian to Italian. South Kata Beach has a reggae scene at places like the Sky Bar at the southern end of the beach. Beyond this, it is probably best to go to the northern and central parts of Kata Beach, as it offers a little more activity in these areas. Kata Road and New Road have a number pubs and bars to explore. Kata Night Bazaar is in the center area, which also offers a plethora of diversions. For a unique experience, try Nakonnai Gallery, which is an Ďart bar' with glass and shaped iron works on display in Karon Plaza.

November through March is the high season and Kata Beach gets busier. During the first week of December, Kata bay transforms into a bustling harbor with yachts and crews from around the globe, which to compete in the annual King's Cup Regatta. Daily sailing classes and yacht parties are a common sight. Elephant trekking, hiking, diving and snorkeling are just a few of the activities available. Boat excursions to Phang Nga, Koh Kai, Similan Island, and the Sea Gypsy village are some the many† islands to discover around the Andaman Sea in the Phuket area. Many affordable tours are available, and make sure to bargain for the best price. There are so many things to do and see in Kata Beach and the surrounding areas of Phuket Island, that it can be a bit overwhelming. Depending on how much time travelers plan to spend in Kata Beach, it is important to do a little research beforehand. Christmas time is the high season, so make sure to book a room in advance. Don't forget to visit The Tsunami Memorial Park, which is located just north of Kata Beach in Kamala.

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Avista Resort & Spa is a brand new kata hotel with great facilities and beautiful surroundings.