Located on the southwest part of Phuket, Kata Noi was ranked as one of the best beaches in the Pacific.
Kata Noi literally means “the smaller Kata Beach”. The Kata Thani hotel occupies most of the beach-front of the beach, but all beaches in Thailand are open for the public. The beach area has hardly changes the last 20 years – the hotel was built in the 1980s and the area still has much of its old charm.
As with all the western beaches on Phuket, swimmers should be mindful of the strong riptides which prevail during the monsoon season. Still, Kata Noi is generally one of the safer beaches, with no drop-offs and smaller waves. The water is also very clear from late November until April and is a dark shade of blue all year round, as the hotels surrounding it are very environmentally conscious.
Kata Noi is quieter than Kata and Karon to the north. Activity-wise, there isn’t anything exceptional to do here rather than sit and enjoy the sun, sand and sea- but truth be told, that’s what you would most likely want to do anyway. Compared to Patong, Kata is much less hectic and a much more family-orientated area. Moreover, you’ll be getting plenty of peace and quiet here without being harassed by venders on the beach! Many fish inhabit the rocks and corals along the beach less shoreline stretching south, and the beach has excellent conditions for snorkeling.
Small food and drinks can be found near the beach, but for those hoping for a bigger meal or a restaurant with greater variety, then simply take a short ride towards Kata or Karon, where food is virtually never an issue! Kata Noi may not have the largest platter of food or the most luxurious of accommodation for the cheapest of prices, but it gives the quintessential island paradise vacation that you could ever hope for!