It is considered one of the most expensive beaches on the island. It is essentially at a dead end, the road leading to the beach ends right there. The beach is small, there are expensive hotels around, there is no budget accommodation. Everything is civilized and well-groomed. The sea is also good, it will be pleasant to relax here, but for entertainment you will have to get out to the neighboring Kathu.
Kata Noi beach is a beach for calm and measured relaxation under the shade of umbrellas and cheerful swimming in warm water. It is very beautiful and attracts a lot of tourists..
The content of the article
- one Beach description
- 2 Entering the water, depth and waves
- 3 Sun beds and shade
- 4 Beach photo
- five Infrastructure
- 6 Houses and hotels on the beach
- 7 How to find the beach
- eight Beach Map
Kata Noi is further away than Kata, this is the next beach a little further south. Unlike Kata, the first line on the coast is occupied by hotels, and the only road that passes through the area is separated from the coastline by these hotels. Kata Noi Beach is located in the southwestern part of the island, about 20 km from the main city.
«Noah» translated from Thai means «small» and, indeed, the beach is small. At the same time, the beach is wide enough (10-50 meters), it depends on the time of year and the strength of the ebb / flow. The length is about 700 meters. Along the edges of the beach, sand imperceptibly flows into the reef chain, becoming a favorite spot for divers. There and in the rare coastal rock formations, one can contemplate the life of crabs.
Due to the small size of the bay in the water area of the beach, there is no strong navigation, which is also a plus for tourists. Covered with very fine white sand, the water is azure and clear. The sand is clean. The beach south of the rest of the beaches is therefore less crowded. Since the beach is more remote, you can find people sunbathing topless on it..
Since it is at a dead end, there is no noise from the streets and the city. In case anyone is interested in reading about other places, I have a short overview of all the beaches of Phuket, will help you decide on the choice of the beach.
Entering the water, depth and waves
Kata Noi beach is deeper than Kata, I measured the depth both there and there at the same time. So, on Kata Noi after 5 meters, the depth is up to the neck and is constantly getting deeper. There is practically no ebb and flow. There are no stones, only sand. All winter months and half of spring the sea is asleep.
Its waves are calm and safe, but in late spring, summer and autumn, as is typical for the rest of Phuket's beaches, large waves appear on the sea. A real lure for surf lovers, there are a lot of them here.
Whereas just swimming in the water is already becoming dangerous. The rapid alternation of ebb and flow, strong winds that can drive an unexpected wave, pose a real threat to the lives of people who decide to splash in the sea. During this period, flags are placed on the beach warning that swimming is dangerous..
Sun beds and shade
With a shadow on Kata Noi, the same problems as on Kata; I would say even more problems. I walked the entire beach and did not see any trees here that would grow on the shore and were freely available. Quite a bit, along the very edges of Kata Noi (where the stones are), and in a couple of places in the center, trees hang over the public beach, but if there are a lot of people, then the places can be taken.
The beaches of the hotels are traditionally separated by concrete fences, and you will not be allowed there, but this is where most of the palm trees are located. You can sit in their long shade in the morning, but then the sun rises at its zenith, and you have to get umbrellas.
Like Kata Beach, there are several rows of sun loungers around the beach (+ umbrellas) from hotels that can be rented. There are many sun beds, you can find free. That small shadow from the trees that falls on the beach from the trees from the hotel territory is occupied by the hotel's sun loungers..
You won't be able to lay your own blanket on the sand. The price is standard - 100 baht per day. Hotels, as a rule, have their own beach, so sun loungers are free for guests of the hotel..
Near the entrance with a staircase
Left side of the beach
The beach is quite remote, there are no noisy places, there are a lot of families with small children on the beach, no one bothers anyone. There are practically no shops, only stalls with soft drinks, fruits and seafood. You won't be able to eat in cheap Thai cafes and makashnits, but you can eat in cafes from hotels.
The list of the nearest massage parlors, bars or shops is unlikely to be more than a dozen items. Of course, in the Kata Noi area there are several shops where you can buy souvenirs and clothes, but there are no markets and even more large shopping centers there..
For the hiker, Kata Noi will leave scant memories in its wake. There are no attractions, as well as entertainment establishments. Kata Noi is a beach of relaxation and rest from the rapid pulsation of large cities, shopping races and all kinds of shows. Well, if you still decide to stare at the windows and support the Thai economy, then welcome to the beach Kata.
On Kata Noi, all entertainment is limited to relaxing in a sunbed, digging in the sand, swimming in the sea, riding a scooter or «banana», as well as in the southern part of the beach you can try on scuba gear and dive.
In the southern part of Kata Noi beach, near the stones, there are colorful coral reefs that have not yet been broken by boats or tourists. Accordingly, you can snorkel and snorkel. There is a rental of fins, pipes and masks, but they are in poor condition and it is better to buy your own, there are inexpensive options.
Houses and hotels on the beach
Kata Noi belongs to the type of beaches where you can easily find accommodation on the first line (i.e. near the coast). Indeed, finding the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is no problem. It occupies most of the coastline. Actually, therefore, it is very expensive. Finding a budget housing option with access directly to the shore will not work.
The nearest options are located at some distance from the sea and may already be taken. Usually, middle-level tourists choose hotels and guesthouses in the neighborhood as their place of residence, i.e. on the beach Kata, where housing prices start from 500 baht per day.
In addition to the already mentioned Katathani Phuket Beach Resort and villas on rocky headlands along the edges of the beach, there are many fairly simple and affordable hotels and resorts on Kata Noi, such as Katanoi Resort and Katanoi Pavilion. If you want to book a hotel here in advance or look for accommodation on other beaches, I have selection of hotels in Phuket with a good rating and reviews.
Hotels near Kata Noi>
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For the lazy, here are the direct links to the hotels listed above:
How to find the beach
Kata Beach is divided by rocks into 2 parts - more crowded - Kata Beach and calm Kata Noi. Kata Noi Beach is located to the south of Kata Beach, separated from it by a rocky ledge, so you can get here only by road, you cannot along the coast. You need to walk from the southern part of Kata beach along the road, first up, then down, so we overcome the hill, and then walk along the road.
By public transport, you need to get here through Kata Beach. That is, first you need to take a bus going from the station on Ranong Road, which is in Phuket Town, to get to Kata and then on foot. And from Patong and Karona can be reached by taxi, tuk-tuk or also on foot, having driven first through the whole of Kata.
You can get to the coast itself only in two places: at the beginning (right side of the beach) and almost at the end (left side of the beach). It may be possible to get through cafes or resorts, but I have not tried it. So there are two specific entrances, and there is a place to park the bike and most people use these two passages..
Right entrance with stairs
If you go on foot to Kata Noi, then it makes no sense for you to go to the far passage, choose the closest.
When you climb the mountain that separates Kata and Kata Noi, even before the descent begins, you will see parked bikes on the side of the road, and a staircase descending steeply from the road to your destination. The descent takes a couple of minutes. This will be the very beginning of the beach, its right side (if you stand facing the sea) - this is the entrance you need.
You can also park your bike here. The only point is that the parking near the stairs is smaller and less civilized. It is a narrow and uneven piece of asphalt, it is possible that the bike is a bit dumb here, it can collapse. Although the people are not soared, as you can see in the photo.
If you are riding a bike, then it doesn't matter to you which place to enter, there is parking both there and there. But on the left side of the beach, near the hotel, there is a normal civilized parking lot, it is safer and there is more space.
The second entrance will be after the Kata Thani hotel, a kilometer from the stairs, you just need to drive further along the road, turn right and the sign «Beach». You will see a lot of bikes there. True, at the peak of the season there may not be enough space for everyone to park, so you will have to wait a little, because there is a constant someone coming and going.
Kata Noi Beach Map
Kata Noi Beach Map: