Ko Pu

Hat Kata

The small, uninhabited, jungle-clad islet of Ko Pu glistens across the waves just off Hat Kata Yai, making for gorgeous sunsets.

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Nearby Hat Kata attractions

1. Hat Kata Yai

0.88 MILES

Hat Kata is carved in two by a jutting headland. Blonde Hat Kata Yai (known as the main Kata beach) lies on the north side, while Hat Kata Noi unravels to…

2. Hat Kata Noi

1.22 MILES

With just a couple of high-end hotels overlooking its secluded sugar-white sands, Hat Kata Noi unfurls to the south of Hat Kata Yai. It's a popular…

3. Karon Dragon Statue

1.72 MILES

Perched by the central section of the beach, Karon's golden statue is often thought to embody the fabled sleeping dragon that, according to local Chinese…

4. Hat Karon

1.76 MILES

This 4km-long west-coast stretch of squeaky-fine sand is popular with families and, while it does get busy, there's always plenty of space to spread out.

5. Karon Viewpoint

1.94 MILES

From this majestic clifftop lookout, views sweep across Kata to the northern reaches of Karon and, to the south, wrap around the coast to Laem Phromthep…

6. Big Buddha

1.94 MILES

High atop the Nakkerd Hills, northwest of Chalong Circle, and visible from half the island, the 45m-high, Burmese-alabaster Big Buddha sits grandly on…

7. Wat Suwan Khiri Ket

2.13 MILES

Set back from the road at the northern end of Hat Karon is this relatively new, impeccably maintained temple complex with a small shrine occupied by a…

8. Ao Sane

2.99 MILES

Just northwest from Hat Nai Harn, on Rawai's west coast, you might well think the road dead-ends. But power on, passing the Nai Harn resort and (sadly)…