Walking Tour: Kata for Families

  • Start Dino Park
  • End Hat Kata Noi
  • Length 3.5km; six hours

Largely free of the seediness that seeps into neighbouring Patong and, to a lesser extent, Karon, Kata is a great spot for families. This mostly waterfront walk allows you to dip in and out of its many popular activities while enjoying its two powdery beaches. Start at the northern end of town, where Kata meets Karon, and Dino Park offers minigolf in Jurassic Park–inspired gardens; if you don't fancy playing, just wander the grounds.

Head south and downhill along Th Kata (Patak West), passing boutiques and souvenir shops, then turn right (west) on Th Pak Bang until you hit the sparkling white sands of Hat Kata Yai. Stroll south down the beach, taking in the views of lush little Ko Pu looming on the horizon, and perhaps stopping for a dip or a sun-soak.

Continuing on, you'll reach Surf House, an artificial-wave complex where kids can practise their wakeboarding moves while parents relax in the bar-restaurant. Alternatively, save the wave action for a little later.

If you're craving caffeine by this stage, take a quick detour inland to Italian Job for an espresso; it's a five-minute walk east along Th Pak Bang, then south on Th Kata (Patak West).

At the rocky far southern end of Kata Yai you'll spot bobbing long-tail boats and a couple of laid-back water-sports outfitters, including Nautilus Dive & Surf Shop; drop in to hire kayaks, paddleboards and bodyboards, or, during the April-to-November low season, take a one-hour surf class among Kata's famous waves.

Time for a bite to eat: this southern corner of Kata Yai is home to a clutch of cheap-and-cheerful sand-side seafood shacks well suited to families. Settle in at beachside Kata BBQ for classic Thai stir-fries, curries and seafood.

From here, it's a 15-minute walk south and over the hill on Th Kata Noi to glimmering Hat Kata Noi – not in itself the most exciting stroll, but absolutely worth it when you spy the blonde sands on the other side.