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While most of Kata Yai Beach is dominated by a single resort, you will find a few flashpacker range hotels in the vicinity. Kata Noi Beach is more relaxing but also has fewer places to stay. Most budget travellers settle into one of the endless small guesthouses and hotels away from the beach in Kata Centre.

Kata Yai Beach

Most of the accommodation is either on the road behind Club Med, or at the northern end of the beach along Taina Rd.

Beach Inn Kata
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
227/3 Koktanod Road
T: (076) 330 910

This very smart, reasonably new addition to the accommodation scene at the southern end of Kata Yai Beach is an absolute steal in low season. Very generously sized, glass-fronted rooms are in a multi-storey building right beside the Two Chefs restaurant at the southern end of Kata. Fully air-conditioned rooms are immaculate with flat screen TVs, free WiFi, minibar and hot water bathrooms and the... Read our full review of Beach Inn Kata.

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Be My Guest
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
100/62 Kata New Rd
T: (076) 33 0501

This was our favourite among the many new options along Kata New Road, with 22 clean and stylish rooms about a five to ten minute walk to the beach. Completed in 2009, each room has a mountain or lake view, which is actually Dome Resort's pond. The combination of dark wood furniture and colourful walls with artistic touches make these massive rooms feel homey. Amenities include a mini-bar, cable... Read our full review of Be My Guest.

Kata Country House
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
82 Kata Rd, Kata Yai Beach
T: (076) 333 210

It's a brave move to slap a cowboy-themed resort on a tropical island, but this place appears to have pulled it off. From the outside the bungalows look like something out of a very old country and western film, but they reveal charming old-fashioned Thai style, wooden throughout and impeccably clean, sweet smelling interiors. The bathrooms are new and modern with buffered concrete walls and... Read our full review of Kata Country House.

Sugar Palm Grand Hillside Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
1 Khoktanod Soi 3, Kata Beach
T: (076) 33 0388

Luckily the resort's golf cart came and helped our researcher get up the hill to this worthy hotspot in Kata or else she may not have made it. Sugar Palm is obviously a chain that has really done well for itself in Kata, with modern rooms and at this particular hotel, fabulous sea views from the top floors. There are various room types in the nine-storey building done in an industrial style, with... Read our full review of Sugar Palm Grand Hillside Resort.

Kata Palm Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
60 Kata Rd, Kata Yai
T: (076) 284 334-8

Kata Palm is another good midrange resort midway along the off beach road, with standard rooms that are all pretty much overlooking the pool. The deluxe rooms are better, with notable bathrooms, and while they're on the upper floor, what they lose in pool access they gain in privacy. Upon entering the lobby, service is prompt and it's quite clear why — they don't want their customers roasting... Read our full review of Kata Palm Resort.

Kata Sun Beach Inn
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
188 Khok Tanot Rd, Kata Yai Beach
T: (076) 284 265-7

One of Kata's older hotels,the Kata Sun Beach Inn remains bright and clean, but is very forgettable. What it lacks in atmosphere is at least partly redeemed by its central location — it's on the main road at the far southern end of Kata Beach, so the best of Kata's shopping and restaurants plus Kata Yai beach are just a short walk away. Rooms are spacious and have everything you could need,... Read our full review of Kata Sun Beach Inn.

Coolbreeze Bungalows
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
225 Khok Tanot Rd, Kata Yai
T: (076) 330 484

The bungalows at Coolbreeze are perched precariously up a steep hill, just off the main road and a one-minute walk to the far southern end of Kata Yai beach. The walk up to the bungalows is quite steep but lined with beautiful native flowers and bushes.The place feels grotty from the outside, with the once-white, almost Tudor-like bungalows now covered in dirt and lime scale. Inside isn't much... Read our full review of Coolbreeze Bungalows.

Dome Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
98 Moo 4, Kata Rd, Kata Yai Beach
T: (076) 330 270

Set behind Club Med, Dome is a fair semi-budget resort spread over a big lawn garden around a pond. Dome was once the only option in this area but the small street has seen some major development and now hosts various boutique-style guesthouses. Rooms are standard fare, clean and comfortable and come with TV, fridge and hot shower. The bungalows are semi-detached, so you can hear pretty much... Read our full review of Dome Resort.

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Kata Noi Beach

The smaller of the two Kata beaches, Kata Noi beach is a great option to escape the crowds than can congest Kata Yai.

Kata Noi Pavilion
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
3/71 Patak Road, Kata Noi Beach
T: (076) 284 346

The Kata Noi Pavilion is a small hotel offering friendly service and comfortable rooms at a fair price, but you wouldn't know it from the small bar outside. Rooms come in two types, small or large, with the latter being nearly twice the size of the former. They're all air-con, tastefully furnished, and have cable TV, mini-bar, and a direct phone line. Each room has a balcony, with some looking... Read our full review of Kata Noi Pavilion.

Mom Tri's Villa Royale
Luxury - over 8,000B
Kata Noi Beach
T: (076) 333 568

Welcome to heaven. Voted one of the top 52 hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, Mom Tri has stunning luxury rooms set amid lush gardens on beautiful secluded grounds. There's an attention to detail here that is rare in Thailand, even among luxury resorts. Just feel that hand-woven silk carpet underfoot as you gaze out from your balcony to the sumptuous views below. The resort is small but... Read our full review of Mom Tri's Villa Royale.

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Kata Centre

A few places sit on the hill of the headland that separates Kata and Karon beaches and along Taina Road, which runs back away from the beach. There are several newish options located in a complex on the main road leading towards north Kata.

Fantasy Hill Bungalow
Backpacker - Under 600B
8/1 Karon Rd, Kata Centre
T: (076) 330 106

Among the disappointing luxury resorts, it's a joy to come across a true budget haven that really gets it right. In the business for over 30 years, Fantasy Hill Bungalow is set on a steep hill, with a variety of rooms that are much better than you'd expect for the price. All rooms come with balcony and sitting area looking out over the paved courtyard below, which is engulfed in plant life. They... Read our full review of Fantasy Hill Bungalow.

Fin Hostel Phuket
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
100/20 Kata Night Plaza, Kata Road, Karon sub-district, Kata beach
T: (088) 753 1162

With dorm beds, a swimming pool and a cheery surfer theme, Fin Hostel Phuket in Kata beach is a little piece of budget travel heaven in an area better known for its pricey resorts and uninspired concrete shophouses. Cheerful living area with a hip surfer vibe. Set over a Coffee Club cafe in the Kata night plaza just behind Club Med on Kata’s north end, Fin currently offers 54 beds with a... Read our full review of Fin Hostel Phuket.

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Fullmoon Beach Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
109/20 Moo 4 Taina Rd, Kata Centre
T: (076) 330 980

The name of this place would lead you to believe it's right on the beach — it's not. Kata Yai beach is a good 15-minute walk away. Owned by two Spaniards, Andrea and Marco, and an Italian, Michael, this place oozes cool. The assortment of modern, clean bungalows forms a perimeter around the lush gardens and swimming pool, which is set back on a slight hill from the main road. Two storey... Read our full review of Fullmoon Beach Resort.

Peach Hill Hotel and Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
13 Karon Rd, Kata Centre
T: (076) 371 600

It doesn't look like much from the road, but this resort is deceptively large, featuring more than 200 rooms and three pools meandering up the hillside behind the main office. The standard rooms are just average and the extra cost of a deluxe is probably money well spent, with buffed concrete floors and modern fixings. The grounds are lush and give the rooms a fair degree of privacy. The resort... Read our full review of Peach Hill Hotel and Resort.

Southern Fried Rice
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
100/14-15 Kata Road, Kata Night Bazaar
T: (076) 28 4632

Located in a complex just across from the northern end of the massive Club Med sits this friendly operation. Southern Fried Rice has several room types ranging from small rooms with shared bathrooms to giant rooms with private modern baths. All eight rooms come with at least one very sleepable bed, TV, safety deposit box and mini-fridge. The larger family rooms are well suited for families on a... Read our full review of Southern Fried Rice.

The Little Mermaid Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
94/23-25 Taina Rd, Kata Centre
T: (076) 330 730

This Danish-managed resort is incredibly popular with Scandinavian families and has a dizzying selection of rooms, but can get quiet during the low season. There are 23 bungalow rooms surrounding the pool motel-style, and another 17 rooms in the adjoining guesthouse building. All rooms are fitted with a king-sized bed (the luxury suites have two), air-con, a mini-bar, and a healthy selection of... Read our full review of The Little Mermaid Resort.

Kata Otto Guest House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
43 Tayna Rd, Kata Beach
T: (076) 33 0504

Bearing similarities to a few of its neighbouring guesthouses, Kata Otto is a fine place to stay, with clean rooms at friendly prices. Each room is absolutely massive and comes with a roomy bed, fridge, air-con, hot water, and satellite TV. The furniture is a bit outdated — but who can really complain with prices so low? A coffee shop is on the ground floor with free WiFi and computers for... Read our full review of Kata Otto Guest House.

Lucky Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
110/44-45 Moo 4, Taina Rd, Kata Centre
T: (076) 330 572

Lucky advertises itself as economical and clean so it's no wonder it's a popular landing point for many a weary backpacker arriving in Kata. Lucky has 35 semi-detached rooms in a longhouse-like setup, overlooking the carpark. The rooms are spacious and simple, with private bathroom and lukewarm shower, towels, a double bed, 20-year-old dresser and four walls plus a roof — and that's about it.... Read our full review of Lucky Guest House.

Hotel Kata Center Inn
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
126 Taina Rd, Kata Centre
T: (076) 330 873

If you're Scandinavian or like Scandinavian food, company and jokes, then this is the place. Yes, there's always a mob of Swedes, Danes and Norwegians hanging out in the restaurant area downstairs, which serves that exceptional Scandinavian food. All rooms on the second floor are a decent size, spotlessly clean and have exceptionally sleek black-tiled bathrooms. The third floor of the hotel is a... Read our full review of Hotel Kata Center Inn.

Kata On Sea Bungalow
Backpacker - Under 600B
96/6 Taina Road, Kata Centre
T: (076) 330 594

This cluster of bungalows is set behind a 7-eleven and up a steep hill that can be a bit of a nightmare to clamber up in the wee hours of the morning. If climbing during the day, you will be overjoyed to first see the pool at Kata On Sea ,but most likely disappointed in the rooms. The place has however been popular with backpackers for some time, and it seems that this is one place that hasn't... Read our full review of Kata On Sea Bungalow.

Smile Happy Paradise
Backpacker - Under 600B
Taina Road (Opposite Fullmoon)
T: (081) 178 2467

Walking into the Smile Happy Paradise restaurant you may think you are at some kids' theme park, with the walls and ceiling resembling a giant green tree. Indeed, the restaurant tries its best to recreate a forest for their patrons to dine in but must have not chosen the right kind of paint. The tree is chipping! Despite this, several brightly painted private rooms have some of the friendliest... Read our full review of Smile Happy Paradise.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Kata Beach? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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