Kata Noi Beach (Katanoi)
Set just to the south of Kata beach, Kata Noi is like a smaller, undeveloped version of its bigger, brasher neighbour. It has the same golden-white sands that gently slope down to the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea, and as you would expect from a tropical island, the beach is lined with palm trees.
Kata Noi beach is a great spot to relax, as frankly there isn’t a great deal to do here except just that. You can hire a sun lounger for a small fee, buy yourself a cold drink from one of the little beach stalls and you are set up for the day. Of course, if you are feeling a little more energetic you can always take a stroll down to the sea and go for a dip to cool off.
Swimming at Kata Noi is generally safe and there is some good snorkelling to be had at the southern end of the beach. Here you will find a variety of colourful tropical fish darting amongst the coral reef.
You will often find people surfing at the northern end of Kata Noi, and whilst most of the year the sea is fairly calm there can be good surf here, particularly during the monsoon season (May to October). In these conditions it is best not to swim.
At the end of a hard day’s relaxing on the beach you should grab a drink and take in the sunset at the KataThani beachfront bar or try one of the other bars further up the hill with great views over the bay.
The best view though is from the Kata (or Karon) Viewpoint which is located a short trek from Kata Noi. Set atop Kho Sam Haad which translates as “Three beaches hill”, it certainly lives up to its name. From here you get a fantastic view of the three bays of Kata Noi, Kata and Karon.
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