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The smallest of Phuket’s districts has attractions for thrill seekers, while those looking for something quieter will find beaches, shrines and temples. 

There are many ways to enjoy Kathu's beautiful scenery. Laze on a beach, swim beneath a waterfall and wakeboard on a freshwater lake. Then turn your attention to the province's cultural attractions, including an important religious shrine.

Relax on the gorgeous sands of Patong, a popular resort town. In addition to the beach, many come here for the nightlife in its hundreds of restaurants and bars. Take a 10-minute long-tail boat ride from the southern end of Patong Beach to Freedom Beach, an enchanting strip of white sand flanked by jungle-covered hills. Due to its difficult accessibility, the beach is quieter than many others in the province.

A refreshing swim in the sea is one way to escape the midday heat, and so is a visit to Kathu Waterfall. This is a series of pools that sometimes fill up and overflow with rainwater, particularly from June to November during the monsoon season. Swim in the plunge pools and dip your head under the cascading water for an even more refreshing sensation.

A short walk southeast from the waterfall will lead you to Phuket Wake Park. Learn to wakeboard at this 1,345-foot (410-meter) long manmade freshwater lake. Lessons are given by professional instructors, while experienced riders can jump and spin off a range of obstacles.

After your fun on the water and beach explorations, experience some of Kathu’s cultural highlights. Learn about the area's tin mining heritage at the Phuket Mining Museum. Make your way to Kathu Shrine in the heart of Kathu village. Beneath a flowing green Chinese roof you can admire several exquisite woodcarvings. These depict deities from the ancient religion of Taoism.

While you are in the village, visit a street market for fresh fruit and vegetables or to barter for clothes and handcrafted souvenirs.

Reach Kathu by flying into Phuket Airport, about 40 minutes away by car. One of the easiest ways to get around to the province’s fabulous beaches, villages and cultural sites is by rental car. However, taxis and local bus services are also available.

Top Hotels in Kathu

Phuket Gay Home Stay - Caters to Men
Phuket Gay Home Stay - Caters to Men
2.5 out of 5
135/6 Neramit Hill Village, kathu, Moo 7, Kathu, Phuket
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Situated in Kathu, this guesthouse is within 9 mi (15 km) of Bangla Road, Patong Beach and Chalong Temple. Karon Beach and Kamala Beach are also within 9 mi ...

5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)

"All Good, like being at home. Nice and atmospheric spot in local village location. Patong or Phuket Town are are a taxi ride away, local buses during the day. Might not be your thing if you want to be in a party zone but definitely recommended."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2020

Phuket Gay Home Stay - Caters to Men
Chinoiserie Collection Resort & Spa
Chinoiserie Collection Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
14/119 Moo 1, Nai Harn Beach, Rawai, Phuket
The price is CA $46 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Nai Harn Beach, Yanui Beach and Rawai Beach. Promthep Cape and Kata Noi Beach are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Best resort in Phuket

"The Chinoiserie Collection Resort and Spa is one of the best resorts I have stayed at across the globe. The staff are absolutely amazing, they are so genuinely lovely and caring and are willing to accomodate any requests you may have!! We booked a day tour and were due to checkout during that day ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2020

Chinoiserie Collection Resort & Spa
OYO 466 Vibes Patong
OYO 466 Vibes Patong
2.5 out of 5
155/19 Saikor rd, Kathu, Phuket
The price is CA $23 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15

Situated in Kathu, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Tiger Kingdom Phuket and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Patong Beach. Patong Go-Kart Speedway and Phuket Cable Ski ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"La situation de l'hotel sur Google Maps ne correspond pas à l'endroit"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2020

OYO 466 Vibes Patong
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Kathu

Baan Bua Kao
Baan Bua Kao
3.5 out of 5
92/9 Kathu Waterfall, Soi Rama 6, Kathu, Phuket

Situated near the beach, this villa is within 2 miles (3 km) of Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket, Kathu Waterfall and Tiger Kingdom Phuket. Patong Go-Kart Speedway ...

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The Scene Condo By The Rich
The Scene Condo By The Rich
3 out of 5
24 Moo 1, Wichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket

Situated in Kathu, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Prince of Songkla University and within 3 miles (5 km) of Bangkok Hospital Phuket and Central ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Perfect place to stay in Phuket, recommend 100%

"Stayed here for a few weeks in jan and feb 2020 and it’s an excellent place. Nice and central to Phuket with nice restaurants all around and an excellent motorbike hire shop just one min walk away. The apartments were perfect, just the right size, nice and clean with everything you need. Each apartment ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 20, 2020

The Scene Condo By The Rich
The Orchid Kathu Height Serviced Apartment
The Orchid Kathu Height Serviced Apartment
3 out of 5
19/26 Moo 6 Vichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket
The price is CA $40 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Situated in Kathu, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Tiger Kingdom Phuket and Patong Go-Kart Speedway. Phuket Cable Ski and Phuket Wake Boarding ...

3.6/5Good! (7 reviews)

"The hotel is on an excellent location which you can find a street of great local foods, restaurants, 4 convenient stores and pharmacy, etc opposite to the hotel. The room is spacious and clean. Housekeeping arranged the other day which was fine to me. However, pls noted you have to bring your tooth ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 28, 2019

The Orchid Kathu Height Serviced Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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