Kathu

Travel Guide
Laem Singh Beach which includes a pebble beach, rugged coastline and island views

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.

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Phuket Gay Home Stay - Caters to Men
2.5 out of 5
135/6 Neramit Hill Village, kathu, Moo 7, Kathu, Phuket, 83120
The price is CA $19 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this guesthouse in Kathu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Patong Beach and Karon Beach are located nearby. Discover ...
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Jantra Residence by Chinocollection
Jantra Residence by Chinocollection
5 out of 5
80/6 Moo 7, Kathu, Phuket, 83120
The price is CA $102 per night from May 20 to May 21
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4.6/5 Exceptional! (24 reviews)
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Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2020

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Tinidee Golf Resort Phuket - SHA Extra Plus
Tinidee Golf Resort Phuket - SHA Extra Plus
3 out of 5
42 Moo 5 Vichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket, 83120
The price is CA $28 per night from May 21 to May 22
Stay at this 3-star golf hotel in Kathu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
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Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2022

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Villa on 3 floors, private pool, 10 mins to Patong beach, shopping & nightlife.
Villa on 3 floors, private pool, 10 mins to Patong beach, shopping & nightlife.
Kathu, Phuket Province
Stay at this villa in Kathu. Enjoy an outdoor pool, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Patong Beach and Karon Beach are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2021

Villa on 3 floors, private pool, 10 mins to Patong beach, shopping & nightlife.
The Scene Condo By The Rich
The Scene Condo By The Rich
3 out of 5
24 Moo 1, Wichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket, 83120
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Perfect place to stay in Phuket, recommend 100%
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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, 83120
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Kathu. Enjoy free WiFi, in-room massages, and in-room childcare. Our guests praise the family amenities and the overall value ...
3.6/5 Good! (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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