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Staying in Kata

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Staying in Kata

Hi Guys,

Looking at travelling to Thailand in Sept for about a week. Looking to stay in Phuket some where and then head over to Phi Phi for a couple of nights.

Have come across the Avista Resort and Spa has any one stayed there before? Your thoughts? It seems to have good reviews but as a first time traveller just looking for any info i can get. Is it to far away from shopping etc....?

We are looking at doing some relaxing with some cocktails. And perhaps head into Patong to do some shopping...do you recomened staying in Kata or are we better off in Patong?

Any info and ideas are much appreciated!!



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1. Re: Staying in Kata

Most of the nightlife and lots of shopping in Patong. If you party a lot, then stay in Patong, its bustling.

If you want to relax by the pool, read a book, and laze around, then stay at Kata. IMO Kata has the nicest beach.

The Avista gets great reviews on TA.

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2. Re: Staying in Kata

The one thing to take into account is the extortionate taxi/tuk tuk charges in Phuket(unless your hotel has free shuttle)!If you can live with $20 + fares that most drivers will command late at night then it won't be a problem if you stay at Kata..but if you really are party animals then staying closer to the action would probably be a wise move in hindsight..Kata does have some nice little bars by the way and nothing like the 'in your face ' of Patong ..Nice margaritas opposite Kata Villa motel (on the beach)!IEnjoy!

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3. Re: Staying in Kata

Kata certainly does have the nicest beach. Both Kata and Karon also have a nice selection of bars and restaurants to choose from as well as some nice shopping, and whilst the choices are not are as perhaps extensive as Patong there is more than enough. You don't have to travel to Patong every day, so the tuk tuk won't cost that much. .

The Avista is in the bit of land between Karon and Kata - the two sort of merge, so plenty of choice of things to do not far from the hotel.

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4. Re: Staying in Kata

Just back. Kata is fanatastic for families. It is not as busy and hectic as we found Patong.

If your looking for nightlife Kata is very limited on the club scene. Lots of nice restuarants to suit all budgets.

The beach is lovely at Kat a and only 5 mins down the road is Kata Noi. It is small but nice.

Patong shopping centres are like home. Big C and Phuket town have great weekend night markets.

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5. Re: Staying in Kata

Personally I'd stay in Kata.

The Avista is a nice new modern hotel with really good staff, although I found the food very expensive when I stayed there just after they opened (Nov 2009). That said you've got a lot of choice all over Kata for eating out / drinking so this isn't a major issue.

Nightlife in Kata is pretty low key - some bars, a few cheesy cover bands in some of the restaurants etc. It's really just servicing people wanting relaxed food and drink after the beach. If you want clubby stuff or more lively nightlife you'll need to head to Patong.

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6. Re: Staying in Kata

Hi if you search this forum for Kata you will find lot's of information too.

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