09.04.2011 - 09.05.2011 35 °C
Kata is a beach on the Southwest Coast of Phuket Thailand. First 3 nights we stayed at the Sugar Palm Grand Hillside, we got a free upgrade (yay!) and it meant our spacious room had a balcony that looked out over the pools, garden and most importantly we could see the green and blue ocean! For half the price and 3 times the view, not to mention the space - this felt magical! The upgrade also meant we could enjoy our own private spa bath on the balcony. To be honest we didn't really do much here - got some sun, swam in the ocean which was about 25 degrees. The afternoon gets so hot it hard to bare - we went buy some jandals and apparently I must have been perspiring profusely because the lady got the fan and pointed it at me.
Down the end of the beach we found a great spot where lots of the locals have little stalls set up and we ate there. I ordered some amazing chicken salad which consisted of minced chicken, chilli powder and what tasted like celery salt, chicken stock, fish sauce and shallots. F*cken spicy!!!
The one thing that stuck me about Kata was the amount of languages we heard, there are people from all over the world who flock there. Signs are written in several different languages and the whole island is set up for tourists, it made me realize this place must have been financially devastated by the Tsunami a couple of years back. Restaurants and hotels are everywhere, as are taxis, stalls selling togs, shoes, tailors, everything a tourist could ever want is all at arms reach and there doesn't seem to be anything that is here for the Thai people it's all about the tourism. Kata has 2 parts of town, compared to Patong is fairly laid back and cheaper.