The best local Thai restaurants in Kata Beach are quite often those furthest away from the fine white sands which make the destination so popular. Something of a victim of its own success, the vast majority of restaurants in Kata specialise in European cuisine and those that do offer Thai food often serve heavily westernised versions. To find the real local Thai cuisine, you have to search quite hard – and we did just that. When you do find a Thai restaurant in Kata, they are generally very local, to the extent that almost none of the signs or menu items are written in anything other than Thai. If you want an authentic experience of one of the world’s most renowned and remarkable cuisines, though, these are definitely the places to do so. Not only is the flavour undiluted by western preferences, but the prices are also genuinely local.