Cha-Am

Cha-Am

Things to do - general

Cha-Am, located approx. 170 km south of Bangkok and about. 25 km north of Hua Hin, is a cozy little beach town with a lot of nice resorts. Cha-Am is best known for its 7 km long beach and its relaxed atmosphere and is a favorite destination of Bangkok’s population, mostly on weekends and holidays. Cha-Am is a great place to go if you want to experience an authentic Thai resort as there is a gap between other tourists.

Cha-Am – Thailand’s longest beach

Cha-Am has the longest white sand beach in Thailand and is therefore an ideal holiday destination for beach boys. The water is fine, but not as clearly as around Thailand’s many islands, so you want to snorkel or dive should probably opt for example. Kho Tao or Kho Samet, but if you are interested to completely relax and just enjoy the warm water, the white sand beach and sun, Cha-Am perfectly.

The beach in Cha-Am is also known for the many small Thai restaurants with cozy loungers where you can camp all day and enjoy the delicious local Thai cuisine and seafood for almost no money. Try for example. fried oysters with bean sprouts or a whole fish, fried with lime and chili. The steamed squid with garlic, lime and chili are also among the best in Thailand.
In between meals and cold drinks, you could also nabbed a swim and a nap under an umbrella while enjoying the sound of waves lapping’re not out of the way for most work tired Danes.

Cha-Am, unlike for example. Pattaya and Phuket, not just the great nightlife, but is still perfect for families and people who just want to relax to the full. At weekends there may well be many people as Thais from Bangkok flock to Cha-Am in large quantities and there is therefore more in the evening.

THINGS TO DO IN CHA-AM
Cha-Am has a lot to offer besides the beach and water. If you need to move a little after a few days’ time have in common in beach chair, you can rent a bike and take a ride around the area and see the rooms, palaces, temples and other places of interest. We’ve made a little list of 10 things you should experience in Cha-Am.

1: Cha-Am beach
The beach in Cha-Am is divided into a northern and a southern beach. The northern part is the busiest, filled with small restaurants and sun beds and a lot of water activities. Would you like to be alone with a book to the southern beach is recommended. Here’s quieter and you can be lucky to have a large area all to him self.

2: King Naresuan Statue
Just before the small fishing village of Cha-Am stands a statue of King Naresuan, who ruled Thailand from 1590 to 1605. The statue is surrounded by small statues of taps, as the king’s favorite hobby was cockfight.

3: Wat Neranchararam
A piece from the statue of King Naresuan is a small, charming temple with a white statue of Phra Phakhawam that symbolizes passion, with 6 hands placed strategically on the body. The temple is not the best looking in Cha-Am but is still the perfect place to watch a sunrise.

4: Fish Pier
Fish Pier in Cha-Am is a one and a half miles long pier where you can try your luck in night fishing  with the local fishermen or simply enjoy the beautiful views of the fishing village and coastline.

5: Eurasia Cha Am Swimming Lagoon
Are you tired of sand in your bathing suit, you can free get in and swim in Eurasia resort’s two swimming pools. The view from here is fabulous and since many do not know that one can use the resort’s pools can here get away from Cha-Am’s crowds.

6: Khao Nang Phanthurat Forest Park
Lovers of trekking this can also be seen in Cha-Am. Take a few bottles of water and go through Forest Park and enjoy the tropical plants and wildlife as well as a fabulous view of Cha-Am. The route is approx. 3.5 km.

7: Huai Sai Wildlife Breeding Centre
Almost 15 km from Cha-Am, Sam Phraya, is a small zoo, where you can see monkeys, bears, birds and many other animals. It’s free to get in and it’s a pleasant outing for the whole family.

8: Maruekhathaiyawan Palace
About 10 km south of Cha-Am is a beautiful palace in Thailand is known as the Love and Hope palace. It was built in 1924 as a summer palace of King Rama VI and is open to the public. Remember though that there is a fairly strict dress code, shorts, short skirts and sleeveless shirts are not popular.

9: Tian Puek
18 km north of Cha-Am, you can experience the small resort Puek Tian which is famous for its statues built in the sea. The statues depicting characters from a famous story written by Thailand’s greatest poet, Sunthon Pu, who was the first poet who wrote in a language that the ordinary thai understand and is a beloved person in Thailand.

10: Phra Nakon Khiri Historic Park
40 km from Cha-Am is the town of Phetchaburi where you see a lot of different buildings, palaces and temples, built for the famous King Rama IV. Buildings located on a high hill that can be reached via a cable car.

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Languages spokenThai
Currency usedThb

Sports & nature

Even though Hua Hin is quiet little seaside town, you can where you can find a kaleidoscope of activities for every inspiration and motivation whether it is land based or waterborne activities and relaxing, strenuous and sportive ones. All activities can be found on the beach and inland at reasonable fees. The stunning landscape of these areas allows abundance of activities that can be done in the natural resources such as sailing, kiteboarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, horse riding on the beach and many more. If you want to feel driven by adrenaline, there is a variety of exciting things to do here as well, for example Go Karting, paintball, visiting safari and adventure park. Relaxing and educational activities are also available.Sports and nature image

Nightlife info

Dining in Cha-Am and Hua Hin is something that is very delicious and inexpensive. The shores and Golf of Thailand is this idyllic beach retreat. Most notably, Hua Hin's geographical position makes it a perfect place to savor some seafood specialties, hearty food, steaks, sushi and traditional Thai fare are easily found everywhere in Hua Hin. A visit to Cha Am, Hua Hin and Khao Takiab is incomplete without tasting some of the local seafood dishes. The usual approach is to pick the type of seafood (blue crab and tiger prawns are highly recommended), then how you’d like it cooked, hot pot style, grilling, steaming, deep-frying …... There are many dining options in the Hua Hin area serving thai, French, Western, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Danish and Japanese food. Hua Hin is very inexpensive, although prices can vary from as little as 20 baht for street food to more than + 4,000 baht for delicacies at the upscale restaurants. Dining by the sea is not a luxury but more of a common feat for every one coming to Hua Hin. Be sure to taste Tom Yum Gung; the spicy and sour prawn soup is considered Thailand's national dish. For those looking for a drink after the sun goes down, there is an ample supply of bars and pubs, some of which have live music. In addition, all of the hotels have bars and lobby lounges, many featuring live entertainment, like in coco 51 and the internationals hotels like the old Sofitel, today known as Centara Grand Beach Hotel. 

 A useful dining tip for those not too fond of spicy food, (mai ped) meaning not too hot, will ensure a non eye-watering dish finds its way to your table. Thai food is of course very tasty, eaten both on the street and in seated restaurants. One of Thailand's great lifestyle feats is the cost-effective and delicious street food. Vendors are littered around Hua Hin, and you may even end up enjoying your most memorable Thai dish served up from a simple food cart. To truly savor the food culture of Hua Hin a number of different experiences is advised, try example the famous Moon Smile restaurant in the heard of Hua hin center.Nightlife image

Culture and history info

Located about 2.5 hours south of Bangkok, on the west side of the Gulf of Thailand, Cha Am is a favorite destination of many Thai people who live in the city. For years they have seen Cha Am as a destination where they can spend a weekend relaxing and getting away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok life. Established in 1897, the district of Cha Am was originally called Na Yang and this remained its name up until 1914, when the municipal and administrative centre for the district was moved to Tha Yang. Following this move the district then became known as Nong Chok. Shortly after the Second World War government officials decided to move the municipal offices to Tambon Cha Am, as it was known at the time. This move prompted yet another name change and it was then the area changed its name to Cha Am. However, there is a much more entertaining and interesting story regarding how Cha Am got its name; certainly more entertaining than any story to do with municipal districts and the renaming of administrative centers! Whilst it might be difficult to verify the truth in this tale, the story claims that Cha Am got its name following a visit from Thailand’s great king, Ayutthaya. The legend has it that after travelling for several days the King and his company of soldiers started to become hungry, tired and weary, so the King decided to stop at a small coastal fishing port so him and his men could eat, relax and get some rest. However, the incredibly loyal and well trained soldiers, who were already very tired, did not want to waste a single minute whilst they were in the presence of their king who was relaxing peacefully. As the King was resting and enjoying the beautiful views of the Siam Gulf and the surrounding coastline, the soldiers, began to work on cleaning their saddles until they were immaculate, in order to please their much loved King. From this day forward the little fishing village was renamed Cha Am, which roughly translates to ‘The Saddle’. Whether this story actually happened or not is immaterial to many Thais who live in or regularly frequent Cha Am. This whole episode involving King Ayutthaya is considered by many to one good luck and fortune and this helps to explain why Cha Am has a special place in the hearts of so many Thais. Going back many years, it was not just Thai civilians who were drawn to natural beauty and relaxing atmosphere that Cha Am had to offer. Many royals and aristocrats would regularly frequent this area of Thailand too, in order to take a holiday and relax in the cool and rejuvenating sea air. The early 1900’s also saw the major development of the railway line that starts in Bangkok and travels south as far Hat Yai and across the border to Malaysia. The railway line provided a quick and convenient form of transportation to and from Bangkok and Cha Am, which is still in use today. The newly formed rail network meant that royals and aristocrats were able to travel south from Bangkok much easier than they had been before. This resulted in them building palaces and other property in Cha Am and the surrounding area along the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. This also led to Cha Am being known as a royal resort. In 1923 King Rama VI, who had been experiencing a number of health problems, had been told by his medical staff to spend time recovering from his ailments in a location that was dry and cool. Acting on this advice he arranged for the Maruekhathaiyawan Palace to be built near Cha Am in order to take advantage of its clean air and wonderfully cool sea breezes. Designed by an Italian architect, the palace is known for its three storey wooden pavilion that faces out to the sea. The Maruekhathaiyawan Palace is also known as the ‘palace of love and hope’ or ‘the wooden palace’ and is generally considered to be the longest golden teak palace in the world. As the years went by, Cha Am continued to increase in popularity with Thai nationals and it served as the premier holiday destination for the people of Bangkok and the surrounding area. Speak to anyone from Bangkok who is over the age of 30 and there is a fair chance that they will have been to Cha Am for a holiday or weekend break at some stage in their lives. Culture and history image

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