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.