Close to Bangkok, cheap to get to, plenty to see and do, cheap accommodations
None that I can see.
only 2 hours drive from bangkok - mainly a thai resort but worth a visit for a relaxing holiday.
The most popular way to get around Cha Am is by bicycle and they can be rented all along the beachfront and from hotels. On the weekends the beach road is full of Thai families cycling around having fun. You can hire single bikes, 2 seaters and 4 seaters. You can even hire bikes that look like a golf cart with sun shades but they move by pedal...more
At the northern end of the Cha Am beachfront you will see come cross a dirt road, follow this road and you will find many seafood restaurants and Saphan Hin better known as Walking Street. It goes out into the ocean for about 1.5 kilometers. Here you will see many locals riding their bikes, exercising, fishing, having lunch or even wedding...more
Please visit Ruby Massage! We used to go for a massage on the beach just along from The Regent Hotel Cha Am. They moved from the beach up on to Beach Terrace. It wasn't the same when they moved, but it was always good to see the massage ladies (Ruby, Pen & Deer), as they were always friendly and a good laugh.Ruby now has her own shop in Bang Kwai...more
This palace was built in the reign of King Rama VI as a vacation palace. Almost pavilions built from teakwood and supported by concrete columns.All pavilion linked together with long velandars. The pavilion consists of Samosorn Sevakamas Pavilion - for conference ,party and drama performance/ Pisansakorn Pavilion - as King's residence and /Samutra...more
Most people, when they think about the Second World War in Southeast Asia will think of the Phillipines, Malaya and Burma. Indeed, I had an uncle who died whilst a Japanese prisoner of war in the region, but few people consider Thailand in the context of this terrible conflict. I must admit I was one of those. As you walk along the seafront a...more
In Cha am, some of the upper range hotels and their associated eateries will have wifi. I did not use any of them so I cannot comment on connection speed. Unusually for Thailand I did not see a lot of internet cafes in town. However, if you are missing your VT or just need to check your email, I can recommend this place. If you come into Th....more
The principle attraction for tourists and even moreso for weekending Bangkok Thais is the beach, and it is indeed lovely. It stretches quite a distance (I never got to the end of it) and is kept in very good condition. It makes a perfect place for a walk or a sunbathe and the sea is safe for bathing should the heat of the Thai sun start getting to...more
In Cha am one evening, I wandered into a little bar just round the corner from my hotel called the Gunners Bar. Cue another of the strange and surreal things that seem to follow me on my travels. When I walked in, the place looked like a jumble sale that someone had thrown a hand grenade into. There were about ten Thai ladies of varying ages and...more
People who have read my other pages will know that I am an absolute sucker for markets, and the one in Cha am certainly does not disappoint. A large covered affair, it is seperated into sections for various types of products and has the obligatory numerous food outlets. Understandably, being on the sea, the largest section is reserved for fish and...more
The Cha-Am/ Hua Hin area is famous for its kilometers of white sand beach along the sunrise side of...more
Alila Cha Am lies on the premier beach resort of Petchaburi on the sunrise side of the Gulf of...more
The location of Tara Mantra Cha Am Hotel lies at a charming place in Cha Am region of Thailand. This...more
Neeshy Cafe is Australian owned and on the main road that goes down to the beach road. I started off with a prawn cocktail which was huge for 90baht then I decided to have my first steak in 3 months so ordered a big T Bone with lots of vegetables for 260baht. Gary ordered the pies and vegetables for 200baht which I also tried and the pies were...more
Bann Pantai Restaurant is part of the Bann Pantai hotel which is at the northern end of Cha Am Beach. I really enjoyed it here, sitting outside under the palm trees watching what was happening along the beach front. The restaurant is very popular at night time with Thai families as it is supposed to be one of the best places for seafood. We went...more
One of our favorite meals in Cha Am was at a local Thai restaurant where they were cooking the whole pig over a barrel on a hand turned rotisserie and barbeque chickens. You will see many of these local restaurants selling pig and chicken on the main road heading down to the beach front road. I do not know the name of the place and the menu is in...more
Poom Seafood is towards the northern end of Cha Am beach and it is the place to go for delicious fresh well priced seafood and Thai food. The restaurant is extremely popular with Thai families and you can sit in air conditioned comfort or outside watching the world go by. As usual we ordered to much food, their seafood fried rice is the best we...more
This is a fantastic small cafe bar run by Monique and family. We would go there for coffee, after our post breakfast stroll from The Regent Hotel, close by. It was nice to stop off for a beer and a chat if we passed by a bit later in the day, and the watermelon shakes were pretty good too.We didn't eat there, but we saw people having breakfast,...more
This place supplies live entertainment at night in a town where most of the music is provided via CD and karaoke machine. The entertainment comes in the form of a Thai covers band with apparently interchangeable lead vocalists. They play Thai pop songs with a very occasional Western cover thrown in. The Eagles Hotel California was well done. Whilst...more
Cha Am beach area has restaurants and bars, but very quiet after about 9 pm. If you want more excitement then take hotel shullte bus or taxi into Hua Hin. Night markets, restaurants, bars, even a show! Lively at night, discos open until about 2 a.m.A good idea is to take a taxi and arrange for them to collect you for the return trip, a 2 way trips...more
You can go to Cha Am by bus from Sai Tai Bus Terminal (Southern Bus Terminal) in Bangkok or by train from Hua Lamphong Railway Station or from Bangkok Noi Railway Station. I prefer travel by train, relax and enjoy view along the way. Cha Am Railway Station (or Ban Cha Am Station) is a small station, only slow train stop by, all the fast trains will...more
The chances are you will probably be coming from Bangkok to Cha am and it is a fairly simple process. There is a train service but it is infrequent and not as quick. The bus departs from the new Bangkok Southern Bus Station which is a bit of a pain to get to (see seperate tip) but once there buying a ticket is simple. The ticket for the journey...more
Cha am is not a large place walking is quite easy although another popular option is to rent a bicycle. Tehre are various places along the beach road that will rent them with the usual price being about 20 baht per hour. For some reason I never quite fathomed the vast majority of the bicycles on offer are a pretty garish baby pink colour. Should...more
There is a roving night market every night in Cha Am. But on Wednesday nights from about 6pm there is a really big night market on Narathip Road near the train station in Cha Am.
What to buy: Lots of cheap food to choose from, as well as household goods, footwear, T-shirts, assorted clothing, accessories, toys, hardware, dvds, sunglasses etc etc. Three are also rides for the kiddies to enjoy. On Wednesday nights this market is bigger than the Hua Hin night market
What to pay: Market prices
Around the end of September each year, there is a grand festival at Cha Am beach, The Cha Am “Feast-fish-flock” shellfish festival. Visitors can enjoy a lot special dishes of seafood, and the highlight is dish of many kinds of shell.
There are more highlight activities such as bird watching, squid fishing at day, during the festival period, it is a great time for bird watching, visitors will be brought to the bird park, beside that you will have another choice such as enjoy fishing with fisherman.
At night, many restaurants provide a various menu feature the boasts of great taste seafood-shrimp, shell, crab and squid, also visitors can enjoy country music showcase in every night, drink beer and smell the sea breeze.
Wat Luang Tanot is on the way to Puek Tian Beach about 20 kilometres north of Cha-Am. It is a nice drive from Cha Am and takes about 20 minutes, there are some nice Temples to stop at along the way especially Wat Luang Tanot which is in the shape of a huge ship. I did not get many photos of the Temple due to a few aggressive dogs running towards...more
Puek Tian Beach is a small resort town about 20 kilometres north of Cha-Am. It is famous for its statues in the sea depicting characters from one of Thailand's greatest poets Sunthon Phu and his 30,000 line story Phra Aphai Mani. There are a few restaurants along the beach front and before you can even park your car they will come running out in...more
Cha Am Golf Courses are famous in Thailand for excellent courses plus also resort accommodation at some of the Courses. lake View Golf Course and the Springfield Golf Course both have resort hotels at the Golf Courses allowing you to stay and enjoy resort style hotel facilities plus the great Golf. The excellent climate of Cha Am make it a golfers...more
Several international golf courses close to Cha Am including Lakeview and Springfield. Also many gold courses nearby in the Hua Hin area. Book at any hotel reception desk. Some of the Golf Courses also have hotel style resort accommodation Clubs and all other equipment can be hired for a reasonable price. If you are bringing your own clubs call...more
Cha-am won't go down as the best beach in Thailand but it is a pleasant beach with green water.Cha-am is not ‘in your face’ and that can make a genuine change .We sat in the beach chair for awhile before anyone came along to collect money or sell us stuff.The best time for swimming is earlier in the day when the tide is high.The beach at low tide...more
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