Cha-am in Phetchaburi

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Cha-am beach resort town in Thailand

Cha-am is a resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, near Hua Hin. Cha-am is not a major tourist hub but there are still plenty to see in this unique town. A fishing village north of Ruamchi Road features Thai shops, fishmongers and restaurants.

Cha-am is not a major tourist hub but there are still plenty to see in this unique town. A fishing village north of Ruamchi Road features Thai shops, fishmongers and restaurants. You could spend half a day touring the area and immersing yourself in one of the town’s most important industry, fishing. Be sure not to stay long after dark as foreigners are, most of the time, a target of local thieves.

Attractions in Cha Am

  • Cha-am Beach, much nicer than its big brother Hua Hin Beach.
  • Wat Neran Chararam (วัดเนรัญชราราม)
  • Rat Charoen Tham Temple
  • Nong Chaeng Temple
  • Nong Ta Phot Temple
  • Cha-am Khiri Temple
  • Sai Noi Temple
  • Huai Sai Tai Temple
  • Maruk Khatayawan Temple
  • Khao Nang Phanthurat
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Cha-am Forest Park is a small nature preserve as parks go, but it’s still worth seeing. All-terrain vehicles are available for guided tours of the park. The rental ranges from 500 baht for half an hour to 900 baht per hour. There is also a restaurant within the park.

    The summer palace Phrarachanivet Mrigadayavan was built in 1922 for the king and members of his royal household. Held open for the public as it is no longer used by royalty, it lies south of Petchakasem Rd, about 9 km from Cha-am. The palace consists of a group of teak houses on stilts connected by a maze of walkways. The rooms are airy and the walkways are raised. There isn’t much information available in English so you may want to hire an English-speaking guide for the tour.

    This town hosts the Crab Pulling Festival. February is the high season for catching blue crab in Cha-am and food enthusiasts are invited to join this festival on Cha-am beach which is held beginning of February each year.

    How to get Cha-am

    Mainly served by a regular fleet of minivans from both the South (Hua, Hin, Pranburi) and from Bangkok. Long distance buses also stop at Cha-am from Bangkok en route South or en route North. Minivans are much quicker but driving can be very erratic. There is a train station but the trip is long and arduous. Private Taxis from Bangkok should be no more than 2000 baht, although 1600 baht -1800 baht is possible with some bargaining.

    Map of Cha-am


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