Cha-am Travel Guide

  • Cha-am
    by Cathy&Gary
  • Cha-am
    by Cathy&Gary
  • On the way to Wat Luang Tanot
    On the way to Wat Luang Tanot
    by Cathy&Gary

Cha-am Highlights

  • Pro
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    sarahreynold says…

     Close to Bangkok, cheap to get to, plenty to see and do, cheap accommodations 

  • Con
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    planxty says…

     None that I can see. 

  • In a nutshell
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    geroreilly says…

     only 2 hours drive from bangkok - mainly a thai resort but worth a visit for a relaxing holiday. 

Cha-am Things to Do

  • Cha Am Bicycle Hire

    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...

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  • Saphan Hin "Walking Street"

    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...

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  • Ruby Massage

    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...

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  • Phra Rajanives Marika Tayawan Palace

    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...

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  • Learn the history.

    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...

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  • Get on the net.

    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....

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  • Ge tthe sand between your toes.

    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...

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  • A slightly eccentric bar.

    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...

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  • Visit the Market.

    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...

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Cha-am Restaurants

  • Neeshy Cafe

    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...

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  • Bann Pantai

    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...

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  • Local Restaurants

    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...

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  • Poom Seafood

    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...

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  • Basic seaside restaurant serving good...

    Nice local seaside restaurant which seems to be quite popular with the local folks. Serves a variety of Thai food selection with fresh seafood at affordable prices. Seafood with green curry

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  • Best coffee in the area

    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,...

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Cha-am Nightlife

  • About the only live music in town.

    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...

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  • Small Cha am bar

    A small bar on Hadsuksa-merd rd in the village oustide the Holiday inn regent, run by Koki and his wife Nok.The bar is well run and a very family friendly place it will also stay open until you have had enough to drink. Any dress code

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  • Cha Am after dark

    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...

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Cha-am Transportation

  • Train to Cha Am

    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...

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  • Catch a bus.

    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...

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  • Get on your bike.

    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...

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Cha-am Shopping

  • by msiddall Written Nov 18, 2010

    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

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Cha-am Local Customs

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    by Wann Written Apr 4, 2005

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    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.

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Cha-am Off The Beaten Path

  • Wat Luang Tanot

    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...

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  • Puek Tian Beach

    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...

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  • At Cha Am Fish pier

    I made a bike ride to the end of North Cha Am There are some nice seafood restaurants provide a fresh seafood, great view of the sea and fish pier area where you can see some activities.. fishing , horse riding on the beach.. very popular area at sunset…

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Cha-am Sports & Outdoors

  • Cha Am Golf Courses

    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...

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  • Cha Am Golf

    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...

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  • Golf

    I was in Cha- Am in 1998 and was testing some of the best colf courses in the world.If you are going to Thaland with your family etc. come to Cha_Am or Hua-in. It's a bit expencive, but wotryh every penny.

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Cha-am Favorites

  • Cha- Am Beach

    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...

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  • Cute creatures

    Every evening we returned home to Bungalow 150 (loihaasip in thai) at Chalet this gekko would greet us! That poor thing had lost his/her foot!

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