The "Chaam Pub" in the beautiful Seaside Village of Cha am Thailand. Situated 200km south of Bangkok & only 100m from a Golden Sandy Beach.
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Cha Am is a charming fishing and beach resort, frequented mainly by Thai people although there are some large hotels and resorts catering for a tourist industry which is steadily growing and taking hold, but nowhere near the level of tourism at itís sister town Hua Hin.
It is a convenient 2-hour drive away from Bangkok, 30 minutes closer than Hua Hin. In many ways, Cha Am could be described in the same way as how Hua Hin was 5 years ago. It is yet to experience the huge amount of construction and development Hua Hin has had over the last few years, but many consider Cha Am to be the obvious next boom town in Thailand, and therefore a very good place to invest in now - before prices rocket as they have in Hua Hin.
Cha Am offers busy beaches and private secluded beaches, great restaurants, temples to visit and markets to shop at! It is a great base for the 7 different golf courses in the area and as yet, is not spoiled or lost its charm through western tourism. Whereas most of Hua Hinís land suitable for development is either already sold or considered too expensive, Cha Am still offers land prices and houses at very reasonable rates.
This coastal town is found 25km north of Hua Hin and whilst not as large, it is developing. Cha-am has been a favourite holiday and weekend destination for Thais for many years and this is still the case.
It cannot rival Hua hin yet for facilities, but it tends to be quieter and more laid back so will suit many visitors and it's definitely worth a day trip if you're staying in Hua Hin.
The beach is long and sandy and the sea not deep. It is lined with casuarina trees and generally pretty quiet during the week. During weekends and public holidays, it will get busy. There are plenty of deck chairs and eating and drinking spots, especially around the main drag. In fact some may say too many. When busy, prices will not be so cheap. Another drawback is the presence of jetskis. Be aware that if you hire one, they are unlikely to be insured and accidents do happen, some fatal.
The main administrative area and old part of town is to the west of Petchkasem Road. Here you'll find the Post Office, government buildings, police station and train station. As with most Thai towns of this size, there's a vibrant local market that's worth taking a look around.
Nightlife is a lot less lively than Hua Hin, but there is a group of bars at Soi Bus Station offering the standard hostess service and an increasing number of family-friendly establishments offering relaxed atmosphere and good food.
Attractions around Cha-am include Maruekatayawan Palace which is the old Royal summer residence. Its teak has been beautifully restored and is certainly worth a visit. It is located 8km south of Cha-am. Constructed in 1923 by Rama VI, the palace is a superb example of a raised-floor wooden palace.
Cha-am Forest Park is fairly modest, but worth getting along to. You can hire vehicles for guided tours and it's popular with families and small groups. The park is located on the west side of Petchkasem Road about 1km south from the main intersection.
Cha-am is easily reached from Bangkok by train, bus or minivan or from Hua Hin by the same and taxi. The journey from Hua Hin should only take around 20 mins.