Cha-am (ชะอำ) is a resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, 25 km north of Hua Hin.
Cha-am is not a major tourist hub, but there is still plenty to see. A fishing village north of Ruamchi Rd 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.
- Cha-am Forest Park. A small nature preserve as parks go, but it's still worth seeing. All-terrain vehicles are available for guided tours of the park, with rental costing 500 baht for half an hour and 900 baht per hour. There is a restaurant in the park.
- Eurasia Cha-am Lagoon (3 km N of Cha-am). A resort and residential community. It boasts two free-form pools overlooking the gulf. It is free to the public and open 24 hours a day. A terrace restaurant serves Thai food for 100-300 baht. This place is seldom crowded so it's a good place to hang out and take a dip.
- Phrarachanivet Mrigadayavan (Summer palace) (S of Petchakasem Rd, about 9 km from Cha-am). Was built in 1922 for the king and members of his royal household. Open to the public as it is no longer used by royalty. It is a group of teak houses on stilts and a maze of walkways connect them. 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.
- 1 Soi Bus Station (Across from the beach, just south of Narathip Rd, a major E-W thoroughfare). Bars close 01:00. The street houses a former bus station, hence the name of this otherwise unnamed street. Lodgings and about 15-20 beer bars staffed by hostesses can be found here. Good area to enjoy a beer and a game of pool.
|Routes through Cha-am|
|Bangkok ← Phetchaburi ←||N S||→ Hua Hin → Sadao|