Cha Am Travel Guide
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Cha Am Travel Guide
Cha-am is one of the popular places which is set close to Hua Hin and not far from Bangkok, so having a one-day trip to Cha-am is possible. Located less than 200 km south of Bangkok and just 20 km north of Hua Hin, Cha-am is a quiet beach retreat in Petchaburi Province; a long stretch of silvery sand that is far quieter than nearby Hua Hin. Featuring Thailand‘s longest stretch of beach, Cha-am has a small but quiet beach “town” where there are some charming seafood restaurants and plenty of open-air eateries, not least of which are the rows of beach umbrellas where hawkers sell barbequed shrimp. Accommodation ranges from backpacker-friendly European owned hotels to boutique spa retreats, ideal for a romantic rendezvous.
Cha-am is popular with couples looking for a romantic retreat, seniors who like peace and quiet, and families with young children who are looking for an area that is both safe and free from the hassle of beach vendors. It’s also a popular weekend destination for Bangkok residents who enjoy the Sea, even if the sand is not as fine as at nearby Hua Hin. While it is relatively quiet, Cha-am still offers visitors a number of beach activities, such as jet skiing and banana Boat riding, and the Seafood is as readily available and inexpensive as any beach town in Thailand.
Cha-am is a district in Phetchaburi province. The white-sand Beach stretches for kilometers. Moreover, there are places nearby recommended to visit such as Maruek Kathayawan Palace, Phra Ramrachaniwet Palace (Baan Puen Palace), Phra Nakorn Khiri Royal Palace (Khao Wang), Hat Puek Thien, Hat Chao Samran. Many activities are also interesting such as water activities, horse riding, going to mangrove forests and biking.
Many styles of accommodation are provided tourists to choose such as hotels, resorts, guesthouses, and bungalows. Hat Cha-am, Hat Puek Thien and Hat Chao Samran are the favorite locations for the tourists.
Cha-am’s beach areas are separated by Naranthip Road, which leads from the unassuming Cha-am town down to Ruamjit Road, which runs parallel to the beach. This intersection is where the closest thing to a beach “town” exists: an area where local festivities are held at the town’s main pier and many fine seafood restaurants are located. North of this intersection is a concentration of businesses catering to European tourists. South of it, the beach becomes gradually quieter and a predominately Thai crowd chills out at relaxing beach resorts, most of which are located on the opposite side Ruamjit Road and along the roads leading away from the beach. At the farthest southern end of the road are the most luxurious resorts and golf courses.
For a little local character, visitors can travel north to a quaint Fishing Village that includes a harbor full of fishing boats and a number of seafood restaurants.
The sea at Cha-am is generally calm, making it safe for families with children, while rental jet skis and banana boats are available for those looking for a little more fun. Generally speaking, however, Cha-am is for those looking for a quiet and relaxing retreat, particularly on the weekdays, when the weekend warriors have returned to nearby Bangkok.
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