Cha Am is a little
known gem and the ideal location to get away from it all, in a beautiful and unspoilt part of Thailand.
has everything the mature or discerning holiday maker needs.
From the mountain backdrop and coconut palms to the golden sandy
beach lined with redwood evergreens, from the easily affordable
restaurants to the friendly charming bars, Cha Am has a special
relaxing feel and innocence that no other town in this magical
is situated in Phetchaburi province, 108 miles (175km) south
of Bangkok (see
map) with a population of about 25,000. It only
takes 2 hours from Bangkok International Airport before you find yourself in this little paradise. Cha Am has very
accessible transport links with its own train station and regular
air-conditioned busses en-route from Bangkok to the South.
Cha Am, you will enjoy summer and sun 12 months a year, an
exciting rich culture and the possibility to obtain a comfortable
living standard at a very reasonable price.
Spain and other Southern European countries have been popular
holiday and real estate investment targets for sun seeking Northern
Europeans. As a result of the spiralling costs and overcrowded
tourist areas in these countries, more and more people are now
turning their eyes towards Thailand. After-all, a holiday should
be about relaxation, adventure and fun, not about competing for
a spot on the beach every morning or paying a small fortune for
most people who have been to Thailand, the country is synonymous
with the over-crowded tourist traps of Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin.
Cha Am is on the opposite side of the Thai Gulf to Pattaya and in contrast, Cha Am
isn’t crowded by tourists. Here, Thais
and foreigners live side by side, with Thai culture being the dominant
factor in the community. Cha Am is not a typical destination for
a ‘boys night out’. It’s a place for those who
want to enjoy the sun, sea and the rich Thai culture in calm, safe
and tranquil surroundings. All prices in Cha Am are well below Pattaya,
Phuket and Hua Hin.
really up to you how you spend your time in Cha Am!
sits on the side of the Thai Gulf that is often referred to as the ‘Sunrise
Side’ or the 'Thai Riviera'. Wealthy families from Bangkok come to spend their
weekends and holidays here, while Europeans stay for large parts
of the year or make Cha Am their permanent home.
in Cha Am is by no means dull. The beautiful 3 mile (5km)
golden sandy beach invites you to a wide variety of fun water
activities. Cha Am has
numerous international golf courses close by & Cha Am has a vibrant
night-life too! Whether it’s restaurants, bars
or nightclubs and discotheques you are looking for, you will find
them all in Cha Am. There are numerous sights within a short distance of Cha Am:
Elephant safari, the Lion Park, Boat trip to the Coral islands
with diving, Go karting and Site seeing activities to name just
a few. The Kings Summer Palace and Hua Hin, with all its city life
and tourist trappings, are just 15 minutes by taxi or 30 minutes
by air-conditioned bus from Cha Am.
Food, glorious food!
Cha Am beach road, you'll find restaurants serving local, European
and International foods. You can enjoy a delicious meal (food
and drink, 2 persons) for about 400 baht . Alternatively,
you can have your favourite food delivered to your door in about
30 minutes. For those of us who like to cook, Cha Am fresh market
is an abundant source of quality produce .The prices are great
too! 2Lb (1 kg) of fillet of pork is just 130 baht,
fresh vegetables cost very little and the wide variety of exotic
fruits are a must! (just click on an image below and feast your
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays are night-market days in Cha Am. The Wednesday
market is among the biggest & most well-known across country.
If you are staying at the big tourist destinations, you'll
pay tourist prices. In Cha Am, the prices are at the ‘local’ rate.
Cha Am market offers a wide variety of everything you can expect to
buy in Thailand; clothes, shoes, CD’s, DVD’s, watches,
electronics, tools & much more!
tsunami or tornados here!
rainy season in this part of Thailand is long, but Cha Am has its own micro-climate with little
resemblance to the rainy season in its region. During the rainy
season in Cha Am, you will enjoy warm and sunny days, with only a
few showers during the evening and/or night. Temperatures may
drop to 20° C during the night, but rarely below 28°C
during daytime. The rainy season lasts from May/June to September/October,
but again, that certainly doesn’t mean rain all the time!
Often an entire week may pass without a single drop of rain! (We
would like to point out that this description is valid for this
particular part of Thailand. 430 miles (700km) further South
in Phuket, the beaches are generally closed from June to September
due to storms and bad weather).