Cha-am is a city in the province of Phetchaburi
in central Thailand. The population is about 59,000 in 2012.
Cha Am is located about 28 km north of Hua Hin and around.
185 km south of Bangkok, and instead is essentially known
for its long white sandy beaches.
The place was discovered
after Hua Hin big "boom" when the rich Thais started
looking for a vacation paradise along the beach
Cha Am is quieter and significantly less
than Hua Hin, a great place to relax, and not so tourist
characterized. In contrast, site not just as an "integrated"
as Hua Hin, but it extends over several kilometers along
the beach. As a tourist you learn quickly to distinguish "itself
Cha Am" and "Cha Am Beach, which stretches far
out from downtown.
Cha Am itself has a very local character.
Along the beach are plenty of vendors, bicycle distributors
servings and offer to rent the banana boats, water skiing,
jet skiing, etc. Balanced against Thai and foreign tourists.
On weekends and public holidays are here part Bangkok citizens.
Sun & beach
The beach in Cha Am is many kilometers long, stretching
north and approximately 20 kilometer south, nearly halfway
to Hua Hin and has fine white sand. A few kilometers outside
the center, where most big hotels are, for example, Regent
Cha Am (7 km), Golden Sands and Springfield Beach Resort.
This is not quite so many people.
All major hotels have
loungers and parasols for guests to use. Here are also a
number of beach vendors offering cold drinks, massage, fresh
fruit and much more. If you are a little more hungry, so,
besides hotels and restaurants also part beach servings,
which makes good and cheap Thai food.
Be aware that this
is a big difference between a tide. You may also be strong
undercurrents, especially in bad weather. Bath never alone
or at night. Follow bathing flags - red flag means bathing
Occasionally one can encounter water and firefighters
here, especially during the rainy season. If you were to
be incinerated, so the pharmacy has a good ointment that
The sun is very strong here - remember a
sunscreen with a high factor.
The beach in Cha Am Center
Beach, which is held in Cha-Am
is very popular among Thais themselves. It brings together
families and leisure guests to relax in the shade of large
pine trees or have fun with various water sports: bananbåd,
jet, tires and more. Deck chairs can be rented for a cheap
price, and there used to be very many people.
a comfortable temperature year round, but it might be a
bit muddy to look at, because under-water rapids sand from
the bottom up. But even if you do not find the same crystal
clear waters in southern Thailand, it's great to swim in
In Cha Am, it is important to distinguish between Cha Am
and Cha Am Beach.
The city of Cha Am is very small, here
is mostly collected along the beach road, restaurants, water
activities and a number of souvenir shops, and about 1 km
further inland fresh produce market and a municipal office,
mailing house and police station. The atmosphere is nice "local",
with a mix of Thais and foreigners.
Cha Am Beach contrast
stretches from Cha Ams center and halfway to Hua Hin. This
is where most slightly finer and more hotels are located
- ie some distance from the center of Cha Am (5 to 20 kilometers).
Petchakasem Road provides the main road that goes straight
through Cha Am town and further south to Hua Hin and north
to Bangkok. Here lies the larger shops with everyday goods
as well as more banks and bus stops are to Hua Hin and Bangkok.
From a Norwegian magazine
Food & drink
The Thai cuisine based on
fresh ingredients with rice and noodles as the base. Most
menu works amazingly long, at first glance, but you soon
discover that it comes to variations on the same themes.
Lynstegte courts, or what we in Denmark would call wok,
often served with or without rice or noodles, separately
or as part of the law. Pad Thai is one of its many names,
and just pad thai consists of noodles, tofu, eggs, vegetables
and more are served with chopped peanuts. Fried rice is
available in countless variations: with prawns, chicken,
vegetarian or with beef. The Court is served everywhere
and is one of the safest dishes, you can choose if you are
afraid of getting indigestion because it is always served
freshly made and from his forehead.
is rice and curry, a sort of Thai fast food, because you
get a plate of rice and then pour on top of curries from
different bowls. Here there are as many variations as there
are cooks. Unlike fried rice or noodles, curries can be
quite velspækkede with chili, so it is not always a right
Salads are the third main theme. Spicy,
colorful and with lots of variations, salads are extremely
variable and may include chicken, shrimp, squid and more.
A salad with rice is often good as an easily frokostret.
A warning, however, that Thai cooks can easily find using
fresh chillies in salads, so be a little careful while you
taste the salad and order white rice, it can dilute the
Soups should also be mentioned when talking
about Thai food. They can be either clear or thick, the
latter usually because they are based on coconut milk, which
gives them a sweet taste. A soup is a natural part of a
Cha-Am Thailand on a bigger map.
Mango, papaya, rambutan, lichie,
pineapple, banana and many more. You reach rarely to taste
them all, but it comes well after it, if you order a plate
of fruit at a restaurant. In addition, one comes across
the different types of fruit at markets, shops and in walking
vendors when season.
If you are afraid of getting diarrhea,
so eating only nyskrællet fruit. Fruit is also a pleasant
contribution to fluid balance.
Cha-Am Google Map with Shops - Restaurant - Bank -
The two most common varieties of beer is Singha and
Chang, both of which are adapted to the Thai climate and
therefore bitter enough to turn even the most stubborn thirst.
Singha is slightly sweeter than Chang. Both are available
as 33 cl and 66 cl, the last cost 60-70 baht at a restaurant.
Apart from these encounters major European beer varieties.
Another popular drink is known as the Mekong Whiskey. Mix
it with cola - then it is unpalatable.
It is cheap to eat well in Thailand, and the variation is
enormous. At most restaurants you can get a tasty meal for
between 40-100 Baht where there will be plenty to be satisfied
by a single court. Or you can choose the Thai way to eat
at is that you ordered TO-three courses per person. The
courts come into small bowls, and then takes each person
a little of everything. That way you get tasted very different.
As always, when you need to find a good restaurant abroad
is a few good rules: select a location where there is good
with people, and if possible a place where there are sitting
many Thais. The first guarantees that the food has not been
too long, and the last thing that it also provides a good
Restaurants, Cha Ams center
Inside Cha Ams center are plenty of small restaurants and
servings to choose from. Most are located along the beach
road, Ruamchit Road and a portion of these are very local.
That is to say they have plastic chairs, fluorescent lights
and is not guided by what Westerners would think was nice.
But the food is still good and cheap. On the menu are traditional
Thai dishes, but many places can offer both Thai and Western
dishes such as hamburgers, pizza, pasta and so on.
Cha Am Beach
you live along with Cha-Am Beach on one of the slightly
larger hotels outside of Cha Am, so you can easily find
a good place to eat. About 7 miles south of Cha Am has grown
a little place up, called Bang Kwai. Here is both large
and small restaurants, cafes and a couple of bars. Here
you can eat much better than at the hotel areas.
If you want more choice, then take to Hua Hin, at least
for one night. Here there are plenty of restaurants to choose
from, and with a taxi, you are at 20-30 minutes. There are
also more nightlife and good opportunities to shop at natmarkedet.
In Cha Am, there is not much nightlife
to talk about. Most major hotels have their own bars, however,
which sometimes has live bands, karaoke and various types
of performances and discotheques. If you want a bigger contract,
then take to Hua Hin.
There is not much shopping in Cha Am. Inside the center
and around the major hotels you will find a number of small
supermarkets and souvenir shops selling T-shirts, bath balls,
key rings and more, as well as local products such as dried
fruit, nuts and shells.
If you want more shopping, remember
Wednesday natmarked first (see below markets) before you
may. go to Hua Hin. There are plenty of small shops and
stalls along the streets selling souvenirs, clothing, shoes,
electronics, food, fruit and more. The most popular are
the markets where you can make some good finds. By taxi,
you are at 20-30 minutes.
Every Wednesday is market-night from pm. approximately 17:00
situated at the railway station, city hall, post office
and police station. The supply is huge and the prices cheap
as it initially is a market where local people come, and
we feel that the whole Cha Ams population must pass here
every Wednesday evening. They sell almost everything that
is not greater than one can carry away themselves. Fruits,
vegetables, clothes, electronics, DVD movies ect
Things to buy
In Thailand you can buy at a fraction
of the price at home. A T-shirt in cotton costs between
25-200 baht. Children's clothing is also cheap. Feel the
quality before you buy.
buy DVD movies to really cheap money. The movies cost from
around 150 baht. but remember who is not Danish subtitles,
in most cases English.
Silk is cheap. There are two kinds: Thai silk, which is
slightly stiffer and thicker than china silk. In Rashnee
Silk Village, located just outside Hua Hin, you can see
how Thai silk is produced. You can come out with a tuk-tuk
or a taxi.
There are hundreds of tailors
in Hua Hin and probably around 20 in Cha Am. Remember that
it takes 3-4 days for the tailor to sew clothes, and you
need time to test and possibly ask him to make changes,
which take an extra day or two. Then go to the tailor at
the beginning of your holiday.
In Thailand, you must
bargain. It can be overwhelming and unfamiliar, but try
anyway. Will the seller have 200 baht for a super delicious
T-shirt, try to propose 100 and see what happens. But do
not start to haggle if you're not interested in the product.
On the other hand, you should not buy something if you think
it is too expensive. And remember to not to take it too
seriously. Smile and remember that it is a piece of theater
that you and the seller is behaving. If you do not get what
you want it, then smile, say thanks and walk away. And trust
that you probably should find something new.
Do not bargain
in restaurants and on products that have a price tag, ie.
usually the products found in the "real" business.
King Rama VI's beautiful summer
palace from 1922, constructed entirely of teak. The palace
was built in 1080 pills, about 2.5 meters above the ground.
After King Rama VI's Palace and the death was due, but in
mid 1980-century people began to renovate it, and today
it is open to the public.
Teak Palace is located midway
between Cha-Am and Hua Hin. You will easily do so with a
taxi from Cha-Am. The hall costs about 20 baht. The police
may occasionally close the palace.
River Kwai and its famous railway bridge (known and
famous from the movie "Bridge on the River Kwai")
lies some 180 kilometers (approximately three hours) north
west of Hua Hin. The railroad was built during WWII by the
Japanese prisoners of war, and since it has gone under the
name "Death Railway". If you go with an excursion
to the Kwai, so you can visit among other JEATH Museum,
where the POWs themselves talk about their tragic fates
through drawings, pictures and paintings. You can also walk
over the bridge itself, run a small piece of trains and
visit the war cemetery, where hundreds of prisoners of war
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One of Thailand's oldest
cities, which have been inhabited for at least 1000 years.
The city has long been an important cultural and commercial
center, and it was in the 1800s one of the Thai royal family's
favorite places of residence.
City has retained much
of its old, original charm with the old, beautiful wooden
houses, temples and buildings. The biggest attraction is
King Mongkuts summer residence from the 1860s, is the highest
up on a green hill west of downtown. This is a part of Phra
Nakhon Khiri historical park and is a fantastic mix of European,
Chinese and Japanese architectureMere om Phetchaburi på
Kaeng Krachan National
Thailand's largest national
park, covering nearly half of Phetchaburiprovinsen and includes
the country's most pristine area. The park's western border
is marked by the Tenasserim mountain range and the Thai
border with Burma. Here are over 40 major species of mammals,
including tiger, leopard, elephant, gibbon and two kinds
of Asian bears and more. The park was founded in 1981 and
is strangely enough still relatively unknown among tourists.
There are plenty of tour operators who offer day trips,
but you can also take them on their own. Here are some good
You come most readily to Kaeng Krachan
National Park by taxi. It should not cost more than 1500
baht round trip. Taxi driver waiting for you if you arrange
a time where he will drive you home.
Khao Sam Roi Yot National
Park ( "the mountain with
Beautiful and very popular national
park, located about 63 kilometers south of Hua Hin. The
park is approximately 100 square kilometers large and contains
sea, sand, swamp areas, mountains and caves. Best known
is for its limestone formations which rise vertically from
the marshlands to an altitude of 650 meters. You live there
too many birds and mammals including the rare langur and
the slow nocturnal lorin. Long trails, caves and beautiful
beaches are also available.
You can also take
them on your own by taxi from Cha-Am. Entrance to the park
costs 200 baht / person. Ask the taxi driver to take you
to the Bang Pu (the small town which lies inside the park)
and go on from there by boat (200 baht / person) to the
beach Laem Sala Beach, where you also can go to the famous
cave Phraya Nakhon Cave (but it requires a good conditioning).
Agree a time when you meet with the taxi driver, so you
can be driven home again.
Waterfall Pa La-U
Beautiful and famous waterfalls in the 14 levels, which
is about an hour from Hua Hin. Probably promote you can
go up along with the waterfall and take a dip in the refreshing
water. Here are many beautiful birds and butterflies in
the area, especially early in the morning.
Relaxation, sun and sand
Snorkeling around Koh Talu and Koh Sing
Cha Am and Hua Hin are many tour operators who offer day
trips to the islands of Koh Talu and Koh Sing, which is
located about two hours south of Hua Hin. Cord blade is
relatively good, the water here is much clearer than that
inside the country. Beautiful beaches, beautiful and relaxing.
The Chinese New Year, 9th
many Thais who have relatives in China and Chinese settlers.
However, it is no holiday.
Makha Bucha, February
or March, depending on the full moon.
festival with candlelight among other things at the temples.
Chakri Day, April 6th Anniversary of the current king's
takeover of the throne.
Thai New Year, Songkran,
Thai New Year, celebrated in more than three days. The tradition
is that it sheds water after each other and to symbolically
cleanse the sins from each other, and partly to cool in
the hottest months.
No one can evade - all being deluged
with water. If you want the camera, mobile phone and cash
with you out, so have it in a plastic bag in his pocket.
Loy Krathong, November
A very much-loved festival
that honors the water goddess. Curve prepared from banana
leaves and filled up later with flowers and candles and
put into the water where they float away and lights up the
night's darkness. Baskets must meet the wishes and take
the sins that one has committed during the year.
Parade of the Thai flag,
A color saturation ceremony, held at Royal Plaza in Bangkok
for the army, the soldiers and the flag.
King's birthday, 5th December.
A public holiday to celebrate the beloved Thai King Rama
IX King's birthday. Thais turn on lights in their homes
and many public buildings decorated.
Constitutional Day, 10th
when banks and government offices are closed.
Western New Year's Eve, 31 December.
where banks and government offices are closed.
Yesterday shuttles between Petchaburi and Hua Hin and
Cha Am crossing the road. A journey between Cha Am and Hua
Hin will cost 20 baht. The bus goes from the big highway
Phetchakasem Road next to Bangkok Bank.
(Bus station south) goes there a bus from Phetchakasem
Road, at the traffic signal off the 7-Eleven store. Please
take only the blue bus to Bangkok, they stop only once underway.
The trip takes approx. 3 hours and costs about THB 180th
Found in large quantities
and is running in Cha Am and Hua Hin.
Rent a moped
A cheap and good way to get around on their own. A moped
costs from 200 baht per day to rent, and traffic is relatively
calm in Cha Am. Make sure you get a helmet, it is not self-evident
Rent a bike
Along the seafront in Cha Am are many
bike rental, and you can rent anything from an ordinary
bicycle into a tandem, family cycling, mountain biking,
etc. Prices depend on the type, but it is not expensive.
Hua Hin and Cha Am is world famous for its fine golf. Nearby
are several excellent courses, including Royal Hua Hin,
Sawang Resort, Lakeview, Springfield, Majestic Creek and
others. Avoid playing on Saturdays and Sundays, as many
Bangkok Thais come at the time, and there can be quite crowded
on the racetracks. Price Example: Green fees about 650 baht,
renting Golf around 700 baht. Caddy is mandatory in Thailand.
Most major hotels offer water sports in the form of banana
boats, jet skis, water skiing, etc.. There is also a plentiful
supply along the center of beaches inside Cha-Am.
Snorkelling / diving
In Cha Am and Hua Hin are plenty of tour operators who offer
snorkeling and diving trips to the islands of Koh Talu and
Koh Sing, which lies about two hours south of Hua Hin. Cords
are Simplifying diving is relatively good, the water here
is much clearer than does the mainland. Beautiful beaches,
beautiful and relaxing
Most hotels have Internet Services on duty, usually around
100 baht for 15 minutes. It is considerably cheaper sets
in Cha Am or Hua Hin, where it costs 1 baht per minute,
or in some places 20 baht an hour. There are plenty of places
to choose from.
Most mobile operators have roaming agreements with the Thai
operators so that mobile works very well. It may cost a
part of both the poor and to receive an interview. Should
you be here a while, it is a good idea to buy a case of
time simkort. Available in supermarkets and specialty shops.
Traveling with children
There are many who take children and even babies with to
Thailand. The only thing that can be somewhat difficult
is the relatively long flight, transfers (about 2-3 hours
to Cha Am) and any jet lag. Be prepare to Thai people love
these young (white) children and with the loving Thai people's
minds, they will be happy to try to touch them and love
to lift them up..
Here are shallow beaches before kids of all ages. However,
please note the difference between flood and ebb. There
may be some power in some places and sometimes strong undercurrents,
especially in bad weather. Never let children swim alone
or at night. Have respect for bathing flags, red flag means
bathing is banned. Sometimes this can occur yellow firefighters.
They are completely harmless, but if you get burned, so
the pharmacist a volley against it.
Sunny and warm
The sun is very strong in Thailand, and since we also tend
to stay near water, so it means an even stronger effects
of the sun. It is therefore important to protect against
the sun's rays. Begin with factor 20 and gradually go down
to 6-8 during your vacation. Think extra lot of kids. They
must have a proper dose of sunscreen, a hat and would like
a t-shirt when they are at the beach. Sunburnt children
can keep the whole family awake at night.
When it comes to food, so here are a varied menu that includes
both the chicken, pasta and chips.
If kids want to try
Thai food, as usual Fried Rice or Banana Pancakes to be
popular. Chilien most can be well wait until they get a
In Cha Am are several small supermarkets
and "7eleven" and "Tesco Express" stores
days have a lot of what we (farang) aliens want from groceries
and pharmacies and specialty shops.
Bank machines can be
found at all banks, where you can withdraw up to Baht 10,000
.- per day with
international payment cards. (Visa -
The Thai monsoon controls
the climate, as well as agriculture
and the religious calendar. In the northern and central
parts are years divided into three seasons: the hot season,
rainy season and the cool season.
The warm season
(late March to mid June)
Dominated by high temperatures
and high humidity. Although the sea is warm, 30 degrees
is not uncommon, which means that a dip rarely is particularly
chilling. If you are very sensitive to heat, so avoid putting
holidays in April, when it is most fervently at this time.
Rainy season (mid June to late October).
during the rainy season the sun shines most days, but occasionally
there will be a solid volley, which quickly goes over again.
The temperature is still high, around 30 degrees. So do
not think about taking them during this period (you will
be brown anyway) plane tickets are usually much cheaper.
The cool season
Cooler and more comfortable
air temperatures around 25-30 degrees at the top of northern
Thailand can be chilly nights. The previous rainy season
has made the landscape green, beautiful and fertile, which
means that activities like trekking and jungle tours are
a fantastic experience. This is certainly the best season
to visit the country, climate intervals. But it is also
the period when most tourists are here. There may be a little
cramped on the beaches and prices rise.
Need to know
There are many
who think that we necessarily get diarrhea when you are
in Asia. However, it is totally wrong, especially when it
comes to Thailand. A good thing to start the day with a
cup of yoghurt, available in supermarkets and in "7eleven"
shops which are a part of everywhere in the city. If you
just using common sense, it's no problem to avoid stomach
problems. The first day in the country may well feel a little
body fat. It felt especially in the fingers, especially
if you go with a ring. This is due to a combination of flight
and the heat, and it is usually over by themselves after
a day or two.
Ten tips if you want to avoid stomach
1. Eat only food that you think tastes, smells
and looks good.
2. Avoid raw commodities such as vegetables,
salads, unpasteurised milk and raw meat.
3. The heat
here makes that food does not keep so well outside of a
refrigerator. Be aware, for example, on what food, who are
on a long trip.
4. Fruit that you peel after washing
hands, you can usually eat without any risk.
water that has been stored in a thermos in your hotel room.
6. Do not drink tap water. Buy bottled water and check that
the plug has not been opened.
7. Soft drinks in bottles
or cans are always safe.
8. Hot beverages like tea and
coffee is ok to drink.
9. Remember to wash hands frequently.
10. Always carry wet wipes that you can wash your hands
with when you're on tour.
Is produced usually at the central ice factories, and eventually
run out of restaurants, bars and the like. It is usually
quite safe to pour in a drink.
common cause of illness among tourists are diarrhea
Consult a physician:
1. If you are so ill that
it affects you at an alarming rate - if you have difficulty
walking or standing, if you are thirsty or strong really
fast lose weight - more than 3-4 kg.
2. Prolonged fever
3. By diarrhea with blood and mucus, and
fever (probably Campylobacter, Salmonella or Shigella).
4. By diarrhea without fever with blood (probably an amoeba).
5. If a child gets diarrhea, physicians should always be
Diarrhea treated initially with liquids:
tea, Coca Cola, soft drink or liquid food substitute. Choose
a drink that you like. A brushed teaspoon salt and four
teaspoons full of sugar should be added per liter of water
Drink a little (possibly use a spoon) but
often. Most diarrhea passes after a few days.
drugs are often good, and recommended for children over
12 years against diarrhea. Antibiotics may be considered
if diarrhea lasts more than a few days
There are several pharmacies in Cha Am
and Hua Hin. Most souvenir shops and supermarkets also have
a limited supply of medicines.
There are several sets of Cha Am. They are open Monday-Friday
08.30-15.30. Remember to take your passport with.
are also a number of banking machines (called "ATM")
that accepts VISA and Mastercard.
It is common to tip the cleaning lady at the hotel (about
20 baht per day) and the so-called "bell boys",
which helps you to carry your suitcase up in the room (about
20 baht per bag). On most little finer restaurants often
be a "service allowance" of 10% of the bill, and
7% VAT (tax).
In smaller restaurants, you must add the
amount of tips that you think fits. 5-10% is reasonable
Crime in Thailand is relatively low. But of course we should
be careful with his valuables. Use the hotel safetybox or
deposit services. At most major hotels is free. Beware especially
of your passport, since it is impossible to leave Thailand
without it. You can only get a new passport by contacting
you personally at the embassy in Bangkok or immigration
authorities. This takes time and costs money.
from all drugs. There are very tough penalties for drug
possessions in Thailand. If you are caught with more than
100 grams of heroin leader, for example the death penalty.
The police is on Damnernkasem Road, tel 032-511027
way up against the Train Station
tel: 02-221 6206, several small stations along the beach.
The post office is located next to the police
station and municipal office. Most major hotels and souvenir
shops also sell stamps and postcards. A postage stamp to
postcard to Europe costs 12 baht for a larger postcard 15
baht. Letters must be weighed to get the right postage.
Post cards in the red mailboxes or at reception at your
Most major hotels are usually
a doctor or nurse in the area who can help in acute cases.
Cha Am and 3-4 hospital doctor consultations may be used,
and San Paulo Hospital in Hua Hin also has English-speaking
doctors. Always save receipts for a doctor visit, so you
can have them refunded by travel insurance.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has
an office which is well outside the Cha Am along with Phetchakasem
Road. It can be hard to find, then take a taxi if necessary.
Here are brief and little information on Cha Am, Hua Hin
and Petchabrui province.
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Exactly as in your country
there are rules for how to interact and appear educated
and polite. In most cases these are small things, and you
can not learn them all. But one can easily realize how to
avoid the worst blunders. Here are a couple of key things:
Temples: Thais like to let visitors enter the temples,
if you follow the rules. Avoid shorts and make sure also
to have shoulders covered. If there are sacrifices, then
let them be in peace, pipes them. Try to familiarize yourself
with the rules that apply before you enter the temple. It
will be appreciated.
It is not forbidden to bath topless,
but it is considered a necessary evil.
shoes when entering a Thai home, also in many temples.
Thais are very royal and they look like that one
shows respect for King Bhumibol and the images that exist
of him everywhere, not least on the banknotes, and his family.