A district in the southern art of Phetchaburi Province in central Thailand, Cha-Am is one of the best places that Thailand can offer. The district was established in the year 1987 and was named Na Yang. In the year 1914, the center was moved to Tha Yang and the name was again changed to Nong Chok. After the Second World War though, the district moved its center to tambon Cha-Am and named the district Cha Am too. Considered to be one of the most beautiful beach resort towns in Thailand, it is located right on the gulf making it just awesome in every way possible. Cha Am is known for its laid back atmosphere and its quiet beaches along with superb restaurants and accommodations.
The beach stretches to about 5 kilometers and has a wide range of activities that you can indulge in. It is essentially a Thai Resort though it caters to a huge number of foreign tourists. So if you have been looking for original Thailand which has not been polluted with foreign mixings, then this is it. For diving deeper into the sea or snorkeling you should be treading a bit more to the south where the waters are just apt for such activities. Usually people from Bangkok come to Cha Am to spend their weekends in the lap of nature. This is ideally what one would do after a hectic week, busy with stressed life, coming to Chou Am would mean that you are relaxing and rejuvenating yourself. Cha Am is also suited to western families and there are a lot of activities for children and no bar scene like Pattaya and Phuket make it even more wonderful for a good family time. Expats and repetitive tourists are normally the people from Northern Europe like Scandinavia and Netherlands.
On almost all weekends, neon colored buses start their journeys to Cha Am and are filled with tourists trying to have fun. Thai style beach party eating makes you fall in love with the laid back comfort that the beaches provide to you and the banana boats provide high entertainment that keep zipping back and forth and make knifejacking throws which turn the passengers into the sea. With each passenger falling into the sea, the crowd sitting on the beaches cheers and applauds making all the tourists appear to be of a one big family. Another thing to relish while you are in Cha Am is the local food and delicacies here. The seafood at this place is mouthwatering and the local dishes will make you grow an appetite overnight.
When To Go:
The entire place is hot and dry or cool and wet. But this is nothing that could spoil your fun. May to November is wet throughout and if getting drenched in the rain is not your idea of fun you should be avoiding these months then. The best time to visit Cha Am is from November till May every year.
As you plan a trip to Thailand, make sure to go through this list for all the amazing
things to do
Totally worth a visit, the
is a beautiful palace, right besides the sea. First and the foremost things is that when you reach here, make sure that you are appropriately dressed. The knees and the shoulders need to be covered for religious and revering reasons. Every November they have a festival here and it is highly recommended to visit this palace during this season. A huge teak building which has long and narrow hallways to flaunt, a winter festival is a delight. The palace was actually built for the King and the Queen and the serene quiet and calmness of the area makes all the room delightful and strange in their own ways. You need to be around the stilts to make the best of the sea breezes and there are many spots from where you can capture the perfect picture. Though each person who is visiting the place can go and walk up to the area, you would have to wait for your turn to go there.
The authorities do not allow a crowd to climb up together. This is basically done to maintain the weight on the structures to keep preserving the rich heritage. There are also some small shops and shopping areas that are here and they have beautiful things that you could buy to take back home as gifts and souvenirs. You are asked to cover your shoulders before you go in as a mark of respect to the Royal family and this is a wonderful place to spend a good day right next to the beach. Surprisingly, while most of the structures in the area seem to be covered up and sheltered, this place seems to run open right till the tides can touch the structures. Constructed in the colonial style mostly, it has plush gardens surrounding it and is well maintained. The entire palace itself is built in wood and of a sizable magnitude. You can visit the rooms for having a good idea about the royal luxuries in the area. You will admire the simplicity and the grandeur of this place. A must visit with your family to feel the royalty for some time.
Jurassic Mountain and Fishing Park
Even if fishing is not what you can handle efficiently, this place will make you want to try it for days together. A stay here for a couple of days is what you need to explore this place completely. The rooms are luxurious and offer the best modern amenities for living. The fishing resort also has a large swimming pool to accommodate the lounge beach chairs as well and the restaurant is very good. Clean and hygienic the restaurant serves excellent fresh cooked food and offer English and Thai cuisines. The Thai cuisines are a must try with many dishes sampling as your favorite later. The bar is open throughout the day and you can enjoy a drink of two while you are fishing.
The park has greatly developed in the last few years and has been ranked as one of the best destinations in Thailand. The best part about fishing here is that it is easy to fish in this place simply because you can find big fish. Big fish mounting to huge sizes! You would not even need a fishing rod for that! You can simply jump into the water and get a big one in your hands. Then there is a brute of a carp which is almost 172 pounds and keeps running away trying to hide away from even showing a glimpse of itself. Darkness Falls and you can see many bats flying in this area. Excellent amenities and a beautiful landscape make this
Jurassic Mountain and Fishing Park
a must visit on your list. Don’t forget to see this place once, even if you do not have the time to stay aback for a couple of days.
Santorini Water Fantasy park
All details about the
Santorini Water Fantasy park
are available online and once you see this place, you will feel like flying to Thailand only for the sake of visiting this park once. Affordable and awesome, the fun in this park is for children and adults alike. Being too impressed with it you can take the trip twice as well. There are certain height measurements that you have to meet here, so very young kids may not be able to able to enjoy all the rides here. There is about a total of 12 water rides here which are great fun. The park also provides you the necessary life jackets that may be needed to keep you safe. You cannot carry your own food and drinks into this place.
You have to wear a wristband when you enter this park and it has a chip embedded in it. This chip allows you to link it to the Facebook account. And before you go down the slides you just need to scan your wristband up and down around the area and the cameras that are around upload the pictures to your Facebook account without having to make any personal efforts for it. If you have forgotten your swimming suit and goggles, there Is no need to worry. The park will provide all things to you. You can play, dance, swim and take slides in the water park after your entry. Some slides are not meant for all and have a weight limitation of about 70 kilos for being on them. With beautiful spots to be clicked in, you can also buy many gifts and little souvenirs for yourself and your friends back home.
Kaeng Krachan National Park
Cha Am is one place where you need to see the wildlife at the
Kaeng Krachan National Park
. Regardless of you having the work permits of the driver’s license, this place has an entry fee that you have to pay. There are many camping sights here and you can also. They provide you with tents, sleeping bags; pillars and all tents for rent you. You can even hire cars for moving around at your own will. Within two days of a good active trek you would be able to see many lizards, jungle fowls, and gibbons. You may also be lucky to spot squirrels, birds and butterflies closing pass by you. A view point called the Paneon Thung Viewpoint has excellent view points and to catch the best views you need to be rushing here early morning.
The entire valley is covered with fog and is the best sight to see. This national park is not too crowded and so makes you feel just at ease, with yourself. There are some people who have spotted tigers also. A lot of natural habitat for the animals have been kept safe and is a beautiful natural park with organized tours and adventure packages. You can also choose to stay at the Samran Bird Camp and they would be obliged to arrange a driver and a tour guide for you. The roads are pretty rough in many places and the cars need to cross rivers and streams. Once you arrive at the top, you can have a brilliant view from the top. Just the perfect place to spend your sunrises and sunsets in!
The Trick Art Museum
Don’t be baffled by the name, this museum is not boring at all. Placed inside a lavish park, the museum is great fun and you will find it amazing, even if you are the only person there. The collection of 3d pictures will amaze you. Almost to the level of optical illusions, this place can baffle you no end. The effect is mind boggling and having enough time to see this place is highly recommended.
You should be at peace with yourself while you are exploring this place at your leisure. The trick museum has so many tricks that it will almost make you laugh out loud in public. With a collection of 3D, 4D and 7D pictures to confuse you, this will make you think quite a bit. Just the perfect place for your children and you, the museum is nothing like ordinary. Imagine seeing a moving Mona Lisa and not bald. That’s what the effects are!
With three awesome golf courses to choose from, you can have ample fun in the Golf courses. Play a captivating game of golf to make your day worthwhile. The golf courses have been placed strategically making the games very difficult. You can also enjoy your family time while you play golf. The club houses treat you to the best food and service. And you can have a good feast after you play an awesome game at the golf courses.
Railway Station Market
The old railway station is awesome in its own. Not just the building but the area surrounding it is a delight as well. The marketplace is always lit up and abuzz with people shopping from the streets. You would not find any brands here, but the local stuff that you can pick up is just amazing.
Lanes filled with bright and colorful stuff will have you amazed at the color and designs that you can find here. The place has excellent eating joints as well. Explore this place on a lazy afternoon and you would sure be carrying bags full of shopping by the end of the day, all from the Railway Station Market.
There is nothing more interesting than observing the local lives of the people when you visit a destination. Renting a good bike and then traversing the narrow lanes and alleys is what you should be doing here. Considering the area has been planned as such, riding a bike is not tricky at all. You get to see the local houses and the people.
Warm and friendly they even invite you inside their houses if you happen to strike a conversation with them. Renting a bike for biking locally is very easy. Without costing you too much, a good bike can be rented and you can have enough fun riding like old times. Almost making you recall your childhood. Keep stopping at places in between to have fun that you might otherwise lose.
If you want to see a traditional Thai temple then this is the place to be. Majestic steps and ceilings, with awesome colors thrown in, this is one place you would love. Statues of the local Gods and deities will have you surprised. Everything is so colorful, not like the traditional temples. While the other temples would be quiet and serene, this temple is very noisy and makes you feel excited about so many things.
You also get the local food which is offered here as a blessing and you will be completely satiated with it. It also has a pond surrounding it and the statues are mind blowing. You can easily reach here as a cycle and keep cycling around. A mall market place also lines
. Go ahead and pick up souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones.
Surfing and Wind Surfing
Expert guides keep you safe while you surf and wind surf in the pristine white waters of the beach spanning a length of 5 Kms. The guides’ also supply you with the best material that is needed for your safety. A fantastic beach and a great teacher are just what you need to surf and be happy about it. Splashing waters all around the place! You would be so immersed in water that you would not want to come out. A tiring day this is one activity that is definitely a must try at Cha Am.
There are many other national parks and adventure tours that you can enjoy while you are at Cha Am. Bustling market places and loads of shopping arcades, this one place is an amalgam of various cultures and make you fall in love with it. You would want to come here again and again for the warmth and the hospitality extended to you. Apart from that the place is not expensive at all and with reasonable money you can have tons of fun. The food is worth a tasteful and they serve English cuisines as well.