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This coastal town is found 25km north of Hua Hin and whilst not as large, it is developing. Cha-am has been a favourite holiday and weekend destination for Thais for many years and this is still the case.
It cannot rival Hua hin yet for facilities, but it tends to be quieter and more laid back so will suit many visitors and it's definitely worth a day trip if you're staying in Hua Hin.
The beach is long and sandy and the sea not deep. It is lined with casuarina trees and generally pretty quiet during the week. During weekends and public holidays, it will get busy. There are plenty of deck chairs and eating and drinking spots, especially around the main drag. In fact some may say too many. When busy, prices will not be so cheap. Another drawback is the presence of jetskis. Be aware that if you hire one, they are unlikely to be insured and accidents do happen, some fatal.
The main administrative area and old part of town is to the west of Petchkasem Road. Here you'll find the Post Office, government buildings, police station and train station. As with most Thai towns of this size, there's a vibrant local market that's worth taking a look around.
Nightlife is a lot less lively than Hua Hin, but there is a group of bars at Inthira Plaza offering the standard hostess service and an increasing number of family-friendly establishments offering relaxed atmosphere and good food.
Attractions around Cha-am include Maruekatayawan Palace which is the old Royal summer residence. Its teak has been beautifully restored and is certainly worth a visit. It is located 8km south of Cha-am. Constructed in 1923 by Rama VI, the palace is a superb example of a raised-floor wooden palace.
Cha-am Forest Park is fairly modest, but worth getting along to. You can hire vehicles for guided tours and it's popular with families and small groups. The park is located on the west side of Petchkasem Road about 1km south from the main intersection.
Cha-am is easily reached from Bangkok by train, bus or minivan or from Hua Hin by the same and taxi. The journey from Hua Hin should only take around 20 mins.
If you have any questions about Cha-Am or other areas around Hua hin, visit our South of Hua Hin forum.
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As Hua Hin becomes more busy, so Cha-am develops more. There's a good range of hotels in the vicinity and the main ones are listed below with brief descriptions.
Kaenchan Beach Hotel
Located along the main beach front, the hotel offers accommodation ranging from standard, sea view and VIP rooms and bungalows. There are restaurants both indoor and out together with a lobby bar. Facilities include a swimming pool and mini spa.
Address: 241/4 Ruamchit Road, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
This 12 room family run boutique hotel is situated right on the beach. You can chose between Beachfront Bungalows, Seaview Bungalows or Garden Rooms. All have cascade showers with hot water and other amenities you would expect from a quality hotel including mini bar, satellite tv and air conditioning. Facilities include a cafe/restaurant and swimming pool.
Address: 810/4 Petchkasem Road, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
Imperial Lake View Hotel
Situated in the grounds of the golf course, this 75 room and suite hotel is a great place to stay for the enthuiastic golfer and their family. All rooms are air conditioned and have a mini bar, refrigerator, satellite tv and balcony. It has a bar, restaurant, cafeteria and karaoke room. Facilities include 27 holes of championship golf, swimming pool with jacuzzi, snooker room and squash court.
Address: 80 Moo 4, Hubkrapong-Pranburi Road, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
Prices: From 1,850 [ book online ]
Springfield Beach Resort
Affiliated with Springfield Golf Course, this hotel is situated right on the beach and only 15 mins away from the golf course. There are 80 rooms ranging from Deluxe to family suites. All rooms are air conditioned with refrigerator and satellite tv. There are three restaurants serving Thai and international cuisine and a lobby bar. Facilities include a swimming pool with jacuzzi, fitness room with sauna, steam room and massage, a tennis court, games room and childrens' playground.
Address: 825/5 Jumnong-Poomivej Road, Km 210, Petchkasem Highway, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
Dusit Thani Hua Hin
Situated right on the beach, this splendid 300 room and suite resort captures the charm of days gone by together with the more modern. All rooms feature satellite tv, refrigerator, mini bar, air conditioning and private balcony. Three restaurants serve a full range of Thai and international cuisine and there is a seperate lobby bar. Facilities include a superb beachfront, two swimming pools, fitness centre, tennis and squash courts, beauty salon and medical service.
Address: 1349, Petchkasem Road, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
Prices: From 4,235 [ book online ]
Springfield Village Golf and Spa
Located in the hills behind Cha-am and Hua Hin, this 97 room and suite resort is on the grounds of the golf course. Springfield Beach Resort is 12km away with free transport between the two. All rooms are air conditioned with refrigerator, mini bar, cable tv and porch swing. Four restaurants can serve you up traditional Thai and international cuisine, snacks and drinks. Facilities include 27 holes of championship golf, 2 swimming pools, tennis, aerobics, yoga and cooking classes. The spa specialises in therapeutic massage techniques, facial treatments and body hydrotherapy.
Address: 193 Moo 6, Huay-Sai Nua, Petchkasem Road, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
Gems Cha-am Hotel
This 100 room, 18 storey hotel is situated next to Cha-am beach and offers some great views over The Gulf of Thailand. All rooms are well equipped with air conditioning, satellite tv, mini bar and balcony. The restaurant serves Thai and international food and there is a fitness room, sauna and swimming pool on the rooftop.
Address: 251, Chaolai Road, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
Long Beach Cha-am Hotel
Situated on Cha-am beach, this hotel has 193 rooms and suites. All are air conditioned with private balcony, cable tv, refrigerator, mini bar and hot water.
Five coffee shops and bars are ready to serve you authentic Thai or international cuisine and facilities include a swimming pool, health and massage centre, a roof garden, snooker room, table tennis and exercise room.
Address: 255/75, Beach Road, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
Prices: From 1,150 [ book online ]
Beach Garden Cha-am Resort and Spa
Located a short distance south of Cha-am town and on the beach, the hotel is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and features a beach wing hotel and cottages. All accommodation is air conditioned with hot water. Food and drink is served from three restaurants and facilities include 2 swimming pools, fitness centre, snooker room, spa, table tennis and mini mart.
Address: 949/21, Soi Suan Son Loi, Petchkasem Road, Cha-Am, Petchaburi, 76120.
Prices: From 1,300 [ book online ]
Golden Beach Cha-am Hotel
This 20 storey hotel is situated right on the beach in Cha-am itself. Every room faces the sea with its own balcony, air conditioning, mini bar and satellite tv.
Facilities include a coffee shop, pool bar, bakery, swimming pool, fitness room, sauna and whirlpool, internet and beauty salon.
Address: 208/14, Ruamjit Road, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
Prices: From 1,300 [ book online ]
Methavalai Hotel Cha-am
Located in the heart of Cha-am and right on the beach, all rooms are air conditioned with refridgerator, tv and sundeck balconies. Five restaurants and bars serve delicious Thai and international cuisine and there's a swimming pool, business centre, snooker room fitness room and massage.
Address: 220, Ruamchitr Road, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
Prices: From 1,500 [ book online ]
Holiday Inn Resort Regent Beach Cha-am
The hotel boasts 720 rooms and suites that are split into three distinct styles and areas - the Main Wing, the Regency Wing and the Regency Chalets. All are air conditioned with private balcony or patio, mini bar, refrigerator and satellite tv.
There are nine restaurants and bars serving Thai and international cuisine, snacks and drinks. Facilities include swimming pools, a spa, tennis, fitness room, squash, snooker, beauty salon and nurse service.
Address: 849/21, Cha-Am Beach, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
Prices: From 2,300 [ book online ]
Novotel Tipviman Resort and Spa
This 243 room hotel (34 suites) is situated right on the beach. All are air conditioned with satellite and cable tv, mini bar, wireless internet, bathtub and shower.
Three restaurants and three bars are sure to cater for all your dining needs and facilities include wheelchair access, baby sitting, play area for children, beauty salon, swimming pool, fitness centre, massage and tennis.
Address: 853/1, Petchkasem Road, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
Baan Talay Samran
These beautiful turn-key villa and condominium units are fully furnished. This luxury resort consists of 39 individual villas and a low-rise condominium with 40 sea facing units located on an impressive elevation. It also features 3 huge free-form swimming pools spread around the tropical gardens of the estate.
Address: 138 Klongtien Road, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
Veranda Resort and Spa
This resort is comprised of 13 pool villa suites and 84 rooms and situated alongside the beach. The villas have their own private pool, and an outdoor bathtub. All accommodation features air conditioning, satellite tv and mini bar. Dining and drinks are found in two restaurants and the lounge area. Facilities include a swimming pool, internet facilities, childrens' areas, fitness centre and spa.
Address: 737/12, Mung Talay Road, Cha-am, Petchaburi 76120.
Prices: From 3,900 [ book online ]
Alila Cha Am
This exclusive private residence is set in large tropical gardens. Designed by one of Asia's leading architects, the resort is sure to leave a lasting impression. Guest rooms have been conceived as personal retreats and have all the amenities expected at a leading resort.
Address: 115 Moo 7, Bangkao, Cha am, Petchaburi 76120
Prices: From 4,080 (book online)
Banlansuan Boutique Resort, Cha Am
Situated right on the beach, this beautiful resort is set in tropical gardens. It is comprised of single level bungalows with private patios that face the gardens, lagoon or the sea.
Address: 261/1 Cha Am Beach, Ruamchit Road, Cha am, Petchaburi 76120
Prices: From 1,120 (book online)
Bannpantai Hotel and Resort
Located on Cha Am beach, the resort has 7 villa suites and 24 luxury rooms. Tropical gardens abound and each room is unique with a llarge bathroom and private balcony.
Address: Cha Am Beach, Ruamchit Road, Cha Am, Petchaburi 76120
Prices: From 2,100 (book online)
This modern nature resort is designed to be a haven for guests. With back and white architecture, it offers 36 suites in unique styles with all the facilities you would expect. The landscape gardens make this an ideal holiday getaway.
Address: 324 Bureerrom Road, Cha Am, Petchaburi 76120
Prices: From 2,670 (book online)
Courtyard by Marriott at Cha Am Beach
Located on The Gulf of Thailand, the courtyard has extensive recreational facilities for families and excellent amenities for business travelers. The accommodation featues plush bedding, great ocean views and high speed internet and guests will not be disappointed with the choice of restaurants and lounges.
Address: 854/2 Buriron Road, Cha Am, Petchaburi 76120
Prices: From 2,430 (book online)
Devasom Hua Hin Resort
This new boutique resort is right on the beach and each of the suites has an ocean view. You can choose between Seaside Deluxe, Seaside Suite, Beach Villa and Beachfront Villa accommodation. All suites and villas have all the facilities you would expect from a top class resort.
Address: 1446/23 - 31 Petchkasem Road (KM 221), Cha Am, Petchaburi 76120
Prices: From 2,910 (book online)
Grand Pacific Sovereign Resort and Spa
Set on a tree lined stretch of beach, the resort offers great views across the ocean. It has 224 varied rooms that have been designed in Thai style. Silks, hand carved teak and rich linens will make your stay a comfortable one.
Address: 334/1 Ruamjit Road, Cha Am, Petchaburi 76120
Prices: From 2,100 (book online)
This resort is made up of 46 guestrooms and 7 private villas all of which are decorated with local handicrafts made of natural materials. They all have their own private terraces with views of either the tropical gardens or the ocean.
Address: 1449 Chala Samut Road, Cha Am, Petchaburi 76120
Prices: From 2,860 (book online)
Thai Bamboo Guesthouse Resort
The resort is set amongst 6,000 sq mts of mango and teak trees and other tropical plants. Closeby, you will find some small farms. mountains for trekking, deserted beaches and great golf courses.
Address: 100 Moo 9, Bankhaopong, Khaoyai, Cha am, Petchaburi 76120
Prices: From 780 (book online)
Unico Sandara Hotel @ Cha Am
This new beachfront hotel is a fine combination of business and leisure accommodstion.
Address: 241/4 Ruamchit Road, Cha Am, Petchaburi 76120
Prices: From 1,065 (book online)
The resort is comprised of 23 deluxe rooms and 6 suites in a low rise building as well as additional villas. Each deluxe room has its own spacious veranda while the villas have their own private pool deck.
Address: 1390/19 Petchkasem Road (Sai Tai), Cha Am, Petchaburi 76120
Prices: From 3,420 (book online)