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About Cha Am

Sitting along the Gulf of Thailand, where the beach stretches for miles next to the blue sea, is a beautiful and unique resort destination. Cha Am attracts visitors from all over the globe, though most are either Thai or Scandinavian. In fact it has a large expat community, partly due to its location but also because it is home to two international universities. It has also plenty of facilities and attractions for tourists.

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Apart from its long stretch of beach, Cha Am has both cultural and recreational attractions and you should plan to spend at least a few days here.

For the cultural character of Cha Am visit: the former Royal summer residence Mrigadayavan Palace, Wat Neran Chararam and its statue of Phra Pit-thawan and the Cha-am Khiri Temple.

If you love nature and the outdoors don’t miss: Cha Am Beach, Cha-Am Forest Park and the nearby Khao Nang Phanthurat National Park. Around one hour outside of the town is the 15-level Pala-U waterfalls and the Kaeng Krachan national park, which is great for birdwatching. Those who like to golf can play at the Imperial Lake View Golf Club and the Springfield Village Golf Club.

Restaurants and Bars

Cha Am is one of the cheapest places to eat fresh seafood in the country, particularly crab, squid and prawns. There are a number of restaurants near the fishing pier at the north end of the resort town as well as on the beach itself. There are also a number of Thai restaurants and international restaurants throughout the town as well as on the beach. For fresh fruit, wander around the Cha-Am fresh market. Drinking is cheap in Cha Am, especially at the beer bars near the night market and the bus station. There are also a few beachfront bars and bars along the roads leading to the beach.


Cha Am is not much of a shopper’s paradise, though there are a couple of upscale shopping malls, convenience stores and department stores. The Wednesday night market is a good place to shop for household goods, cheap clothing, DVDs and electronic accessories, while the beachfront shops are best for picking up souvenirs. You can also take a drive to Hup Kapong village to buy hemp handbags and hats.