Cha-am Beach is ideal for those looking for a laid-back beach resort close to Bangkok. Although Cha-am is located just two hours from the Thai capital, the resort has staid inexpensive and has a relaxing down-to-earth feeling. It is particularly well liked by families and mature travelers.
Attractions and activities in Cha-am Beach
Cha-am sights and activities are the same as in the neighboring Hua Hin. It’s a short drive to Hua Hin’s numerous golf courses and historical sights. Kids will enjoy Black Mountain Water Park.
Good options for day-trips from Cha-am are Sam Roi Yot National Park and a visit to Pala-U water fall, the latter offering a good chance to see wild elephants.
The only real sight walking distance from Cha-am’s beach village is Wat Neranchararam, which has a curious and rather rare Buddha statue. The statue has covered his eyes, ears, mouth and nose with its six hands as a sign that Buddha has abandoned all the pleasures and temptations of life.
Cha-am is not a party place, no nightclubs here, but you’ll find a few nice bars on Cha-am Beach.
Cha-am Pub’s small dance floor gets crowded on weekends, when a swinging live band sets the party mood. During the week the Aussie owned Cha-am Pub hosts also movie nights and shows sport events on big screen. The pub is located on Chao Lai Street, close to the popular Aroy Restaurant.
Baan Chang has live bands every day, and during the popular Sunday jazz jam sessions the customers can showcase their talents too. Baan Chang is located at the end of an alley between Golden Beach Hotel and Methavalai.
Cha-am Beach has small shops selling basic beach toys and clothes. Premium Outlet Cha-am sells branded products at discounted prices a few kilometres drive away from Cha-am. Santorini Park, also a taxi ride away, is a Greek themed open air mall mostly good for photos and souvenirs.