Cha-Am Beach is a world class holiday destination that is located only 170 kilometres southwest of Bangkok in Thailand. Indeed, Cha-Am has been a popular retreat for Thai working-class families for decades and is now becoming popular among foreign working-class families that come to Thailand for their annual vacations taking advantage of the warm climate and relaxed atmosphere.
The Cha-Am district is located within the Phetchaburi province and is situated along the border of central and western Thailand. The Phetchaburi coastline including Cha-Am Beach is definitely one of Thailand's premier locations due to its lovely white sand, clear blue waters, shady pine trees and of course; being located close to Bangkok.
This one time remote fishing village now provides a good balance between popular beach activities and relaxation which are both provided in abundance at this beach. With thinly spread hotels close to it's foreshores and plenty of tranquil and secluded locations for couples and families along its kilometres of beach space, it is easy to find the perfect atmosphere at Cha-Am.
to be Thailand's second longest beach Cha-Am is a great family beach that is generally clutter free while providing seemingly acres of space
to indulge in popular activities such as swimming, walking and sun-baking. It is very popular for both Thai and foreign tourists alike which is why numbers of coaches arrive here on the weekends especially from Bangkok. Make no mistake, this is one of the more visited Thai Beaches located near Bangkok but this hasn't affected its charm.
Of course all the popular water-activities such as jet-skiing, banana boat riding and para-sailing occur along some of the more busy sections of the beach. For those people who are looking for something different horse back riding and traditional Thai massage are also available along the beach from local vendors alike.
Such vendors are also on hand selling a variety of refreshments including fresh seafood and drinks and a number of different Thai souvenirs. Like most Thailand beaches, there are a number of beach-side restaurants dotted along the main beach road so either way you can satisfy your hunger fairly quickly.
Banana lounges and beach umbrella's can also be rented along the beach for about 30 baht so you can stretch out and relax under the shade of the umbrella and read a book or take a nap .
There is also a good variety of accommodation located adjacent to Cha- Am Beach from the budget to the more up-market resorts such as the Regent Cha-Am so finding the right hotel for you will depend upon your taste and budget. If you are looking for other fun activities such as amusement parks then the Cha-Am Santorini Park is well worth a visit. Therefore, if you are looking to visit one of the more popular Thailand beaches which is located relatively close to Bangkok than you can't go past Cha-Am Beach.
There are a number of ways to travel to from Bangkok to Cha-Am Beach including plane, train or bus. Trains depart Bangkok's Hualamphong train station daily at 9.20 AM and 3.35 PM with the journey taking about 4 hours. The train station at Cha-Am is located approximately 2 kilometres from the beach so you will need to take a taxi from the train station to complete the journey.
Buses from Bangkok's Southern (Sai Tai) Bus Station depart daily between the hours of 5 AM and 10 PM with the journey taking approximately 3 hours.
Flights from Bangkok (i.e. from Don Mueang Airport) to Hua Hin (located 25 kilometres from Cha-Am) are available via Solar Air who have flights on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4 PM. Flight time is around 30 minutes with a cost of about 2,700 baht for adults.