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Cha Am is located two hundred kilometres south of Bangkok in Thailand and it boasts the longest white sandy beach in the country. It has developed from a small fishing village into a thriving tourist centre attracting Thai visitors, especially from Bangkok, as well as foreign tourists. Cha Am’s palm fringed beaches and its clear waters provide a variety of water sports. Golfers have a choice of excellent courses where the standard of maintenance and service are high but the green fees are very low. Hotels and apartments provide a range of accommodation to suit most budgets. Cha Am’s restaurants serve a variety of food from traditional Thai to international cuisine which caters for all tastes. Shopping is a popular pastime in Thailand and there are many boutiques, specialist stores and market stalls. Nightlife here is generally low-key although there are a number of lively venues. Cha Am faces east so if you leave your bed early in the morning you will be rewarded by glorious sunrises.
If you wish to experience Thai mainland culture rather than an island retreat, a Cha Am holiday would be a good choice. Located two hundred kilometres from Bangkok it offers good beaches that are never crowded, great golfing and a range of leisure pursuits to satisfy the whole family.
Cha Am is popular with the native population as well as visitors from overseas looking for sunshine, a pleasant beach and an interesting area. It is very popular with golfers as there are several excellent courses in the vicinity and the course fees are remarkably low.
Boasting a tropical climate that has consistent high temperatures year round, Cha Am weather falls into three main seasons; a hot and dry springtime, a wet season from June to October and dry cooler weather which lasts from November to February. Daytime temperatures rarely drop below 30c at any time of the year and can reach highs of 35c during spring.
Cha Am is a traditional resort two hundred kilometres from Bangkok and less than thirty kilometres from the Royal resort of Hua Hin. Once a small fishing village it has become a very popular Thai mainland resort. It boasts the longest sandy beach in the country which is of course never overcrowded. The palms that frame the beach and the palm umbrella tables offer welcome shade in the heat of the day. The beach is lapped by warm clear water perfect for bathing. The waves can at times be heavy and care must be taken of children and weak swimmers. It is recommended that all swimmers swim parallel to the beach as these long coastlines can have hazardous off shore currents. A wide variety of water sports are available from the beach including sailing, fishing, surfing, jet skiing, diving and water skiing. On land there are golf courses where the green fees are said to be the cheapest in the world.
Cha Am has accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from first class luxury to budget rooms. Its restaurants serve an eclectic menu catering for all tastes and its nightlife is generally low-key. Shops and markets are everywhere so it is easy to find holiday gifts and mementoes.
Cha Am offers a choice of leisure pursuits from strolling through beautiful parks, to visiting palaces in nearby Hua Hin, old Buddhist shrines and temples, from exploring caves and waterfalls to visiting an elephant village and a butterfly farm. A Cha Am holiday has something for everyone.
Cha Am nightlife is fairly low key where evenings are spent dining under the stars with family and friends. There are one or two bars and discos with vibrant atmospheres for those looking for livelier times Nevertheless Cha Am is not a resort that parties through the night.
Cha Am shopping is ideal for those whose holiday is incomplete without a little retail therapy. There are so many opportunities with shops and boutiques, markets and pavement stalls. The market in the centre of town is very popular and the ideal place to go to buy gifts and souvenirs. Popular purchases include cotton and silk products, hand crafted jewellery and wood carvings.
Cha Am restaurants, cafes and street vendors serve a variety of food from traditional Thai dishes to international cuisine. Thai food has been influenced by its neighbours China, India and Malaysia and is a delicious blend of herbs and spices. Some dishes can be very hot but on the whole Thai food is deliciously aromatic.