Tourist information about Cha-am (Thailand)
General information about Cha-am
Cha am (Cha-Am, cha-am) is a small town and a popular beach resort on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand 160 km South of Bangkok (Cha-am map Thailand). In many popular sources on the Internet, Cha-am is attributed to Hua hin as one of its areas, but in fact it is completely independent of the resort city 25 kilometers from Hua hin.
Cha am is very popular among Thais as the place to stay for the weekend, especially the residents of Bangkok. Foreign tourists here too, but they are much smaller than the other resorts of the coast of Thailand. The main advantage of Cha am is its cheapness and the large number of options of budget accommodation, so this is a great place for budget travelers than neighboring Hua hin. Moreover, the prices here are lower not only on hotels but also on other travel services, meals, Souvenirs. It is nice that the tourists pay for everything here as much as the locals, no extra charge.
Cha am less known and popular among mass tourists than neighboring Hua hin. He just lost in the shadow of the popularity of Hua hin, why many and is perceived as more quiet area or the suburbs. The situation here is much calmer, infrastructure and amount of entertainment less. And the size of cha-am in Hua hin fraction. At least rest here calm, no-nonsense, at the same time, all the rest is.
Nightlife are almost there, except for a few bars, restaurants and cafes. Everything closes at midnight by local law, adopted in 2013. After the adoption of this law, a lot of bars and clubs just closed and the night life was even less. The bulk of evening entertainment here is centred on the streets of Soi Bus Stop (also known as the Entertainment Street) and on the main road Narathip Road. There are also several restaurants and bars right on the beach.
As for sights, in the tourist zone attractions are not. But there is a lot to see in the surrounding area, and you can successfully capture and interesting sights in the direction of Hua hin, and see the temple city of Phetchaburi. Overall, if you take a car, will be able to spend more than one day trips to interesting places in the area.
Shopping in Cha underdeveloped. No major shopping Mall here, just small shops with the basics and markets. Of course, the traditional tourist Souvenirs and items you buy here, but for anything less serious will have to go at least in Hua hin, and the best in Bangkok.
Weather in Cha am, tourist seasons
In Cha, you can relax all year round. But is the high season and low season.
The cool season (high season) is from November to February. This is the best time for vacation in Cha-am, Thailand. Rain at this time is almost there, the weather is moderately cool by local standards, i.e. not too hot.
The hot season (moderate season) lasts from March to may. At this time, too, you can relax and sunbathe in Cha, the only drawback of this period was at times unbearable heat.
The rainy season (low season) lasts from June to October. In the rainy season rainfall, but this, by and large, does not interfere with the rest, because the rains are short and the sky is almost always clear. The maximum rainfall is in October. Which is good, at this time, prices for tours and accommodation in hotels can be reduced.
Seasons in Cha-am by months:
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
Current weather in Cha-Am and forecast
How to get to Cha am
Cha Am is located on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand approximately 25 kilometres North of Hua hin approximately 200 km South of Bangkok. Get here, often on the bus or taxi. Although far is Hua hin airport, it takes a rare flight from hat Yai and Chiang Mai. Can be reached also by train.
By taxiHow does a transfer bookingDetails >Find the right routeBooking a transfer onlineThe driver meets you at the airport or at the station
By bus or minivan
All buses going from Bangkok airport to the South of Hua hin go through Cha am. Similarly, buses from the South (Phuket, Samui, Krabi , etc.) in Bangkok will take you to Cha Am which is just a stop on the way these routes.
There are no bus station and drop passengers at the bus stop at the intersection of main Tanon Phetkasem road and Narathip Alley beside 7/11 store (bus stop on the map of Cha am). From there to the beach and the bulk of the hotels can be reached in 20 minutes on foot.
From Bangkok airport can be reached by bus, which goes to Hua hin. They go to 7:30, 9:30, 13:30, 16:30 and 18:30, 3 hours and cost 305 baht. Tickets are sold on the ground floor of the airport at exit 8, there you'll be escorted to the bus. For more information on current schedule and cost on the website of the carrier http://www.airporthuahinbus.com/
From Bangkok it is best to get from Victory Monument by minivan for 160 baht, 2-3 hours. Depart at least every hour. The inconvenience of travel by vans – the absence of the Luggage compartment, so there you go there you can not climb. In addition, the minivans are coming from the North bus terminal of Bangkok's Mor Chit.
Large buses in Cha Am (Hua hin) from Bangkok depart from the southern bus terminal of Bangkok (Sai Tai Mai) about every 20-30 minutes, cost 170 baht. But the disadvantage is that to the South terminal is very difficult to reach, the subway doesn't go there.
From cha am to Bangkok minivans depart from four places:
- From the stop at the intersection of main Tanon Phetkasem road and Narathip Alley near 7/11 store
- From the office in front of the Family Mart convenience store across the street Narathip Alley to the intersection of the main road Tanon
- From the office to the street Narathip Alley towards the beach near the market
- From the office from the street Soi Bus Stop (main bar street)
From Hua hin buses depart from the main bus station, also they can sit right on the main street of the city. This large orange and white buses. The fare in them is 50 baht, 30 minutes to go. Similarly, you can get on the minivan. In Cha the buses and minivans stop at the bus stop at the intersection of main Tanon Phetkasem road and Narathip Alley of a 7/11 store.
From Pattaya you can get a minivan with a transfer at Victory Monument. Direct from Pattaya can be reached by vans for 400 baht, departing from Soi 10 on South street (South Pattaya Rd).
This is the cheapest way to get to Cha Am from Bangkok, but also the longest. The train is 4 hours, costs 40 baht for the cheapest third class. Keep in mind that local railway station called Ban Cha Am, and not just Cha Am, need to look at the timetables. Station is about two kilometers from the city centre.
From Bangkok daily from the station Hua Lamphong in here daily recovering only 2 trains at 09: 20 and 15:35. From the station, Thon Bury in Bangkok are three daily trains: 07.30, 13:05 and 19:30. Schedule and cost you can always update on the website http://www.railway.co.th
Transportation to Cha Am
Public transport there is almost nothing there. The town is small and can be navigated on foot.
For trips to the sights you can use a taxi or rent a car. Renting a bike will cost 150 baht per day.
To drive a hire transport in Thailand is compulsory IDP. Is such a law, made in the form of booklets in several languages that are issued in addition to the regular national rights of the bodies of the traffic police. They act only when presented together with your national (domestic) rights, so don't forget to take with you on a trip. To get an IDP is not required to write any exams, you only need to pay a fee. Order them easiest website public services.of the Russian Federation, the value of discount will be 1120 rubles. You can contact the traffic police or the MFC personally, but then the IDP will cost 1600 rubles (price 2018). To pick up right after their manufacture in the traffic police or in the MFC.
The cost of renting a car in Thailand starts from 1000 baht when booking for a short period, and comes to 500 baht if booking for a long time. It is best to search and book a car rental through the Internet using the search form and compare prices from different distributors:
Hotels and beaches of Cha-am
Cha-am is benefiting from the presence of a large number of budget hotels from Hua hin. Find a room for two with air conditioning from 400 baht. The largest concentration of inexpensive guesthouses in the center. Expensive hotels with their territory and the beach too, they are mostly located a few kilometers from the city center on the coast to the South and North from the city center.
As for the quality of the beaches, they are even cleaner and Malouda than in Hua hin, but not as wide and long. Large crowds of tourists come here only on weekends or on major holidays, and most of them Thais.
The most crowded and developed beach in the Central part (the center is the street Narathip Alley). There are sun beds, water sports, and food. What is bad, in the center right along the coast, there is a busy road, as in Pattaya. If you want to find a quieter place, then move away from the center, better to the North, beyond the pier.
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