Cha-am is a city in the province of Phetchaburi in central Thailand. The population is about 59,000 in 2012.
Cha Am is located about 28 km north of Hua Hin and around. 185 km south of Bangkok, and instead is essentially known for its long white sandy beaches.
The place was discovered after Hua Hin big "boom" when the rich Thais started looking for a vacation paradise along the beach
Cha Am is quieter and significantly less than Hua Hin, a great place to relax, and not so tourist characterized. In contrast, site not just as an "integrated" as Hua Hin, but it extends over several kilometers along the beach. As a tourist you learn quickly to distinguish "itself Cha Am" and "Cha Am Beach, which stretches far out from downtown.
Cha Am itself has a very local character. Along the beach are plenty of vendors, bicycle distributors servings and offer to rent the banana boats, water skiing, jet skiing, etc. Balanced against Thai and foreign tourists. On weekends and public holidays are here part Bangkok citizens.
Sun & beach
The beach in Cha Am is many kilometers long, stretching north and approximately 20 kilometer south, nearly halfway to Hua Hin and has fine white sand. A few kilometers outside the center, where most big hotels are, for example, Regent Cha Am (7 km), Golden Sands and Springfield Beach Resort. This is not quite so many people.
All major hotels have loungers and parasols for guests to use. Here are also a number of beach vendors offering cold drinks, massage, fresh fruit and much more. If you are a little more hungry, so, besides hotels and restaurants also part beach servings, which makes good and cheap Thai food.
Be aware that this is a big difference between a tide. You may also be strong undercurrents, especially in bad weather. Bath never alone or at night. Follow bathing flags - red flag means bathing is banned.
Occasionally one can encounter water and firefighters here, especially during the rainy season. If you were to be incinerated, so the pharmacy has a good ointment that takes genes.
The sun is very strong here - remember a sunscreen with a high factor.
The beach in Cha Am Center
Beach, which is held in Cha-Am is very popular among Thais themselves. It brings together families and leisure guests to relax in the shade of large pine trees or have fun with various water sports: bananbåd, jet, tires and more. Deck chairs can be rented for a cheap price, and there used to be very many people.
Water has a comfortable temperature year round, but it might be a bit muddy to look at, because under-water rapids sand from the bottom up. But even if you do not find the same crystal clear waters in southern Thailand, it's great to swim in
In Cha Am, it is important to distinguish between Cha Am and Cha Am Beach.
The city of Cha Am is very small, here is mostly collected along the beach road, restaurants, water activities and a number of souvenir shops, and about 1 km further inland fresh produce market and a municipal office, mailing house and police station. The atmosphere is nice "local", with a mix of Thais and foreigners.
Cha Am Beach contrast stretches from Cha Ams center and halfway to Hua Hin. This is where most slightly finer and more hotels are located - ie some distance from the center of Cha Am (5 to 20 kilometers).
Petchakasem Road provides the main road that goes straight through Cha Am town and further south to Hua Hin and north to Bangkok. Here lies the larger shops with everyday goods as well as more banks and bus stops are to Hua Hin and Bangkok.
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Food & drink
The Thai cuisine based on fresh ingredients with rice and noodles as the base. Most menu works amazingly long, at first glance, but you soon discover that it comes to variations on the same themes.
Lynstegte courts, or what we in Denmark would call wok, often served with or without rice or noodles, separately or as part of the law. Pad Thai is one of its many names, and just pad thai consists of noodles, tofu, eggs, vegetables and more are served with chopped peanuts. Fried rice is available in countless variations: with prawns, chicken, vegetarian or with beef. The Court is served everywhere and is one of the safest dishes, you can choose if you are afraid of getting indigestion because it is always served freshly made and from his forehead.
Another classic is rice and curry, a sort of Thai fast food, because you get a plate of rice and then pour on top of curries from different bowls. Here there are as many variations as there are cooks. Unlike fried rice or noodles, curries can be quite velspækkede with chili, so it is not always a right for beginners.
Salads are the third main theme. Spicy, colorful and with lots of variations, salads are extremely variable and may include chicken, shrimp, squid and more. A salad with rice is often good as an easily frokostret. A warning, however, that Thai cooks can easily find using fresh chillies in salads, so be a little careful while you taste the salad and order white rice, it can dilute the strong taste.
Soups should also be mentioned when talking about Thai food. They can be either clear or thick, the latter usually because they are based on coconut milk, which gives them a sweet taste. A soup is a natural part of a Thai meal.
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Mango, papaya, rambutan, lichie, pineapple, banana and many more. You reach rarely to taste them all, but it comes well after it, if you order a plate of fruit at a restaurant. In addition, one comes across the different types of fruit at markets, shops and in walking vendors when season.
If you are afraid of getting diarrhea, so eating only nyskrællet fruit. Fruit is also a pleasant contribution to fluid balance.
The two most common varieties of beer is Singha and Chang, both of which are adapted to the Thai climate and therefore bitter enough to turn even the most stubborn thirst. Singha is slightly sweeter than Chang. Both are available as 33 cl and 66 cl, the last cost 60-70 baht at a restaurant. Apart from these encounters major European beer varieties. Another popular drink is known as the Mekong Whiskey. Mix it with cola - then it is unpalatable.
It is cheap to eat well in Thailand, and the variation is enormous. At most restaurants you can get a tasty meal for between 40-100 Baht where there will be plenty to be satisfied by a single court. Or you can choose the Thai way to eat at is that you ordered TO-three courses per person. The courts come into small bowls, and then takes each person a little of everything. That way you get tasted very different.
As always, when you need to find a good restaurant abroad is a few good rules: select a location where there is good with people, and if possible a place where there are sitting many Thais. The first guarantees that the food has not been too long, and the last thing that it also provides a good quality.
Restaurants, Cha Ams center
Inside Cha Ams center are plenty of small restaurants and servings to choose from. Most are located along the beach road, Ruamchit Road and a portion of these are very local. That is to say they have plastic chairs, fluorescent lights and is not guided by what Westerners would think was nice. But the food is still good and cheap. On the menu are traditional Thai dishes, but many places can offer both Thai and Western dishes such as hamburgers, pizza, pasta and so on.
Cha Am Beach
If you live along with Cha-Am Beach on one of the slightly larger hotels outside of Cha Am, so you can easily find a good place to eat. About 7 miles south of Cha Am has grown a little place up, called Bang Kwai. Here is both large and small restaurants, cafes and a couple of bars. Here you can eat much better than at the hotel areas.
Rice field a few kilometers west of Cha-Am
If you want more choice, then take to Hua Hin, at least for one night. Here there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, and with a taxi, you are at 20-30 minutes. There are also more nightlife and good opportunities to shop at natmarkedet.
In Cha Am, there is not much nightlife to talk about. Most major hotels have their own bars, however, which sometimes has live bands, karaoke and various types of performances and discotheques. If you want a bigger contract, then take to Hua Hin.
There is not much shopping in Cha Am. Inside the center and around the major hotels you will find a number of small supermarkets and souvenir shops selling T-shirts, bath balls, key rings and more, as well as local products such as dried fruit, nuts and shells.
If you want more shopping, remember Wednesday natmarked first (see below markets) before you may. go to Hua Hin. There are plenty of small shops and stalls along the streets selling souvenirs, clothing, shoes, electronics, food, fruit and more. The most popular are the markets where you can make some good finds. By taxi, you are at 20-30 minutes.
Every Wednesday is market-night from pm. approximately 17:00 situated at the railway station, city hall, post office and police station. The supply is huge and the prices cheap as it initially is a market where local people come, and we feel that the whole Cha Ams population must pass here every Wednesday evening. They sell almost everything that is not greater than one can carry away themselves. Fruits, vegetables, clothes, electronics, DVD movies ect
Things to buy
In Thailand you can buy at a fraction of the price at home. A T-shirt in cotton costs between 25-200 baht. Children's clothing is also cheap. Feel the quality before you buy.
You can buy DVD movies to really cheap money. The movies cost from around 150 baht. but remember who is not Danish subtitles, in most cases English.
Silk is cheap. There are two kinds: Thai silk, which is slightly stiffer and thicker than china silk. In Rashnee Silk Village, located just outside Hua Hin, you can see how Thai silk is produced. You can come out with a tuk-tuk or a taxi.
There are hundreds of tailors in Hua Hin and probably around 20 in Cha Am. Remember that it takes 3-4 days for the tailor to sew clothes, and you need time to test and possibly ask him to make changes, which take an extra day or two. Then go to the tailor at the beginning of your holiday.
In Thailand, you must bargain. It can be overwhelming and unfamiliar, but try anyway. Will the seller have 200 baht for a super delicious T-shirt, try to propose 100 and see what happens. But do not start to haggle if you're not interested in the product. On the other hand, you should not buy something if you think it is too expensive. And remember to not to take it too seriously. Smile and remember that it is a piece of theater that you and the seller is behaving. If you do not get what you want it, then smile, say thanks and walk away. And trust that you probably should find something new.
Do not bargain in restaurants and on products that have a price tag, ie. usually the products found in the "real" business.
King Rama VI's beautiful summer palace from 1922, constructed entirely of teak. The palace was built in 1080 pills, about 2.5 meters above the ground. After King Rama VI's Palace and the death was due, but in mid 1980-century people began to renovate it, and today it is open to the public.
Teak Palace is located midway between Cha-Am and Hua Hin. You will easily do so with a taxi from Cha-Am. The hall costs about 20 baht. The police may occasionally close the palace.
River Kwai and its famous railway bridge (known and famous from the movie "Bridge on the River Kwai") lies some 180 kilometers (approximately three hours) north west of Hua Hin. The railroad was built during WWII by the Japanese prisoners of war, and since it has gone under the name "Death Railway". If you go with an excursion to the Kwai, so you can visit among other JEATH Museum, where the POWs themselves talk about their tragic fates through drawings, pictures and paintings. You can also walk over the bridge itself, run a small piece of trains and visit the war cemetery, where hundreds of prisoners of war are buried.
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One of Thailand's oldest cities, which have been inhabited for at least 1000 years. The city has long been an important cultural and commercial center, and it was in the 1800s one of the Thai royal family's favorite places of residence.
City has retained much of its old, original charm with the old, beautiful wooden houses, temples and buildings. The biggest attraction is King Mongkuts summer residence from the 1860s, is the highest up on a green hill west of downtown. This is a part of Phra Nakhon Khiri historical park and is a fantastic mix of European, Chinese and Japanese architectureMere om Phetchaburi på engelsk
Kaeng Krachan National Park
Thailand's largest national park, covering nearly half of Phetchaburiprovinsen and includes the country's most pristine area. The park's western border is marked by the Tenasserim mountain range and the Thai border with Burma. Here are over 40 major species of mammals, including tiger, leopard, elephant, gibbon and two kinds of Asian bears and more. The park was founded in 1981 and is strangely enough still relatively unknown among tourists. There are plenty of tour operators who offer day trips, but you can also take them on their own. Here are some good hiking trails.
You come most readily to Kaeng Krachan National Park by taxi. It should not cost more than 1500 baht round trip. Taxi driver waiting for you if you arrange a time where he will drive you home.
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park ( "the mountain with 300 peaks")
Beautiful and very popular national park, located about 63 kilometers south of Hua Hin. The park is approximately 100 square kilometers large and contains sea, sand, swamp areas, mountains and caves. Best known is for its limestone formations which rise vertically from the marshlands to an altitude of 650 meters. You live there too many birds and mammals including the rare langur and the slow nocturnal lorin. Long trails, caves and beautiful beaches are also available.
You can also take them on your own by taxi from Cha-Am. Entrance to the park costs 200 baht / person. Ask the taxi driver to take you to the Bang Pu (the small town which lies inside the park) and go on from there by boat (200 baht / person) to the beach Laem Sala Beach, where you also can go to the famous cave Phraya Nakhon Cave (but it requires a good conditioning). Agree a time when you meet with the taxi driver, so you can be driven home again.
Waterfall Pa La-U
Beautiful and famous waterfalls in the 14 levels, which is about an hour from Hua Hin. Probably promote you can go up along with the waterfall and take a dip in the refreshing water. Here are many beautiful birds and butterflies in the area, especially early in the morning.
Relaxation, sun and sand
Snorkeling around Koh Talu and Koh Sing
In Cha Am and Hua Hin are many tour operators who offer day trips to the islands of Koh Talu and Koh Sing, which is located about two hours south of Hua Hin. Cord blade is relatively good, the water here is much clearer than that inside the country. Beautiful beaches, beautiful and relaxing.
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The Chinese New Year, 9th February 2005.
Celebrated by many Thais who have relatives in China and Chinese settlers. However, it is no holiday.
Makha Bucha, February or March, depending on the full moon.
Great Buddhist festival with candlelight among other things at the temples.
Chakri Day, April 6th Anniversary of the current king's takeover of the throne.
Thai New Year, Songkran, 13-15 April.
The traditional Thai New Year, celebrated in more than three days. The tradition is that it sheds water after each other and to symbolically cleanse the sins from each other, and partly to cool in the hottest months.
No one can evade - all being deluged with water. If you want the camera, mobile phone and cash with you out, so have it in a plastic bag in his pocket.
Loy Krathong, November 8.
A very much-loved festival that honors the water goddess. Curve prepared from banana leaves and filled up later with flowers and candles and put into the water where they float away and lights up the night's darkness. Baskets must meet the wishes and take the sins that one has committed during the year.
Parade of the Thai flag, 3rd December.
A color saturation ceremony, held at Royal Plaza in Bangkok for the army, the soldiers and the flag.
King's birthday, 5th December.
A public holiday to celebrate the beloved Thai King Rama IX King's birthday. Thais turn on lights in their homes and many public buildings decorated.
Constitutional Day, 10th December.
General holiday, when banks and government offices are closed.
Western New Year's Eve, 31 December.
General holiday where banks and government offices are closed.
Yesterday shuttles between Petchaburi and Hua Hin and Cha Am crossing the road. A journey between Cha Am and Hua Hin will cost 20 baht. The bus goes from the big highway Phetchakasem Road next to Bangkok Bank.
To Bangkok (Bus station south) goes there a bus from Phetchakasem Road, at the traffic signal off the 7-Eleven store. Please take only the blue bus to Bangkok, they stop only once underway. The trip takes approx. 3 hours and costs about THB 180th --
Found in large quantities and is running in Cha Am and Hua Hin.
Rent a moped
A cheap and good way to get around on their own. A moped costs from 200 baht per day to rent, and traffic is relatively calm in Cha Am. Make sure you get a helmet, it is not self-evident here..
Rent a bike
Along the seafront in Cha Am are many bike rental, and you can rent anything from an ordinary bicycle into a tandem, family cycling, mountain biking, etc. Prices depend on the type, but it is not expensive.
Cha-Am Golf Club
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Hua Hin and Cha Am is world famous for its fine golf. Nearby are several excellent courses, including Royal Hua Hin, Sawang Resort, Lakeview, Springfield, Majestic Creek and others. Avoid playing on Saturdays and Sundays, as many Bangkok Thais come at the time, and there can be quite crowded on the racetracks. Price Example: Green fees about 650 baht, renting Golf around 700 baht. Caddy is mandatory in Thailand.
Most major hotels offer water sports in the form of banana boats, jet skis, water skiing, etc.. There is also a plentiful supply along the center of beaches inside Cha-Am.
Snorkelling / diving
In Cha Am and Hua Hin are plenty of tour operators who offer snorkeling and diving trips to the islands of Koh Talu and Koh Sing, which lies about two hours south of Hua Hin. Cords are Simplifying diving is relatively good, the water here is much clearer than does the mainland. Beautiful beaches, beautiful and relaxing
Most hotels have Internet Services on duty, usually around 100 baht for 15 minutes. It is considerably cheaper sets in Cha Am or Hua Hin, where it costs 1 baht per minute, or in some places 20 baht an hour. There are plenty of places to choose from.
Most mobile operators have roaming agreements with the Thai operators so that mobile works very well. It may cost a part of both the poor and to receive an interview. Should you be here a while, it is a good idea to buy a case of time simkort. Available in supermarkets and specialty shops.
Traveling with children
There are many who take children and even babies with to Thailand. The only thing that can be somewhat difficult is the relatively long flight, transfers (about 2-3 hours to Cha Am) and any jet lag. Be prepare to Thai people love these young (white) children and with the loving Thai people's minds, they will be happy to try to touch them and love to lift them up..
Here are shallow beaches before kids of all ages. However, please note the difference between flood and ebb. There may be some power in some places and sometimes strong undercurrents, especially in bad weather. Never let children swim alone or at night. Have respect for bathing flags, red flag means bathing is banned. Sometimes this can occur yellow firefighters. They are completely harmless, but if you get burned, so the pharmacist a volley against it.
Sunny and warm
The sun is very strong in Thailand, and since we also tend to stay near water, so it means an even stronger effects of the sun. It is therefore important to protect against the sun's rays. Begin with factor 20 and gradually go down to 6-8 during your vacation. Think extra lot of kids. They must have a proper dose of sunscreen, a hat and would like a t-shirt when they are at the beach. Sunburnt children can keep the whole family awake at night.
When it comes to food, so here are a varied menu that includes both the chicken, pasta and chips.
If kids want to try Thai food, as usual Fried Rice or Banana Pancakes to be popular. Chilien most can be well wait until they get a little older.
In Cha Am are several small supermarkets and "7eleven" and "Tesco Express" stores days have a lot of what we (farang) aliens want from groceries and pharmacies and specialty shops.
Thai Baht (THB).
Bank machines can be found at all banks, where you can withdraw up to Baht 10,000 .- per day with
international payment cards. (Visa - Master etc.)
The Thai monsoon controls the climate, as well as agriculture and the religious calendar. In the northern and central parts are years divided into three seasons: the hot season, rainy season and the cool season.
The warm season (late March to mid June)
Dominated by high temperatures and high humidity. Although the sea is warm, 30 degrees is not uncommon, which means that a dip rarely is particularly chilling. If you are very sensitive to heat, so avoid putting holidays in April, when it is most fervently at this time.
Rainy season (mid June to late October).
Even during the rainy season the sun shines most days, but occasionally there will be a solid volley, which quickly goes over again. The temperature is still high, around 30 degrees. So do not think about taking them during this period (you will be brown anyway) plane tickets are usually much cheaper.
The cool season
Cooler and more comfortable air temperatures around 25-30 degrees at the top of northern Thailand can be chilly nights. The previous rainy season has made the landscape green, beautiful and fertile, which means that activities like trekking and jungle tours are a fantastic experience. This is certainly the best season to visit the country, climate intervals. But it is also the period when most tourists are here. There may be a little cramped on the beaches and prices rise.
Need to know
General Health Council
There are many who think that we necessarily get diarrhea when you are in Asia. However, it is totally wrong, especially when it comes to Thailand. A good thing to start the day with a cup of yoghurt, available in supermarkets and in "7eleven" shops which are a part of everywhere in the city. If you just using common sense, it's no problem to avoid stomach problems. The first day in the country may well feel a little body fat. It felt especially in the fingers, especially if you go with a ring. This is due to a combination of flight and the heat, and it is usually over by themselves after a day or two.
Ten tips if you want to avoid stomach problems.
1. Eat only food that you think tastes, smells and looks good.
2. Avoid raw commodities such as vegetables, salads, unpasteurised milk and raw meat.
3. The heat here makes that food does not keep so well outside of a refrigerator. Be aware, for example, on what food, who are on a long trip.
4. Fruit that you peel after washing hands, you can usually eat without any risk.
5. Avoid water that has been stored in a thermos in your hotel room.
6. Do not drink tap water. Buy bottled water and check that the plug has not been opened.
7. Soft drinks in bottles or cans are always safe.
8. Hot beverages like tea and coffee is ok to drink.
9. Remember to wash hands frequently.
10. Always carry wet wipes that you can wash your hands with when you're on tour.
Is produced usually at the central ice factories, and eventually run out of restaurants, bars and the like. It is usually quite safe to pour in a drink.
The most common cause of illness among tourists are diarrhea
Consult a physician:
1. If you are so ill that it affects you at an alarming rate - if you have difficulty walking or standing, if you are thirsty or strong really fast lose weight - more than 3-4 kg.
2. Prolonged fever and diarrhea.
3. By diarrhea with blood and mucus, and fever (probably Campylobacter, Salmonella or Shigella).
4. By diarrhea without fever with blood (probably an amoeba).
5. If a child gets diarrhea, physicians should always be contacted.
Diarrhea treated initially with liquids: tea, Coca Cola, soft drink or liquid food substitute. Choose a drink that you like. A brushed teaspoon salt and four teaspoons full of sugar should be added per liter of water or beverage.
Drink a little (possibly use a spoon) but often. Most diarrhea passes after a few days.
Stopping drugs are often good, and recommended for children over 12 years against diarrhea. Antibiotics may be considered if diarrhea lasts more than a few days
There are several pharmacies in Cha Am and Hua Hin. Most souvenir shops and supermarkets also have a limited supply of medicines.
There are several sets of Cha Am. They are open Monday-Friday 08.30-15.30. Remember to take your passport with.
There are also a number of banking machines (called "ATM") that accepts VISA and Mastercard.
Tips in Thailand
It is common to tip the cleaning lady at the hotel (about 20 baht per day) and the so-called "bell boys", which helps you to carry your suitcase up in the room (about 20 baht per bag). On most little finer restaurants often be a "service allowance" of 10% of the bill, and 7% VAT (tax).
In smaller restaurants, you must add the amount of tips that you think fits. 5-10% is reasonable
Crime in Thailand is relatively low. But of course we should be careful with his valuables. Use the hotel safetybox or deposit services. At most major hotels is free. Beware especially of your passport, since it is impossible to leave Thailand without it. You can only get a new passport by contacting you personally at the embassy in Bangkok or immigration authorities. This takes time and costs money.
Stay away from all drugs. There are very tough penalties for drug possessions in Thailand. If you are caught with more than 100 grams of heroin leader, for example the death penalty.
The police is on Damnernkasem Road, tel 032-511027 way up against the Train Station
Tourist Police, tel: 02-221 6206, several small stations along the beach.
The post office is located next to the police station and municipal office. Most major hotels and souvenir shops also sell stamps and postcards. A postage stamp to postcard to Europe costs 12 baht for a larger postcard 15 baht. Letters must be weighed to get the right postage. Post cards in the red mailboxes or at reception at your hotel.
Most major hotels are usually a doctor or nurse in the area who can help in acute cases. Cha Am and 3-4 hospital doctor consultations may be used, and San Paulo Hospital in Hua Hin also has English-speaking doctors. Always save receipts for a doctor visit, so you can have them refunded by travel insurance.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has an office which is well outside the Cha Am along with Phetchakasem Road. It can be hard to find, then take a taxi if necessary. Here are brief and little information on Cha Am, Hua Hin and Petchabrui province.
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Exactly as in your country there are rules for how to interact and appear educated and polite. In most cases these are small things, and you can not learn them all. But one can easily realize how to avoid the worst blunders. Here are a couple of key things:
Temples: Thais like to let visitors enter the temples, if you follow the rules. Avoid shorts and make sure also to have shoulders covered. If there are sacrifices, then let them be in peace, pipes them. Try to familiarize yourself with the rules that apply before you enter the temple. It will be appreciated.
It is not forbidden to bath topless, but it is considered a necessary evil.
Taking always shoes when entering a Thai home, also in many temples.
Thais are very royal and they look like that one shows respect for King Bhumibol and the images that exist of him everywhere, not least on the banknotes, and his family.