Situated just thirty minutes from the well-known Thai resort of Hua Hin sits Cha-am, a quaint seaside town and family-orientated resort. In recent years, Cha-am has become more popular with holidaymakers looking for a slower and more relaxed pace.
It’s fair to say that Cha-am is worlds apart from Thailand’s more well known destinations, including Phuket and Koh Samui. Cha-am is more suited to families. The resort is actually a popular holiday destination amongst many Thai locals, attracting holidaymakers from Bangkok.
Geographically, Cha-am is located in the Phetchaburi province. Cha-am enjoys a prime location on the Gulf of Thailand’s exotic coastal stretch, making it perfect for an idyllic break by the sea.
Visitors to Cha-am will find a plethora of ancient temples, Buddhist monuments and royal buildings, including the Maruekhathayawan Palace. The historic palace was built in 1923 and used as a summer retreat for the illustrious King Rama VI.
Among other noteworthy Cha-am landmarks is the King Naresuan statue, located to the north of the region. This beautiful monument pays tribute to King Naresuan the Great, who reigned from 1590 to 1605.
A few metres along is the magnificent Neranchararam temple, which features a large-scale six-armed Buddha. The unique statue is carved so that the Buddha’s hands cover it’s bodily channels, including its eyes and ears. It’s widely believed that this represents the absence of passion.
Those looking to explore more of Thailand’s scenic landscapes will want to visit the Khao Nang Phanthurat Forest Park. It’s here that holidaymakers will find fantastic trails and hikes around a breath-taking landscape that encompasses dramatic cliff faces, deep caves and towering mountains.
Of course, no holiday resort is complete without a theme park! Cha-am’s Santorini Park is a unique take on a Greek island. Visitors to the park will find a whole-range of attractions, from a 40-metre Ferris wheel to number of fun water slides, as well as souvenir shops, boutiques and restaurants.
Cha-am enjoys a tropical climate with warm weather throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from the mid twenties to low thirties. As with most parts of Thailand, Cha-am is subject to a rainy season, which usually lasts from July to October.
Cha-am’s most popular period falls between November and February, when temperatures are a lot cooler. The months between March and June are considered to be Cha-am’s hottest.
You’re happy to shun the nightclubs and neon districts of Thailand’s busier destinations for a more family-orientated resort