With its crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches and tropical seaside climate, Cha-am is an idyllic paradise along the sparkling Gulf of Thailand. A popular getaway to escape Bangkok’s sizzling streets, Cha-am is also known for its array of seafood restaurants and outdoor activities.
Things to do in Cha-am
From fine dining to casual seafood joints, Cha-am will satiate your taste buds. Locals converge at The Village Bar and Restaurant, where exceptional service and delicious local cuisine converge. For a cold beer on the beach, head to nearby Plathu’s, a grass-thatched gazebo bar with laid-back vibes.
Want a taste of royal luxury? Visit Mrigadayavan Palace, a sprawling holiday villa built for King Rama VI of Siam. Boasting mountain views, Mrigadayavan Palace houses a rich collection of East-Asian artwork and Buddhist artefacts. Don’t miss the Royal Residence, which features a beautiful Victorian bedroom and a bathroom made of Italian marble.
Catch a rare glimpse of wild elephants in Kaeng Krachan National Park. The drive from Cha-am is worth it alone, as you’ll pass picturesque farmland, hidden temples and roadside cafes. If you’re up for an adventure, consider rafting along the Phetchaburi River, where you can scout for troupes of monkeys and tropical birds in the canopy high above as you drift along beautiful jade rapids.
Getting around Cha-am
Buses and trains provide connections to Cha-am from Bangkok and minivans are available to hire for a quicker journey. Within Cha-am, motorcycle taxis and rental bikes are considered the primary means of travel.