Welcome to Cha-Am, Thailand
Onlychaam.com is a personal webpage exclusively dedicated to Cha-Am, in Thailand. Our goal is to provide free and up-to-date information for tourists and expats.
Cha-Am (it can also be written Cha am or Chaam, in Thai ชะอำ) is located 170 km south from Bangkok (2 hours by car) and 25 km north from Hua Hin, the famous seaside resort. Whereas Hua Hin has more facilities and a lot to offer for tourists (shopping, restaurants, entertainment...), Cha-Am is appreciated for its quiet and laidback atmosphere, its 5 km long beach, and its wide range of restaurants and accomodations.
Why visit Cha-Am
While Cha-Am successfully caters for foreign tourists, it remains a Thai resort, with a large majority of Thai tourists. So if you are looking for the "real Thailand", for an "authentic experience", well this is it! However, the sea isn't really crystal clear, so if you want to do some diving or snorkelling, you should go further down south, to an island like Ko Tao or Ko Pha Ngan. Please also note that there is hardly any nightlife in Cha-Am. There are much better places elsewhere if you are after partying and nightlife action.
Thai people visiting Cha-Am usually come from Bangkok for the weekend. So the beachfront is very quiet during the week, and gets more animated during the weekends and national holidays. No need to say, Cha-Am is THE place to go if you are travelling with your Thai wife or Thai family. They will love it and they will feel comfortable here, which is not always the case in other popular resorts. Cha-Am is also ideal for western families, as there are a lot of activities for children and no bar scene like in Pattaya or Phuket. Expats and long term tourists in Cha-Am are mostly retirees from Northern Europe (Scandinavia, Netherlands...).
Let's share our experience
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Latest active topics:
Khrong Dee Meuang Cha-Am 2015 (latest reply 12 Jul 2015)
Here are a few pictures of the festival "Khong Dee meuang Cha-Am" that is held in front of the city hall (near the train station) until July 16.
Dusit Thani Hua Hin Football Academy (latest reply 11 Jun 2015)
A great local initiative. Well done!
Cherche Pool Villa à louer dès septembre 2015 (latest reply 18 May 2015)
Je ne sais pas comment envoyer en PV, voici mon mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Nous recherchons à Cha-Am, pas trop loin du centre et des marchés plus ou moins 1km de la promenade de la plage.Location pour 6 mois, du 25/09/15 au 10/04/16 plus ou moins, que nous reprendrions, si aimons la maison, la location plus ou moins aux même [...]
recherche d'une location maison pour 6 mois (latest reply 17 May 2015)
Bonjour à tous,
Nous venons vivre à Cha am le 25 septembre 2015 et nous recherchons une maison pour les 6 premiers mois, nous pouvons donner entre 20000 et 30000 bath par mois, nous désirons ne pas être à plus d'un km de la plage, 2 chambres, et nous avons un petit chien de 3 kilos, propre et calme.Merci de nous tenir au courant [...]
Abonnement Gavroche (latest reply 12 May 2015)
S'il y a des personnes intéressées par un abonnement au magazine Gavroche (version papier) au tarif préférentiel entreprise (576 baht par an soit 48 baht le numéro), merci de me contacter pour les [...]
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Onlychaam.com aims at providing free, detailed and up-to-date information about Cha-Am for tourists and expats. It is a non profit website run by an expat living there.