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:
didine (latest reply 17 Mar 2015)
great thanks, see you there thenHave a lovely [...]
From California with Love (latest reply 19 Feb 2015)
Thank you so much for the information. Now I have an idea of the cost of living in Cham-am.[...]
nouveau venu sur ce forum (latest reply 17 Feb 2015)
Je suis le tout nouveau a ce forum (1 jour pour etre precis). J' habite pour l'instant en California et compte demenager a Cham-am vers le mois de Juillet. J'ai vu que vous avez loue une maison qui vous coute 9000 bath le mois, est-ce qu'il en existe encore a ce prix? Je vous remercie bien si vous pouvez [...]
chinese new year (latest reply 14 Feb 2015)
anyone knows if something is going on in cha am for the Chinese new year [...]
photos (latest reply 07 Feb 2015)
no, although I prefer Amphawa but its only at week-ends and as it was a week day and our friends wanted to go to a floating market we went to damnoen saduakbut I was quite pleased with the resulthave a nice peaceful Sunday [...]
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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.