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.
Latest news from Cha-Am
Crab Festival 2014 (published 23 Jan 2014)
The Crab Festival this year will be held from February 8 to 16, at Cha-am viewpoint. Like each year you will find a night market, plenty of food stalls and free concerts. Here is the line-up:
8 February 2014 – Faye, Fang, Kaew
9 February 2014 – Sunshine [...]
It’s cold! (published 23 Jan 2014)
The cold spell that usually comes around Christmas and ends around the beginning of January is still lasting this year. If you are coming over for holidays, bring a jacket, especially if you ride a motorbike. Afternoons are ok but mornings and evenings are cool.
Read more in our blog
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
If you have any questions about Cha-Am or Thailand, or if you want to meet fellow expats, please join our forum!
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BESOIN DE CONSEILS (latest reply 06 Mar 2014)
On vient de me faire cette proposition, qu'en pensez-vous ? Pour ma part je trouve que c'est cher comparativement à une agence comme kuoni par exemple. Merci.
L'Offre: le tarif pour le servic est 170 euro par jour inclus le mini van climatise,l'essence,un chauffeur ,un guide ,le logement pour le [...]
new language school (latest reply 11 Feb 2014)
Hi joelle, it's actually Walen, they already have schools in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket... See [...]
Règles de ce forum - à lire et approuver avant de participer (latest reply 08 Feb 2014)
Bonjour, et merci de nous accueillir sur votre [...]
chinese new year (latest reply 22 Jan 2014)
I'm curious to know too, but so far I couldn't get any [...]
Canadians in Cha-Am (latest reply 20 Jan 2014)
My husband and I are from Canada and have been spending the past seven winters in Cha-Am, and we like it here very much. We are interested in meeting fellow Canadians , perhaps having coffee together sometime? Anyone [...]
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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.