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
Onlychaam now on Facebook (published 21 Jul 2014)
We now have a Facebook page! We will use it to share everyday life pictures of Cha-am, and let you discover new places or current [...]
Hua Hin Immigration office has moved (published 24 Jun 2014)
The Hua Hin Immigration office has moved to a new location (since June 27), they are now soi 35.
The new place is very easy to find. When coming from Cha-am, turn left in soi 19 (the soi that goes to 19-rai park). Turn right almost at the end of the soi when you see the sign then go another 300 meters and you will find the new office on [...]
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!
Latest active topics:
Onlychaam is on Facebook (latest reply 21 Jul 2014)
We have opened a Facebook page. Mostly everyday pictures, life in Cha-am, news to share... We hope you "like" [...]
trick art museum (latest reply 04 Jul 2014)
hi everybodydoes anyone know if the trick art museum at santorini park is still there and what do you think about it as I would like to go thereall feedbacks greatly [...]
New Member (latest reply 29 May 2014)
Hi Joe, welcome to this forum and I hope you will enjoy Cha-am and your new life. There are plenty of accommodation in Cha-am but it's always better to ask around and see for yourself (and so maybe book a hotel for the first few days). You want to be the closest possible to your new house, because you will have to spend a lot of time [...]
Quiz at Blue Lagoon on Monday nights (latest reply 14 May 2014)
I've just added a "Quiz FAQ" (frequently asked questions) in the blog.
See you all [...]
deep sea fishing (latest reply 12 May 2014)
Can anyone tell me if there is a fishing club in Chaam that does deep sea charters, in fact if anyone can give me any info on salt water fishing in the area it would be most appreciated. Michael [...]
About this website
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.