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
Annual shellfish, bird and squid festival (published 19 Aug 2014)
The world famous annual “Kin Hoy, Doo nok, Tok meuk” festival (shellfish eating, bird watching and squid fishing) will be held at Cha-am [...]
Camel Republic (published 14 Aug 2014)
It was Mother’s Day on Aug 12, schools were closed so we took the kids to Camel Republic, the new amusement park that opened in Cha-am [...]
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:
camel republic attraction park (latest reply 30 Sep 2014)
the entrance fee is 200 bahts or less for residents and OAP but does any one know the price of the rides [...]
Plumber? (latest reply 18 Sep 2014)
Anyone knows a plumber in Cha-am? It's just for a clogged drain (been trying to fix it myself but so far without [...]
Welcome everyone! (latest reply 15 Sep 2014)
welcome to Cha-Am and this forum.Now the easy and cheap way to come from BKK is the bus. Its a luxory bus, we use it also. When you book over the website (in high season recomendet), you can choose destination Cha-Am (basic direction is Hua hin).
In our [...]
Trying to contact Tony Buxton (latest reply 04 Sep 2014)
Thank you Stephane. I also saw my Tony Buxton's LinkedIn profile, recognized by reference to his diving experiences in Thailand. So I joined LinkedIn to chase him down, but found I would have to pay to do that. I may go ahead now, as my Tony doesn't seem to be your Tony. Many thanks and perhaps I'll look you [...]
Real-estate. In Cha am (latest reply 17 Aug 2014)
Hi Sweeny I have been doing real estate in Cha-am and Hua Hin for the past 17 years. You will get a lot of advise from many people some good and some bad. My advise is take your time, when you are ready to buy use a long term lease contract, I can recommend a good English lawyer that has a brilliant contract that I use for my customers for more [...]
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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.