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
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:
Is fishing from the jette at fishermans villiage allowed? (latest reply 28 Oct 2014)
Last year I say locals fishing from the jetty but never saw anyone catching any. I went out there on a cycle but wondered if is it safe for falongs to fish out there? And, what kinds of fish? Finally, are there any rules or licenses required? I'm thinking I might pack a salt water spinning reel this year. Any [...]
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 [...]
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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.