There are many expats living in Cha-Am but it’s still a Thai seaside resort in a Thai town, so it’s not always easy to find what you are looking for. We hope this little guide will help you.
Electricity, Internet… where shall I go?
The two major operators are TOT and TT&T. TOT office can be found on Phetkasem road, on the left side in the direction of Bangkok, a few yards after the main traffic lights junction. T&T is on Phetkasem road, on the left side of the road when coming from Hua Hin, in soi Nitithon 2 (before the main traffic lights junction and just after the purple building of Electricity). There is also a CAT office on Narathip road, on the right side when coming from Phetkasem road, close to the beachroad.
In Cha-am you can choose between three providers: TOT, CAT and 3BB. Their websites are not always up to date, so we advise that you go to their offices and check directly with them for availability in your area and the different packages (and promotions) they offer. Check our interactive map to locate the three providers.
For all matters regarding electricity, you can find information at kan fai fa, which is the purple building at the corner of Phetkasem road and soi Raj Pli 1 (better known as “soi fai fa”). It’s on the left side of Phetkasem road when coming from Hua Hin, just before the main traffic lights junction (just after the footbridge).
Building permit, house registration…
For all matters related to building permit, water, house number and house registration, go to the Tesaban office on Phetkasem road, on the right side of the road when going in the direction of Bangkok, at km 184. It closes at 4.30 pm.
Where to…? Services
Where to pay bills
You can pay most of your bills (Internet, telephone, insurance…) at all Seven-Eleven shops (ask for ‘counter service’). They just scan the bar code on the bill.
Where to find a bank
Most major banks have a branch in Cha-Am. You will find most of them near the main traffic lights junction. Siam Commercial Bank and Bangkok Bank are at two locations, near the main junction and on the beach road.
- For more information, see our page about Money and Banks.
Where to go to have water delivered
To have drinking water delivered to your house (small bottles or 20 litres tanks), you should spot a delivery car in the area where you live and arrange with them directly (or have your owner do that if you rent a house).
Where to…? Shops
Where to buy books
Unfortunately there is no bookshop selling English books in Cha-Am. You can borrow or buy second-hand paperbacks at some expat places, like Okay Supermarket. But for a larger selection of books, we advise that you go to Hua Hin (there’s an Asia Books in Bluport mall), Bangkok, or order online.
Where to have something translated
If you need to translate a personal letter or official documents, from or into Thai or any other language, please contact us directly. We will get in touch with a translator and get back to you with a quotation.
Where to buy computer stuff
“Cha-Am IT” is a shop in the same soi as kan fai fa (see “Electricity” above). They have computer accessories and they can arrange everything for you, like assemble or repair a computer, check your Wifi connection, reinstall your software, etc.
Where to buy western food
You can find some western products in shops like Okay, Big C or Cha-Am Memory.
Where to buy a motorbike or a car
It depends on the brand you choose, of course. There is a Toyota center on Phetkasem, on the left side of the road when going to Bangkok, just before the bridge over the railway. A Yamaha center and a Honda center are in the same area, on the opposite side of the road.