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Pattaya City Thailand, Cha -Am in South-West Thailand

An introduction to  Hua Hin & Cha-Am

 CHA-AM'S ATTRACTIONS

Cha-am Beach
Just as beautiful as the nearby seaside Hua Hin, Cha-am is the no.l beach resort of Phetchaburi Province. Located 41 km to the south of the provincial town, the casuarinas-lined beach is long and clean and equipped with numerous accommodations. The sea there is suitable for swimming. Tourists can enjoy several water sports like scooter riding, water skiing, banana boats riding and jet skiing. Riding a bicycle along the 6-km road running in parallel with the beach is a charming activity of Cha-am. Beach-side grilled seafood, snacks, and drinks are available.


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Maruekkha-thayawan Palace,
  located on the coast between Cha-am and Hua Hin, was King Rama VFs seaside summer palace comprising three two-storey wooden buildings connected to each other by elevated airy walkways. Common people are welcome to visit the palace.

Huai Sai Wildlife Breeding Centre,
  15 km from Cha-am Beach, was royally initiated. It is where animal conservation and breeding projects are conducted. There is a zoo here open to the public.
Hup Kraphong
is where the Hup Kraphong Rural Development Project initiated by the King in 1962 is situated and where tourists may purchase farm produce and crafts and folk art products made of hemp.

______ATTRACTIONS AROUND HUA HIN & CHA-AM_______

Some other wonderful attractions that tourists should include in their program to Hua Hin and Cha-am are described below.

Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park

Cha-am-Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical ParkIn Phetchaburi:

Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park is a palace built by King Rama IV on top of the Palace Hill (Khao Wang). It represents a mixture of traditional Thai and Western architectural styles.

Kaeng Krachan National Park
Cha-am  Kaeng Krachan National ParkKaeng Krachan National Park, the largest national park of Thailand, offers good opportunities of  trekking along the mountain paths, visiting cliffs and rock formations, boating in Kaeng Krachan Reservoir and especially watching birds of which there are not fewer than 400 species in the park.
Khao Luang
is a hill with a large cave containing Buddha images built by King Rama V (1868-1910) to be dedicated to two former Chakri kings.

In Prachuap Khiri Khan:

Chong Krachok Hill
has a natural aperture near its peak with a flight of 395 steps leading to Thammi-karam Temple or Wat Khao Chong Krachok, enshrining relics of the Lord Buddha.

Manao Bay
is part of a military base but open to the public. The bay is nice for swimming.

Sam Roi Yot National Park
or the Park of 300 Peaks, located in Pranburi, offers a large variety of easily accessible attractions including forest trails, secluded beaches, limestone hills and caves.

Pranburi River
is where tourists can have a 3-hour sightseeing tour on boat to absorb the scenic views of nature, pineapple fields, a fishing village, and a variety of bird species.

TRANSPORTATION Bus services between Hua Hin and Phetchaburi (passing Cha-am) from 05: 00 to 18: 00 hrs at 20-min intervals and between Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan from 07: 00 to 16: 30 hrs at l-or-2-hr intervals.

Mini-bus services in the outskirts of Hua Hin to Khao Takiap from 06: 00 to 18: 00 hrs.

Songthaeo (with one long bench on either side) services from Hua Hin to Pa La-U from 06: 00 to 08: 00 hrs at 20-min intervals and from Hua Hin to Pranburi Intersection from 07: 00 to 17: 00 hrs at 20-min intervals.

There are local songthaeo services in Hua Hin. Passengers can hire such a vehicle to their destinations in Hua Hin. Tricycles are for rent to go sightseeing in the area. To get to Cha-am Beach area, there are songthaeo at Cha-am Bus Terminal and Cha-am Railway Station that can be hired to go to Cha-am. No regular local bus services in Cha-am, but there are songthaeo available for hire.
EATING OUT
The twin resorts are abundant in fresh seafood. Most hotels around there serve Thai and Western cuisine including barbecue. Hua Hin Night Market offers a wide array of foods: Thai food, seafood, Thai desserts, etc. Chatchai Market is an old famous market built in the reign of King Rama VII (1925-1935) which now becomes a centre of souvenirs, and fresh and dried food. The vicinity of Hua Hin Pier is where seafood restaurants are located. For international food lovers, they should visit Damnoen Kasem Road with a wide selection of Danish, Italian, and German delicacies. For tourists in Cha-am and Phetchaburi, the province boasts a variety of Thai sweetmeats, made with palm sugar as their main ingredient, on sale in town especially near Khao Wang and along Phetkasem Road.
SHOPPING The popular products and souvenirs of Hua Hin and Cha-am are woman accessories and house wares made of coconut shells. Thai handicrafts, leather goods and fashion clothes are also on sale in the tourist attraction sites and markets.


Tourism Authority Office:
500/51 Phetkasem Rd., Amphur Cha-am, Phetchaburi 76120. Tel: 0 3247 1005-6 Fax: 0 3247 1502


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