Cha Am Beach
Cha Am is located 160 kilometers south of Bangkok on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand and is the kingdom's longest white sand beach.
It is in the province of Phetchaburi which is well known for its splendid historical park, ancient temples and a great variety of local fresh seafood.
Once a low-key fishing village, Cha Am has grown in popularity, particularly with local Thais who yearn for a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.
The majority of the local residents are engaged in agricultural activities including rice, upland crops, orchards, palm sugar production, animal husbandry and both sea & fresh water fisheries.
Cha Am is mainly known for its fresh seafood, so eating and drinking in a relaxing seaside environment is the main draw for the locals.
The summer palace of King Rama VI called Phra Ratchaniwet Marukhathayawan is nearby. It consists of a series of teak residences on stilts, linked by covered walkways.
Kaeng Krachan National Park is near to Cha Am and has a variety of lakes, waterfalls, caves and cliffs. This is the largest national park in the country and is a haven for nature lovers.
Important InformationOn Wednesdays the Phra Ratchaniwet Marukhathayawan summer palace is closed.
Also, there are no deck chairs allowed on the beach at Cha Am on Wednesdays.