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Dusit Resort & Polo Club Chaam
Dusit Resort & Polo Club
300 rooms. Stay in this luxurious, beacgfribt resort with a spacious pool and nice gardens. Enjoy a wide range of dining, entertainment and recreational facilities close to some of Thailand's finest golf courses.

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Golden Sands
226 rooms. Located on a peaceful and unspoiled beach overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, the hotel is just 20 minutes from the charming town of Hua Hin and 10 minutes from several golf course.

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Regent Cha - Am Beach Resort
700 rooms. Located on the sunrise side of the Gulf of Thailand, the hotel offers a comprehensive choice of accommodation and a wide range of cuisine, and is near several golf courses.
 
Cha-am Tour & Sightseeing
Hua Hin and Surrounding Area
Baht 890 Excursion to the largest teak wood palace in Thailand, Khao Takiab, see wild monkey's
 
Cha-am Tour & Sightseeing
Kaeng Krachan - Trekking Tour
1,800 Baht Wild water trip, jungle walk, cave climbing
 
Sam Roi Yod National Park
1,200 Baht Nearly 50 km. south, there is the National park Khao Sam Roi Yod (valley of 300 hills). On the way, you will enjoy many pineapple farms before you reach the Drop Stone Cave Phraya Nakhon. In the cave, King Rama 5 had built a pavilion, the landmark of the province Prachuab . Lunch will be included.
 
Petchaburi Temple
1,150 Baht We visit Mahatat Temple to see a five peaked pagoda, which is assumed to have been built in Khmer period. See the summer residence of King Mongkut (King Rama 5) known as Khao Wang, a palace set on 95 meter high hill. Lunch will be provided.
 
Hua Hin and Surrounding Area
950 Baht A short half day trip, 15 km. north of Hua Hin is the largest teak wood palace in Thailand. After sightseeing here, we will move on to an exotic animal garden and the beautiful railway station of the town.
 
Huay Yang Waterfall
1,350 Baht On this one day trip in non touristic Thailand, you will have the chance to collect an experience of the countryside. Nearly 2 hours by car to the south, where the Huay Yang Waterfall is located. Lunch will be included.
 
Bangsaphan Snorkeling, Swimming
1,500 Baht The time to receive to Bangsaphan Beach from Hua Hin takes almost 2 hours. The water is so clear that you can see colorful fish. For the swimmer and the friends of snorkeling will have an unforgettable experience. Lunch will be included.
 
Petchaburi Palace and Thai Farm
1,300 Baht First, you go to the Wang hill near to the city. On the hilltop you visit and old summer-palace of King Rama 4th and the scenic park. After that you head for the famous Mahatat Temple in Petchaburi, a remarkable monument of the centuries old Khmer architecture, an important spiritual center of Buddhism in Thailand till today. Lunch will be provided.
 
Pala U Waterfall
1,300 Baht From all parts of Kaeng Krachan National Park, the area of Pala U Waterfall is the most fantastic with its untouched nature that can be reached in only one day. Located west of Hua Hin, this unspoiled jungle area is waiting to be explored. Lunch will be included.
 
Forest Park [Mangroves Forest] in Pranburi
1,670 Baht You make a walk of about half an hour straight through the forest on a wooden pass. At the same time you can look at animals e.g. birds and all possible water animals. At a landing place for boats we go aboard on a local fishing boat. The tour takes you through the mangrove forest also to the fishing harbor.
 
Kaeng Krachan - Trekking Tour [Wildwatertrip, Jungle Walk, Cave Climbing]
1,800 Baht The Pala U Waterfall which you can reach in one day, is at no doubt the most impressing territory of Kaeng Krachan National Park with its unadulterated beauty. After half an hour you reach a region, where 70 wild elephants are staying. you can make a stop and study an "elephant museum".
 
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Springfield Village Golf & Spa
Beautifully Maintained, the Springfield Royal Country Club presents the golfer with a wonderful, 18 beautifully designed, landscaped holes - each challenges your senses of aesthetics as well as your golfing skills.
 
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Gems Cha Am
A perfect getaway location for pleasure, seminar or business with an unspoiled beach right at the doorstep.
 
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Veranda Resort & Spa
Enjoy the ultimate getaway to tropical bliss at Veranda Resort and Spa, Hua Hin - Cha Am. Veranda Resort and Sap offers the ultimate peaceful retreat.
 
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Veranda Lodge
A Small Unique Hotel on Hua Hin Beach with 12 Superior/Deluxe Rooms & 6 Different Designed Suite. All Rooms with Private Balcony. Within easy walking distance to Downtown and Famous Night Market.
 
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Baan Talay Dao
Our resort name, Baan Talay Dao, means "Home between the Sea and the Stars." Situated on the white sand beaches of Hua Hin and only minutes away from downtown and Khao Takiap, Baan Talay Dao is truly a retreat for relaxation, peace and privacy.

 

Cha-am beachINTRODUCTION TO CHA-AM

For too long the resorts of Cha-Am and Hua Hin have been linked with a "&" for no valid reason. There is no reason why they should be linked, they are both in different provinces, Cha-Am in Petchaburi and Hua Hin in Prachuab Kirikhan and each has their own sector of the travel market. "Cha-Am is a retreat, it's an escape from Bangkok," explained Danny Chan, General Manager of The Regent Cha-Am, "The guest who likes to come here will not enjoy Hua Hin and most definitely not Pattaya. The appeal of Cha Am is that it has no night life!"

The charm of Cha-Am is what it can offer families with young children or those in the golden years of their life that are either close to retirement or are already enjoying it, a quiet well ordered lifestyle free from the hassle of beach vendors.

WHAT TO SEE IN CHA-AM

Khao WangIn addition to having a great beach, there are many places of interest in the area that are no more than 45 mins away by car. Phra Nakom Khiri or Khao Wang is a hilltop palace, built by King Rama IV in 1859. The style is mainly European with some Thai and Chinese influences. Sitting on three peaks, the temple of Wat Phra Khew is to the east; the main stupa of Phra That Chom Phet in the middle and the residential Grand Palace to the west.

Both Kings Rama IV & V used the palace at their leisure and to entertain their visitors. After the death of King Rama V, it was used less and less and sadly slipped into a state of decay. In 1935 it was registered as a national momument by the Fine Arts Department and was restored to be a National Museum and National Park. Open daily 9am-4pm. It can be conveniently reached by funicular railway roundtrip B40. Once at the top entrance to the Museum is B30 for foreigners and B10 for Thais. It is an excellent half-day excursion and takes a couple of hours to walk the path linking the three peaks. The views are spectacular.

Phra That Chom Pet was renovated by Rama IV by covering the existing one and is 40 meters tall and 20 wide. He was also responsible for constructing Wat Phra Kaew in the same style as the building of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Being a keen and knowledgeable astronomer, the King also built Chatchawan Wiangchai Observatory to study the stars and constellations. A statue of the King is housed in Wechayan Wichien Prasat; a temple built in Prang style that was typical of the period. The King's bedroom was in an interesting two storey Chinese building Pramot Mahaisawan Hall.

To complete the full walk linking the three peaks can be tiring and visitors are advised to take enough fresh drinking water.

Phra Ram Ratchaniwert Palace_1Have gone back down the hill, Phra Ram Ratchaniwert Palace is close by in the Army compound. King Rama V was frequently sick during the rainy season, especially in the month of September, at this site was chosen as it was the best place for him to stay when the rains came. Building of the south facing palace started on 19th August 1910, designed by a German architect Karl Dohring, with Dr Bayer responsible for the projects engineering. The two-storey building, with two domes and a brown tiled roof from China, was styled on Kaiser Wilhelm's Palace in Germany. Sadly, King Rama V died before the building was completed. Rama VI finally completed the construction in 1916.

Phra Ram Ratchaniwert Palace_2The simple looking exterior hides its elaborate interior. On the east side, there is a perfect geometrically symmetric circular staircase with tiled pillars decorated with cherub statues. The upstairs circular hall is art nouveau.

The Royal Dinning Room is a blend of modern German and French art nouveau with a statue of Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea.

Thailand's first ever known Badminton Court was laid in what is now a small courtyard with a fountain. The Queen's Bedroom above had an uninterrupted view of the former court. From the Kings Bedroom, there is an unobscured view of Khao Wang.

Mrigadayavan Palace_1Another must see is Mrigadayavan Palace the "royal home of love and hope" of King Rama VI. This site was chosen when the fresh water supply at the existing royal residence at Khai Luang became scarce. Not only did Huay Sai Nua have an abundance but it was also close to a railway station. The King decided to dismantle the former palace and reassemble it on the more desirable site. The palace is built of Thong (Golden) Teak with empty space under the building in the style of a traditional Thai house. The building is supported by 1,080 concrete columns, all of which have their base immersed in water at ground level to prevent ants and insects entering the building. All the buildings are by airy walkways. There is a Gatsbyesque quality to wonder with bare feet on polished teak and feel the cool sea breeze in your hair.

Mrigadayavan Palace_2While staying, the King on their first visit in 1924 Phranangchao Intharasak Sachi, the royal consort fell pregnant and the King was delighted with the thought that he might soon have a son. But his hopes faded fast when it was discovered that the royal consort could not give birth. The King nursed his wife with concern and sadness at the Palace.

Rama VI returned to Mrigadayavan Palace with Phranangchao Suwattha, another royal consort and were in residence from 12 April until 20 June 1925. It was as if the King had come back to say farewell to the royal residence that he loved as he died shortly after returning to Bangkok.

Mrigadayavan Palace_3Mrigadayavan Palace, Rama VI Camp, Cha-Am Petchburi 76120
(66-32-471401, 4711300).

Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Palace, Royal Thai Army Camp, Petchaburi
(66-32-428506-10).

Entrance to both Palaces is free of charge.

Cha-am beach viewGETTING AROUND
Tours and transport to the many sights around Cha-am can be arranged by the major resort hotels. Alternatively, there are regular and inexpensive bus services between the main centres. In the resorts, the most common means of transportation is the trishaw which can accommodating two passengers.

DINING & ENTERTAINMENT
Resort hotels offer an excellent choice of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines. In addition Cha-am has several simple but good restaurants where the local specialty is deliciously fresh seafood.


ATTRACTIONS IN CHA-AM

Cha-Am Beach
It is a very beautiful beach. The access road to the beach is two kilometers long.

 

NEIGHBORING ATTRACTIONS

AttractionsKaeng Krachan Dam
This dam is located in Amphoe Tha Yang, 51 kilometers from Cha-Am. One can go two ways: First is to travel to Amphoe Tha Yang; then 30 kilometers beyond Tha Yang is the dam site. Another way is to travel by Highway No. 4 where a right turn in made between Km. 186-187; travel 30 kilometers more.

Chao Samran Beach
This beach, 51 kilometers from Cha-Am, used to be a famous seaside resort in the old days. Legend says that King Naresuan the Great and King Eka Thotsarot used to make royal visits there. They enjoyed the beauty of this beach so much that they spent many nights there causing the villagers to call it the "Beach of Royal Leisure"

Four kilometers from Chao Samran Beach is Laem Luang Beach - a white sandy beach some two kilometers in length. Seven kilometers from Chao Samran Beach is Pukitian Beach which is the latest popular beach in Phetchaburi.

Khao Wang
This hill is located in the vicinity of Amoghoe Muang Phetchaburi, 36 kilometers from Cha-Am is 92 meters high. King Mongkut was very fond of Khao Wang so he commanded a palace built on top of it in the year 1860 to be used for vacationing; he named it Phra Nakhon Khiri. However, Phetchaburi inhabitants have called it "Khao Wang" until now.
At present, Khao Wang is established as Phra Nakhon Khiri National Museum, open to the public from 09.00-16.00 hours every day. The entrance fee is 10 baht per person.

Khao Luang Cave
The cave is located in Khao Luang hill which is only 92 meters high, and five kilometers from Khao Wang. Khao Luang Cave is regarded as the most important cave of the province because it houses a Buddha image cast by the royal command of King Chulalongkorn as a dedication to King Nang Klao and King Mongkut.

On the right hand of Khao Luang access road at the foot of the hill there is a large monastery called "Wat Tham Klaep" or Wat Bun-thawi which has a very large multipurpose hall. The Sala Kanparian and wooden door panels of the Ubosot are beautifully carved.

Khao Bandai It
This is a rather small hill, 121 meters high, located two kilometers from Khao Wang. An ancient monastery built in the Ayutthaya period is named Wat Khao Bandai It. There are several caves on this hill such as Tham Prathum, Tham Phra Chao Sua, and Tham Phra Puttha Saiyat.

Khao Yoi Cave
This cave is located on Khao Yoi hill,67 kilometers from Cha-Am. Various Buddha images are housed in the cave. Khao Yoi Cave was the place where King Mongkut practised meditation while he was in the monkhood.

NEIGHBORING ATTRACTIONS

Sam Roi Yot National Park

This park is 58 kilometers from Hua Hin town ship. It occupies an area of 61,300 rais (some 24,520 acres) and was designated as a national park on June 28, 1966. The geographical characteristics of the park consist of high limestone mountains, wide Marshland near the sea shore, and islands. In addition, it is also the center of various species and families of plants and trees as well as the home of wild animals. There are three caves worth visiting within the park: Keaw Cave, Sai Cave and Phrayanakhon Cave.

There are bungalows and a camping area for those who require an overnight stay in the park. Reservations can be made at the National Park Division, Forestry Department Tel. (02) 5790529

Cha-am view_2Prachuap Bay
This bay is situated in the vicinity of Prachuap Khiri Khan township,90 kilometers from Hua Hin. Its beach is long and pleasant. There are bungalow accommodation operated by both the Provincial Administration Organizations and the Municipality for public service. Details can be obtained by telephoning (032) 611204

Manao Bay
This bay is located five kilometers from Prachuap Khiri Khan township area and is administered by the Royal Thai Airforce. A permit should be obtained from the commander of the 53rd Squadron, Prachuap Khiri Khan, prior to a visit.

Mirror Mountain
Klai Kangwon Palace Or Khao Chong Kra Chok stands near by Prachuap King Phra Plokklao commanded. It is built in the year Khiri Khan provincial office (Chang Wat Hall), is a small 1926. The palace is located 3 kilometers from Amphoe hill. At the top you may enjoy the view of Prachuap Hua Hin Office. A permit must be obtained from the Khiri Khan Bay and town.

Wanakon Beach
This beach is 22 kilometers from Prachuap Khiri Khan township. Travel to Km. 345, make a right turn and go 3.5 kilometers to the sign board saying "Huai Yang Arboretum". The seven kilometers long beach is lined with sea pines. Accommodation facilities can be reserved at the Faculty of Forest Affairs, Kasetsart University, Tel. (02) 5790520 Huai Yang Waterfall Forest Park A few kilometers from Wanakon Beach, this is an ideal place for picnics and natural sight-seeing

Cha-am view_1

TRANSPORTATION

By Bus
Air-conditioned buses leave Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal (Tel. (02) 435-5032, 435-5097, 4357455) 36 times daily between 4.20 a.m.. and 4.20 p.m. (40 minute intervals).
Non-air-conditioned coaches leave from Bangkok's Southern Bus terminal on Petkasem Road 19 times daily.

By Train
Trains depart daily from Bangkok for Cha-Am.
Express Diesel Railcar leaves Bangkok daily at 9.15 p.m.
Express trains leave Bangkok 5 times daily at 2.00 p.m., 3.15 p.m., 5.05 p.m.,7.20p.m.and 10.35 p.m.
Rapid trains leave Bangkok 4 times daily at 12.35 p.m., 4 p.m., 5.45 p.m., and 6.30 p.m.
Diesel Railcars leave Bangkok twice daily at 9.00 a.m. and 1.40 p.m.

LIST OF GOLF COURSES

Cha-Am Villa And Golf Club Tel. (032) 471 -973
Palm Hills Resort And Country Club
Tel. (032) 520-800.

Royal Hua Hin Golf Course
Tel. (032) 511-585

Sawang Resort Golf Club Tel. (032) 499-555
Springfield Royal Country Club Of Cha-Am
Tel (032)471-324.

Lake View Golf Course and Yatch Club
Tel.(02) 440-0230-9

Majestic Creek Country Club Tel. (032)520- 162
Kang Krachan Country Club




Cha Am Hotel Cha-am
The charm of Cha-am is what it can offer families with young children or those in the golden years of their life that are either close to retirement or are already enjoying it, a quiet well ordered lifestyle free from the hassle of beach vendors.

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For those up early enough but watch the sunrise will see them returning with that nights supper to be served on one of several jetty based restaurants stretching over the water. Hua Hin has some of the freshest and best quality seafood in Thailand.

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