The SpaceThis condo unit is situated at the corner of the building, thus providing a panoramic view of the ocean wherever one is seated, be at the balcony, the bedrooms or the living room. The front entry has a double-door. If the outer front door is open while the inner door is locked, one can enjoy the nice breeze all day long. The condo has its own private beach which is located right in front of the building.
Our 2 bedroom unit features a sofa seating area, well equipped kitchen, dining area, flat screen cable TV. All bedrooms, living and dinning room are equipped with air conditioning units:
- 1 private master bedroom with king size bed
- 2 twin beds
- 2 bathroom with shower, sink and toilet
- Balcony Chair Set
- Fresh bedding sets for all beds including baht towels
Well Equipped Kitchen:
- Rice Cooker
- Filter Coffee Pressure
- Electric Kettle
- Portable Electric Stove
- Microwave and Refrigerator
- Pots and Pans
- Cutlery and Plates
- Glasses and Mugs etc Guest AccessGuests will have access to all the facilities within the condo including
-the swimming pool
-fitness room and ping pong table
-sauna room with a fee of 60 baht per usage
-the private beach
-internet service, guest can buy a high speed internet wifi card at condo office at the rate of 100 baht/day or 300 baht/week.
- laundry service, taxi service, pls contact condo staff for detail information
-24 hours security guard Interaction with GuestsAlthough I won't be around to meet you in person, the staff at the condo office can provide you any in-house service, taxi service, directions to the town center, providing information on where to rent a boat, where to dine casually and in style, and render you any assistance you may need to make your stay an enjoyable one.
The condo manager's name is Koi. She is usually at the front desk to greet guests and answer their calls. You may also reach her through her cell phone at (phone number hidden). Please remember that the name of the condo is 'Baan Ruen Rom or บ้านรื่นรมย์ ' The NeighborhoodThings to see in and near Cha-Am
Cha-Am's main attraction is its long and beautiful beach. But you can also go and see the fishing pier, the market and some temples. North of Cha-Am are other beautiful beaches and the city of Phetchaburi, and south of Cha-Am is Hua Hin, the famous seaside resort.
Statue of King Naresuan and Neranchararam temple
King Naresuan the Great reigned from (phone number hidden), during the Ayutthaya period. He used Cha-Am as a meeting place before going to war against the Burmese in 1593. His statue can be seen in a small park overlooking the sea, at the end of Cha-Am north. If you are wondering why there are so many cocks at the base of the statue, it's because King Naresuan was into cockfighting!
If you go on for just a few meters, you will find Neranchararam temple on the left of the road. There you can admire a six-armed Bouddha image, with the hands closing all channels of the body, to show the cutting off of passion.
The fishing pier
The fishing pier is at the north of Cha-Am. Go north along the beachfront and keep going straight through the gravelled road that starts from Wat Neranchararam (i.e. don't follow the road that veers left). You will find the pier, and several seafood restaurants. There used to be a lot of restaurants, unfortunately many had to relocate and all is left now is rubble.
Saphan Hin "walking street" is a long pier built on the sea. People go there to fish, take a walk before the sunset or ride a bicycle. Cars are not allowed, unfortunately motorbikes are. This is Cha-am most recent tourist attraction, as this 13 million baht project was completed in 2011. To reach the pier, follow the beach and enter the dirt road leading to the fishing pier, then go to the end and turn right.
It is a temple located west of Cha-Am, with a cave on a small hill. The image of Buddha inside the temple was built in the period of Ayutthaya. Follow the sign that indicates "Wat Cha Am Cave" and you will find the stairs that climb to the cave.
Directions: from the beachfront, take Narathip Road and turn right at the traffic lights (junction with Phetkasem road). Follow the road, pass the flyover over the railway, then look for the entrance of the temple on your left.
Khao Nang Phanthurat National Park
This park is a limestone mountain with many caves. There is a large garden at the entrance, then you can follow the trail and climb up the mountain to discover some caves and enjoy a view of the coast. There are steps all the way up, but you still need to wear proper shoes.
Directions: there are three possible ways to go to the park. 1. Take the "hospital road", pass the bascule bridge then go straight (don't turn right) for about 2 km. Turn left at the end of the road, then left again after 2 km. The entrance to the park will be on your right. 2. Take Phetkasem road in the direction of Bangkok, pass the flyover, pass the interchange as if you were going to Bangkok, then follow the road for 4 kilometers and make a U-turn. Turn left at Nikhom market (there is a sign in Thai indicating the park) then follow the signs. 3. Take Phetkasem road in the direction of Bangkok. Pass the flyover above the railway, then turn right at the entrance of Jalaprathan Cement Co. Ltd. Beware of the road, it is in bad condition.
Phanthurat National Park
San Chao Por Khao Yai
This is the shrine ("San") of the guardian spirit ("Chao Por") of Cha-am ("Khao Yai" being the sub-district it is located in). It is highly revered, and people stop by all the time to make offerings. If you pass by without stopping, make sure you honk your horn just like everybody does!
Directions: when coming from Hua Hin or Cha-am, take Phetkasem road in the direction of Bangkok, pass the flyover above the railway and turn right after 1 km. The shrine is at the entrance of Jalaprathan Cement Co. Ltd and Khao Nang Phanturat park.
Cha-Am Forest Park
Located on Phetkasem road, on the right when going south (turn left at Narathip junction when coming from the beach, then go straight and you will find the park on your right, a few hundred meters after the fire station). It's not breathtaking but it's a quiet and relaxing place. You can go there for a picnic, play football with the kids, ride your bicycle, exercise, go for a jog... Unlike any other place in Thailand you won't be annoyed by dogs, as they are kept away from the park. There are monkeys (gibbons) but they are on a small island so they can't come near you. There is also a Thai restaurant.
Cha-Am fresh market
Cha-Am market is on the other side of Phetkasem Road, in the direction of the train station. Turn left before the train station and go straight.
Cha-Am Wednesday night market
If you are in Cha-am on a Wednesday, don't miss the night market near the train station. You'll find plenty of food, clothes, bags, household goods, DVD, electric and hifi accessories, etc. The beer bars on the left side after the main entrance are also a well known meeting point for the expats.
Also written "Marukhathaiyawan" or "Mrigadayavan" Palace. Built in 1923 on the coast between Cha-Am and Hua Hin, it was King Rama VI's seaside summer palace. Rama VI, who reigned from (phone number hidden), had been advised by his doctors to restore his health in a cool and dry place. He went to the royal residence at Chao Samran beach, in Phetchaburi, but he was dissatisfied with the unhealthy conditions and he then decided to have another summer palace built. The new place was better ventilated, with niches for water around the pillars to prevent ants from entering the building. Referred to as "the Palace of Love and Hope", it is a two-storey golden teak pavillion with a series of halls connected to each other.
Location and admission: 9 km south of Cha-Am, at km 216. Open everyday except Wednesday, from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Admission is 30 baht (no overcharge for "Farangs").
Hua Hin is a very popular seaside resort. King Rama VII built a summer palace there, creating a vogue among high society for Hua Hin to become the favourite retreat from Bangkok's summer heat. Today the Royal Family still resides in Hua Hin for part of the year. Like Cha-Am, Hua Hin can be quite crowded during the week-ends. Make sure you go and see the railway station, which is said to be the most beautiful train station in Thailand, and the night market.
A beautiful waterfall 60 km west of Hua Hin. It has 15 levels, but reaching the first three or four levels is already rewarding (and could be exhausting if you're not in a good physical shape).
Hat Puek Tian
Turn right at the sign indicating Puk Tian beach
Puek Tian beach (also spelled Puk Tian) is a popular photographic spot with many sculptures of fictional characters invented by Thailand's most famous poet, Sunthorn Phoo. The sculptures are quite impressive, unfortunately the beach itself is very dirty. If you are on your way to Chao Samran beach, or if you are just going for a drive or a ride, then Puek Tian is a nice place to stop. But if you want to spend the day at the beach outside of Cha-Am, we would recommend Hat Chao Samran instead.
Directions: follow the beachfront in the direction of the north, pass the bridge above the canal, then turn left after the temple and follow the road which veers left and right a few times. At the end of this road, turn right and pass the bascule bridge. OR, from the beachfront, take Narathip Road and turn right at the Family Mart, then go straight. Pass Cha-Am hospital, then pass the bascule bridge. After the bascule bridge, take the third road (or second large road) on your right, in the direction of Puk Tian, Hat Chao Samran, Alila hotel, etc., then go straight for about 15 km until you see the big sign that says Puk-Tian beach. Turn right at the sign (you will see a big dinosaur on the right side of the road), then go straight towards the sea.
Hat Chao Samran
Chao Samran beach is very popular among Thai people. It is located 6 km north of Hat Puek Tian (just follow the road and turn right at the traffic lights). The beach is much cleaner than Puek Tian, though, and there is more sand and less rocks. There are very few Western tourists, but also very few restaurants, activities, etc. So it's a nice place to relax, or a nice destination if you go for a ride in the area (the road is very pleasant). But to be honest, Cha-Am is not that noisy and busy so that you need to "get away from it all" and find a peaceful place to relax...;-)
Kaeng Krachan national park
Kaeng Krachan National Park, in the province of Phetchaburi, is about an hour's drive from Cha-Am (follow road 3499). It's the largest natural park in Thailand and a paradise for trekkers and bird watchers. On the way to the park is a 45 sqm reservoir lake where you can take a boat tour.
Phetchaburi historical park
The city of Phetchaburi is about 30 km north of Cha-Am, on Phetkasem road, on the way to Bangkok. The historical park covers a hilly area (Khao Wang) with an old palace and ancient temples. The province of Phetchaburi also has beautiful beaches and caves. Getting AroundTransportation - Rent a vehicle
The most pleasant way to get around in Cha-Am is to rent a bicycle or a motorbike. For short distances in town you can use a moto-taxi, or a bus to travel along Phetkasem road.
How to use the buses
Getting around by bus in Cha-am
The buses run along Phetkasem road only. There are two types of buses, the "Por neung" (P1) type and the "Por song" (P2) type. The P1 type (blue bus) is only for long distances, and you have to buy a ticket at the counter (next to the 7/11 at the main intersection). You can also book in advance. If you want to travel for a short distance, like Hua Hin, Tha Yang or Phetchaburi, you must use the P2 type (either white and blue, or red, as in our picture). The white and blue buses have air conditioning, whereas the red buses don't. You don't need to buy a ticket in advance, you just hop in and you give your destination to the person who collects the money (you can also ask him/her to tell you when you have reached your destination). It should cost you around 40 baht to go to Hua Hin or Phetchaburi.
There are bus stops along Phetkasem road, but people can also get on and get off freely if it is more convenient.
Minivans to Hua Hin
Minivans from Bangkok to Hua Hin or Pranburi stop in Cha-am along Phetkasem road (you can wait at the bus stop in front of the Bangkok Bank). If there are seats available, you can hop in and get a ride to Hua Hin for something like 40 baht per person.
Taxis and moto-taxis
There are no tuk-tuks in Cha-Am, but there are taxis, and you can hire mototaxis for short distances. Taxis are not colourful cars like in Bangkok, usually there are normal cars with a handwritten sign that says "taxi". They can be found where the moto-taxis hang about, at the beachfront (for instance in Cha-Am North soi 5 area).
Pink bikes in Cha-Am
Pink tandems are a common sight in Cha-Am. You can rent tandems or bikes for 30 baht per hour.
Rent a motorbike
Motorbikes are also available for rent, usually for 200 baht per day.
If you have never driven this kind of motorbike, make sure you are given an automatic model, so that you don't have to change gear. Also make sure you know where the main controls are (brakes, indicators...) before you hit the road.
- Never leave your passport as a caution. You can either leave a photocopy, or some money (ask for a receipt) as a caution.
- In spite of the heat, make sure you wear protective clothes (like jeans and proper shoes to start with). Needless to say, always wear a helmet!
- In Thailand you drive on the left side of the road.
- If someone flashes his lights at you at a crossroad, it is not a polite gesture to let you pass first. It means "You stay where you are, I'm coming first!"
- Never drive fast and always beware of young children, animals crossing the road, other vehicles and any other surprises.
- Make sure you have at least your home-country driving license with you in case you are stopped by the police (as well as your passport or a photocopy). An international driving license is recommended, or a Thai driving license (which is very easy to get and worth having if you stay in