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 Cha Am & Hua Hin
Cha Am and Hua Hin, both closely associated with Thai royalty, and located on the sunrise side of the Thai Gulf, about 3 hours drive from Bangkok. They are substantially quiet and relaxing seaside resorts ideal for family vacations. Cha Am in Phetchaburi and Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan are merely 25 kilometres apart. Both enjoy a wealth of attractions, prominent among them are national parks and historic cities.

Cha Am (160 kilometres southwest of Bangkok)
Immediate & Related Attractions

Cha Am Beach
The extensive and popular beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful on the western side of the Thai Gulf.

Phra Ratchaniwet Marukkhathaiyawan
This beachside wooden palace was formerly used as a royal summer residence by King Rama VI during the 1920s. The palace is contained within the Border Patrol Police Headquarters south of Cha-am on the road to Hua Hin.

Kaeng Krachan National Park
Thailand's largest National Park is located some 50 kilometres northwest of Cha Am. The park extends towards the Burmese border to the west, is characterised by a topography of forested hills and mountains, and waterways, and has as a major focal point the Kaeng Krachan Dam, a 58-metre-high and 760-metre-long structure that dominates a scenic reservoir.

Chao Samran Beach
This scenic beach, 51 kilometres north of Cha Am, is one of several popular beaches to the east of Phetchaburi provincial capital.

Khao Wang
This 92-metre hillock on the northern approach to Phetchaburi provincial capital (some 36 kilometres north of Cha Am), supports the Phra Nakhon Khiri palace constructed in 1860 by King Rama IV (King Mongkut). Phetchaburi residents refer to it as Khao Wang, literally Palace Hill. The area is now known as Phra Nakhon Khiri National Museum and is open to the public every day from 9.00 AM until 4.00 PM. Admission is 10 baht per person. Visitors may walk to the hillttop complex, or ascend by cable car.

Khao Luang Cave
This picturesque cave, some 5 kilometres from Khao Wang, contains a Buddha image cast by the royal command of King Chulalongkorn to honour his father, King Mongkut.

Hua Hin (185 kilometres southwest of Bangkok)
Immediate & Related Attractions
Hua Hin can lay claim to being Thailand's oldest beach resort. This status dates from 1926 when King Rama VII built a beachside palace named Klai Kangwon (Far From Worries). The Thai royal family still customarily spend the hottest months of the year, generally March through April, there. Many prominent Bangkok families maintain beachside villas. Hua Hin boasted
Thailand's first golf course (still in use as the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course after some 70 years) and the resort continues to exude, despite modernisation, a genteele fin de siecle atmosphere.

Hua Hin Beach
This extends some three kilometres southwards from the fishing village and rocky headland (that gives Hua Hin, literally Rocky Head, its name) until a southern headland where Buddhist temples cling to yet another, somewhat formidable cliff. Fine white sand, resort hotels, many watersports opportunities lend the resort its distinctive ambiance.

Khao Takiap
This hill marking the southern extent of Hua Hin supports Buddhist temples and offers a commanding view of the resort,particularly early in the morning.

Sea Pine Tree Garden
This is located 8 kilometres south of Hua Hin. A left turn is made at Km 240 on Highway 4 for a distance of half a kilometre. There are restaurants and accommodation facilities. Further details may be obtained from Hua Hin 511-239-40.

Pala-U Waterfall
This scenic waterfall, some 60 kilometres west of Hua Hin, is an increasingly popular destination.

Khao Tao/Sai Noi Beach
Between the Km. 243 and 244 markers, there is a branch road which leads to a scenic lake, and a beautiful beach named Sai Noi.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
This coastal national park, literally translated as 'Three Hundred Peaks', covers more than 24,500 acres. High, thinly vegetated limestone mountains and coastal marshlands overlook several islands. The marshlands support a great variety of waterfall species and the limestone masses are riddled with popular caves. Accommodation and camping facilities are available.
Further details may be obtained from the National Parks Division in Bangkok (Tel: 579-0529).

Prachuap Khiri Khan
This unpretentious and somnolent provincial capital lies 90 kilometres south of Hua Hin and nestles against a crescent bay with a fine beach. The most prominent landmark is a beachside hillock named Khao Chong Kra Chok (Mirror Mountain) near the provincial office. The hillock supports a Buddhist shrine on the top, which is reached by a climb of some 390 steps. A tribe of mischievous monkeys inhabit the hillock. The summit affords exhilarating views of the rugged coastline to the north, including Sam Roi Yot, and a splendid view of Prachuap Bay.

Playing Golf

Golfing opportunities abound in Cha Am and Hua Hin. Indeed, golf is the major sport aside from popular watersports. Some of the courses are well established. Others are recent creations, several having been specially designed by internationally renowned golfers. Major golf courses include:

Cha Am Villa & Golf Club
27-hole course. Club house, driving range.
Tel: (032) 471-974

Springfield Royal Country Club of Cha Am
36-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Club house, driving range, conference facilities, sports club, cycling track.
Tel: (032) 471-303, 471-324

Palm Hills Resort & Country Club
18-hole course designed by Max Wexler. Country club with sports and recreational facilities, driving range.
Tel: (032) 520-800 Fax: 520-820

Majestic Creek Country Club & Beach Resort
18-hole course, club house, driving range.
Tel: (032) 520-162-6 Fax: 520-477

Royal Hua Hin Golf Club
18-hole course, simple club house, seafood restaurant opened in 1924.
Tel: (032) 511-585

Sawang Golf Course
27-hole course, club house
Tel: (02) 440-0240 Fax: 440-0245

Lake View Princess Resort & Golf Club
18-hole course designed by Robert Packard, club house, driving range, conference, sports facilities.
Tel: (032) 520-091 Fax: 520-098

Milford Golf Course & Condominium
18-hole course designed by Robert Mcfarland, club house, sports complex
Tel: (02) 235-2871

Hua Hin is best known for its cotton products, which come in a wide range of prints and colours, and its dried seafood products which enjoy enduring appeal among those who favour Thai and Chinese cuisine. A nightly street market in Hua Hin is the favourite venue for shoppers. Phetchaburi has long been renowned for the excellence of its Thai-style sweets which include subtle custards and egg-based confectionery. Several specialty sweet shops are located at the foot of Khao Wang on the northern outskirts of the provincial capital.
How to get there

By Car
From Bangkok, drive for about 3 hrs. along the Highway 35 (Thon Buri - Pak Thao route) via Samut Songkhram then turn left to the Highway No. 4 (Phetkasem Road) via Phetchaburi and Hua Hin to Prachuap Khiri Khan, a total distance of 281 kilometres. Another route might otherwise be taken from Bangkok via Buddhamonthon, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan, a total distance of 320 kilometres.

By Bus

Regular buses leave Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal for Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan every 40 minutes, starting from 04:00 am until 22:20 pm. Bus Fare is around Baht 128 per person per way. For further details, please contact 0-2884-6192.

Remark : Time and fare is subject to change without prior notices

By Train
Trains leave Bangkok Railway Station for Hua Hin 12 times daily and Prachuap Khiri Khan 9 times daily. Please check timetable before travelling at the nearest station or Information Unit in Bangkok Railway Station, Tel: 0-2223-7010, 0-2223-7020.

By Air
Bangkok Airways operates a daily flight from Bangkok to Hua Hin.
Please click here to preview flight timetable or to book a flight


Phra Nakhon Khiri Fair
Each February, the hilltop Phra Nakhon Khiri palace in Phetchaburi becomes the focal point of a popular fair which features
light & sound presentations, bazaars, folk entertainment and other special activities.

Useful Calls
Important in Hua Hin
- Air Bus Station : 0-3251-1654
- Bus Station : 0-3251-1230
- Emergency Calls : 191
- Overseas Calls : 100
- Post Office : 0-3251-1350
- Police Station : 0-3253-3440 to 1
- Police Tourism Authority : 0-3251-5995
- Railway Station : 0-3251-1073
Important in Cha Am
- Bus Station : 0-3242-5307
- Police Station : 0-3247-1323
- Post Office : 0-3247-1252
- Railway Station : 0-3247-1159
- Tourism Authority : 0-3247-1005 to 6

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