Am (160 kilometres southwest of Bangkok)Immediate & Related AttractionsCha 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
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.
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
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.
(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
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.
This hill marking the southern extent of Hua Hin supports Buddhist temples
and offers a commanding view of the resort,particularly early in the
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
This scenic waterfall, some 60 kilometres west of Hua Hin, is an increasingly
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.