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 Cha
Am & Hua Hin
Introduction
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.
Introduction
Attractions
Cha
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
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 Club27-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

Shopping
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 CarFrom 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

Festivals
Phra
Nakhon Khiri Fair
Each February, the hilltop Phra Nakhon Khiri palace in Phetchaburi becomes
the focal point of a popular fair which featureslight & 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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