Hua Hin and Cha Am are the stars of Thailand’s beautiful northern coast. Together, these two towns lure in visitors with their warm white sand beaches, stunning landscapes, charming culture and luxury resorts.
As the original beach resort of Thailand established in the 1920’s, Hua Hin has remained the premier resort destination in the country. Known for its stunning beauty and charm, the seaside paradise earned its claim to fame when both Rama VI and Rama VII built their summer palaces to escape the city heat. The northern town of Cha Am, while less crowded, offers visitors the same magnificent views and luxury, but without the crowds. Easily accessible from Bangkok and with just 25km separating the two, it’s hard not to miss out on some of Thailand’s most treasured land and important cultural landmarks.
Built In 1929, the Hua Hin railway station is one of the oldest in Thailand. Running from Bangkok to the city, the railway was constructed so that King Rama VI could travel to his summer residence via land rather than water. The charming station features a brightly coloured building and incredible Royal Waiting Room, making it one of the town’s main attractions. The current royal family primarily resides at its summer, Spanish-style palace in Hua Hin. Phra Ratchawang Klai Kangwon Palace, which translates to “far from worries,” perfectly describes the charming, beautiful and relaxed atmosphere of Hua Hin. Although it is not always open to visitors, the famous palace is well worth admiring from afar. The Maruekatayawan Palace, known as the “palace of love and hope,” is a prime example of traditional Thai architecture. Surrounded by intricate gardens and stunning ocean views, this palace is open for tours.
The coast boasts vast expanses of plush, white sand, shallow waters and mild currents – perfect for swimming and laying out. In Hua Hin, the limestone mountains of Khao Takiap separate the long stretches of beach into north and south. Both are filled with amazing views and numerous secluded spots, while the north end features an image of Buddha at the foot of the mountain. Most of the restaurants and beach activity are centred near the Sofitel Hotel. For those who are more interested in water sports there are plenty to try including water-skiing, kite boarding, jet skiing and banana boats. Both of Cha Am’s beaches, full of casuarinas trees and breath-taking views, are also safe and ideal for families. However, Cha Am is quieter and it is not as developed as Hua Hin.
Located just outside the town is Kaeng Krachan National Park. The dense rainforest, filled with cascading waterfalls, dramatic granite cliffs, alluring caves and a beautiful lake, is the largest and most diverse national park in Thailand. Beneath the billowing clouds and dense morning fogs, lies a bounty of treasures including beautiful hiking trails, stunning vistas and mystical creatures such as Asiatic leopards, barking deer, tapirs, tigers, Asian elephants, langurs and a myriad of birds and butterflies. Along the coast, just south of Hua Hin, is the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. White sand beaches and jutting limestone peaks give way to marshes, mangrove swamps, wetlands and a variety of animals.
The resorts are home to two incredible markets. Cha Am’s Cicada market is perfect for finding unique handicrafts and artwork and it also features a beer garden and occasional concerts. The lone street that encompasses the night market of Hua Hin offers various goods, including the famous Thai street food. The food stalls at Thanon Chomsin provide the best tasting and most authentic Thai food. The resorts also feature incredible golf courses, as well as family-friendly animal parks, cycling tours and elephant treks.
As the choice place of residence and summer destination of the royals, Hua Hin and Cha Am, prove to be a relaxing weekend retreat for Thais and visitors alike. These pristine beach resorts feature a beautiful mix of powdery beaches, dramatic mountain ranges and a charming city that is full of vibrant markets and friendly people.
Here, guests are treated like royalty – massages on the beach, dining on delicious seafood, walking the halls of palaces and experiencing the unspoilt rainforests full of lush greenery and exotic animals.
Things to do in Hua Hin and Cha Am
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Bring lightweight, breathable clothing. Casual clothing is common, just be sure to cover up when visiting temples, palaces and other public places. The sun is almost always out during the day, so sunscreen, hats and sunglasses are essential.
It is advisable to bring a first aid kit, complete with insect repellent, a mosquito net, water purification tablets rehydrating solutions, and other pain medications and antibiotics. The community atmosphere and oftentimes lack of privacy means that any valuables should be kept locked up. Bring padlocks for precious belongings. Also pack plenty of waterproof bags to protect cameras, phones and other items from the natural elements. A pocket-sized torch will also come in handy. It may also be a good idea to bring snorkelling equipment, tents sleeping bags and other outdoor items depending on your plans.
The weather throughout Hua Hin and Cha Am is relatively constant year-round. While the area does experience three distinct seasons, the warm weather can make it difficult for visitors to differentiate between the three. Throughout the year, daily averages reach 27°C.
The three seasons are referred to as “cool and dry", "hot" and "rainy." The dry season runs from November to February. These days are filled with sun, afternoon winds, average temperatures of 26.5°C and little rainfall. This is often considered the best time to visit.
The hot season is from March to June, during which daytime temperatures can reach 29°C and higher, with high humidity levels. Lastly, the rainy season extends from July to October. The average temperature is 28°C during the day and slightly cooler at night. Afternoon rain showers are common, and while the area does not receive the same amount of rain as other parts of the country, it still sees occasional downpours and flooding.
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