Cha Am, Thailand is one of the most interesting places to visit in the world. Anyone that has ever visited knows that getting there can be difficult if you don’t travel like the locals. While the travel to the city can also be difficult, that should not deter you from visiting. This article will give you insights on the different ways to travel in Cha Am.
Many people who travel to Cha Am are probably starting out in Bangkok, either to spend most of their time in Bangkok or to just get a quick getaway to one of the beaches in Cha Am. Many tourist pick the beaches in Cha Am to relax at because they have less people there. Like stated earlier, it can be difficult to travel to Cha Am, even from a big city such as Bangkok. Don’t worry, we have found some great ways to get there.
The first way is to take a minivan from Ekkamai Bus Station to Cha Am. Without heavy traffic, the bus ride takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes and will cost you about 180 Baht one way.
The minivan service is available 7 days a week and usually runs from the early morning until about 8 pm. This means that you can spend all day in Cha Am relaxing. The only major problem that you may run into using this service is that some minivans will not drop you in the main part of Cha Am, which is usually close to the beach. No worries though, there are plenty of motorbikes around that can take you to the main square for about 50 Baht, or just take the 20 minute walk to the cha am beach instead. Many of the minivans are starting to drop off their passengers to the main station, so if you are looking for a hotel accommodation in Cha Am you are close to travel agents in the station. Talay Hotel & Villa is close by to book your minivan ride back to Bangkok. Just don’t be too late!
The second way to get to Cha Am From Bangkok is by train. There are 12 departures daily from the Hua Lam Phong Railway station in Bangkok. These trains range from Ordinary to Express and all cost different prices depending on the speed of the train. It is always a good idea to look on their website to make sure that they train you want to book is running for the day.
If you are coming from the Chiang Mai area, don’t worry. There is a way that you can experience the beauty of Cha Am too. If you have the extra time and a few extra coins, than the bus ride from Chiang Mai to Cha Am is for you. The bus from Chiang Mai drops you off in Hua Hin, which is just a few minutes away from Cha Am. The bus departs from Chiang Mai at 19:30 will set you back about 850 baht. If you are looking for a more ‘luxury feel’ than the overnight VIP bus departs at 18:00 and 19:00 and will cost about 1,134 baht. No matter which option you choose, they will both take about 13 hours to get to Cha Am. It is also good to know that all of the buses are air conditioned, which is a necessity for the heat in Thailand.
For those that are touring the Pattaya area, there is also an easier way for you to also experience Cha Am. The service has been available since January 2017 and has been helping more tourist experience Hua Hin. The trip takes about 2 hours without delays and tickets usually cost about 1200 Baht. While we know that Hua Hin is not exactly Cha Am, there are plenty of taxis and minivans that can take you to Cha Am for an affordable price.
We hope that these options will help you experience Cha Am so that you can see what everyone else is talking about. Have a great trip and safe travels!