Cha-am District

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Cha-am
ชะอำ
Amphoe
Cha-am Beach
Cha-am Beach
Amphoe location in Phetchaburi Province
Amphoe location in Phetchaburi Province
Coordinates: 12°47′59″N 99°58′1″E / 12.79972°N 99.96694°E / 12.79972; 99.96694Coordinates: 12°47′59″N 99°58′1″E / 12.79972°N 99.96694°E / 12.79972; 99.96694
Country Thailand
Province Phetchaburi
Seat Cha-am
Tambon 9
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Postal code 76120
Geocode 7604

Cha-am[1] (Thai: ชะอำ, pronounced [t͡ɕʰáʔām] or [t͡ɕʰāʔām]) is a district (amphoe) in the southern part of Phetchaburi Province, western Thailand.[2]

The district was established in 1897 in the name of Na Yang. In 1914 the centre of the district was moved to Ban Nong Chok (now in Tha Yang District and its name was changed to Nong Chok. After World War II, the government moved the office to tambon Cha-am and also changed the district name to Cha-am.

It is a beach resort town along the Gulf of Thailand and is known among Thai families for being a weekend destination within driving distance from the capital.

Location[edit]

Cha-am lies 173 km south of Bangkok. The town can be easily reached by the Phetkasem highway. Just a few trains stop at the town's railway station. Frequent bus and minibus services link Cha-am with neighbouring towns, such as Hua Hin, and with Bangkok. The district to the north is amphoe Tha Yang. Twenty-seven kilometres to the south is amphoe Hua Hin of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, also a beach resort.

Administration[edit]

Cha-am District is divided into nine sub-districts (tambon).

1. Cha-am ชะอำ
2. Bang Kao บางเก่า
3. Na Yang นายาง
4. Khao Yai เขาใหญ่
5. Nong Sala หนองศาลา
6. Huai Sai Nuea ห้วยทรายเหนือ
7. Rai Mai Phatthana ไร่ใหม่พัฒนา
8. Sam Phraya สามพระยา
9. Don Khun Huai ดอนขุนห้วย

Attractions[edit]

Phra Pit Thawan
  • Mrigadayavan Palace
  • Cha-am Beach
  • Wat Neran Chararam (Thai: วัดเนรัญชราราม) − Buddhist Temple (wat) with the big statue of the six-armed Phra Pit Thawan (Thai: พระปิดทวาร)
  • Wat Rat Charoen Tham
  • Wat Nong Chaeng
  • Wat Nong Ta Phot
  • Wat Cha-am Khiri
  • Wat Sai Noi
  • Wat Huai Sai Tai
  • Wat Maruekkhathaiyawan
  • Khao Nang Phanthurat
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park

Education[edit]

Several tertiary educational institutions and universities are in Cha-am and surrounding districts including Silpakorn University (Phetchaburi IT Campus), Suan Dusit Rajaphat University, Stamford International University, and Webster University Thailand.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ประกาศราชบัณฑิตยสถาน เรื่อง การเขียนชื่อจังหวัด เขต อำเภอ และกิ่งอำเภอ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 117 (พิเศษ 94 ง): 2. 14 Sep 2000. 
  2. ^ "About Cha-am". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 26 December 2017. 

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