Cha-Am District

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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
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Geocode 7604

Cha-Am (Thai: ชะอำ, rtgsCha-am, IPA: [tɕʰāʔām]) is a district (amphoe) in the southern part of Phetchaburi Province, central Thailand.

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 District. 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 well-known beach resort town in Thailand, along the Gulf of Thailand. It is popular with Thai families, especially during long weekends.

Cha-Am houses the only American university in Thailand. Webster University has nearly 200 students from various countries. Cha-Am is also known for its beachfront high-rise resorts.


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.


Cha-Am District is divided into nine sub-Districts (tambon).


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)
  • Rat Charoen Tham Temple
  • Nong Chaeng Temple
  • Nong Ta Phot Temple
  • Cha-am Khiri Temple
  • Sai Noi Temple
  • Huai Sai Tai Temple
  • Maruk Khatayawan Temple
  • Khao Nang Phanthurat
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park


Hua Hin and Cha-Am play host to a number of tertiary education institutions and universities such as Silapakorn (Arts) University, Suan Dusit Rajaphat (Hospitality) University, and the Petchaburi Technology and Agricultural University. Stamford International University has a campus in Cha-Am as well as a branch in Bangkok.[1]


  1. ^ "Contact us". Stamford International University (STIU). STIU. Retrieved 16 Feb 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • Cha-am travel guide from Wikivoyage