and Hua Hin, both closely associated with
Thai royalty, and located on the sunrise side
of the Thai Gulf, some 3 hours southwest of
Bangkok, are essentially quiet and relaxing
seaside resorts ideal for family vacations.
Although merely some 25 kilometers apart,
the resorts are each in neighboring provinces,
Cha-Am in Petchaburi, and Hua Hin in Prachuap
Khiri Khan. Both enjoy a wealth of satellite
attractions, prominent among them national
parks and historic cities.
Cha-Am (160 kilometers southwest of Bangkok)
& Related Attractions
The extensive and popular beach is
considered to be one of the most beautiful on the western
side of the Thai Gulf.
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 Head quarters south of
Cha-Am on the road to Hua Hin.
Krachan National Park
Thailand's largest National Park is located
some 50 kilometers northwest of Cha-Am. The
park extends towards the Burmese border to
the west, is characterized by a topography
of forested hills and mountains, and waterways,
and has as a major focal point the Kaeng Krachan
Dam, a 58 meter-high and 760 meter-long structure
that dominates a scenic reservoir.
This scenic beach, 51 kilometers north of
Cha-Am, is one of several popular beaches
to the east of Petchaburi provincial capital.
This 92 meter hillock on the northern approach
to Petchaburi provincial capital (some 36
kilometers north of Cha-Am), supports the
Phra Nakhon Khiri palace constructed in 1860
by King Rama IV (King Mongkut). Petchaburi
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 hilltop complex, or ascend
by cable car.
Luang Cave This picturesque cave, some 5 kilometers from
Khao Wang, contains a Buddha image cast by
the royal command of King Chulalongkorn to
honour his father, King Mongkut.