Getting to Cha-Am

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You have several options to get from Bangkok to Cha-Am using the newly upgraded highway.

 

Catching the Bus to Cha-Am

Buses from Bangkok run from Sai Tai bus station ( the southern bus station ) in Thonburi, about every hour, starting at around 05.00 until 22.00.  VIP buses are air-conditioned and normally leave on time,  whereas the normal buses which are nor air-conditioned leave when full, or almost full.

The trip takes 31/2 hours and terminates at the bus station 100 metres from the beach (only the buses marked Cha-Am stop here) and cost about 180 Baht.  Buses to Hua Hin stop on the main road, but other long distance buses may go around the by-pass, so check first.

Reservations can be made in advance at the bus station or through a travel agency, but unless you are traveling over a peak holiday period it is usually not necessary.

 

Southern Bus Station

Southern (Sai Tai) Bus Station - Take escalators to the 2nd floor. Note - Beware of touts escorting you to the counters. They will sell you a second class ticket at an inflated price claiming it is a VIP ticket. The VIP counters are at the far row.

 

Minibus to Cha-Am from Bangkok

Minibuses (or minivans) to Cha am and Hua Hin start from Victory Monument in the centre of Bangkok.  Catch the BTS Skytrain to Victory Monument. Make sure you take exit #2 and look for the Century shopping centre and the minibuses are just down the stairs on the left of the shopping centre.

These minibuses stop in Cha Am on Soi bus station, near the beach.  Another minibus company operates from behind the bus stop on Victory Monument, dropping you off at the top of Narathip road ( the main road down to the beach ).

The fare is approximately 180 Baht and the trip takes 2 – 3 hours.  Minibuses run from 06.00 until 19.00 and depart every 30 minutes or earlier when full.  The space available for luggage is quite small, so if you have big suitcases it’s not convenient (you can also be charged up to 100 baht per piece of luggage).

You can also use the minivans as a quick way of to getting to Cha-Am from Hua Hin and visa versa – the fare is about 30 Baht each way.

Victory Monument

Victory Monument on the BTS Line

minivans to Hua Hin

Waiting minivans looking down from the station

 

Taxi Service to Cha-Am

Cha-Am Taxi Prices

Cha-Am Taxi Prices

A taxi from Bangkok is one of the quickest and easiest way of getting to Cha am although also the most expensive. The trip

should take about 2 and a half hours and cost about 2500 baht on the meter.

There are many airport taxi touts selling unofficial taxi’s that are often older, less comfortable cars.  A better option if you require a taxi from Bangkok international airport ( Suvarnabhumi ) is to use the official taxi stand just outside the arrivals doors on the road.

 

Train Service to Cha-Am

Currently there are 2 trains a day from Bangkok’s Hualamphong train station that stop in Cha-Am, departing at 09.20 and 15.35.  If these trains are not convenient, you can always get an earlier or later train (between 8:00 am and 10:50 pm) and hop off at Hua Hin and go back to Cha-Am by bus.

The price for train ticket is around 100 baht and the trip  takes 3.5hrs. Visit State Railway of Thailand for more information on timetables and fares.

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Updated: September 11, 2011 by admin

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