For three days, from Wednesday 28th until Friday 30th October, the beach at Chao Samran is the venue for organised whale watching trips followed by an evening festival of music and entertainment, OTOP displays with local seafood, especially freshly caught crabs, available from sundown.
Bryde’s whales can grow to 15m in length with a grey/blackr body colour. They can be seen searching for food along the northern end of the Royal Coast at Phak Bia Cape in Ban Laem and at Chao Samran beach in Phetchaburi.
Sometimes a group of up to 10 whales can be spotted when they try to eat anchovies and are followed by seagulls, which come down to the water and wait to eat fleeing fish.
During the season, from September until December, boats operate whale-watching tours and provide life vests for all passengers. At Hat Chao Samran pier, both groups and individuals are welcome. Each boat accommodates up to 10 passengers. The fare is around 500 baht per person per trip.
Chao Samran Beach is on the northern coastal route from Cha-Am, around 30 kilometres along a scenic easy drive. The small coastal community is a great venue for an overnight stay (or longer) with plentiful accommodation from upmarket resorts to simple bungalow or guest houses.