At on the southern edge of Cha-Am, and an easy bike ride from the beach, the Cha-Am Forest Park is a quiet and relaxing green space. You can go there for a picnic, to play football with the kids, ride your bicycle, exercise, jog, camp overnight or just relax amongst nature.
Established on the 4th March 1992, in March of 2022 a new camping site was opened along with the renovation of facilities on the 368- rai park.
Many Hua Hin visitors or residents may have seen the entry signage on the inland side of the highway, only a kilometre away from the ocean and around three kilometres south of downtown Cha-Am with direct entry from Phetchakasim Road.
But many have never bothered to visit or to take a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the pathways alongside the lakes to experience the verdant flora and abundant fauna.
Apart from families, the park is a mecca for groups of children, including for student or scouting camps,. It’s also used for groups of joggers, such as Hash House Harriers or the launching point for more serious running or cycling events before competitors set out onto Phetchakasim Road.
Atthaphol Phao-On, chief of the forest park says “the new camping site has tent areas, public restrooms, bungalows and conference rooms for rent for both individual and group tourists, the park also features several trekking routes where tourists can exercise or enjoy natural scenery.”
“The camping site will be monitored and patrolled by security guards 24/7 to ensure the safety of all visitors,” he added.
There’s a resident family of white-handed gibbons that usually hang out in the centre of the park that can pretty much always be seen, especially in the morning. Though they have no fear of humans, they’re not fully tame or too aggressive but don’t get too close.
There is also a Thai restaurant near the entrance/exit of the park, with a playground for children to relax after a long walk, comfortably with a cooling drink and a Thai specialty.
For day time visitors, the park is open from 6:00 to 19:00.