Hua Hin and Cha-am
Hua Hin is approximately 3 hours drive from Bangkok. The royal family have a summer palace here and the royal association gives the resort a good deal of kudos. Hua Hin boasts a large market, plenty of restaurants and souvenir shops as well as some first class hotels. The beach at Hua Hin is 3 miles long with white sand and clear waters. Cha-am lies just north of Hua Hin and is wonderfully convenient for those who don’t wish to fly to the islands further south. The resort is popular with international visitors and Thai families alike, but is not quite as hectic as Phuket or Koh Samui. The long stretch of beach is ideal for swimming or relaxing.