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Cha-am

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The beach is divided in two (North and South Cha-am) by Naranthip Road, which runs all the way from the train station till it bisects the beach road, Ruamjit Road. If anything, the northern strip is slightly more developed but you'll find guesthouses catering to Thais and foreigners in both directions.

Note that many focused on Thais have no English signposting but are often the cheapest (and crappiest) bet -- just look for streetside signs indicating prices like 300/400 or 400/500 (the lower price for fan-cooled, higher for air-con).

In the unlikely situation that you need to be hospitalised, the best medical care is in Bangkok and Hua Hin, otherwise Cha-am hospital is about two kilometres away on the east side of Sri Sakul Thai Road. Take Naranthip Road from the beach and then your last right before Petchakasem Road. It offers 24-hour emergency care.

There are several tourist police substations along Cha-am beach, the largest at the base of Naranthip Road. The main police station is on the north side of Naranthip Road, between Petchakasem Road and the train station. There is a post office on the beach road, south of The Methavali (open Mon-Fri 08:30-16:30, Sat 09:00-12:00, closed Sundays and holidays). The main post office is on the north side of Naranthip Road, between Petchakasem Road and the train station.

Internet cafes along the beach road are mostly slow and pricey but many hotels and guesthouses offer free WiFi.

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