The 15th Shell Eating, Bird Watching and Squid Catching in Cha-Am will take place again this year between 8 and 16 September at the lookout point on Cha-Am beach. Organized by the Cha-Am Municipality, with cooperation of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Singha Corporation, this event aims to attract visitors to the beachfront city during the low season.
Similar to the first one in 1999, its highlight features squid catching, an activity popular among tourists. In addition, the organizers include boat racing and fishing contests at the opening of the event. Besides squid catching, there are fresh seafood selling, concerts from famous singers every night and bird watching at Thung Takad Plee and Khao Nang Panturat Natural Park. Organized in the morning and last afternoon every day, the bird watching activity allows tourists to see local and immigrant birds that dwell on swamps and at the foot of the hill in the two places.
A qualified tour guide will provide information on the birds and the environment there, too. The Shell Eating, Bird Watching and Squid Catching in Cha-Am is one of the most favored events of the city as it attracts a lot of tourists every year. Last year, over 35,000 tourists came to join the event. One reason for this is that the organizers maintain good quality of the event and visitors can enjoy various activities there. The main reason why this event is held during the rainy season of Thailand is because it is the good time when a lot of squids can be easily found and caught.
Moreover, many birds are migrating from the north to stay here. Although it is the low season when fewer visitors come to Cha-Am, this activity will somehow promote tourism in the city and attract many tourists who would like to enjoy fun activities and beautiful landscape different from other seasons in Thailand.