Many people who visit Cha-Am take the time to go to the breakwater which shelters the fishing boat harbour. At the end of a one kilometer breakwater pathway, they find the twin giant squids; a real landmark to celebrate Cha-Am’s fishing industry.
At daybreak every morning fishing boats return to the sanctity of the harbour with their catch of squid, fish and a variety of shellfish. This is one reason why Cha-Am is so popular with visitors whether they are Thai people or foreigners; really fresh seafood.
Fishing boats as the work-horses of the fishing industry This is a working fishing village, not built as a tourist attraction or contrived in any way, but well worth a visit if you want to see how the ‘catch of the day’ arrives. Boats of various sizes and shapes ply the inlet before offloading their catch. The catch is sorted on the spot and may be quickly sent on its way to Bangkok markets but is also purchased for local consumption.
Anyone who is looking for seafood fresh from the ocean can bargain for their preference straight from the boat.
At the entry to the fishing village, on the nearby beach front and within the village there are many restaurants where ocean delicacies can be enjoyed from morning ‘til night. You can be assured that this is about as fresh as seafood can get! Many of the families who are operating these seafood restaurants have been involved in the fishing industry over generations; they really know their seafood! Sorting the day’s catch
Seafood restaurants at the harbour
Where To Go The fishing harbour is at the northern end of the Cha-Am Beach. Just follow the beach road north then cross a small bridge and you will see the entry. It’s an easy bicycle or motor bike ride or you can just walk along the beach, you won’t miss it! Unfortunately the entry is not inviting, with an unsealed road in some disrepair.
We hope rumours of a significant improvement to this entry will soon be realised! However it’s only a few hundred metres to the harbour ahead. To visit the twin squids, turn right and the path to the breakwater may be followed out to sea. Another option is to turn left then cross a narrow bridge across the inlet to the Northern breakwater.
This part of the fishing village is not often considered by visitors but may give you an even more authentic taste of the fishing village. A Final Word Every year in September Kin Hoy Doo Nok Tok Meuk, Cha Am’s annual seafood festival, celebrates this local industry with live music and concerts every night, as well as a large number of food stalls offering a great range of seafood cuisine.
The challenge is include the fishing harbour and village as a tourist experience without disturbing the simple and untainted lifestyle of the local people and their way of life. We hope that careful and well considered management results in the retention of this traditional lifestyle but also allows visitors to enjoy this important part of the Real Thailand!