Beach at Cha Am

20160308_125540I had planned to spend some time at a beach in Cambodia 20160308_132827before heading home.  Unfortunately, every person I met who had gone there,  ended up with food poisoning.   That just did not appeal to me.  I was disappointed as it was the location of the current Survivor series.  Plan B.  If you arrive in Thailand overland you only get a 15 day visa.  If you fly in it is an automatic 30 days.  Since I needed 18 days I opted for a quick flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok.  Flights are inexpensive and I ended up paying only slightly more than a long bus trip would have cost.  I did not want to spend a bunch of time traveling from Bangkok, and a bit of research showed me Cha Am was close and well rated.  A three hour mini bus trip was all it took.  Cha Am is a small city on the sea.  My guesthouse was two blocks from the beach.  The beach was long, with fine soft sand.  It was almost completely lined with umbrellas and lounge chairs.  For $2 you could rent a lounge chair, and umbrella for the day.  Walking on a beach is a joy to me, and I was able to walk an hour in one direction.  The water was warm and quite clear.  This city is very popular with Scandinavians,  and it was quickly clear many came here for the entire winter.Older  men in Speedos were everywhere.  Young fellows brought their horses to the beach for children to pay to ride.  The horses were so healthy looking, and obviously well cared for.  The other beach business was pulling rides on inflatables with jet skis.  Most of the jet skis were very old, and appeared very well used.  It was a perfect spot for some R & R after my travels before I head home.20160306_132000

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