Besides Cha Am Beach, beach lovers can go further north to Puek Tian Beach. Puek-Tian beach (known as Hat Puek Tian) is located 18 km North of Cha Am. Hat Puek Tian has been developed as a tourist attraction since 1982.
A popular photographic spot thanks to many impressive sculptures of fictional characters from the classic literary work of Sunthorn Phu, a UNESCO-honored Thai poet Hat Puek Tian has a selection of seafood restaurant to serve its visitors, is not as clean as Cha Am Beach, thus only a nice place to stop for a short while.
It is thought that Thailand’s most famous poet, Sunthorn Phu (1789-1855), began writing Phra Aphai Mani whilst in prison in 1821. Written entirely in verse, the epic poem is 30,000 lines long and considered to be a masterpiece of Thai literature.
In the story, a prince exiled to an undersea kingdom ruled by a female giant named Nang Phisuea Samut (‘Butterfly of the Sea’). The giant transforms herself into a beautiful woman to trick the prince into falling in love with her. When the prince finally discovers the deception he manages to escape from the kingdom with the aid of a mermaid.
The partially submerged statue of a giant woman standing offshore at Phuktien Beach with an outstretched hand and a forlorn expression depicts this character from the poem. Phuktien Beach is typically a very quiet and peaceful stretch of beach although occasionally disturbed by groups of school children who are still taught about the poet Sunthorn Phu. For them the 15 metre statue is very real indication of the power and longevity of his work.
Or perhaps they also make up their own stories about the meaning of these imposing figures! For the tourist Phuktien is a glimpse of traditional Thailand in a setting which has all that is needed for a relaxing day trip or to stay longer and savour a mix of rest with fine cuisine and comfortable accommodation.
What Makes This Different: This is a unique glimpse of Thai culture because of the exotic pieces of art on display. There is the opportunity to consider this from the comfort of the nearby restaurants serving wonderful seafood anytime of the day.
How to get there: Phuktien Beach is several kilometres North of Cha – Am and an easy drive past the Cha – Am Hospital then along the coast.
The Mystical Giants of Puktien Beach is about 18 kilometres North of Cha-Am (about 45 kilometres from Hua Hin) and part of the scenic route. There are many other attractions along this route if you wish to travel further.