Cha Am Police
There are two types of police that are available to people who are visiting Thailand. These are the Royal Thai Police and the Tourist Police.
Formed in 1933, the Royal Thai Police Force is the country’s regular police force who is responsible for the maintenance of public order and law enforcement throughout the kingdom of Thailand. They can be contacted by dialling 191 or 123 from any phone.
The Tourist Police were formed approximately 30 years ago in order to help foreigners and visitors to Thailand with law enforcement, particularly in the tourist hot spots of Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. Many expats and foreign nationals work or volunteer for the Tourist Police, who can be contacted by calling 1155 from any phone.
The police in Thailand are usually very trust worthy and will often be able to speak English from a reasonable to good standard, this is especially true in Bangkok and areas that are popular with tourists. The police in Thailand walk with an air of authority and contrary to popular belief can actually be quite reasonable, providing you speak to them politely and courteously, remembering to never raise your voice or get aggressive.
Thai policemen are relatively poorly paid and in some areas of Thailand there are problems with corruption within the police force. However, it certainly isn’t the case that every policeman in Thailand is corrupt.
Thailand has somewhat of a reputation for ‘flexible’ law enforcement that all depend on the situation and the financial implications involved. However, don’t think that just because you are dealing with the Thai police and the not police from your homeland, you can just buy your way out of trouble. This could result in you getting on the wrong side of a perfectly honest and hard working policeman and you could find yourself being taken down to the local police station.
If you are ever involved in an accident or incident in which the police are called, always remain at the scene until the police arrive and if the police need to speak to you, try to talk to them in a calm, relaxed and polite manner at all times.
Police in Cha Am
The main police station in Cha Am is located at far end of Narathip Road, near the train station and other municipal buildings.
There are also two police boxes in Cha Am. One is not too far from the main police station and is situated on the corner of the crossroads where Phet Kasem Road and Narthip Road meet. Phet Kasem Road is the main road that goes eventually leads to Bangkok and to Hua Hin, the opposite direction.
The other police box is situated next to the Sea View Terrace, right in the centre of Ruamchit Road, which is the main road that runs alongside the beach front.
There is also a Tourist Police office that is further along the Phetch Kasem Road, not far from the water tower and reservoir and can be contacted on tel: 03247 1005-6
The majority of police you will see in Cha Am are traffic police. One of their main jobs is to control the traffic flow and traffic lights at the junction of Narahthip Road and Phet Kasem Road, particularly during weekends when Cha Am is at its busiest. They also regularly set up road blocks for cars coming into Cha Am, in order to check for driving licences and other documentation. They are often situated on Narathip Road before the turning of Sri Sakhun Thai Road; again, these road blocks normally happen at weekends.
The police in Cha Am also actively enforce that all motorcyclists must wear a helmet and often stop many people during rush hour who are not wearing a helmet. If you get stopped for not wearing a helmet you can expect a 200B fine which you need to pay at the main police station on Narathip Road. If you do not have a helmet then you need to buy one.
A shop which sells helmets can be found on Ratchaphlee Road and you can purchase one for as little as 150B. Whether or not the helmet will prevent you from being seriously injured should you have an accident remains to be seen. However, it will stop you receiving a fine every time you go out on your motorcycle!