Chaloklum is a lovely little fishing village in the north of Ko Pha Ngan, between Mae Haad and Bottle Beach. The beach itself is long, with the best sand towards the eastern end, and the bulk of the restaurants, and the pier, towards the west.
What’s great about Chaloklum is it’s one of the only parts of Ko Pha Ngan that truly feels like a village, and the Thai way of life still reigns supreme. Here’s a selection of the best places to stay, eat and hang out in Chaloklum.
Best budget room: Chaloklum Bay Resort
For a large but inexpensive fan room in a hotel that has its own pool, check out Chaloklum Bay Resort. Their air-con rooms are expensive, but their fan rooms are only 500 baht. The pool is huge and stunning, surrounded by sun loungers, plus there’s beach out front and a fabulous elevated restaurant that provides diners with a great view.
68/1 Moo 7, Chaloklum; T: (077) 374 147-8; www.chaloklumbay.com
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Best air-con room: Fantasea Resort
Fantasea has a range of bungalows on offer, but seek out their unique-looking A-frames. Their interiors are spacious and amenities include a TV, fridge and hot water. At the far eastern end of the beach, and only steps away from the water, these rooms are ideal for those who truly want a lovely beach experience.
East Chaloklum; T: (089) 443 0785; www.fantasea.asia
Best seafood restaurant: Nong Nook
Being a fishing village, it’s no surprise that Chaloklum has a wonderful selection of seafood. Nong Nook restaurant, which can be found in the U-shaped road near the ocean, next to Cafe Della Mocha, offers up seafood that’s fresh and delicious, with generous portions. Be sure to order the barbecue tiger prawns, smothered in caramelised garlic — they are to die for! Wash it down with a cold glass of white wine.
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Best hangout spot: Cafe Della Mocha, Cucina Italiana
Chaloklum is home to a few bars, but everyone seems to love hanging out at the local pizzeria, where a true Italian chef greets every guest with a welcoming, “Bueno sera!” Not only is the pizza delicious, but the wine and beer are cheap, and seating near the beach is plentiful, lending the restaurant an atmosphere that’s great for catching up with friends or a touch of romance. Find Cafe Della Mocha in the middle of the horseshoe area that is Chaloklum’s town centre. If you’re driving south and pass Two Brothers restaurant, you’ve gone too far — it’s right beside The Lost Dog.
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Best bit o’beach: Outside Malibu Beach Bungalows
The beach at Malibu Beach Bungalows has the whitest, finest sand in all of Chaloklum. Plunk yourself down at the beachside restaurant, swing in a hammock, join in a game of volleyball or just spread out a towel and take in the rays. Highly recommended for an afternoon tanning session.
West Chaloklum — look for the sign about 200 metres west of the town centre; T: (077) 374 057; www.malibubeachbungalows.com
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By Kaila Krayewski
Last updated on 1st May, 2013.