Quiet dorms and privates
Located on the inland road just north of Chalok Ban Kao village and not too far from Mae Haad, Baan Cha-lok is a good option if you’re after a simple dorm or well-equipped private room and don’t want to be near the party scene.
The hostel is about a kilometre inland from Chalok Ban Kao Beach on the way to Mae Haad. A soft-spoken Thai staffer led us upstairs to a private room with brushed concrete walls, private hot-water bathroom, large balcony and a bunch of funky touches – a kiwi design on a pillow, wall hangers made to look like the rear ends of dogs and Thai-style paintings of Buddha faces. A fridge and LCD TV with satellite channels joins a soft bed with quality linens; there’s no desk but you could use a laptop at one of the outdoor tables.
Baan Cha-lok also has a few dorm rooms with four to eight beds, available with moveable fans or air-con. Though lacking the fun design of the private rooms, dorms come with decent mattresses on bunks with private reading lamps and outlets. Dorms have a lot of space to move around in, especially when compared to the cramped hostels found down in Mae Haad. A huge attached terrace sweetens the deal, as does the large and immaculate shared bathrooms.
All rooms are mixed gender; if you’re looking for a women-only option, check out Girls Only Hostel in Mae Haad. While Baan Cha-lok is not a party hostel, we did notice a few guests chatting and exchanging travel advice out on the front stoop. Fruit, toast and coffee are offered complimentary in the mornings. WiFi is also free, and you can rent a mountain bike to get around.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled|
Eight beds. Add 100 baht for the four-bed room
|250 baht||250 baht|
|Dorm air-con||400 baht||400 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||1,100 baht||1,300 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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