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.
Our top 10 places to stay in and around Ko Tao