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Eat and meet

Only a few places of note lie outside of the usual guesthouse and resort offerings and the most popular Thai restaurant sits on the road out of Chalok Ban Kao.

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To find Tukta, head out on the main road towards Mae Haad, take the first major turn to the left and you will find it set back from the road at the start of the hill on the right hand side. The place is a mosquito mecca at sundown but avoid that time and you should be treated to a tasty inexpensive meal in a clean and efficient manner.

A bit closer to home and just a few minutes past the 7-eleven on the way out towards Mae Haad is Ying Yangs, which servces mainly Thai food. Cooking is Ae's passion and it shows, with everything lovely here but the Indian food not to be missed. Check out the Massamindian for a curry fusion – it's not on the menu so you'll have to ask.

The Castle is a large purpose-built nightclub with an interesting multi-floor layout including lots of nooks and crannies in which to hang out. The place holds regular parties which are advertised on huge street-spanning banners. It lies on the main road out of Mae Haad to Chalok and is only a few minutes' walk from Tukta.

A few relaxed bars line the main beach -- check out Buddha on the Beach and Bar Next Door. The usual array of seafood barbecue options are available too. Follow the concrete walkway at the western end of the beach and this will lead you eventually to Babaloo beach bar, which also throws regular parties but otherwise remains a chilled and relaxed spot.

If you're looking for a wider variety of eateries and bars, you are better off to head into the big smoke over in Mae Haad or Haad Sairee.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Chalok Ban Kao? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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