Chaloklum Koh Phangan
Chaloklum Koh Phangan is a working fishing village, located on the far north west coast of Koh Phangan and is as far away from the party scene as you can get. As a working fishing village, Chaloklum has its own energy that’s still quite unaffected by mass tourism. Chaloklum Koh Phangan has managed to keep its original Thai village charm and the area still remains largely undeveloped.
Chaloklum is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations on the west coast of Koh Phangan. It is well placed on the island as both a base for short stay holidays and also for longer term residency. Although Chaloklum is pretty much as far to the north west as you can stay on the island, it’s easily accessible by road – being just a 30 minute taxi or motorbike drive from the main town of Thongsala. Chaloklum remains an unspoilt area of natural beauty where you can still experience the real Koh Phangan.
Bars & Restaurants
For those wishing to stay within the village and not venture too far from Chaloklum Koh Phangan for dining – there is an ever increasing amount of choices for both day and night. The village offers a good choice of small cafes and restaurants, serving excellent Thai, Western cuisine and fresh fish BBQ’s – all at very reasonable prices. You can eat for 50 THB for a Thai dish or pay up to 300 THB for a fresh fish BBQ – all budgets and tastes are catered for here. There’s a good choice on bars if you fancy a nice cool beer or even a cocktail or two. Along the beach front you can sit and admire the views – watch the stunning sunsets and just chill-out. All the resorts also have their own bars if you don’t wish to walk around the village too much.
Chaloklum Koh Phangan has a beach that’s about 2km long – separated in the middle by the pier. The crystal clear, shallow, turquoise waters lap up to the beautiful stretch of course, white coral sand to the north end of the beach – ideal for young children to paddle and an ideal spot for swimming. Coconut trees line the beach giving some much needed shade during the midday sun. Long tail taxi boats, ferrying visitors to Bottle Beach and back are normally operating from this area of the beach, close to the pier. It’s best to walk a few metres further along the beach well away from the boats to allow safe swimming or snorkelling. There are small patches of coral reef here if you enjoy snorkelling, but it’s not the best spot on the island – Head to Mae Haad or Haad Salad if snorkelling is top of your list.
To the south end of the bay you will find Malibu Beach which is directly in front of Malibu Beach Bungalows, the upscale bungalow resort that gives the beach its name. With its powder, soft white sand and shallow waters Malibu Beach is an ideal beach in Chaloklum for families, couples and single travellers alike. The shallow waters here are excellent for children to go swimming and play in the sand pit, soft sand – this has to be the softest sand you will find anywhere on Koh Phangan There’s also plenty of shade from the prettiest and most perfectly pruned trees you will see on the island.
Amenities & Activities
Local amenities in Chaloklum include bakeries, used bookstores, ATM’s, a 7-Eleven Store, pharmacy, internet services, laundry services, clothing shops, jewellery shops, travel and tour agents, motorbike and bicycle rentals, art galleries and fresh fruit stalls. Pretty much everything you will need for your stay on Koh Phangan can be found here. The area of Chaloklum is great for those who like to do activities. There’s a few of the islands best best scuba diving centres here – offering first time diving experiences, daily dive trips and PADI courses. There’s also kite boarding, and wake boarding available if you prefer to stay above the water. You can rent a kayak or stand up paddle board (SUP) on the beach and enjoy a gentle paddle around the bay, taking in the stunning scenery.
For those who enjoy walking or hiking, the islands highest point (Khao Ra) is nearby and offers spectacular views over Chaloklum and out to Koh Tao. A hike over to Bottle Beach is also highly recommended and makes for a great adventure. You must be quite fit to take attempt these walks – it’s hot and steep, so be warned! Some of Koh Phangan’s most beautiful waterfalls are within the area, including Paradise Waterfall and Wang Sai Waterfall, so make sure you spend a few hours visiting these. Within the village there is also a very ornately decorated temple worth a visit.