Chaloklum Village and Beach in Koh Phangan
The beach at Chaloklum is about 2.5kms long. It is beautiful stretch of white sand beach that is suitable for year round swimming. The fishing village is in the center of the beach. The best beach in Chaloklum is Malibu Beach. It is a spit of white sand in the middle of the bay that is used by residents of Malibu Beach Bungalows. The picture above is of Malibu Beach.
Chaloklum combines the charm of original Koh Phangan architecture and industry with a small boutique vibe backpacker village. Resorts, bars, restaurants and small hotels rub shoulders with fishermen, nets and their catch. In some ways Chaloklum is the Bophut of Koh Phangan. Chaloklum is on a good road and has a handy 7-11 store. Notable bars in Chaloklum include the stylish Sheesha Bar next to the boutique Mandalai Hotel. Opposite is the Omega Bar that hosts the 'Art Music' event every Wednesday. It starts with a free art and crafts activity for all children in the area, and then at night turns into an impromptu free-form jazz night. It is an open mic event so anyone with a bit of musical ability can join in.
Chaloklum is an important transport hub for the north of Koh Phangan. It has boats to Bottle Beach and Thong Nai Pan. The path to Haad Khom also starts in Chaloklum. There is also a good road running up the center of the island that links Chaloklum to the main town of Thongsala.
The area is great for those who like to do activities. The best diveshop is Chaloklum Diving. It offers a range of PADI courses as well as fun dives. There's also a kite and wakeboarding club on the beach. Nearby you can practice archery and go on an elephant ride. For those fans of psy-trance Paradise Waterfall Bungalows holds parties next to a waterfall during the high seasons of January to April and July to August. Paradise Waterfall Party costs 250 THB to enter and you get a free drink. The party is about 1 km from Chaloklum village.
There's a good range of accommodation in Chaloklum ranging from basic bungalows by the beach to comfortable air-con bungalows in resorts with swimming pools at such places as the Buri Tara Resort and Chaloklum Bay Resort. Check out the links below to find out more about the accommodation options in Chaloklum. All prices are inclusive of tax.
(Updated January 2013)
Starting under 1,000 Thai Baht
Viva on the Beach Hotel 700 thb - 4,500 thb (low / high season)
Malibu Beach Bungalows 800 thb - 2,800 thb (low season); 1,000 thb - 3,500 thb (high season) - breakfast included
Starting over 1,000 Thai Baht
Buri Tara Resort and Spa 1,400 thb to 1,800 thb (low season / high season) - breakfast included
Chaloklum Bay Resort 1,800 thb - 3,300 thb (low season); 2,200 thb - 4,200 thb (high season) - RECOMMENDED / breakfast included