Chaloklum General

Nuis Issan Restaurant

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Nuis Issan Restaurant is located just outside Chaloklum on the main road to Thong Sala, between the Elephant Sanctuary and the petrol garage. Serving excellent Thai food at (almost) street food prices, Nui (the owner) has very quickly built up a reputation as one of the best Thai food outlets in the village.

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Gai Joe’s

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One of the newer Thai food restaurants in Chaloklum, Gai Joe’s can be found right opposite 7-11. It’s a great spot to stop for a very reasonably priced cold beer and simply watch the world go by at Chaloklum’s busiest intersection. The ever friendly Joe (pictured) offers real Thai food at real Thai prices. Highly […]

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The Holy Grill

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The latest addition to Chaloklum’s bar and restaurant scene, the Holy Grill offers barbequed skewers, burgers, ribs, fresh fish and a large selection of tasty sides. The Holy Grill is located right in the middle of the village with a covered bar / restaurant area and a large, grass lawn garden with covered tables. Facilities […]

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Thar be Elephants — Phangan Safari

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Coming towards Chaloklum from Thongsala your first introduction to Phangan Safari is an elephant crossing sign just after the mountain pass. Another hundred meters or so along the road a large sheltered area confirms the sign isn’t just a joke. Thar be elephants. Phangan Safari is home to about 5 or six elephants, ranging from a skittish adolescent and a […]

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The Gallery

The Gallery Chaloklum Koh Phangan Thailand

Fitting in well with Chaoklum’s long established ArtMusic ethos, the newly opened Chaloklum Gallery provides a space for Koh Phangan artists to display their creations. Providing a work and display space for local resident and  owner Matt Canty, The Gallery sits directly opposite Cucina Italiana and  former tenants Chaloklum Diving who have moved across the street to […]

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Cucina Italiana, Cafe Della Moca

Excellent Family style Italian Food in Chaloklum Koh Phangan Thailand

The Italian Restaurant, Jenni’s Place, Cucina Italiana, Cafe Della Mocca, Boskow Nightlight — whatever its name actually is  —  is perhaps one of the best of all possible reasons to visit Chaloklum Fishing Village. The restaurant is on the high road through the village and has occupied the same shop house on the ocean for the better part of 10 years. While it officially […]

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A (very) Brief History of Chaloklum and Koh Phangan

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History of Koh Phangan Unfortunately, when it comes to the  history of the Chaloklum Fishing Village, and of Koh Phangan in general, there are few definitive sources available, especially in English. There is, however, concrete proof of early settlement in the area.   The 1977 discovery of a bronze  drum, found on neighboring Koh Samui has established that […]

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Chaloklum: How the Other Side Lives

Rainbow over Chaloklum Bay Koh Phangan Thailand

Photo by J Scott Edwards Perhaps to its detriment, the island of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand has become infamous for the Full Moon parties that rage monthly through the town of Haadrin. International media coverage and even local perception in neighboring provinces is often unfavorable. I often find, that, when Koh Phangan […]

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Marmalade Session at Omega Bar

Omega Bar at Chaloklum, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Omega Bar is located just outside Chaloklum Fishing Village on the main road in from Thongsala. Situated in a  garden bar along the “autobahn”, Omega Bar is the musical heart of Chaloklum Bay and is on its second incarnation after moving out of the village centre. The weekly Wednesday jam session, Art Music at Omega […]

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Chaloklum Fishing Village

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Because of its easy access to Thongsala, Koh Phangan’s main town, and its great services, Chaloklum is popular with long-stay travelers and international residents and business owners as well as holiday travellers.

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