Chaloklum is a small fishing village on the North side of Koh Phangan island. The fishing, particularly of squid, has been the main source of income for the local people in the village. This means the tourism industry has not developed quite as quickly as it has on other parts of the island and the village has kept it’s authentic Thai atmosphere.
In the 11 years that I have been here I have noticed a slow but positive level of development. The ex-pat community has grown with more and more ‘farang’ coming over to live or start businesses. There is now a massive choice of Thai food and sea food restaurants, and due to Chaloklum’s location in the main fishing area of the island, the fish is always fresh straight off the boats. The influx of international people has certainly helped the variety of food available, with Italian, Indian, Mexican and European restaurants opening up. Cucina Italiana is run by the famous Genni, who has been living in the island for 15 years and has regular visitors from all over the island, Thursday and Sunday nights he fires up his pizza oven from fresh cooked pizza, his deserts and pasta are also fantastic.
As for the nightlife, Chaloklum is generally the sleepier end of the island yet there are still some great bars that often stay open late into the night. The Lost Dog bar has a great pool table, beach front terrace and delicious tex mex food. The Crow bar situated back in the jungle is more of a late night place, often they will provide free food on ‘party’ nights, which often end in a mountain of empty beer bottles and shot glasses, the Chalok bar is the most recent addition run by a lovely young Italian couple that rock the walls off their bar with a fine selection of great tunes. There are also a few smaller beach bars open during the daytime where you can grab a cocktail and sit on the beach looking over the beautiful Chaloklum bay.