One of the last villages on the island for tourist development, Chaloklum has an authentic and laidback atmosphere.
Cheap Thai restaurants serve delicious local seafood, and some funkier bars and restaurants have recently opened on the seafront. Most bars are simple and rustic, frequented mostly by locals and fishermen, but several of the beachfront bungalow operators provide good drinks in a relaxed atmosphere.
From the village, it's possible to reach the main port, Thong Sala, by walking, rented motorcycle or shared taxi, although Chaloklum has its own mini-market, several Thai markets, a 7-11 and a selection of ATMs.
Just to the south of the village, close to an elephant trekking camp, is a Chinese Temple situated on a hillside with views over the bay, where visitors go to make wishes.
There are also a few good waterfalls nearby including Phaeng, Wang Sai and Paradise, all with marked trails and easily reached from Chaloklum Bay.
Fishing and diving trips are easy to take from here, as is exploring the surrounding beaches by boat. At Koh Ma National Marine Park, less than three kilometers away, where visitors have the chance to swim with turtles and other marine life.
There is plenty of tree cover bordering the sandy western beach. The east beach is even better, and here you will find the majority of Chaloklum's guesthouses and beach bungalows. From backpacker beachfront bungalows to boutique hotels, accommodation options are plentiful and suit most budgets.
Some resorts can help arrange activities, such as jet skiing, windsurfing and wave boarding. A cooking school is also available just outside the village.