Chaloklum is a little fishing village in Southern Thailand. The village has an easy going vibe and has few people on the bay, as opposed to some of the other famous/populated beaches in Thailand. It’s tough to have a tourist place that has good facilities and at the same time is remote enough to play Robinson Crusoe for a day. Let’s explore and see why Chaloklum is the best place to find that mix.
1) Curvy Path to Bliss
What if I told you that following one little curve on a sand bed could lead to bliss and quiet introspection? I walked along the length of Chaloklum Bay to explore what lay ahead on the east coast, as the beach there was empty. In every curve on the beach, there is a little story embedded of the place. I passed tattoo covered tourists, long tail fishing boats and topless tourists as I reached the point of no humans.
By then I was comfortable with the sea, and I embraced it with a little swim. As I laid upside down in the water, the little waves that broke out came and whispered to me that I should maybe find contentment in nature’s simple treasures and life is probably not going to be all that hard. The sea seems to be the solution to a closed mind of city life.
2) Watching Over No-One
Chaloklum’s eastern side has a little salt lagoon which cuts the beach into 2 parts. That side of the beach has very few people and almost no one to watch over. Here is where you start feeling marooned (but with an access line to civilization a mile away). The Beach has an abandoned chair, which is the spot where I used to spend my afternoon. Relaxing with a book and listening to music, staring at the endless but knee level sea that lay in front of me.
There is something about staring at the sea that stir up the heart’s desires, inspires the canvas of imagination in your mind and brings joy without doing anything. The water has its trans-formative powers, and all you need to be is silent and keep looking at it, away from the din and chaos of modern day crowded beaches.
3) Crossing the Lagoon
One thing about running across the expanse of the beaches is that you believe that it will never end and its like a magnet that keeps you pulling towards itself. Its a bit pointless (like chasing the pot of the gold at the end of the rainbow), but when the mind experiences bliss on a beautiful beach, you don’t question logic. The beach was cut by a little lagoon that was deep, and I was lucky that I had a boatman who was nearby. I asked him to take me further to the next patch of sand.
The boatman warned me that he would not come back, and I would have to trek through the mountain and walk my way to Chaloklum village through a long-winded route to the bay. I chose it for the thrill that an adventure of the unknown brings. 30 bahts later, I reached the uninhabited palm fringed paradise.
4) Robinson Cruso’ed–
Being the only human in the near vicinity, I felt like the giant in ‘Gullivers Travels’, resting on my back and placing my leg pointing towards the sky. Life seemed complete with the blue colors of the sky, the yellow in my beach slipper and the greens around the palm fringed edges of the island. It was perfect with great weather and just the right amount of wind.
The sea had convinced me to convert from the materialistic life that was consuming me. Once I was out of this little paradise, I would be worrying about re-charging batteries on my camera, emptying the memory card, downloading the magazines to be read on my iPad’s kindle software and cleaning the Quechua covers on my bags. Eventually, after some sea therapy, I decided to get back to the real world, but I would come back. There is something about our relationship with water that calms us. Even the little stream and river beside me trust the sea, as they surrender and empty into them as I lay back, bags packed, ready to explore the next frontier.
The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea. Isak Dinesen
How to Get There:
Take a flight to Koh Samui through Bangkok from India and then take a ferry to the island of Koh Phangan. Chaloklum is in the northern part of Koh Phangan and can be reached through a taxi or a bike rental. Check for the best flight rates out from your city here
Best Time to Go:
Usually December to April is the best season to go here. The monsoons makes the sea choppy here and Thailand has more than a couple of monsoon seasons. For the rest of the months check the weather and land up there.
Kartik is an intrepid traveller who looks out for people, places and customs in every place that he explores. He had explored Chaloklum in Thailand as part of a travel photo and video documentary called #TheBeachTrail2017 where he followed the trail of the movie ‘The Beach’ using it as a means to explore the rural charms and beauty of Thailand. Kartik blogs at http://www.katchutravels.com and maintains the perfect instagrammed life at www.instagram.com/katchutravels apart from socially existing on Twitter and Facebook