Chalong - Phuket - Thailand

Chalong - Phuket - Thailand

Chalong Bay is rigidly associated with all things nautical. The muddy shoreline makes it unsuitable for recreational swimming but the Ao Chalong Yacht Club makes its base here. Many depart from Chalong Pier to visit beautiful Phang Nga Bay, island hop or go on diving and snorkelling excursions. The area also hosts activities such as golf, go-karting, climbing, shooting and paintball. Our Chalong villas are a perfect choice to enjoy this lovely location.

Map of villas in Chalong

Chalong is located in the southern east coast of Phuket and its sheltered bay is a popular spot for yachts to drop anchor, they are welcomed by the two beachfront yacht clubs.

A one stop shop of Immigration, Customs and Harbour has been established in an office on Chalong Pier where all visiting yachts to Phuket now have to check in and register on arrival. There is also a commercial port for a re-supply to the small islands to the south. Chalong is the main departure point for many of the boat trips to the islands of Phang Nga bay and the diving and fishing tours to the various island locations closer to the Phuket mainland.

There are twin jetties serving the various boats with the smaller one for long tail boats and the larger and longer 800m pier for the speedboats and larger tour boats. This is served by a shuttle bus service. There is a scene of much activity in the morning and evening as the tours depart and return.

The town itself is behind the bay - it is busy and has a couple of shopping malls and supermarkets which supply everything you need for every day living without having to venture outside the area. Many expat foreigners from Europe choosing Phuket to live or to spend the winter months have chosen this area to make their home, rather than the more expensive tourist areas of the west coast further north.


Chalong Beach
The main Chalong beach by the pier is mainly taken up with boats and commercial activity,  the sand is yellow and grittier and tides cover any beach completely at high tide.

Friendship Beach
This beach is a continuation of Chalong beach in the bay,it is further south away from the pier and apart from walking along to it at low tide is only accessible through the hotel resorts that it borders. The tides are very low and the wide expanse of sand to the sea is a few hundred meters away. There is little beach left when the tide is high.

Spa and Wellbeing

Spa 42
Chalong's main destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether for massage, reflexology, or beauty treatments, Spa 42 offers a great place to spend an hour or the whole day

The Atmanjai Wellness Spa & Detox Center
Located within the Friendship Beach Resort resort compound, Atmanjai is an internationally known healing and detox center hosting clients from all over the world.  Guests can choose from a variety of different spa treatments. Atmanjai also offers full intensive detox, cleansing and healing programmes that feature some of Phuket's premier therapists and health practitioners.

Chalong Beaches

Nai Harn Beach

This quieter beach than the other west coast beaches is in a protected bay and popular with locals and expats with a number of shops and restaurants near the shoreline. During the high season the water is extremely calm and Nai Harn is a popular anchorage for yachts at this time of year.

Rawai Beach

This beach located in the south of the island is not your usual beach destination as it is not a swimming beach having been previously a bustling fishing village and is now favoured by the locals ex pats for it's picturesque setting overlooking nearby islands. One side of the bay is taken up as an anchorage for dozens of long tail boats and speedboats and is a great place to enjoy seafood.

There is a host of activities and attractions in Chalong

Big Buddha
The Big Buddha is one of Phuket's newest attractions standing 45metres high and situated on top of Nakkerd Hill looking over the south west and southern bays of Chalong, Rawai and Kata. This is an amazing spiritual and respectful place with fantastic views.

Wat Chalong
This temple is located near Chalong and is the most important of the 29 Buddhust temples in Phuket, it is set in a large area and consists of a main temple and a few other temples in the grounds. Whilst tourists admire the ornate buildings, life for the monks continues with their daily rituals.

Private Boat Charter
There are many boat charter companies now based in Chalong Bay for you to have private trips to the many islands in Phang Nga Bay and the Andaman Sea. Recommended by our villa owners are the following companies

Coral Island
A 15 minute boat trip will take you to this compact little island which has sensational diving and snorkelling opportunities. It also has 2 beautiful beaches namely Long Beach and Banana beach where you will see people standing in the crystal clear water feeding breadcrumbs to hundreds of teeming fish!

The wide expansive sands and shallow waters make this an ideal location for kiteboarding in Chalong Bay
Kiteboardin Asia (KBA)
Kite Zone

Deep Sea Fishing Trips
Enjoy one of the worlds most rewarding pursuits of deep sea fishing, Chalong is only 1 - 1 1/2 hours away from the main fishing "hotspots" of Koh Racha, The Pinnacles and the Drop Off. By far the most popular destination is Koh Racha, as the beautiful island trips offer a great chance for a swim and snorkel to cool off during lunch.

Diving and Snorkelling trips
There are many Diving/Snorkelling trip operators to the islands to the south of Phuket. See the amazing marine life in crystal clear waters.

Phuket Bird Park
A beautifully arranged plot of hillside land has exotic flora, winding paths, odd memorabilia, no less than three cafés, a souvenir shop and of course hundreds of beautiful birds from all around the tropical world.

Chalong is not a major shopping destination, but it does have 2 shopping malls with supermarkets in or close to the town. It is sufficient for everyday needs, you'll only need to travel to Phuket Town or the west coast towns and villages to have more choice for souvenir hunting.

Watersports and Sea Tours

Sailing Trips /Sailing School

Have a beautiful experience and cruise the amazing islands in Phang Nga Bay even by chinese junk (take a weekend or sunset trip). Yacht charters and sailing lessons are available mostly in Chalong in the south of Phuket.


Surfing is not a major sporting pastime due to the lack of surf waves but at certain times of the year this s possible on the wst coast beaches such as Kata in the south and Kalim further north. You will find the hire of boards and equipment as well as instruction also at these locations

Water Ski/Cable Ski

The waters around Phuket are pefect for waterskiing in between November and April and operators located on the busier beaches offer trips as well as the usuall banana boat rides. Cable ski and Wakeboarding can be found on an artificial retangular lake inland near Patong.

Diving and Snorkelling

There are many operators offering diving courses for all the family (8 years up) as well as snorkeling tours in the islands surrounding Phuket

Yacht Charter

Chartering a yacht in Phuket is one of the most luxurious ways to experience the west coast of Thailand and the beautiful waters of the Andaman. The yacht charter option provides flexibility and comfort. A number of yachts are available for charter on the island.


Thrilling rides, exhiliarating slides, lazy river and a 6 level wave pool at the Splash Jungle Waterpark located at the Centara Grand West Sands Resort in the north west of Phuket provide fun for all the family.


Kitesurfing lessons and kitboarding trips are available from the beaches in the south of Phuket where there is low tides and shallow water on a sandy Bay. Kitesurfing Phuket is based on Friendship beach in Chalong Bay and has a fully equipped shop and reaturant and bar facilities.


Rent a kayak for a few hours or venture off for a day or so and explore the beautiful islands of Phuket individually. Recommended however are the Kayaking group trips offered including a guide to discover the beauty of the small islands and it's wildlife including monkeys, sea eagles and other birdlife.

Other Activities

Temple Visits

Visit The Big Buddha standing 45metres high looking over the south west and southern bays of Chalong, Rawai and Kata as well as the many temples throughout Phuket that are certainly worth a visit to experience.

Jungle Safari Tours

Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is a jungle region located 20km north of Phuket Town and is great for trekking. There is also a Gibbon rehabilitation project, and two waterfalls that are popular bathing and picnicking spots. A full day tour may take in canoeing and a visit to an elephant camp.


There are 8 golf courses on the island and can be challenging for the beginner or experienced golfer. The most well known is the Laguna Phuket Golf Course located in the north west and the Red Mountain Golf Club in the centre.

Go Kart and Off Road Fun

Safe for all the family and well worth a visit.

Escape Hunt

It is exciting, addictive, challenging, educational and above all, fun! Voyage back 100 years in time & play the part of a famous London detective solving our mysteries set in an old house in Phuket.

Cinemas and Ten Pin Bowling

There are quite a few cinemas and bowling alleys in Phuket - 3 of which are located in Phuket. A great rainy day activity

Thai Cookery School

Learn the secrets of authentic Thai Cooking from a number of venues around Phuket.


Phuket has upmarket boutiques and antique stores situated in renovated Chinese shophouses, or Sino- Portuguese buildings. For western stile shopping visit the two mega malls on the island - Jungle Ceylon in Patong and Central Festival on the route to Phuket town.

Muay Thai Boxing

Thailand's Naional sport and a popular spectator sport which is now practiced all over the world. In the area of Patong there are nightly desplays of boxing accompanied with a frenzy of betting


Dining Out in Chalong

Chalong has just about every type of restaurant. Delicious and cheap local Thai food is available as well as Italian, Mexican, Burgers, Indian, fish and chips, MK hot pot and Kentuky Fried Chicken. More importantly the area features some of the very best Thai Seafood waterfront restaurants.

Due to the large foreign expat community the restaurants here live off these regular customers and the prices in the Chalong restaurants are reasonable with the owners wishing to protect their reputation with both Thai's and the expats. Tourist visiting from the more popular west coast towns experience a higher standard of cuisine at lower prices and a different face of the island of Phuket.

Kan Eang@Pier
A restaurant favoured by local Thai and visitors for more than 30 years, serving fresh seafood, Thai specialities, BBQ and select Japanese dishes.

VSET, which in Thai means 'extraordinary', to be a place of superlative food, in addition it has quaint décor and a warm atmosphere.

O2 Beach Club
The East coast's only beachclub has a restaurant serving International and Thai food, bar, swimming pool, volleyball court and a kiddies play area.

The Green Man Pub & Restaurant
A family style restaurant and pub.The kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner items. International, Thai food and of course pub food are available - something for everyone's liking. The venue has a wine cellar and cigar room for the adults and a playground for the children.


Chalong Nightlife

Chalong Bay features a sizzling nightlife with its several English style pubs. The bars in Chalong rarely stray from the ubiquitous combination of bar stools, darts board and/or pool table, fairy lights and bar hostesses. They are mostly frequented by local expats. At night the road that leads to the pier lights up with local bars, cafes and restaurants.

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