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The waters in horseshoe-shape Chalong Bay are usually calm, as the entrance is guarded by Koh Lone and Koh Hae. It's not a scenic stop in itself—it's more of a working port than a beach. The reason to come is to see Wat Chalong. From the jetty you can charter boats or book one-day or half-day trips to Koh Hae, Koh Lone, and other nearby islands for snorkeling, diving, parasailing, and
other activities (B750–B1,600). Waterfront businesses survived the tsunami just fine.
Unlike the more upscale enclaves to the north, Kamala Beach has some reasonably priced accommodations that attract longer stay visitors as is...