With its 500-metre-long pier, this is the jumping-off point for many of the scuba diving trips and tours that go out to the islands off the east coast. Forget the beach here – if you want sand, head a little south to Friendship Beach. But if you like great food in the open air followed by a casual drink or two with friendly people, Chalong has a nice village feel to it. The recent opening of the shops at the HomePro Village has brought hitherto unthought-of sophistication to the area.

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