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Monkey Island Resort

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What we say: 4 stars

A great choice for both backpackers and flashpackers, Monkey Island offers over 50 different rooms with an “urban-meets-tropical” design. The cheapest “Baboon” rooms are set towards the rear of the property, with roofs and sidewalls made entirely of thatch, contrasted by wood-walled fronts that open onto small porches with hammocks. These have fans and comfortable beds with mosquito nets, relying on some unusually slick shared cold-water bathrooms. A bit more cash gets you a small but attractive dark wood bungalow with large glass doors and private cold-water bathroom, while bigger bamboo-walled “Chimpanzee” and “Gorilla” rooms with air-con and hot water are also available. All rooms have unexpected touches like dark hardwood floors, tall windows, woven bamboo walls and colourful retro-chequer designs in the bathrooms. We dug the murals of Rasta chimps on some of the exterior surfaces. The staff is stylish and youthful, and the resort offers a plunge pool to go with the always-happening Monkey Shock restaurant. Though a bit further down the beach, the Monkey Bar pumps out beats and hosts jam sessions until around midnight, so you might look elsewhere if wanting to retire early. High season rates have fallen since our last visit. Negotiable in low season.

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Ao Kao, Ko Maak.  T: (089) 501 6030, (085) 389 0949 F: (039) 524 040  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Family room 3,000 baht 3,000 baht
Bungalow fan share b'room 350 baht 350 baht
Bungalow fan private b'room 500 baht 500 baht
Bungalow air-con private b'room 1,500 baht 1,500 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 4th August, 2005
Last visited or updated on: 17th March, 2014

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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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Monkey Island Resort
Ao Kao, Ko Maak. 
T: (089) 501 6030, (085) 389 0949 F: (039) 524 040

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