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Bann Makok

Style in kayaking paradise

Khlong Yai Ki, Ko Kut T: (081) 643 9488(081) 934 5713

Bann Makok

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Set on the southern bank of Khlong Yai Ki amid Ko Kut’s sleepy northern reaches, Bann Makok charmed us so much that we showed up to do an inspection and promptly booked a stay for the next night. If you’re a couple looking for a romantic few nights away, we highly recommend this spot.

A narrow wooden walkway takes you past sleeping dogs and mangrove trees on the way to this boutique-style property. Plenty of kayaks sat ready for a paddle into the extensive mangrove forest or out to the brilliant white sand of nearby Khlong Yai Ki Beach. The only other place to stay in this vicinity is the pricey Captain Hook, which is only reachable by boat. Bann Makok sits hidden in the mangroves perhaps 500 metres off the coast, out of the Captain’s sight.

Feel like a paddle?

Feel like a paddle? Photo: David Luekens

All built on stilts and surrounded by decks, rooms are made from recycled wood and each has a different aspect. The cheaper ones look back over the mangroves while premium editions enjoy a river outlook, but they’re each individually decorated and we found the natural style and design very tasteful.

No two things are the same in the eight rooms, with different beds, bathrooms (the tub in our room was big enough for three!) and other features. One of the largest rooms is cooled only by ceiling fan along with the air flowing through concertina doors and wide windows. A sort of “island-vintage” theme includes antique fans, hardwood floors and a great mix of fabrics.

Comfy bedding.

Comfy bedding. Photo: Stuart McDonald

With no TVs included, a lot of the charm of this place is in finding a comfy spot and just really chilling out. A small dining room overlooks the river and a good-size shared lounge features hammocks, daybeds, sofas and a large deck. The service in the restaurant can be slow at times but, again, this is a fine spot to relax with a book or strike up a conversation with other guests.

Khlong Yai Ki is located pretty far north so expect a three-kilometre cruise down to the next beach, Khlong Mat, and seven kilometres to Khlong Chao. There’s very little else in the immediate vicinity and many guests spend their whole stay lounging at the resort in between kayak excursions.

The decks are not so kid-friendly.

The decks are not so kid-friendly. Photo: David Luekens

In high season reservations are essential, and Bann Makok closes from June to September.

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Walk-in rates at Bann Makok

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
closed or n/a
2,800 baht
Superior double room
closed or n/a
3,300 baht
Add 500 baht for air-con
Room: Standard double room, low season: closed or n/a, high season 2,800 baht. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: closed or n/a, high season 3,300 baht. Notes: Add 500 baht for air-con

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Where is Bann Makok

Bann Makok
Khlong Yai Ki, Ko Kut
T: (081) 643 9488(081) 934 5713
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º32'8.15" E, 11º40'56.92" N
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B

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