Central flashpacker spot
Baan Koh Mak’s slogan is “cool vacations” and indeed the accommodation was designed with more of a modern theme that we found cooler than most resorts on Ao Kao.
Set in a semi-circle around a shady lawn that stretches up to the beach, the bungalows have slanted roofs and wide glass doors opening to roofed porches with sea views from the plastic chairs. Only a row of hedges separates rooms at the back of the property from the road, so we’d request one as close to the beach as possible. All rooms are identical and designed for couples.
Sporting blue trim on white walls and polished cement floors, the interiors are bright and airy. The bed and linens felt soft and we like how guests can open almost the whole front of the bungalows, although don’t expect much privacy when the curtains aren’t drawn. Narrow hot-water bathrooms come with rain showerheads and glass basin sinks on glass counters with white stones beneath. Extras like TV and fridge are lacking, but WiFi and air-con are included.
The location places you across the road from the coffee and baked goods of Ball Cafe, with a bunch of other restaurants and shops found nearby as well. Young staffers were helpful enough with us and they rent out mountain bikes and kayaks.
Though not too shabby, the beachfront is narrower here than at places found further west, like Holiday Beach Resort and Big Easy. However Baan Koh Mak is far enough east of the pier at Makathanee Resort to keep guests clear of the boat traffic and travellers lugging their suitcases around. For those who prefer to walk or cycle to get around, the location is tough to beat.
Baan Koh Mak also has a restaurant and beach bar to go with a few lounge chairs set in the shade of coconut and umbrella trees. We stopped by to find a group of stylish young Thais letting loose in the late afternoon.
If you like this location and want air-con, but don’t mind being off the beach, the smaller Riverside Resort has less stylish but otherwise similar bungalows overlooking a canal on the inland side of the road nearby.
Address: Central Ao Kao, Ko Mak
T: (089) 895 7592 ; (098) 290 8828;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º27'50.22" E, 11º48'47.13" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,000 baht||1,600 baht|
|Beachfront bungalow||1,400 baht||2,000 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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