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Baan Koh Mak

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Central Ao Kao, Ko Mak T: (089) 895 7592 (098) 290 8828

Baan Koh Mak

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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.

Interiors are quite spacious and well fitted out.

Interiors are quite spacious and well fitted out. Photo: David Luekens

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.

Plenty of beach to enjoy.

Plenty of beach to enjoy. Photo: David Luekens

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.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
1,000 baht
1,600 baht
Beachfront bungalow
1,400 baht
2,000 baht
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,000 baht, high season 1,600 baht. Notes:
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Where is Baan Koh Mak

Baan Koh Mak
Central Ao Kao, Ko Mak
T: (089) 895 7592 (098) 290 8828
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º27'50.22" E, 11º48'47.13" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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