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Big Easy Koh Mak

Solid rooms and service

Western end of Ao Kao, Ko Mak T: (086) 903 9247 (092) 679 0385

Big Easy Koh Mak

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The Big Easy’s seven bungalows are great options for those looking to stay on Ko Mak’s longest beach while enjoying the privacy that’s often lacking at places found closer to the centre of Ao Kao. It’s one of our top picks in the midrange bracket for those who don’t require a swimming pool.

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Standing well apart from one another on a mix of sand and grass dotted with trees and flowering bushes, the smoothly sanded wood bungalows all bag you sea views from spacious porches with tables, benches and large rattan hammocks. Most were designed for couples but there is one two-bedroom bungalow that’s a good deal for families.

Solid bungalows.

Solid bungalows. Photo: David Luekens

All rooms were full on our most recent visit; previously we found them immaculately kept and spacious with hardwood floors, high ceilings, quality linens on soft beds, several windows and spacious bathrooms with rain showerheads and slate walls.

With no connection to New Orleans (whose nickname is the Big Easy) that we know of, a British/Thai couple runs the place and we’ve found them and staffers pleasant and personable. They usually hang around a large wooden restaurant and lounge set right beside the beach, where guests settle into sofas, WiFi and shelves full of books. The Thai half of the duo worked as a chef in London for two decades and we’ve heard great thing about the food.

Set at the quiet western corner of Ao Kao, the wide beachfront features plenty of lounge chairs, a massage sala and a few casuarina trees for shade. The water here is shallow for at least 100 metres off the sand, contributing to Big Easy’s allure for families with small children.

Plenty of beach to go around.

Plenty of beach to go around. Photo: David Luekens

This is also an ideal spot for launching a kayaking excursion to the twin isles of Ko Rayang. At low tide we reckon it’s possible to wade from Big Easy over to the southern point of Ko Rayang Nai, though you’ll need a kayak to reach the beach on Ko Rayang Nok. At low tide you can also stroll west down the beach and around the headland to check out Laem Tukkata.

If you like the sound of this resort but need to save on cash, check out nearby Holiday Beach Resort. Big Easy has an excellent reputation and it often fills up in high season, when reservations are essential.

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Walk-in rates at Big Easy Koh Mak

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
1,400 baht
2,700 baht
Add 150 to 300 baht for beachfront.
Family room
1,800 baht
3,200 baht
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 1,400 baht, high season 2,700 baht. Notes: Add 150 to 300 baht for beachfront.
Room: Family room, low season: 1,800 baht, high season 3,200 baht. Notes:

Where is Big Easy Koh Mak

Big Easy Koh Mak
Western end of Ao Kao, Ko Mak
T: (086) 903 9247 (092) 679 0385
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º27'25.77" E, 11º48'53.57" N
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B

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