A great choice for flashpackers who like the quiet life, Ao Pong Resort sits hidden away on a hill facing a scenic beach that’s easily overlooked to the south of Ao Nid and its pier, temple and cafes.
From Ao Nid pier guests take a dirt lane that rambles for a couple of hundred metres down to Ao Pong, a small beach with only this one place to stay. Even if not staying here, do make a trip to check out the sand studded with banyan and coconut trees. The Polish/Thai owners added lounge chairs and several hammocks, and they rent out snorkels for exploring a nearby reef.
Around ten rooms all come in freestanding bungalows with sea-view porches perched on stilts and hot-water wet bathrooms backing into forest to the rear. With metal roofs and wood exteriors painted pink or forest green, the cheaper digs have tile floors, soft beds, fans and screened windows, and these come with choice of fan or air-con. These were full on our most recent visit, but previously we found them clean and spacious.
Since our last swing through Ao Pong, the resort added a few square-shaped concrete bungalows with air-con at the far corner of the property. We were told these are also simply furnished and the whole resort goes for function over form, though you do get some funky angles in the metal bars extending from porch railings. The sliding glass doors might bag you a sunrise outlook from bed.
The only other structure is a cute yellow reception and lounge pavilion with tables, WiFi and floor cushions set around a TV. It’s set within easy walking distance of the pier; book one of the ferries from the mainland that uses Ao Nid pier and you could walk to the resort after arriving. You’ll also find good places to eat nearby, including Koh Mak Seafood and a couple of bakeries.
If you don’t mind a more isolated location, Talay Time is a similar choice with clean concrete bungalows overlooking a rocky shore near the secluded southern tip of Laem Chan. For more cash and better-equipped rooms, consider Lazy Day The Resort on the opposite side of the cape.
Note that Ao Pong Resort’s rates change often throughout the year and the resort may close for part of low season.
Address: Ao Pong (just south of Ao Nid Pier), Ko Mak
T: (090) 780 7867 ; (091) 581 8737;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º29'12.21" E, 11º48'6.72" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||600 baht||800 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||800 baht||1,200 baht|
|Deluxe bungalow||1,000 baht||1,500 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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