How about a house?
Spanning a large property in a central location, Good Time has larger-than-usual hotel-type rooms to go with several Thai-style villas and houses for families and groups that reach up to three stories tall.
The cheapest double rooms come in a pair of plain white concrete buildings and are bright and spacious, with sofas on glossy white floors and glass doors opening to balconies overlooking the tree-studded property. These come stacked with WiFi, TV, DVD player, fridge, kettle, safe, desk, fan, air-con and brushed concrete surfaces in large hot-water bathrooms. The value is solid.
Good Time’s freestanding villas and houses range from just 35 square metres up to a house with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, living room, Jacuzzi and extensive outdoor chill spaces. Couples could grab a one-bedroom with concrete walls, though we’d consider downsizing to a romantic “Thai tropical house” for the fretted teak walls and tasteful woodcarvings.
Thai-style gabled roofs and pavilions top most of the houses and we like the interior decoration drawing on traditional Thai art and flourishes of crimson brightening the dark-wood and concrete surfaces. Every villa and house has a different aspect and there are quite a few to choose from.
The soothing grounds include a small swimming pool and a cafe/lounge where the included breakfast is served on a patio with a southern sea view in the distance. This outlook is not as breathtaking as the northerly view from neighbouring Thaidaho Vista and Islanda Resort, but it’s not shabby either. If staying at Good Time you could always pop over to Thaidaho’s cafe for free-trade coffee and baked goods—it’s right across the street.
Good Time feels like an island holiday village and staff encourages guests to get involved in the Ko Mak community through pre-planned volleyball, yoga, tennis, soccer, muay Thai and beach cleaning with the Trash Heroes. With central Ao Kao only a half-kilometre away and Ao Suan Yai a little further beyond a hill, the location is convenient for those who don’t mind staying off the sand.
Rates fluctuate throughout the year and each house is priced individually; we suggest browsing Good Time’s own very good website first and then comparing those rates to booking sites. Long stayers and house renters should contact directly and look to negotiate.
Address: Between Ao Suan Yai and Ao Kao, Ko Mak
T: (039) 510 870 ; (088) 887 1607;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º27'46.52" E, 11º49'1.6" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,150 baht||2,400 baht|
One bedroom house, several larger houses cost up to 10,000 baht or more
|2,400 baht||3,200 baht|
|Superior double room||2,400 baht||3,200 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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