Secluded but lively
Run by a funky crew of young Thais and foreigners, Banana Sunset offers tents and flashpacker-range bungalows near a spacious deck where you can sit back for sunset before joining the party after dark.
Solo travellers can grab a small tent pitched by the sea and equipped with a sleeping mat, pillow, blanket and power strip to keep the included fan spinning—more than we’d expect for the price. If going for these you’ll use shared cold-water bathrooms with Western flush toilets and sinks situated alongside an outside wall behind the bar.
Those with more cash can choose between two types of concrete bungalows: A-frame deals set perhaps 30 metres from the bar or square-shaped editions with tilted ceilings located further from the bar. They all go for the same price and appeared solid to us, although we could only peak briefly into a room that was being cleaned since all bungalows were full.
All fronted by sliding glass doors and porches with plastic chairs and floor cushions, the bungalows come with double beds on concrete platforms raised off tile floors that looked clean to us. You also get a vintage fan to go with air-con and hot-water rain showers in the attached wet bathrooms.
Banana Sunset overlooks a rocky coastline and while the bungalows face south, people come from across the island to enjoy sunset views from the stilted decks facing west towards Ao Kao. Staffers were laid-back and welcoming to us, and we liked the “clubhouse” feel that springs from the bar and restaurant with billiards and foosball tables in the main pavilion.
The vibe is ideal for solo travellers looking to meet others, and this is one of very few party-minded spots on Mak. We didn’t try the food or drinks, but a young German guest we spoke with gushed about just about everything at Banana Sunset. The coast here lacks sand and you’ll have to travel more than a kilometre to hit the beach, so a bicycle or motorbike would be helpful.
If you like the sound of Banana Sunset but would prefer a beachfront location, check out Prompakdee over on Ao Suan Yai.
Address: Laem Tan, Ko Mak
T: (087) 416 2026 ; (090) 082 1059;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º28'48.04" E, 11º47'57.73" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Tent||200 baht||200 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,200 baht||1,200 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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