Monkey Island Resort

Monkey Island

Monkey Island Resort has expanded over the years and now has around 40 bungalows.  These range from 500 Baht / night Fan huts to 3,000 Baht/night AC Family rooms.

It’s a nicely designed bungalow resort, with room types all based on primates.  Book a two bedroom Gorilla Hut if you’re a family or Baboon Hut for a simple bungalow with shared bathroom.   You’ll see murals of rasta monkeys on walls and the resort is known for it’s late night music bar.  This is the main spot on the island for anyone wanting to stay up after 9pm.  

The restaurant is a bit pricey, but is also one of the best on the island.  The owner originally ran several Thai restaurants in Bangkok before heading to the island for a quieter life. 

Monkey Island Resort is the type of place people either love or hate, it you want  a cheap bungalow, good beach, handy location then it ticks all the boxes.  It even has  a small pool, although this is more for cooling off in than for swimming.  But, if you want attentive staff and more peace & quiet then it might not be for you. 

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Coconut Villa

This privately owned home, Coconut Villa Koh Mak, is located in a tropical garden on Koh Mak with views south towards Koh Kood. This private & peaceful location is midway between the two main beaches on Koh Mak,  ‘ Suan Yai Beach’ on the northwest shore and ‘ Ao Kao Beach’ to the southwest. Both beaches can easily be reached on foot within 5 minutes walk as can various resorts and hotels.

Coconut Villa sleeps up to six people in three air conditioned en-suite bedrooms.  It also has a  fully equipped kitchen,  and lounge/dining area with TV & CD player and wireless internet.   There are Patio & Terrace areas on the on ground, first & second floors with sun loungers and areas for dining outdoors.  From the upper floors you’ll enjoy great views across the island towards the sea.  Breakfast is available in the resort restaurant only 1 minute walk away or guests can use the fully equipped kitchen in the villa.  Basic food items can easily be bought in local shops on the island.

Coconut Villa is available for rent all year round.  Transportation from Bangkok and boat tickets to Koh Mak can also be arranged when booking the villa.

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 Book direct with the owner through Airbnbhttps://www.airbnb.com/rooms/252002

 

Pickle House – 4 Bed Villa For Rent

Pickle-House Holiday rental

The exclusive Pickle House holiday home, with its European style kitchen, sea views, large garden and tropical plants is pleasantly situated adjacent to the Goodtime Resort development. This rental villa has 200m² living area and sits on  800m² of private garden.  It is only 300m from the beach and within a short walking distance to hotels, bars, restaurants and a supermarket. The house is fully air-conditioned.

Accommodation & Facilities

Living area: The living room, large and comfortable with corner “L” shaped sofa and lounging chair as well as a large screen TV, satellite (English channels optional at extra cost), and stereo.  The dining area has a large dinner table with seating for 6.

The living room and dining room have three double doors  leading onto the terrace overlooking the garden.

Office: Situated on the ground floor, including a docking station facilities for laptops. Wireless Internet available on request

Four Bedrooms : The Master bedroom with double bed is on the top floor with a private bathroom.  The Second guest room is on top floor adjacent this.  The Third guest room on middle floor with double bed and private bathroom.  The Fourth bedroom on ground floor with two single beds, this also has a private bathroom.

The bathrooms are all spacious and feature ‘rain’ showers and modern, western fixtures and fittings.

Kitchen: There is a large, well equipped kitchen with  oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.

Garden areas: Barbecue, floodlit terrace with a dining table for 6 guests.

Other services: A baby cot can be provided on request. Twice weekly cleaning services of the house and regular garden maintenance are provided free of charge.

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Big Easy Resort

The English/Thai owned Big Easy Resort Koh Mak has garnered rave reviews from guests ever since opening a few years ago.  The spacious tastefully designed bungalows stretch up a gentle hill and are staggered to provide sea views for all guests. 

The dark wood bungalows are brighter than you might imagine as they all feature large windows facing the sea.  All bungalows also feature a large covered balcony area.  Inside, all  the rooms are wood paneled and  are tastefully decorated and equipped with  everything you need to live comfortably.  The bathrooms are lined with slate, giving a nice back to nature effect.

A large restaurant is located on the beachfront which has consistently earned rave reviews from diners for the atmosphere and quality of the food.  Although if you want to eat outside the resort a 5 minute walk down the beach will bring you to the busier area where you’ll find several more resorts, restaurants, shops and bars.

The one downside would be that as this stretch of beach is undeniably amazingly scenic , it is relatively undeveloped and this means  sandflies can be a problem for some guests, so it pays to bring good insect repellent with you.dollars more than the regular ones.

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This resort can’t be booked via Booking.com or Agoda.com.  Book direct through the  resort website is BigEasyKohMak.com

Ao Pong Resort

Ao Pong

Relax on the southern tip of Koh Mak. Ao Pong Resort provides great value, budget accommodation in recently renovated Fan and AC bungalows by a small private beach overlooking Ao Nid Bay.

This quiet area of the island is ideal for anyone wanting to get away from the main tourist areas and see some of the local life. It isn’t totally off the beaten track, 5 minutes by scooter and you are at Ao Kao beach or the local community near Ao Nid pier, where there’s a variety of small shops and restaurants.

But the location makes Ao Pong Resort one of the best places on the island for chill out, swimming, snorkeling, watching corals and underwater life. There are seven, good standard bungalows and restaurant on the beach at Ao Pong Resort. Each bungalow is equipped with double bed, fan and bathroom with running water. Three out of seven older bungalows are air-conditioned.  And the new additions, brand new ( 2016) Seaview Deluxe bungalows are a big improvement.

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Baan Ing Kao

Baan Ing Kao

Baan Ing Kao is one of Koh Mak’s forgotten resorts as it isn’t the sort of place most visitors to the island ever find for themselves online.  People stumble across it whilst they are on the island and this also explains why there are very few reviews of Baan Ing Kai anywhere – despite it being over 10 years old.

These ‘old skool’ backpacker’s huts are hidden away on Ao Kratung beach a kilometre or more from the nearest other resort.  Reaching it involves a bumpy motorbike ride , or lengthy trek on foot, along a part paved, part dirt track which heads up and over a rather steep little hill.  So if you do stay here you will earn bonus backpacker credibility.

The resort is built alongside what was once a busy fishing hamlet but is now a rather run down collection of fisherman’s huts.  The simple ensuite,  fan bungalows are built on the hillside above the water and all have great views over a small beach towards Koh Rayang.

This is definitely  a place for just kicking back and chilling if you are on a tight budget.  Simple Thai and seafood is available from the restaurant but as far as amenities go. Kayaks, mountain bikes and scooters can be rented from the resort though.

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Book Baan Ing Kao via their website

Islanda Resort Hotel Koh Mak

islanda koh mak

Islanda Resort Hotel Koh Mak is located adjacent to Thaidaho Vista on a ridge overlooking Ao Suan Yai beach.

It’s a great spot with some of the best views on the island.  Islanda is a new boutique resort, only completed in 2012, and as such it’s 19 modern rooms offer everything you need in the way of home comforts.

Most rooms have sea views, however the cheaper ones are below pool level so have very little view at all, apart from concrete. It’s a strange design feature.  The hotel block is on one side of the infinity edge pool and the restaurant on the other.

Islanda Resort hotel is a good option for people wanting more in the way of luxury than the nearby Thaidaho Vista and also happy to stay off the beach.  The beach is only a few minutes walk away though and the resort has a free golf cart service for guests.

If you are looking at the rooms with the best views, it may also be worth comparing prices at Seavana Resort, on the beachfront nearby, which has a similar standard of boutique accommodation with larger bungalows for around the same price.

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Hanuman Villa

Hanuman Villa

Hanuman Villa Koh Mak. In Indian mythology, which still plays an important role in Thailand, Hanuman (The Monkey) is the Deity and Symbol for power, courage and selfless service. The expat owners of this lovely villa were so surprised by their our own courage to buy a house on a Thai Island, that they named it after the mythical god.

The house is located in a secluded garden area about 300m from Islanda Resort, Thaidaho Vista and Koh Mak Resort. The island’s two main beaches are both less than 5 minutes walk away. The house is surrounded by a landscaped garden and there are several other neighbours in the vicinity.

The house has three floors, each with a bedroom. Each room has an energy efficient AC, a fan, at least three windows with modern mosquito screens, Thai style furniture, hangers, an attached bathroom with shower and toilet, clothes drying rack, cleaning materials etc.

The house has been designed to be eco-friendly, with the warm water in all showers and the kitchen being generated by solar heating.  As the owners have two young children the house is also safe for children and with a lot of items for kids to use.

Ground Floor: The Ground floor is a completly separate apartment and is directly accessible from the garden. It is about 35sqm with a separate cozy bed corner with a Queen size bed. Furniture includes, table and chairs, a large cabinet with lockable shelves, suitcase reck, clothes hangers and a small refrigerator. The bathroom has a shower and toilet.

First Floor: When you come up to the 1st floor you step into a big outside dining/kitchen area. Tropical wood dining table and chairs for 6, plus refrigerator and fully equipped kitchen (electric plate, water boiler, complete dishware and forks/knives/spoons etc. for 6, pots, pans, kids ware, placemats etc), dining table with 6 chairs, baby chair and kids play corner. From the dining/kitchen area you enter a 35sqm room that, depending on the number of guests or preferences, can be used as the common living room or as a separate bedroom. There are two arm chairs and table, two cabinets, TV with DVD player and stereo system for MP3s. Also there are comfortable Thai mats in front of the TV/DVD. Attached is a bathroom with shower and toilet.

Second Floor: The second floor features a huge outdoor terrace with covered pagoda. Opening onto this is a large bedroom with King size bed and an attached kids room with bunk beds. Plus a bathroom with shower and toilet.

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Koh Mak Residence

Koh Mak Residence

Looking for a luxury private Villa with your own plunge pool?  Koh Mak Residence is a unique two bedroom, two storey villa.  The ground and upper floors both comprise a large bedroom with sea views, bathroom and spacious living area.  There is also a kitchenette on each floor floor.  It can be rented as an entire unit or as two self contained apartments.

The villa has been built, furnished  and decorated in a practical, modern Thai style.  The aim is to make guests feel at ease and at home so they can relax and enjoy their surroundings.  The villa is built on a gentle hillside approximately 200 metres walk from one of the nicest beaches on the island.  The hillside site offers a rare combination of great views, proximity to the beach and total privacy. Shops, bars and restaurants are 10-15 minutes walk away.

Recommended for visitors who enjoy their home comforts but who like to  organise their own activities independently and are looking for comfort, peace and quiet rather than a resort style atmosphere.

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