Ao Kao Beach – Koh Mak Resorts and Bungalows

koh-mak-resorts-ao-kao-beach Ao Kao is the main beach on the island with intimate bungalow resorts spread out along its whole considerable length, the exception being the small hotel Makathanee Resort.

You can find something to suit all tastes, for couples, for families, for backpackers, though there are no real upmarket or boutique choices. Just behind the beach in the area behind Monkey Island, Koh Mak Cottages, Baan Koh Mak and Makathanee Resort, there is a small strip of restaurants and shops, all low key like Koh Mak itself.

If you stay at the northern end, Ao Kao Resort and its neighbours, it is a good 10 minutes walk along the road to this strip, though they do have a few of their own eating options and minimarts at that end. The other end, Big Easy and Holiday Beach Resort are a little nearer.

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Koh Mak Resorts – Ao Kao Beach

The beach is at its best outside Holiday Beach Resort and Sky Beach Resort and at the other end, in front of Island Huts, Palm Beach Resort and Ao Kao Resort, but this shouldn’t in any way preclude you from looking at resorts like Baan Koh Mak in the middle – the sand there is also acceptable. It would take about 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other and bear in mind that it does get quite tidal, so the walk along the sand might be a littler wet at different times of the year. At night, you would definitely need a torch.

Recommended Resorts on Ao Kao

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Pricing Code/Per night in Baht (B):
B= under 500; BB= 500 to 1,500; BBB= 1,500 to 3,000; BBBB= over 3,000;

Ao Kao Resort

Per Night: BBB-BBBB

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At the far southern end of the beach, family friendly resort with 25 a/c bungalows of varying sizes, by the sea. Restaurant, garden chess, kayaks, mountain bikes. Children under 6 stay for free. Small swimming pool and boutique villas added. Coco Cafe up at the road, coffee shop and restaurant with bicycle hire.

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Palm Beach Resort

Per Night: BBB-BBBB

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At the far southern end of the beach, small resort with 6 doubles and 2 quads, with roof terraces, a/c, tv and dvd, kids beds for free. Swimming pool and restaurant. A well run resort that would suit families with a lovely stretch of beach on its doorstep.

Baan Koh Mak

Per Night: BB-BBB

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In the center on the beach, 18 new stylish a/c bungalows spaced around a grassy area with a popular and stylish restaurant/cafe looking out over the sea. Kayaks, motorbikes, mountain bikes all available. As near as boutique gets on Ao Kao.

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Sky Beach Resort

Per Night: BB-BBB

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Also towards the northern end of the beach and renovated with in the last couple of years so it feels fresh and summery, 8 rooms in total, a/c bungalows on the beach, with restaurant and cafe/bar. Cute menus too, a good choice for a bit of style, peace and quiet.

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Lazy Days Resort

Per Night: BBB

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At the very southern end of the beach, 12 bungalows in four different styles, a/c, all with a sea view in a very quiet location. Access from a long track off the Ao Nid Pier road or by walking to the end of the beach. English owned, popular and well run.

Koh Mak Resorts – Our Choices

If we are asked, we would recommend Island Huts for backpackers, Holiday Beach Resort for a more expensive traveller option, Baan Koh Mak for a boutique style resort though Sky Beach is worth a look, Palm Beach Resort or indeed Ao Kao Resort for families. Our final choice is Lazy Days, tucked away on its own with good size bungalows, a nice spot for couples.

Recommended Bungalows on Ao Kao

Island Huts

Per Night: B

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At the far southern end of the beach, terrific little fan beach huts with bathrooms (cold water) attached. Clean and well-maintained, friendly. Restaurant by the sea, deckchairs with the bungalows. A deservedly popular backpacker choice that also has wifi, bicycle, motorbike hire and ever flowering lovely orchids.

Holiday Beach Resort

Per Night: BB-BBB

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At the northern end of the beach as it becomes known as Kra Tueng, fan and a/c bungalows set in a lovely garden right by an excellent stretch of beach. Good ‘Relax’ restaurant, boat trips, kayaks, wind surfing, hobie cats, bicycles, motorbikes, local knowledge from the irrepressible Pom and his wife Dara. Peaceful and very popular. Disc Golf no less the latest addition to the roster.

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Koh Mak Resorts and Bungalows on Laem Tookata

In the far south west corner at an area known as Laem Tookata, three remote backpacker operations, looking out towards the tiny islands of Koh Rayang Nai and Koh Rayang Nok, allow complete escape. You can reach them by following the road at right angles to Makathanee Resort up the hill, bearing left at the crossroads towards Cococape Resort and then careering over the potholes for a few kilometres.

Here, you will definitely need your own transport, as it is very tricky to walk along the shoreline to join with Ao Kao Beach or its restaurant strip behind.

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Laem Tookata

Per Night: B-BB

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Down in the far south west corner of the island, relaxed, backpacker style resort with wooden fan bungalows on the hill and a large chill-out restaurant looking out over the sand. Small beach bar. Kayaks. Will need a motorbike unless you want complete seclusion. One of our favourite spots on the island but you will be secluded, so take a good book or two. Wifi.

Other Bungalows and Guesthouses in Ao Kao and Laem Tookata

Monkey Island

Per Night: BB-BBB

Towards the centre of the beach, selection of bungalows, fan or a/c, with and without bathroom. Restaurant, beach bar with live music that is one of the island hang-outs. Out the back for shops and other places to eat on the strip. Relaxed atmosphere.

Riverside

Per Night: BB

The renamed, relocated Baan Sabay now have 4 to 5 bungalows overlooking a creek adjoining their popular restaurant and bar. Other side of the road to the beach.

Koh Mak Cottage

Per Night: BB

In the center of the strip on the sand, simple white wooden beach bungalows that are showing their age with fan and bathroom. Beach bar. Excellent office for tourist information and tickets, mountain bikes. Relaxed spot to hang-out.

Kham Nature Resort

Per Night: BB-BBB

Towards the northern end of the beach, 14 newly renovated a/c bungalows with seaview, family room, wifi, very quiet restaurant. Peaceful spot, great local knowledge, with an island taxi on site. The beach out front does fall away when the tide is up.

Baan Chailay

Per Night: BB-BBB

Towards the northern end of the beach, handful of a/c and fan bungalows at this small friendly bungalow set-up with its own good restaurant, Krua Ton Hom. The place, Thai and Europeans, has a nice homely feel to it.

Makathanee Resort

Per Night: BB-BBBB

Just after the strip at the northern end, the largest resort in the area, more hotel style, with beach-side bungalows, pool-side hotel rooms, family rooms, honeymoon and deluxe suites. Restaurant, swimming pool, own pier, information centre.

Big Easy

Per Night: BBB

At the far northern end on the beach, accessed down a little red mud track at the very end of Ao Kao/Ao Kra Tueng road, quiet resort with wooden styled a/c bungalows, boasting huge verandahs. Restaurant.

Baan Laem Tookata Beach

Per Night: B

5 wooden style backpacker bungalows, bathroom inside with cold water and fan. Right on the seafront at this quiet and remote beach down in the south west corner of the island. No restaurant but can use Baan Ing Kao or Maruay next door.

Maruey Bungalows

Per Night: B

In the far south west corner of the island at Laem Tookata, first set of 5 bungalows as you arrive at the end of the track. Simple wooden fan bungalows with porches, small restaurant. Friendly.


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