Ao Suan Yai – Koh Mak Resorts and Bungalows

UPDATED MAY 2017

koh-mak-resorts-ao-suan-yai-beach Known locally as Ao Suan Yai, the north west coast has a lovely stretch of beach with two boutique resorts, Koh Mak Resort and its sister, Seavana Beach Resort, stretching from the central wooden pier all the way down the sand to the southern end.

Heading the other way, Pompak Dee Bungalows offers a handful of fan and a/c rooms, with same owners also operating Golden Beach Camping next door. Further north from them, Happy Days, has its own selection of larger a/c bungalows, all uniquely constructed from coconut tree wood.

Carrying on down the sand, the beach remains undeveloped, great for a peaceful walk as the sun sets or also to seek out that track to the remote and untouched Turtle Beach in the far north.

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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;

Seavana Beach Resort

Per Night: BBB-BBBB

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At the southern end, recently split apart from Koh Mak Resort and completely modernized and rebuilt, 22 sea facing rooms, mixture of suites, jacuzzi deluxe and superior rooms. Restaurant, swimming pool, kayaks, bicycle hire. Great location and the upmarket choice on this beach. Very private.

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Koh Mak Resort

Per Night: BBB-BBBB

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Long established resort in prime position along the southern half of Ao Suan Yai beach with its large selection of bungalows, swimming pool, Taleh restaurant, cafe, ticket office and pier. Still very popular, but is facing stiff competition from its gleaming new neighbour.

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Ao Suan Yai – The Central Hill and Ao Pra

The small road behind Koh Mak Resort and Seavana Beach Resort heads off across the island to the south west beach at Ao Kao, via a central hill, home to Islanda Hotel Resort and Thaidaho Vista, both with magnificent views over the bay below and out to Koh Kham in the distance.

Good Time Resort is opposite them, with its accommodation in rooms and vast villas hidden away among the trees in a shaded garden. It’s about a ten minute walk from this area to either the beach at Ao Suan Yai or to that at Ao Kao.

Shortly after these resorts, another turning drops sharply down to Cococape Resort, which sits all on its own on the headland area, again with a bit of a walk back along the rocks to the beach at Ao Suan Yai.

Islanda Resort Hotel

Per Night: BBBB

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On the hill above Ao Suan Yai Beach, 18 rooms and suites, standard and deluxe, swimming pool, restaurant and terrace bar, with amazing views out over the bay towards Koh Kham. A 10 to 15 minute walk to the beach in either direction. Very private and understated, a selling point.

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Good Time Resort

Per Night: BBBB

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On the same hill but facing the other bay of Ao Kao, set in landscaped gardens in the centre, superior and deluxe rooms or huge Thai style wooden villas and 2/3 storey houses, swimming pool and restaurant. 10 minute walk to Ao Kao beach. Peaceful location.

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Coconut Villa

Per Night: BBBB+

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Set in the grounds of Good Time Resort, sleeps up to six persons in 3 a/c ensuite bedrooms, fully fitted kitchen, patio & terraces on ground, first & second floors with sun loungers, dining areas. Excellent views, 10 minutes walk to the beach, can use resort swimming pool.

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Pickle House

Per Night: BBBB+

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Set within the Good Time Resort, three storey villa sleeping 8 with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room and fully fitted kitchen. Terrace, landscaped gardens, short walk to the beach, can use the resort pool.

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Thaidaho Vista

Per Night: BB

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On the hill above Ao Suan Yai, with Islanda Resort Hotel next door, small friendly resort of 5 a/c rooms with single and double beds, guest kitchen or cafe for breakfast, coffee, which is also open to the public. Evening meals available and the whole set-up run by an American Thai couple. 10 minutes walk to Ao Kao beach for a bit more action.

Koh Mak Cococape Resort

Per Night: BBB-BBBB

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On the cape at the southern end of the beach, large selection of fan and a/c bungalows and villas, even a converted boat, on the seafront and around a tiered swimming pool. Restaurant with western food, boat trips to Koh Pii for excellent snorkelling, walk along to get to the beach proper. Ao Pra Beach next door.

Ao Suan Yai – The Area

By the pier on Ao Suan Yai, Koh Mak Resort has its Taleh restaurant and bar and there’s a small ticket office and minimart. The western style Pineapple Cafe sits at the back behind Taleh, with the Thai Sabai Bar, in front of Golden Beach Camping, great for drinks and snacks on the beach.

Head around 300 metres from the back of BB Divers to the 2nd inter-connecting road on the right and you’ll also find Wild Heart Koh Mak, a cute little organic restaurant. Another good minimart occupies the bend at the start of Good Times Resort and on the hill down to Ao Kao Beach, Art House offers live music most nights.

Without transport in Ao Suan Yai, you will probably hang out where you stay and if booking either Koh Mak Resort or Seavana Beach Resort, this would be part of its attraction, peace, quiet and privacy.

If you choose the hill, it’s an easy walk to the restaurant strip on Ao Kao for more dining choices and a bit more action, though do take a torch.

Other Bungalows and Guesthouses in Ao Suan Yai and Ao Pra

Happy Days

Per Night: BB

Located at the northern end of Ao Suan Yai beach, new resort constructed from coconut trees of 10 fan rooms with bathroom attached. Restaurant. Ideally suited for Turtle Beach (Ao Tao Kai) in the far north and for walks on the trails. Quiet, escapist.

Pompak Dee Bungalows

Per Night: BB-BBB

3 a/c bungalows and 2 fan rooms in a small grassed area just back from the sand, with their Thai Sabai Bar nearby. 2 minutes walk from Koh Mak Resort and its facilities.

Golden Beach Camping

Per Night: B

Same owners as Pompak Dee offering a handful of simple tents (definitely not glamping) with bamboo wall surrounds for privacy and protection. Communal washing facilities.


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