If you appreciate nature, you will love your stay at "Lazy Day the Resort". We stayed here on March 13 - 16, 2013. We originally booked for 2 nights, but as soon as we dropped our bags into our bungalow we book an extra night here. We simply love it here. There are 4 of us, my wife and I and our 2 children age 10 and 8.
Lazy Day is a family run resort which the owner Mr. Ann (pronounce "Unn" with a shorter sound) and his wife, Jub, run the resort themselves. They are extremely friendly and very courteous. We felt that from the very first phone contact when we booked, the moment that he picked us up at the pier, and every day at the resort till he dropped us off when we left. These made all the differences and our vacation was perfect because of them, thank you very much. We felt like their service came from the bottom of their hearts something that you won't get from chained hotels, in fact, we NEVER get this vibe from any other family run resorts that we been to on other islands, ever. They just want your stay to be as excellent as it could be. Their staffs are also very friendly and courteous as well, all of them. We felt like they're proud to work at the resort. That is a rare thing.
The resort is right on the beach with coconut trees along the beach. We've the beach view right from our bungalow. The beach is steps away from all bungalows and quite nice with approximately 300 meters long with shallow water underwater rocks on one side. There are plenty of marine lives right in the sea literally a few steps from the beach.
We snorkeled 3 - 5 meters off the beach (about waist deep) both morning and afternoon every day and saw a few sea cucumbers as well as many schools of fish. The sea is crystal clear and extremely calm all day long. You can see many fishes at ankle deep level, too if you don't want to snorkel. You won't get tired of this. There is a net casted to prevent jelly fish which make it safe to swim or snorkel should they come. They weren't there during our stay.
The bungalow made of concrete painted in white with a minimalist design. The room itself doesn't have any television or telephone, hence the name "Lazy Day". I think it's perfect for a vacation and who needs one when you can swim with fishes or watching them go about their lives all day. You can then sit up watching stars and listening to the soothing sound of waves and the jungle sounds all night long. We felt very relax here. If you need to catch up with news there is a TV in the restaurant or bring your own laptop and you can connect with free Wi-Fi. The room is very spacious with a King size bed and a single bed with enough room to put up an extra bed. The balcony has 2 wooden sun lounge chairs and 2 beach lounge chairs which 4 of us can lay there all day long. There is an air-condition, a desk, a closet, and a refrigerator in the room which you won't get to use much of them. We would prefer a screen on all doors and windows so that we can leave them open to catch the sea breeze. The price for the bungalow is very reasonable and comparable to other more popular islands that we been to.
You've got to appreciate what the owner did for us, the fresh and clean water. The water here is crystal clear like it should be which is rare for seaside towns or on an island. We went to a few islands as well as several seaside cities on the mainland and most of their water is a bit harsh with yellowish in color. You will feel clean and fresh when you brush your teeth just as it should be.
We found that food here is very reasonably priced. You've to consider that most ingredients (almost everything on this very small island) have to be brought over from the mainland which takes 3 hours by ferry, or 50 minutes by speedboat. The island of Koh Mak also opens for 8 months of the year and most resort will be closed during Monsoon season. We had similar food at many locations both on the mainland and other islands and the price here is not much more, deep fried fish with sweet n sour mango dressing cost THB 350 – 450 just like on the mainland. We ate mostly at the resort with 2 meals eaten outside.
It's a price to pay for nature. Sand fly is one of the indications of an undisturbed beach. The more they are the pure and undisturbed the beach is. They lay their eggs on the beach and if lots of tourists set foot on the beach their eggs won't hatch. The quickest way to get rid of them is using harmful chemicals which will sure to harm the marine lives that live just right off the beach. The local community here is aware of the problem and use natural resources like Camphor to rid them off the beach. If you're allergic to them or have sensitive skin please consult your doctor and pack necessary medicine just in case. We didn't run into them much, only a few bites each and we're ok with that.
You've got to appreciate nature as it's still pure here on Koh Mak. So, if you're looking for night life it might be better to look at bigger islands. The adjacent resort does have a beach bar with several cocktails to choose from and open till late. Try "Ao Khao on the rock" it's their specialty.
A visit to Koh Kham, a private island about 10 minutes boat ride from Koh Mak. It will cost THB 200 per person (100 for the boat, and 100 entrance fee which you get 1 free soft drink). You can rent a Kayak at the pier or swim there since the sea is so calm. There is a sand dune in the middle of the sea right out of the beach on the island. Which you will see and can walk at low tide (see attached pictures). We went with the first boat service at 0930 and came back at 1330. It was picture perfect. We snorkel around the beach there and saw many types of fish, sea cucumbers, sea urchin. We wish that we have an underwater camera. There is a beach bar which sell soft drink and beer as well as cup noodle. It's a good idea to ask the hotel to pack sandwiches and bottle water for you to take over to the island.
There are few tourists here compare to other more popular islands so if you prefer less crowd here should be on top of your list.
There is not a Jet Ski, banana boat, beach hustler, or an ATV insight anywhere on Koh Mak. The locals here really did a great job fending off those who will ruin your beach holiday. Koh Mak is very family friendly as well as perfect for couples who prefer privacy.
FYI: Electricity is scared here since the island gets its electricity from several government run diesel generators. So, if the fluctuation should occur it's understandable. You've got to appreciate what you got here on a remote island which is totally different from mainland or more populated islands.
If you're a smoker, please please please DO NOT litter, pick up your cigarette butts and put them in the bin! There are a few of them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lazy Day The Resort is a holiday resort located on Koh Mak island, Trad, Thailand - one of few holiday destinations that offers calmness and peaceful atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lazy Day The Hotel Koh Mak