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Reviewed November 23, 2012

We were looking for a quiet place to relax away from the crowds and this was it. The rooms were basic but clean and comfortable with air cond, a fan and an ensuite. The bed was the hardest I have slept on, ever, yet that didn't seem to effect our sleep. When not exploring the island we relaxed on the balcony reading and snacking. On the first day of three we walked to the other side of the island, its relatively small, 1.5 hours without bother other than the heat. After that we hired a motor scooter. Most of the roads are concrete paved so riding was easy. Being further away from the other resorts was a good thing and there were enough activities nearby to keep us interested. A very good cooking class, a creatively named museum and some local shops and cafes. The staff at Ao Pong, Liem and Michal were helpful & friendly and the meals prepared by Liem some of the best we've tasted in Thailand. Part of the beach is more coral than sand requiring light shoes or sandles for easy walking and swimming. The water was warm and made for pleasant swimming. Overall we both enjoyed our stay at Koh Mak and Ao Pong.

Date of stay: November 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank davtha
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Ok I went there in the low season, and Koh Mak is horrible then: no soul alive, everything shut down... but even then! I dont get it. Nobody mentionned that the pictures and reality have nothing in common. THat place in dirty. First we were given a bungalow with an Air Con not working, then we were changed to one with the lights not working, then back to the first one, but we ended up having to move back the sheets ourselves.
There were only 2 bungalos occupied, and often nobody from the resort around. No food offered, manage yourself to get to a restasurant.
Nobody mentions this place is next to the ferry... wow, nice view.

We had planned for 4 nights but fled after one. Relax is good, but this is death.
The person in charge was suppoed to be there at 7 am but we ended up having to walk the way back to the boat with our bags cause nobody was there. A real joke.

So maybe the place is less a disaster when the island is full of people, but even then I doubt the lack of seriousness can not be a problem anytime. Dont go there. Simple

Date of stay: August 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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2  Thank MSonik
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

This resort on Koh Mak is a bliss after all the places we visited on the busy Koh's in Thailand. The kind owners Michal en Riam have seven bungalows that suit every budget. In front of the bungalows is the sea which seems to be the best place on the island for snorkeling. Behind the bungalows is a little jungle. The only sound you hear are the waves and the noises that the jungle produces. The Thai food that Riam cooks herself is delicious. Definitely a place worth visiting, if you're looking for a quiet and beautiful place with very hospitable people.

Date of stay: March 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank Esmee W
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

If you want seclusion from the tourist hordes, Ao Pong Resort is your place. It's quiet and peaceful. Run by a lovely Polish-Thai couple (Michal and Riam) who can arrange kayaking, diving, and snorkeling trips for you. Situated at the southern tip of Koh Mak, the resort is close to Ao Nit pier, which has a great seafood restaurant nearby. The food at the resort is also quite good. The seafood curry was delicious and they make great fruit smoothies too, plus there's always plenty of cold beer on hand. Rooms are a decent size with clean sheets. The bed was a little hard but much better than the bumpy mattresses you find elsewhere on the island. Beware that like most of the other resorts, you need to take a taxi (50 baht/per person) or rent a bike (motor or 2-wheel) to get anywhere else on the island.

Date of stay: February 2012
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Thank Ismania
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

This place is so peacefull !
There are 5-6 simple but cosy and confortable bungalows built 10m above the beach. Chill Out on the hamacs or wooden sunbeds on a natural and wild beach and fall asleep with only the noise of the waves and the rainforest surrounding the place.
The kindest Thai Owner ever serves delicious dishes that the cooks herself for you.
Very Nice place for little money (fan hut for 700 bat)

Date of stay: January 2012
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Thank Nicolaszen
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