This was our second trip to Ko Chang and stayed at Kai Bae beach both times as it seems quieter than beaches closer to the ferry landing. This trip, needing two rooms, we looked for less expensive accommodations. We preferred bungalows but at Mam Kai Bae they were booked so we stayed in the "VIP" rooms on the second floor of the hotel.
My first impression was relief that we hadn't booked one of the bungalows between the registration building and the hotel as vans were parked 3 deep immediately in front of them in the sandy parking lot. We did not look closely at the other bungalows so I can't comment on them.
Our hotel rooms were clean and spacious, a fact accentuated by the lack of furniture. There was space for a second, king-sized bed but the only furniture beside one bed and the usual built-in vanity and shelves was limited to a small table and 2 stools which we used for bedside tables. There was a very small safe, not large enough for an iPad. The bathroom was also quite spacious but sparsely appointed. The bath tub had a sprayer but no shower curtain, minimal water pressure, only tepid water from the on-demand water heater, and no electrical outlets. The balcony presented a nice view of the beach but overlooked picnic tables, beach chairs, and a sandy road leading to more bungalows, Apparently the tables were well used every night as they were covered with paper plates and beer bottles every morning. Any partying was quiet - we never heard any noise from that direction.
The breakfast buffet was quite limited - no cereal or yogurt, no multigrain bread, no real fruit juice, no brewed coffee...
The second night, our water heater gave out and the staff removed one from an unoccupied room to replace it. Our second room lost power when we plugged in a dual voltage hair dryer. Again, the staff responded quickly and restored power. This could have been remedied even more quickly if there were telephones in the room we could have used to contact the staff. It only took a few minutes to walk to the registration building but for a hotel of this size to not have telephones is a basic safety issue in an emergency situation.
The beach was nice - clear, calm water, a few patch reefs not far offshore. Kayak rentals are available a very short distance away. The swimming pool, located on the 4th floor seemed small for a hotel of that size and was only open from 11:00 to 20:00.
For the price, Mam Kai Bae isn't bad but it could be much better.
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