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Lazy Day The Resort
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Ko Mak
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 April 2013

Did not stay in the resort itself but had lunch there and snacks on several occasions.
Food is nice and inexpensive, we had some garlic bread, fries, and papaya salad.
You can also use the free and fast Wifi with a great beach view.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

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.

The Staffs:
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 View:
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:
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.

Water:
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.

Food:
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.

Sand Flies:
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.

MUST DO!:
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.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

Firstly this is a good review, we loved our stay here over Christmas, it was bliss, despite it being geared around the Germans! However, Steve F is correct because whilst we can't fault the resort, it is immaculately clean, grounds are pristine, beatifully manicured lawns and stunning orchids, staff super efficient and friendly, we did think it was expensive for what you get, in comparison to other Thai resorts on other islands.

We had the best bungalow which was spacious and perfectly located right by the beach, in fact it was idyllic, but to be critical, it was sparsely furnished. For the best bungalow I would have liked to have seen a few little extras, such as nicer furniture, better mattress, higher quality bedding etc etc and some traditional homely Thai touches to set it apart from the cheaper accommodation . All the bungalows are identical, which seems strange when they are different prices.
The interior was quite stark, it being all concrete, which i realise is maintenence free, but appearance wise, not very attractive. My boyf says - although it doesn't matter to me - for that price he would have expected a tv and satellite to catch up on news.

Also funnily enough, the best most expensive bungalow has the worst wifi signal, due to the fact it's is furthest away from reception. We could tell when other guests had returned, as water pressure was significant reduced so much so the shower was just a trickle and electrical power pretty poor when everyone had their air con on. This wouldn't put us off, but it should be something to be addressed when paying 4/5 star prices


Saying that the owner Ann and his wife are absolutely lovely as are the staff. The resort is in a perfectly tranquil location, transfers from the Pier included and so is a comprehensive breakfast. We did think the evening food there double the price of local restaurants so only ate there once, but what we had was very good indeed.

We would stay there again without question, but it would come down to our budget or if perhaps these little things were addressed. I have no problem with accommodation that commands a high price, however the finish and amenities need to reflect that.
In conclusion, Lazy Day is lovely and probably in the best location on the island, maybe they will be open to little suggestions to make it even better without raising prices further though!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Fanoir_Adams
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

The only reason I didn't score this place as 5/5 is because I found the food to be a touch expensive. You get breakfast included which is a great but you end up paying quite a lot for other meals in the restaurant. For example I've had many green curries in Thailand (and its islands) now, and the average price is between 80-100 bhat, here I paid 160 bhat. The food is very nice, the service is great; I'm no businessman, but as a traveller I don't see any reason why such a meal costs nearly twice as much at this resort. The only other thing that I found a bit disappointing was the beach itself, there are much nicer beaches (less rocky) further along the coastline of this tiny island. As a plus point, the beach does have a jelly fish net making this an ideal resort for children.

Nevertheless, the owner is obviously a very smart business man because the place is spotless and he understands how to provide excellent service to his guests, especially by western standards. He and all his staff are very friendly, welcoming and helpful, and I would definitely recommend this resort for any couples or families who plan to spend a holiday on such a beautiful island as Koh Mak

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

The resort was very helpful in all regards. They arranged for boat transport to and from the island and picked us up at the pier. Check in with a welcome drink. Any requests were taken with a smile. The grounds were kept very clean as were the beach. Resort has good breakfast and their restaurant had very good food. Problem is that the restaurant is situated a bit off the beach and on the daytime it tends to get very hot there. But 5 mins walk along the beach will get you to the next resort, Ao Kao White Sand Beach Resort. Food there is very good and their restaurant got very good food and a cool breeze through their restaurant all day.

As for the sandflies we all got to know them a little bit closer during our stay. One of us (four persons) had troubles making it very uncomfortable and last day were spent up at the bungalow instead of by the beach. Coconut oil didn't seem to keep'em away, at least not working well enough. Beach seemed to be sprayed every day as well.

On the beach there are good spots for snorkeling, but can be hard sometimes to get to them as the water is quite shallow and the tide difference is quite notable.

All in all I from what we saw this resort for sure is one of your best options, and your days will be lazy.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

Sadly, we need to leave today. We stayed here for the second time. There have been some improvements introduced since our first staying in early 2012.
The staff is very, very friendly, even for Thai standards. Ann and his wife speak English and German very well, and are happy to assist you, e.g. by booking transport or introducing you to Koh Mak whereabouts.
Not only is the staff friendly, but very supportive, too. Rooms are made up every day, so are the beautiful garden and the very nice beach. It's good to know that because of this treatment, sand flies are not a plague. They are elsewhere at Koh Mak, though.
Bungalows are very clean. Interior style is mediterranean. There is vast space between the bungalows, so you feel very private. At night, its very quiet. Apart from the soft sea waves, you rather hear anything.
The restaurant delivers exquisit food. You need to check out the Currys for dinner, and the freshly brewed Italian-style coffee for breakfast.
WiFi internet is free, but don't expect good coverage at the bungalows or high speed. Like in many resorts, a book store provides a good selection of second hand books, mostly scandinavian novels.
Kajaks and snorkeing devices are available, too. At the southern end of the beach you'll find some rocks, providing snorkeling and easy-entry dive grounds. A diving school is at hand as well.
You can rent a bike, or a scooter, and check out the island. This takes about 3 hours by scooter.
If it's nightlife you're after, look for something different. Or just check out the beach bar at the neighborhood resort.
All in all, this resort truly is a gem. We'll definitely come back.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

Great staff, amazing breakfast with amazing coffee, Clean bungalows, very nice bungalows, beach super clean. Simply the number one resort in Kho Mak. Its the second time that we stay and we super love it.

From Eric &Sonia from Montreal

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 49/6 Suttitanakool Rd | Trad, Ko Mak 23120, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Mak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Mak
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Mak
Price Range: £61 - £387 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lazy Day The Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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