We stayed at the Good Time Resort on Koh Mak mid February and overall we enjoyed the stay.
Good Time Management arranged car parking for us on the mainland, as well as the high speed power boat to the island. My understanding is there are both powerboat and slower diesel boats that service the island: take the powerboat as its 55 minutes at around 40 knots, the slow boat would be over 2 hours. Again, ask GT Management to book the boat: it was full to capacity we noticed both coming and going.
We were picked up and taken to the resort by the resort car, and enjoyed our first views of Koh Mak. Living in Thailand we are constantly looking for the perfect island getaway, and think we have come close to finding it at Koh Mak. Its quiet, peaceful, uncrowded, and slightly eccentric, with 24 hour power and good internet and cell phone service. Pretty much the best of both worlds. Not many taxi's are on the island: Maybe a dozen we saw. So it pays to be able to ride a motor scooter with some competence, as much of the island is on red clay dirt roads and are a bit rough. Not a problem on a scooter if you ride a bit, maybe a bit more difficult if you don't and I can imagine it would be pretty slippery and trecherous riding in the wet season.
We were met at the resort by Michael the manager, a genial and genuine host who seems to love where he is and what he is doing. Good Time Resort if not the biggest on the island in terms of actual land area must be close to the biggest. It is well spread out, with houses far more seperate than you would expect to see even in suburban locations in most parts of the world. The gardens and trees add to the feeling of being private, and all in all the first impression is correct: Good Time is tranquil and private.
The houses are excellent, with a top story Sala (Gazebo) that becomes the refuge in hot afternoons, after swimming or snorkelling. The rooms them self are spacious and breezy, and air conditioning is really only necessary at night. There is a good sized safe, that will easily take your cameras, laptops and other values if you feel the need to lock up.
BUT: The beds are not so great. The mattresses must come with a 100 year warranty as they are concrete hard, and the pillows (2 only) are small and flat. The bedspreads barely cover the mattress, and if you pull the cover up to your chest, your feet hang out. Really Good Time, get some new mattresses, get some new pillows, put 2 pillows per person, and buy bedspreads/covers suitable for a kingsize bed, rather than the handkerchiefs that are currently gracing the beds. Not good enough.
It is only the beds that stopped me rating this resort as Above Average to Excellent. I think it is fair comment to say that on holidays you expect a good sleep!
The beds and covers really are my only complaint. We loved the resort and the staff were wonderful. The location between the beaches is ideal. Kayaking and snorkelling or just exploring by mountain bike or scooter are hours of fun. Good Time can arrange the scooters, mountain bikes etc for you. We rented a scooter for 4 days and it was a good machine, with good brakes and tyres.
The food that we ate at Good Time was fine: the restaurant for breakfast has a lovely ambience as it projects into the shady treetops.
All in all I would recommend Good Time. I did ask Michael the manager about the beds and covers and he told me I was not the first to mention the issues, and it was in hand.
Tips for Koh Mak in general:
1. You will either need to be competent on a push bike or scooter as there are not so many taxis. If you go the scooter route, make sure your travel insurance covers you.
2. Nightlife: whats that? Not much happening at night that we noticed, but maybe it was just quiet. The "Main Strip" of about a dozen restaurants were pretty quiet by 9pm. Good Books essential. Unless you really like your own company, come with a friend. Its pretty quiet.
3. Let Good Time arrange your transfers etc. Much less stressful. Not a lot of english spoken on the mainland adjacent to Koh Mak.
4. Money: At the time of writing there is NO ATM machine on Koh Mak. No doubt this will change in the near future, but at this stage either bring a wad of cash, or ask all scooters, boat trips etc to be charged back to Good Time to pay by EFTPOS on departure. Maybe discuss this with the Manager on arrival. Note however food, attractions, everything is pretty dirt cheap on Koh Mak.
5. The locals are some of the nicest I have met in Thailand. There is a slightly eccentric/artistic air to the place that I hope it never looses.
6. This applies to ALL Thailand travels: Mosquitoes. Dengue Fever. Take some repellent for the early morning and late afternoons. Use it in the day time in forrest locations. Dengue mosquitoes bite in the daytime. On the whole we didn't notice a lot of mosquitoes on KM, but they are there for sure, and you don't want dengue. Take repellent.
Thanks to Good Time for a great stay, and we hope to see you again soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Good Time Resort on Koh Mak nestles charmingly on the ridge of a small hill between two beautiful beaches, close enough to be convenient for restaurants, shops and the longest beach on the island, but far enough away to enjoy the tranquility and refreshing breeze from the Gulf of Thailand. The message is clear: You are here to relax and not be disturbed by the masses. The Good Time Resort includes a little library with a communal office available along with free WIFI.Since 2017 we have joint ventures and offer activities like tennis, yoga and Muay Thai Boxing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Good Time Hotel Koh Mak