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Big Easy
Ranked #9 of 15 Hotels in Ko Mak
Reviewed 11 February 2010

Unique location, quiet and authentic, we spent 4 nights in Bungalow number 5 amazing views the bungalow has lots of space big bathroom and a great terrace although we have to say that the hammacks wer a bit unconfortable but they were about to change it for new ones...
The restaurante was fantastic great "home made" food... with a plus of a personalice service by the owners Paul and Nodeen and Teo!
In general a five star service, is a place managed with a lots of love and passion in a paradise location everybody was helpfull and happy.
We highly recomended

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2010

One of the best island retreats we have ever stayed at. Big Easy is clean, very well managed, excellent food and staff. Paul, Nuden, Tom, Theo and all the staff go out of their way to make you feel at home. Big Easy has the best beach on the island. It's always clean. The water is crystal clear and snorkeling is wonderful. We rented a motorbike and explored the whole island. Another day rented a boat and driver to go over to the smaller islands snorkeling. Oh!!!! And a Thai Massage to die for!!!!! 350 batt. That's about $10.00 for an HOUR. You can't beat that. The Big Easy is a definate recommendation. You won't be sorry if you are looking for a quiet layed back vacation. We arrived by speedboat from Trat. The ride is about 40 minutes and the scenery is breath taking

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 January 2010

Stayed at the Big Easy for 3 nights 15-18 Jan and LOVED IT! it's so relaxing, perfect location and amazing rooms with own veranda facing the beach with hammock!

We hired a moped from Paul and toured the island stopping at a couple of the other places for beers and lunch and cN honestly say none we saw compared to the big easy (cinnamon, little moon) and we were desperatky unimpresed with the overcrowding and resort feel of koh mak resort! Big easy is a 6 bungalow operation at one end of the beach with perfect quiet sand and laid back owners with good food and cheap beers within a couple of steps from the beach... Loved every minute!

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Reviewed 6 January 2010

Koh Mak still feels like a Thai Island and The Big Easy has the best food, the friendliest hosts, the nicest beach and the most amazing bungalows on the Island. The rooms are immaculate and cavernous with the best appointed bathroom we have seen in a beach bungalow (see pictures).
The Big Easy is run by Noodeng and Paul who are fantastic hosts and make you feel really welcome. Noodeng is in charge of the restaurant and her food is the best we have tasted. If you stay you have to try the Laab and the Papya Salad.
The Big Easy is located on the best side of the Island as the resorts on the other side get battered by strong winds and choppy seas.
We will definitely return to Koh Mak and the Big Easy as it is probably one of the last unspoilt Thai Islands.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2010

We absolutely loved our time at the Big Easy on Koh Mak. We had reached the end of our trip with extra funds, so checked out every accommodation place on Koh Mak to find the best one to 'splurge' on. The Big Easy was hands down the best place.

We had the front bungalow and it was brilliant - huge, high ceilings, french doors, fantastic stone sunken bathroom, beautifully decorated, big balcony with hammock and chair, all 15 metres from the water. The beach was immaculate (staff clean it in the early hours every day) and the bungalow and restaurant were spotless.

The family who run it are wonderful - laid back and friendly but very organised and very good at what they do. Big Easy has a wonderful atmosphere... we spent every day taking it easy - reading (they have a stash of books and mags), laying around, swimming, walking to the island (watch out for the sea urchins!) and eating and drinking.

Every single meal we ate there was fantastic (I really recommend the soups, the whole fish and the prawns!) and the beers were well priced - they just got added to our tab (paid for everything when we checked out). Scott was on crutches and restaurant staff kindly brought beer across to our bungalow during the day.

I honestly can't say enough about the Big Easy and highly recommend it. We're hoping to come back to Thailand next year and plan on visiting the Big Easy again.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 December 2009

Me and my family stayed on Bigeasy from 17 Nov-6 Dec 2009, and it was a total expierience of good food (thanks Noodang, and your beautiful staff) , good music (thanks Paul) and a perfect place for families with children, the bungalows are placed perfect so you can put your children to sleep and still have an eye on the bungalow sitting in the best restaurant on the island and enjoying adult-time. The owners Paul and Noodang give and excellent service and really make sure you have the best time. Their restaurant is a chapter for it self, it serves the best thai food recommend the big easy snack, the ribs with mashed potatoes, and the isaan food is simply heaven.
Our daughter had the best time ever, allways other children to play with and the beach is perfect for small children, crystal clear water and 2 good hammocks.
The bungalows are big, clean, and stylish and has a veranda to sit and enjoy the view and the sunsets...the most beautiful sight you ever seen.
We enjoyed kayaking to koh rayang, and just told Paul and Noodang what we needed such as manicure, massage and pedicure and they arranged everything for us.
We have travelled for many years in Thailand with and without children and this place really offers something special.. Thank you, for letting us feel at home, we enjoyed every second. see you..

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 December 2009

We stayed at Big Easy for five nights in December 2009 and it was hard to leave. The bungalows are huge and stylish - each with their own veranda with hammock, table and chair and a bench.

Paul and Nuden really know how to look after their guests, without being over the top. Nudem is a fabulous cook and her team (including her sister Dao) prepare meals throughout the day. The large open plan restaurant is a great place to get a bit of shade and to chill out listening to music. There are toys for younger children who were welcomed throughout the resort.

Big Easy is chilled out in the extreme - it is at the end of the Ao Prao beach so doesnt have anybody trying to sell you things or hassle you in anyway. If there are things you want to do Paul and Nuden arrange them for you individually, for example a massage on the beach that was amazing. Nuden organised a snorkelling and fishing trip for the two of us in a small boat, with a local man who spoke no English but nevertheless made us laugh, helped us feel confident and taught us how to fish. This was quite a feat as we are two women who had never fished, wouldn't touch the squid bate and were both pretty nervous snorkelling. When we returned with our catch (8 fish) Nudem cooked us a wonderful fish curry.

This is an excellent resort that deserves to prosper. Thanks to you all

Jilly and Jane

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Big Easy

Address: 7/2 Moo 1, Tambon Koh Mak | Umpur Koh Krood, Ko Mak 23000, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Mak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Mak
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small, Family run Resort on the beach with a relaxed, "Old Style" Thai island atmosphere. Huge wooden Bungalows built in a Traditional Thai design with high ceilings, sexy bathroom and large deck with hammock. All 7 Bungalows are within 70 meters of the pristine beach and are generously spaced out to ensure privacy from other guests. The Restaurant serves excellent Thai/European cuisine at fair value prices with friendly and helpful service from the family of staff. Big Easy is within walking distance to local shops, restaurants and bars. ... more   less 
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