We stayed for two weeks this August having initially booked for ten days. A second bed was added to our bungalow for our 11 year old son which was really spacious, plenty of hot water, great air-con on a thermostat and fly screens so no mossie nets needed.
We were right on the beach with sea about metres away at high tide and great views of Ko Kood. Sand flies are an issue on Ko Mak but just use a repellant don't let it put you off.
Chain organised our boat from Laem Ngop and we were met in Ao Nid. It was really easy and efficient, which was a relief as we had just got off the plane in Bangkok (taxi 3000tbht). The crossing took an hour and was great fun, lots of little islands and fishing boats to look at, then a few minutes in the back of their truck and you are in Ao Kao.
Chon in the restaurant is lovely, always so happy to help and the pool table in the middle gave us some great fun evenings.
As it was low season most of the restaurants on the main road were shut but around 1/2 the island resorts were open if you fancied a change of view and Paul's Arthouse is worth a visit, lovely guy and amazing building.
There is a small bar being built at Ao Kao, next to the restaurant, right on the sea which looks to be a great addition although there is also a beach bar up the other end of the garden.
We borrowed FREE DVDs, snorkel and flippers and paid a few baht for laundry. The most expensive meal on the very extensive menu was fresh whole fish at 350tbht and masses of veggie options from 80tbht. Huge amounts of fresh pineapple and watermelon for breakfast all included in the room rate and great coffee. We did not dip into our medicine bag once the whole stay! Oh and great wines for 890tbht.
The curtains in our room were a bit dated and kept coming unhooked and a couple of the sun beds were broken, but this not a reason not to stay.
Thanks to Chain and all his team for making our first couple of weeks in Thailand so wonderful.
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