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“Gorgeous view, perfect hosts, good coffee” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Thaidaho Vista Resort

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Thaidaho Vista Resort
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Zagreb
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31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Gorgeous view, perfect hosts, good coffee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

We spent a week here in December 2013, 1 night in Ocean View Room and 7 nights in Flex Room. Allen was very helpful with all the information we needed before coming to the island, offering to make reservations for the speedboat, arranging a driver from Bangkok etc.

The place itself is wonderful. Rooms are very comfortable, clean, spacious and very reasonably priced (we found Koh Mak to be rather expensive), there's a communal kitchenette and the peaceful grassy yard has hammocks and sun loungers with a million $ view.

And even if you're staying someplace else, please come to their café and treat yourself to one of their delicious hearty breakfasts paired with a big cup of Kat's coffee. You can get anything from fresh fruit and banana pancakes (my son's favourites) to big breakfasts with eggs, toast, potatoes, bacon etc... And all that on a terrace with that amazing view.

Even though Vista is not right on the beach, the biggest beach on the island is just 5 minutes away (half a minute if you rent a motorbike like we did).

If you're staying in Flex Room and you're a light sleeper, I recommend that you take earplugs (I always have them with me so it wasn't a problem) - next to your window there's something like a water pump which sometimes makes noise and that's the place where the family members park their motorbike so that could occasionally wake you up in the morning.

I guess the only bad thing about this place is that they don't have Vista branches on neighbouring islands too :)

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

This is a wonderful place indeed. I treated myself to the upstairs bedroom with the stunning view. Was totally worth it! Allen and Kat are very helpful and making sure you'll have a perfect stay. Recommended!

Room Tip: I would spend the few extra bahts and take the room with the million dollar view!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hamburg, Germany
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69 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2013

We stayed at the Thaidaho Vista for 7 nights and were overall very happy.
The booking could be done by e-mail and Allen gave us useful information beforehand regarding transport to Koh Mak and advice such as how to handle the sandflies. He arranged the pick-up and transport from Trat airport to the pier and reserved the speedboat tickets for us so we did not have to worry about anything. Allen welcomed us at the pier on Koh Mak. The Thaidaho Vista is on a little hill overlooking the beautiful bay of Ao Soun Yai with a splendid view to Koh Kham. Believe me, you won't get tired of this view ! Our room itself was spacious, clean and with a comfortable big double bed. The shower was with warm water.
There is a small kitchen for common use and several chairs and hammocks outside for resting and enjoying the view.
We had breakfast each day and loved it, especially Kat's coffee. We were actually looking forward to the Thaidaho sandwhich each morning, which is, in our opinion, the best in Southeast Asia !
Allen and Kat are both easygoing and made sure their guests are happy. They gave us very useful advice regarding places to visit on Koh Mak or where best to rent a bike and also arranged the transport and pick-up for the way back.
Since it is located on the hill, you can access the beaches on both sides of the island.
We would love to stay there again !

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Terence_Hill
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Linköping, Östergötlands Län, Sweden
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

Simple, friendly, stylish and delicious. Sometimes travelling leaves you with a vague sense of having missed out on the real thing while overpaying for mediocrity. Thaidaho gave us the opposite experience, real people, real curiosity, real food. A breeze in the shade and the view- sit down and be alive. Great hats

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Eva U
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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2013

This resort has the best view in Ko Mak. Although not right on the beach it is a short walking distance to a couple of great beaches. We spent 10 days and found it very relaxing. The place is run by a family and has a really nice, easy going, warm feeling about it. The food is terrific. The breakfast is by far the best we ate on our three months trip to Thailand, and the coffee is amazing. Don't miss dinner, some evenings this is a option and it is delightful. Also, the price (we spent a few nights in the ocean view room [1500B per night] and a few in the flex room [1200B per night]) is great value, specially compared to the relatively pricy island. We will be back.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Naama-1000
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London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

Spent a week here on my own for some quiet R&R time during a busy 4+ month-long tour of SE Asia and I couldn't have chosen better. The view from the terrace over the Bay of Thailand is simply stunning as you sip the superb coffee made by the resident 'barista' (i.e. Kat!). Koh Mak is a small island but it has a great community feel about it that is absent from some of the larger islands and is perfect for getting away from it all. There's a very friendly restaurant halfway down the hill if you can't be bothered to walk any further down to the 'main' street that's set back from the waterfront. Kat's skills don't stop at coffee, she's also an excellent cook and baker whilst Allen can rustle up a superb breakfast to set you up for a day of walking, cycling or swimming from the sandy beach about 10 minutes' walk away. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Switzerland
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35 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

on Top of the Hill you will find a peaceful spot. With view over the island. The Host are nice and friendly. After a drink during travelling on the day we past by in the Evening again and had a private Birthday-dinner at their house. that was very cool!
And i also ordered a Birthday cake which Kat made this in couple of hours for us!! well done and big thanks again!
if we go back to Koh Mak one day we visit for sure this place again. and probably we will stay over night!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bonito13
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Additional Information about Thaidaho Vista Resort

Property: Thaidaho Vista Resort
Address: 1/10 Moo 2 | Koh Mak, Ko Mak 23120, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Mak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Ko Mak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thaidaho Vista Resort: a small, quaint, affordable "non-smoking" island retreat with a Million Dollar View. A small Thai guesthouse with coffee shop/cafe/pub. Perched atop Koh Mak's highest (tsunami-proof!) Hill, yet only 200 meters to the beaches and restaurants. Come enjoy one of Thailand's last unspoiled islands--and help us keep it that way! Next holiday: take a break and enjoy the Vista! ... more   less 

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