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“Great location, awful service” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Monkey Island Resort
Ranked #13 of 15 Hotels in Ko Mak
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17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great location, awful service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2010

Monkey Island is the best location, directly on the beach and near shops which is quite important as there is nothing on Koh Mak except beach and sea. Breakfast is dismal and without any choice and as the resort is unably to offer the remaining daily meals in any meaningful way it is important to have other options nearby. Monkey Island has been described as a place frequented by Thai families. During our visit you would fall more naturally into the general atmosphere if, as a man, you had a ponytail or dreadlocks and tattoos all over. Evening parties once or twice a week are likely to keep you awake whan you want to sleep. For the visitor, who sees a friendly Thai welcome and ambience as one of the reasons for coming, it should be of much greater concern that the Chinese-Thai lady manager runs the place like a military camp, to the clear chagrain of the overseas guests.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2010

Okay, this is on the southern beach of Koh Mak and according to Rough Guide better of the north/south. I'd disagree but caution that it may have been the time of year, the direction of the wind etc. But on first jumping off the speedboat I was disappointed. The beach was narrow, the sand not as good as Koh Chang or Samet, dirty, full of rubbish. Monkey Island is a bit of a haphazzrd traveller place. Now I've been there, done that backpakcer thing and this wasn't onme of those holidays.
The bungalow itself for 1,500BHT is nice enough but the open air bathroom completely turned me off. As someone who attracts the mozzies it's no pleasure rushing a shower in a badly lit, and not the cleanest bathroom painted brown. It just felt dirty.
The food is okay, the service is okay, but not aimed at me really. Was meant to stay 4 nights but I just couldn;t face the bathroom!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled solo
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2010

Well my uncle Ken and I stayed at Monkey after several days island hopping. We took the favourable Gorrila Huts with A/C and private bathrooms located on the beach and were quite satisfied with this supreme location/accommodation. Actually the best part of staying at Monkey was chilling out in the evening with the resident band Mr Tea and he group of musicians playing awesome reggee beats!. Days can be lounging around with cheap eats and walks on a great beach!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank SilicaStorm
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hove, england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2009

My husband and I have just spent 12 days at Monkey Resort and had a great time. We had one of the cheaper huts, which was basic but suited us fine. There are bigger, air-conditioned ones if you want, as well as cheaper ones with shared facilities. The staff are friendly and the Monkey Bar is the only happening place on the island. I use the term "happening" very loosely here - we were in bed by midnight most nights! There is a live band fronted by the charming Tea, who sings in both Thai and English. Those who have any musical talents they'd like to show off are very welcome to join the band.
The huts are cleaned on demand - you only have to ask and they will change your towels and sheets etc.
We didn't eat in the restaurant because we had been introduced to some other amazing restaurants on the island so I can't comment on the food.
There are also computers that guests can use for free during the day.
The ONLY problem we encountered were the sandflies on the beaches - apparently they don't like coconut oil so cover yourself in that. Failing that, once you've been bitten try not to scratch too much - it just makes it itch more and can leave a scar. Tiger balm helps. Have fun!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank makeminealargeone
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tappityjones
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2009

The attitude at koh mak is fairly rude. I don't expect people to fall over themselves but at least try to be polite. the rooms smell like pee when the the thatch huts get wet in the rain. i don't mind the various creatures who made it into the room but some might. also, i got a horrible case of food poisoning from the (aptly named) "monkey shock" cafe and that was after months of eating street food all over china and cambodia.

  • Stayed November 2006, travelled solo
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2009

Had to write a review after reading the negative feedback left by others - really felt that Monkey Island was getting a bad rap. Koh Mak is the kind of place many travellers plan to spend a day or to on, but wind up extending their stay. We were no different, and in the end passed up the chance to travel on to Koh Kood, prefering to stay in the perfect beach-side hostel we'd found.

First things first - Monkey Island is a hostel, not a hotel. If you're expecting to be waited on by sychophantic lackeys, have your room cleaned every day, then go to a five star place and pay five star prices. If you have realistic expectations of what a hostel does and does not provide, then you will be very, very impressed with Monkey Island.

We arrived at the pier on Koh Mak, having come from Koh Chang. We had not booked anywhere, so listening to some recommendations from a few folks from the local dive shops, chose to jump on the Monkey Island fun-bus (a very colourful open-top camper van). When we arrived, we requested the cheapest room, and although we were checking in after the traditional start of high-season (November), were offered a room with fan and shared bathroom for 350 baht. Having already looked at their website, we were expecting to pay 600, so that was a pleasant surprise.

Totally disagree with other reviewers who say that their rooms were dirty and open to the elements. We had stayed the previous two nights in a place at Bang Bao, Koh Chang. For 50 baht less that the price at Monkey Island, we got a rickety wooden shack, huge holes between the boards, a terrible bed and a mozzie net holier than the pope himself! Our accommodation at Monkey was fantastic in comparison - solid concrete, gauze guards over the windows, and a decent net covering a large, solid bed. Could not ask for more. If you wanted your bedding changed, bin emptying, clean towels, etc, then all you had to do was ask.

The monkey bar is quiet during the day, but drink and food are readily available at any time. In the evenings, and especially on Saturdays, the place comes alive. Mr Tea is the resident music-man, and after the cheap, tasty buffet dinner, he entertains guests with some great live music, both western and thai. Anyone is welcome to have a go, and playing a bit of guitar myself, I was dragged up to play a few songs most nights. It was a great atmosphere - really friendly.

There's a beautiful beach only a few footsteps away from your room or if you're not a fan of salt-water there's a small pool next to the bar (which for a hostel I thought was a fantastic added bonus). Koh Mak itself is a great little island. A decent amount of bars, restaurants and guesthouse eateries to give your evening exploits some variety, but not too many that it's over-run and over-populated. A definite problem with some of Thailands' other island resorts.

In short, if you're a budget traveller, with realistic expectations of hostel life, then Monkey Island will definitely impress.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank damianandjojo
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Kent
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2009

Myself and my girlfriend recently stayed one night at Monkey Island resort. Now having spent six months or so travelling through Asia in 2008 i'm pretty used to basic.
We turned up via the ferry and walked about 100 metres to what was a tourist info point. The guys there were very friendly and they had a variety of bungalows on offer ranging from about 600baht to 2500 baht. Although we did come to Ko Mak for a rest we still wanted to have the choice to go to a few bars and restaurants. The chap advised us to go to Monkey island resort which was lively. Lively perhaps if you have been six foot under for many years! we checked in and we were shown our hut with bathroom which I was not entirely happy with but the last one they had. The greeting was far from friendly by the staff who seemed very lazy. The room looked unclean and there were a large variety of bugs and rat droppings to be clearly seen over and above Thai head height. We stayed in the huts a bit away from the beach and backs onto the road. Once getting our banana key which was comical we unpacked and found the room and towels/bedlinen to be dirty. The Mozzie net was ripped in several places and you just knew insects were all around you. Sure enough within some 5 mins a giant spider was crawling over the Mozzie net which I managed to pick up and let outside. The huts sthemselves are very small and very open to the outside.You really feel your in the middle of the jungle! Having booked for two nights i quickly changed my mind and knew we would be moving the next day. The 1000 baht per night seemed extraordinarily expensive compared to what i've paid recently.
The bar area was deserted apart from some drifters playing guitar and high as heaven. This place has a commune feel and you are an unwelcomed visitor. There is nothing to do on Ko Mak. Two maybe three bars with two maybe three people in. The beach however is paradise and stunningly beautifull. All in all though Monkey island spoilt our brief stay and we left for Koh Chang by speedboat the next day. Unless your a devoted hippie who is coming to find yourself in your hut listening to Bob Marley this place isnt for you. We wont be back.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank roadrunnergiddy
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Property: Monkey Island Resort
Address: 63/6 Tumbol, Ko Mak, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Mak
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #13 of 15 Hotels in Ko Mak
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Number of rooms: 285
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