After exploring Koh Chang and enjoying quiet beach life under falling coconuts of Bailan Bay and by blue lagoons of Klong Prao for 10 days it was time to continue my travels to the next paradise island: Koh Mak.There are several boat companies offering transfers between Koh Chang and other islands. I bought my boat ticket to Koh Mak at a local travel shop on Koh Chang for 500 Baht, and was picked up from the hotel by the boat company early in the morning and taken to Kai Bae pier for our 9 o’clock departure. The 25 km speed boat ride to from Koh Chang to Koh Mak took 1 hour and was fairly bumpy as the sea was a bit rough. Along the way we stopped on the small island of Koh Wai, a true paradise island where I had previously been on a day trip for snorkeling and complete relaxation.I was feeling a bit concerned as I had not booked a hotel in advance. I had tried to do that but with no luck as it was the week of the Songkran Water Festival and Thai New Year celebrations and all hotels were fully booked. So I did take a chance travelling without a reservation.
When I arrived in Koh Mak I walked around from hotel to another with my suitcase checking availabilities. All hotels were fully booked. Finally, I did manage to find a humble bungalow resort with one bungalow available. I had no option but to pay 800 Baht per night and check in for 2 nights. My bungalow at Koh Mak Cottage was very small and basic: a mattress on the floor with mosquito net, fan and simple bathroom. Nothing more. 800 Baht! What a rip off! Normally I would have not paid for more than 300 Baht for this.
It was an extremely hot day (37 C), inside the bungalow it was even hotter. There was lots of ants and mosquitos in the room, ugh. At that stage I knew I had made a big mistake – I just could not stay in this place for 2 nights, but there were not any other options.
I was feeling very frustrated and upset, and needed to calm down so I put on my bikinis, took my beach towel and headed to the beach just a few steps from my primitive bungalow. I sat down on the sand and looked around. The scenery was so picture-perfect: white sand, turquoise waters, no one else in sight.Right then and there I decided that I would not let this creepy bungalow ruin my stay on Koh Mak. So after relaxing on the beach for a while I decided to go hotel hunting once more and walked the 3 km long beach from one end to another and managed to find a better bungalow right by the beach for the last 3 nights of my visit, yay what a feeling!At the end of the day I stayed one night in the creepy bungalow at Koh Mak Cottage, killed dozens of cockroaches and hundreds of ants and mosquitos during the night. And no, I did not sleep at all, it was too dodgy and too hot for that.
As soon as the sun was up the next morning I packed my suitcase and headed to my air con bungalow at Kham Nature Resort. The location was absolutely perfect: right by Ao Kao Beach in a huge green garden only a couple of minutes’ walk from the village with a few little shops and restaurants. I found huge jack fruit growing right next to my bungalow, fruit that I had never seen before. I was such a happy woman again. Tired but happy.
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