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Our Thai Island Getaway On Koh Mak

by Meg · 17 comments

What is better than spending a month on a secluded and peaceful island in Thailand?

Oh right, NOTHING.

Thanks to Roomorama, Tony and I found the perfect Thai villa on the beautiful island of Koh Mak to spend the month of August catching up on work and some classic R&R.

What is Roomorama you ask?

We have written about them before, but Roomorama is an online portal that let’s travelers book short term apartment rentals.

In their own words:

Roomorama is the discerning traveler’s one-stop shop for short-term rentals. Wherever your next trip will be, or wherever your property is, use our online marketplace to connect and transact with hosts and guests who believe in convenient, rewarding and unique travel experiences. With an ever-growing inventory of hospitable accommodations, Roomorama is working to make you feel at home wherever you are.

In addition to our stay on Koh Mak, the other times we used Roomorama were during our time in Buenos Aires and Cusco, Peru and had great experiences both times.  We love their easy to use website to browse for rentals, review property availabilities, and easily book a stay.  Most importantly, Roomorama handles the payments, so we can have peace of mind going into our trip.

They book the room, but don’t fully process it until you are checked-in and have handed over their previously provided unique payment code to the rental owner.

Our Adorable Villa on Koh Mak:

Our villa, named Rambutan, was situated on the Good Time Resort property, which was great because we had access to the resort’s facilities.  As such, I was able to use their pool to get into shape and get my swim on in the morning.

Also, because our villa was on the resort itself, we got tremendous help from the staff whenever we had questions about the island or needed assistance coordinating trips around the island.

A fine example of some island highlights

Next to our villa was the resort’s restaurant, which served up excellent Thai food for those lazy nights when we didn’t want to venture outside our property… Those happened a lot!

The Rambutan house was the perfect size for a couple.

It had a large living space, a wrap-around porch to relax on, and an outdoor kitchen area that we used to make breakfast every morning… basically, it had everything that Tony and I could ever need.

Rambutan also came equipped with air conditioning, which was MUCH needed for the hot Thai nights.  In addition to all these fabulous perks, Rambutan had blazing WiFi connection, so Tony and I were able to crank out some serious work during our three weeks on the island.  It was such a comfortable home for us while on Koh Mak.

Koh Mak Itself:

The island of Koh Mak is gorgeous, desolate, and all around FABULOUS. It is a very remote island that is much more isolated than many neighboring islands, like Koh Chang. There wasn’t even an ATM on the island for crying out loud!

The beaches were often secluded (I may or may not have taken off my bikini top during one special occasion) and the bars and restaurants close very early at night.

Not a soul in sight… Marvelous!

Koh Mak is quiet, peaceful, and perfect for couples or families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the rest of Thailand.

Overall, we had a lovely experience staying at the Goodtime Resort on the island of Koh Mak.

Your turn:  Have you ever stayed at a private property (apartment, villa, etc.) during your travels? What have been your experiences?

In return for a discount on the stated price on Rambutan, Roomorama asked us to write an unbiased review of our experience. As always, all opinions are our own and we would tell you if we hated it. But we didn’t. It rocked.

About Meg
Exhausted from traveling every week as a Business Management Consultant early in my career, I took a year off in 2012 to travel at my own pace. I am a high-energy girl that loves being active, eating food, drinking wine, and exploring the world with my partner-in-crime (and husband), Tony! I now reside in Portland, Oregon and continue to write about travel, food, wine, and the awesome adventures we have in the Pacific NW!

Allie @6000 Miles to Home September 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Beautiful, can’t wait to hear more about your adventures in Thailand. Missing you here in Tuscany!

Meg September 6, 2012 at 12:26 am

We miss you too Allie – Thailand is amazing! You would love it…. It is true paradise. I feel pretty pampered between traveling in Tuscany and Thailand in one year. haha hope all is well with you and Jim at Barbialla!

JR September 6, 2012 at 7:54 am

Wow, this place looks amazing. Perfect for you two and a place that would allow you to really relax. Beautiful

Meg September 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

Thanks JR… You should check it out someday!

Mark Wiens September 7, 2012 at 3:44 am

Looks wonderful, I’ve been wanting to take a trip to Koh Mak, but haven’t yet – hopefully soon! Yes, I’ve booked private accommodation a number of times so far, and I’ve also had nothing but great experiences.

Meg September 7, 2012 at 4:00 am

Thanks Mark! Koh Mak was great – Definitely still undiscovered in comparison to the rest of Thailand… Let’s just hope it stays that way for a little while longer. When you visit, you should write about all the great food on the island – We are addicted to all your great food posts throughout Asia!

We love the private accommodations – So much better than a hostel (and often cheaper)… Especially if you are traveling as a couple!

Steph September 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Looks gorgeous- glad you guys are enjoying thailand! I’m envious of that beach right now.

Meg September 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Thanks Steph! This is just payback for your Bora Bora escapades with Mike! 😉

Callie September 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Oh man, this looks gorgeous. Keep the Thailand info coming! :)

Meg September 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Thanks Callie! We definitely will keep the Thailand stories coming. We originally were only going to be in Thailand for 3 weeks but we fell in love and immediately decided to book another month!

Papa Dave September 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

I admire your courage and dedication. I am also very happy that your trip has come to a safe and productive conclusion. You guys are truly the young explorers of our time. Congratulations !! Stop and see us in Arizona if you can.

Papa Dave

Tony September 29, 2012 at 1:19 am

Thanks, Papa Dave!

So glad you are enjoying our stories and our travels. Means a lot that you are reading along!

Not sure where we are going to be when we get back to the states, but are looking into exploring the west side of the country. We will let you know if we can visit!

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Meg June 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Thanks and please let us know if you need any Thailand tips – we love the country so much!

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Spencer June 24, 2013 at 8:44 am

I love the Thai Islands! They are so beautiful and the people are so friendly. The food is fantastic too. I could easily live there.

Meg June 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

We totally agree Spencer and thanks for commenting!

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