Enjoy Thailand the quiet way
A small, intimate and affordable island retreat—with a Million Dollar View!
0pen seasonally from November through April: Thaidaho Vista is a quaint and intimate 4-room boutique guesthouse—styled in the image of a Tuscan villa—but with traditional Thai simplicity and aesthetics.
Perched atop Koh Mak’s highest hill, Thaidaho Vista enjoys the island’s best and most panoramic view.
Thaidaho Vista is a completely non-smoking property, meaning that no smoking is allowed anywhere inside or outside on the property. Add to this our ongoing commitments to sustainability, and you have a uniquely fun, clean, green, eco-friendly escape for couples, friends, small families and single travelers. Next vacation: take a break and enjoy the Vista!
Kat is from Thailand, Allen is from Idaho; together we are Thaidaho
Kat is a professional translator from Bangkok who reads, writes and speaks Thai, Japanese & English. Kat is also, among other things, a talented artist who sketches, oil paints and water colors; a musician who plays guitar & sings; a cook who loves to bake, and a world-class Barista.
Allen is a Water Resources Engineer; ex-software developer; airplane pilot; skydiver; scuba diver; alpine skier & snowboarder, amateur photographer, cook, lifelong traveler and lover of art, music and most of all—Kat!
Rooms & Suites
At Thaidaho Vista, you won’t find big flat screen TV’s, or your bath towels folded like swans. What you will find are clean, comfortable rooms that are quiet, private, functional and thoughtfully appointed.
Kat’s Vista Café & Coffee Shop
Open Daily 10am~4pm, December ~ March 15, Closed Sundays
With both indoor and outside seating, Kat’s Vista Café & Coffee Shop serves a full assortment of hot and cold fresh ground coffee drinks, hot and cold teas, soft drinks, Kat’s original handmade sodas, Thai fruit smoothies, yogurt fruit lassi’s and an assortment of Thai beer. In addition, Kat has a complete old fashioned ice cream fountain with sundaes, shakes and banana splits, homemade coconut ice cream from Trat, and her own fresh baked cakes and brownies. Kat is a world class barista and mixologist who lovingly makes and bakes everything in her coffee shop by hand.
Kat serves the island’s only ‘through-the-fence’ Northern Thai Coffee—purchased directly from Thai farmers without middle men or brokers by one of Kat’s friends; then roasted in Bangkok before being sent to Koh Mak. As a result, Kat’s coffee not only tastes great, but it feels good, too!
At Thaidaho Vista, we’re not big on ‘frills and fancy.’ You won’t find big flat screen TV’s or your towels folded like swans. What you will find is a clean and comfortable room with Air/Con, fan, mosquito screens on all doors & windows, a western toilet, a hot water shower, liquid bath soap & shampoo, a hair dryer, fresh bath towels & hand rags and in-room WiFi.
Great Food & Coffee
For many years the Stefan Loose German language travel guide to Thailand stated that Thaidaho Vista served the best breakfast on Koh Mak. We think we still do, but now we cook only for you—our room guests! In addition, Kat is a world-class barista who serves Koh Mak’s only ‘through-the-fence’ fresh ground Northern Thai coffee. So breakfast at Thaidaho Vista is more than just great; it’s an institution!
Thaidaho Vista is our home. We have no staff, choosing instead to keep things small and personal by doing everything ourselves. This provides you with the somewhat rare opportunity to chat directly with us–as owners and local island residents–about travel options, beaches, island activities, dinner recommendations and much more.
Koh Mak offers many activities for the visitor, from beautiful beaches to great food; and from scuba diving and snorkeling to sea kayaking and bicycling. Koh Mak is a relatively small and generally flat island no more than 10km wide by 5km tall. Thaidaho Vista is perched atop the island’s highest hill, centrally located within a short walk to more than 15 eateries and all three of the island’s largest beaches. Visitors can rent bicycles, motor scooters or golf carts for sight seeing and to explore the more distant beaches and restaurants. Check out ‘The Island’ for valuable information and links to various activities, as well as our own Koh Mak map—which we update every year.
Each room at Thaidaho Vista includes shared use of our Guest Kitchen, our Guest Laundry area, and our Guest Exercise Room.
The guest kitchen is well equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hot water machine, toaster, free drinking water and all the necessary cups, glasses, plates, flatware. In addition, there is an Honor Bar/Refrigerator stocked with soft drinks and mixers, beer, alcohol, ice, and if desired, some of Kat’s fresh ground northern Thai coffee. There are both indoor and outdoor sitting/eating areas with panoramic ocean views located just off the guest kitchen.
The free guest laundry area includes laundry detergent, a washing machine, clothes sink, clothes lines and a folding table.
Our new Air/Con guest exercise/yoga room is furnished with a weight machine, elliptical machine and yoga mats, and is available for guests from 8am to 8pm, daily.
Room rates include our fresh ‘cooked-to-order’ B&B breakfast, served daily from 8am to 9:30am, December 2 through May 1.
Allen and Kat, thank you the lovely stay! Maya & Luca