What is Koh Mak Like?
koh Mak is an attractive, low-lying island of 16 square kilometres in size. Unlike Koh Chang there are few mountains and so the island is widely cultivated with coconut and rubber plantations.
The population is only around 800 and there is little infrastructure outside the resorts. It is a sleepy place where life moves slowly and a visit to the island is the perfect choice for visitors who want to relax by the beach and unwind from the stresses of modern life. Since there are very few motor vehicles and the island is well covered by roads and tracks Koh Mak is perfect for exploring on foot or by bicycle. Although if you like to expend less effort getting around then many of the resorts now hire motorbikes out at around 400 Baht per day.
There are pretty beaches in the bays to the northwest and southwest of the island and this is where most of the resorts are located, although there are now some new resorts in the other bays. Here there are still long stretches of beach with no development at all and on Koh Mak you always feel a long way from the worst excesses of tourist development.
In the monsoon season from June to October there is no public transport between Koh Chang and Koh Mak but there are still four daily ferries to the mainland and most of the resorts now open year round.
Internet access has now improved and you can now get WiFi at all the resorts and most restaurants. Work is also nearing completion on an undersea cable that will greatly improve the electricity service to the whole island.
There are a few smaller islands off Koh Mak, some of which have resorts and can be reached fairly easily from Koh Mak itself. They are Koh Kham, Koh Rayang Nok and Koh Kra Dad. To arrange a visit to these islands contact the resorts or ask around on Koh Mak.
All the resorts have restaurants and bars and as you would expect you can find some good Thai food as well as a smattering of places that offer international fare.
It is easy to combine a trip to Koh Mak with visits to Koh Chang or some of the other islands in the archipelago. Refer to the transport section for details of the various ferries to the island that operate from the mainland, Koh Chang and the other islands. Alternatively some of the Koh Chang boat trip services can drop you off on the island. Enquire for details.
When you arrive on Koh Mak representatives from many of the resorts will meet the ferry and offer free pick up and drop off to visitors.
Places to Stay on Koh Mak
Monkey Island Resort is a backpacker’s favourite located right on the sand. They have a good range of accommodation that ranges from simple but comfortable fan huts all the way up to large beach bungalows with aircon and a large deck overlooking the beach.
Thaidaho Vista Resort has the best view on Koh Mak, looking out over a glorious bay. The friendly American and Thai owners do some great food too.
Koh Mak Resort is a lovely resort located on the beach with a variety of widely-spread and comfortable beach bungalows. Their restaurant and bar is a great place to sit and look out over the beach and bay and to watch the laid back activity of island life.
Seavana Resort is a private and beautifully designed boutique resort on a long stretch of beach at Ao Suan Yai.
Koh Mak Cococape Resort is a nice resort with a wide variety of rooms ranging from houseboats beside the water to rooms with great views perched on the hillside.
Holiday Beach Resort is a laid back and friendly mid-range place with comfortable wooden bungalows spread out through a meticulously kept garden that fronts a sandy beach.
Koh Mak Map
Things to Do on Koh Mak
Don’t come to Koh Mak looking for an action adventure holiday – this isn’t the place. What it is is a beautiful and tranquil gem of an island that is a million miles away from the noise and glitz of an increasing number of other Thai holiday destinations.
But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything at all to other than swinging a hammock.
There is some excellent diving and snorkelling off the island and just across teh water in the marine national parke of Koh Rang. Local Dive Schools BB Divers and Koh Mak Divers will be happy to take you exploring and if you’ve never dived then this is a great place to learn.
There is also a great place to play Disk Golf. It’s a fun and fast growing sport and the Koh Mak course is in a large shady tree-filled garden. It’s best enjoyed in mid -afternoon and is a relaxed and fun thing to do. You can find out more by asking your resort or enquiring at Holiday Beach Resort.
Or perhaps you just want to fight? 🙂 If so then head right over to Hongthong Muay Thai Gym for professional training in Thailand’s famous Muay Thai boxing. It’s a brilliant way to get fit.
The island isn’t big and there is very little motor traffic so it’s a great place to explore by bicycle – you can hire them all over. If you’d prefer a motorbike then there are plenty of those too. Koh Mak Scooter Rentals Hire will even deliver one to you at your hotel.
Eating and Drinking on Koh Mak
Monkey Island Resort Koh Mak Monkey Island Resort is a backpacker’s favourite located right on the sand. They have a good range of accommodation that ranges from simple but comfortable fan huts all the way up to large beach bungalows with aircon and a large deck overlooking the beach. There is a small plunge pool […]
Koh Mak Resort Koh Mak Resort is a lovely resort located on the beach with a variety of widely-spread and comfortable beach bungalows. Their restaurant and bar is a great place to sit and look out over the beach and bay and to watch the laid back activity of island life. Koh Mak Resort Contacts […]
Koh Mak Sportsbar Restaurant and Bakery Now Koh Mak has a place to watch live sports. In The center of the island this large restaurant and bakery shows all major sports on a big screen. But that isn’t all. they have a huge menu offering all kinds of European and Thai specialities including freshly baked […]
Thaidaho Vista Koh Mak Thaidaho Vista is a small, intimate yet affordable retreat on Koh Mak—with a stunning Million Dollar View! Perched atop Koh Mak’s highest hill, Thaidaho Vista may be Koh Mak’s only true “non-smoking” property. This, combined with the owner’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, makes for a uniquely fun, clean, green, eco and […]
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