Both are lovely long stretches of sand, with accommodation in resorts, bungalows and even a few huts. Ao Kao, the most popular, also a has a laid back strip of restaurants and shops just back from the sea.
The other areas, in the south, east and north cannot compete on the beach front, but they do boast great views, decent resorts and a wonderful air of tranquillity. Given Koh Mak’s flat terrain. everyone should find it easier enough to travel between the spots by motorbike or even bicycle. Happy exploring!
Ao Kao on the south west coast is the most popular beach on Koh Mak. Its wonderful long sweep of sand has plenty of accommodation, with bungalow resorts such as Ao Kao Resort, Baan Koh Mak, Skybeach Resort and a small hotel at Makathanee Resort. Leelawadee Speedboats uses the pier.
A narrow road runs behind the beach with low key cafes and restaurants, shops, a few ticket agencies, a couple of dive shops, some massage, and even the odd bar.
Koh Rayang Nok and Koh Rayang Nai lie offshore, while the remote Tookata Beach, complete with its backpacker bungalows, sits in the far west.
Ao Suan Yai is the fabulous sweeping beach on the north west coast, with two 3/4 star resorts right on the sand at Seavana and Koh Mak Resort and another on the hill above at Islanda Resort. There are just a couple of other bungalows or rooms at cheaper prices such as Suchanaree and Thaidaho Vista.
The pier is the arrival point for boats from Koh Chang and Panan Speedboats from the mainland.
There are no restaurant and bars outside the resorts, but as you head north along the beach, you will find the oldest house on the island and in the far corner, the deserted Turtle Beach.
Koh Kham sits offshore, easily reached by kayak.
Beaches are not the strong point on the south and east coast but it does have a great secluded atmosphere. Ao Nid serves as the administrative centre and its long concrete pier is used by Boonsiri Catamaran, Suansuk Speedboat and Seatales Speedboat.
There are a few good and cheap local restaurants here and there, as well as the island favourite Koh Mak Seafood.
Koh Kradat lies offshore from the untouched Laem Son Beach in the far north east corner.
Towards the west, there is a unique local community in the forest and plenty of trails and paths, criss-crossing the forest, great for exploring.