South and East Coast Koh Mak

UPDATED MAY 2017

The south and east of Koh Mak runs from the headland at Laem Chan up to Ao Nid and then along its rugged coastlines up to Laem Son in the north east corner.

Hidden away among pockets of everday local island life, its secluded peaceful spots offer visitors a different perspective on Koh Mak. Whether you stay in one of the few resorts or just explore over a day, it’s certainly worth making time for.

Around and about Ao Nid

Located in the south, Ao Nid is perhaps the least touristy area on this side of Koh Mak and in truth, it’s an unattractive part of the island, with just one central street leading down to the main public pier. Yet as is so often the case, take a look around and you’ll find there’s plenty on offer.

From behind the pier at Koh Mak Resort on Ao Suan Yai, the main road goes directly across the island to a crossroads. Turning left here takes you to an original Koh Mak fishing community on the Koh Mak northern coast and straight on heads out to the north east and east coast respectively.

With a right turn, however, you pass the old electricity generator and the police station before arriving at another small junction, where a left turn takes you onto the Ao Nid road. Continuing straight on here, by the way, leads to the southern end of Ao Kao at Coco Cafe.

Along the road in Ao Nid, heading down towards the pier, you pass the cheap and cheerful Peaw and Om restaurants, the clinic, school, the French diner Chic and Chill on your left and on the right, Koh Mak Sports Bar, a couple of other cheap spots for food as well as the track which leads to Lazy Days Resort.

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The temple can be found at the bottom end, just before the little side road which drops down to Koh Mak Seafood Restaurant and the Koh Mak Museum. At the very end is the pier itself, where the Boonsiri Catamaran, Suansuk Speedboat, Seatales Speedboat and the thrice weekly wooden goods boat all dock.

KohMak Steakhouse sits next door to the pier, with Ao Pong Bungalows further along on a nice small beach and Coffee and Sweetcake, a cute coffee shop, located up above, overlooking the bay.

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Opposite the temple gate, another road snakes off to the right through the coconut plantations. Following this, takes you to the very south of the island at Laem Chan, with smaller tracks leading off it to Naivacha Tent, Koh Mak’s first glamping resort, the very cute Banana Sunset and equally unique Pano Resort.

There are no beaches in this area but the coastline is superb, with one abandoned restaurant high up on the hill at the most southerly point near the bungalows of Talay Time, giving a wonderful panoramic view. For reference, Koh Kood is the island you can see on the horizon.

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Though these back roads have now largely fallen out of use, it is possible to make a full circle from nearby Pano Resort, so that you emerge above the pier.

Along the Koh Mak Eastern Coast

Heading once more along the Ao Nid road away from the pier back towards the junction, a small turning on the right by the minimart opposite Koh Mak Sports Bar, marks the start of the route up the east coast. After passing a few houses, the road heads into the rubber trees and inland forest, skirting through the pineapple fields.

Known locally as Ao Baan Lang, there are four resorts tucked away in this area, all offering great views out to sea. First up is Sea Breeze, with Buri Huts, a few minutes further on, straddling the hillside down to the coarse sand beach beneath. Bamboo Hideaway and Sea View, the one next door to the other, are perched above.

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Beyond Sea View, the road bends to the left and you soon join up with main eastern route, the route in fact that can be taken at the crossroads when coming from Koh Mak Resort Pier at Ao Suan Yai.

Soon enough, a road to the left leads to Green View Resort and another going straight on, to Cinnamon Art Resort. The third option, signed for Little Moon Villa, follows the bend around to the right and passes through a very picturesque forested avenue before passing above Plubpla Koh Mak Retreat in Ao Pai bay, with another small fishing community nearby.

Arriving at Laem Son and across to Koh Kradat

Continuing on, the road soon reaches the access point for the resort of Little Moon Villa. If you like exploring, just before it, there is another concrete road on the left leading into the forest, which in turn becomes a track and ultimately brings you out on Cinnamon Art Resort’s entrance road.

Beyond Little Moon Villa, the ever narrowing path, still just about passable despite the coconut fronds lying all around, heads off into the distance and finally emerges on the completely deserted and utterly beautiful beach at Laem Son.

Koh Mak Beaches-Laem Son to Koh Kradat

There is a half finished pier, a couple of somtam shacks with tables and chairs fashioned out of coconut trees, a boat or two and maybe the odd local who might suggest, for somewhere between 350bt to 500bt, a jaunt across to Koh Kradat which shimmers on the horizon just across the water.


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