UPDATED for 2018/19 Season
Getting around on Koh Mak is easy enough using one of the share songthaew taxis, transport provided by your resort, renting a motorbike or bicycle or simply walking.
Share Taxis – Getting Around Koh Mak
If booked in advance, passengers are met at the arrival piers by battered old pick ups from their respective resorts or if not, then Koh Mak’s handful of share taxis come into play at 50bt per person to any resort on the island, with a minimum charge of 100bt. These taxis are lined up by the piers or someone will be on hand to help organise one.
Should you need to call a taxi during your stay, numbers include Mr Nine 089 752 5292 and other drivers on 062 370 7240, 092 615 2341, 061 152 8017, 062 359 8254, 090 398 6184, 089 833 4474. If using an international mobile, it is +66 and drop the 0 (zero). Prices are fixed as above but please note after 10.00pm, the cost per person rises to 100bt – useful to know if you are out at a party at Banana Sunset, on the far south coast or at Monkey Island on Ao Kao.
The taxis will do full day tours around the island for 1,000bt upwards.
Motorbike and Bicycle Rental – Getting Around Koh Mak
The best way to explore the island is on two wheels.
Motorbikes go from 250bt to 300bt daily and are available at most resorts. You will need to leave your passport or a copy of your passport and your driving licence as a guarantee.
Bicycles can be hired at 100bt to 250bt bike per day, with many resorts now having their own decent selection. Failing that, try Ball Cafe opposite Baan Koh Mak or Coco Cafe at the top of the road to Ao Kao Resort.
If you want to properly explore the island, rent the best and most expensive geared mountain bike variety you can find. The old style bikes are fine for a jaunt up and down the back of Ao Kao Beach for an hour or so, but they quickly lose their appeal once you hit even the first gentle slope.
The main road that crosses from the north west to the south west, to the south and to the east is of decent enough quality and there are no hills to speak of. Slightly trickier tracks run around the southern peninsula and in the very north eastern corner but they are more than usable. The north of the island is less well served and the roads principally consist of forest tracks, but provided there has not being much rain, they are still passable and indeed are marked out as cycle paths.
Island Shuttle Bus – Getting Around Koh Mak
There is also, in theory, an open style shuttle bus that runs from Koh Mak Resort past Seavana on Ao Suan Yai up to Good Time Resort, down the hill to the back of Ao Kao, past the back of Riverside and Baan Koh Mak and all the way to Coco Cafe by Ao Kao Resort. Ask locally for the latest timetable.