UPDATED MAY 2017
Koh Mak Taxis at the Piers
Koh Mak has the bare minimum of public transport, just a handful of share songthaew taxis, which is very much part of its charm.
Panan Speedboat arrives direct at the pier of Koh Mak Resort on Ao Suan Yai Beach on the north west coast and Leelawadee Speedboat docks at Makathanee Resort on Ao Kao Beach on the south west coast.
Passengers are met by battered old pick ups from their respective guest houses if they have booked or if not, are offered accommodation by the drivers waiting. Those that travel on the Boonsiri Catamaran, Seatales Speedboat and Suansuk Speedboat which both go to the main concrete pier at Ao Nid, are similarly greeted.
If you have no booking and there is no truck waiting around from your chosen resort, then the taxis come into play at 50bt per person, with a minimum charge of 100bt. Mr Nine, the first taxi on the island, can be reached on 089 752 5292 or Wusan, who operates out of Kham Nature Resort is on 082 466 2081 and two other numbers are 090 398 6184 and 089 833 4474.
After 11.00pm, 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.
Motorbikes and Bicycle Rental
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
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. Needless to say, best to ask locally to see if it is actually in operation.