Koh Mak restaurants offer everything from seafood by the water, to Western bakeries and some cheap no frills Thai eateries. Most places are concentrated in the strip behind Ao Kao where you can stroll about and see what takes your fancy, but the top of Ao Nid road and around the pier itself also has a few options.
Koh Mak Restaurants – Update
We took a full tour around the Koh Mak restaurants early 2016 and have revised our listings here accordingly, removing some spots completely, as the food, sorry to say, was simply poor, a double whammy of that awful Thai food for westerners style so prevalent in tourist areas, only here poorly executed as well. Granted you don’t come to Koh Mak for high dining, but the quality could and indeed should be much better than we experienced.
Of the other Koh Mak restaurants that do make our listings, for seafood, try Koh Mak Seafood down near the pier in Ao Nid, worth it for the actual restaurant out over the water as much as the food. Decent, cheap one dish fare can be had at the other end of this road near the crossroads at Peaw. For spicy somtam, grilled chicken and sticky rice, Kon Gin Sen is a safe bet, though there’s also a rundown looking place further along, with just a couple of tables, that turns out excellent Issan food. For western dishes, the Food Art Cafe is popular or head down to the Kohmak Steakhouse for steaks of course and let us not forget, Swiss Sawasdee, tiny but always busy with its Alpine Thai fusion.
Koh Mak Restaurants – In the Resorts
Within the resorts, Relax Restaurant at Holiday Beach Resort is an old favourite, while Sky Beach Resort and Baan Koh Mak are both stylish spots to wile away a couple of hours. If out and about, stop in at for lunch at Green View Resort, nothing fancy but beautifully peaceful. And also up in the north east of the island, there’s a decent somtam shack at Laem Son looking out over Koh Kradat.
Koh Mak Restaurants – Coffee Shops
For coffee, the new Coco Cafe offers a free bike for a few hours if you sip an expresso there, Coffee And Sweetcake is relatively unknown but worth a look, with its views out over Ao Nid and of course, talking of views, Thaidaho Vista has one of the very best in all of the Koh Chang islands with its terrace looking out over Ao Suan Yai and Koh Kham.
Our Recommended Koh Mak Restaurants
Pricing Code/Per person in Baht (B) excluding drinks:
B= under 100; BB= under 500; BBB= over 500;
Koh Mak Seafood
Per Person: BB-BBB
Just after the temple at the end of the Ao Nid road, long established seafood restaurant with a lovely location by the sea. Usual Thai menu choices featuring whole fish, steamed in lime, fried with chilli sauce, soft shell crab, squid and cockles. Wine and a museum next door well worth a look.
Kon Gin Sen
Per Person: B-BB
At the end of this strip, open kitchen serving up some terrific Issan food, with perfect whole fried fish, somtam, spicy laab and sticky rice. Full menu as well. A somewhat erratic service but worth the wait, with things getting busy as the night goes on.
Per Person: B
Near the junction at the top of the Ao Nid Road, cheap, local restaurant with a couple of tables inside and out serving up classic Thai dishes, pork, chicken or seafood fried with holy basil, with ginger, with curry pastes. Looks shabby but the food is great and spicy and the old Koh Mak couple that run it very sweet.
Per Person: B
Up on the main road near by the Ao Kao Resort turning, a/c coffee shop offering coffee and cake, with a roof terrace for cocktails and a pizza restaurant next door, with proper pizza oven. Bicycles for hire or free for a few hours if you take a coffee.
Per Person: BB-BBB
Next to the pier at Ao Nid, charming little restaurant with steaks the order of the day. Beef, lamb, crocodile offered with different sauces, salads and other western or Thai dishes. Coffee, ice cream, nice views. Sister restaurant to the Food Art Hut in Ao Kao.
Per Person: BB
The former Baan Sabay has reinvented itself as Riverside opposite Koh Mak Cottages. Bigger and bolder, with a full Thai menu and lots of western choices. Opens at 12.00pm, but really an evening venue with its lively sociable atmosphere up by the bar and live music. Bungalows by the little lake behind.
Chill out Cafe
Ao Baan Lang
Per Person: BB-BBB
Small diner on the strip run by a friendly Thai couple. Thai and westen menu, coffee, shakes and cold drinks. Nice place to while away the hours.
Koh Mak Cooking School
If you want to brush up on your pestle and mortar technique or throw some noodles around a wok, there are also Thai cookery classes next door to Koh Mak Seafood at Smile.
Smile Cooking School
Per Person: 1,200bt (4 hours)10.00am to 2.00pm
3.00pm to 7.00pm
By Koh Mak Seafood, small school with teacher Leng leading you through the ingredients, techniques, pastes and then the cooking itself. 3 to 4 dishes prepared, Thai salad or spring rolls, a curry, fried or steamed fish or tom yam, sticky rice and mango – all of which you then get to eat.