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Koh Mak is the third largest of the Koh Chang Islands, with a size of approximately 16 square kilometers and a local population of around 1,200.

95% of Koh Mak is privately owned by 5 families and over the years, they have kept a tight lid on its tourist development. It’s a working island too, where the mostly very flat terrain of natural forest is extensively planted with rubber and coconut trees.

The island attracts couples and families looking to kick back on the beaches, do some exploring, snorkeling and just relax into the rhythm of life.

All in all, Koh Mak is what you hope for in a 2021 Thai island. It’s fully aware of the tourist market out there, but buys into that market in a very guarded manner. There’s no manic rush to build, develop and promote, so enabling the island to carry on much as it always has – laid back and unassuming.


At A Glance

  • Accommodation is in smaller scale boutique resorts or bungalow operations rather than larger corporate hotels.
  • Its main beaches, Ao Kao and Ao Suan Yai, are on the north west and south west coasts respectively, with the principal village at Ao Nid.
  • Very easily reached from Bangkok by transfers, flights or buses, Laem Ngop Pier is the departure point for the speedboats. There are no car ferries.
  • Restaurants are low key affairs – mostly standard Thai, but some western and seafood too.
  • Nightlife is very laid back – no strips of bars – but there are a couple of annual festivals.  
  • There’s not heaps of things to do but diving and snorkeling over at Koh Rang make for a great day out. 
  • Offshore, Koh Mak boasts 5 small islands – worth a visit.
  • To get around, you can use a bicycle, motorbike or simply walk.  Traffic on the island is at a minimum.
  • In regard to those essentials, it has good internet coverage, an ATM, public and private health clinics and minimarts. You won’t find any 7-11s or superstores. 

How to Get to Koh Mak

Koh Mak is reached from Laem Ngop Pier by speedboat and from Laem Sok Pier by catamaran. Private transfers by car or minibus are the easiest way to make either boat connection, with prices starting from 3,800bt from Bangkok.

You can also fly to Trat Airport, followed by a 25 minute transfer to Laem Ngop.

Public buses, in particular the 999 from Ekamai Bus Station or the Boonsiri bus/boat ticket from the Khao San Road area, are a cheaper alternative. Share minibuses to the Koh Chang piers or Trat complete the options.

Koh Mak is a also a great place to start if you want to explore the other islands of Koh Kood, Koh Chang or Koh Wai, with daily speedboat connections and a catamaran.

Koh Mak is the third largest of the Koh Chang Islands, with a size of approximately 16 square kilometers and a local population of around 1,200.

95% of Koh Mak is privately owned by 5 families and over the years, they have kept a tight lid on its tourist development. It’s a working island too, where the mostly very flat terrain of natural forest is extensively planted with rubber and coconut trees.

The island attracts couples and families looking to kick back on the beaches, do some exploring, snorkeling and just relax into the rhythm of life.

All in all, Koh Mak is what you hope for in a 2021 Thai island. It’s fully aware of the tourist market out there, but buys into that market in a very guarded manner. There’s no manic rush to build, develop and promote, so enabling the island to carry on much as it always has – laid back and unassuming.


At A Glance

  • Accommodation is in smaller scale boutique resorts or bungalow operations rather than larger corporate hotels.
  • Its main beaches, Ao Kao and Ao Suan Yai, are on the north west and south west coasts respectively, with the principal village at Ao Nid.
  • Very easily reached from Bangkok by transfers, flights or buses, Laem Ngop Pier is the departure point for the speedboats. There are no car ferries.
  • Restaurants are low key affairs – mostly standard Thai, but some western and seafood too.
  • Nightlife is very laid back – no strips of bars – but there are a couple of annual festivals.  
  • There’s not heaps of things to do but diving and snorkeling over at Koh Rang make for a great day out. 
  • Offshore, Koh Mak boasts 5 small islands – worth a visit.
  • To get around, you can use a bicycle, motorbike or simply walk.  Traffic on the island is at a minimum.
  • In regard to those essentials, it has good internet coverage, an ATM, public and private health clinics and minimarts. You won’t find any 7-11s or superstores. 

How to Get to Koh Mak

Koh Mak is reached from Laem Ngop Pier by speedboat and from Laem Sok Pier by catamaran. Private transfers by car or minibus are the easiest way to make either boat connection, with prices starting from 3,800bt from Bangkok.

You can also fly to Trat Airport, followed by a 25 minute transfer to Laem Ngop.

Public buses, in particular the 999 from Ekamai Bus Station or the Boonsiri bus/boat ticket from the Khao San Road area, are a cheaper alternative. Share minibuses to the Koh Chang piers or Trat complete the options.

Koh Mak is a also a great place to start if you want to explore the other islands of Koh Kood, Koh Chang or Koh Wai, with daily speedboat connections and a catamaran.

Private Transfers

Head here for all the information and full details on our private transfers.

Having collected you direct from your Bangkok hotel or Suvarnabhumi Airport, we deliver you, relaxed and hassle free, to Laem Ngop Pier, ready for the speedboat.

Pick-ups from Don Mueang Airport, Pattaya, Ban Phe and Trat Airport are all available too.

Prices for an SUV style car start at 3,800bt or 4,500bt for a private minibus. This excludes the cost of the speedboat tickets but yes, we will organise them as well. We can supply child seats on request.

All transfers are, of course, available in both directions.

Cambodia

Due to the pandemic, Thailand’s land borders are closed, so this transfer service is currently suspended.

We also lay on International transfers from the Cambodian cities like Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh. Or we meet you as you cross into Thailand at the borders – Had Lek, Aranya Prathet and Ban Pakkad.

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Flying to Trat Airport

Due to the pandemic, some of these services are currently either not running or on reduced timetables due to Covid-19. See the page for full details.

Bangkok Airways flies from BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport into Trat Airport, with the PG301 landing at 09.20 and the PG305 landing at 12.40, thereby making the boat connections over at 10.30 and 14.00 respectively.

Coming back,your best flight connections are either PG302 departing at 10.10 or PG306 departing at 13.10. You could also go for PG310 departing at 16.25, but that’s a bit of a wait, given the last boat off Koh Mak docks at 14.15 (13.30 deparrture).

Flight prices start at 2,850bt per person excluding taxes for a websaver – it needs to be booked well in advance.

To reach the pier from Trat Airport, you use a private transfer, prices from 800bt for a car or a share taxi, 250bt per person.

Book Transfers to The Pier

Speedboats and Ferry

Due to the pandemic, some speedboats are running on reduced timetables or not at all. The catamaran and island hopping boats are all currently suspended.

From Laem Ngop Pier, speedboats run throughout the day from 10.30 till 16.00, 450bt per person, duration of just under an hour. Going back, they start at 08.00 and end at 13.30.

There is also a catamaran at 10.45 from Laem Sok Pier, Koh Kood’s mainland departure point. This reaches Ao Nid Pier on Koh Mak at 12.45, price at 400bt per person. The return is at 11.00.

Speedboats go from Koh Mak to Koh Chang and Koh Kood 3 times daily as well a wooden boat. You can also island hop with the once daily catamaran.

Public Bus, Share Minibus

Due to the pandemic, some buses are running on much reduced timetables or simply not at all. The Boonsiri to Laem Sok Pier service is suspended. The Koh Chang one is available.

In this section, we provide all the information and full details on buses from Bangkok.

Look out for the 07.45 and 09.00 999 to Centerpoint Koh Chang Pier, from where you simply hop in a songthaew cab, 50bt per person, for the 10 minute journey to Laem Ngop Pier.

You’ll also find details and the chance to book the 05.00 Boonsiri combo bus/boat which leaves from the Khao San area to Laem Sok Pier, arriving on Koh Mak at 12.45, 800bt per person. And the Koh Chang version from the same company at 07.00, 750bt per person,  gives you a further option.

There’s a full round-up and accompanying timetables for the public buses and share minibuses from Ekamai Bus Station to Trat.

Finally, we also feature some other minibus services such as Rayong and back to Bangkok from Laem Ngop Pier.

 


Resorts and Bungalows

Due to Covid-19, resorts are opening and closing according to lockdowns and lack of customers. As of July 21, most are ready to welcome guests again but it’s still going to be a long wait till that is possible (mooted 1/1/22). We have removed those places to stay which we know to have gone for good.

Koh Mak resorts, bungalows and hotels are centred on the two principal beaches at Ao Kao and Ao Suan Yai, with other resorts also found on the more remote south, east and north coasts.

Top end resorts include The Mak, Seavana Resort, Plubpla Resort and Mira Montra Resort. Depending on the time of year, rooms here start from 4,000bt but in peak season expect to pay considerably more.

Koh Mak does have two small hotels at Makathanee Resort and Islanda Hotel with the cheapest rooms at 1,500bt going up to 5,000bt and more.

Villa Allure, By The Sea, Little Moon Resort and Ao Kao Resort serve the boutique market – rates from 2,000bt upwards.

Mid Range and Budget

For mid range bungalows and rooms – assume prices from 1,500bt to 3,500bt (family) – Seabreeze, Prompakdee Resort, Palm Beach, Lazy Day The Resort, Baan Koh Mak, Holiday Beach Resort and Bamboo Hideaway are just some of the resorts worth a look.

Meanwhile, if you are on a stricter budget, you should try the accommodation at places like Joe’s Corner Hostel, Monkey Island, Island Huts and Baan Ing Khao – bungalows range from 300bt upwards.


In the main page of our resorts section, we provide recommendations in all the different budget categories – from luxury to traveller. In addition, we bring you our detailed snippet accommodation guides for each area.

You can then explore further by going to that individual area page for the full run-down. Choices made, all that remains is for you to head over to our affiliates at Agoda.com and Booking.com to make the reservation.


Beaches

The main beaches on Koh Mak are Ao Kao Beach and Ao Suan Yai Beach on the south west and north west coasts respectively. Both are lovely long stretches of sand with shallow, clean blue waters.

Ao Kao has resorts and bungalows spread out along its length, with a narrow little road running behind offering a few restaurants and shops, everything very laid-back.

The beach at Ao Suan Yai is home to just a few of resorts at the southern end and near the pier, with its northern end wild and undeveloped. Its neighbour Ao Pra Beach, its neighbour, has become better known with the arrival of Mira Montra Resort.

Ao Nid is the island’s administrative area, with a clinic, school, temple and the main pier.

The other coasts – south, east and north – are more remote affairs, but they do still have some great resorts scattered about, as well as a couple of fabulous untouched beaches.


Things to Do in Koh Mak

Due to Covid-19, not all activities are currently available. Always check before making plans.

You’ll find plenty of things to do in Koh Mak, both on the island or out on the water.

At sea, activities range from snorkeling trips and diving over in the Marine Park of Koh Rang or further afield at the wreck near Koh Chang. There’s also a day trip to Koh Kood which includes a waterfall visit or you can kayak out to the offshore islands such as Koh Kham or Koh Rayang Nok.

Back on land, renting a bicycle or motorbike is fun way to explore the island, with its maze of tracks, trails and a couple of deserted beaches.

If you want a proper work out, you can pop in the island’s Muay Thai gym, join a yoga class, enjoy a few sets of tennis or try the unique sport of  disc golf.

Alternatively and less energetically, there’s a very interesting local museum down near the main pier or a cooking school nearby. 

Islands Near Koh Mak

5 small islands – Koh Rayang Nok and Koh Rayang Nai, Koh Kham, Koh Kradat and Koh Pii – lie just offshore from Koh Mak. 

You can kayak to them all, though bear in they do have entrance fees; Koh Kham at 200bt per person, Koh Kradat and Koh Rayanag Nok at 150bt per person.

Both Koh Rayang Nok and Koh Rayang Nai are located off Ao Kao Beach, with accommodation available at Rayang Phurin Resort on the former. Its sister island is uninhabited.

Koh Kradat has accommodation too though it’s normally only used by Thai packages . Koh Kham, which lies off Ao Suan Yai beach, boasts an unfinished luxury resort. 

Meanwhile, Koh Pii is just a rock but known for its excellent snorkeling.

Full details over on the page.


Koh Mak Weather

For the full guide to the climate and seasons on Koh Chang Islands, please head here.


Restaurants

The restaurant business has been ravaged by the business downturn. We have removed those we know to have gone but cannot be sure yet who else will follow – so far those listed are all open.

Our restaurant guide goes around Koh Mak, picking out the best places to eat on the island.

Koh Mak’s pot is not exactly brimming over with gourmet delights but there’s still more than enough choice, both Thai and western, to stop you going hungry.

Top Tips

  • Thai – Kon Ginsen, Clay Pot, Q Bar, Peaw, Laem Son Somtam
  • Seafood – Koh Mak Seafood
  • Western – Little Red Oven (Pizza), Food Art Hut, Chic and Chill, Coziest Bistro, 12 Bar (Japanese), Swiss Sawasdee (Middle European)
  • Coffee Shops – Ball Cafe, Coffee and Sweetcake

Nightlife

Koh Mak Nightlife has been hit hard by the pandemic, with business at a standstill, the yearly festivals cancelled. It could spring back as before but nobody can yet know.

You don’t head to Koh Mak for its nightlife, it really isn’t that sort of island but there’s a few spots worth checking out. 

On the sand at Ao Suan Yai Beach, Thai Sabay Bar has a relaxed vibe, whilst for sunset or later try who else but Banana Sunset. They are over on the south coast. You might get some live music there too but Art House  is the other bar for that. 

And having said, “you don’t head to Koh Mak for its nightlife”, there are actually two annual clubbing festivals.

  • The German curated Thaibreak runs from dusk till dawn over 3 days in late March.
  • Fly To The Moon, a Thai event attracting the hipster Bangkok crowd, cranks up the volume around either Xmas or Songkran (April).

 

 



UPDATED JULY 21
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