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Koh Mak Beaches center on Ao Kao Beach in the south west and Ao Suan Yai Beach in the north west. Both of these beaches are lovely long stretches of sand, with clear blue waters, where you can stay in everything from boutique resorts, to bungalow resorts, beach huts and even a small hotel.

Ao Kao Beach, perhaps the best of the Koh Mak beaches, has a laid back strip of restaurants, the odd bar, a private health clinic, dive shop and minimarts lining the quiet street running behind it.

Ao Suan Yai Beach too has a couple of restaurants, a dive shop and sunset bars down by the sea.

Whilst the beaches on the south and east coast or the north coast do not boast the same quality as Ao Kao Beach and Ao Suan Yai Beach, they are still wonderfully peaceful and scenic spots, with their own very decent resorts.

Given Koh Mak’s flat terrain, everyone should find it very easy to travel between the different areas by motorbike or even bicycle. Happy exploring!


Ao Kao Beach – South West Coast – Koh Mak Beaches

Ao Kao Beach on the south west coast is the most popular of the Koh Mak beaches.

Its wonderful long sweep of sand has plenty of accommodation, with perhaps its premier resort at Ao Kao Resort, smaller resorts at Baan Koh Mak, By The Sea and Lazy Day the Resort or guesthouses at Joe’s Corner House and Sawasadee, backpacker digs at Island Huts and even a small hotel at Makathanee Resort.

Leelawadee Speedboats coming from the mainland at Laem Ngop uses the pier at Makathanee as does Kai Bae Huts Speedboat coming from Koh Chang and Koh Kood.

A narrow road runs behind the beach with low key cafes and restaurants at each end. Look out for Food Art Hut, Little Red Oven, Q Bar, Kon Gin Sen, Table Tales and Clay Pot.

There are also minimarts, a private health clinic (currently closed), a Muay Thai gym, a few ticket agencies, some massage and even the odd bar at Talay at Baan Koh Mak and Artist’s Bar.

Koh Rayang Nok and Koh Rayang Nai lie offshore, while the remote Laem Tookata Beach, complete with its backpacker bungalows such as Baan Ing Khao, sits in the far western corner.

South and East Coast – Ao Nid, Ao Baan Lang, Ao Pai, Laem Chan, Laem Son – Koh Mak Beaches

The south and east coast do not have the best of the Koh Mak beaches but they still offer a unique ‘away from it all’ atmosphere.

Ao Pong Resort provides the bungalows in Ao Nid, while over on the south coast at Laem Chan, accommodation is more traveller orientated at Banana Sunset and Pano Resort.

Heading up the east coast, there is a selection of very decent resorts, such as Bamboo Hideaway and Sea Breeze at Ao Baan Lang, the upmarket Plubpla Resort in Ao Pai and the boutique style Villa Allure (formerly Little Moon) in Ao Khanoun.

Ao Nid serves as the administrative centre and its long concrete pier is used by Boonsiri Catamaran, Suansuk Speedboat, M Marine and Seatales Speedboat.

Along the road to the pier, you’ll find Chic and Chill, the French restaurant as well as some cheap local diners including the ramschakle looking Peaw, a Koh Mak institution. Down at the bottom, Koh Mak Seafood remains one the island’s favourites and best. You can head next door too and check out the island museum or spend a few hours at the Smile Cooking School.

Up in the far north east corner of this coast, the beach at Laem Son remains a beautiful undeveloped spot, with Koh Kradat and its deer (yes, deer, it’s not  typo) lying offshore.


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Ao Taan and Ao Ta Long – North Coast

Remote and somehow beautiful, the north coast of Koh Mak has rugged and wild beaches at Ao Taan and Ao Ta Long.

Ao Taan has just two places to stay at the bungalows of Green View Resort or the esoteric resort at Cinnamon Art Resort, complete with its fabulously long pier.

West from Ao Taan along the north coast at Ao Ta Long, you’ll find Koh Mak’s latest accommodation hotspot with the ultra chic, high-end resort The Mak and the boutique Little Moon Villa sitting side by side on a long sandy beach.

Further along the shore and away from tourism, the original island community is located down by the sea, a fascinating glimpse of local life.

Beyond this, you will find plenty of trails and paths criss-crossing the forest, which bring you out at the secret untouched Turtle Beach (Ao Tao Kai) or ultimately at the far end of Ao Suan Yai Beach – all great for exploring on foot or even bicycle.

Ao Suan Yai Beach and Ao Pra Beach – North West Coast – Koh Mak Beaches

Ao Suan Yai is the fabulous sweeping beach on the north west coast.

Its resorts, which sit right on the sand, include the highly rated boutique, Seavana Resort, the long running Koh Mak Resort and smaller bungalow operations such as Happy Days and Prompakdee.  On the hill above, look out too for the small and very private hotel, Islanda Resort and the villas and rooms of Good Time.

In the resorts themselves, there are a nice selection of restaurants and bars (Day Bed, I Talay, Sabai)and you’ll also find a few spots on the back hill to Ao Kao Beach.

The pier at Koh Mak Resort is the arrival point for boats from Koh Chang and Koh Kood as well as Panan Speedboats from the mainland pier at Laem Ngop.

Heading north along the beach, you can tick off some Koh Mak history at the oldest house on the island and in the far corner, after tackling a few forest tracks, you emerge out at the wonderfully deserted Turtle Beach.

Easily reached by kayak, Koh Kham sits offshore as does the tiny rock, Koh Pii with its great snorkeling.

Ao Pra Beach

Ao Pra Beach, another lovely stretch, is now home to the upmarket Mira Montra Resort, with Cococape Resort sitting on the headland between it and Ao Suan Yai Beach.