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Koh Mak resorts range from upscale boutique to two small hotels, friendly bungalow operations or backpacker style huts. There are no chains or global brands on the island.

The accommodation is centred on the wonderful long sweeping beaches of Ao Kao, Ao Suan Yai and Ao Pra.

All the Koh Mak resorts should collect you from the piers on arrival, you just need to let them know which boat you are taking and similarly, they will drop you back at the end of your stay.


Over on the north coast, opened in late 2020, The Mak has quickly established itself as perhaps the island’s premier resort (certainly its most expensive). Prices start from  8,000bt rising to pool villas at over 15,000bt.

Seavana on Ao Kao Beach, with its neighbour, Mira Montra Resort, all on its own at Ao Pra Beach, are two of the other stand-outs – 4,000bt to 6,000bt per night for standard doubles.

In the far east of the island, Plubpla too is another excellent and peaceful resort – 4,500bt to 6,500bt for beachside villas.

Larger Resorts

Ao Kao Resort at the eastern end of that beach has a wide range of choices from 4,500bt, whilst Koh Mak Resort and Cococape on Ao Suan Yai and its cape respectively, remain two stalwarts of the Koh Mak accommodation scene. You can get bungalows from as low as 1,800bt but generally, prices are in the region of 3,000bt to 4,000bt.

Good Time Resort combines villas and rooms, 4,000bt to 8,00bt. It’s on the hill between Ao Suan Yai and Ao Kao.  


There are just two small hotels on the island – Makathanee on the beach at Ao Kao and Islanda (complete with its stunning views) on the hillside above Suan Yai. Prices start from 3,000bt, both have pools.


You’ll find excellent boutique choices across the island from Little Moon Villas, next door to The Mak, and Villa Allure over on the noth east coast. Expect prices in the 3,000bt to 3,500bt bracket, neither has a pool.

On Ao Kao, the guesthouse By The Sea offers a bit of variety with rooms in its 3 storey building overlooking the pool from 2,000bt. Hidden Resort, way down in the north west corner of Koh Mak goes for stylish wooden stilted bungalows from 3,000bt.

Standard Bungalows

More regular bungalow resorts range from 2,000bt to 4,000bt for a/c ensuite rooms – look out for Baan Koh Mak, Lazy Day the Resort, Big Easy (all (Ao Kao), Prompakdee and Happy Days (Ao Suan Yai), Talay Time (south coast), Sea Breeze, Sea View, Corsita and Bamboo Hideaway (Ao Baang Lang). Note: Holiday Beach has closed.

Traveller and Backpacker

For budget choices, Island Huts in Ao Kao as always been the go to choice – 250bt to 1,000bt – or Monkey Island (Ao Kao) too has some cheap cabins though it is showing its age. There are also a couple of small spots, way down in the far west corner at Laem Tookata. Note: Baan Ing Khao has closed.

Hanoi House, AP Guesthouse (back road from Ao Kao) and Joe’s Guesthouse give you some more expensive options.   

Prices given are for the peak Xmas period via booking sites, not the hotel websites. They are intended as guides only.

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We take you round the island beach by beach, with specific tips on Koh Mak resorts in each area, all budgets covered.

Ao Kao Beach (South Coast) | West Coast (Ao Suan Yai, Ao Pra) | North Coast | South and East Coast

Rooms prices per night for Koh Mak resorts are broadly in line with Koh Chang and cheaper than Koh Kood.

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Ao Kao Beach (South Coast) – Koh Mak Resorts

Ao Kao Beach offers a selection of mid-range bungalow resorts on the beach, a small hotel and backpacker accommodation.

Resorts – Eastern End

The long established Ao Kao Resort is perhaps the premier resort on this beach, with prices listed from 4,500bt a night on its website. Lazy Day The Resort, next door, has large stilted bungalows at around 3,500bt, whilst the German owned Palm Beach Resort has a good reputation for being family friendly, 3,500bt for the 4 person, 2,500bt for the 2 person. Dara Villa has rooms roadside from 1,800bt.

Resorts – Central

In the centre of the beach, By The Sea is the boutique choice, with a selection of rooms in a 3 storey block overlooking the pool – from 2,000bt a night for its garden view. Baan Koh Maak and Rayang Nature from 2,000bt are also worth a look. Further along, Makathanee Resort, the one small hotel on Koh Mak, starts at 3,000bt upwards for its standard rooms.

On the street leading to Ao Suan Yai Beach behind Makathanee, Hanoi House has modern brushed-concrete bungalowso or rooms from around 900bt.

Resorts – Western End

Continuing west down the coast, Baan Chailay and Sabai Beach provide clean, straightforward bungalows from 1,500bt a night by the beach. Big Easy, at the far end also provides total peace and quiet from2,800bt upwards in high season for one is its ocen front cabanas. Holiday Beach Resort has now closed down.

Along the way to the far western corner of the island at Laem Tookata, Hidden Beach, run by the same people as Joe’s Hostel (see below), offers wooden boutique style bungalows, priced from 3,800bt.


For backpacker options, you could try Island Huts at the eastern end , 350bt for a basic hut up to to 1,000bt for one of its a/c options.

Centrally, though it really is in need of a spruce-up, Monkey Island has a range of rooms, with the fan bungalows similarly priced to Island Huts. Joe’s Hostel, a modern building up by the road has garden rooms from 1,300bt.

Down in the far western corner of the island at Laem Tookata, there are now just two tiny 500bt bungalows operations as Baan Ing Khao has been sold and is awaiting development.


West Coast (Ao Suan Yai, Ao Pra)

The north west coast at Ao Suan Yai Beach and Ao Pra Beach has accommodation in a combination of boutique and 2/3 star resorts, a small boutique hotel and some large family villas.

On Ao Suan Yai Beach

The upmarket Seavana Beach Resort, one of Koh Mak’s best resorts, starts from 3,000bt a night and goes up to 4,500bt for a seafront villa. Next door, Koh Mak Resort, ranges from standard bungalows at 1,800bt up to 6,900bt for a family villa.

At the northern end, bungalows at Pompkakdee Koh Mak Resort and Happy Days both list in booking sites from 2,500bt.

On The Hill

On the hill above, ten minutes walk from the sand and sea, the boutique hotel Islanda Resort, with its stunning views out to sea, offers rooms from 4,000bt upwards.

The long established Good Time Resort opposite and looking south, has tropical bungalows, rooms and villas, 4,000bt to 10,000bt or more.

On Ao Pra Beach

With its many different styles of accommodation from 2,000bt to 10,000bt, Cococape Resort is located on the headland between Ao Suan Yai Beach and Ao Pra Beach.

On Ao Pra Beach itself, Mira Montra Resort is one of the island’s best boutique resorts – their hillside rooms are the cheapest options at 2,200bt but expect to pay from 4,750bt up to 11,000bt for seaview villas and the family suite.

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North Coast

Not to be forgotten, the north coast now has four secluded  places to stay.

Ao Talong

A couple of years ago, Little Moon Villa headed over to the area known as Ao Talong from its former home on the east coast. The new resort comprises stylish, spacious villas on a private beach from 3,500bt.

Literally next door, perhaps Koh Mak’s premier resort The Mak has also opened. Salas, pool villas, 2 bedroom villas, infinity pool, it’s all very high-end, with prices to match – from 5,000bt upwards out of peak season, 8,000bt upwards in.

Ao Taan

Meanwhile, over in Ao Taan in the north east corner of this coast, the eclectic and uniquely designed Cinnamon Art Resort offers a mix of garden view hotel rooms, cabanas and sea-side pool villas. Prices range from 2,500bt right up to 11,900bt, popular with Thai packages.

In the same area, the down-to-earth Green View Bungalows, has fan and a/c rooms from as low as 500bt a night  – a good travellers’ choice.

Tip: If staying in any of these resorts, hiring a motorbike to get out and about would be a real advantage as they are quite isolated.

South and East Coast – Koh Mak Resorts, Bungalows and Hotels

On the south coast and scattered across the east coast, where the beaches are not the best, you can still find some excellent, very secluded boutique resorts as well as bungalow and traveller choices.

Far North East Coast

With its feature swimming pool, Plubpla Koh Mak Retreat offers villas connected by raised walkways from 4,500bt to 6,200bt in high season. Villa Allure (formerly Little Moon) continues in much the same vein as before it changed hands – standard villas from 3,200bt, great restaurant, a very relaxed spot.

East Coast and Ao Nid

Bamboo Hideaway, Sea View Resort, Corsita and Sea Breeze Resort each sit on the hills along the east coast which overlook the ocean, all very peaceful with, of course, wonderful views – rooms range from 1,200bt to 3,500bt or more for family options.

Finally, Ao Pong Resort (check ahead if open) down near Ao Nid Pier has its older basic bungalows starting at 500bt a night, its newer deluxe villas go from 2,500bt.

South Coast

In Ao Daeng, a sheltered bay with a red sand beach, you can opt for a glamping tent at Naivacha Tent, where under canvas, it’s around 2,000bt a night for ensuite. They also have standard a/c bungalows too.

Continuing round the coast, you’ll find a few cheaper options at the older Banana Sunset or up on stilts at Pano Resort, all with sea views. Expect to pay from 750bt upwards for a fan room. Finally, Talay Time, on the southern tip with unqiue views across to Koh Kood, has decent a/c bungalows from 1,500bt.

Tip: If staying in any of these resorts, hiring a motorbike to get out and about would be a real advantage as they are quite isolated.


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