For such a laid back and peaceful island, Koh Mak still has plenty of things to do.
At sea, activities range from lazy snorkeling trips and fun dives over at Koh Rang to some more serious exploration further afield at the wrecks near Koh Chang. You can kayak out to the offshore islands or visit them all in one day on a more leisurely speedboat tour. Sailing and windsurfing, either by yourself or with instructors, have also now arrived on Koh Mak.
Back on land, you can rent a bicycle or indeed motorbike and explore the island, with its maze of tracks, trails and a couple of deserted beaches.
There is a very interesting museum down near the main pier, with a cooking school nearby, disc golf is now available thanks to a Koh Mak enthusiast who has brought the game to the island and a very reputable Muay Thai gym has also opened in the last year.
The small, friendly scuba diving scene, with two companies, BB Divers and Koh Mak Divers can offer lower prices than the other islands because the Marine Park of Koh Rang is right on its doorstep and a day over there, either with the tanks and regulators or just plain snorkeling is great fun, one that all the family will enjoy. 2 ocean fun dives are priced at 3,000bt, DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) at 3,000bt for one beach dive with training, 4,500bt for 2 ocean dives with training.
Kayaking is very popular, paddling out to the offshore islands, though you can also nip over to see them on a great speedboat tour. There’s a daily snorkeling trip across to Koh Rang too, 09.00am to 16.00, just 750bt with lunch.
Sailing in Hobie catamarans has recently arrived on the island, with prices around 1,000bt to 1,500bt per hour depending on the size of the craft and at long last, windsurfing is also now possible, at 1,200bt for the day or 800bt for 1.5 hours lesson, both very tempting activities to drag you away from that hammock.
And you can also day trip to Koh Kood to visit the beaches, mangroves, fishing village and waterfall from 1,250bt to 1,500bt.
Although the island’s system of marked trails and accompanying booklet has now been largely abandoned, you can still easily explore its forests and coastlines.
There’s plenty of of history with the oldest house on the island at Ao Suan Yai Beach and the the original fishing community at Ao Ta Long. Also near Ao Suan Yai, you can visit the weird erotic art at The Kingdom of Somchai and the wonderfully remote undeveloped Turtle Beach on the far northern tip.
Laem Son in the far north east is another lovely spot with Koh Kradat offshore. In the south west, Laem Tookata makes a nice lunch stop.
Koh Mak’s terrain being so flat, you can do this by bicycle, with rentals available all over from 150bt a day. As it will be hot and distances and indeed hills can be longer and steeper than expected, our advice is to pay the premium and get the best mountain bike available.
Motorbikes, a far easier option, are 250bt to 300bt.
Meanwhile, over on Ao Kao Beach, you’ll find a unique disc golf course over 9 ‘holes’ at the southern end, while at the other end, a top class Muay Thai training gym sits under the trees.