Koh Mak Travel Guide

Koh Mak Overview

So far underdeveloped and unspoilt by tourism, Koh Mak has to be one of the most idyllic islands in the Thailand collection. With immaculate palm fringed beaches and alluring turquoise waters coupled with the natural beauty of the inland coconut and rubber tree plantations, the island, snuggled between Koh Chang and Koh Kut in the Gulf of Siam, is every bit the tropical paradise it is billed as.

 
Although as secluded as they come, there is plenty to enjoy on the island besides the standard beach worshiping and hammock sleeping. From water sport activities to elephant treks to visiting the pearl farm at Koh Maisee Lek to watching the sunset whilst enjoying some fine seafood dishes, there is never a dull moment to be had. And, in the unlikely event of boredom, visitors can always wait for low tide and wade across to Koh Kam or kayak over to Koh Phi Phi, both islands off the northern coast.
 
There is one way and one way only of arriving on Koh Mak and that is by water. Depending on budget, there is either a 3-hour ferry or 30-minute speedboat which both depart daily from Laem Ngop pier in Trat. The best way to get around the island is on a leisurely stroll or by renting a bike, available at most resorts.

Things to do in Koh Mak

Koh Mak Beaches

With miles of unspoilt white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, Koh Mak is the ideal place from where to get lost in its beautiful surroundings, recharge the batteries and let all your cares run free. Soak up the sun, take a dip or indulge in a rejuvenating Thai massage.
 
Koh Mak Elephant Ranch
Explore the natural jungle surroundings of the island and amble along the fantastic beaches whilst sat atop a majestic elephant. The ranch is open daily from 8am to 5pm for both those wishing to take a ride and anyone just wanting to watch the animals at play.
 
Learn to Cook Thai in Koh Mak
Learn to cook the Thai way at Smile Koh Mak located at Pano Resort. Enjoy preparing your favourite Thai dish and then sample the results whilst watching the sun go down.
 
Scuba Diving Koh Mak
With clean warm waters and a wealth of well-preserved reefs, Ko Mak is a superb snorkelling and diving destination, where you will find a rainbow of colours together with a myriad of ocean life. Most resorts provide snorkelling equipment and both Paradise Divers and Ploy Scuba Divers are long established diving specialists.
 
Koh MakTrekking
Possessing a mountainous landscape, covered by jungle and dense forest, the island has some great hiking trails leading to lookout points offering breathtaking views of the bays and, on clear days, across to Ko Chang and Ko Kut. Trails can be walked alone, but check with resorts for a map or directions.

Hotels in Koh Mak

Budget Hotels Koh Mak

Koh Mak Cottage - 19 newly refurbished cottages set around a pleasant garden. Tel (66) 81 910 2723.
Pano Resort - Small and welcoming resort with superb sunset views. Tel (66) 86 022 8449.
 
Midrange Hotels Koh Mak
Baan Koh Mak - A/C bungalows, all with ocean views. Good beachfront café. Tel (66) 39 524 028.
Koh Mak Buri Hut - Secluded resort and swimming pool built with African-Bali influences. Tel (66) 89 752 5285.
Koh Mak Cocoscape - Great family-friendly resort set amongst swaying palm trees. Tel (66) 81 810 2679.
 
 
Luxury Hotels Koh Mak
Bamboo Hideaway - Elegant boutique resort that is exactly as its name suggests. Tel (66) 39 501 085.
Koh Mak Retreat - The epitome of resort elegance and luxury. Worth a splurge if it suits the budget, Tel (66) 39 501 013.

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This page was last modified on 18 Mar 2011 by Matt