Koh Mak’s best features are its beaches and distantly laid back atmosphere, if you are looking for a place to completely unwind, and to be left alone in peace and quiet, then this is the place for you. If you get bored of sipping coconuts, you could always try scuba diving at one of the many reefs surrounding the island, or hire a bicycle or kayak and explore the islands hidden beaches and secluded bays.
Koh Mak is located in the Gulf of Thailand, 35km off the mainland in Trat province. It’s the third largest island in the area, after Koh Chang and Koh Kood. With a total area of 17 square kilometers, Koh Mak is considerably smaller than its neighbours, but what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in personality.
Exploring Koh Mak
Activities to enjoy on the island mainly involve relaxing and sipping a coconut or two. If you are feeling energetic you could hire a bicycle and explore the islands red dirt tracks and discover the many hidden beaches and secluded bays. Kayaking is a great way to explore the coastline, particularly if you head out to Koh Kham which is on the west side of Koh Mak. The white powder beaches at Koh Kham are a must see, they can be reached by a 30 minute slow paddle from any of the west coast beaches.
Kayaking to Koh Kham is a must do activity whilst staying on Koh Mak
Koh Mak Resorts
There is a small selection of accommodation on Koh Mak of around 25 resorts, most are situated directly on the islands superb beaches. They all seem to have unique personality’s, and their rustic appearance blends into the tropical environment seamlessly. Whilst much of the islands accommodation is middle to high end, it is still possible to get cheap bungalow style accommodation, directly on the beach.
Relaxing on the beach at the highly recommended Seavana Beach Resort
How to get to Koh Mak
Koh Mak is located around 35 kilometers south west of Trat’s coastline, there are two piers in Trat where boats depart for koh Mak, Laem Ngop and Laem Sok. Laem Ngop is slightly closer and the most popular choice, its also the pier for people heading to Koh Chang by ferry.
Speed boats leave Laem Ngop daily from 9am until 4pm. journey times are around 45 minutes. There are a number of boat operators leaving at different times throughout the day. Its recommended to book the boat before turning up at the pier.
Many of the hotels in Koh Mak, particularly the higher end ones have there own boats and will include the transfer with your stay. If your hotel doesn’t have a private transfer service, they can contact a boat operator and arrange it for you. Speedboat transfers cost around 350 Baht per person from the mainland in Trat.
If you are travelling to Koh Mak from Koh Chang, boats can easily be booked from one of the many travel shops around the island. Speedboats cost around 500 Baht per person, journey times are around 40 minutes. Kai Bae Hut Speedboats is a long established company offering reliable speedboat transfers to all of the islands in Trat, including Koh Chang, Koh Kood, and Koh Mak. If you need to arrange a boat to Koh Mak independently, see their website www.kohchangboat.com
Photo Guide – Koh Mak
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