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Despite being voted as one of the top 10 islands in the world by a British newspaper and having a spate of resort development to handle its newfound status, Ko Mak remains a sleepy and lovely... Read More
Despite being voted as one of the top 10 islands in the world by a British newspaper and having a spate of resort development to handle its newfound status, Ko Mak remains a sleepy and lovely alternative to nearby Ko Chang, and certainly one of the best beach escapes in reasonable proximity to Bangkok. The island boasts several lovely white sand beaches, some beautiful turquoise water, and a laid back vibe, which attracts a big family crowd who come back year after year. With plenty of speed boats and connections to both the mainland and Ko Chang, it is easy to wander around the entire archipelago, and it is well worth it to spend at least one morning swimming and sunning off of Ko Kham, a beautiful islet just off Ko Mak's Ao Suan Yai beach, easily reached by a 10 minute kayak paddle across the bay. The longest and nicest beach to stay on, with the most choice of food and accommodations is Ao Khao in the south.
Ko Mak Island
- Beaches: "To get to Ko Mak, you need to get to Trat first, reachable from Bangkok's Ekkamai Bus Station (4-5 hours) or else on the daily short flight on Bangkok Air. From Trat, tour agents will get you transport to the pier and your choice of ferry or speed boat service to get out to the island. You can also get to Ko Mak from Ko Chang if you want to visit more than one island while out in the Gulf."
- Best for Beaches Because: For a combination of beaches and small island life, you can't beat Ko Mak.