THE SATELLITE ISLAND
Moo Koh Mak lying between Koh Chang and Koh Kood, 40 Kms from the mainland, is a group of 9 islands called Moo Koh Mak. Only 4 of these islands, Koh Mak, Koh Kradad, Koh Kham and Koh Rayang Nok, are occupied. Koh Mak, with an area of just 16 square Kms and a coastline of 27 Kms is the third largest island of the marine national park. It has a flat terrain with plenty of coconut and rubber trees. Its main attractions are its long stretches of pristine beaches and seawater. There are about 400 residents here, most of them related. Accommodations are mostly situated on the northwest or southwest of the island. Infrastructure is limited but there is a road system that conveniently link up the island. Ao Suan Yai, to the northwest has the longest and most beautiful beach where you can view Koh Raet, Koh Phee, Koh Kham and the captivating sunset. The beach is lined with coconut trees. During low tide a sand dune appears between Koh Mak and Koh Kham allowing you to walk across. Ao Khao on the southwest is another spectacular site of fine beach with clear water and a majestic vista of Koh Kood. Koh Rayang Nai, Koh Rayang Nok and the captivating sunset. There are some coral reefs teeming with fish and is a dream destination for anglers.
Koh Mak measures 16 square kms in total, with a width of 10 kms and length of 5 kms from north to south. It is suitable for families as the island is devoid of loud bars and late night partying. Most of the areas are either walking or cycling distance away, making the island suitable for mountain bike explorers. There is a concretely paved road system that covers most of the central and western side of the island. There are songthaews that stop on specified areas on the island that charge THB 50/person regardless to which point you will get off. Other than that, one can rent motorbikes to explore the island.
Basically, there are two main beaches on Koh Mak: Suanyai beach on the northwest, or Ao Khao Beach on the northern part of the island.
- Ao Khao Beach is the most developed part of the island and the busiest of all the beaches, relatively, as Koh Mak’s beaches never seem to get filled up. Running parallel to the beach are a number of resorts, and small restaurants.
- Ao Suanyai Beach is made up of 2 kms stretch of white sandy beach. Here you will find Koh Mak Resort
- Ao Katueng Beach is a long stretch of sand on the southwest part of the island. Here you will find Makathanee Resort
- Ao Phra Beach is a shallow beach with dark, volcanic rocks that separate it from Suanyai Beach.
- Ao Taan Beach is more mangroves than sandy beach. The sand is not very white and not very suitable for swimming. In close proximity is Ao Pai where you will find Plubpla Koh Mak Retreat
Much of the accommodation on Koh Mak still relies on walk-in visitors or staff being sent to the pier to tout for guests upon arrival. Most of the resorts are opening up to online booking systems, though, and is very much recommended when coming during high and peak season. There is no ATM on the island so guests are advised to bring cash or pay in advance, although there are some resorts who accept credit card payment but a small fee is applied. The island does not have a hospital but it does have a clinic with a doctor that comes once a week. Infrastructure is limited but electricity runs 24 hours.
Koh Mak is a sub-district to Koh Kood and is actually comprised of 9 islands: Koh Mak, Koh Rayang Nai, Koh Rayang Nok, Koh Phi, Koh Kham, Koh Kradad, Koh Nook, Koh Nok and Koh Nai.