Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Ao Suan Yai
As the second longest and arguably the prettiest beach on the island, Ao Suan Yai has a good mix of midrange to upscale accommodation, with one great budget spot holding it down north of the pier. This area is great for sunsets.
How about a house?Inland from Ao Suan Yai, Ko Maak
T: (039) 501 000; F: (039) 501 030
Stretching down the forested hill across the road from Thaidaho Vista, Good Time specialises in island house rental for families or groups of friends. Each house is different from the next and sizes ... Read the full review of Good Time Resort.
Relaxing hill stationOverlooking Ao Suan Yai, Ko Maak
T: (085) 136 4529;
This intimate resort's quirkily innovative name tells you where the two owners are from (Thailand and the American state of Idaho). It sets the tone for what is very much a distinctive experience. ... Read the full review of Thaidaho Vista Resort.
The originalAo Suan Yai, Ko Maak
T: (039) 501 013; F: (039) 501 013
The first resort to appear on Ko Maak was opened by an islander family who constructed a few modest bungalows way back in the mid 1980s. It has expanded steadily over the years and is now the ... Read the full review of Koh Mak Resort.1,500B to 4,000B 2 votes Midrange
Purple bungalows in paradiseAo Suan Yai, Ko Maak
T: (083) 605 2413;
Suchanaree goes against the grain of Ao Suan Yai's upmarket trend, offering a handful of simple dark violet wooden bungalows with thatched roofs scattered amid tropical gardens and mini-lagoons. The ... Read the full review of Suchanaree @Koh Mak.Under 600B 7 votes Backpacker
Distinctive rooms, atmospheric settingAo Suan Yai, Ko Maak
T: (081) 810 2679;
Cococape isn't the cheapest place to stay on Ko Maak, but it's unquestionably one of the most interesting. Accessed by raised wooden walkways, the least expensive bamboo bungalows look out to sea ... Read the full review of Koh Mak Cococape Resort .600B to 1,500B 7 votes Flashpacker
This is by far the longest, though not the best beach on the island. The water is a tad murky and choppy compared to the more sheltered north coast. Still, some great family accommodation is found here, and the other beaches are a bicycle-ride away should you feel like venturing out.
Great choice for familiesAo Kao, Ko Maak
T: (084) 659 7437;
Another great family spot that has more character than its name suggests, Palm Beach is set on a quiet and idyllic stretch of eastern Ao Kao beach. A few coconut trees shade the powdery white sand, ... Read the full review of Palm Beach Resort.
A very low-key spotAo Kao, Ko Maak
T: (085) 094 3620;
With only four beachfront villas and a couple of rooms in the back, this miniature resort enjoys a great location on a wide stretch of beach that's central to several good restaurants and the road to ... Read the full review of Baan Chai Lay.600B to 1,500B 2 votes Flashpacker
Funky and happeningAo Kao, Ko Maak
T: (089) 501 6030; F: (039) 524 040
A great choice for both backpackers and flashpackers, Monkey Island offers over 50 different rooms with an “urban-meets-tropical” design. The cheapest “Baboon” rooms are set towards the rear ... Read the full review of Monkey Island Resort .600B to 1,500B 4 votes Flashpacker
Friendly and secludedAo Kao, Ko Maak
T: (092) 679 1385;
Set on the far west side of Ao Kao in a secluded spot with an excellent beach, the Big Easy is one of our favourite midrange options on Ko Maak. The water here is shallow near the sand, making this a ... Read the full review of Big Easy Koh Mak.
Reclusive backpacker hideawayLaem Tookkata, Ko Maak
T: (087) 053 9553;
Hidden beyond a rocky outcrop past the western end of Ao Kao and only accessible via a steep road at high tide, Baan Ing Kao is the original bungalow joint on tiny Laem Tookkata beach. Here you'll ... Read the full review of Baan Ing Kao.Under 600B 2 votes Backpacker
CharmingAo Kao, Ko Maak
T: (086) 751 7668;
This small resort towards the west side of Ao Kao makes up for its not-so-catchy name with very friendly service and charming seaside cottages. The accommodation is spread around a lawn with a few ... Read the full review of Holiday Beach Resort.
Cool and modern17/1 Moo 1, Ao Kao, Ko Maak
T: (089) 895 7592; F: (039) 524 027
This small resort's motto is “Cool Vacations”, and indeed its smart accommodation is designed with more of a modern, youthful style than elsewhere on Ao Kao. Placed in a semi-circle around a lawn ... Read the full review of Baan Koh Mak .
Well-done midrangerAo Kao, Ko Maak
T: (083) 152 6564;
Nestled along a quiet but somewhat rocky stretch of beach at Ao Kao's eastern end, this popular resort is like a museum of past and present Thai architectural styles. The cheapest A-frame bungalows ... Read the full review of Ao Kao White Sand Resort.600B to 1,500B 3 votes Flashpacker
Cheapest bungalows aroundAo Kao, Ko Maak
T: (087) 139 5537;
Wedged between the beach and a picturesque cashew orchard to the east of Ao Kao, Island Hut has a number of basic thatched wooden bungalows clustered close together. The small beachfront huts are ... Read the full review of Island Hut.Under 600B 6 votes Backpacker
East Ko Maak
No part of Ko Maak is over-developed, but most of the east side is blanketed in rubber and fruit groves, with a few villages and isolated resorts scattered along the coast. Along with motorbike rental, each of these resorts offers free pick-up truck taxi transfers to the west side of the island and back throughout the day. WiFi is also available out this way.
Romantic and remoteEast coast (just south of Laem Son), Ko Maak
T: (081) 840 3561;
As Ko Maak's most remote place to stay, Little Moon is perfect for those seeking a quiet and romantic getaway. Set back from the sea under abundant trees, the tastefully done white villas blend large ... Read the full review of Little Moon Villa.
Bamboo and Italian foodSoutheast coast, Ko Maak
T: (039) 501 085; F: (039) 501 086
Situated at the top of a hill lined with young rubber trees that enjoys northward views of Ko Kut, this intimate resort has a fitting name. All eight stilted bungalows are crafted almost entirely of ... Read the full review of Bamboo Hideaway Resort.
Rustic cabins in an idyllic spotNortheast coast, Ko Maak
T: (081) 588 1006;
This isolated nature-oriented resort is reached by following a side road that shoots north off of the main eastward road. It's a quiet, semi-forested spot that reminded us of the campgrounds with ... Read the full review of Koh Mak Green View Resort.
The southeastern bay of Ao Nid is virtually devoid of sandy beaches, but is quite picturesque nonetheless and a great place to catch the sunrise. There's also a small village and a few notably good restaurants out this way.
Get away from it allAo Nid, Ko Maak
T: (090) 780 7867;
Located at the bottom of the hill just past Ao Nid pier, this cute resort is perfect for those who need some serious down time. Seven spacious and clean bungalows are perched on stilts over a grassy ... Read the full review of Ao Pong Resort.Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
Did we mention the views?Ao Nid, Ko Maak
T: (081) 782 8242; F: (039) 524 035
This quiet midrange resort is set on the breezy hill that makes up Ao Nid's northern side, offering great views over the bay and out towards Ko Kut. The crimson-roofed concrete villas are spacious ... Read the full review of Sea Breeze @Koh Mak.
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