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Just a few kilometres south of Ko Chang but a world away from its heavy development lies Ko Maak, undoubtedly an overlooked gem in Thailand's crown. Ideal for those who prefer the quiet life, this decidedly rural island has so far escaped the grasp of major developers. Though a sprinkle of tasteful new resorts have appeared in recent years, it appears that Maak will remain a sleepy, family-friendly destination for the foreseeable future.

Ko Maak is blessed with long stretches of palm-fringed white sand that were once listed among the top 10 beaches in the world by the British newspaper, The Sunday Times. At certain times of year, the island's notoriously aggressive sandflies are keen to debunk this award. Should this be the case during your visit, head for the sandfly-free red sand beaches found along the east coast. All around Ko Maak, the calm and shallow water is an obvious draw for families with young children.

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