Ko Mak

Where to stay: Ko Mak

Ko Mak hosts a few old-style backpacker options to go with a bunch of flashpacker-range resorts and a few midrange choices. Overall the quality is fantastic, but do expect to find most rooms full if showing up between late December and late February without a reservation. Some solid resorts offer good views on the inland road connecting the northwest-coast beaches of Ao Suan Yai and Ao Phra to sleepy Laem Tukkata and Mak’s longest beach, Ao Kao, on the south coast. We’ve divided Ao Kao into west, central and east since long stretches with no development are found in between those sections. Seclusion seekers should check out Ao Nid, Ao Pong and Laem Tan, or head further east to remote Ao Tan and Laem Son.

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We have 18 places to stay in and around Ko Mak.

Introduction

There are no shortage of excellent places to stay on Ko Mak, but if you need a cheat sheet to get you started, read on.

Where to stay on Ko Mak
Where to stay on Ko Mak

Lots of good choices

Inland

A handful of resorts are found on and around a hill set about halfway between Ao Suan Yai and Ao Kao. Giving up direct beach access might just be worth it when you see the views from these spots.

Ao Suan Yai

Facing northwest within paddling distance of Ko Kham, Ko Mak’s second longest beach hosts a few solid options covering most budgets, though you’ll find almost no independent restaurants over here.

Ao Phra

Spanning the north coast of Ko Mak’s western arm, Ao Phra is a narrow, mostly undeveloped beach running into a small cape to the east that hosts Cococape Resort. It’s great for sunsets and the busier Ao Suan Yai is within walking distance down the shore.

Laem Tukkata

Home to our favourite cluster of old-style bungalows on Ko Mak, this isolated cape and its short beach stretch to the west of Ao Kao, facing south towards Ko Rayang. The only land access is via a bumpy lane beginning closer to the north coast behind Cococape Resort.

Baan Ing Kao
Baan Ing Kao

Lose track of time

From 350 baht Walk-in

Western Ao Kao

The small resorts found near the quiet western corner of Ko Mak’s longest beach offer excellent choices in the flashpacker to midrange brackets. Expect about a kilometre walk to the cluster of restaurants and shops found closer to Ao Kao’s centre.

Big Easy Koh Mak
Big Easy Koh Mak

Solid rooms and service

From 1,400 baht Walk-in

Holiday Beach Resort
Holiday Beach Resort

The people make it great

From US$23 with Agoda

Central Ao Kao

Backed by several eateries and shops, the centre of Ko Mak’s longest beach is a fine choice if you like having conveniences close by.

Baan Koh Mak
Baan Koh Mak

Central flashpacker spot

From US$47 with Agoda

Monkey Island
Monkey Island

Reggae-backpacker scene

From US$14 with Agoda

Eastern Ao Kao

Most of the beachfront lies undeveloped as you head east down Ao Kao, finally bumping into a few excellent resorts nestled around the beach’s eastern corner. At these you get sunset views and a secluded feel, though a second clutch of eateries is found out on the main road.

Ao Nid, Ao Pong and Laem Chan

This section covers the resorts scattered on both the east and west coasts of Ko Mak’s far southern cape, Laem Chan. To the east stretches Ao Nid with its pier, temple and village, and Ao Pong is a lovely beach set a smidge further south. The west side has only rocky shores but the sunsets are hard to beat. Renting some wheels would be helpful if staying out this way.

Banana Sunset
Banana Sunset

Secluded but lively

From US$27 with Agoda

Pano Resort
Pano Resort

Stay for the sunsets

From US$21 with Agoda

Sea Breeze @Koh Mak
Sea Breeze @Koh Mak

Did we mention the views?

From US$47 with Agoda

Ao Tan

This sleepy north-facing bay hosts only the one place to stay and we like its old-school Thai style for seclusion seekers. Despite minimal sand and shallows for a long distance off the shore, this is a soothing spot with a great pier to lounge on.

Laem Son

Ko Mak’s easternmost beach has reddish sand, an outlook to Ko Kradat and only one place to stay in the far southern corner that’s a good choice for lovers. The only other business is a beach shack restaurant and it’s a five-kilometre ride from here to the island’s busier parts, with very little in between.