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