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Beaches on Ko Mak

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Most of Ko Mak’s beaches are long and pretty, often with clear water and good kayaking opportunities around the offshore isles. None of them are overdeveloped and you’ll find nothing but coconut groves and forest backing sizeable stretches of sand all around the island.

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Do ask locals about the sandfly situation, as the red bites left by these buggers will leave you itching in paradise. Also keep in mind that prevailing winds make Ao Suan Yai and other northern beaches blustery with choppy water from rainy season until around January. Then it switches and south-facing Ao Kao becomes the windy beach. The wind brings its share of tidal garbage—consider joining the Trash Heroes for a clean up session starting 10:00 every Saturday at Coco Bar.

Pull up some shade and enjoy Ao Kao. Photo taken in or around Beaches on Ko Mak, Ko Mak, Thailand by David Luekens.

Pull up some shade and enjoy Ao Kao. Photo: David Luekens

Ao Kao Stretching for some three kilometres along the south coast, Ko Mak’s longest beach dips at the far eastern corner to afford sunset views. The powdery tan sand almost appears pink in the sunlight, striking a tone closer to white towards the eastern end. The water starts out shallow before gradually sloping to a swimmable depth after more than 100 metres. Lots of pine-like son trees provide shade while also dropping their prickly pinecones on the sand. The western end also goes by the name Ao Kratueng, but there's no headland or other geographical marker separating that end from the rest of the beach.

Ao Kao’s beachfront hosts 13 small resorts found between stretches of undeveloped areas, with restaurants and a few smaller places to stay found on the main road that cannot be seen from the sand. A concrete pier at Makathanee Resort reaches from the centre of the beach and this area draws its share of boat traffic, especially when the sea on this side of the island is calm. But for the most part Ao Kao is a sleepy affair, ideal for long walks on ... Travelfish members only (Around 800 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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