Ko Mak sits roughly at the centre of the Ko Chang archipelago, around 15 km south of Ko Chang and roughly the same distance north of Ko Kut. Year-round ferries connect Ko Mak to the mainland via a pier in Laem Ngop south of Trat town, and high-season speedboats and slowboats link it directly to Ko Chang, Ko Wai and Ko Kut.
The closest airport is in Trat on the mainland and is serviced by Bangkok Air via a couple of pricey flights from Bangkok each day. Public vans can take you from the airport to the Ko Mak ferry pier.
The closest bus station is found in Trat town, where you’ll find regular departures for Bangkok, the Cambodia border crossing at Had Lek and several other destinations—see our Trat transport page for details. If heading to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport or Pattaya, the Boonsiri ferry company (see below) offers all-in tickets including a minibus transfer after the ferry.
To/from the mainland
The main ferry pier for Ko Mak is found in the town of Laem Ngop on the mainland—it’s called Tha Krom Luang and is not the same pier used for ferries to Ko Chang. Songthaews run between the pier and the bus station in Trat town, normally for 80 baht per person although the price jumps as high as 300 baht if there’s only one passenger. Trat is also where most travellers arrange their ferry tickets, which usually include a pick up at your guesthouse.
Taking an hour or so, the speedboat ferries cost 450 baht per adult and a bit less for children. The times below are for high season (November to May); expect only one or two departures per day in low season, weather dependent.
Leelawadee speedboats depart Laem Ngop at 10:30 and 14:00 and dock at Makathanee Resort pier at the centre of Ao Kao, returning from Ko Mak at 08:00 and 11:30.
Panan speedboats depart Laem Ngop at 13:00 and 16:00 and dock at Koh Mak Resort pier on Ao Suan Yai, returning at 09:00 and 14:00.
Seatales speedboats depart Laem Ngop at 11:30 and dock at Ao Nid pier, returning from Ko Mak at 08:30 and 12:30.
Suansuk speedboats depart Laem Ngop at 11:30 and 15:00 and also dock at Ao Nid pier, returning from Ko Mak at 10:00 and 12:30.
Another company, Boonsiri, uses a high-speed catamaran via a pier in Laem Sok district on the mainland. In high season it departs Laem Sok at 10:45 and 14:20 for 400 baht, making a stop at Ao Nid pier on Ko Mak before continuing south to Ko Kut. It picks up mainland-bound passengers on Ko Mak at 12:50. The same company offers minibus transfers to Suvarnabhumi Airport and Pattaya that can be booked on a single ticket.
To/from other islands
In high season only, speedboats and slower wooden ferries connect Ko Mak to Ko Chang, Ko Wai and Ko Kut. These dock at the piers on Ao Suan Yai or Ao Kao, depending on which side of Ko Mak is windier at the time.
A slow boat departs Ko Chang’s Bang Bao pier at 09:45 for 400 baht and take two hours, returning at 12:00.
Speedboats depart Ko Chang’s Bang Bao pier at 09:30 and 12:00 for 600 baht, also returning at 12:00. Another speedboat to Ko Mak departs at roughly the same time, and for the same price, from a pier in Kai Bae on Ko Chang.
If you’re up for island hopping, all of these boats continue south from Ko Mak to Ko Kut, and they all stop at Ko Wai on the way back to Ko Chang.
White songthaews hang around near all of the main piers and cost 50 baht per person for a ride across the island. The price goes up considerably if you don’t feel like waiting for other passengers.
Ko Mak’s sealed roads and rolling terrain make it ideal for bicycling. Old pushbikes are rented out for 50 baht per day, though we’d pay 100 to 200 baht for a mountain bike. A bunch of shops, restaurants and resorts rent out bicycles all over the island, with good selections found at Ball Cafe and Coco Bar, both located on the main road behind Ao Kao.
Motorbike rental is also widely available for 200 to 300 baht per day.