Koh Mak island and Koh Kham are located in eastern Thailand and are both full of clear blue water and clean white sand beaches. The peaceful Koh Mak island is perfect if you are looking for a quiet getaway as it is still very under developed with a few resorts ranging from cheap bungalows to expensive hotels. The gorgeous island of Koh Kham is the perfect place for a day trip if you’re looking for a relaxing place to spend the afternoon. Koh Kham is kept in pristine condition and has some of the clearest blue water I have ever seen.
How to get to Koh Mak Island
We took a ferry from Koh Chang which took just over 1 hour and cost 400 baht per person (around $16 AUD). I contacted our hotel before our arrival and asked if they could pick us up from the pier which they did. Most hotels offer a free transfer to and from the pier so make sure to email your hotel before you arrive to let them know what time you arrive.
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Where to stay on Koh Mak Island
We stayed at Green View Resort which is a secluded bungalow resort with its own beautiful private beach and it had the clearest water on the whole of Koh Mak. This resort was incredibly affordable with our room costing us 500 Baht ($20 AUD) per night which included our own little porch and hammocks which faced the ocean. They have kayaks for you to use anytime of the day, you just take it and go. You can rent snorkels at the reception which are perfect to view the sea life, but its best to kayak out then hop off the boat as there are huge sea urchins out in some areas. They do moped scooter renting for 250 baht per day, you will definitely need a scooter to get around the island.
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Where to eat on Koh Mak Island
Because this island is so under developed, there are few places to eat. There is one strip of about 10 restaurants ranging from Thai food to Western food but we found these places too expensive. If you are on a budget like us then its best to spend a little longer driving around the island to find cheap authentic Thai diners. We found 2 very cheap places that had great food and cost half the price of a meal on the main strip, they were located on the turn off towards Ao Nid Pier.
Beaches on Koh Mak Island
Most resorts on this island will have their own private beaches, but if you want to mix it up and visit a different beach or have a cocktail overlooking the ocean then the only other public beach is Ao Soun Yai Beach. Ao Soun Yai Beach is a large, beautiful and clean stretch of beach with one main cocktail bar and restaurant. It is the most popular beach on the island however the island is so quiet that there is barely anyone there, making it a perfect place to spend the day and an ideal spot to watch the sunset.
Koh Kham is located just off Ao Soun Yai Beach. The 2 best ways to get to Koh Kham are to either pay for a boat to take you there and pick you up, or you can kayak. We kayaked from our resort which took 1 hour but most people would kayak from Ao Soun Yai Beach which will take roughly 10 minutes. Upon arrival at Koh Kham you will need to pay a 200 Baht per person entry fee ticket. This fee contributes to keeping the island in pristine condition and you can also redeem your ticket for a free drink at the snack bar. There is no accomodation on this island so it is strictly a day trip location.
Koh Kham is incredibly beautiful that I could have stayed there forever. The water is clearer than anything I’ve ever seen. The sand is so white with tall palm trees and not a drop of rubbish, as well as the incredible unfinished concrete houses covered in vines and greenery. I definitely recommend visiting if you are in the area.