MAAK (Koh Mak)
between Koh Chang and Koh Kood (Koh Kut), about 40 kms from the mainland
is a group of 9 islands called the Moo Koh Maak (Koh Mak). Only 4 of these
islands, including Koh Maak (Koh Mak), Koh Kradad, Koh Kham and Koh Rayang Nok
are occupied. Koh Maak (Koh Mak), with an area of only 16 square kilometers and
a 27 km coastline, is the third largest island of the Marine Park. It has a flat
terrain with plenty of coconut and rubber plantations. The main attractions are
the long beaches and clear seawaters. There are only a few hundred people living
here, most of them related.
order to get there from Koh Chang, there are daily trips leaving early in the
morning from Bang Bao pier. These are usually large boats offering snorkeling
excursions to the four main islands of Koh Maak, Koh Wai, Koh Kradang and Kho
Kham who drop you off at your place of choice. There are two operators that drop
people off, namely companies like Bang Bao Boat and Greham Boats. A one-way trip
to Koh Maak from Bang Bao costs 300 Baht. From other parts of Koh Chang situated
closer to Koh Maak, prices can start at 80 Baht when you rent a long-tail boat.
Maak is an island with shores of soft sand beaches, with a particularly scenic
beach on the northwest. Inland, there is a vast area of rubber plantations and
coconut plantations. Visitors get around by renting motorbikes on days when they're
not at the beach.
are mostly charming bungalows like the Koh
Mak Resort at the north-west of the island.
Bungalows are situated right by the beach and the resort is geared up to satisfy
your seaventure fantasies. Architecturally interesting resort bungalows like Cococape
Resort also offer different design themes for their rooms, including that of a
traditional Thai bungalow to a mediterranean family room. Places like Holiday
Beach Resort and Kooh Mak Buri Hut Natural Resort feature colorful bungalows and
a community atmosphere of locals and visitors alike. Kooh Mak Buri Hut Natural
Resort offers short trips to a nearby temple and rubber plantations besides
are about 10 resorts mostly situated at the northwest or southwest of the island.
Almost all the resorts are sold on full board packages with sightseeing trips
and transportation. Some good examples are the Koh Mak Cococape Resort and Koh
Mak Resort which offer packages that include 2 nights accommodation plus snorkeling
trips by speed boat or fishing boat.
Mak is shaped like a cross. The best beaches are on the south-west coast at
Ao Kao, and the northwest coast at Ao Suan Yai, where the tiny Koh Kham lies in
the distance. The main pier to Laem Ngob is the Ao Nid Pier, east of the island.
Infrastructure is limited but there is a road system that conveniently links up
the island. Ao Suan Yai, to the northwest has the longest and most beautiful beach
where you can view Koh Raet, Koh Phee, Koh Kham as well as the captivating sunset.
The beach is lined with lazy coconut trees. There are some fine restaurants here
too. During low tide a sand dune appears between Koh Maak (Koh Mak) and Koh
Kham (Ko Kham) allowing you to walk across.
Khao on the southwest is another spectacular site of fine beach with clear waters
and great views of Koh Kood (Koh Kut), Koh Rayang Nai (Koh Rayang Nai),
Koh Rayang Nok and the beautiful sunset. There are some reefs teeming with plentiful
fishes and is a favourite site for the anglers.
is no public transport on the island. Visitors walk or rent bikes to get around.
Some of the resorts have cars and vans for quick trips at a minimum fee. From
November to April, one boat a day leaves from Laem Ngob boat pier to Ao Nid on
Koh Maak's southeastern coast.
1 km northwest of Koh Mak is Koh Kham, a small island with clear seawater, coral
reefs and coconut-fringed sandy beaches that are excellent for swimming, snorkeling,
fishing and angling for squids. The island is almost within swimming distance
from Koh Maak's Ao Suan Yai beach. Aged lava exists on the island which means
a volcano existed in prehistoric times. Big boulders believed to be volcano rocks
are seen on its pristine beaches. During low tide a sand dune practically links
the island to Koh Mak.
the west of Koh Mak is a group of 12 islands known as the Moo Koh Rang. Of these,
Koh Rang Yai is the largest. It is covered with tropical virgin rainforests and
boasts the longest and most beautiful beach in the area, the Had San Chao or San
Chao Beach. The sand here is powdery white and crystal clear water. Divers can
enjoy its scenic underwater beauty up to 25 meters deep.
Rang Yai has a hilly terrain. Its only low-lying area is at the shores. Birds
and reptiles are the main wildlife. Northwards from San Chao is Had Ao Cho or
the Ao Cho Beach which is the site of a Marine National Park Ranger Unit. Here,
the water is transparent and swimming safe. Camping is allowed at a small fee
and with the approval of the officer in charge but you have to prepare your own
food. Water supply and toilets are available. In front of the Ranger office is
a bridge made by dropping rocks and stones into the sea. The bridge was built
to help transport supplies from the International Red Cross Organization to the
Vietnamese refugees in the past.
south of Koh Rang Yai is Koh Rang Lek which is the main freshwater supplier to
the former. There is a bird's nest concession in Koh Rang Lek and it is also a
major source of bat's dung, which is known to be great fertilizers. Lucky visitors
may see sea-turtles laying eggs on Koh Rang Lek and other nearby islets as they
are chosen nesting grounds. The locals call them Jaramed eggs. The other well-known
asset of Koh Rang Lek is its beautiful oval-shaped stones which has very smooth
islands of Koh Kra, Koh Thong Lang and Koh Thian on the northeast of Koh Rang
Yai are great sites for skin diving. An array of varied corals and fishes abound.
Of these islands, Koh Kra has the longest beach, although only 20 meters long.
Swimming is not recommended here as the seabed is carpeted with corals. These
three islands are only walking distances apart and the seawater is so shallow
that it is possible to do so during low tide, but you should float with a life
jacket or buoy to avoid stepping on some of the healthy corals.
last coral island you should not forget is Koh Yak where you will virtually swim
with the fishes while you snorkel. However, Koh Yak is a rock island with no beach.
It is off the shores of San Chao Beach.