Thailand, Koh Mak Island (3 days +)

Koh Mak; a wonderful unspoilt island lying in the eastern part of the Gulf of Thailand just south of its more famous neighbour Koh Chang. We reckon Koh Mak is the perfect compromise with enough of a tourist infrastructure to keep visitors comfortable, well fed and occupied but without the over the top commercialism of some of the busier islands.

Don’t head to Koh Mak expecting wild night-life or jet-ski races across the bay but if you are looking for a relaxed spot with uncrowded and unspoilt beaches, plenty of great fresh and well prepared seafood, lashings of ice cold beers and friendly locals then this island hits the spot.

Again there’s plenty to do for the more active other than lie on the beach or sup cocktails by the pool: visit the island’s elephant camp, explore Koh Mak’s traffic free lanes and villages, or take a boat and snorkelling tour through the nearby national marine park.

Koh Mak is around a 45 minute speedboat ride from the pier at Laem Ngop which in turn is served by 45 minute flight from Bangkok, (to Trat airport), so is a suitable extension for any trip ending in Bangkok whilst it is also easily reached from the Cambodian town of Battambang via the border at Pailin so a fine way to finish a Cambodia tour after the temples of Angkor. (Approx. 4 hours driving time.)

Our choice of accommodation on the island is the excellent Koh Mak Resort, (subject to availability).