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Koh Mak

4-day extension to a beautiful and unspoilt tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand

Stay on Thailand's tranquil and picturesque Koh Mak

Koh Mak; a wonderful and still largely 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. There’s also plenty to do for the more active other than lie on the beach or sup cocktails by the pool: explore Koh Mak’s traffic-free lanes and villages or take a boat and snorkelling tour through the nearby national marine park. Our choice of resort is a comfortable, low-key, mid-range spot with private chalet-style accommodation.

Koh Mak is around a 45-minute speedboat ride from the pier at Laem Ngop which in turn is a short drive from Trat Airport which offers several daily departures for the 45-minute hop to Bangkok International Airport. As such Koh Mak is a convenient extension to any trip ending in Bangkok. The boat pier at Laem Ngop can also be conveniently reached from the Cambodian town of Battambang making it a potential add-on to any of our Cambodia tours as well, for anyone looking for some quality beach and island time after visiting the temples of Angkor. (Driving time from Battambang to the border at Pailin is approximately 1 hour followed by 2 more from the border to the boat jetty.

Our rates are based on 2 persons sharing (twin or double chalet) although supplements for single travellers and discounts for larger groups are of course available. Please note price includes return flights from Bangkok to Trat Airport.

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Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

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Day 1 - Koh Mak - arrival on the island

Flight Bangkok to Trat and transfer by Bangkok Airways bus to the boat pier at Laem Ngop. (Minibus transfer not included and payable at the airport.) Speedboat to Koh Mak, (3 times daily c 45 minutes).

Should you have a late arrival or early departure from Bangkok then we recommend adding a night at a hotel close to Bangkok airport before or after your trip to Koh Mak.

Overnight: Koh Mak Transport: Minibus, Plane, Boat, 

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Day 2 to 3 - Koh Mak - at leisure on the island

At leisure on Koh Mak. Optional activities include; boat trips through the surrounding archipelago and national marine park, snorkelling, scuba diving, visit to an elephant camp, exploring the island by bicycle or on foot or last but not least checking out the rather good cocktails in the pool-side bar.

Overnight: Koh Mak Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 4 - Koh Mak - return to Bangkok

Boat to Laem Ngop and Bangkok Airways minibus transfer to Trat airport for flight to Bangkok. At least 3 flights per day so convenient for connecting to flights departing Bangkok at most times. (Ask your resort to contact Bangkok Airways 24 hours ahead to arrange airport transfer.)

Should you have a late arrival or early departure from Bangkok then we recommend adding a night at a hotel close to Bangkok airport before or after your trip to Koh Mak.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus, Plane, Boat,  Meals: B, 

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Just a few of the many highlights

A stay at a low-key and comfortable beach-side resort on the delightful, unspoilt Koh Mak or Mak Island in the Gulf of Thailand.

  • Fabulous, unspoilt golden sand beaches
  • Take a boat tour through the spectacular surrounding archipelago
  • Laze by the pool with a cocktail and watch the awesome sunsets across the bay
  • Hike around the island and meet the friendly locals
  • Snorkel on the vibrant coral reefs of the Koh Chang National Marine Park
  • and of course sample the sumptuous Thai cuisine and local seafood

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Koh Mak Resort Trat view

  • The superb Koh Mak Resort situated right by the beach
  • Set on a quiet, unspoilt bay on picturesque Koh Mak Island
  • Pool, in-house restaurant and great beachside cocktail bar

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

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