Reasonably untouched but effortlessly explored, Koh Mak had constantly been an island that was in the back of our head. Nicely ever considering the fact that we heard about it at least. We constantly managed to ignore it for other destinations even though like Koh Lipe or other islands in the south.
Then, come mid-December 2018, we ultimately decided it was time. Time to see what the fuss was all about and why it was thought of 1 of Thailand’s top rated island.
Now as there are a lot of guides out there and we only stayed for two days, we can’t even contemplate providing you what ever sort of travel guidance for Koh Mak. So right here’s what we did and what we discovered from our brief trip.
Day 1 – loosen up, drinks with a sunset view
Just after such a extended journey (five hour drive and 1-hour ferry ride), we didn’t genuinely want to do any exploring or hectic activities. We checked in to our hotel – Makathanee resort and basically chilled about right here. As it also turned out, our hotel has a pretty good “rooftop” bar, so we decided to verify it out. They have a content hour from three pm – five pm exactly where you can get 1 and get 1 cost-free cocktail and beers. Drinks with a beautiful view!
Naturally, we had to take them up on this amazing deal. On the other hand, I want that the content hour extended till six or even 7, which is when the sun really begins to set.
Yet another common spot for a lovely sunset view (with meals/drinks) is Banana sunset bar. We did go right here on day two but later in the evening, way previous sunset time.
Day two – adventure is out there
Kayaking to Koh Kham
We heard about this island from a buddy of ours and he talked about it is a good thought to kayak there from Koh Mak. We could see Koh Kham straight in front of us.
It was in all probability about 1 km away. Considering the fact that we had come early morning, the tide was type of powerful so we just relaxed at Ao Soun Yai Beach till the tide dissipated. By 11 am, it seemed calm sufficient.
It had been a although considering the fact that we each had accomplished some kayaking so it was a bit difficult. At initial. We promptly got the hang of it and inside 20 minutes we have been on this completely beautiful, breathtaking island.
We had to spend 200 Baht per individual considering the fact that it is privately owned. You get 1 complimentary soft drink even though. All worth it, having said that, considering the fact that the island is the personification of all islands. Palm trees, white powdery sand, and water of varying shades of blue and green. It was difficult to think we have been really right here!
There is a resort right here but it appears to be deserted or incomplete. In any case, you can’t remain the evening on Koh Kham. Also, you won’t discover considerably to do right here either except sunbathe, swim, kayak about or snorkel.
Piers, piers, piers
When waiting to go for our kayak ride to Koh Kham, we noticed on the regional map that there have been a lot of piers on Koh Mak. Considerably like how we like to chase waterfalls, we believed it would be cool to see all the piers. When we did miss a handful of, right here all the ones we managed to check out.
Pier @ Ao Soun Yai Beach
Cinnamon Scenic Boardwalk @ the Cinnamon Art Resort
This was by the far the most impressive 1 as it extends out about a kilometer into the sea. The water is really quite shallow and on low tide, you could really stroll along the pier in the water if you like. We saw lots of fish right here and corals. It’s an fascinating location to check out for positive.
A broken pier next to the most important pier @ Ao Nid
Pier in front of Makathanee resort (exactly where we stayed)
A evening out on the town
On our second evening, it was time to practical experience the “nightlife” of Koh Mak. When the island is not identified for it, we handle to discover 1 or two venues that kept us out. Initial was the banana sunset bar, identified for its sunset views, yummy drinks and scrumptious Khmer meals.
Just after that, we came across a tiny regional bar that not too long ago opened. It is known as Cbar. If you stick to the road east from Makathanee resort, you can’t miss it.
Cbar is open till two am and it is complete of locals. They serve cocktails, beers, and snacks at really affordable costs. Music? What ever you want as there is a laptop plugged to the speakers, prepared for your requests. We spent a fantastic quantity of time right here meeting new individuals and possessing a handful of drinks.
Other bars you can verify out are:
- Cafe Del Mak
- Monkey Bar
- Koh Mak Sports Bar
How to discover the island
Koh Mak is not a large island in contrast to Koh Chang or Koh Samui so it is not complicated to discover the complete island in just a handful of days. You could certainly see and practical experience all the things appropriately in significantly less than a week and the finest way to do so is by renting a motorbike. It expenses amongst 300-400 THB per day and gas expenses 40 THB per liter.
Now we nonetheless don’t know how to ride a motorbike so we just made use of the songthaews (the regional taxis) and it would price us 50 THB/individual/trip. Now it did add up but by no means more than 400/day which is the identical as renting a motorbike. It was also safer for us simply because have been we to have an accident, it would not just price us additional but also ruin our trip. Much better protected than sorry. Also, some resorts/restaurants/hotels will cover your ride if you get in touch with ahead and dine with them. For instance, Banana sunset bar covered the price for each approaches.
We also discovered that you can rent a bicycle. The hills aren’t undesirable in Koh Mak, so as extended as you are the least bit match, you can bike about the island. Getting mentioned that, it is greater to opt for the finest mountain bikes you can discover simply because something with no gears will make riding up these hills pretty complicated. Some fantastic mountain bikes can be located at Koh Mak facts and bike rental shop.
We would have accomplished this if we had additional time. Hunting back, we want we stayed yet another day or two in Koh Mak. There is so considerably additional to see and do right here. two days have been unquestionably not sufficient.
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