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KOH MAK

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KOH MAK

22 miles from Ao Khlong Son

KOH MAK (I). 11° 49.196N, 102° 27.347E KOH MAK (J). 11° 48.487N, 102° 27.523E

This is a large, very flat, island that has been inhabited for over 100 years. The favoured mode of transportation is by foot, which makes for a pleasant atmosphere. Local ferries deliver passengers to the numerous resorts scattered around the island.

( I ) The large bay on the northwest side of the island has good protection, although in depths less than 7 metres you may encounter coral heads. Anchor NW of the village pier for a short walk behind the resort to local artist Somchai’s house, where the grounds display his sculptures and are open to visitors.

Koh Kham, a private island undergoing a very slow transformation into an exclusive resort, lies due west off the northern tip of the bay and is often joined to Koh Mak by a sand bar. This makes for a spectacular location, enhanced further by the mass of unusual rock formations.

( J ) The bay on the southwest side of the island is less populated and offers protection near the ferry jetty in 8-10 metres for overnight anchorage during the northeast season. Stay well clear of the fringing reef that runs the length of the beach and watch out for the thin lazy lines extending seaward from the jetty.

The surrounding smaller islands in the bay offer good views and great snorkelling. The beach road ashore has many small resorts and leads to the scenic hilltop view over to the northern bay. The best way to enjoy all that Koh Mak offers is to rent a motorcycle for the day. The BBQ Hut right next to the pier is the top spot to eat fresh seafood. Another good option is the Sabay Jungle Bar with a small deli counter. There are a few massage parlours and a well-stocked supermarket with ice for sale.

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