Ao Saunyai, Ko Mak

BEACH
Ao Saunyai is a beautiful bay with views over the island Ko Kham, in our opinion one of the most beautiful bays on Ko Mak. The bay is surrounded by palm trees, and has pearly white fine sand and clear blue water.

This bay is ideal for swimming, stand-up paddle boarding or relaxing but beware of sand fleas. Be sure to protect yourself against these sand fleas with the special oil and spray sold nearby. We recommend planning a day trip to Ko Kham, for which you can arrange the tickets at many hotels or alternatively at the Koh Mak Info Point.

WHERE TO STAY
We love the upper range Seavana Beach Resort on the western end of the beach. They offer lovely bungalows, a well-kept garden and a good swimming pool. In the backyard you will find some bungalows along the small river. If you like an upper range stay, this is the place to be.

An alternative is the Koh Mak Resort, some of the bungalows are close to each other but the family bungalows are spacious. Happy Days Resort is a relaxed, mid-range stay in the northeastern end of the bay, however a little overpriced in our opinion. You can choose between fan or airco bungalows.

You will find some small restaurants along the bay. We recommend I Talay Beach Bar near the pier to grab some food or drinks.

ISLAND
Ko Mak is located in the Gulf of Thailand, near the maritime border with Cambodia. Ko Mak is known for its serene beaches surrounded by palm trees and the islands natural beauty. A small non-tourist island, it is only 16 square kilometers in size. Here you will not find large resorts and mass tourism, but rather small-scale accommodations and a good selection of restaurants. The atmosphere on the island is very laid-back, although there is some construction along the 2 main beaches.

For all information you would like to know about the island and transport, go to the friendly lady at Koh Mak Info Point, located right next to Koh Mak Resort. For diving you can go to BB Divers or Koh Mak Divers. On Ko Mak there is only one ATM, so bring some cash just in case..

WHAT TO DO
The island’s landscapes are idyllic, with coconut groves and fruit orchards while the coastline is dotted with picturesque bays and coves. Ko Mak is a good destination for cycling. The roads are flat and mostly in good condition. You can visit viewpoints, nature trails, and even a fishing village to get a glimpse of the local way of life.

Visit one of the various islands around Ko Mak! On Ko Kradat you can take beautiful walks and have a drink in the small village. Ko Rayang has a beautiful sandy beach where you can enjoy sunbathing and snorkeling. Unfortunately, there is no good coral, but be sure to admire the many beautiful fish here. It is easy to paddle to Ko Rayang with the kayak. Remember to bring cash because sometimes you have to pay a small entrance fee.

The only downside to Ko Mak is the sand fleas on most beaches. Only on Ao Ka Noon and Ao Pai there are usually no sand fleas. Be aware of this and protect yourself with the special oil and spray sold nearby. Despite this drawback, we visit Ko Mak often.

TRANSPORT
From Bangkok, there are several good bus and minibus connections to Trat, which take about 5 hours. From Trat, a taxi or minibus will take you to Laem Ngok Pier, a 20-minute ride, where you can take several boats to Ko Mak. An alternative way is to fly from Bangkok to Trat. Boat services connect Ko Mak with Ko Chang, Ko Kut and Ko Wai. Make sure to check the internet for the timetables.

At Ko Mak, most accommodations offer a free pick-up service from one of the 3 piers. Otherwise, a taxi will cost between 50 and 100 baht. On the island it is easy to rent bicycles and scooters.