Looking to get away from the tourist traps of Thailand? Get to Ko Mak. If you want a natural, unspoiled island where you can lounge in the beach all day solo, this is the place for you. With nothing more than a few fishing villages, a market and a couple of internet cafes, Ko Mak has resisted managed to stay true to its roots. The quiet atmosphere combined with its stunning beaches makes Ko Mak the place to be when you want to get away from it all.
Other than just forgetting about all of your worries, there are a few ways to pass your days in Ko Mak. Here are some of my favourites.
The waters around Ko Mak are prime for snorkelling. Grab your gear and spend at least one afternoon exploring the waters. There are a few places that cater to tourists like Ko Mak Divers, who have English speaking staff, Paradise Divers who have German and English staff as well as the locally owned Ploy Diving. All three of the companies rent gear, offer courses in diving and snorkelling and can even organise a trip for you. On more popular beaches like Ao Suan Yai and Ao Kao, you can rent your snorkeling gear right on the beach.
If you are a decent swimming, you can actually go island hopping. Travel from Ko Mak to either Ko Kham or Ko Rayang and then back again. The islands are all so close together that you can travel between them easily and explore different areas. It’s a great way to cool down, get a workout and see some amazing sights.
Not quite up for swimming that far? Rent a kayak. Some of the best views of Ko Mak are from the sea.;Expect to pay around 200 Baht per hour for a nice kayak. Once you are set up, you can create your own island hopping tour to the breathtaking islands that surround Ko Mak.
Learn to cook
After you spend some time in Thailand, you will never want to leave the food behind. Get in touch with Smile Thai Cooking School for a class. Their school is situation in Ban Ao Nid close to the Ao Nid Pier in Ko Mak. They have regular group lessons going or you can book a one to one class to truly master the art of cooking Thai food, Ko Mak style!
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