AoPong Resort - Holiday in Thailand - Koh Mak island - Quiet place on the private beach - Low carbon destination - Snorkeling on AoPong beach

Welcome to AoPong Resort

Koh Mak Island

Welcome to Island

Koh Mak Island is located on the East side of Taj Bay between two islands: Koh Chang and Koh Kood, approximately 350 km away from the capital city - Bangkok. It is a small, tropical island with the area of 16 km2. Koh Mak is shaped vaguely like a four-pointed star, with the longest beaches and majority of resorts located to the west. The island's three piers are found at Ao Nid, Koh Mak Resort on Ao Suan Yai and Makathanee Resort at the center of Ao Kao, with nearly all visitors arriving at one of the latter two. If your chosen resort is not on the beach where you land, pick-up truck taxis can take you across the island for 50 baht per person.

Almost the entire island is owned by relatively few descendants of Luang Prompakdii, who purchased Koh Mak from Chao Sua Seng; the Chinese-Thai tax collector, who was working these days for Thai King Rama V.  Nowadays the island is dominated by coconut and para rubber trees plantations. Islanders mostly work in agriculture and tourism business which still is not as commercialized as in other popular regions of Thailand. With such a deep-rooted agricultural tradition, it’s no surprise that Ko Mak’s landscape is distinct from its larger and more rugged neighbors, Koh Chang and Koh Kut.It looks like, as a result of natural awareness of the human relation to the nature, the people of Koh Mak found the right balance between business and happiness. Such attitude reflects in overwhelming hospitality, understanding of co-operative friendship and environmental awareness of islanders. Consequently, the development strategy of this islands administration is based on respect to the nature. The island is being promoted as a “Low Carbon Destination”. So, you will not find here tall, concrete hotels on the beach, supermarkets, seven/eleven shops, night clubs, noisy watersports equipment, banks or even ATMs – so better be prepared and brink some cash with you.

For people who plan to spend holiday in Thailand and want to relax in tranquil environment, unspoiled by mass tourism and really get away from it all Koh Mak is a perfect place.The island has something for everyone, from cheap bamboo backpacker huts to a variety of mid-range bungalow resorts and upmarket boutique establishments. There are about 30 tourist resorts here but many of them are filled up during high season so advanced reservation is a good idea from December to February.

Attractions on the island mostly includes relax on the beach, swimming, snorkeling, diving on the nearby located coral reef and National Marine Park, fishing, trekking, bike cycling, visiting local organic farms, coconuts and rubber tree plantations, kayaking and boat excursions to other islands around: Koh Wai, Koh Kood, Koh Kam, Koh Rayang, Koh Kradad and many others. Scuba diving trips can be arranged by two Diving Centers located on the Island.

Major foreign currencies can be exchanged at an office near the info center, just inland from the pier at Ao Suan Yai. This is also where you’ll find the post office. The local health center is located next to the school in Ao Nid, but anything marginally serious would require a trip to Trat.There is a pharmacy on the island, where you can buy some medications. The electricity is provided to the island by new undersea cable that was laid in 2016 connecting the island to the Thailand’s national grid. 

Koh Mak, as one of the undiscovered islands of Thailand is considered to be a well-kept secret of this region. Due to beautiful beaches and crystal clear water The Sunday Times newspaper included Koh Mak in its list of the worlds ''Top 10 Secret Beaches'' in October 2006. You are welcome to check it yourself.

 

AoPong resort

AoPong resort - Quiet place on the private beach is located on the South East part of the island at the end of the road leading from North to South of Koh Mak. This location, far away from other tourist resorts makes it a perfect place to rest on the private beach, both for individual travelers and for package tour groups. If required, AoPong can be exclusively dedicated for closed groups doing some training or workshop exercises. You are very welcome to contact us for detailed information and booking.

There are eleven bungalows and restaurant at AoPong. Each bungalow is equipped with double bed, fan and bathroom with running water. Eight out of eleven bungalows are air-conditioned (including five, new Deluxe type bungalows just completed in November 2015). All bungalows are located on the beach.

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ATTRACTIONS AND SERVICES

  • Snorkeling at AoPong beach:
    Private beach in AoPong is one of the best places on the island for chill out, swimming, snorkeling, watching corals and underwater life. There are NO SANDFILIES on AoPong beach. This is due to the coarse type of sand related to the presence of coral reef located nearby.
  • Free WiFi:
    There is a possibility to use wireless internet WiFi free of charge on the whole area and in each bungalow.
  • Underwater films:
    Additionally, the resort offers professional production of underwater films for tourists staying in all resorts on the island and diving on the nearby coral reefs.
  • Restaurant:
    There is the restaurant in AoPong that offers all meals (breakfast, lunch, supper) and drinks. The food in mostly Thai. Restaurant is open every day from 7.30 am till 8.00 pm.
  • Laundry service:
    There is a luandry service here. You can leave your clothes and pick them up clean the day after for the price 50 THB per kilo.
  • Motorbikes for rent:
    The most convenient way explore the island are motorbikes. You can rent them here in AoPong for 250 THB per 24 hours.
  • Sunrise:
    Energetic sunrise above the sea is another attraction related to the location of AoPong and being serviced by nature free of charge. Depend on the type of bungalow you are staying, you can watch it from the beach or directly from your bed.
  • Reviews:
    Some reviews about AoPong Resort are available at: Travelfish, Tripadvisor, Agoda, Expedia, Booking, AirBnB. You are welcome to share your impressions there or at our Facebook page – AoPong Resort. AoPong is also recommended by Stefan Loose.

Prices

Superior

$20 to $45 USD/bungalow*

Three Superior bungalows with air condition, fan, king size bed, bathroom, hot shower

Fan-Comfort

$15 to $35 USD/bungalow*

One Fan Comfort bungalow with king size bed, fan, bathroom, shower



Fan-Standard

$12 to $30 USD/bungalow*

Two Fan Standard bungalows with king size bed, fan, bathroom, shower

Deluxe

$30 to $75 USD/bungalow*

Five Delux Seaview bungalows with king size bed, terrace double bed, bathroom, hot shower

* price of bungalows depends on the season.

  • Prices in USD are approximate and based on the currency (USD/THB) exchange rate from October 2017.
  • All bungalows have a balcony with the seaview.
  • There is a possibility of putting extra matterace for the price of 7 USD.


Approximate meals prices:

  • Breakfast: 3 - 4 USD
  • Dinner: 4 - 8 USD
  • Supper: 4 - 8 USD
  • beer: 2 USD
  • coffee: 1 USD
  • Motorbikes renting for 10 USD/day.
  • Laundry: 2 USD/kg

Transport from Bangkok to AoPong for approx: 25 USD.
Service and all information in English, Polish and Thai.