One day in Koh Mak I was enjoying a lazy afternoon on Ao Kao Beach and observing what the few other people on the beach were up to. I noticed a couple of people first walking on the beach and then put on their sandals, went into the water and started to wade towards the small island just off shore. After a while they returned the same way.Later that evening I asked my hotel owner about the island next door, Koh Rayang Nai. I was advised that the island is easily reached by kayak in no time or if I wanted Continue reading
If you are in Thailand 13–15 April you should prepare yourself for Songkran, Thailand’s famous New Year celebrations. The Songkran Festival is a time of renewal and paying respect to Buddhism. The ritual of cleansing is to bring good luck and prosperity for the coming year.
Songkran also marks the end of the dry season (April being Thailand’s hottest month) and the beginning of the tropical rains. Songkran is the longest public holiday in Thailand, which gives local people an opportunity to get together with friends and family.Today Songkran is known for its water festival, which is celebrated by locals and visitors alike. In cities streets are closed for traffic, and used as Continue reading
Having enjoyed such an active day exploring the eastern parts of Koh Mak by bicycle on Day 1, I was excited to start Day 2 with my bike, now with plans to see what the western part of the island had to offer.I started the day from my bungalow after late breakfast and took a paved road that goes to the centre of the island first passing a disc golf course and some resorts. Then going up a very long steep hill leading to Vista Lookout Point in the back garden of Continue reading
The beautiful Thai island of Koh Mak is a low carbon and sustainable destination so what could be a better way to explore the island than by bicycle! I absolutely love biking and of course I also wanted to respect and support the green values of the island, so I rented a bicycle for two days instead of a motorbike.Koh Mak is fairly small in size, just 10 kilometers wide and 5 kilometers long. The terrain in Koh Mak is mostly flat with a few hills in the interior, natural forest alongside lush groves of coconut and rubber trees, making it Continue reading
If you read my previous post you already know that I had a bit of a hassle and unhappy tears at my arrival in Koh Mak after spending 10 incredible days on the island of Koh Chang. After I found a decent place to stay in Koh Mak I was full of positive energy again and ready to enjoy easy sunny days on the beach and explore the island.With a population of around 1000 people and most of the island being privately owned by a couple of Continue reading
After exploring Koh Chang and enjoying quiet beach life under falling coconuts of Bailan Bay and by blue lagoons of Klong Prao for 10 days it was time to continue my travels to the next paradise island: Koh Mak.There are several boat companies offering transfers between Koh Chang and other islands. I bought my boat ticket to Koh Mak at a local travel shop on Koh Chang for 500 Baht, and was picked up from the hotel Continue reading
It had been 2,5 years since my last adventure in Thailand so I thought that it was about time to return and do some island hopping in my favourite country. I really love Thailand as it is a country of great natural beauty, pristine white sandy beaches, smiley people, tropical climate with plenty of sunshine, still a relatively inexpensive destination and a safe place for solo female travellers.
Having already explored many Thai islands on my earlier travels (Koh Samet, Phuket, Koh Racha Yai, Koh Tao, Koh Samui, Koh Phi-Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Mook, Koh Kradan and Koh Lipe) this time I decided to head to the far northeastern part of the Gulf of Thailand in Trat province close to Cambodian border.
From Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport I took a Bangkok Airways flight to Trat and continued to Koh Chang by a minivan and ferry. Flying to Trat is definitely the quickest and most convenient way to travel to Koh Chang, Koh Mak and other islands in Trat archipelago. More about transfer options to Koh Chang here. Continue reading