Koh Maak Island is not too big, only 16km² and ringed by 30kms of pristine beaches, and so it does not offer a massive choice of venues for eating and drinking. There are some independent family run establishments on Koh Maak, but the eateries and locations for a relaxing drink are often part of one of its hotel resorts.
Koh Maak certainly does not have the diversity of wildlife establishments of its larger and altogether more boisterous neighbour of Koh Chang, yet visitors who have chosen the peacefulness of Koh Maak will be thankful for this. There are enough ambient bars and cafés on the island to ensure that holidaymakers will not be bored once the sun has set.
Koh Maak restaurants and bars are primarily open-sided affairs with thatched roofs which allow gentle breezes to waft through them. The winds are especially pleasant on days in the March-April hot season. The venues offer menus with a mix of Thai and international specialities as well as a range of gourmet coffees, refreshing fruit juices, and local and imported alcoholic beverages.
While it is not possible to cover all of Koh Maak’s wining and dining establishments, we have attempted to offer a broad choice below which offer something for different tastes and requirements.
Recommended Koh Maak Restaurants
This Koh Maak restaurant and bar serves Thai and Western cuisine. It opens for breakfast and usually closes around 21:00, depending on the number of customers.
CoCo Bar & Restaurant
This Koh Maak restaurant a part of the Cococape Resort complex and offers a full selection of international and Thai dishes, and a range of beverages. A good location to sample steamed fish with lime (pla neung manow) or the ubiquitous tom yumspicy seafood soup.
Those in the know frequent this simple shack for some of Koh Maak’s finest and cheapest culinary delights. The resident chef offers the Thai version of fast-food with freshly prepared curries, noodle soups and the house speciality, chicken and cashew nuts.
the first venue for arriving passengers is the Ball Café. The café is an atmospheric place to have a gourmet coffee, fruit juice, snacks, cakes or cookies while catching up on e-mails.
Baan Koh Mak
This resort on the southwest coast of the island and a pleasant Koh Maak restaurant called the Beach Cafe where Thai curries, fresh seafood dishes and the Thai version of an American breakfast are on the menu.
Ao Kao Restaurant
Chef at this Koh Maak restaurant use freshly caught fish and the island’s iconic coconuts to create tasty curries. An eclectic drinks menu entices guests to loiter and take in magnificent sunsets setting over the pristine white sands here.
Also on Ao Kao Beach and is a restaurant-bar serving Thai and European main meals and snacks, with a varied drinks menu.
Koh Mak Seafood
This is one of the older Koh Maak restaurants on the island. It is a rambling complex of timber, open-sided pavilions some of which are perched above the water. Soft breezes permit diners to relish offerings such as spicy king prawns and barbecued squid.
Café Del Mak
This is a Koh Maak bar-café that opens sometime after lunch and stays open until the last customer leaves. It is the destination of choice for those looking for a good time, a fact helped by an evening happy hour and a menu that features potent, but budget cost, cocktails and drinks. The café’s coffee comes highly recommended.