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Koh Mak history

Koh Mak, a beautiful island with lovely sea beaches, lies in the East gulf of Thailand.

In recent years, Thailand has ascended as one of the most favorite holiday destinations for the tourists all over the world. The Koh Mak Island has its roots deeper than it appears in the history. The first establishment of locality was started with a coconut plantation by a Chinese descendant. Formerly, in the late 1800, the island was also the residence to the Chinese Affairs officials who pioneered the tree plantation here and started developing the virgin lands for more produces.


Koh Mak Island: How it all Began

The Chinese Affairs officer who at first came to Koh Mak was named Chao Sua Seng, according to the historical references. He later handed over this “island of possibilities” to another Chinese Affairs Officer for King Rama V, who migrated from China to Thailand during the Revolution of China. His name was Luang Prompakdii. He got married and his family gained enormous respect and support from the people at the adjacent areas. They started a family business of shipping mangrove woods to the urban and developed areas like Bangkok for fuel and it was of great success for them. Chao Sua Seng sold his Koh Mak coconut plantation to the family of Luang Prompakdii because of their goodwill and tempo of success in timber business. Soon the entire family of the new owners moved to Koh Mak and started working on more cultivation for a better living.


Koh Mak Island: The Story of a Family

The rubber and coconut trees are still everywhere in Koh Mak Island that the ancestor family started planting. Decades have passed, but the descendants of the family still possess most of the lands of the island. They also are the in charge of the prospering rubber and coconut plantation project that hold both the histories of their family clan and the Koh Mak Island. The trees also give the island a unique appeal and help in keeping its natural serenity intact.

Koh Mak Island: From Coconut Trees to Tourist Huts

The very first tourist residences were built in the 1970s in Koh Mak Island. The owners paid even more attention to its tourism potentiality and soon more tourist villas and bungalows were scheduled to be built in this nature-adorned island. Holiday resorts and tourist huts then were continued to be constructed to have the Koh Mak Island more in shape for an astounding tourist sensation. Today, there is even a small museum holding the history of this amazing island to acknowledge its visitors.


Over the years, Koh Mak Island has impressed the travelers craving for a calm and quiet vacation away from the buzzing world. For its pin drop peace and protected tranquility, the Koh Mak Island has been included as one of the best “secret beaches” on the world back in 2006.

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach



Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants


Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:


seafood restaurants



Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community


quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.



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