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  • Country restriction policy: Partially Restricted
  • Entry restrictions for nationals and residents: Open
  • Entry restrictions for foreign travelers: Partially restricted
  • Transit restrictions: Partially restricted

All travelers to Thailand are required to carefully inform themselves about necessary travel documentation.

In short, please note that beside a valid passport, travelers must obtain in advance the following:

  • Visa and Certificate of entry issued by the Royal Thai Embassy
  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure (language: English or Thai only)
  • Medical certificate stating “fit to fly” issued at most 72 hours before departure (language: English or Thai only)
  • Install AoT App on mobile device (Apple App Store and Google Play)
  • Proof of personal health insurance (Language: English or Thai only)

Note: Exceptions exist for Thai nationals. Details are mentioned under respective links.

Important Note:
please ensure that you carefully read and comply with both sections of Entry Regulations:

The airlines are required to verify and refuse transportation if passengers do not fulfill the travel regulations.

General Travel Regulations

  1. Passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter and transit until 30 November 2020.
  2. This does not apply to: Nationals and residents of Thailand; Passengers who are spouses, parents or children of a national of Thailand; Airline crew with a return scheduled flight; Passengers with a visa issued by Thailand; Nationals of Australia, China (People’s Rep.), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Viet Nam with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card; Passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from the country that issued the APEC Business Travel Card; Residents of Hong Kong (SAR China) with an APEC Business Travel Card arriving from Hong Kong (SAR China); Students.
  3. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English.
    This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.
  4. Passengers must have an insurance to cover medical expenses in Thailand.
    This does not apply to nationals of Thailand.
  5. Passengers must have:
    A Certificate of Entry issued by Royal Thai Embassy, and A Fit to Fly health certificate issued at most 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English.
  6. Suspension of all visa exemptions and visa on arrival facilities.
  7. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.
  8. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next flight.
  9. 8. Airline crew staying overnight must have a guarantee letter from the airline or a health insurance certificate with a coverage cost of at least USD 100,000.-.

List of Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) Hotels

No. Hotel Name Partnered Hospital Price range (Baht) /person per 14-16 days / number of Rooms

  • 1 Movenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok Hospital 60,300 – 180,000 / 280 Rooms
  • 2 Qiu Hotel Sukumvit Hospital 32,000 – 35,000 / 105 Rooms
  • 3 The Idle Residence Samitivej Hospital 50,000 – 60,000 125 Rooms
  • 4 Grand Richmond Hotel Vibhavadi Hospital 55,000 / 300 Rooms
  • 5 Royal Benja Hotel Sukumvit Hospital 45,000 / 247 Rooms
  • 6 Anantara Siam Bangkok Bumrungrad International Hospital 89,000 – 280,000 / 218 Rooms
  • 7 Grande Centerpoint Hotel Sukhumvit 55 Sukumvit Hospital 62,000 – 73,000 Family Packages are available. 364 Rooms
  • 8 AMARA Hotel Sukumvit Hospital 50,000 – 99,000 / 117 Rooms
  • 9 The Kinn Bangkok hotel Vibharam Hospital 30,000 – 50,000 Family Packages (for 2 – 4 persons/rm.) are available. 61 Rooms
  • 10 Siam Mandarina Hotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Chularat 9 Airport Hospital 45,000 – 55,000 135 Rooms
  • 11 Two Three A Homely Hotel Vibhavadi Hospital 45,000 – 75,000 50 Rooms
  • 12 Anantara Riverside Bangkok BPK 9 International Hospital 75,000 – 87,000 370 Rooms
  • 13 Tango Vibrant Living Hotel Vibhavadi Hospital 35,000 – 39,000 30 Rooms
  • 14 Grande Centre Point Terminal 21 Bumrungrad International Hospital 60,000 – 74,000 240 Rooms
  • 15 O2 Luxury Hotel Chularat 3 International Hospital 38,000 – 42,000 350 Rooms
  • 16 Three Sukhumvit Hotel Vejthani Hospital 40,000 55 Rooms
  • 17 Princeton Hotel Bangkok Vibhavadi Hospital 27,000 – 38,000 Family Packages are available. 150 Rooms
  • 18 Best Western Plus Wanda Grand Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 57,000 76 Rooms
  • 19 Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Bangkok Samitivej Hospital 65,000 – 105,000 200 Rooms
  • 20 The Salil Hotel Sukhumvit 57 Phyathai Hospital 50,000 – 65,000 115 Rooms
  • 21 SALIL HOTEL Soi-thonglor 1 Phyathai Hospital 40,000 – 45,000 110 Rooms
  • 22 Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18 Bumrungrad International Hospital 58,000 – 115,000 Family Packages are available. 100 Rooms
  • 23 ibis Styles Bangkok Sukhumvit Phra Khanong Samitivej Hospital 48,000 222 Rooms
  • 24 Maple Hotel Synphaet Srinakarin Hospital 33,000 – 55,000 Couple Package are available. 400 Rooms
  • 25 Royal Rattanakosin Hotel Piyavate Hospital 28,000 – 35,000 280 Rooms
  • 26 Conrad Bangkok Hotel Bumrungrad International Hospital 89,000 – 95,000 100 Rooms
  • 27 Royal Suite Hotel Bangkok Hospital 50,000 – 60,000 Family Packages are available. 69 Rooms
  • 28 Amanta Hotel & Residence , Sathorn Sukumvit Hospital 59,000 – 79,000 Family Packages are available. 60 Rooms
  • 29 Ozone Hotel @ Samyarn Vibharam Chaiprakan Hospital 35,000 – 39,000 40 Rooms
  • 30 Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok BNH Hospital 125,000 – 200,000 45 Rooms
  • 31 Pullman Bangkok Hotel G BNH Hospital 76,000 196 Rooms
  • 32 Hotel Clover Asoke Samitivej Hospital 45,000 – 55,000 80 Rooms
  • 33 Belaire Bangkok Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 55,000 – 65,000 130 Rooms
  • 34 SC Park Hotel Param 9 Hospital 42,000 – 80,000 80 Rooms
  • 35 Avani Atrium Hotel Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 60,000 – 90,000 Family Packages are available. 218 Rooms
  • 36 Le Meridien Hotel Bangkok BNH Hospital 64,800 – 290,000 162 Rooms
  • 37 The Landmark Bangkok Hotel Bumrungrad International Hospital 55,000 – 98,000 150 Rooms
  • 38 Zenith sukhumvit hotel Bangkok Samitivej Hospital 49,900 – 64,000 120 Rooms
  • 39 ChorCher Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 37,000 – 41,000 370 Rooms
  • 40 Solitaire Bangkok Sukhumvit World Medical Hospital (WMC) 48,000 – 88,000 Family Packages are available. 166 Rooms
  • 41 Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri BPK 9 International Hospital 62,000 – 140,000 250 Rooms
  • 42 Hotel Amber Sukhumvit 85 Synphaet Srinakrin Hospital 32,000 – 35,000 58 Rooms
  • 43 The Vertical Suite Hotel Chularat 3 International Hospital 60,000 – 80,000 67 Rooms
  • 44 Dusit Princess Srinakarin Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 55,000 – 80,000 114 Rooms
  • 45 Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel Princ Hospital Suvarnabhumi 58,000 – 83,600 497 Rooms
  • 46 Miloft Sathorn Hotel Navamin 9 Hospital 32,000 – 35,000 72 Rooms
  • 47 Lancaster Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 60,000 – 100,000 123 Rooms
  • 48 DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok Samitivej Hospital 54,900 – 79,900 148 Rooms
  • 49 Royal President Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 47,000 – 60,000 120 Rooms
  • 50 Eleven Hotel Bangkok World Medical Hospital (WMC) 48,000 – 58,000 150 Rooms
  • 51 SureStayPlus Hotel by Best Western Sukhumvit 2 Piyavate Hospital 55,000 74 Rooms
  • 52 Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel BPK 9 International Hospital 65,000 – 100,000 100 Rooms
  • 53 Goldentulip Sovereign Hotel Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 50,000 – 55,000 100 Rooms
  • 54 Cinnamon Residence Vibhavadi Hospital 32,000 – 40,000 119 Rooms
  • 55 Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam World Medical Hospital (WMC) 43,000 – 90,000 250 Rooms
  • 56 Casa Nithra Hotel Bangkok Vibhavadi Hospital 43,000 – 49,000 40 Rooms
  • 57 Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok BNH Hospital 60,000 – 100,000 100 Rooms
  • 58 H5 Luxury Hotel Chularat 3 International Hospital 32,000 – 40,000 400 Rooms
  • 59 The Sukosol Bangkok Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 62,000 – 109,000 72 Rooms
  • 60 Anya Nana @Sukhumvit – Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 36,000 – 40,000 72 Rooms
  • 61 Rembrandt Hotel and Suites Bangkok BNH Hospital 44,000 – 110,000 Family Packages are available. 100 Rooms
  • 62 Park Plaza Sukhumvit 18 Piyavate Hospital 53,000 – 75,000 110 Rooms
  • 63 Hotel Icon Sukhumvit 2 Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 43,000 – 49,000 70 Rooms
  • 64 Aspira Sky Sukhumvit 1 Chularat 3 International Hospital 40,000 – 50,000 54 Rooms
  • 65 Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 Samitivej Hospital 42,000 70 Rooms
  • 66 Nouvo City Hotel Chularat 9 Airport Hospital 46,000 72 Rooms
  • 67 Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 Samitivej Hospital 46,000 – 62,000 85 Rooms
  • 68 The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok Samitivej Hospital 70,000 – 90,000 25 Rooms
  • 69 Ambassador Hotel Bangkok World Medical Hospital (WMC) 45,000 – 49,000 70 Rooms
  • 70 Silom Serene a boutique Hotel Vibhavadi Hospital 46,000 – 65,000 50 Rooms
  • 71 Amaranth Suvarnabhumi Airport Chularat 9 Airport Hospital 55,000 – 65,000 91 Rooms
  • 72 Gracelandbangkok Piyavate Hospital 39,000 – 60,000 129 Rooms
  • 73 Arize Hotel Sukhumvit Samitivej Hospital 40,000 – 70,000 70 Rooms
  • 74 Hyatt Place BPK 9 International Hospital 49,000 – 86,500 70 Rooms
  • 75 Best Western Premier Sukhumvit BPK 9 International Hospital 49,500 – 69,500 70 Rooms
  • 76 Movenpick Sukhumvit 15 Piyavate Hospital 49,500 – 80,000 Family Packages are available. 120 Rooms
  • 77 Centre Point Silom BPK 9 International Hospital 50,000 – 92,000 100 Rooms
  • 78 The Canal Hotel Navamin 9 Hospital 33,000 – 75,000 80 Rooms
  • 79 Citadines Sukhumvit 8 Piyavate Hospital 45,000 – 55,000 80 Rooms
  • 80 Centre Point Pratunam World Medical Hospital (WMC) 49,000 – 100,000 100 Rooms
  • 81 Fraser Suites Sukhumvit Bangkok Hospital 52,000 – 72,000 99 Rooms
  • 82 Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit Piyavate Hospital 49,000 – 73,000 65 Rooms
  • 83 The Silver Palm Chularat 9 Airport Hospital 42,000 – 100,000 Family Packages are available. 74 Rooms
  • 84 Lohas Sukhumvit BPK 9 International Hospital 45,000 – 54,000 90 Rooms
  • 85 Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok Piyavate Hospital 48,500 – 77,000 100 Rooms
  • 86 The Green View Hotel Sukavej Hospital 32,000 – 39,000 300 Rooms
  • 87 The Cotai Luxury Design Hotel Sukavej Hospital 29,000 – 48,000 280 Rooms
  • 88 Hotel de Trojan Chularat 3 International Hospital 32,000 – 48,000 110 Rooms
  • 89 S ram Leisure Hotel Vibharam Hospital 34,000 – 39,000 90 Rooms
  • 90 Citrus Sukhumvit 11 Bangkok Hotel Piyavate Hospital 36,500 – 60,000 70 Rooms
  • 91 FuramaXclusive Sukhumvit BPK 9 International Hospital 32,000 – 36,000 70 Rooms
  • 92 So Boutique Hotel Sukavej Hospital 32,000 – 39,000 100 Rooms
  • 93 The Metropole Bangkok Mongkutwattana General Hospital 40,000 – 48,000 70 Rooms
  • 94 The Sukhothai Bangkok BPK 9 International Hospital 150,000 – 250,000 16 Rooms
  • 95 Mii Hotel Srinakarin Synphaet Hospital 39,000 – 58,000 70 Rooms
  • 96 Somerset Rama 9 Bangkok Samitivej Hospital Hospital 60,000 – 90,000 50 Rooms
  • 97 Maduzi Hotel Brochures are not available. Brochures are not available. 26
  • 98 Mercute Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 BNH Hospital 52,000 Family Packages are available. 100 Rooms
  • 99 The Bazaar Hotel Piyavate Hospital 38,000 – 54,900 200 Rooms
  • 100 Hotel GLOW SUKHUMVIT 5 World Medical Hospital (WMC) 48,000 – 125,000 69 Rooms
  • 101 Arte Hotel World Medical Hospital (WMC) 49,400 – 139,000 60 Rooms

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Hua Hin Cha-am | Covid-19 Travel Restrictions | Lockdown | Coronavirus Outbreak

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Hua Hin Travel Guide

Hua Hin is a district in the Prachuap Khiri Khan Province of Thailand, 295 kilometers from Bangkok and 90 km from the provincial capital. It is the oldest and most traditional of Thailand’s beach resorts combining the attractions of a modern holiday destination with the charm and fascination of a still active fishing port. Beaches are located in the east of the province, including a 5km stretch of white sand and clear water. Although it has developed to cater for tourists from all over the world, the resort which began its development over 70 years ago, remains popular with Thais too, a good sign for those looking for an authentic experience.

The resort was originally founded in 1830s, when farmers, moving south to escape the results of a severe drought in the agricultural area of Phetchaburi, found a small village beside white sands and rows of rock, and settled in. The tranquil fishing village was turned into a ‘Royal resort’ becoming popular among Siam’s nobility and smart-set.

Accessibility was greatly enhanced by the construction of the railway from Bangkok, which brought visitors from wider social groups, and kick-started the industry which would bring tourists from other countries. The first hotel – The Railway Hotel – was built in 1921 and it still stands today continuing to serve tourists as the Sofitel Central.

Hua Hin was made famous in the early 1920s by King Rama VII, who decided it was an ideal getaway from the steamy metropolis of Bangkok. He built a summer palace and this was echoed when King Rama VII ordered the construction of the Palace of Klaikangwon (“far from worries”). The latter is still much used by the Thai Royal Family today.

The resort continued to develop slowly, protected to some extent by its Royal reputation. Its fishing port grew alongside golf courses and all the big hotel chains are now represented. Many of Bangkok’s rich and famous and a growing number of expats have built their own summer homes along the bay, making the resort more cosmopolitan every year.

Development has taken over much of the prime government land, so the coast road suffers from obstructed views of the sea these days, but Hua Hin is trying hard to retain its beach-side atmosphere. Compared to Pattaya, the resort remains relatively serene and attracts families and older travelers. The beach has a gradual slope, into clear warm water which so far has escaped pollution of any kind.

Further afield, the Prachuap Khiri Khan Province is a charming region, where limestone cliffs and islands, bays and beaches, are home to a national park, and several temples, and travelling through this area will be a welcome experience for those hoping to avoid the tourist traps found further South. Driving from Bangkok through Prachuap Khiri Khan takes around three hours, a journey punctuated by summer palaces, huge temples, beautifully kept gardens and salt flats.

Visitors head to Hua Hin all year round. The area has one of the lowest rainfalls in the country, and there’s usually a gentle sea breeze to punctuate the heat, particularly welcome in the summer season between March and September.

Stay with our Hotel Partners in Hua Hin

The following hotels and resorts have special safety measures in place due to the global Coronavirus Pandemic.

Flights to Hua Hin

Things to see and do in Hua Hin

Dive In
As you would expect with a resort boasting a 5km clean white beach, sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling are popular pastimes. Swimming is safe, and with one of the driest climates across Thailand, there’s plenty of opportunity to dry off in the sun afterwards.

Tee Off
Possibly due to its noble history and elegant clientele, Hua Hin has the highest density of world class golf courses anywhere in Thailand, although it has yet to be discovered by the international golf tournament circuit. Green-fees and other costs are surprisingly low, given that course maintenance and services are superb. The Royal Hua Hin course is one of many, but considered to be the best.

Shop till you drop

Chatchai Market is colourful and inexpensive and is one of Hua Hin’s major attractions. Vendors gather nightly in the centre of town, where they cook fresh gulf seafood for hordes of hungry Thais and provide a spectacle for visitors. As well as plentiful food shops, it offers much that will appeal to souvenir hunters too.

Royal Palace

Klai Kangwon (which means ‘Far From Worries’ ) is the Royal Palace built by King Rama VII in 1928. It was designed by Prince Iddhidehsarn Kridakara, an architect and the Director of the Fine Arts Department at the time, and officially opened in 1929. Further structures have been added over time, including a mansion ordered by King Bhumibol (Rama IX) for Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and accommodation for the royal entourage, built in the style of the original buildings so as to preserve the harmony of the palace. Although Klai Kangwon is still in regular use by the Royal family, it is also open to the public.

Hop on a train
Or more importantly, visit the railway station. Built in the reign of Rama IV, the brightly painted wooden buildings somehow combine traditional Thai ideas with a Victorian feel, and in 2009 Hua Hin made it onto NewsWeek’s Best Stations list, in great company such as New York’s Grand Central, and London’s St Pancras.

Take off
Although one of the joys of Hua Hin is its serenity and calm, if you’re keen to take in more, its fairly easy to find trips which will take you to many of the other southern beach destinations such as Koh Nangyaun, Koh Toa, Koh Samui, Phuket, Krabi  and Koa Sok. You may find however that some of these legendary destinations have suffered more at the hands of the global tourist industry than Hua Hin has.

Monkey about
Khao Takiab is referred as Monkey Mountain, but as well as the mischievous residents, it also boasts a hilltop temple with sensational views of Hua Hin, a pagoda-style shrine and a giant golden Buddha which faces the sunrise.

Walk in the Park
The region boasts several parks, and natural attractions, such as the Kangajan National Park, and the Koa Sam Roi Yod Marine Park. You’ll find miles of good walking, amongst lakes, caves and waterfalls, and you’ll be in the company of as elephants, tigers, wild dogs and leopards.

Eat, drink and sleep in Hua Hin

As more affluent ex-pats from all over the world gather to weather the winter, or snap up beachfront properties in Hua Hin, the restaurant scene becomes more cosmopolitan. French, Italian, German and Scandinavian restaurants are all here, in case anyone feels homesick. However, there are also rustic seafood restaurants, especially on the pier, and at several of these you can choose your own fish from the fish market right outside and waiters will bring you the finished result.
There are plenty of simpler local restaurants both inside and out on the streets where you can sample authentic Thai food too.

If you want to try to cook your own Thai food in Hua Hin, the very best place to buy your ingredients, not because it’s the cheapest, but because it is a fabulous experience, is the night market. Right in the centre of town, it opens at 18:00. It’s also a terrific place to buy handicrafts, souvenirs and clothing.

The Chatchai market is a great day market and the place to go for the best street food, as vendors grill, fry, boil and dress the fabulous local fish and shellfish, but don’t forget to leave room for a real local speciality. Roti Hua Hin is a delicious dough-based snack filled with strawberries, custard or raisins.

In a side street just off the market is the Hua Hin Thai Show, a pagoda-style restaurant which combines great food with a nightly musical performance, where you can sample folk with your fish or classical over your clams.

Unlike many Thai resorts, here you will also find more elegant dining, including Thai and Vietnamese food with a more upmarket touch for a real treat. Monsoon is the most romantic and expensive, but it’s worth it for the wine list and the elegant atmosphere. If your budget doesn’t run to dinner, you can enjoy afternoon tea on its teak-decked terrace.

Hua Hin isn’t as lively as many of its neighbours, but that doesn’t mean it’s no go for night life. There are quite a few live music venues, including El Murphy’s the Irish bar, which has its own local band rocking the town with rock and blues classics. There are a couple of country music pubs, and several nightclubs, but for a really classy experience, head to Satchmo’s where a vibrant Filipino band will serenade you as you drink the best Mojito outside Mexico.

Hua Hin has more than its share of upmarket and luxury accommodation. All the main hotel chains are here, and most have lovely grounds, top facilities and restaurants. There are elegant luxury boutique-style hotels too, many with villas and private pools. Sadly, there aren’t as many budget options as there used to be, but if you’re prepared to do some research you can find clean an friendly guesthouses and bed-and-breakfasts at reasonable rates. If you’re planning to stay a while, a rental apartment can be a good option; many of the holiday homes owned by people who live abroad can be rented for at least part of the year. Wherever you stay, Hua Hin is an oasis of calm in a country of exciting contrasts.

Hotels/Resorts in Hua Hin

Hotels Hua Hin: Popularity

Hotel Stars Discount Price before and discount Select dates
Hua Hin Marriott Resort and Spa ★★★★★ -26% 180 134 View Isaan Hotel Deals
G Hua Hin Resort & Mall ★★★★ -13% 66 57 View Isaan Hotel Deals
Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa - SHA Certified ★★★★★ -19% 118 96 View Isaan Hotel Deals
Hop Inn Hua Hin ★★ View Isaan Hotel Deals
Anantara Hua Hin Resort ★★★★★ -22% 116 90 View Isaan Hotel Deals
Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin ★★★★★ -38% 125 78 View Isaan Hotel Deals
Asira Boutique HuaHin ★★★★ -9% 372 339 View Isaan Hotel Deals
Blu Marine Hua Hin Resort and Villas ★★★ View Isaan Hotel Deals
Amari Hua Hin - SHA Certified ★★★★★ View Isaan Hotel Deals
Bann Lom Le Guest House ★★ View Isaan Hotel Deals
The Herbs Hotel Hua Hin ★★★★ -20% 191 153 View Isaan Hotel Deals
Corner Cafe Bed & Breakfast ★★ View Isaan Hotel Deals
Whale Hua Hin - SHA Certified ★★★★ -60% 653 262 View Isaan Hotel Deals
Putahracsa Hua Hin Resort ★★★★★ -8% 128 118 View Isaan Hotel Deals
The Restro ★★★ View Isaan Hotel Deals
InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, an IHG Hotel ★★★★★ -20% 167 134 View Isaan Hotel Deals
Dadddy's home Huahin ★★ View Isaan Hotel Deals
Ruenkanok Thaihouse Resort ★★★ -37% 323 204 View Isaan Hotel Deals
Hyatt Regency Hua Hin ★★★★★ -12% 303 266 View Isaan Hotel Deals
Villa Baan Malinee ★★★ View Isaan Hotel Deals

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Ko Mak is an island in Trat Province, Eastern Thailand. It is fairly undeveloped and natural.

Understand

There are very few islands in Thailand which are still in the same hands as they were over a century ago. There are even fewer which have a written history covering this period. The extended family, descended from a royal tax collector, Luang Prompakdee still own 80% of the island and run many of the resorts. The islanders, in conjunction with the Thai government and a German NGO have been piloting many schemes aimed at making the island Thailand’s first environmentally friendly, low carbon destination by showcasing how sustainable development can improve livelihoods and been done in an affordable manner. There are several projects up and running, including hydroponic farms, a biogas plant, solar powered tour boat and hop on, hop off electric bus service.

Stay with our Hotel Partners on Ko Mak

The following hotels and resorts have special safety measures in place due to the global Coronavirus Pandemic.

Get in

From the Ko Mak pier in Laem Ngop (Trat): Leelawadee Speedboats and Panan Speedboats provide daily speedboat service to Ko Mak, with the last boat leaving for Ko Mak at 16:00. Leelawadee provides service to the Makathanee Pier on Ko Mak’s south shore, while Panan provides service to the Ko Mak Resort Pier on Ko Mak’s north shore.

From Bangkok / Pattaya: Boonsiri Ferry daily service with (mini)bus transfers from Bangkok and Pattaya to connect with their Catamaran ferry service to Ko Mak and Ko Kood.

From the Laem Sok pier (Trat): Siriwhite Speedboats/CP Laem Sok Group provides daily service to Ko Mak’s largest pier at Ao Nid, before continuing on to Ko Kut. There is also a new once-daily catamaran service between Laem Sok and Ao Nid .

From Ko Chang: during the high season there is a twice daily speedboat transfer from Kai Bae Beach at 09:00 and 11:00 to the Makathanee Pier on Ko Mak. First boat is a sure bet, the 2nd only if there are enough passengers. In the low season this service won’t run. On the south end of Ko Chang you can catch either a speedboat or slower wooden boat from Bang Bao.

From Ko Kut: there is twice-daily speedboat service running from most resorts that own private piers at 09:30 and 12:00, arriving at Ko Mak about 45 minutes later. These boats typically continue to Ko Chang or the mainland after docking at the Makathanee Pier, Ao Nid, or Ko Mak pier.

Get around

Ko Mak has a 27 km long coastline, many long sandy beaches, a few hills. It is about 16 km2 in area.

Ko Phi, also northwest of Ko Mak but southwest of Ko Kham, is unoccupied.

At low tide, it is possible to walk to Ko Kham (privately owned), which is a smaller island less than 1 km northwest of Ko Mak. It can be reached with a sea kayak from Ko Mak or by walking during low tide. Ko Kham has nice places to snorkel, depending on the direction of wind. Especially the south beach has calm sea, a nice sand dune, black lava rocks with shells, and crabs (or crayfish or shellfish). Near rocks, you may see (or swim over) black sea urchins that have 15–30 cm (6–12 in) radius and many thin black spines about 30–50 cm (12–20 in) long. Locals say that the spines contain small needles and poison: if one touches the spines and is stuck by a needle, the needle should be crushed with a rock. The poison is only irritating and not lethal. In Thai, the name is hoi men (หอยเม่น).

For exploring the island, motorbikes and bicycles are available for rent at numerous locations, and most beaches and restaurants are within easy walking distance.

What to see and do

Ko Mak is a working island with the majority of the island being covered in rubber plantations and pineapple farms.So the main attractions are the beaches. The two main beaches are Ao Suan Yai on the northwest shore of the island.  And Ao Kra Tueng and Ao Kao which run along the southwest facing beach. Other smaller, less developed beaches include Ao Pra, Ao Tao Khai, Ao Tan, and Ao Talong.

What to do

  • Smile Koh Mak (Learn Thai Cooking) (In Baan Ao Nid, next to Ko Mak Seafood Restaurant and Museum).  Leng has been teaching Thai cooking for 5 years now, so relax and enjoy.
  • Kayak to nearby islands
  • Explore Ko Mak’s quiet bicycle trails and roads on a rented bike or scooter
  • Visit nearby Ko Kradad’s wild deer population
  • Enjoy Ko Mak’s many small Thai and Western restaurants

Dive

  • Koh Mak Divers.

Buy

The Island does not have an ATM. There is reportedly one resort which can charge your plastic card and take an additional 5% for the pleasure. There are a few small shops on the island but no 7-Eleven.

Where to stay in Ko Mak

Hotels Island Mak: Popularity

HotelStarsDiscountPrice before and discountSelect dates
Seavana Koh Mak Beach Resort★★★★View Isaan Hotel Deals
Koh Mak Ao Kao White Sand Beach★★★View Isaan Hotel Deals
Koh Mak Resort★★★-27%525 385 View Isaan Hotel Deals
Baan Koh Mak★★★View Isaan Hotel Deals
Ao Pong ResortView Isaan Hotel Deals
Islanda Resort Hotel★★★-22%486 380 View Isaan Hotel Deals
Plub Pla Koh Mak Retreat★★★★View Isaan Hotel Deals
The Cinnamon Art Resort and Spa★★★View Isaan Hotel Deals
Villa Sugarcane Koh MakView Isaan Hotel Deals
The Mak TratView Isaan Hotel Deals
Little Moon VillaView Isaan Hotel Deals
Good Time Sports Resort Koh Mak★★★View Isaan Hotel Deals
By The Sea Koh MakView Isaan Hotel Deals
Villa Allure Koh MakView Isaan Hotel Deals
Baan Chai Lay Krua TonhomView Isaan Hotel Deals
Makathanee Resort★★★View Isaan Hotel Deals
Villa Ginger Koh MakView Isaan Hotel Deals
Coconut Villa★★★View Isaan Hotel Deals
Sweet Home 2View Isaan Hotel Deals
Banana Sunset - Bar & Bungalows★★★View Isaan Hotel Deals
  • Good Time Resort.  Thai-style resort with pool, spa and tropical gardens. 1,880-5,100 Thai Baht.
  • Koh Mak RetreatPrivate sea view villas in a secluded location. 1,700-5,500 Thai Baht.
  • Makathanee Resort.  Has beachfront bungalows, pool and sea view hotel rooms at one of the best beaches on the island. 1,000-8,000 Thai Baht.
  • Thaidaho Vista Resort ,   Non-smoking boutique guesthouse (only 5 rooms) with spectacular ocean views and tropical garden.

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There are daily speedboats from Ko Mak to the mainland, Ko Chang, and Ko Kut; slow wooden boats to Ko Chang and the mainland; and daily catamaran service to the mainland.

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Sing Buri (สิงห์บุรี) is the provincial capital of Sing Buri Province, in the central region of Thailand. Understand Sing Buri was a great city in Thai history for the heroic act of the villagers of Bang Rachan in battle. On the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, about 142 km from Bangkok, it has […]

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Sing Buri (สิงห์บุรี) is the provincial capital of Sing Buri Province, in the central region of Thailand.

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Sing Buri was a great city in Thai history for the heroic act of the villagers of Bang Rachan in battle. On the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, about 142 km from Bangkok, it has an area of around 841 sq km. Geographically, it is a basin where three rivers, the Chao Phraya, Noi, and Lop Buri, flow through. Somdet Khrom Phraya Damrong Rajanuphab described the city thus, “€œSing Buri is an ancient and large city with a fortress, a royal palace, and Wat Maha That”. The reclining Chakkrasi Buddha image is larger than others in Thailand. It is an imitation of the Indian Buddha image, like the one at a cave in Yala province. Sing Buri was called by different names: the city of Singha Rachathirat or the city of Singha Racha. The city sits by the Chakkrasi, a large river 200 sen (Thai measurement equivalent to 40 m) away from the Chao Phraya River. Since the Chakkrasi River has been shallow, the city of Sing Buri has become a mysterious city. The city of Sing Buri was established as Sing Buri Province in 1895 during the reign of King Rama V.

Among the charms of Sing Buri, many roads in the town of Sing Buri are named after the heroes of the Bang Rachan village, such as Nai Thaen, Nai Dok, Nai In, Nai Mueang, Khun San, etc. Besides, there are a great number of Buddhist temples, both of the old and new ages.

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By car

From Bangkok, there are two routes:

  • Take Hwy 1 (Phahonyothin Road) and, at km52, switch to Hwy 32 (Asian Hwy), past Bang Pa-in in Ayutthaya. Then, change to Hwy 309, past Ang Thong to the town of Sing Buri, a total distance of 135 km.
  • Take Hwy 1 (Phahonyothin Road), past Wang Noi in Ayutthaya, Nong Khae in Saraburi, and Lopburi. From Lopburi, take Hwy 311, past Tha Wung and drive towards Sing Buri, a total distance of 179 km.

By bus

The Transport Company Ltd. on Kamphaengphet 2 Road operates an air conditioned bus service from Bangkok to Sing Buri every day. For more information, call Tel. +66 2 9362852-66. A private operator, Wiriya Tour Company Limited, offers a daily bus service. For more details, call Tel. +66 2 5122565, or contact the Sing Buri office at Tel. +66 36 511259.

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