Administration & economy
The Koh Mak island group is politically part of the Koh Kood subdistrict administrative organisation. However all relevant administrative offices, including a post office, are located on the island. Contrary to Koh Chang, Koh Mak is not inside the Koh Chang National Marine Park.
Therefore more of the island’s 16 km2 of landmass has land titles and will therefore sooner or later be developed due to its central location within the Chang archipelago.
In fact a small colony of foreigners have already acquired bits and pieces of land and made Koh Mak their home. Also the first small real estate project on the island is sold out and new phases have been launched. There is no doubt that Koh Mak will develop sooner or later into a high end real estate and resort island.
Koh Mak is largely covered by para-rubber and coconut plantations and thus green all year round. Administration and public infrastructure of the island lie at its centre. Shops, petrol stations, a school, a temple and a hospital can be found there. More shops, restaurants and bars are located at most resorts and others scattered around the island.
The flat topography of Koh Mak make it an ideal place for bicycles, electric scooters or golf carts for transportation. Koh Mak’s coast line has an abundance of small piers so transport by boat or personal water craft is a viable option. Contributing to Koh Mak’s tranquil atmosphere is a lack of cars. Tourists and locals mainly travel by scooter or mountain bike. It is ideally suited for usage of fully electric cars, given its infrastructure and government orientation to green development.