I already quite liked Koh Mak, one of the few places in Thailand that I actually enjoyed. I’m not a big fan of the overcrowded, touristy beaches where all form of culture seems to have disappeared. When a friend brought me to a hidden spot in the jungle, my likings for the island only grew bigger.
Koh Mak is a lovely, tranquil island. Cars are barely available, scooters and tourists are still in small numbers. The biggest part of the island falls under a marine park. Therefore the building of new, big resorts is still at bounds. Beaches are white, oceans are blue and there’s some jungle to explore.
If you have enough of the beaches for a bit, Koh Mak offers something rather special. A place to let your heart out on the area of art, culture and… pornography. Not many people know about this place, hidden away in the jungle. Nearby Koh Mak resort two statues of naked ladies point to a hidden path. Follow this path into the jungle and you will hit something quite unexpected.
The small path first leads to a wooden, abandoned cottage. It obviously has been out of use for a long time. Behind the cottage another path leads to an open clearing. This path goes over the backs of turtles though. The clearing it leads to is filled with statues. Some statues depict animals, but most of them are of women. Women in the strangest positions, extremely white and very, very naked.
The furnishing of the clearing and how the statues stand around it reminds of a washroom. The girls take baths, fetch water, you’ll even find some toothbrushes here and there. Movement of the ladies happens in a very suggestive way. Asses lifted up, legs spread and boobs poke your face everywhere you walk.
There is a lot of mystery about the artist. His name was Khun Somchai, which is why the statue park got the name The Kingdom of Somchai’s Affection. Somchai used to live in the little cottage and devoted his life to fabricating these statues, of which you can find more scattered around Koh Mak. Of course, you can find most of them here in the clearing behind his cottage. He passed away several years ago, leaving his art behind, with an unknown story that we can only guess for. Locals generally agree upon either one of the two stories: Somchai wanted to show his perception on affection, and Somchai was a pervert which he expressed in his art. I honestly think it was the first reason, due to the barely readable plaque at the entrance of the park. Whichever way, it offers an interesting and definitely different stroll around.