People come to Koh Samui to find different things. For some, the draw is the infamous nightlife by the beach, for others it’s the hope for a peaceful paradise getaway. No matter what you’re looking for, finding a private slice of paradise is easy on Maenam Beach.
Maenam Beach is a special beach in that it has a combination of relative peace and is still within easy access of all the best entertainment of the island.
This is a good beach to come to with children. You will often spot dads on sandcastle duty while moms are working on their tan.
If you appreciate a balance of serenity and convenience, consider coming to Maenam.
Maenam Beach carries a tranquil atmosphere, reminiscent of what Samui must have felt like decades ago. The beach is very long and cut in sections by streams that flow wonderfully after rainfall.
Maenam sand is not in possession of the powder-white quality of Chaweng. But unlike Chaweng, expect to be undisturbed here as beach vendors are few and the traffic is kept at bay by a large buffer zone.
There’s plenty of shade offered generously by coconut trees. There are not many resorts on Maenam. The few that are here boast spacious and beautiful grounds for guests to lounge on.
The western and eastern reaches of the beach feel downright rural, with passages and lanes going through fields and forest.
Watch out for the high tide that may eat up large sections, if not all, of the beach – keep the romantic beach strolls to low tide.
The unusually hungry high tide of Maenam is due to a lack of offshore reef, which leaves the water quite deep for the entirety of the beach.
This is unusual for Samui, because virtually all beaches on the island have reefs that produce shallow sand flats which dry out at low tide and leave no water for swimming.
The water at Maenam is deep all the time, making for perfect conditions to enjoy swimming. This may already be a deciding factor for many.
Maenam is friendly, but unimpressive in terms of bars. There are a few local and expat run establishments. Try The Lazy Coconut for live music. But much like the beach, the food and drink scene is sleepy and mellow.
Thursday nights host a local night market with live bands. For viewing pleasure, nearby there are also Thai and Chinese temples. Laundry, massage, spa and manicure services are available too. You may spot the Poo Beauty Salon in the village, giggles giggles.
Maenam genuinely only has one traffic light and it serves as a beacon to get around. All in all, it has a charmingly rural feel that’s less kitschy than neighbouring Fisherman’s Village.
7-Elevens convenience stores and other services grace the main road running next to Maenam, which widens the choice. The few high-end resorts by the beach all offer finer dining and cocktails though.
And if the village isn’t enough, Maenam offers easy access to the centers of Samui.
Fisherman’s Village and its famous night market are just a 10 minutes drive. The pulsating nightlife at Chaweng beach needs an extra 5 minutes to arrive to. Nights there will easily fill your calendar for a few days.
The island’s airport is also an equal length away. You can hail down a tuk-tuk or baht bus on the road or have a vehicle booked for you by the resorts. And if you fancy a trip to the neighbouring islands, Maenam has two small piers that have regular service to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
But you will have plenty to do around Maenam itself.
Wat Na Phra Lan
This temple complex near Maenam coastline is popular for the statue of King Rama V and a beautiful pagoda located on a hill.
Disc Golf of Frisbee Golf has gained popularity all over the world. The Samui Frisbee Golf course is family orientated and set in a beautiful fruit orchard.
Samui Canopy Adventures
A full day‘s worth of fun and discovery in Maenam’s rainforest in this eco-friendly establishment. Zip-lines perched high on top of trees go through an outstandingly beautiful natural environment and you will be handled by professional staff and trained in safety beforehand.
Combining surfing and paragliding, kitesurfing is very popular on Samui. Maenam is an excellent spot for the sport due to its amazing wind conditions. The kitesurfing center KSK (Koh Samui Kiteboarding) is run by Dominique Chamonin, a certified instructor and a veteran expat on Samui.
One of the best restaurants in Maenam, Arun@Samui, also teachers those interested to make their favourites in Thai cuisine. Run by Sue, who returned from Sydney where she ran a Thai restaurant, now shares her passion for cooking with island guests.
Samui’s first golf course, the 5 star Santiburi Beach Resort Golf and Spa claims to be Asia’s finest and lets you enjoy putting at its 18 hole course with a view to the ocean.
Maenam has some excellent resorts on its shore. But unlike other beaches where high-end resorts are plenty, Maenam still feels like modernisation forgot it. Most places to stay here are backpacker and bungalow establishments and don’t have online booking. Their business comes from walk-in guests.
To avoid the hassle and possibly missing out on your ideal holiday, I suggest renting a topnotch villa in the vicinity instead. Take a look at these amazing luxury villas for rent in Kho Samui, there are some unbelievable villas for rent near Maenam beach that are both affordable and offer the best facilities to make your holidays an unforgettable experience.