Coming for your first time in Maenam? This 5 km strip of sand along the north coast of Samui is a true tropical cliché. Fringed with coconut trees and lapped by turquoise waters, it offers great views to Koh Phangan, which lies some 12 km away northward. One of the quieter villages on Samui, it has a modest selection of interesting features.
Our Maenam Beach survival guide is here to help you to find the best things to do on your arrival day in this rather tranquil area of Samui. Maenam may be the fourth most popular beach on the island, but it retains a strong local touch and is barely developed. Have a look below at what you could do and where you could eat on your first day in Maenam.
Maenam at a Glance
Maenam is the perfect beach to take a break from the manic modern world. Imagine yourself on a beach, in the shade of nodding palm trees, gently rocked by the sound of the waves lapping the sand. This is Maenam. Everything here goes at a slow pace, making it perhaps the most relaxing of the major beaches on the island.
WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT MAENAM:
Tropical escape atmosphere
Real local feel
A choice of budget and high-end hotels
A modest selection of fun activities
WHAT IS LESS GOOD:
The water is not typically clear and there is a moderate drift
As stated above, Maenam is a rather tranquil area. It nevertheless hosts a few cool attractions and activities for you to enjoy. You have the Santiburi Golf Course and the Pink Elephant Waterpark nearby, as well as other interesting places. Held every Thursday, Maenam Walking Street is the weekly event you should not miss. Find out more about the things we think you shouldn’t miss on your first time in Maenam.
Maenam Walking Street
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Pink Elephant Samui Water Park
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Maenam’s dining scene hosts a small number of excellent restaurants. Most are the dining options for hotels, but there are a few standalone restaurants in Maenam, too. With a limited selection, the price range covered isn’t as complete as other destinations. There are still both budget and luxury options to choose from, though. The following are our favourite Maenam restaurants. One is especially romantic, one serves healthy Thai food and one has excellent fare at reasonable prices.
The Boudoir Koh Samui
The Boudoir is a French restaurant that serves haute cuisine in settings inspired by Shahrazad’s Arabian Nights. The
Maenam is a real beach lovers’ destination. Many mid-range and luxury resorts are located right on the beachfront or a short distance from it. Cheaper accommodation choices are also available on the other side of the Ring Road, a bit further from the shore. Check out our top three hotels recommended below. They’ll each give you a relaxing holiday on the serene beach of Maenam, though at different price ranges.
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