First Time in Maenam - What to Do

Maenam Beach Survival Guide

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.

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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.

  • Tropical escape atmosphere
  • Real local feel
  • Beautiful beach
  • A choice of budget and high-end hotels
  • A modest selection of fun activities
  • The water is not typically clear and there is a moderate drift
  • Very quiet after dark

Things You Can Do in Maenam

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

    Maenam Walking Street

    Mae Nam’s walking street is only a couple of hundred metres long but it’s packed with interesting stalls, snack vendors Read More»

  • Pink Elephant Samui Water Park

    Pink Elephant Samui Water Park

    With modern, well-designed facilities and a wide selection of rides, Pink Elephant Samui Water Park offers something for Read More»

  • Samui Canopy Adventures

    Samui Canopy Adventures

    Samui has long been known for its lovely beaches, warm water and countless coconut trees but there’s more to the island Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Maenam

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

    The Read More»

  • Farmer Restaurant

    Farmer Restaurant

    Farmer is one of Samui’s most unusual restaurants. In a bucolic setting, surrounded by rice paddies and even a family of Read More»

  • Angela’s Diner

    Angela’s Diner

    A longstanding Mae Nam institution, Angela’s Diner used to be known as Angela’s Bakery and it sits on the island’s main Read More»

Hotels in Maenam We Recommend to Our Friends

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.

W Koh Samui

W Retreat Koh Samui enjoys a superb location right on the seafront between Maenam and Bophut beaches on Koh Samui north coast.The Read More...

Coco Palm Beach Resort

Cocopalm Beach Resort is at the western end of Maenam Beach (also known as the last predominantly backpacker beach of Samui), on Read More...

Escape Beach Resort

When you stay at Escape Beach Resort in Koh Samui, you'll be by the sea, just steps from Mae Nam Beach and 12 minutes by foot from Read More...


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