Maenam Beach, nestled between Bophut and Bang Po on the northern coast of Koh Samui, is a serene coastal stretch ideal for a peaceful getaway.
Is Maenam worth a visit, especially with its more renowned neighbors like Lamai Beach? Absolutely. Maenam Beach exudes a low-key, charming village vibe, providing visitors with a blissful and serene beach vacation spot.
There aren’t any girlie bars, and surely no loud thumping music at night. With 7km of soft sand, and stunning views of neighboring islands, this seaside town is great for couples vacation or family with kids.
So if you are looking for a quiet and peaceful environment, make a pitstop at Maenam Beach before deciding to stay at this coastal village.
Getting Around Maenam Beach
Maenam Beach is easily accessible from the main ring-road which loops around Koh Samui. Embrace the freedom of exploring at your own pace with bike rentals. There is a ton of rental shops in Mae Nam village offering a cost-effective and popular means of transportation.
The landscape is largely flat, fringed with coconut trees and the beach gently slopes out to the calm sea. The water is pretty shallow near the shore, making it safe for swimming. Be aware that there is no lifeguard on the beach.
Most of the restaurants, beach bars and shops can be found near the beachfront including rental outlets for canoeing, snorkeling and all sort of water sport activities.
Here’re some idyllic beaches which is a short distance to Maenam to visit either by walking or renting a bike.
- Bophut Beach – This chill out beach village is located just 10 minutes drive, south of Maenam and is known for its charming fishing village and trendy restaurants and beachside bars.
- Bang Po Beach – This is a super peaceful and more secluded beach located to the north of Maenam (10 minutes drive). The stretch of beach is great for a quiet stroll along the almost empty coastline.
- Ban Tai Beach – This is a long and wide beach located just south of Bang Po. It is known for its gentle waves and beautiful sunsets. A stunning place to relax under a beach umbrella and simply enjoy the sun, sea and sand.
Mae Nam Pier Ferry Services
Mae Nam Pier is your direct connection to the Gulf of Thailand’s island gems. Serving as the lifeline for ferry services, this popular pier ensures a smooth journey to nearby islands as well as to the mainland and vice versa.
Whether you are booking speedboat or ferry to Phangan famed full moon parties, consider Mae Nam pier as your practical gateway to the bliss of island hopping getaways.
Maenam Beach To Surat Thani
You can board a Speedboat direct from Maenam pier to the mainland Surat Thani. There are several ferry companies that operate on this route, but Lomprayah Speedboat service is pretty efficient. You can
The journey takes approximately 1hour 30minutes depending on the sea conditions. You can book this service with 12go.ASIA for USD$19 .( Adult)
- Depart: 8.30 AM
- Arrival: 10.AM
Maenam Pier to Koh Phangan
There are several ferry companies that operate between the two piers, and the journey typically takes around 30 minutes. You book on 12go.ASIA for USD$13 (Adult), using the above widget.
Once you arrive at Thong Sala Pier in Phangan, there are tons of taxis or shared taxis (songthaew) waiting in line to take you to your final destination on the island.
- Depart: 8.00 AM
- Arrival: 8.30.AM
Maenam Pier To Koh Tao
Lomprayah Maenam pier is probably the closest pier this village. From the pier, there is a fast Catamaran service to Mae Haad Koh Tao by 12go.ASIA for USD$19. (Adult)
The journey takes approximately 1hour 30minutes. Use the widget above to book your trip.
- Depart: 8.00 AM
- Arrival: 9.30.AM
things to do In Mae Nam
The best time to go snorkeling in Maenam Beach is during the dry season from December to April, when the water visibility is at its best. If you are looking for the ultimate snorkelling spot, then a day trip to Koh Tao is super ideal.
2. Massage By The Beach
There are several massage and spas located near the beach that offer Thai massage, foot massage, and oil massage, typically performed by seasoned locals who use traditional techniques to promote relaxation.
Many of these massage parlors are located in picturesque settings, such as beachfront gazebos along the stretch of beach or small shops located on the village strip.
The hill formed the backdrop of Koh Samui, and is a popular spot for hiking and exploring nature. Visitors can take a short hike up to the top of the hill and enjoy the breathtaking views, as well as visit the nearby temple (Wat Khao Hua Jook).
Talking about viewpoint, I reckon the best viewpoint is at Taling Ngam. The uphill trail is pretty steep, but the view from the top is breathtaking.
Hillcrest Drive viewpoint is presumably only visited by locals in the vicinity, unless you engage a local guide. You can see the neighboring island of Koh Mat Sum, and beyond.
At the base of the Lamai Beach viewpoint, there is a pretty impressive waterfall called Siva Tara Waterfall. The waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery, making it a picturesque setting for a picnic.
Visitors can swim in the cool water or simply relax and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. At nearby Valentine Stone, you can also enjoy a foot spa, whereby fish will nibble at your feet for a small entrance fee.
Maenam Beach Accommodation
Maenam Beach Villa
Maenam Beach Villa is great if you are looking for a swanky beachfront relaxing vacation. The villa features spacious living areas, including a huge kitchen and dining room, and comfortable bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The outdoor area is super impressive, with a large infinity pool, sun loungers, and a dining area with stunning sea views set in a pretty tranquil surrounding.
Maenam Bay Resort is more like a medium-size boutique resort, featuring comfortable rooms, a cute infinity pool, and direct access to the Mae nam beach and 10 minute drive to Bophut.
For a budget-friendly option, the Coco Palm Beach Resort offers cozy rooms with garden or pool views.
The aptly named W Koh Samui, operated by the Marriot group is a luxurious place to stay, located directly on the beach and offers private pool villas.
The rooms come with private balconies or terraces that overlook the Gulf of Thailand or facing the lush tropical garden.
The hotel also features a range of amenities, including a spa, a fitness center, and couple of restaurants and bars serving delicious Thai and international food.
The best thing about this hotel is that it’s located at the perfect beach spot, smack between Maenam and Bhoput.
Maenam Beach Nightlife
Maenam Beach is not a typical wild beach party village like Haadrin Beach , but instead, it offers plenty of options for you to enjoy a chill out scenario.
There are tons of bars and restaurants along the beachfront where you can grab a drink, and soak in the beautiful sea view.
Some of these establishments offer live music and fire shows on the beachfront. If you’re looking for something a bit more lively, there are pubs like Spicy Candy that stay open late and offer a pool table and a chance to mingle with locals and tourists alike.
If you like shopping for souvenirs and eating local delights, check out Maenam Walking Street every Thursday (opening hours 3pm)
mae Nam Beach Bars
- The Boudoir: This laid-back beach bar offered comfortable seating, great cocktails, and stunning sunset views.
- The Treehouse Silent Beach Bar: Nestled among the palm trees, this beach bar had a serene ambiance and was known for its tasty cocktails and live music events.
- Coco Tams: With bean bags and hammocks on the beach, Coco Tams was a favorite spot for travelers looking to relax with a drink in hand.
- The Shack: A friendly and casual beach bar with an extensive cocktail menu, often hosting fire shows and live entertainment.
- Dragonfly Samui: This bamboo-themed beach bar offered a tranquil setting with loungers and swings right by the ocean.
- Moonhut Bungalows Bar & Restaurant: Known for its beachfront setting and Thai and Western cuisine, this bar was a popular choice for chilling out.
- Lomprayah Pier Beach Bar: Located near the pier, this beach bar offered a chilled-out vibe and great drinks for travelers waiting for their ferry.
Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar
If you want to impress your date, check out this unique restaurant and bar. Don’t expect your meals to be ziplined or served on a treehouse. This classy 5-star fine dinning offers dinning in a private gazebo built on concrete columns.
It serves a variety of Thai and International cuisine, as well as a great selection of wines and cocktails. It is a perfect spot for a special occasion or a romantic dinner.
- Address: 92/1 Moo 2, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320 THAILAND
- Contact: +6677 960 333
- Website: treetopsamui/
Barracuda Restaurant & Bar
This German owned restaurant offers a variety of Thai and international cuisine. It is located directly on the beach, with alfresco dining area, perfect spot for fine dining experience.
- Address: 90/24 ซอย หมู่ 2 Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
- Contact: +6677 956 289
- Website: thebaracuda/