Maenam is the beach to the west of Bophut. It is a long 7 km beach with extensive tree and coconut palm fringe. The sea at Maenam gets deep quickly and the sand is slightly more coarse than in Lamai or Chaweng. It is possible to swim at Maenam but many prefer to go to Bophut for swimming or tio use a swimming pool.
Maenam town has a peaceful, laid back feel. There are a few pubs where ex-pats and tourists hang out. There's also several cheap Thai restaurants, a 7-11 and a number of travel agents that also rent out motobikes. Maenam attracts backpackers and those looking for good value accommodation. It is also an important transport hub as it has regular boat services to Koh Phangan. Nearby is also Santiburi Country Club which has Koh Samui's only full size golf course.
Accomodation in Maenam
Maenam is well known as a place to find a relatively cheap bungalow on the beach. Even the discount bungalows usually have air-con, hot water, TV and fridge. Since the beach is very long there is plenty of space availalbe for bungalows among the shady fringes of the beach.
SR Bungalows is on the beach at Maenam and has bungalows for as little 470 THB a night. New Lapaz Villa also has cheap bungalows but also has a swimming pool for guest use. Pinnacle Resort and Spa has a non-smoking restaurant, pool and is a good mid-range option. For those with the money to spend on luxury accommodation there is the Napasai by Orient Express and the Santiburi Resort. The later has tennis courts, Jacuzzi villas and conference facilities. They also offer a free transfer to guests wanting to go to Santiburi Country Club golf course. Green fees are not cheap - 3,350 THB.
Nightlife in Maenam
Maenam does not have much of a nightlife. For many this is one of the attractions of the town. There is the 7-11 by the pier for cheap drinks and snacks. All the resorts along the beach have bars where you canget a cocktail and enjoy the sunset.
The best pub in Maenam is the Lazy Coconut. It is located opposite the Siam City Bank on the ring road. It is run by ex-pats and has draft beer, all day breakfasts and often organize live music, DJs and barbecues.
If bright lights and crowds are wanted then it is only a short ride to Fisherman's Village from Maenam. And of course the biggest party in Thailand, the Full Moon Party is just a 30 minute journey away.
Getting to Maenam & Getting Around
Maenam is about 20 minutes to Samui Airport, 10 minutes to Bophut and 20 minutes to Chaweng. Maenam is conveniently located for many of the highlights of Koh Samui. It is easy to find a taxi in Maenam. Alternatively, you can stand on the main island road and flag down a songthaew heading either to Chaweng or Nathon.
There are plenty of places where you can hire a motobike in Maenam for about 250 THB a day. Be sure to check for scratches before you set off. Also check that the break cord is tightened.