Mae Nam Beach is a quiet beach on Koh Samui’s northern coast. Facing towards Koh Phangan and less developed than neighbour Bophut, Mae Nam Beach has a great selection of affordable backpacker bungalows, as well as several upmarket and modern resorts.
Mae Nam Beach, Ko Samui © farbfilm
One of Koh Samui’s quieter beaches, Mae Nam stretches for almost seven kilometres along the island’s northern coastline. The beach faces directly towards the nearby island of Koh Phangan, providing a beautiful view in the afternoon and evening.
Mae Nam Beach is one of Koh Samui’s least crowded beaches, with far fewer people relative to its size than Bophut and Chaweng. The water is clear and calm, with a gradual slope, making it a good beach for swimming.
Unlike Chaweng, which feels like the island’s centre of activity, and Bophut, which remains busy thanks to its famous Fishermen’s Village, Mae Nam Beach has a laid back feel that’s closer to a small village than a major tourist destination.
Cheap backpacker accommodation is easy to find along the beach, making Mae Nam one of the most affordable places to stay on Koh Samui. There are also several ultra-luxury hotels near the beach, such as W Retreat and the Santiburi Samui Beach Resort & Spa.
When it comes to dining, Mae Nam has a great selection of Thai restaurants, along with a select few international dining options. Nightlife is limited to a few beachside bars and high-end spots in the nearby luxury hotels.
If you’re searching for a peaceful, quiet beach with a small village atmosphere, Mae Nam is one of the best options on Koh Samui. It’s also conveniently located a short drive from Bophut and Chaweng, making it easy to get to the island’s top attractions, restaurants and nightlife.
Top Hotels on Mae Nam Beach
- W Retreat Koh Samui Hotel
One of Koh Samui’s most luxurious resorts, W Retreat is located between Mae Nam and Bophut on a small peninsula. A selection of ultra-luxury suites and villas with private pools and excellent sea views are available for guests, as well as world class resort facilities.
- Santiburi Samui Beach Resort & Spa
Located directly on Mae Nam Beach, the Santiburi Samui Beach Resort & Spa is one of Koh Samui’s top-rated luxury hotels. Rooms range from stylish duplex suites to grand villas, all with easy access to the beach and the hotel’s pool and facilities.
- Saree Samui Resort by The Unique Collection
With an infinity pool overlooking the sea and providing views all the way to Koh Phangan, Saree Samui Resort is a four star boutique resort with a fantastic atmosphere. All rooms are villas and offer upwards of 92 square metres of living space for guests.
- Ampha Place Hotel
Ampha Place Hotel is a convenient two star hotel located less than 300 metres from the beach and a short walk from Mae Nam’s evening market. Rooms are clean and decorated with modern furniture. The hotel has a small swimming pool that’s great for cooling off at the end of the day.
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Koh Samui Travel Guide:
- Koh Samui – A Very Quick Travel Guide
- Things To Do On Koh Samui
- Places To Eat On Koh Samui
- How To Get To Koh Samui
- Koh Samui Airport
- Where To Stay On Koh Samui
- Koh Samui Villas For Rent
- Koh Samui Nightlife
- Koh Samui Day Trips
- Koh Samui Weather
- Koh Samui Beaches
- Bang Po And Ban Tai Beach
- Big Buddha or Bang Rak Beach
- Bophut Beach
- Chaweng Beach
- Choeng Mon Beach
- Lamai Beach
- Mae Nam Beach
- Taling Ngam Beach
- Thong Ta Kian Beach