Mae Nam Beach is Koh Samui’s, maybe, the last bastion for backpackers on the island, it has over 7 km’s of white soft sandy beach, the sea is just as blue and clear as everywhere else on the island, and scattered along its beaten track are many very cheap bungalows. There are several resorts in the area catering to the more high end of the market.
Mae Nam beach sits in between Bophut Beach to the east and with bang Po being to the west. The village itself is situated on the main road through town and runs along a beautiful and impressive stretch of beach, the beach is set back from the main road and is protected from most noises and disturbances by the coconut trees.
The sea is generally calm here with a mysterious shade of green and blue hues making it a unforgettable beach. You won’t find much here in the way of jet skis and other annoying machine water paraphernalia, this place is quite real quite. Some time in low season or when there is sufficient wind you can find the kite surfing boys and girls down here playing amongst the waves.
Although Mae Nam is much quieter obviously than resorts like Chaweng and Lamai there is still action to be had here particularly on a Thursday night when tourists and locals alike congregate at the old Chinese temple in anticipation of the walking street market.
Here you can find local Thai cuisine like deep fried frogs and beetles also available are deep fried silkworms and fried chicken also barbeque seafood som tam, noodles and soup and Thai sweet desserts.
There is also an excellent market selling everything from T shirts to Dvd’s from souvenirs to arts and craft. Head towards the beach through the traffic lights towards Maenam pier where you will find the stage and here you can find many local music artists entertaining the crowds
For some who love swimming, Mae Nam is simply Samui’s best beach. This 4.7 kilometres of yellowish sand sits in a bay with a curve that looks like a giant bite mark. It is right in the mid north of the island, directly facing Koh Phangan, some 10 kilometres to the North.
Mae Nam is Samui’s longest unbroken beach; it is a kilometre longer than Chaweng and even more beautiful. There are many beach side bungalows on the beach all relatively inexpensive for the back packer. The beach is slightly broken up by several small land run off streams.
The beach is surrounded by lush green tropical rain forest and coconuts trees lines the beach between the main road, there are a couple of bigger resorts that back onto the beach and these tend to be a little bit more upmarket and any backpackers sneaking here looking for cheap accommodation maybe thrown straight into the pool.
All jokes aside Mae Nam is absolutely stunning beach and the whole area is perfect for those who just want to come and chill the views from here are amazing with views of Phan nga and Koh Tao in the distance. It is a complete contrast from Chaweng built up and ever expanding beach. Go have a look at this beach you won’t be disappointed it truly is how Thai seaside resort were originally.
The pier at Mae Nam is where passenger join the ferry for the islands of Phangan and Koh Tao the high speed ferries are operated by Lomprayah and they have several ferries departing throughout the day.