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Mae Nam

Bask in the tranquility of this little village with a golden beach before dancing the night away at the full moon party on Koh Phangan, just a ferry ride away.

Relax on Mae Nam’s 4-mile (7-kilometer) golden sand beach beneath a fringe of typical Koh Samui coconut palms. From the beach you have a fantastic view over the water to Koh Phangan where the famous full moon party will keep you dancing until the wee hours.

Mae Nam is one of the quieter, more tranquil beaches of Koh Samui, with the shallow waters making it the perfect place for families with children. Despite the shift in Koh Samui to luxury resorts, Mae Nam has mostly kept its simple bungalows surrounded by lush green gardens. It is one of the island’s more inexpensive beach retreats.

The village is quite small, with a few eateries, low-key bars and a street market on Thursday nights so it’s the best place on Koh Samui to be if you enjoy quiet and a smaller number of tourists. It is also very close to the Santiburi Samui Golf Course, for those who like to unwind by playing a few holes.

Visit the beautifully decorated temples scattered around Mae Nam, including a strikingly different Chinese Temple, which sits right on the beachfront. Inside the temple you will find an explosion of gold and red, with not a pillar or roof beam free of dragons, paintings and color.

There are not many beach parties at Mae Nam; however, one of Thailand’s most famous is just across the water. Catch the ferry to Koh Phangan to partake in trance and reggae music, fire twirling, fireworks and non-stop dancing of the famous full moon parties held monthly. You can also take a fishing trip around Koh Phangan or try your hand at squid fishing around Chaloklum on the island’s northern end.

It’s a short drive or shuttle bus trip between Mae Nam and some of Koh Samui’s more bustling spots. Head to Fisherman’s Village at Bo Phut Beach, to taste street foods and browse market stalls amongst the old Chinese shop-houses.

Top hotels in Mae Nam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Belmond Napasai
Belmond Napasai
5 out of 5
65/10 Moo 5 Baan Tai, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani

This Koh Samui hotel is on the beach, 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Mae Nam Beach Pier, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Fisherman's Village Plaza and Big Buddha Statue. Wat ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (111 reviews)
Great peaceful hotel for relaxation and activities

"Great hotel, really peaceful place. Lots of things to do and great to just relax by the pool and beach. Service excellent. Rooms beautifully done in very classic wooden features. Highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

Belmond Napasai
Escape Beach Resort
Escape Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
5/1 M.1 Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is P659 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within a 15-minute walk of Mae Nam Beach and Bo Phut Beach. Fisherman's Village Plaza is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) ...

4.2/5Very Good! (484 reviews)

"It was really to staying there, great view nice stuffs."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Escape Beach Resort
W Koh Samui
W Koh Samui
5 out of 5
4/1 Moo 1, Tambol Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani
The price is P24,179 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within a 15-minute walk of Mae Nam Beach and Bo Phut Beach. Fisherman's Village Plaza is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (119 reviews)

"W Koh Samui February 2020, 2 nights VILLA: LOVED IT! So modern and spacious with lots of personality. Pops of color and fun details. Comfortable, clean, great living space and bathroom; great toiletries and linens; clean, big pool and green space. LOCATION: golf buggy avail for movement around property. ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

W Koh Samui

Popular places to visit in Mae Nam

Lamai Beach
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Lamai Beach

Relax on one of Koh Samui’s most beautiful beaches, enjoy a massage in one of the many resorts and explore the surrounding picturesque fishing villages and temples.

Bo Phut Beach
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Bo Phut Beach

Genuine Thai with a Mediterranean vibe. Stay in one of the oldest villages on Koh Samui, where anything goes, from Chinese teahouses to funky young bars.

Chaweng Noi Beach
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Chaweng Noi Beach

Party with the crowds by night and escape them by day; get the best of both worlds in peaceful, accessible Chaweng Noi.

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Koh Samui to Koh Tao by Seatran Discovery Ferry

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Day Trip to Angthong Marine Park by Speed Boat from Koh Samui
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Day Trip to Angthong Marine Park by Speed Boat from Koh Samui

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Classic Thai Yachts Sunset Boutique Cruise to Ang Thong Park
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Classic Thai Yachts Sunset Boutique Cruise to Ang Thong Park

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Koh Phangan to Koh Samui by Seatran Discovery Ferry
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Koh Phangan to Koh Samui by Seatran Discovery Ferry

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Koh Tao to Koh Samui by Seatran Discovery Ferry
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Koh Tao to Koh Samui by Seatran Discovery Ferry

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Travstore Original Samui Discovery-Shared Half Day City Tour
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Travstore Original Samui Discovery-Shared Half Day City Tour

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Lamai Beach which includes a beach

Koh Samui

Koh Samui featuring a luxury hotel or resort and signage

Na Thon

Big Buddha Statue which includes a monument

Bophut