Maenam Beach is a long stretch of beach in the northern coast of Koh Samui.
Maenam village runs along a 4 kilometres stretch of the ring road with quite a cosmopolitan feel to it as many expatriates have settled in this area and opened up cafes and restaurants.
As it is a very much genuine local environment, there is access to most shops, markets, local Thai eateries as well as a big range of hotels, resorts and spas on the beach. The beach here is popular with good smooth sand and deep water allowing for good swimming all year around and is favoured by local expatriate families.
For your dining and spa treatments, you can choose from a wide range of high end resorts for alfresco venues or alternatively you can enjoy the Samui of old with its more traditional and simple Thai resorts and beach restaurants offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Once in Maenam you can access the renowned yet challenging 18 hole Santiburi Championship golf course enjoying spectacular sea views of the island from its unique viewpoint. Not for the faint-hearted golfer though.
A number of piers are situated in this area running regular services to Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao. Watersports on this beach are popular thanks to the windy shore, why not try your hand at kite-surfing or windsurfing?
Maenam is blessed with 3 to 5 star beach resorts and spas as well as a limited number of private villas with outstanding outlook to Koh Phangnan island. A small private gated estate (Samran Gardens) is also providing good value holiday homes all with private pool and service in a peaceful and safe environment.
Santiburi Resort provides dependable five star luxury with suitable 5 star prices and excellent Royal Thai cuisine at its Sala Thai restaurant. The surrounding area of town features modern shop houses, cheap restaurants and convenience stores, and is generally improving in quality. The food choices on offer are increasingly cosmopolitan. The main food attraction is Angela's Diner, which many of Samui's expats make regular pilgrimages to for Western comfort food, and which is becoming a Koh Samui institution.
At the eastern end you'll find the ultra-luxurious 5 star Pansea Napasai, one of Samui's premier destinations for an indulgent getaway. The luxurious Miskawaan Villas, can be found at the western end of the beach and offers the ultimate in a tropical holiday experience.