The best hotel deals in Maenam & Koh Samui come from DIRECT BOOKINGS:
We display hotels that GUARANTEE, in writing, to discount the lowest rates found on-line for guests who book direct. This cuts out middlemen, saves money for the guest and hotel – and we take no commission. See our GUARANTEE list on this page, then contact hotels via the e-mail box on each hotel page.
We also sell DISCOUNT HOTEL VOUCHERS for some hotels – the very cheapest rooms available – but they are limited. Click TOP DEALS on the Samui map page, or click to see all Thailand deals.
Learn more about Maenam Beach and other beaches in this destination with the travel guides in this site:

Maenam Beach West is a distinctly quiet zone with quite a good beach

The west end of Maenam has fewer beachfront resorts than the east and central areas. And with most of those resorts being low density, this is the quietest portion of the beach. There are also many locals living close to the beach in this area, giving it a more 'Thai village', less ‘tourist’ atmosphere than the rest of Maenam.
.
The large Buddhist monastery of Wat Na Pralan also keeps a long sector of beach 'Thai' rather than 'tourist'. On the west side of the monastery is the important jetty for Lom Phraya high-speed ferries running north to Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Chumporn and south to Surat Thani. These handle large volumes of traffic in the high season, with several departures each day. The jetty area gets busy around arrival/departure times, then quickly reverts to tranquillity.
.
This western beach zone is typical of that along all of Maenam – it has fine sand which, for the most part, slopes into relatively deep water. Maenam is another of the few lucky beaches on Samui that has no offshore reef, allowing quite deep water to run right to the beach, providing good swimming conditions.
.
The resorts at this end of Maenam are mostly budget or mid-range, though right in the midst of the beach map here is the green and attractive Saree Samui, offering 5-star bungalows in a lush green environment that evokes the feel of Bali. Then, not far away, is the 4-star Samui Buri Beach Resort, which also displays attractive tropical design amidst lush foliage. See more about this beach and it accommodation in the Maenam Beach Guide.
.

overview of beach qualities in Maenam West

Sand:
The sand along this western side of Maenam Beach is relatively coarse, but not enough that most visitors would notice. It’s a little yellowish, and won’t squeak underfoot as the super fine sand of Chaweng sometimes does.

.
Water quality:
This is typical of Koh Sami; quite good, with low pollution levels. It appears clean, but is not clear enough for good snorkelling or diving, the result of the shallow seas that surround Koh Samui.
.
Beach width & gradient:
This west end of Maenam has the widest sand on this beach. But still it slopes quite quickly towards the water, where the sandy ocean floor soon runs into quite deep water. This provides excellent swimming conditions, among the best on Koh Samui. There is no offshore reef here, the reason the beach enjoys relatively deep water.
.
Shade, trees & umbrellas:
Natural shade is a mixed bag here, with some resorts having nice shady trees and others having removed the original beach foliage. Some having only coconut palms, which provide minimal shade, so in some places it’s necessary to use beach umbrellas. At a few places retreating to the resort restaurant will be a necessity to survive the hottest hours of the day. Check resort photos carefully.
.
High tide – low tide & swimming conditions:
Samui, and all beaches in the Gulf of Thailand, has only two tides each 24 hours, and either high or low tide can last all day. Here the effect is lessened by Maenam’s relatively deep water. Even if the low lasts all day there will still be enough water for swimming – not true for most beaches on this island which suffer from shallow water.
.
Rips & currents:
This beach faces north and is completely protected from waves of the southwest monsoon, though it does take small waves from the northeast monsoon form November through January. But these are relatively small and do not create dangerous rip currents, though they stir up the water at that time of year.
.
Density of use:
With relatively few hotels at this end of Maenam the number of people on the beach is rather sparse even during high season months.
.
Snorkelling, diving, kayaking, surfing:
There are virtually no water-sports on this beach, though the occasional beach catamaran or wind surfer might be seen passing by. The water is not clear enough for good snorkelling, and the flat sandy bottom offers little to see. Some resorts offer kayaks, thought the straight coastline is rather boring for most activities – apart from relaxation.
.
Jet skis, speed boats, motorized sports, noise & tranquillity:
Again, it’s rare for any motorized craft to be seen in this area. This is a distinctly quiet, peaceful beach with few people, fewer activities and little noise.
.
Suitability for children:
The beach sandy and clean, so any resort that offers shade at the beachfront could be good for children. The water becomes deep quite quickly – better for older children who can swim than for toddlers. But if the resort has a little kids’ pool the smallest ones can be entertained also. Families should decide if they want a quiet and tranquil beach – like this – or one closer to activities and entertainment.
.
Accommodation style:
The beachfront hotels here include a wide range: five budget bungalows clustered together at the east, two 3-star resorts at the west, and the two 4-star establishments in the middle.
.
Massage:
This is always available on every beach on Samui with a few beach hotels. Most hotels offer their own services, while freelance masseuses can often be found with mats under trees in vacant lots.
.
Hawkers & vendors:
You’re unlikely to find any in this area. The number people on the beach is just to low.
.
Beach restaurants & bars:
Again, with the number of people in this area low, there are few independent restaurants or bars. But virtually every hotel has a beachside restaurant cum bar.
.
Development level:
As our map shows, about half of the beachfront is occupied by hotels, most low density. The area to the back – about 450 metres between beach and main road – is semi-urbanized, with scattered homes and just the occasional little shop. There are many shops along the main road.
.
Safety & dangers:
There is little in the way of dangers in this area. Do be aware of the jellyfish problem, and know how to treat stings, though statistically the chances of running into a dangerous box jellyfish are very small.
.
This beach is best suited for:
Couples or families seeking a quieter side of Koh Samui, a beach with good swimming conditions. Transport will be needed from here to any attractions, entertainment or shopping.
.
by John Everingham
.

Advice on Thai beaches & beachfront hotels – free from the expert
Want help? E-mail John E, who has photographed 1,100+ beachfront hotels in this site and most beaches in Thailand, for help finding the perfect beach and beachfront hotel. john@beachf.com