for some, Maenam is Samui's best beach...
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For some who love swimming, Maenam 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, facing Koh Phangan, some 10 kilometres to the north.
This is Samui's longest unbroken beach, almost a kilometre longer than Chaweng, though it has just a fraction of the number of beachfront hotels. Though unbroken most of the time, the beach is crosses by a couple of small streams that flow after rain. We have cut the beach into three sectors in order to show the resort shapes and sizes in greater detail.
There is still a lot of green along this beach. As the photos show, most of the sand is lined with coconut palms, giving it a distinctly tropical look. Only a few resorts have cut them down to build right up against the sand.
quieter area, but within striking distance of Chaweng...
Though it has quite a lot of resorts, Maenam is still rather quiet, with only beach bars and restaurants for evening entertainment. So the entire length of the beach enjoys a large measure tranquillity, though it takes only a 15-minute drive to get to the pulsating nightlife of Chaweng. The beach restaurants and night market of Bophut's Fisherman's Village are barely 10 minutes drive away. Also, Maenam gives easy access to the airport, while being well out of hearing range.
For some, this combination of relative peaces and quiet with easy access to entertainment, plus the good beach, makes Maenam their Samui favourite.