Visit Mae Nam, Koh Samui's Laidback Beach Escape

Mae Nam beach, Koh Samui | © Iona Proebst
Mae Nam beach, Koh Samui | © Iona Proebst
Photo of Iona Proebst
12 September 2017

If your idea of paradise is relaxing on crescent white sand beaches, swimming in turquoise waters with palm trees swaying in the wind as you sip on a fresh coconut, look no further! Mae Nam has a stunning seven-kilometre long beach facing Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand and is the perfect place for a tranquil beach escape.

Mae Nam is considered the last backpacker haven on Koh Samui and accommodates travellers of all kinds, including those on a budget. The atmosphere is relaxed and laid back and still has an authentic, local village feel. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, swimming or indulging in a spa treatment. Eat your way around the world in restaurants specializing in different cuisines or stay with your favourite Thai specialities. Explore the island or simply unwind and relax on your island sanctuary.

Mae Nam beach, Koh Samui | © Iona Proebst

How to get there

The most convenient way to get to Koh Samui is via a direct flight from Bangkok or elsewhere in Thailand, this is also the most expensive option as Bangkok Airways own the airport and charge a premium. The cheaper option is to fly to Surat Thani and then travel by Lomprayah bus and ferry company (roughly a two-hour journey) to Koh Samui.


Most of Mae Nam’s dining options are located directly on the ‘walking street.’ On offer is a huge range of international cuisines including, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, French, Austrian, Bavarian and more! There are also a few local joints cooking up delicious local Thai specialities at very affordable prices. A meal for three including non-alcoholic drinks and a huge sweet and sour flavoured fried fish will cost you roughly 360 Thai baht ($10.80 USD).

Delicious local food | © Kai 'Oswald' Seidler/Flickr


Numerous accommodation options are available on Mae Nam from cheap fanned bungalows to high-end luxury resorts. If you are travelling with family or friends it might be worthwhile considering renting a villa on Airbnb. You’ll be surprised at how far your money can take you and will likely be cheaper than booking individual hotel rooms.

Palm trees and water | © Iona Proebst

Getting about

If you plan to explore the rest of the island your best option is to hire a motorbike for roughly 200 Thai baht ($6 USD) per day. Taxis can be very expensive, yet the allure of travelling in an air-conditioned car can win over the most discerning traveller. Taxi fares are negotiable so make sure to try your bargaining skills.