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Maenam Beach and Bophut Beach


Bophut Beach:

Bophut under the coconut trees

Not far from the famous landmark of Big Buddha is Bophut Beach. The beach itself encompasses some two kilometers of white sandy shoreline fringed by coconut palms leaning over the sea. The calm waters of the bay make this a popular spot for either playing or relaxing. Stretched along the main road you will find many small shops and restaurants. Bophut is a good compromise between the super quiet places and the hustle and bustle of Chaweng. This is one of the few beaches on Samui where you can rent jet skis, as well as kayaks and snorkeling gear.


The Fisherman Village:

An old house in fisherman village

At the west end of Bophut is perhaps one of the oldest places on the island, Fisherman's Village. The nostalgic wooden houses and small local shops here remind one of days gone by in Samui. The "main street" along the beach is not longer than a kilometer but is rich in style and variety of shops, from the oldest local shop selling anything and nothing, to the most elegant restaurant, but all of them have some kind of unique touch.

There are several seafront shophouses which have been converted into trendy restaurant establishments while some other excellent restaurants offer beautiful and quiet settings for lunch or dinner. Most of these restaurants proposes excellent selection of international dishes served on a small and cozy terrace right over the beach and overlooking the Bophut Bay with a stunning view on the far islands of Koh Phang Ngan and Koh Tao. And at night, the area is quite charming, making it a perfect location for a romantic evening with someone special.

Juzz a Pizza... a must try!

Long times residents all recommended:

  • Juzz'a Pizza - Italian specialties with a seaview - Our Favourite! A must try!
  • Angela's Bakery which has a wide choice of sandwiches and salads, all generously served, and the big finally not to be missed: the cakes and pastries with the lemon cheese cake.
  • Starfish and Coffee: A renown restaurant with a unique trendy style serves Thai and international dishes with a Touch. Starfish and Coffee is also a shop of selected Thai handicrafts and materials, and a beautiful massage center where you can have a relaxing foot massage on a quiet terrace facing the sea.
  • The Greek Restaurant is also one of the favourites of the residents and is located at the west end of the street along the beach
  • La Sirene: A French Restaurant with some seafood specials just like South France know how.
Massage at Starfish & Coffee

There are also some dive shops in the area for those interested in taking scuba lessons or going for a day dive to the famous An Thong Marine Park, Sail Rock or Koh Tao.

La Sirene offers some selected tours to secret spots in the surrounding islands or some Jeep rides to places difficult to access for visitors not familiar with the island, mainly the Secret Buddha Garden. Try an elephant ride in the tropical forest or go for a fishing trip on a local fishing boat with a real fisherman to the waters of Koh Phang Ngan. An unusual experience which will be fun and memorable.


Maenam Beach:

The wide and wild beach of Maenam

Maenam Beach is located about 2 Km to the west of Bophut. It is still very much a traditional Thai village in the true sense of the word. Some of the wooden houses and shops are over 70 years old and it's well worth taking a stroll down to the waterside to take in the character of the place. The 4-Km long beach here is clean with calm waters. The sand is not as smooth as Chaweng's and the sea not as shallow, but it provides a quiet and remarkably tropical feeling. Some dive shops and watersport facilities are available and it's a great place to go windsurfing, especially in November and December. Many speedboats going to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao depart from Maenam Pier. Along the main road is a small town with some restaurants and shops. If you want some action at night, just head on over to Chaweng, which is only a 10 minutes away by car or motorbike.

The area is home to some of the more expensive resorts on the island, as well as countless small bungalows dotting the coastline. For those in need of some pampering and stress relief, there are some great spa centers. Many restaurants serving a variety of simple Thai classics or elaborate international cuisine offer excellent value for money. The laid back lifestyle here attracts many couples and honeymooners, whose priority is not necessarily a busy nightlife.


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Where to stay in Bophut:

Ban Kaew Ruean Kwan

Ban Kaew Ruean Kwan is a small "village" in Bophut consisting of three individual Thai- style villas where you can relax and feel at home. Located amidst a profusion of green foliage and colorful bougainvillea, this sanctuary ensures complete privacy to daydream around the swimming pool or lotus pond. Go to Hotel Website

A Peace Resort

With its seaside location, Peace Resort provides guest with plenty of opportunity to unwind and forget about the stresses back home. Established in 1977 by the Pupaiboon family, the resort was built for guests searching for that unique vacation with uncompromised Thai hospitality. Go to Hotel Website

Impiana Resort Samui

The coconut-fringed beaches, clear warm waters and green mountain backdrop all help to make Samui one of the most alluring tropical island getaways in the world. The Impiana Resort Samui gives you access to all of the above, with nice facilities and reasonable prices. Go to Hotel Website

Samui Euphoria Hotel

A modern resort with that extra special "something" that will help make your holiday one to remember. The Euphoria Hotel's design reflects typical, southern Thai-style architecture with beautifully carved wooden ornamentation. Go to Hotel Website

Samui Palm Beach Resort

Samui Palm Beach Resort is situated in the heart of unspoiled Bophut Beach on Koh Samui's spectacular northern coast, considered by many to be the island's most beautiful area. A mere 10-minute drive from the airport, it lies amidst peaceful groves of palm trees and acres of tropical gardens. Go to Hotel Website


Where to stay in Mae Nam Bay:

Santiburi Dusit Resort

Lotus ponds, delicate flowering shrubs, coconut palms and a freshwater stream cover the 23-acre landscaped gardens of the Santiburi Dusit Resort, the only 5-star resort on Maenam Bay, Koh Samui. Just a 70-minute flight from Bangkok to Samui airport, then a 12-kilometer drive along the north shore of the island and you will truly be in tropical heaven! Go to Hotel Website

Paradise Beach Resort

Paradise Beach Resort is situated directly on the waterfront in the center of Maenam Beach, an isolated and relatively undeveloped stretch of white sands midway between Nathon and Chaweng Beach on the north coast of the island. Paradise Beach Resort is only a 10-minute drive from Samui International Airport and about 5 minutes from Maenam Village. Go to Hotel Website

Seafan Beach Resort

Bathed by the clear blue waters and brilliance of the tropical sun are expanses of silver-white, sandy beaches that rank among the world's finest. With excellent facilities, the Seafan Beach Resort will meet all of your expectations. Its lush gardens make a refreshing complement to the delights of sun, sea and sand. Go to Hotel Website

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