Maenam beach an ideal destination for those in search of a quiet beach retreat away from Samui’s busy tourist hot-spots. Here’s a look at things to do when you visit…
Maenam beach is the epitome of perfection as it stretches 7km along the coast with its white, sandy shores lined with coconut trees. Relatively undeveloped, the area is truly charming with exquisite island vistas from every direction.
Samui Disc Golf
Disc Golf originates back to the beginning of the twentieth century but it only started gaining popularity in the 1960s. The aim of the game is to get the disc into the basket – a simple goal, but to win players must achieve this in less throws than their friends and family. Samui Disc Golf has nine baskets to challenge groups and this makes for a great day of friendly competition for friends and family. After the game, visitors can refuel with homemade pizzas, wings and meatballs subs, or the venue will organise a BBQ for the group if they are given 24 hours notice.
Samui Canopy Adventures
The best way to see what Koh Samui has to offer is in style! Samui Canopy Adventures is the most exhilarating way to travel through Samui’s rainforests and lush tropical scenery. Soaring over treetops at nearly 50 mph is something that only monkeys and birds have had the privilege of experiencing, until now. After departing from Maenam Hinterland, a packaged tour includes a 4×4 pick up to base camp, full training and safety instruction, a cable ride to the secret waterfalls of Koh Samui and a complimentary Thai lunch. Canopy Adventures is 2000 metres of zipping fun that no one will want to miss.
Kitesurfing and kiteboarding are very popular water sports in Maenam – its shallow waters, steady wind and warm water make this a year-round activity. It’s popularity means that there are a few schools on the island to teach beginners to master the techniques of this sport. Koh Samui Kiteboarding provides lessons with instructors certified by the International Kiteboarding Association and each lesson is assisted by a rescue boat with a graduate instructor certified in first aid. Everything is in place for novices and experts to enjoy a day out on the ocean.
Black Rose Bar
Being a small area with not much traffic, the nightlife in Maenam would not appear to be as vibrant as that of Chaweng and Bophut. However, this does not mean that the evenings here are dull. The Black Rose Bar is a hidden gem on the western end of Maenam beach, right on the beachfront and it has a great view of the sunset. This Thai-Reggae themed bar has a rustic look, with its thatched roof and furniture made from recycled driftwood. The menu features local Thai food, classic cocktails and beverages and there is also a pool table to complete the low key night out.
Maenam Walking Street
This is a delightful combination that is unique to Thailand; part street party, part farmer’s market. This event happens every Thursday evening around six, but if visitors are driving in then it would be best to arrive early to secure a parking spot as this event is widely popular. Come hungry, with plenty of cash – in addition to stalls selling crafts and trinkets, the walking street includes snack vendors and even mobile cocktail bars selling signature drinks at possibly a quarter of the price of nearby five-star hotels. On some nights there may even be music played by enterprising teens. This lively stroll down the street is an interesting way to spend an evening, where interesting souvenirs are sure to be found.