Mae Nam is a beach and a district on Ko Samui’s north shore.
Mae Nam is known for it’s 7 km stretch of beach. The beach has white sand and is lined by coconut trees. The sea is typically calm, however there is a moderate drift and the water is not usually clear. Mae Nam actually means “river”, “mae” meaning mother and “nam” meaning water.
A songthaew from Chaweng (50-100 baht) or Nathon (50 baht) is the cheapest option. Easy to find as the busy ring road bisects Mae Nam.
Songthaew or hired motorbikes are the usual options.
The sunset from the east end of the beach is exceptionally pretty.
Chill out on the beach. There is karting on the main road towards Bophut.
There are a couple of shops near the 7-Eleven in the centre.
- Angela’s Bakery (on Rte 4169), ☎+66 77 427396. 08:00-18:00 (kitchen closes at 17:00). Has been open for nearly 10 years and is renowned for its delicious bakery products, from handmade Belgian chocolates to wedding cakes to real bread. There is a cafe attached to the bakery with a menu consisting of European favourites (including brown rice for the health conscious) and Angela’s own creations. The breakfasts here are great.
- Eddy’s Modern Food & Drinks, 3/3 Moo 1, Rte 4169, ☎+66 77 245127. The food is great value for money and the place has friendly staff. The menu is full of popular dishes and are all served in very generous proportions. This is a great place to go for a casual meal in comfortable surroundings.
- Mister Pu. Delightfully named restaurant at the east end of Mae Nam. Barbecue meat at your own table. All you can eat for 89 baht.
- Oncle Noi. Thai family-owned restaurant on the main street. Very good and very cheap food, often full in the early evening.
- Snack Stop (Near the 7-Eleven by the main crossroads). Italian and Thai cuisine, plus a big vegetarian selection.