Samui Palm Beach Resort

Two Beaches to Explore near Samui Palm Beach

March 8, 2020
Samui Palm Beach Resort

Two Beaches to Explore near Samui Palm Beach

The north coast of Ko Samui is known for its gorgeous views of the Gulf of Thailand, and some of the best sunrises in the Southeast Asian region. If you’re staying at Samui Palm Beach Resort, there are a couple of beaches that you have access to; vivid, busy Bophut, and the calmer, smaller Maenam. Read on for our side-by-side comparison, as well as some suggestions for things to do on your day trips to these areas.

Bophut: a fishing village and more

Known for its charming, old-fashioned aesthetic, Bophut is among the most popular resort towns in Samui. A lot of establishments take advantage of the hillside views of the town and have put up restaurants and resorts that have a view of the beach and surrounding islands. Walking to the beach will take less than five minutes–the main Bophut Beach area is a 15-minute walk away, but guests at Samui Palm can walk right into the resort’s private, 270-meter beach.

  • Bophut attractions
    If you would venture away from the resort, you can visit landmarks, shopping centers, and even a couple of excellent night spots. When arriving in Samui via air, visitors will often see the Wat Phra Yai or the Big Buddha on Koh Faan. This landmark is a 15 to 20-minute ride away from Samui Palm and is a symbol of steadfastness and enlightenment. Closer to the resort is Fisherman’s Village, which has a vintage charm, with wooden shophouses and boutique shopping options. If you’re looking for a larger variety of items, there is the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street, which operates on Fridays from 7:00-11:00 in the evening.
  • Dining and nightlife
    The majority of the restaurants are located in Fisherman’s Village. In Samui Palm Beach, there is the Trade Winds Restaurant, which offers both Thai and international cuisine. Besides Trade Winds is Sea Grille Restaurant, a good casual dining option. For a more traditional setting, you can opt to visit Krua Bophut Thai Restaurant, which specializes in local cuisine.

Maenam: slow and steady

Only a six-minute drive away from Bophut, Maenam seems like a world of its own. It is smaller than Bophut and all the other beaches on the island, but just as beautiful. A five kilometer-long stretch of idyllic sand lined by palm trees, it is one of the most pristine areas in Samui. There are few people, lots of nature, and a selection of lowkey restaurants and activities, making Maenam perfect for people looking to relax at a slower pace.

  • Maenam attractions
    People generally visit Maenam for the beach. Because it is so small, there are fewer attractions here compared to the other parts of Samui. However, it the Pink Elephant Water Park, the Thursday market, and ziplining are worth checking out. Koh Samui Canopy Adventures offers ziplining packages that take you through waterfall views and jungle treetops, an exhilarating ride that takes you right in the heart of nature.
  • Dining and nightlife
    Maenam offers a more rustic selection compared to Samui’s other resort towns. However, there are plenty of establishments worth checking out, like The Boudoir, which features Provençal French cuisine with a Middle Eastern aesthetic. There is also Lai Thai Restaurant, which has stunning 180-degree views of the Belmond Napasai Resort and the Gulf of Thailand.

In conclusion

Staying at Samui Palm lets you explore two popular beach towns–Maenam and Bophut–without a lot of travel time. If you’re staying in Koh Samui for longer than a few days, it is also worth exploring other beaches, to fully enjoy what this region of Thailand has to offer.

When you want to take a breather from the beach adventures, you can relax in the amenities of Samui Palm Beach Resort. Our establishment has a beachfront and a garden area pool, as well as nearby spa facilities. If you have more questions about Bophut, Maenam, or other places you can visit, our staff will be happy to assist you. Contact us today to learn more.