Nov 24 2011
Mae Nam is located on the island’s north shore, with Bang Por to the west and Fisherman’s Village to the east. The town is situated on the main Ring Road, and boasts a long stretch of pristine beach, ideal for swimming. Mae Nam is a good option if you don’t want to be in the heart of the busy tourist areas but you don’t want to be too isolated from activity and nightlife. Fisherman’s Village is only 5 minutes’ away, and a 10-minute drive will take you to Chaweng.
In this post I’ll round up our picks of the best places to stay that Mae Nam has to offer; stay tuned for our picks on where to eat and what to see in the area.
Best low budget accommodation: Silent Bungalows
Follow the faded Silent Bungalows sign from the Ring Road, down a dirt road, past water buffalo, and you come to a backpackers’ dream. The bungalow-style rooms are small and there is not much room for anything other than a bed, but with the great location you won’t be spending much time here anyway. The resort is simple but clean and will satisfy a budget traveller who is looking to chill out under palm trees on a quiet beach. This is not the place if you are looking for a party scene.
400B-500B year round
T: (077) 088 083 7184
Best midrange accommodation: Save House Resort
Save House (don’t dwell on the name – it’s not actually a rehab centre) is located on the Ring Road as you enter Mae Nam from the Bophut side. This reasonably priced resort is not on the seafront, but it’s only a five-minute walk to the beach and a lovely swimming pool will possibly keep you hanging around anyway. The restaurant serves good food consistently at fair prices. Bungalows are set amid a well-kept tropical garden, and around a huge water lily pond, lit up with fairy lights at night.
From 1,000B for a studio bungalow (also have one- and two-bedroom villas)
Best luxury accommodation: Saree Samui
Saree Samui is designed in such a way that you cannot help but relax, with each of its 53 villas having a “chill-out lounge” that opens up to form an indoor/outdoor room, as well as a spacious bedroom and private garden courtyard. It will be a challenge to find a better bathroom with the ones here featuring large stone open-air baths, luxurious body products, and earthy Moroccan elements. This resort is all about having a break in real style, whether you are enjoying the infinity pool overlooking the beach, or luxuriating in the spa.
Rates from 4,500B in low season
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