Photo: Just another day on Mae Nam.

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Both the more developed eastern side of Mae Nam Beach and the peaceful western side offer a solid mix of accommodation, including some backpacker range options.

Eastern Mae Nam

The eastern stretch of Mae Nam beach contains a mix of some of the prettiest stretches of the beachfront through to some rather ordinary sections backing onto retaining walls difficult to pass in high tide. Certainly the quietest stretch of Mae Nam, most of the resorts back onto coconut groves and a network of meandering dirt roads lead from one spot to another -- all far away from traffic roaring along the busy main road. Lapping waves and falling coconuts are about as noisy as it gets here and the sunsets are spectacular. The very far easternmost stretch of the beach, around the sandy point, is a popular spot among those looking for an all-over tan.

Great places to stay on Mae Nam Beach, Ko Samui
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B

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... Read our full review of Great places to stay on Mae Nam Beach, Ko Samui.

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Fair House Villas and Spa
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
39 Moo 1 Mae Nam
T: (077) 429 000

Situated in the east of Mae Nam, Fair House Villas and Spa is set on a hill overlooking the bay in well established tropical gardens that lead down to a breezy beach. The resort captures modern Thai style with attention to detail in everything from the decor and construction, to the gardens that contain plaques commemorating those who spent their honeymoon at the resort. Villas and suites are... Read our full review of Fair House Villas and Spa.

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Hutcha Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
82/11 Moo 1
T: (077) 425 555

Hutcha Resort has an earthy, contemporary zen feel, with architectural features such as stucco walls, thatched roofs and stonework. A river and canals flow through the resort, adding to the relaxed ambience. The villas offer open-air bathrooms with rain showers and covered verandahs adorned with day beds. Rooms are decorated with modern Asian furnishings and artwork. They have thought of the... Read our full review of Hutcha Resort.

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Moonhut Bungalows
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
67/2 Moo 1 Maenam Beach, Ko Samui
T: (077) 425 247

Moonhut Bungalows is a solid budget option on a top stretch of Ko Samui's Mae Nam beach where there are no jet skis in sight and few vendors. Initial impressions may be mixed: the entrance is an archway leading to a tree-lined, sandy avenue, but a stagnant river lies to the left -- request a room away from here. Not a jet ski in sight! Moonhut offers basic backpacker-type bungalows in... Read our full review of Moonhut Bungalows.

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Paradise Beach Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
18/8 Mae Nam Beach, Ko Samui
T: (077) 247 227-32

This resort is an ideal family choice, offering many features for little travellers, such as a children's play area and pool, large garden, pristine beach with shady trees and a general child-friendly policy. The resort has plenty to offer those not wanting to explore too much, but preferring a home base. A gym, two swimming pools, water sports centre, reasonably priced spa, DVD library, bicycle... Read our full review of Paradise Beach Resort.

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Save House Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
9/31 Moo 1
T: (077) 430 217

Save House (don't dwell on the fact the name sounds like a rehab centre) is located on the Ring Road as you enter Mae Nam from the Bophut side, near Fair House Villa and Spa. This reasonably priced resort is not on the seafront, but it's only a five-minute walk there. A lovely swimming pool makes up for this fact, and the restaurant serves good food consistently at fair prices. The resort also... Read our full review of Save House Resort.

The Hammock Samui Beach Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
82/13 Moo 1, Mae Nam (next to Hutcha Resort – turn down at the Mae Nam traffic lights, and The Hammock is located 50 metres past the Chinese temple.)
T: (077) 247 198/9

A funky resort opened its doors on Mae Nam beach — one of our favourite Ko Samui beaches — at the end of 2012. The look is fresh, the rooms are small yet stylish, and the prices are reasonable at this flashpacker to midrange option.Not a bad spot to lay your bags for a while.The Hammock is well-positioned, located directly on the beach, and with many good restaurants within walking distance.... Read our full review of The Hammock Samui Beach Resort.

New Lapaz Villa
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
18/1, Maenam Beach, between Nature Bar and Paradise Beach Resort
T: (077) 425 296

New Lapaz Villa boasts 47 bungalows, all with a garden or sea view. Rooms are simple but clean with a Moroccan terracotta-style bathroom in some being a highlight. They are not the kind of rooms to spend your days in, however the balconies and views are good. They also boast a small pool, beach bar and restaurant, a pool table, book corner and internet room, while providing tour services, Thai... Read our full review of New Lapaz Villa.

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Western Mae Nam

The western end of Mae Nam is less developed due to Wat Phra Lan occupying a chunk of beachfront real estate and while there's still a steady string of budget through to luxurious lodgings, this part of the beach feels quieter than other parts of Mae Nam. The sand here is grainier but the swimming is excellent. The far western end is also a drop-off point for the Lomprayah ferries.

Mae Nam Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
1/3 Moo 4 Mae Nam Beach
T: (077) 247 286-7

Mae Nam Resort consists of typical Thai-style bungalow accommodation, set in well-maintained tropical gardens, right on the seafront. All rooms have air-con, hot water, fridges and either twin or double beds, most with an outdoor stone shower. Prices go up the closer you are to the water, but even seafront bungalows are reasonably priced. Rooms are neat with some interiors due for a re-paint.... Read our full review of Mae Nam Resort.

Saree Samui
Luxury - over 8,000B
135 Moo 4
T: (077) 247 666

Saree Samui is located on a pristine section of beachfront, with options of tropical garden or seafront villas. The resort is designed in such a way that you cannot help but relax. Each of the 53 villas has 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 features... Read our full review of Saree Samui.

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Cocopalm Beach Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
26/4 Moo 4
T: (077) 247 288

Situated in the west of Mae Nam, in close proximity to the Lomrayah Pier, Cocopalm Beach Resort offers good options for families or couples. The various bungalow sizes have a double bed as well as an oversized single bed, or your standard queen and good sized bathrooms. Other facilities include satellite TV, air-con, safes, WiFi, fridges and large balconies with patio furniture. The rooms have a... Read our full review of Cocopalm Beach Resort.

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Hacienda Beach Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
82/2 Moo 1, Mae Nam (near the Chinese temple, turn down at the Mae Nam traffic lights)
T: (077) 427 036

If you’re after a good value flashpacker to midrange Ko Samui bungalow on a stretch of quiet beach, with sunset views and walking distance to restaurants and bars — then you can’t go wrong with Hacienda Beach Hotel.Even pretty on an overcast day.Located right in the heart of Mae Nam village, near the Chinese temple and walking street market, Hacienda Beach Hotel — sister to L’Hacienda... Read our full review of Hacienda Beach Hotel.

Phalarn Inn Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
28/1 Moo 4 Mae Nam
T: (077) 247 283

Phalarn Inn Resort is located right by the Lomprayah Pier (towards the western end of Mae Nam) and is an ideal spot if you're looking for a transit resort on your way to Ko Pha Ngan. The garden huts are ideal for backpackers, offering simple but clean accommodation, with packages including ferry ticketting to Ko Pha Ngan. The resort has been open for 30 years, but had a desperately needed... Read our full review of Phalarn Inn Resort.

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Shady Bungalows
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
1/7, Moo 4 Mae Nam
T: (077) 425 393

Shady Bungalows, also spelt as Chady Bungalows depending on which sign you read, is slightly on the west end of Mae Nam beach. You can't miss it though with its 15 simple air-con and fan bungalows painted individual colours – tacky or fun, it's your choice but it made us want to have a look. Built in 1989 they may need a facelift, but have everything you need with a mix of old and new... Read our full review of Shady Bungalows.

Shangrilah Bungalow
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
1/2 Moo 4 Mae Nam Beach, Ko Samui (Driving west on the ring road, about 1km past the Mae Nam traffic lights, a sign points towards the road to Shangrilah)
T: (077) 425 189

Not to be confused with the luxury Asian hotel chain of a very similar name, a stay at Shangrilah is like taking a step back to the early days of tourism on Samui. It closed down for a time, saddening its loyal band of German and Scandinavian regulars, but has since re-opened. Ah! A taste of old Samui. Shangrilah offers a variety of rooms on a beautiful part of the beach from where it's... Read our full review of Shangrilah Bungalow.

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Silent Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
12/2 Moo 2
T: (088) 083 7184

Follow the faded Silent Bungalows sign from the Ring Road down a dirt road and past water buffalo, and you'll find this backpackers' dream. The old-school bungalow-style rooms are small, with the option of either fan or air-con, and all have bathrooms with showers. Other than a bed, there is not much room for anything else. Although slightly rundown,this is a perfect budget place for those... Read our full review of Silent Bungalows.

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