Many people who visit Koh Samui only ever look as far as Chaweng, Lamai and sometimes Boput for a night out, often deciding that Maenam is almost irrelevant as far as evening entertainment goes. However, this could be somewhat of a mistake. Whilst Maenam might be lacking in thumping music, raucous crowds, trendy nightclubs and girlie bars, the night time scene isn’t completely dead over in this part of the island.
What it lacks in terms of bars and clubs is what adds to its appeal for the few people that do decide to visit Maenam. A popular haunt for many expats who live on the island, Maenam still has its fair share of really good pubs, bars and restaurants.
If you are looking to have a quite night out with your partner, friends or family, then Maenam can be the perfect option as there is still plenty to keep you entertained but things are most definitely a little less hectic than what they are in Chaweng or Lamai.
Here is a selection of some of the bars and pubs you can find in and around Maenam:
Rim Talay Beach Bar
The Rim Talay Beach Bar offers one of the best spots on the island to enjoy a quiet drink and watch the sun go down. With tables, sun beds and comfortable seating scattered between coconut palms, the bar provides a quiet, yet comfortable setting. The Rim Talay also serves great snacks and tropical cocktails. With relaxing, ambient music played all night, it is fair to say that this is one of the nicest beachside bars on Koh Samui.
Open: 10am to 10pm
Where: on the beach, part of the Santiburi Dusit Resort.
Tel: 077 425 031
The Pool Bar – Napasai
Part of the Napasai Resort, The Pool Bar overlooks the incredible free from infinity swimming pool, which offers wonderful views of the ocean. A really nice location to enjoy a cocktail or two and take it easy, The Pool Bar also offers snacks and other light food from its bar menu. When the evening comes you can expect live entertainment in some form of another every night of the week.
Open: 9am to midnight
Where: Part of the Napasi Resort, just off route 4169 in Maenam
Tel: 077 429 200
The Lazy Coconut
It is fair to say that The Lazy Coconut is probably the most happening pub in Maenam. The casual, relaxed atmosphere, no frills menu (burgers and all day breakfasts) and good beer is what makes this place popular. The pub itself is pretty large and there is ample seating both inside and out. To keep you entertained during your visit there is a pool table, darts board and a large TV, which regularly shows live sports events. At night, The Lazy (as it known to its regulars) often has live bands or a DJ playing so you can be pretty sure there will be something on when you visit.
Open: 12pm to 1am
Tel: 084 689 0128
Taksin Lounge Bar
Another trendy offering from the Santiburi Dusit Resort, the Taksin Lounge is a very stylish and trendy bar with smart, comfortable seating throughout. Probably at the completely other end of the spectrum from The Lazy Coconut, the Taksin Lounge is nice place to relax after dinner or to have a night cap or two before you retire for the evening. As for entertainment, there is a resident band that plays 6 nights a week.
Open: 10am to Midnight
Where: Part of the Santiburi Resort, central Maenam
Paradise Resort Pool Bar
The Pool Bar at the Paradise Resort offers the perfect location to enjoy a few cocktails, whilst chatting with friends. The relaxed atmosphere of the bar, which offers great views of the beach and ocean, makes for a very pleasant place to spend the evening. You won’t go far wrong if you decide to spend an evening here during your stay on the island.