Perhaps it’s the excellent views of Koh Phangan that have kept Maenam as Samui’s last predominantly backpacker beach. Or maybe it’s the fact that many of its resorts are located at the end of long rambling pathways, affording a degree of privacy unavailable elsewhere.

Either way, Maenam is still the place to be while away for a few weeks (or months) on a low budget, staying in one of the many cheap fan bungalow operations that are dotted along the beach.

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