bungalow accommodation in Lamai is usually a bit cheaper but you can also find
a number of nice, comfortable resorts that are good value for the money (see
What to do:
in Thailand: the foot massage
Though Lamai is smaller
and not as crowded as Chaweng, it still has an active nightlife with many bars
(some with live bands) and a large diversity of restaurants, mini-marts, shops
and of course, massage places. For the sports-minded, kayaking and snorkeling
equipment can be rented at the beach.
On the main beach road, places of
interest include health and meditation centers, dive shops and a Thai boxing school.
As the main street of Lamai is quite narrow and traffic can get hectic, we once
again recommend driving very carefully.
What to see:
Among Lamai's main attractions are its open-air
market and the old monastery, which includes a local museum and picturesque village
scenes. If you want to get back to nature, a good place to start is by exploring
the paths behind the beach road. Here you'll find peaceful fruit and coconut plantations,
as well as trails leading into the island's interior.
Down the road are
the famous Grandfather and Grandmother rocks, favorites
among both Thai and foreign tourists. Further south on beach side of the main
road, is Wat Silangu, one of two golden pagodas on the island. Providing excellent
photo opportunities, its shimmering exterior stands out beautifully against the
deep blue tropical sky.
on the way to Lamai
On the way from Lamai to Chaweng,
you will find some nice viewpoints overlooking the two bays of Chaweng Mon and
Laem Nam. Parking is ample and there are a few small restaurants from which to
to enjoy the ocean vistas. Early birds will be interested in catching a sunrise
from one of these redoubts.
Several hotels south of Lamai are hidden in
jungle settings overlooking secluded coves, making them perfect romantic hideaways.
Also, for families there are some nice resorts with plenty of things for the kids
to do (have a look at Jungle
Park Resort). Whatever your accommodation needs though, you're likely to find
it in Lamai.
Lunch break on a viewpoint near Lamai
The "Big Rock"
the two Golden Pagoda