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Koh Samui Beaches

Lamai Beach and Hua Thanon

About Lamai Beach:

North end of Lamai Beach

Located 10 Km south of Chaweng on the east coast, Lamai is the second largest beach on Koh Samui. To get there, turn left on the main road coming from the airport (see map). The wide sandy beach is not as powdery as that of Chaweng but the hundreds of coconut trees bending over the blue-green waters give Lamai a more peaceful and natural atmosphere. And for those who enjoy playing in the waves, there is no reef protecting this bay, so the sea is a little rougher.

Although it can get rather busy at night, the small town of Lamai is a good median between the too remote places and the crowds of Chaweng.

Where to stay:

The 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 below).

What to do:

A must-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:

 
Famous tourist attraction

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.

 
Viewpoint 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"
 
One of the two Golden Pagoda
 
Wat Khunaram

 

     

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Where to stay in Lamai Beach:

Aloha Resort
$$$

The Aloha Resort offers a beautiful seaside location on Lamai Beach in Koh Samui, offering panoramic views of the sea and surrounding gardens.. Go to Hotel Website



Jungle Park Beach Resort
$$$

Against the backdrop of green hills, the shoreline of Koh Samui stands out as one of palm-fringed beaches, quiet coves and bays. Clean and uncluttered, the beaches are long, nearly deserted stretches of fine sand. This is everyone's idea of a tropical island escape and one of the most popular spots is Lamai, where the Jungle Park Resort is located. Go to Hotel Website


Pavilion Resort
$$$$

The Pavilion Resort on Lamai Beach offers classy yet relaxing accommodation. Its seaside location provides plenty of opportunity to unwind and forget about the hectic pace of life back home. Go to Hotel Website



Weekender Resort
$$$

The Weekender Resort & Hotel is located in Lamai, on the southern tip of Samui, approximately 24 Km from the airport and about 12 Km from Chaweng. Go to Hotel Website



Galaxy Resort
$$

The Galaxy Resort lies in a quiet and comfortable natural setting. If you're the out and about type who doesn't need a presidential suite while vacationing, then check out their affordable accommodation. Go to Hotel Website


Where to stay in Hua Thanon:

Central Samui Village
$$$$

The location of Central Samui Village emphasizes its "back-to-nature" concept. It lies nestled in a quiet corner of southern Samui on its own private beach called Natien. Also near the traditional fishing village of Hua Thanon, Central Samui Village offers a genuine sense of peace and quiet as this end of the island is much less developed than other areas. Go to Hotel Website


Samui Marina Cottages
$$$

Samui Marina Cottages is a boutique resort offering privacy complemented by that uniquely Thai sense of hospitality. Go to Hotel Website



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