Lamai Beach Koh Samui Island, Thailand
You have travelled to one of the best islands in Thailand – Koh Samui, and now obvious you want to see the best beaches on Koh Samui. Well you have come to the right place to read about the awesome Lamai beach Koh Samui, one of the top beaches on the island. Famous for it’s nightlife (check out the Koh Samui nightlife), restaurants and vibrant atmosphere. This is just one of them Thai beaches you just have to visit when staying on Koh Samui. The beauty of Koh Samui is that there is plenty of beaches for you to choose from. You may want to go swimming or you might just want to chill out. What ever type of beach prefer, you will find it on the amazing Koh Samui in Thailand.
You can visit this beach for a good few hours then continue your visit here into the night and party on down with the nightlife in Lamai. Also, it’s not too far from Chaweng and silver beach which are two other awesome destinations for you to checkout.
If you’re wondering how to get to the island, you can check out my Bangkok to Koh Samui guide.
Let’s look what’s included in this post for you;
- Lamai restaurants
- Things to do on Lamai beach
- How to get to Lamai
- Beach review
- Lamai beach resorts
- Where to stay?
- Where to next
Lamai Beach Restaurants
There are lots of places to eat in Lamai and you can get a meal for $2 and these are meals like classic red Thai curries, which are amazing. There is a mix of restaurants available for all your food requirements. We tend to eat are the local cafes and restaurants. But, there is nicer and more posher places to eat.
We was backpacking Koh Samui on a budget and we found plenty of places to eat for our budget. However, if you’re on a holiday to Thailand and you want something more luxurious, there is plenty of top restaurants that offer really quality food for you. However, the tastiest food I found was the street food markets on Koh Samui.
Here is some of the popular restaurants on Lamai beach;
Things to do on Lamai beach
Here is a list of of things to do at Lamai beach for you;
#1 Grandfather and Grandmother rocks
Visit the Grandfather and Grandmother rocks. These are one of the most popular tourist points and landmarks on Koh Samui. They’re basically 2 representations of a penis and vagina (stange I know). This isn’t for everybody, but it seems to be one of the best things to do on Koh Samui for tourists.
Swimming on Lamai beach is another option for you and it’s great in the hot Koh Samui weather.
#3 Dine at one of the Lamai restaurants
Check out the restaurants on Lamai beach for some classic Thai food. Food in Thailand is amazing and you can indulge in some classic Thai meals such as red curry in one of the many sweet cafes and restaurants available.
The Koh Samui island has plenty of food stops all over the island, if you have a scooter. I would suggest exploring the island.
#4 Party at the Lamai beach nightlife
Partying at night on Lamai beach. Like I mentioned, the nightlife on Lamai is very popular and if you’re into the partying scene then you should definitely make your way here.
You can also make a short trip to Chaweng beach which is another top beach on Koh Samui.
#5 Lamai spa
Do enjoy a good spa? You can visit the Lamai spas on Koh Samui to enjoy a good massage and relaxing session. This is an awesome way to end the day, or start the day.
You will be well looked after and given a proper Thai massage, for a fraction of the price to what you would pay in other places of the world!
How to get to Lamai beach?
It’s a pretty easy beach to get to and most people make their way from Chaweng to Lamai. So, here is a list of Lamai beach directions and ways of transport..
- Taxi –There is taxis all over the Koh Samui island and it’s easy to flag one down and hop in. How much does a taxi cost on Koh Samui? This totally depends on where you’re going, but 300 Baht should get you acroos the island. Prices are dependant on your bartering skills, but never offend the taxi drives and offer a sill price! They will drive off.
- Drive – You can hire a scooter or car and drive yourself to the Lamai town centre. Scooter rental on Koh Samui is as cheap as (250) Baht ($4) and you can fill the gas up for cheap. Once you have sorted your ride out, head towards the Tesco lotus in Lamai, then you will be in the town centre. However, if you’re going for the Lamai nightlife, then you don’t want to be driving.
- Songtaews – This is another epic way for you to travel around Koh Samui like a true traveller. These are pickups that drive around the Koh Samui island picking up locals and tourists, then dropping them off on the routes. There is no stops as to say to get on these, you literally just wave your hand to stop them in the street. Although they will probably beep at you anyway to offer you a ride. You can expect to pay around (100) Baht from chaweng to Lamai in a songtaews.
Check out the Lamai beach map below for the exact location:
Lamai beach review
The beach is a really cool place for you to just throw a towel out and enjoy the good side of life. You will meet all types of visitors and nationalities here. If you’re solo backpacking, this is a great way to meet other travellers and make some temporary or even permanent friends to have a drink with on the day.
If you’re on a family holiday to Thailand’s Lamai beach is also a family friendly beach. But, if you’re bringing the children here, I would recommend leaving about 6pm. This is when the backpackers may get a little loud from the alcohol 😀
Love awesome nightlife? Check out the Phi Phi nightlife guide
The Lamai beach resorts
There is plenty of hotels and places to stay near Lamai beach, you can get a room for under ($15) a night. Or you can stay in a luxury hotel in Lamai if you want to splash out a little money.
The accommodation on Koh Samui is awesome and you can get an absolute bargain for your money!
One of the most popular places is the coconut beach resort and many backpackers tend to stay here. Also, many tourists choose to stay at the Wanta beach resort Lamai, which is another awesome place to stay at Lamai beach!
Anyway, here is some of the best Lamai resorts;
Lamai beach Nightlife
The Lamai nightlife is a popular attraction for visitors to Koh Samui and if you’re reading this post you will probably want to check out the nightlife on Lamai beach. There nightlife is a street behind the beach that stretches for over 10-kilomtere.
The road is home to the typical Thai tourist shops that contain gifts that you can buy for value price. Also, there is the Lamai beach restaurants which you can buy a meal for less than $2! You can also drink the night away at one of the many bars on the beach.
The Lamai beach nightlife really comes to life when the sun starts to go down. Tourists leave the beach in search of some partying, so if you’re want to have a lively night. You should head here after 6pm!
Looking for other awesome places to visit in Thailand? Check out the amazing jungle elephant sanctuary in Phuket on your travels.
Where to stay on Koh Samui?
Here is some awesome hostels and hotels on Koh Samui;
The Lamai beach Koh Samui is one of the top beaches on Koh Samui and one of the most visited by tourists. No matter what time of the day you visit, you will usually find a good and vibrant atmosphere.
remember to take plenty of sun-cream, water and snacks.
Enjoy your day at this awesome beach in Thailand!
Where to next?
Here is some of my favourite Thailand destinations;