palm tree and blue sky

Lamai Beach, Koh Samui.

The stunning Lamai Beach is a charming crescent of fine white sand, lined with palm trees, perfect for spending a splendid day at the beach, sunbathing and practicing water sports. Lamai Beach seamlessly combines peace and quiet with amenities at your fingertips. If you are looking to relax on the beach without having to move too much, many vendors walk the beach selling ice cream, fruits, grilled sweet corn, chicken, and cold drinks.

White-sand Lamai Beach, flanked by beautiful palm trees
Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand.

How to get to Lamai Beach?

Koh Samui has its own international airport, with daily flights to/from Bangkok (5o usd one way) and other major airports in Southeast Asia such as Hong Kong or Singapore. And Lamai beach is half an hour away by car. A taxi from the airport to Lamai beach costs 450 bath ($ 15). Minibus transfers between Lamai and Samui Airport are priced at 150 baht ($5) per person.

Lamai Beach Sunset
Sunset at Lamai Beach.

Where is Lamai Beach located?

Lamai beach is on the east coast of Koh Samui (Thai: เกาะสมุย), an island in the  Gulf of Thailand, 470 km/290 mi south of Bangkok and 20 km/12 mi to the northeast of Surat Thani, a Thai province of the Malay Peninsula. It is the second biggest island in Thailand after Phuket and its economy relies mainly today on tourism. The cosmopolitan island is well known for its superb beaches, lively night life and easy going vibes. 

Things to do in Lamai Beach & Koh Samui

 

Muay thai

there are plenty of gyms and camps with english speaking trainers near Lamai Beach and all over Koh Samui. Week long trainings start at around 2.000 thb/65 usd.

Scuba Diving

The dives sites are all located around and south of Koh Tao, a small island 55 km/35 mi north of Samui. Corals are overall in good shape and the many pinnacles in the area are full of life of all sizes. Remember to look around time & again for those passing whale sharks…

Snorkeling

There are many tours to Koh Tao and the Ang Thong Marine Park, but local spots are worth a visit, and a good pretext to visit the island: Coral Cove, Choeng Mon, Silver Beach on the east coast or Ao Phang Ka on the southwest, to name but a few.

Golf

There are 2 golf courses in Samui, Santiburi Golf Samui and Royal Samui Golf.

Night market

Not far from Lamai Street, in a side street, there is a night market that opens from 6pm to midnight, with numerous stalls selling crafts, jewelry, art, and gifts.

 

Visit Temples.

There are many temples in Samui, here are a few: the Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai), on the northeast, with a 12 m/4 ft golden Buddha statue; the Red Temple (Wat Ratchathammaram), south of Lamai beach, built in red clay; the Golden Temple (Khao Hua Jook), near the airport, which offers beautiful views from its elevated position.

Visit the famous Hin Ta and Hin Yai.

Between Lamai Beach and Hua Thanon are two famous rock formations, Hin Ta and Hin Yai, also known as Grandpa and Grandma rocks, which resemble male and female genitalia, respectively.

Ang Thong Marine Park day tours

The marine park covers 102 km²/63 mi² around an archipelago of 42 islands about 30 km/18.5 mi northwest of Samui. The islands are steep limestone hills, with sinkholes and inland lakes. The tour include snorkeling, kayaking and a visit to the salt water Emerald Lake in Ko Mae ko; dolphins are frequently seen around the park. Expect to pay around 1.500 thb/50 usd per person, breakfast, lunch and hotel transfer included.

Koh Pha Ngan full moon party

Take a speed boat and rush to the close-by island of Koh Pha Ngan, just north of Samui to dance on the beach until daylight. What happens in Koh Pha Ngan … you know the rest!

Wat Ratchathammaram
Wat Ratchathammaram
hainan_temple
Nathon Hainan Shrine
Samui's most famous mummified monks, Loung Pordaeng
Samui's most famous mummified monks, Loung Pordaeng.
hin ta & hin yai
Hin Ta & Hin Yai
Views from the top of a mountain to the jetty of the Ang Thong Marine Park, Vietnam, where three rocky islets with lush vegetation can be seen.
Ang Thong Marine Parck

Where to stay in Lamai Beach & Koh Samui?

On Lamai Beach you can find cheap rooms just walking around, if you happen to arrive to the island at convenient hours. Basic rooms range from 300~400 tbh/10~15 usd. Many don’t have website but you can find similarly priced accommodation with  Airbnb Koh Samui, or your favorite booking platform.
Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand.

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