Lamai Beach on Koh Samui is the second busiest on the island, behind of course, Chaweng Beach. Lamai Beach stretches out over 4 kilometres of golden sand all along the east coast of the island.
The beach itself is not as wide as Chaweng and it drops off quite quickly into the sea too, making it a great place for swimming and other water sports, but do be a little careful not to get out of your depth to quickly here.
At the southern end of the beach, there is the most wonderful rock formations that have been so lovingly named ‘Grandmother and Grandfather Rock’ (locally known as Hin Yai & Hin Tai respectively), their strange shapes and contours have amused people on the island since the beginning of time.
Lamai Beach is a much more relaxed place than Chaweng, even so, it still has its fair share of restaurants, bars, café’s, coffee shops and shopping; of course. Lamai is excellent for young families and couples of all ages, to enjoy, relax, chill out and let memories of home fade away, if even for only a little while.
Lamai Beach is only a 10 minute drive from Chaweng Beach, so even if you stay in one resort or the other it is very easy to move around and see other beaches and nightlife. There is a great range of hotels in Lamai too; and they do cater for everyone. From the backpacker, right up to the 5 star resort and spas to the luxury million dollar villas, so whatever your budget, it’s all doable.
A little further north than Lamai and towards the airport, you will find another beach resort going by the name of Bophut, this is an even quieter beach, those wishing for an even more relaxing time, far away from the crowds and noise tend to come here.
The only thing you will hear on Bophut Beach is the odd plane passing in the distance or the sound of the waves crashing into the soft white sand on the beach. There are shops, bars and restaurants and of course plenty of places to stay there too.
Lamai Beach itself, is pure beauty, there are many amazing beaches in Thailand, and Samui beaches are hard to beat, and Lamai is no exception to the rule. The palm trees fringed all the way round this horseshoe shaped beach, gently lapping waves at your feet and warm South Asian sun all around, it’s easy to get lost in your dreams while here.
The northern end of the beach is quite rocky, making it an ideal area for a spot of snorkeling and swimming. The fish life here is stunning too; beautiful parrotfish, colourful Wrasses, Clown fish and Trumpet fish are all to be found here.
The central part of the beach is still the busiest area, with parasailing and jet ski rental available. We must stress again, that be careful on these machines, as there may be no insurance amongst some of the traders. You can also rent kayaks snorkeling gear wakeboarding and windsurfing, you will also be able to rent a speedboat here for the day or on an hourly basis, the choice is yours.
Even the vendors along this beach are chilled out, it’s a very friendly place indeed, and you won’t have to move far once you are settled into your beach chair for the day. Ice cold beer, ice cream, soft drink and snacks can all be brought to you directly from the nearest little bar shack.
Fresh fruit, barbeque seafood’s, sweet corn som tam, souvenirs, presents for home such as pictures, handicrafts, small games and puzzles, and all the other stuff too, like t-shirts watches, sarongs flip-flops and jewelry to name a few and the like, so sit back and enjoy the show on Lamai Beach.
And as the sun dips into the ocean, indicating the end of another day, the little bars start to put table outside on the sand, most of which will do an early evening happy hour, where you can buy an exotic cocktail to end you day on the beach and plan the following days activities.