Lamai Beach is a popular destination in Koh Samui With its pristine sandy shores and crystal clear waters, you can spend your days basking in the sun and taking dips in the sea. As you enjoy your time on the beach, you’ll find that everything you need is close by.
A variety of restaurants and cafes offer both Thai and European cuisine, so you’ll never have to go far to find a delicious meal. The sunshades and palm trees provide shade and shelter from the scorching heat, and massage therapists are available to help you unwind and recharge with a massage on a sun lounger. If you’re looking for souvenirs or a sweet treat, there’s no shortage of options, including ice cream and pedicure services.
In the evenings, the beach comes alive with a range of activities and entertainment options. You can join in on a lively beach party, be mesmerized by a fire show, or watch a stunning display of fireworks.
Lamai is considered one of the best beaches for those who to just jump straight in to swim in crystal clear waters. Unlike Maenam, Bophut or Big Buddha Beach, where the sea can be murky, the water at Lamai is deep and clear, with a mesmerizing jade-green shade on sunny days. To submerge up to your shoulders, you only need to take a few steps into the shallow sandy bed, which is free of silt. The beach is pristine, with seaweed appearing only after storms, when it is washed ashore from the depths of the tumultuous sea.
The seabed at Lamai is generally safe and pleasant, with only a few areas that require caution. The northern edge of the beach, near Chaweng, is not ideal for swimming due to its shallow bed filled with silt and sharp stones. On the other hand, the southern edge near Grandpa and Grandma (Hin Ta and Hin Yai) is more challenging, with an abrupt entrance into the water and large boulders rising from the seabed. This area is also home to coral gardens and a rich underwater ecosystem, with small fish and sea urchins swimming close to the shore. Thus, it is recommended to exercise extra caution and be attentive when swimming in this part of Lamai.
As mentioned above, at night Lamai comes to life with a bustling nightlife especially in the central square, located opposite McDonald’s, which is home to a cluster of bars and tiny streets. Additionally, there is a ring in the midst of the bar complex that doubles as a venue for female sparring matches, adding to the vibrant atmosphere of the area.
Foodies will not go hungry, as the square is surrounded by a street food vendors in the evenings, serving up a variety of Thai delicacies, such as aromatic curries, pad-Thai, skewers of meat, sweet pancakes, and refreshing fruit shakes.
Shoppers will find plenty to keep them entertained, with a large selection of shops selling clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs. If you need to stock up on supplies, there’s a big Tesco Lotus supermarket just a short distance away from the beach, offering a wide range of food, household items, clothing, cosmetics, and footwear.
For those seeking adventure, Lamai has plenty to offer, including diving schools where you can arrange a scuba diving excursion. The island is also famous for its spa and yoga centers, with the first-ever spa center being located in Lamai. With so much to see and do, Lamai is the perfect destination for those looking for a fun-filled and relaxing vacation.