Next to Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach is the second most popular beach in Ko Samui. It is smaller than that in Chaweng, but it offers a variety of good accommodations, restaurants, spas, and bars. The town of Lamai, which lies just 100 km from the coastline, is a quiet place. However, it has all the necessary establishments, such as mall, supermarkets, fast food restaurants, and banks.
One of the most known attractions in Ko Samui is found in Lamai. These are the rock formations situated on the southern part of the Lamai coastline. The rock formations, called Grandfather and Grandmother rocks, resemble the male and female genitalia, respectively. The famous rock formations have become a fertility symbol for a lot of people. The Grandfather and Grandmother rocks are a must-see for every tourist who visits Ko Samui, and your trip will not be complete without visiting the site.
Lamai Beach has its share of nightlife, and the place comes alive when the sun sets. However, the beach does not get as crowded as that in Chaweng, and if you don’t like it too loud, you can go to bars that are a lot less wild. This is why some people who prefer a quieter environment choose to stay here instead of Chaweng.
During the day, tourists can rent kayaks, waterskis, and jet skis. The best areas for swimming are found near the southern part of the beach. There’s a wide stretch of sand in that area and the waters are deep enough to swim in, unlike in the northern part of the Lamai coastline where the waters are quite shallow for swimming.
If you feel like spending a lazy day doing nothing, then just stretch out on a sun lounger by the beach. You can read a good book under an umbrella. You can also grab a bite from vendors who frequent the area selling cold drinks, ice cream, and other snacks. Generally, vendors in Samui are respectful and will not pester you into buying their products. If you say no to what they are offering, they will simply leave you alone.
Massage salas are scattered all over Lamai Beach. Here you can enjoy a Thai massage for a reasonable price. The masseuse may also offer you an oil massage or an aloe vera wrap, which is very soothing to sun-kissed skin. Some vendors offer henna tatoo and hair braiding services.
Lamai is near the laid-back places in Ko Samui. These are found on the island’s southern end, and if you visit these places, you will find an uncommercialized fishing community. Local coconut farmers also inhabit the place. The southern part of the island gives you a picture of unspoiled, authentic Samui living.
Lamai Beach is near other tourist attractions, such as the Butterfly Garden, some temples, and the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo. The southern end of Ko Samui is home to several secluded resorts devoid of night markets and crowded bars. The accommodations here are far more expensive than in other places on the island.